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Signs of Executive Drug Addiction

Executive drug addiction is becoming a major concern in the United States today. There are many reasons managers are turning to alcohol and drugs for relaxation. With the prestige of an executive position often comes the stress of working long hours, the responsibility of courting new clients, and the pressure to make time for friends and family still. Many executives feel like people are pulling them in a thousand different directions. They have significant obligations at home and at work, yet fail to live up to everyone’s expectations.

As such, it’s no wonder so many business executives turn to drugs or alcohol to take the edge off or decompress after a long day. All too often though, the occasional indulgence results in addiction. Before the exec knows it, he is structuring his life around ensuring access to his drug of choice. If you or someone you know struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call to speak to the professional substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

Job-Related Stress Leading to Executive Drug Addiction

One of the most common reasons business executives turn to drugs is to cope with job-related stress. For execs attempting to live up to the exceedingly high expectations of their jobs on a day-to-day basis, stress is in abundance. According to one study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences journal in 2008, there is “accumulating evidence from preclinical, clinical, and population studies that highly stressful situations and chronic stress increase addiction vulnerability, that is, both risk of developing addiction and risk of relapse.” In fact, research has shown that at least 40% of Americans treated for depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues cite work-related stress as a major contributing factor. Stress in the workplace is the main reason why executive drug use is so prevalent in the United States.

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

Following are some common signs of executive drug addiction:

  • The executive’s work begins to suffer
  • He is neglectful or abusive towards his family
  • He is unable to honor commitments at work or at home
  • His temperament begins to change
  • He experiences mood swings
  • His co-workers find themselves covering for him
  • He disappears from home or work with no explanation
  • His appearance or grooming begins to deteriorate
  • He calls in sick to work more often or doesn’t show up
  • He seems to have financial or legal problems

Recovering from Executive Drug Addiction

There has always been a stigma associated with drug addiction, but we as a society have made great strides recently in accepting the fact that addiction is not a moral problem. People today realize that people struggling with addiction need treatment, not judgment. In the past, admitting to a drug problem and seeking treatment at a rehab facility was the equivalent of professional suicide for a business executive. Fortunately, going to rehab for drug addiction is no longer the end of the line for execs.

Now, more than ever before, companies are retaining invaluable employees and protecting their investment. They are helping executives with addiction get the help they need.  By doing this, they can return to work as healthy and productive members of the company. Executive rehab facilities like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, design programs specifically for the unique recovery needs of business executives.

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Executive drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. Yet, it is common in the workplace today. Sadly, substance abuse among business execs has become commonplace in this country. As a result, few executives struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction seek treatment for their substance abuse. If you know a business executive engaging in problematic drug abuse, don’t hesitate to ensure he gets the help he needs. Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to talk to a knowledgeable addiction recovery counselor about the available treatment options.

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Executive Burnout: What is It and How do Execs Handle It?

You’ve probably heard someone at some point say they were feeling “burned out,” meaning they’d worn themselves too thin. Furthermore, you may have even said it yourself. Burnout is a real concern for executives who are at risk for mental exhaustion from the stress they experience. Unfortunately, many managers who experience burnout begin to self-medicate. They rely on drugs or alcohol to calm their anxiety, improve their alertness, or enhance their performance at work. Self-medicating can put them at risk for dependence and addiction. If you or someone you know is experiencing executive burnout and self-medicating just to get through the day, call and speak to the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Common Signs of Workplace Stress

The demanding and challenging environment that most business executives work in makes them more prone to work-related stress. While stress affects people in different ways, some tell-tale red flags may signal executive burnout. There are healthy ways administrators can deal with workplace stress. Some of these ways include exercising regularly, getting a good night’s sleep or taking up an enjoyable hobby. However, all too often, stressed execs turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the pressure they are under to perform well at work. The following are some of the most common signs of executive burnout due to workplace stress:

  • Irritability and impatience at work
  • Depression or anxiety in the business environment
  • Lack of energy at work
  • Insomnia
  • Low self-esteem
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Frequent illness
  • Reliance on drugs or alcohol to make it through the day

