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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Lumineers: Addiction Happens In Cycles

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Music, like books, tells stories that all of us can relate to in different ways. Songs have the power to lift us up in times of sadness, and they make us think about things in different ways. Sadder songs can make people who are isolated feel less alone. In a word, music is cathartic.

In the United States today, millions of Americans are struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. Each day, some 130 people die from an opioid overdose; roughly 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes each year. The addiction crisis in America is dire.

Fortunately, many celebrities have opened up about their own experiences with mental illness, addiction, and recovery. In doing so, they provide hope to millions who feel cut off and alone because of their disease.

Some musicians in recovery have written several songs to reach members of their fan base who are struggling. Other musicians have done benefit concerts to raise awareness about treatment and sobriety. Icons need to join the conversation about addiction; this is a crisis that affects us all. The disease touches many lives on a first and second-hand basis.

The Lumineers are a band that most Americans are familiar with; they have had several hit songs and albums in recent years. For their latest project, they chose to tackle a timely subject matter—addiction. Their new album III tells a story about the disease in three acts, NPR reports. It turns out that alcohol and substance use disorders are a personal subject for some of the band members.

Addiction Happens in Cycles


The Lumineers' new release tells the story of a family dealing with the disease. Their songs discuss the fallout of addiction and how it impacts the entire family, according to the article. The band's lead singer, Wes Schultz, lost his childhood friend to addiction; that friend also happens to be the brother of the band's drummer, Jeremiah Fraites. So, they both understand how one person's illness can affect many lives.

"With drug addiction or alcoholism it really affects the individual and then it has a sort of fallout effect — similar to the effects of a radiation bomb — over time and over years and years, it continually tends to affect people's loved ones," Fraites tells NPR

III aims to explain to listeners how the disease of addiction progresses. The songs deal with one family and three generations. Alcohol and substance use disorders are family diseases. Meaning that a genetic predisposition for mental illness can be passed down and also one family member's condition disrupts the lives of all their loved ones.

"You know they talk about addiction. It's a progressive disease. It's not something where you just wake up and you're homeless and you're begging for crack or heroin," said Fraites.

While The Lumineers' new album may not be the most uplifting, it is sure to get people talking about this salient topic. We need to have more conversations about mental health disorders in order to cure the stigma that prevents people from seeking help.

It stands to reason that many of The Lumineers' fans are struggling with drugs, alcohol, and mental illness. Maybe they will hear something on the album that inspires hope and leads to recovery.

You can listen to the interview below:


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SLO County Addiction Treatment


The Haven at Pismo is the perfect place to renew to your best today. Please contact us today if you are struggling with drugs, alcohol, or co-occurring mental illness. We offer medically supervised and top-quality care, and we can help you begin a remarkable and healing journey of recovery.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Cure Stigma

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In the United States, millions of Americans are contending with a treatable mental health condition, but most of them haven’t sought help. This needs to change; untreated mental illness places individuals at significant risk of self-harm. The time to talk about addiction and conditions like depression is now. September is both National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide is a consequential issue in America, and we need to shed light on the subject to encourage more people to seek assistance. The vast majority of suicide victims have diagnosable mental illnesses, and many have more than one. Suicidal ideations and attempts are preventable when individuals receive support.

At the Haven, we treat men and women living with alcohol and substance use disorders. We also help people who are contending with addiction and a co-occurring mental illness. While the former group is prone to suicidal thoughts and self-harm, the latter group is at an even higher risk.

Suicide is a leading cause of death among people who misuse alcohol and drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2016, nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in the U.S.; the majority were struggling with mental illness at the time of their deaths.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that up to 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness as revealed by psychological autopsy. The organization adds that 46% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosed mental illness.

Tackling Stigma During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


Mental health conditions are real. The existence of such diseases is supported by research, and people born with or those who develop mental illness are not at fault. The signs and symptoms are classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the taxonomic and diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Stigma is one of the primary reasons that less than half of the adults in the United States get the help they need for mental illness. Rather than being shamed by society, those affected deserve compassion and encouragement. When men and women are made to feel responsible for their mental disease, they are more reticent to talk about their illness. Millions of Americans are battling their conditions alone, needlessly.

A key component of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is confronting the misconceptions that precipitate stigmas. The more stigma-free we are as a country, the more willing people will be to talk openly about their problems.

“One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.” 

Each American knows or is related to someone affected; when we as a society show more compassion, we help the ones we love. Hopefully, everyone will take time this month to better familiarize themselves with mental health conditions. The more you know, the better equipped you are to promote awareness and combat stigma. NAMI states that:

The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.

Together we can cure stigma and inspire people to seek evidence-based treatment and heal. When men and women access mental health resources, recovery is possible, and a better life can be built.

SLO County Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders


Long-term recovery is possible when the whole patient is treated. Many men and women become dependent on drugs and alcohol by self-medicating their mental illness. For others, co-occurring mental illness arises in the wake of protracted battles with alcohol and substance use disorders. The order in which a dual diagnosis comes about is not as relevant as ensuring that both conditions receive simultaneous treatment.

The Haven at Pismo provides a continuum of care for clients with co-occurring chemical dependency and mental illnesses. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illness, then please reach out to us today. Nestled on the shore of California’s Central Coast, The Haven at Pismo is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Community invited to “Walk for Recovery” on September 14th

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Walk for Recovery: Uniting friends, families, and the community to fight the disease of addiction


The Haven is excited to announce their sponsorship of SLO Co. Recovery Support Network’s 2nd annual ”Walk for Recovery,” will be taking place at Laguna Lake Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on Saturday, September 14, 2019. This family-friendly event will be a 1.5 mile walk and aims to connect local resources to the community in an effort to combat substance abuse and lead healthy lives. 
This 1.5 mile walk will take place at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo.  Music will be provided by the popular local band, O’Donna, along with a special performance by Ignite Fire Dance. Other fun features of the event include a special appearance by Zoo to You, a wildlife program that provides exotic animal education blended with live, wild animals.
“We want the community to get out there and experience this big resource event,” said Lauryn Niezen, Director of Marketing for The Haven, a local alcohol and drug addiction treatment center. The Haven is joined by other local sponsors to offer resources to the community. 
Event sponsors include:
      Balance Treatment Center
      Veterans Services
      SLO Noor Clinic
      Ken Starr M.D. Wellness Group
      Cuesta College
      ...and more!

