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It should come as no surprise that yoga has entered the recovery lexicon. Aruni Nan Futuronsky, a Kripalu Senior Life Coach and Kripalu Yoga teacher who teaches Yoga and Recovery: 12-Step Spirituality, says that the complementary relationship between the 12-Steps and yoga is a perfect marriage for healing. “Addiction is the ultimate checking out of the moment…Yoga, on and off the mat, is the checking in to reality,” she says. “Brilliantly, yoga and recovery programs
Living with a loved one who battles with addiction can be an emotional rollercoaster. Oftentimes, family members lose sight of their own needs in an effort to mediate and take care of the ailing alcoholic or addict. When this happens, friends and family may feel neglected, overlooked, and even abused. How does one seek help while living with someone in the throes of addiction? What about living with an alcoholic or addict in recovery? The
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, and damages the family’s unity in terms of everyone’s mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. While it’s generally agreed that the overall success of addiction treatment is dependent on the addict working on his or her own issues, for lasting success, treatment
One of the most difficult challenges one can face as a relative or friend is watching someone you love suffer from the devastating effects of addiction. Joblessness, homelessness, irritability, mood swings, and relationship issues: these are just some of the symptoms one who suffers severely from addiction can experience. How can you find help for a loved one with an addiction? First of all, determining the severity of the problem is an important diagnostic tool
For many addicts considering residential treatment, their first question is often, “How long will I have to stay?” The answer to that question is a simple and straightforward: For as long as it takes. Different Strokes Drug treatment program lengths do vary, not only for each individual, but for each treatment facility. While a certain length of stay may be appropriate for one person, it may not work for another. Residential treatment programs provide an
Ever since the American Medical Association (AMA) declared that alcoholism is a disease, insurance companies have greatly increased their ability to provide those wishing to seek treatment with the financial assistance they need. Along with the AMA, insurance companies have come to understand the nature of addiction and its need for accompanying medical treatment. In viewing drug addiction and alcoholism as a medical condition that can be treated through hospitalization and professional care, insurance firms
Codependency often affects a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, or coworker of a person afflicted with alcohol or drug dependence. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship because one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. According to Mental Health America, codependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
Many drugs are abused because they alter feelings and emotions. For example, opioids, such as Vicodin, cause euphoria and diminish anxiety and stress. CNS depressants, such as Valium, cause relaxation and drowsiness, while stimulants, such as Ritalin, produce increased energy and concentration. For these reasons, it’s easy to see why they are so often abused.   Learning to Deal with your Emotions Sober Sobriety presents a number of challenges, but often one of the biggest
When someone you know suffers from both an addiction and a mental health disorder, that condition is known as dual diagnosis. Many times those afflicted with a mental health issue will use drugs and alcohol to treat the symptoms of a mental health condition, whether it is depression, anxiety, or a mood disorder. Conversely, years of drug and alcohol abuse can contribute to the symptoms of a mental health disorder. These are two separate illnesses,
Welcome to the Summit Malibu Drug Rehab Blog, where we have compiled information, resources and personal stories to support our clients’ journeys to recovery. We offer these articles so our current and former clients and their friends and families may gain the support and information they need to effectively deal with the recovery process. This addiction recovery blog sheds light on the science behind addiction, the effect it has on those surrounding the addict, the