Self-Medicating to Deal with Executive Burnout

Whether it’s cocaine to increase energy and mental alertness at work, alcohol to relax and unwind after a long day, or benzodiazepines to relieve anxiety, relying on substances to deal with work-related stress is a slippery slope. While cocaine, for example, may have short-term benefits regarding a temporary burst of energy and alertness, it is a highly addictive drug, and chronic use can lead to long-term health consequences, like decreased concentration, impaired memory, and diminished judgment and decision-making abilities. Business executives who deal with workplace stress by drinking alcohol may become reliant on increasing amounts of alcohol to deal with business problems and social situations, putting them at risk for alcoholism.

The Experts at BRS Rehab Can Help

The most dangerous thing about executive burnout and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol is that it can happen gradually, beginning with occasional indulgence and progressing to dependence, until drinking or doing drugs becomes the executive’s primary means of dealing with workplace stress. And it’s not just the executive who suffers the effects of executive burnout and the resulting alcohol or drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “Employees who drink heavily or who abuse or are dependent on alcohol can undermine a workforce’s overall health and productivity,” resulting in problems like “impaired performance of job-related tasks, accidents or injuries, poor attendance, high employee turnover, and increased healthcare costs.” If an executive at your workplace appears to be suffering from burnout or addiction, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to find out how you can help.

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5 Facts About High-Functioning Alcoholics

Most of us when we hear the word “alcoholic” think of a drunk person slurring words. He embarrasses himself in public, can’t hold down a job, and his life is falling apart as a result. Not all alcoholics fit into this particular mold though. In fact, there is such a thing as high-functioning alcoholics. High-functioning alcoholics are people who abuse alcohol on a regular basis. However, they manage to live relatively healthy lives, are successful at work, and have families who love them. If you recognize the signs of a high-functioning alcoholic in yourself or a loved one, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Do You Know a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

If you have a friend or family member who seems to plan their day around drinking, they may be a functioning alcoholic. In accordance, if they have multiple drinks to your one drink, they may be a high-functioning alcoholic. Unfortunately, high-functioning alcoholics (HFA’s) are experts at concealing their drinking from others. They are often well-liked individuals with good jobs and a tight-knit social circle. It is very easy for others to overlook the problem.

How to Recognize the Signs of High-Functioning Alcoholics

The following are five facts about high-functioning alcoholics you should be aware of:

  1. High-functioning alcoholics can be well-educated individuals with loving friends and family members. The number one myth about high-functioning alcoholics is that they can’t hold down a job or be successful. People think that they can’t maintain close personal relationships because of their problem drinking. On the contrary, HFA’s are often socially active individuals with good jobs and families who love them. In fact, one study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in 2007, found that 19.5% of alcoholics in the United States fall into the subtype of “functional” alcoholics. Functioning alcoholics are, as a rule, well-educated, middle-aged individuals with stable jobs and families.
  1. HFA’s do show signs of alcoholism. It’s true that high-functioning alcoholics may seem like they have it all together. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll begin to notice some of the warning signs of alcoholism. Some of these red flags might include drinking alone or needing to drink to feel confident or relaxed. It might also include hiding the evidence of their drinking from others. 
  1. High-functioning alcoholics are not in control. High-functioning alcoholics are often well-educated, intelligent, successful people. They are masters at hiding their problem drinking from others. A high-functioning alcoholic might be able to convince himself and others that he has his drinking under control. For alcoholics, the issue is that the alcohol controls them, not the other way around. 
  1. High-functioning alcoholics have a problem. Just because a high-functioning alcoholic may somehow manage to maintain obligations at home, work or school, that doesn’t mean that drinking is not an issue. He experiences cravings, just like a “typical” alcoholic. He goes through withdrawal and faces the tolerance that comes with a dependence on alcohol. 
  1. HFA’s can benefit from substance abuse treatment. The very definition of a high-functioning alcoholic is an alcoholic. For the most part, he manages to function effectively in his personal, professional, and social life. As such, an HFA can easily convince himself that he doesn’t fit the traditional stereotype of an alcoholic, and therefore, doesn’t need help. The truth is that an HFA, like any alcoholic, can benefit from an intensive substance abuse treatment program like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today

