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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.

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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 addicts 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