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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

An A.M. Routine to Set the Tone for Recovery

a.m. routine for recovery
Your morning routine can set the tone and pace for the rest of the day – so why not start off the right way? One way to do this is to make conscious, healthy decisions in those first seconds, minutes and hours after you open your eyes. These tips can help you do just that – and the effects will last the entire day.   
  • Wake up and meditate. You don’t have to jump out of bed and b-line for the coffee machine. Instead, linger in bed and meditate to tap into your inner spirit. If you have time, consider following the mediation with a little journaling to document the experience.
  • Write yourself a love note. Instead of reaching for your smartphone, reach for a piece of paper and jot down why you deserve to have a great day ahead.
  • Drink a tall glass of water. Water will help fire up your metabolism, flush out any toxins and give your brain fuel to start the day.
  • Fuel up. Aim for a healthy mix of protein, fiber and healthy fats. This combo will keep you full longer and prevent blood sugar dips that can lead to mood swings and cravings.
  • Jot down your goals. These can be short- or long-term, as long as you make them "SMART," which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely or Time-sensitive. For example, a SMART Goal might be to walk for 30 minutes, three times per week for five days, starting on Monday.
  • Head outdoors. Just stepping outside can help you start the day with a sunnier outlook. Breathe in the fresh air, breathe out any negative emotions – and while you’re out there, go for a heart-pumping walk or jog.
Your Path to Better Mental Health
The Haven at Pismo can help you achieve inner harmony while building the skills to maintain it over the long term. Our dual diagnosis programs are recommended for those experiencing the doubly damaging effects of addiction and mental illness. To connect with a caring and understanding admissions counselor, call today: 805-202-3440.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ER Visits for Opioid Abuse Soaring

A new government report released more stats surrounding America's opioid epidemic – and, once again, it’s pretty scary.

In the new report, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified 142,557 opioid overdose victims from 45 states spilling into ERs from July 2016 to September 2017. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups. The Midwest was hit hardest; data showed an overall 70 percent increase in overdose treatment rates in emergency rooms.

"This fast-moving epidemic does not distinguish age, sex or state or county lines, and it's still increasing in every region of the United States," said Dr. Anne Schuch, CDC Acting Director, during a press conference. "This data sends a wake-up call about the need to improve what happens when patients leave the emergency department."

Added U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams during the briefing: "It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, compassion and urgency."

Do You Know About the "Good Samaritan" Law?
Indeed, acting with urgency is imperative for saving the life of someone overdosing on opioids. And, yet, it’s common for friends and family members who are also misusing drugs to delay help for fear of arrest. 911 “Good Samaritan” laws exempt an individual from arrest and prosecution for mild drug and alcohol law violations if they call for help to save someone else’s life. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have some type of Good Samaritan law.

Getting Help for Opioid 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 an opioid addiction, call today: 805-202-3440.