All 501-c3 organizations are eligible for a complimentary resource table.
For a $20 registration fee, all walkers receive a pizza coupon from Pizza Republic and a t-shirt. Kids 10 and under are free. Those who are not pre-registering are encouraged to arrive early to sign-up at 10 a.m., as the walk starts at 11 a.m.
For any questions, please call 805-202-3440 
  
Media & Public Contact:
Lauryn Niezen
Director of Marketing 
The Haven
lauryn@thehaven.com or (805) 202-3440

About San Luis Obispo County Recovery Support Network
SLO Co. Recovery Support Network was officially formed in April of 2017. Before official formation as a 501-c3, they operated for a number of years as a Drug Court Alumni group within the umbrella of Drug and Alcohol Services. They are a coalition organized by recovered drug addicts that are dedicated to helping others achieve freedom from their addictions. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call their confidential hotline. Men: (805) 591-4715; Women: (805) 591-4719

About The Haven

The Haven offers specialized therapies, individualized treatment with highly credentialed counselors and therapists practicing exclusively in the field of addiction. The Haven is the only residential detox and addiction treatment center on California’s central coast. A private haven for men and women seeking restoration from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, our multi-faceted, outcome-focused program includes traditional and complementary therapies offered at their beautiful, private campus. The Haven strives to make treatment accessible and accepts most major insurances.

National Recovery Month: Increasing Awareness

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In September, The Haven at Pismo is committed to helping the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) get the message out about recovery. While we do this year-round being in the field of addiction medicine, it’s crucial to step up our efforts because it’s National Recovery Month.

In 2019, the theme of National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” Since there are millions of Americans building lives in recovery, we would like to encourage each adult to inspire millions more to seek treatment. Men and women in sobriety and their successes are a testament to the benefits of working a program.

Thanks to recovery, individuals can once again be part of their communities. They can be present for their friends and families, and be productive members of society. Following treatment, many will decide to go back to school and then use their skills to successfully acquire gainful employment in desirable fields. There is no limit to what can be achieved when one is determined to practice the principles of recovery.

While stigma continues to prevent people in recovery from discussing their experiences openly, many people have chosen to celebrate their recovery publicly. In September, people from all walks of life are writing or creating videos about their recovery and inspiring others to take action. Please take a moment to watch a short PSA on the subject:


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Increasing Awareness About Recovery


Prevention, treatment, and recovery save lives. People in sobriety and out need the compassion and support of their communities. It is not a secret that addiction and mental illness are an epidemic. There are resources available that can help individuals turn their lives around, but those suffering require empowerment.

Working together, the message that treatment works and recovery is possible can be heard by millions of Americans dealing with the symptoms of mental illness. You can affect change in other ways, too; help by sharing PSAs or social media graphics about addiction, mental health, and recovery.

In towns and cities across the country, events are happening to educate people by raising awareness. Those who are part of the recovery community are in a unique position to help combat stigmas that prevent people from seeking treatment and recovery support services.

Mental health is essential to overall health. On top of celebrating individuals on the healing path, Recovery Month promotes and supports new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices. It is also vital to acknowledge the dedication of recovery service providers who help make recovery in all its forms possible.

This year is the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. SAMHSA has created a new logo for the observance that can be shared online. It features a lowercase “r” which stands for recovery of course. You are invited to share the image below as you see fit. The organization is interested in how you use the new logo; please include #RisforRecovery with your posts.


At The Haven, we would like to recognize the millions of Americans proudly living their lives in recovery. We hope that each of you will play a role in helping spread the message about the benefits of seeking help. The more people who join the effort, the more expansive our reach will be.

Please take some time this month to reflect on how far you’ve come and think about where you would like to go next in recovery. Working a program gives you the ability to set and achieve your goals.

SLO County Addiction Treatment


National Recovery Month is an ideal opportunity to decide to seek help for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders finally. Please contact The Haven at Pismo today to learn more about the programs and services we offer. Our central coast addiction treatment center is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Combating Addiction Via Community

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The neuroscience of addiction is the life work of Professor Judith Grisel. For Grisel, gaining a better understanding of the disease, and potentially curing it, is personal. That is because Dr. Grisel is in recovery.

In her new book, Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, the Bucknell University professor explores ways of combating today's epidemic. She is acutely familiar with how drugs and alcohol can take hold of people. While the cost of her substance use disorder was high, it also set her on a path to one day help others break the cycle and recover.

The behavioral neuroscientist drew from experience to describe how a seemingly normal upbringing can devolve into crisis. She shares anecdotes about her journey from utter despair to recovery. For the last 25 years, Grisel has dedicated her efforts to end the scourge of alcohol and drug abuse. What began as a research quest for a disease panacea, resulted in some surprising conclusions.

While Grisel may never find a panacea for addiction, the author believes that the solution can be found in connecting with each other. She believes love, compassion, and connection are the answer to the disease, The Guardian reports. "The people right next to us are an obvious place to start," she writes. "Human relationships and connections are the low-hanging fruit."

Motivation for Recovery


In the book, Grisel shares that she began drinking at 13, and how the experience was the first time she felt calm. Like many addicts and alcoholics, her disease progression moved at a swift pace. Her first drink led to daily drinking in high school and marijuana use in high school; she eventually moved on to harder substances.

At 19, Dr. Grisel dropped out of college and became estranged from her family. Intravenous cocaine use ensued, along with homelessness and unemployment. She shares about the experience that any addict can relate to, that one needs to use drugs just to feel normal. After a series of unfortunate and scary life events, the neuroscientist decided it was time to reach out for support.