High-functioning alcoholics face the same potential consequences of their problem drinking as “traditional” alcoholics. In fact, they are typically the last ones to seek treatment.  High-functioning alcoholics convince themselves that they are in control while they hide their drinking from the people around them. Being aware of the signs of a high-functioning alcoholic, and recognizing the fact that HFA’s face the same problems “typical” alcoholics do, you can help your loved one get the help he or she needs. Call the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss the available treatment options for high-functioning alcoholics.

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How to Strengthen the Bond with Your Spouse During Addiction Recovery

Overcoming a substance abuse disorder is one of the most difficult things an addict will have to do in their life. For those whose marriage has been affected by addiction, another extremely difficult task involves strengthening the bond between themselves and their spouse. They have to rebuild the trust they lost by abusing drugs or alcohol in the first place. If you and your spouse are attempting to repair your relationship during or following substance abuse treatment, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services and speak to a certified addiction recovery counselor.

The Impact of Addiction on a Family

Alcoholism and drug addiction can have a devastating impact on a marriage. In addition to causing financial difficulties and physical trauma for the addict himself, a substance abuse disorder can cause lasting harm to the family as a whole. In some cases, the spouse of an addict may experience feelings of inadequacy or powerlessness in the face of the substance abuse. These feelings can lead to resentment and marital discord. However, it’s important that the couple understands that this is a problem that can be addressed with the right tools.

Ways to Strengthen the Bond During Addiction Recovery

The following are some ways in which an addict can strengthen the bond with their spouse during addiction recovery:

  • Own up to your problems.  The first step in the process of addiction recovery involves taking ownership of your problem. By being accountable for your actions, you can show your spouse that you are committing yourself fully to repairing your marriage.
  • Make the effort to get help. Achieving and maintaining lasting recovery following addiction treatment requires the assistance of a trained addiction recovery counselor. Actively seeking help from a rehab facility or support group can help couples rebuild trust in their relationship.
  • Practice abstinence. The difference between abstinence and moderation is huge in the recovery process. Research has shown that abstinence, or the practice of avoiding past harmful behaviors completely, is the safest and surest way to achieve long-term recovery.
  • Let your actions speak louder than your words. You can tell your spouse a thousand times that you’re going to get help. However, it’s not until you actually take that step that the healing process can truly begin.
  • Set your family as your first priority.  For an addict, drinking or using drugs becomes their top priority. Making the effort to put your family first is an important part of the recovery process. Make time for them and show them that their well-being is your first priority.
  • Practice mindfulness. It’s easy to lose yourself in addiction. However, you must make the decision to seek treatment. It is imperative that you show your spouse that the “real you” is back. You can do this by being present in the moment and enjoying the time you spend with them.
  • Work on being trustworthy. Rebuilding trust during addiction recovery is no easy task, but honesty is key. Try being more open about where you’re going and what you’re doing. By doing this, your spouse will naturally begin to trust you again over time.

The Addiction Recovery Experts at BRS Can Help

The most important thing to remember during treatment is that recovery is an ongoing process. Rebuilding the trust you lost, and strengthening the bond with your spouse and family members cannot be done overnight. Family dynamics in addiction can be complicated, especially for addicts who have kept their loved ones in the dark in regards to their substance abuse. A person can lose trust in a moment and take a long time to rebuild that trust. However, with these tips, recovering addicts can show their loved ones that they are serious about staying sober. They will gradually begin to strengthen the bonds that were torn apart by addiction. If someone you love is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, speak to the recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

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Trying to Maintain Your Life as a Functioning Alcoholic

Alcoholism is a serious issue that affects many families around the world. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an estimated 37,000 adolescents received treatment for an alcohol problem in 2015. Many people know when someone is an alcoholic, but what about when it isn’t so obvious? According to WebMD, around 20 percent of alcoholics are considered to be functioning alcoholics. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a functioning alcoholic can be very important.

