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Monday, November 20, 2017

Great Ideas to Express Gratitude

Counting your blessings comes with a host of benefits – today, on Thanksgiving and every day. We’ve talked in the past about how practicing gratitude can help with your overall health and recovery. To recap: It improves your sleep, self-care, self-esteem, emotional balance, willpower, stress management skills and more. 

Perhaps the most popular (and helpful) way to express gratitude in your daily life is to write down what you’re thankful for. You can do this in a formal journal or on post-it notes to remind yourself of all the good in your new sober life. And there are other ways to express gratitude, too. 

Here are some ideas – take a look and add any that you think might work for you. 
  • Take part in a “30 days of thanks” challenge, either formally or self-created.
  • Call a friend or family member and let them know how much they mean to you. 
  • Invite a loved one to coffee to thank them for supporting your recovery.
  • Write a note or email to a recovery peer or addiction counselor and let them know how they’ve helped you.
  • Take a picture of something in your every day life your grateful for. 
  • Hold the door open and/or give someone the gift of a smile.
  • Focus on one of your five senses and uncover some amazing things around you. 
  • Head out into nature and take time to notice and appreciate the beauty.
  • Volunteer your time at a local animal shelter or soup kitchen. 

We Are Grateful for the Chance to Help You
The Haven at Pismo is the only residential detox and addiction treatment center on California’s Central Coast. Our multi-faceted, outcome-focused program includes traditional and complementary therapies offered at our beautiful, private campus. To learn more or to speak with a caring and understanding admissions counselor, call today: 805-202-3440.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nearly Half of Americans Have Loved One With Past or Current Addiction

Do you have a good friend or family member with a current or past substance use disorder? If so, you’re among nearly 46 percent of U.S. adults, according to a Pew Research Center Survey. And, according to the survey, there's no statistically significant differences between sex, race, age, education levels and even partisan lines.

In 2016, nearly 20.1 million Americans 12 or older had a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. And opioid use disorder (2.1 million) and alcohol use disorder (15.1 million) topped the list. 

When a Loved One Has a Substance Abuse Problem
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) put together a list of questions to help you determine if someone you care about needs help. If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, your friend or loved one might have a substance abuse problem.  ("Drugs" is used here to refer to illicit drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol, notes the NIDA.)
  • Does the person take the drug in larger amounts or for longer than intended?
  • Do they want to cut down or stop using the drug but can’t?
  • Do they spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the drug?
  • Do they have cravings and urges to use the drug?
  • Are they unable to manage responsibilities at work, home, or school because of drug use?
  • Do they continue to use a drug, even when it causes problems in relationships?
  • Do they give up important social, recreational, or work-related activities because of drug use?
  • Do they use drugs again and again, even when it puts them in danger?
  • Do they continue to use, even while knowing that a physical or mental problem could have been caused or made worse by the drug?
  • Do they take more of the drug to get the wanted effect?
  • Have they developed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the drug? (Some withdrawal symptoms can be obvious, but others can be more subtle — like irritability or nervousness.)
Getting Help for Drug or Alcohol Abuse
The Haven at Pismo provides a continuum of care that includes medical detox, residential programs for men and women, partial hospitalization, and outpatient programs. If you or a loved one is showing signs of a substance use disorder, call today: 805-202-3440.