Grisel's family helped her get into an addiction treatment center when she was 23. Around the same time, she began wondering if there might be a cure and thought that maybe she could help. Finding a cure served as motivation for her continued sobriety, according to the article. The professor is still looking for her eureka moment 25 years later, but she has many valuable insights to offer.

"Right now we're in a rising phase of escapism and pharmacology – this epidemic of addiction is really an epidemic of avoidance. Above all we need better ways to cope with life and to be present to our experiences. Ultimately you can't avoid yourself. It didn't matter how high I got, I was stuck with myself. I think we're soon going to get to that point as a society and then we might finally have our moment of truth."  

The New York Times bestselling author's discovery that community and human interaction is the answer to addiction is not novel. Fellowship has long been a guiding principle in 12 Step recovery programs, and they have helped countless people rebuild their lives. Still, it's beneficial when a renowned neuroscientist lends credence to the power of togetherness.

SLO County Addiction Treatment Center


Please contact The Haven if you are struggling with an alcohol or substance use disorder. Our highly credentialed team of addiction professionals can help steer you onto course toward long-term recovery. The Haven at Pismo is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Recovery Pioneer: In Memoriam

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Recovery is a gift that comes with doing the work; miracles are possible when men and women take action. Those who walk the path of sobriety learn early on that they must pay it forward. As the saying goes, you can’t keep it if you don’t give it away.

Individuals who seek treatment for alcohol or substance use disorder are taught the importance of community, fellowship, and giving back. They come to realize that helping others achieve lasting sobriety is essential, once one has a firm footing in the program.

People can pay their recovery forward in several ways. Working with newcomers or volunteering time in assisting the operations of a support group (commitments) are a couple of examples. What’s more, many people in recovery decide to become certified drug and alcohol counselors or get behavioral technician jobs at treatment facilities.

Many owners of addiction treatment centers are also in recovery. They help themselves stay on track by providing safe havens to people who need assistance. Staying involved in the field that saved one’s life is an effective method of safeguarding sobriety.

Men and women who are new to the program may even respond better to working with individuals who have walked in their shoes. Some argue that it’s impossible to fully understand the disease of addiction unless a person has the first-hand experience. While that is not necessarily true, it is helpful when a provider, therapist, or counselor can relate to the struggles their clients face.

Remembering a Recovery Visionary


Those who choose to make working in the field of addiction recovery their purpose in life collectively help countless people heal. Working a program is a permanent job, and is a pursuit aided by a dedication to helping others.

Over the years, many individuals have distinguished themselves through their commitment to assisting others to realize recovery. The addiction recovery community recently said goodbye to one who dedicated a huge portion of his life to that end.

Ronald C. Clark, 83, died a few months ago from a heart attack and the loss is still felt, The Washington Post reports. For nearly 50 years, the recovering heroin addict helped other addicts and alcoholics heal and learn how to be productive members of society. He notably assisted people who were being ignored by the Washington D.C. community, such as ex-offenders, black, poor, homeless, and HIV-infected men and women.

In 1970, Clark co-founded an addiction treatment center in the District of Columbia, according to the article. Before being invited to the District by two former Catholic priests, Ron worked as a drug counselor in the Nevada prison system and was a director at a residential treatment center in New York.

“Ron Clark was way ahead of his time, and in many ways, we’ve gone backward because a lot of people still don’t appreciate the importance of his approach,” said Edwin Chapman, a medical doctor who treats heroin and opioid addiction. “Ron’s approach was to get to the core of a person’s being, find out what’s missing, what’s been lost, what’s been stolen and help them discover their real identity and recover their true self.”  

Clark instilled in clients the importance of giving back to the community, the article reports. Clients were required to pick and distribute fresh vegetables and free clothing to families in need. They also shoveled snow for older folks.

“He didn’t just want to see individuals recover,” said Ron’s son, Paul Clark. “He wanted the communities where they came from to recover.”

SLO County Addiction Recovery Center


The Haven at Pismo provides clients with possibilities to renew to their best today. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please contact us to learn more about our evidence-based addiction treatment programs.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Addiction Screening Recommendation

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With millions of Americans in the grips of alcohol and substance use disorders, the need for encouraging them to seek help is high. When people go untreated, behavioral health disorders escalate in severity and can be life-threatening. Active addiction often persists for years before a person acts and attempts to make changes in their life. However, such people require professional assistance to bring about lasting recovery.

The stigma of use disorders has a severe impact on society and prevents people from talking about their issues. Many men and women have a lot of shame surrounding their use of or dependence on drugs and alcohol. This reality means that they will go to exceedingly great lengths to prevent others from discovering that there’s a problem.

Since addiction is a complex disease that can be fatal, there is a significant need to get men and women to open up. While many individuals are unwilling to talk about their struggles with friends and family, they may be more likely to be honest with medical professionals.

Doctors are bound by a code that prevents them from disclosing a patient’s personal information. Patient/doctor confidentiality is likely to make people who struggle with drugs and alcohol feel more willing to talk. If physicians treat such patients with compassion, it can result in taking actions toward recovery.

Doctors Can Encourage Addiction Treatment Services


For more than two decades, the primary care physician's role in contributing to the addiction epidemic has been called into question. Little oversight and ignorance created a massive opioid crisis that has proven nearly impossible to contain. While many doctors have changed their approach to managing pain, the damage done is hard to undo.

It’s not possible to turn back the clock, but physicians can have a hand in encouraging people to utilize recovery services. There is evidence suggesting that doctors should screen each patient for signs of alcohol or substance use disorder.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts, recommends that medical professionals screen every adult patient for nonmedical drug use, STAT reports. The experts can state, with “moderate certainty,” that screening for substance use is beneficial.

“We have a pretty high prevalence of adults using illicit drugs and we’re seeing harms every day from that,” said task force member Dr. Carol Mangione, the chief of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “This is a big change that we’re really excited about. Effective treatment is where we will finally begin to move the needle on the epidemic.”