What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

A functioning alcoholic is one that does not fit the typical “alcoholic” stereotype. We think of an alcoholic as someone who engages in domestic violence, can’t keep a job, and is not close to their family. This type of alcoholic may have a ton of friends, personal success, and a seemingly normal life. However, they are secretly suffering from alcoholism and living day-to-day with it. They can still function to the point where most people wouldn’t believe that alcohol could ever be an issue for them.  A functioning alcoholic is putting their health in danger, though, because their signs of alcoholism may not be as visible to friends and family.

What are the Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic?

Since functioning alcoholics don’t seem like they have a problem, it may be even harder to diagnose. Here are some signs to watch for: 

  • They may ask for help from friends and family for certain tasks. If someone asks to borrow money and it seems unusual for them, they may have spent too much on alcohol. Doing this brings other people into the problem who often become the enablers.
  • They believe that they set their own drinking limits. If you hear someone say that they only drink with their friends, or only drink on the weekends, they may be in denial of having an alcohol problem. They may be trying to convince everybody else otherwise.
  • They may isolate themselves from friends and family. When a potential functioning alcoholic spends a lot of time by himself, he may be using that time to drink. Furthermore, going to bars alone may mean they don’t want others to know how much they drink.

Should You Hold an Intervention?

The definition of intervention is, “The process by which an addict’s family, friends, counselors, or professional intervention specialists can show the user his destructive behaviors in a way that may result in the addict choosing to seek help immediately.”

When planning an intervention, make sure that you present the functioning alcoholic with your ideal outcome. Let them know what they need to do to get there. Prepare yourself for anger, denial, and refusal. Show them the consequences of what will happen if they do not decide to get help.

Per Wickstrom, the founder, and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, believes that “We don’t tell you what you have to do to achieve peace and sobriety. We show you so that you have the power to make changes for yourself.”  It is important to lead your loved one to a path of sobriety. However, you can’t force them. With the help of your words, they will hopefully make the change on their own.

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The Impact Alcoholism Has on Families

The very nature of addiction means an alcoholic is unable to control their impulses. They may begin prioritizing alcohol over the home, work, and social responsibilities or activities.  It’s easy to see how alcohol abuse can become all-consuming. It can eventually start disrupting an individual’s entire network of friends, family members, and co-workers. Alcoholism is a serious issue that can destroy a marriage. Alcoholism can drive a wedge between parents and their children, causing irreparable damage to the family unit. Fortunately, there are substance abuse recovery services available that benefit the addict as well as their loved ones. If you, or someone you love, are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, contact the staff at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Alcoholism is Not a Weakness in Morality

Some people see addiction as a weakness of character or morality. They see it as an excuse to blow off work when a person doesn’t want to go. However, research has shown that alcohol dependence is a legitimate health concern. Dependence of any kind impacts not just the addict, but the people around them as well – friends, co-workers, and most importantly, family. In some cases, a functioning alcoholic may be able to maintain the pretense of a happy home life. However, there is no escaping the negative consequences associated with ongoing drinking or alcoholism, without professional help.

Common Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the following are some of how functioning alcoholic symptoms can have a negative impact on an alcoholic’s family and friends:

  • The inability to stop drinking at will – The hallmark of an addiction problem is the inability to control the impulse to drink or do drugs. Any time an individual is unable to control his actions, especially in the case of substance abuse, his loved ones are bound to suffer the consequences.
  • Neglect of important duties – A common symptom of alcoholism is impaired judgment, physical capabilities, and cognitive function. An alcoholic will, at some point, begin to neglect essential duties and responsibilities at home and at work.
  • Encountering legal problems – When a person drinks, they are more likely to get into physical altercations, display disorderly conduct in public, and engage in risky behavior, like driving while intoxicated, which increases the risk of encountering serious legal problems.
  • Needing time to nurse hangovers – Alcoholism has any number of short-term consequences, the most common of which is a hangover. When an alcoholic needs time to nurse a hangover, it can significantly disrupt their ability to honor important commitments. It can also result in unhealthy behaviors, such as poor diet and a lack of exercise.
  • Subjecting children to trauma – As a general rule, individuals who grew up in homes where a relative abused alcohol have a greater likelihood of experiencing emotional problems than those who grew up in sober homes. In addition, they are four times more likely to abuse alcohol themselves.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help

