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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Addiction Recovery Following An Overdose

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People who experience an overdose risk experiencing another if there isn’t an intervention. It is not uncommon for an individual to suffer multiple overdoses before ultimately succumbing to their disease. In fact, having more than one overdose in a single day is not unheard of in the United States.

The time immediately following an overdose is crucial. When someone is most vulnerable it is believed to be an ideal opportunity to encourage addiction treatment services. A new study shows that most overdose victims who receive naloxone – an overdose reversal drug – can safely be released from hospitals in just one hour, HealthDay reports. Which can cause a person to wonder, are overdose victims ready to go back “out there” shortly after near-death experiences?

It is no secret that a lack of substance use disorder treatment is one of the most significant obstacles to curbing the American opioid addiction epidemic. As the crisis continues to devastate many states and countless families, people living in rural areas continue to struggle to acquire the help they require.

While some progress has been made, we continue to fall short as a nation. Only 10 percent of people with a substance use disorder get specialty treatment, due to an inability to access care, according to a 2016 surgeon general report.

Addiction Recovery Following Overdose

Drug overdoses – the majority of which involved opioids – took the lives of more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the final tallies are not available yet for 2018, the death toll is likely to be in the same range as previous years.

Experts agree addiction recovery is the most useful means of reducing the death toll. Naloxone can prevent drug toxicity from becoming fatal, but it does little to address the substance use disorder. Addiction treatment works, and recovery is possible provided however that a person is willing to surrender and make specific changes in their life. What’s more, recovery does not happen in a vacuum; individuals suffering from the disease require the assistance of professionals and continued support.

For men and women who recently experienced an overdose, the reality is that now is the best opportunity to embrace addiction recovery. The stakes of opioid use disorder are overwhelmingly high. If you are a person who is using again, post overdose, we strongly encourage you to embrace a new path. At The Haven, we ask that you look past the stigma of addiction and the humility that comes with accepting that outside help is needed.

We implore you to keep in mind that nothing changes if nothing changes, as people frequently say in the rooms of recovery. Those who continue down a self-defeating and self-destructive path are guaranteed to witness their disease progress; such individuals are also at extreme risk of history repeating itself by way of an overdose.

The Haven at Pismo Can Help

Any individual can find recovery and lead a fulfilling and productive life. Please contact The Haven to learn more about the programs we offer. Men and women who choose our center benefit from highly credentialed counselors and therapists practicing exclusively in the field of addiction. At The Haven, we help to Rebuild Lives and Restore Hope.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Healing Hobbies for Recovery

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Hobbies can have many healing powers when it comes to recovery and your overall good health. In fact, having a hobby as an adult has been linked with numerous health perks including increased self-confidence and reduced stress and depression.

A big part of a successful recovery is rediscovering sober fun and finding activities that provide a fulfilling, productive use of our free time. And the right hobby can do this and more.

Here are some activities that you may enjoy – and that can help give you the tools to fend off stress and depression, stay in the moment and focus on building a new sober life for yourself.

  • Visual arts (photography, painting/drawing): The process of creating art can bring greater awareness of the beauty in your life and have a positive impact on your emotions.
  • Writing: Writing has been linked to a number of mental and physical health benefits, including better memory, sleep and stress management.
  • Playing or listening to music: Music has been found to boost the body's immune system, lower levels of stress and anxiety and ease depression.
  • Cooking: Not only can cooking teach you about the right foods to fuel your recovery, but the repetitive tasks inherent to prepping meals (washing, chopping measuring) can become meditative and teach you to stay in the present.
  • Yoga: This ancient practice can do wonders for stress and anxiety by increasing the brain chemical Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which plays an important role in behavior, cognition and the body's response to stress.
  • Running: This is perhaps the best hobby for blowing off steam, managing depression and dealing with cravings. Running increases the production of the feel-good hormone dopamine as well as other neurochemicals that are vital to the recovery process.
  • Gardening: Not only are you soaking up mood-boosting vitamin D, but gardening helps to slow the mind and remind you that you’re just one small part of the greater universe.
Healing at The Haven
Our Central Coast location is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it the perfect place to explore some outdoor hobbies as part of your recovery. To learn more about our location and programs, call today: 805-202-3440.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Benzodiazepine Use and Abuse Concerns

Prescription opioids and the substance use disorder that can result has dominated national news cycles for more than a decade. Practically every American adult understands the dangers accompanying opioid use. When addressing addiction stemming from prescription drug use, it is critical to remember that other pharmaceuticals carry significant risk as well. This fact is especially true when two forms of narcotics are used simultaneously.

During the period when opioid prescribing surged dramatically, so too did prescription sedatives. Benzodiazepines are one type of drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression in the United States. Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin are prescribed the most; and, such drugs can also lead to addiction. What’s more, when benzos are misused or mixed with other drugs like opioids, patients can experience a potentially fatal overdose.

"The risk of poisoning from benzodiazepines alone is very high, but is compounded for those who misuse benzodiazepines -- a central nervous system depressant -- along with opioids, which suppress respiration,” said Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis with the Center on Addiction. “When combined with alcohol, also a depressant, the effects can be similarly severe." 

Those patients who become dependent on benzodiazepines can also face complications when attempting to stop. It is vital that people struggling with use disorders resulting from the use of sedatives seek professional attention when making efforts toward recovery. One of the symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal is seizures, which can be fatal if they occur unsupervised.

Benzodiazepine Use Is On The Rise

While studying current U.S. data, Dr. Donovan Maust, an assistant professor with the University of Michigan's department of psychiatry, found that about one in five people prescribed benzodiazepines are misusing the substances, HealthDay reports. Moreover, Dr. Maust found that misuse was as common as prescribed use among young adults. The findings of the research appear in Psychiatric Services.

Most experts agree that opioid misuse and overdose in America began steadily increasing in the late 1990s. Disturbingly, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that annual benzodiazepine overdose deaths rose from 1,135 to 8,791 between 1999 and 2015. The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) finds that almost one in three opioid overdoses involve a drug like Valium or Xanax.

Even though benzodiazepines are of little to no value in treating anxiety, panic disorders or insomnia, according to Maust, the data indicates that nearly 13 percent of adults used these types of drugs in the past year. He points out that cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT and psychotherapy is typically more effective at treating symptoms than sedatives. Dr. Maust adds that benzos may be more of a hindrance than a help.

"Benzos for anxiety is like opioids for chronic pain. There's a small subset of patients with treatment-resistant conditions where use may be appropriate," Maust said. "The current amount of use way, way exceeds what the evidence would support."

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If your use of benzodiazepines to treat symptoms of mental illness resulted in developing a use disorder, please reach out to The Haven. We provide medically supervised and top-quality care for addressing both the addiction and co-occurring mental illness like depression and anxiety. Our premier central coast addiction treatment center is the perfect place to renew your best today.