The task force stops short of encouraging a particular screening tool, according to the article. Dr. Mangione said it would be up to PCPs, hospital systems, and medical organizations to decide the best course of action.

If a patient shows signs of having a substance use disorder, physicians can then offer guidance on which steps to take next. Doctors can play a significant role in encouraging treatment and the utilization of local recovery resources.

The new recommendation will be posted for public comment until Sept. 9, 2019. The task force will review comments and then issue final guidance.

SLO County Addiction Treatment Center


At The Haven, we have a team of experienced, addiction professionals who can help you make lasting changes for the better. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs and take steps toward realizing long-term addiction recovery. Our center is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Gratitude Lists Benefit People in Recovery

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What are you grateful for in recovery today? Such a question is prone to elicit a subjective answer; each person is at a different stage in sobriety. Still, it should not be too challenging to make a list of all the good things in your life thanks to your commitment to working a program.

Men and women recover in harmony with one another; the miracles of recovery do not come about in a vacuum. There are people in each recovering addict's and alcoholic's life who are instrumental to one's progress.

Support networks, sponsors, friends, and family aid people in their journey for a better life; it's vital to acknowledge the people in one's recovery corner. Keeping addiction at bay can be a real struggle in early recovery; preventing relapse requires outside guidance and encouragement.

It can be easy to lose sight of all the people who contribute to your success as you move forward in recovery. So, designate time for compiling a list of people who've earned your debt of gratitude.

Reach out to the men and women on your list and let them know how grateful you are for their support. It will make you feel good, and it is sure to make the recipient feel good too. If you are uncomfortable reaching out to express your appreciation, then talk to someone in your support network about your feelings. Your peers will likely offer some guidance on the subject.

Grateful for Your Recovery


A gratitude list can contain many types of things; it isn't always a long list of people. If you are maintaining a program of recovery in a 12 Step fellowship, then you may have established a relationship with a higher power already. Perhaps you pray or meditate on said power greater than yourself daily? If that is the case, then you probably understand the role this relationship plays in your recovery.

Some of the best guidance you can find in sobriety comes from quiet reflection or your connection with a higher power. When life is stressful, you may pull back and focus on the unseen energy of life to find calm and serenity. It is a healthy way to cope, and having that ability is something to be grateful for today.

It's also possible to express gratitude for the fellowship, rather than the individuals working programs too. When you stop and think about it, recovery is a network of people from different walks of life who all share at least one common goal—a desire to make progress. Many people view their participation as an honor, and they are thankful that programs of recovery exist.

Another source of gratitude are the things you don't have to do today to service your addiction. You no longer have to be dishonest or neglect the people you love. Accountability and responsibility are two words that others can associate with you; it's probably a complete 180-degree turn from your previous existence.

If any of the above rings true in your life today, then you have plenty of reason to maintain an attitude of gratitude.

SLO County Addiction Rehab


Please contact the Haven at Pismo if your life is affected by drugs or alcohol and you have a desire to make significant life changes. Our dedicated team of addiction professionals can help you break the disease cycle of addiction and go on to lead a productive life in recovery.

Give us a call at any time if you have questions about our program; we are confident that you will find that The Haven is the perfect place to renew to your best today. 805-202-3440

Friday, July 26, 2019

Motivation is Central to Addiction Recovery

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Addiction treatment professionals regularly stress the importance of motivation. Clients learn from them that working a program is not a cure for the disease, but instead a means for managing one's illness in a healthy way. They learn that if goals are to be achieved, both personal and professional, it requires significant effort.

Those who believe that they can detox, attend a few meetings to get the basics, and then carry on with their lives in a similar manner as before, are guaranteed to experience problems. No, recovery is a life-long endeavor that demands a daily commitment to safeguard mental health.

The goal is to lead a life in long-term recovery, to live without relying on drugs and alcohol to function. This means taking action each day to foster continued well-being to ensure you do not slip back into old modes of thinking.

Keeping your focus on sobriety and putting recovery first isn't always a simple task. There will be times when you just flat out won't want to do the Work. To escape your responsibility to recovery, you might start rationalizing the reasons why it's alright to skip a meeting or neglect calling your support network to "check-in." It's common, but it's also the disease exerting power over your life. In a sense, it is a reversion back to your default setting; the idea that you have your condition under control.

After weeks, months, and years of putting recovery first, you may find yourself becoming comfortable in your sobriety. In the process, your motivation to attend meetings, be of service, and reach out to the newcomers might subside. That is complacency, and it's a pathway to relapse.

Motivation is Central to Recovery


Maybe you have been neglecting your program of late? Perhaps you are feeling less motivated to continue putting the needs of your sobriety before all else? If so, then please know that it's not unnatural. However, actions must be taken to address why you are feeling less motivated and how you can go about getting back into the flow of recovery.

One of the best methods for becoming more motivated about recovery is to remember why you are clean and sober in the first place. Nobody finds themselves working a program by accident. Chances are you did everything you could to use drugs and alcohol like a "normal" person before finally surrendering. Reflecting on the pain and heartache that active addiction brought you can be a powerful motivator for revamping your commitment to sobriety.

Over time, people in the program are apt to forget how bad life was before seeking help. The human mind has a propensity to place more emphasis on remembering only the good. You may find it helpful to write down what your life was like before recovery. Review your writing with a peer or sponsor, ask them for feedback. Ask about what they do to keep their eye on the program.

The above exercise is likely to be a quick reminder of why continued participation in the program is necessary. Remembering the despair can give you perspective, and your peers will help you to see the big picture again.

A Support Network is Motivating


Now that you have looked through the window of your past, you can again focus on the present. Spend some time reflecting on all the progress you have made. Think of the ways your life has changed because of recovery. Please also consider that none of what you find in your life today would've been possible without your peers.

Long-term recovery and progress are made possible when people work together to achieve common goals. You have allies, people who care about your well-being and who want to see you succeed. Draw from the energy of your support network; other people are a massive source of inspiration.