People who have no control over their drinking can harm their family in any number of ways. They may do this by causing fights, blowing through the family savings, or impairing their own physical health. Furthermore, they damage the emotional health of their loved ones. Fortunately, there are valuable resources available in the recovery community.  There are treatment programs where addicts can learn the tools they need to live a healthy life free from alcohol.  At the same time, their families can find out how best to support their loved one while receiving counseling themselves. If you are facing a substance abuse problem that is having an adverse impact on your family, don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss their alcohol rehab services with a professional addiction recovery counselor.

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The Dangerous Effects of Snorting Cocaine

In this day and age, there are more drug and alcohol addiction problems than there has ever been before. Truly, the United States suffers from some of the most extensive and overall most problematic issues that the country has ever seen. Substance abuse creates multiple different types of problems, including overdose and death. Cocaine is one of the drugs which individuals continue to abuse. The effects of snorting cocaine can be very dangerous and cause long-term medical issues for users. Even though it is one of the oldest, cocaine is one of the most popular illegal drugs in the United States today. This is a drug that receives constant attention from all age ranges. In many ways, this drug is “timeless.”

Effects of Snorting Cocaine

Crack cocaine and powdered cocaine are both dangerous and harmful.What actually happens when a person snorts cocaine? When someone snorts cocaine, the powder assimilates into the bloodstream through the nasal passages. From here, the substance travels through the bloodstream and then crosses the blood-brain barrier. Following this, the drug further assimilates into the human brain. Cocaine disrupts the neurotransmitter, dopamine from recycling which causes very excessive amounts of dopamine to build up in the human brain. A dopamine overload is what creates the high that someone feels when they abuse this substance. Unfortunately, doing this also severely disrupts normal brain activity in the individual.

One of the effects of snorting cocaine is frequent nosebleeds. Snorting cocaine restricts the blood vessels. Individuals also lose their sense of smell and experience trouble swallowing which are two more of the effects of snorting cocaine.

Addressing Cocaine Addiction with Rehabilitation

The best way to address an addiction to cocaine, whether it is powdered cocaine or crack cocaine, is with the help of an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Treatment programs offer simple tools and recovery methods, all of which are effective in getting people to find their path to freedom and abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction.

Though drug and alcohol addiction is a tough battle to face, it is something that we need to face sooner rather later.  Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is a treatment center that is very proficient at helping people find their freedom and their sobriety from cocaine addiction. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is an executive, luxury treatment center that is able to expertly help people maintain their abstinence from a substance abuse habit. The owner, CEO, and founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, Mr. Per Wickstrom, had this to say about addressing drug and alcohol addiction at its root core, which is in the entire community, not just in the treatment center itself:

“The ongoing battle against drug and alcohol abuse is a battle that will not be won in treatment centers alone. If we wish to truly make a difference, we must attack addiction where it begins.”

Taking his words to heart, the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services treatment center involves itself in not only its treatment approach but also in the community as a whole. This involvement is in an effort to effectively remove cocaine addiction. If you need help with an addiction to cocaine, or any other substance, call today.

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The Effects of Snorting Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful, addictive drug that comes in many forms. The powder form can be snorted or dissolved in liquid for injection. “Crack” cocaine is a form of the drug that has been processed into a hard rock crystal.  Users heat the crystals to release vapors that are then smoked. All three methods release cocaine directly into the bloodstream, where it travels to the brain and causes euphoric effects. The danger of cocaine is that its stimulant effects can cause severe adverse reactions that may result in serious medical complications, hospitalization or even sudden death. If you know a friend or family member is abusing cocaine, don’t hesitate to get him the help he needs. Call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number and speak to a qualified addiction recovery counselor.

