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August 7, 2017

Self-care is different for everyone depending on their unique needs in recovery. Taking the skills you learn in treatment with you when you leave is important for continuing to care for your health of mind, body, and spirit.

August 4, 2017

The relationship between PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse is not without recognition. In order to cope with high amounts of stress and difficult emotions in living with PTSD, people turn to drugs and alcohol with numb their pain- both emotional and physical. Mental illness of any kind has been proven to increase the likelihood of substance abuse as a form of maladaptive coping as well as a result of compromised cognitive function, i.e. decision making.

August 4, 2017

In 1898 a German pharmaceutical company called Bayer introduced a wonder drug for treating tuberculosis and the growing problem of morphine addiction. Heroin, the drug was called, was made from the resin of poppy plants. Sold in a bottle, the drug provided intense pain relief as well as pleasant euphoric sensations. Quickly, however, the addiction to morphine was no longer a problem. Heroin was turning to morphine in the blood stream and many more people became addicted to the medication. From there on, heroin was the name used to describe the drug made from the poppy plant.

August 2, 2017

MDMA is supposed to be the pure version of a popular club drug called ecstasy. Ireland is becoming well known for a problem with MDMA, leading the rest of the world in consumption of the drug. Psychedelic experiences, physical and visual hallucinations, extreme feelings of euphoria, a heightened sense of connectivity, are some of the reactions to MDMA people crave. Most often, the drug is abused in connection with music, clubs, or raves, because of the way it alters auditory sense and creates deeper meaning in the experience.

August 1, 2017

Most who develop a chemical dependency on mind altering substances like drugs and alcohol have a concurrent mental health condition such as a mood or personality disorder. Likewise, those who have a mental health condition are at a higher risk for developing a chemical dependency on mind altering substances. However, not everyone who does develop a chemical dependency on mind altering substances will have a concurrent mental health condition. As well, not everyone who has a primary mental health condition will develop a substance use disorder.

July 31, 2017

To date, there has not been a recorded fatal overdose on marijuana. Marijuana can be a harmful drug in different ways but has not yet been found to cause a fatality strictly due to being high on marijuana. Some research estimated it would take tens of thousands of times the normal amount of marijuana to cause anything similar to an overdose. However, the likelihood of any average human being consuming that much marijuana without encountering other medical issues is small. For example, chronic use of marijuana can cause brain damage and/or lung damage.

July 28, 2017

Therapists generally are not supposed to give advice. They aren’t life coaches or mentors. The therapist’s primary job is to listen. Talk therapy revolves around the patient talking and the therapist listening to cues and hints as to what the patient is talking about. Patients, and people in general, are often unaware that they say more than they mean to say. Hidden within complaints and strife are words which indicate underlying issues. A therapist can sometimes provide feedback on an experience to point out some of the underlying issues which are coming up.

July 27, 2017

The loss of a close one can feel like a devastation from which there is no recovery. Turning to drugs, alcohol or other self-destructive behaviors only prolongs the grieving process, which can be healing. Residential treatment programmes including bereavement therapy can help the mourning process find completion while enabling self-care rather than self-destructive behaviors.

 

July 26, 2017

After completing a residential treatment programme for sex addiction, it is strongly encouraged to spend as much time in a structured, clinical environment as possible where abstinence is advocated. At least six months of sexual abstinence of all kind is recommended for those in treatment for recovery sex addiction. Abstinence is a way to make sure the brain is healing from its habitual chemical responses to sex and sexual activity.

July 25, 2017

“If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him!”