Tapping into the energy of your support group is motivating. Redirect that force back into your program. It will likely cause you to get back into the full swing of recovery, and back on the road to achieving your greater goals.

SLO County Addiction Treatment Center


The Haven can help you, or someone close, take steps to recover from the disease of alcohol or substance use disorder. Please contact us today to learn more about our programs and services. Our team of dedicated addiction professionals utilizes evidence-based therapies to assist clients in leading healthy and productive lives.

The Haven is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Rethinking the Language of Addiction

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Combating stigmas has proven to be one of the most significant challenges of our time. The way society views and talks about people with mental health conditions have a cost. When people with potentially deadly health disorders are looked at differently than others, it makes them less likely to open up and seek help. The longstanding labels placed on men and women living with alcohol and substance use disorders are harmful to us all.

People in recovery for alcohol use disorder tend to refer to themselves as alcoholics. They identify in meetings by saying, "Hi, my name is..., and I am an alcoholic." It's a long-held tradition in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous to start sharing in that manner. However, the term alcoholic is dated; the medical community no longer uses the word alcoholism, instead opting for alcohol use disorder or AUD.

It's hard to change the way we talk about disorders with symptoms that include chronic, hazardous drug and alcohol use. How we refer to men and women with use disorders may seem of little importance in the grand scheme of things, but there is evidence that it matters.

Not too long ago, the medical community still viewed people who drank or drugged to excess as being short on moral fiber, willpower, and constitution. Not surprisingly, the public continues to utter harmful stereotypes about people with use disorders. Caustic sobriquets too are often attached to individuals who have been compartmentalized by the public.

"Boozehounds," "winos," "drunks," "sots," and "lushes" are several common monikers for people who struggle with alcohol. The bynames for persons with a substance use disorder are even more vitriolic. They include "junkie," "dope fiend," "cokehead," and "druggie;" the list is far too long to recount in full.

What to call someone who uses heroin?


Much like the rooms of AA, those who attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings usually identify as addicts. They use that word in the company of safe and supportive people who are less likely to judge like the general public. However, using the words addiction and addict has come into question in recent years. The medical community is rethinking how they refer to individuals who have been social pariahs for time immemorial.

As many of you know, America is amid a heroin scourge; use of the drug has risen exponentially during the last decade. More people are seeking treatment for opioid use disorders involving heroin, but there is some debate as to how to talk about those who use heroin when in medical settings. A new study, published in the journal Addiction, shed some light on this subject.

The survey indicates that people entering substance use disorder treatment for heroin use, usually called themselves "addicts," ScienceDaily reports. Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts Medical School asked 263 people in treatment and detox how others should refer to those who use heroin.

Scientists found that such individual's preference was that others called them "people who use drugs." Respondents said that they never wanted to be called a "heroin misuser," "heroin-dependent," and "junkie." 

"Persons who use heroin often [sic] complain about interactions with healthcare providers, due at least in part to the unfortunate language providers use -- which is taken, sometimes rightly, as a sign of disrespect," says senior study author Dr. Michael Stein, professor and chair of health law, policy & management at BUSPH. "Such antagonism can't be good for clinical outcomes." 


SLO County Opioid Use Disorder Treatment


We invite adults who are struggling with alcohol or substance use disorders to reach out to The Haven at Pismo. We offer a safe and serene setting to begin a remarkable journey of recovery. Our team of professionals relies on evidence-based therapies to help clients break the disease cycle and heal. The Haven is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Turning Your Life Around Through Addiction Recovery

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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team swept the World Cup for their second consecutive victory. Naturally, Megan Rapinoe (co-captain) and the rest of her teammates are elated, as is the rest of the country. For Rapinoe and her family, 2019 has been a great year. Aside from taking home the cup, the family has something else to be proud of: Megan’s older brother, Brian, has been clean for 18 months after a long battle with addiction.

Megan, 34, is an inspiration to people around the world; the powerhouse midfielder is the oldest player to score in a World Cup final. Her list of achievements is long, and she is an outspoken advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ rights. Like many star athletes, there is some controversy attached to her name; but, she seems to do everything with good intentions in her heart.

The soccer star stayed focused on athletics in school, but her brother found himself on a very different path, far from the soccer pitch. Brian began smoking marijuana at age 12; three years later, he was arrested for bringing meth to school, ESPN reports. Moving forward, Brian would be in and out of jail and prison for the better part of his life.

“Right from the start, I was hooked,” he says. “One drug always led to the next.” 

Heavy drug use and crime would take over Brian Rapinoe’s existence. At 18, he was using heroin and breaking laws that landed him in prison, according to the article. Behind bars, he aligned himself with a white prison gang and got swastika tattoos. He told ESPN that the symbols were not about prejudice—he got them to survive. Supporting his addiction demanded that he be “an active participant in prison culture.”

Addiction Recovery and Hope for a Brighter Future


There is not enough time to run through Brian’s long list of misdeeds and personal struggles. After spending about half his life in prison and battling active addiction, Brian had a moment of clarity. In 2017, Mr. Rapinoe had what many people call an epiphany while serving time in California’s notorious Pelican Bay prison. A botched injection angered Brian so severely that his cellmate said something that clicked.

“I freaked out on him, really lost it,” Brian says. “And he said to me, ‘Look at how you are acting right now.’” 

Ostensibly, that was the moment when Brian Rapinoe, the brother of a world-famous soccer star, decided he had enough. Many addicts and alcoholics have a similar instance in their life that led to a paradigm shift in thinking. His experiences and all its heartaches came to the surface of his mind, as did all the good his sister had accomplished in her life. Making drastic changes for the better would become his single mission, moving forward; today, he wants to make a difference.

Brian enrolled in self-improvement and rehabilitation classes; his sentence was reduced with each completed course, according to the article. He is now 18 months clean and sober after 24 years of using drugs. Toward the end of June, Megan’s brother started the Male Community Reentry Program in San Diego, CA. He is taking classes, and he is hoping to work with kids in the juvenile delinquency program after he is released.