Impact of Cocaine on the Body

Cocaine is known as a “party drug,” used as much on the street as it is in the boardroom, but there are important things to know about cocaine effects on the body. Cocaine has the greatest impact on the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.  It acts as a stimulant and increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. It then causes the user to feel energetic, euphoric, mentally alert, and talkative. However, cocaine users may also experience feelings of anxiety, irritability, restlessness, paranoia, and panic.

Snorting cocaine can have dangerous side effects, as it causes significant amounts of the drug to instantly enter the bloodstream.  The result is potentially life-threatening damage to the lungs, heart, brain, kidneys and other organs. Snorting cocaine also causes damage to the nasal passages. This damage can result in frequent nosebleeds and a loss of sense of smell.  Snorting cocaine will lead to a serious addiction problem within days or weeks after repeated use.

Long-Term Effects of Snorting Cocaine

Pleasurable stimuli will cause the brain to release of dopamine, but cocaine prevents dopamine from being reabsorbed by the brain.  Thus, it causes a build-up of dopamine and triggers an intense feeling of euphoria. The euphoric effects of snorting cocaine typically only last between 15 and 30 minutes, but the adverse effects of cocaine use can be long-lasting, possibly causing irreversible harm to the brain and body. Snorting cocaine is especially dangerous if you don’t know the purity of the cocaine you are taking, and because of this, even frequent cocaine users can overdose on the drug. Some of the most common long-term medical complications occurring with cocaine use include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Neurological problems
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Heart attacks
  • Coma
  • Overdose

In severe cases, snorting cocaine may also result in sudden death, typically due to cardiac arrest or seizures, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 5,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2014 were due to cocaine.

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Not everyone who snorts cocaine becomes an addict. However, permanent changes in the brain make it less sensitive to the effects of dopamine and therefore it is harder to get high.  Repeated cocaine use can result in a cocaine addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, contact the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss the best course of treatment for your situation. BRS has a number of treatment programs designed specifically for cocaine abusers and can help you or your loved one regain control of your life.

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Alcohol Awareness Month: How to Support a Loved One in Recovery

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services are encouraging you to take the opportunity to learn about alcohol abuse. Together, we can decrease the stigma people associate with alcoholism. The unfortunate truth is that many people are suffering from alcohol abuse or dependence. However, the shame and embarrassment prevent them from getting help. Sometimes they simply don’t know it’s available. There is also such a thing as functioning alcoholism. The alcoholic may successfully hide his problem from the people around him. If you or someone you know is engaging in problematic drinking, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

What is Alcohol Awareness Month?

Alcohol Awareness Month brings a nationwide effort to increase awareness and understanding about the prevalence of alcohol abuse and dependence. It also makes us aware of treatment and recovery options that are available to alcoholics. Each April, communities across the country are encouraged to reach out to the public to help reduce the stigma we associate with alcoholism. We also strive to break down the barriers to substance abuse treatment. Doing this will increase the likelihood that individuals struggling with alcohol dependence will seek lasting recovery. Many family members have loved ones who are currently seeking treatment for alcoholism. Alcohol Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to learn how to provide a strong support system throughout the recovery process.