“I want to make a difference,” he says. “I want to be like Megan.” 

In recovery, there are not any guarantees, but if men and women keep doing the next right thing, then anything is possible. The Rapinoe family is not much different than millions of other families; siblings whose lives take divergent paths despite the same upbringing. Brian Rapinoe’s story is proof that no matter how destructive one’s journey is, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow thanks to recovery.

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The Haven at Pismo can help you or a loved one get on a path toward long-term addiction recovery. Our commitment to excellence and our use of evidence-based treatment modalities assist clients in many ways as they begin an unforgettable journey of healing. Please contact us today to learn more about our program. The Haven is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Prioritizing Recovery on the Fourth of July

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The Haven at Pismo would like to wish everyone in recovery a safe and sober Fourth of July. We grasp that holidays are not always the most pleasurable times of the year for many people who work a program. For newcomers or men and women in their first year, a significant holiday can present considerable obstacles.

Feelings and emotions accompany special days of the year. Such sentiments can elicit happiness; they can also bring melancholy. The program teaches people how to cope with uncomfortable sensations and memories, but it’s not always easy to implement one’s tools during holidays that are typified by heavy alcohol use.

Across the country, millions of adults find themselves beer-in-hand on July 4th. Men and women in recovery do their best to avoid situations that involve copious amounts of alcohol, which isn’t easy on Independence Day. Taking steps to mitigate one’s exposure to booze can reduce temptations to use.

If you are in your first year of recovery, then sticking close to your support network today is strongly advised. It’s worth reminding yourself that the disease of addiction is cunning, baffling, and powerful. Always best to err on the side of caution, even if you think you can handle being around drinking. Triggers can happen in an instant, and there is always the possibility that urge will become too potent to resist.

Conversely, shutting yourself in for the day is not beneficial either. Like any day in recovery, striking a balance between program and pleasure is the best course of action. One’s sobriety must be the priority number one; each person has a responsibility to safeguard their progress.

Prioritizing Recovery on the Fourth of July


On days of the year when Americans overprime their drinking pumps, some men and women in recovery are inclined to isolate. They would do just as well to avoid exposure to the one thing on the planet they cannot have; on the surface, checking-out for the day appears sound. However, a closer examination reveals the opposite; avoidance via isolation can compound the feelings of exclusion. The sensation that one has when they feel like they are missing out can be depressing.

Sadness can lead people down unfortunate lines of thinking that could result in even stronger desires to use drugs or alcohol. In an effort to avoid the risks of solitude, people in recovery are best served by taking action on the Fourth of July. Attend meetings, be of service, and seek out pleasurable opportunities to bond with one’s support network.

Attending parties that involve drinking is not conducive to furthering people’s goals; but, going to recovery-sponsored gatherings today is beneficial. Men and women in recovery like to have a good time, just like everyone else. However, they can enjoy themselves in such a way as to not jeopardize all their hard work.

During significant days of the year, sober people host dinners, cookouts, and dances. Recovery asks people to work a program and have fun too; shutting the door on life is not a viable option. A good recipe for holidays is to listen to the needs of your program and take part in sober festivities. If you do not already have plans, then go to a meeting and ask your support network what they are doing for the rest of the day. There is a good chance that something fun will follow.

We hope that you will resist the temptation to isolate and avoid taking unnecessary risks. Staying sober during a holiday can be just like any other day of the year, with the help of your support network and a plan of action.

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It is not uncommon for men and women to decide to seek the help of recovery services during a major holiday. Stand-out days of the year can be excellent times to turn people’s lives around. Please contact The Haven at Pismo if you are struggling with addiction; our center is the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer-Onset Seasonal Affective Disorder

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The seasons and weather have an effect on us all in myriad ways. For most people, the summer and the warm, sunny climes that come with it elicit feelings of joy. Conversely, the colder winter months tend to bring men and women down emotionally.

The days are shorter in the winter which means we are exposed to less sunlight thus depriving us of vitamin D. Researchers believe that vitamin D deficiency impacts our mood; if true, people in recovery need to be cautious from fall to spring.

Many individuals eagerly await the arrival of more welcoming weather. Day after day of being cooped up inside can take a toll on humans. Come summertime, Americans descend upon the great outdoors eager to soak up all the rays possible.

As the summer comes to a close, it’s only natural that men and women begin to dread the return of brisk weather. While the majority of people prefer summer over winter, some do because of psychological reasons. Perhaps you are familiar with seasonal affective disorder or SAD? It is a type of depression that arises from changes in seasons.

The subject of seasonal affective disorder is typically discussed during the colder months of the year. However, SAD can strike during the warmer months as well! With the summer solstice behind us, it is vital that men and women who are susceptible to weather-related changes in mood take steps prioritizing their well-being.

Those in recovery need to keep watch of their feelings. Symptoms of depression that are left unchecked can disrupt one’s program and potentially lead to a relapse. The sections below will cover the characteristics of SAD and what you can do to protect your sobriety from the “summertime blues.”

Seasonal Affective Disorder in Recovery


Regardless of the time of year, experts associate depression, anhedonia, hopelessness, and sleep problems with SAD. The Mayo Clinic points out that there are symptoms specific to winter-onset and summer-onset SAD.

People who struggle during the winter months are more likely to experience:
  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy
The symptoms that are specific to summer-onset SAD include:
  • Insomnia
  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Agitation or anxiety
During the summer, the days are significantly longer; the sun creeps around the edges of the bedroom window shade much earlier. Lack of sleep affects people’s mood, and that can negatively impact the day. Those who are sensitive to light can benefit from purchasing blackout curtains. Naturally, hot temperatures can also influence both sleep and one’s overall comfort throughout the day. Persons with a low tolerance to heat should take steps to stay cool.

Sleep deprivation and general discomfort may not be a big deal to the average individual, but that is not the case for those in recovery. Since many people with substance use issues also contend with co-occurring mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, it is crucial that the effects of SAD are not ignored.

Seasonal affective disorder can be even more punishing to men and women living with mental health disorders. SAD can induce or amplify symptoms of anxiety, depression, and mania. It’s vital when feeling uncomfortable, irritable, or sleep deprived, to talk about it with therapists, sponsors, and support networks. Keeping things to one’s self isn’t beneficial.

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Talk with your support group if you are struggling right now. A peer is likely dealing with the same issues, and they can offer some helpful advice. Most importantly, stick to your regular routine as best you can to avoid causing further complications by letting your program slip. Meeting with a professional to talk about summer-onset SAD can also yield effective methods of countering and coping with symptoms.

Please contact the Haven at Pismo if you require assistance for alcohol or substance use disorder. Our highly trained staff can also assist individuals who are struggling with co-occurring mental illnesses.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Change Direction on Mental Health

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Nearly two years ago, the vocalist of the band Linkin Park committed suicide at his home in Southern California. Despite the band’s massive success, Chester Bennington, 41, had struggled beneath the surface with trauma, depression, and addiction.

May and June are great months for raising awareness about mental health disorders. June is PTSD Awareness Month and May was Mental Health Month. Bennington’s struggles and ultimate suicide are tragic; however, both serve as a catalyst for encouraging more people to talk about the importance of mental health.

Depression is the number one cause of poor health around the world. It affects millions of people in the United States and hundreds of millions around the globe. Substance abuse affects an estimated 25 million Americans. Post-traumatic stress disorder disrupts the lives of about 7.7 million Americans.

When addiction and co-occurring mental illness present in a patient, the result can be deadly. Imploring celebrities and average Americans to talk about mental health can save lives. When people disregard the stigma attached to mental illness and open up, it erodes some of the fear men and women have about seeking help.

Raising Awareness of Addiction, Depression, and PTSD


During PTSD Awareness Month, we can use social media to reach large audiences about the treatable mental health condition. The National Center for PTSD provides resources for anyone who would like to spread the message that treatment works. The organization states that:

“Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—needs to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life.”

This month, Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda is calling on everyone to share with the world why mental health is essential. She has asked for and received the support of many celebrities and some experts in the field.

The Campaign to Change Direction is “a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.” Last week, Talinda challenged people to take part in the campaign’s “A Week to Change Direction.”

“I challenge you to do a 30-second video on why mental health is important to you,” Bennington said on Instagram. “For me it’s very personal. And I’ve dedicated my life to change the culture surrounding mental health.” 


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Even though the Week to Change Direction Challenge is over, many individuals are still posting videos with the #ChangeDirection. Notable figures who have published videos about mental illness include Dr. Jennifer Ashton (ABC Chief Medical Correspondent), actor Ken Jeong (“Hangover”), and bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses).

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If you are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illness, then we invite you to reach out to The Haven at Pismo. Conditions like depression and PTSD accompany alcohol and substance use disorders regularly. It is vital that men and women living with mental illness seek evidence-based treatment immediately.

At The Haven, we can help you or a loved one lead a productive, fulfilling life in recovery. Begin recovery today: 805.202.3440.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Addiction and "Deaths of Despair" in America

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In 2015, a paper was published regarding rising mortality rates in the U.S. involving drug overdose, alcohol, and suicide. The groundbreaking article appeared in the National Academy of Science’s magazine.

The research paper, interestingly, did not come from leaders in public health, but instead from two economists. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton found that the mortality rate was most pronounced in one specific demographic: middle-aged non-Hispanic whites without a college degree.

In 2017, Case and Deaton followed up on their findings; they suggested that a large portion of America never recovered from the 2008 recession, The Guardian reports. Families that were no longer able to earn a living without a college degree were linked to rising overdose, suicide, and substance use-related deaths. In their update, Case and Deaton coined a phrase that stuck: “deaths of despair.”

While drugs, alcohol, and mental illness are driving forces in premature death, the crisis many people face is that of despair. When someone experiences the complete loss or absence of hope, they are likely to want to escape. Others too, have conducted similar research on why people turn to drugs and alcohol when life becomes exceedingly harder and harder to bear.

The author Johann Hari published a book called “Chasing the Scream” that dealt with drivers of addiction. He writes that environment and life-circumstances (e.g., stable home life and employment) play a significant role in the development of addiction.

When men and women feel cut off from society and the American Dream, they are more likely to engage in self-defeating and self-destructive behaviors. Naturally, this subject matter is nuanced—many factors play a role in the alarming trends.

Deaths of Despair are Up Nationally


Alcohol and substance use disorder and other forms of mental illness are treatable. Millions of Americans are working programs of addiction recovery and receiving mental health services. However, accessing care continues to be a severe problem in several areas of the United States.

The Commonwealth Fund, which tracks health performance in each state, found a correlation between deaths of despair and poor scorecards. The data shows that suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related deaths have reached an all-time high; and, understanding why could lead to solutions.

The organization analyzed 47 factors that have an impact on health outcomes for a new report, NBC News reports. Insurance coverage and access to doctors were two of the elements. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Washington, Connecticut, and Vermont ranked the highest. Arkansas, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi received the lowest rankings.

“When we look at what’s going on in mid-Atlantic states — West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania — those are the states that have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the country,” said David Radley, a senior scientist for the Commonwealth Fund. “The rate of growth in drug overdose deaths in West Virginia is absolutely mind-boggling.” 

Health care coverage is what separates the states with the highest score from those with the lowest, according to the article. The states at the bottom of the list all had the highest number of uninsured residents. California ranked 14th.

 “We really think of health care access of being the foundation of a high-performing health care system,” Radley said.

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The Haven at Pismo can assist men and women who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illness. We offer many different programs to cater to the unique needs of each client. Our evidence-based addiction treatment center is the perfect place to renew your best today.

Please contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about The Haven difference.

Friday, June 7, 2019

12 Step Recovery: Founders Day

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Millions of Americans and many more people around the globe are grateful for the birth of 12 Step recovery. While there are several different modalities (e.g., SMART Recovery), programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have the largest following by far.

There is a reason why most evidence-based addiction treatment centers encourage their clients to work the 12 Steps while in rehab and after. Having a fellowship of men and women who share a common goal is exceedingly beneficial. A support network is of the utmost importance to any person desiring to heal from alcohol or substance use disorder.

What’s more, unlike many therapists and counselors, each person in the rooms of recovery has first-hand experience with the disease. Having the common bond of past experiences enables people to relate, and they can guide each other through the challenges of life. Since there are not any hard mandates short of abstinence, men and women have the freedom to work their own program.

Even a casual observer has to acknowledge the remarkable nature of 12 Step recovery programs. Those who were at the brink of total despair and looking up at the bottom can rebuild their lives by practicing a set of principles. Member of Alcoholics Anonymous take what they learn, leave what they don’t need behind, and carry the message to newcomers 365 days a year. This is the way it has been for 84 years since the founding of AA.

84th Anniversary of 12 Step Recovery: Founders Day


Most of those working a program in 12 Step recovery know a little history about its origins. They know the names Bill W., Dr. Bob, and Ebby T.; even some are familiar with the Oxford Group, a precursor to AA. For those who are not familiar with the humble beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous, we’d like to share some the program's lineage.

AA was the brainchild of two seemingly hopeless alcoholics who met in Akron, Ohio in 1935: Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon. Alcoholics Anonymous World Services writes:

“Bill had gotten sober and had then maintained his recovery by working with other alcoholics, though none of these had actually recovered. Meanwhile, Dr. Bob’s Oxford Group membership at Akron had not helped him enough to achieve sobriety. When Dr. Bob and Bill finally met, the effect on the doctor was immediate. This time, he found himself face to face with a fellow sufferer who had made good. Bill emphasized that alcoholism was a malady of mind, emotions and body. This all-important fact he had learned from Dr. William D. Silkworth of Towns Hospital in New York, where Bill had often been a patient. Though a physician, Dr. Bob had not known alcoholism to be a disease. Responding to Bill’s convincing ideas, he soon got sober, never to drink again. The founding spark of AA had been struck.” 

If you would like to read more about the lifesaving fellowship’s origins, please click here.

This weekend is Founders Day Weekend, an annual observance to acknowledge the birth of AA. There could be as many as 12,000 who will descend upon Akron in the coming days to celebrate the program. Events will be held at the Gate Lodge, which is where the founders first met to lay out the steps for recovery.

Across the country, events are being held this weekend and next week. For example, in our area there will be a Founders Day event on June 16, 2019.

 

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The Haven at Pismo would like to wish everyone in recovery a happy Founders Day Weekend. Each day in recovery is a remarkable achievement worth being proud of; we hope that you have time to celebrate with your support network.

Please contact us if you are struggling with drugs and alcohol and would like to take steps to improve your life. At The Haven, our team of experts utilizes evidence-based therapies to help people make necessary changes and learn how to excel in recovery.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Relapse Prevention: Quitting Tobacco

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Nicotine is often the first addictive substance people in recovery ever try and the last to quit. Many people who work programs of recovery continue to smoke long after they put down their last drink or drug. Treatment centers have varying and divergent opinions about permitting nicotine use. Some allow it, and some don’t; but, practically every center is determined to encourage cessation.

While quitting tobacco may not be at the top of an addict or alcoholic's list of problems, there are many good reasons to quit. The list of health disorders, including cancers that afflict smokers, is long.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost 40 million American adults smoke cigarettes.

Ideally, people in recovery will tackle their addiction to tobacco while addressing their other use disorders. However, the thought of giving up cigarettes while learning to cope with life without drugs and alcohol is too much for some people. Some addiction professionals even endorse that kind of thinking, believing it best to deal with the more severe disorders first.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests addressing smoking while a person is in addiction treatment is the most beneficial. Below we will discuss some of the reasons people in recovery might want to prioritize giving up nicotine.

Preventing Relapse is Priority Number One


Men and women who seek addiction treatment receive instruction on how to live life on life’s terms. They learn how to cope with their feelings without having to turn to mind-altering substances. Relapse prevention is a significant facet of addiction recovery; anything people can do to protect their program is essential.

Those who are addicted to nicotine will usually smoke more when they are feeling stressed. Cigarettes serve as an unhealthy crutch during times of difficulty. While nicotine may alleviate a person’s stress, it also reinforces the belief that there is a chemical solution to one’s problems.

“Even though various substances have different pharmacological mechanisms, all drugs of abuse ultimately affect the same reward pathway,” said Dr. Heather L. Kimmel, Health Scientist Administrator of NIDA’s Epidemiology Research Branch. “Abstinence from all of them will help the patient move to a new physiological state and, hopefully, a new mental state as well.” 

Sure, it may not be as bad as having a drink, but it still does a disservice to men and women’s recovery. What’s more, current research suggests that smoking in recovery increases the risk of relapse. The findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Researchers analyzed data provided by 5,515 people recovering from substance use disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). They found that those who still smoked three years after the initial interview were about 1.5 times more likely to relapse. Heavy smokers were at even higher risk of relapse; the likelihood of relapse increased by 0.7 percent for each cigarette smoked per day.

“So far, the bulk of evidence suggests that concurrent smoking cessation and substance use treatment is the most beneficial approach,” Dr. Renee D. Goodwin of the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, CUNY, said.

On May 31st, the World Health Organization (WHO) observes World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The event is meant to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco use. Smokers in recovery may want to take the opportunity to learn more about cessation options tomorrow. Smoking cessation can protect your recovery and overall health.

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Please contact The Haven at Pismo if you or someone you love is struggling with drugs or alcohol. We provide a full continuum of care to help rebuild lives and restore hope. We are available at any time to answer your questions about our program.