Providing a Supportive Environment During Recovery

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. In fact, approximately 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. Several million more engage in binge drinking or another type of risky drinking that can lead to alcohol problems. Alcohol abuse or dependence can have an impact on all aspects of an individual’s life. It can adversely affect his career, his physical and emotional well-being, and his personal and social relationships. It’s easy to feel helpless when someone you care about has an uncontrollable urge to drink alcohol, so much so that it’s taking over his life. If you are wondering how to provide the best kind of support to a loved one in recovery, or if you believe you are living with a high functioning alcoholic, the following are five concrete ways to help:

  1. Learn as much as you can about alcohol dependence and recovery, including the physical, emotional, and behavioral components of the healing process.
  2. Encourage your loved one to stick with the full treatment program, even if he begins to feel better halfway through, to prevent relapse.
  3. Foster a safe and supportive sober environment in which your loved one can recover.
  4. Acknowledge and accept the fact that your loved one may make certain life changes after treatment, ones with which you may or may not agree.
  5. Make sure to take care of yourself too, throughout the recovery process. Don’t put all of your needs and feelings aside to focus on your loved one. Support groups and family therapy are valuable resources you may find help a great deal.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help

An individual’s uncontrollable need for alcohol is what characterizes alcoholism. Because of this need, alcoholics can’t overcome their addiction problem without professional help. But with the right kind of support and treatment, many alcoholics can stop drinking and finally reclaim control of their lives. Once an alcoholic completes treatment, the support of his loved ones can help reduce the risk of relapse. If you know someone who is struggling with heavy drinking or binge drinking, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to speak to a professional addiction recovery counselor.

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The Warning Signs of Alcoholism: Do You Have a Drinking Problem

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 86.4 percent of individuals who are ages 18 or older drank alcohol at some point in their life. Alcohol is a common way that people socialize with their friends. They may also use alcohol to let off some steam or get their mind off of troubling situations. However, when drinking turns into a way to cope with life’s problems, alcoholism or alcohol abuse may become a part of that person’s life in the long run. Do you know someone who is exhibiting the warning signs of alcoholism? Or maybe it’s you who are displaying warning signs of alcoholism.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Alcoholism has many signs that are easily recognizable while others are a little harder to point out. Whether it is you or a loved one, the warning signs of alcoholism can be different for everybody. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Drinking alone
  • Lying about how much they are drinking
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not consuming alcohol
  • Blackouts
  • Neglecting personal responsibilities
  • Making alcohol the center of their life
  • Using alcohol as a way to deal with stress
  • Isolating themselves from others
  • Strain in relationships
  • Higher tolerance
  • Shifts in people they hang out with
  • Not being able to quit drinking

Medical professionals may ask the potential alcoholic a series of questions to determine if they are indeed suffering from alcoholism. One way to accurately determine a diagnosis is by using the CAGE questionnaire. The exact questions are:

  1. “Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?”
  2. “Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?”
  3. “Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?”
  4. “Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get over a hangover?”

If you answer “yes” to two or more of these questions, you may have an alcohol problem and need to get more help. Additional questions to ask yourself may be, “Have I ever been in a situation where I drank more than I initially wanted to?” or “Have I ever experienced alcohol withdrawal if I didn’t have any for a period?”

In fact, by being truly honest with yourself about your drinking habits, you will be better prepared to face your problem and reach long-term sobriety. Additionally, your relationships will improve, your health will improve, and your overall well-being will improve as a result.

What Should You Do if You Have a Drinking Problem?

First of all, when considering your treatment options, you must take your overall well-being into consideration. For instance, if you are interested in going to a treatment facility, make sure that you choose one that provides a holistic approach. A holistic approach is one that wants the person’s mind, body and spirit to become healthier.

Per Wickstrom

Per Wickstrom, the founder, and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation includes a nutritionist, fitness center, counseling services, and more into his facility. Moreover, he believes that this holistic approach is a more efficient way to long-term recovery from any addiction.

By learning skills that will help a person cope with their addiction, they will also be better equipped to handle life’s hardships in times of crisis. These skills will also decrease their chances of relapse since they will know the right way to handle stressful times instead of turning back to alcohol.

Also, different support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) allow you to meet other people going through the same things as you. Support groups will help you to cope with your alcoholism better and more efficiently by seeing what works for other people and what doesn’t.

In summary, by being honest with yourself, you can beat alcohol addiction!

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Celebrating Recovery Milestones: Does it Promote Sobriety in Alcoholics?

If you know someone in recovery, or if you’ve seen any movie featuring a recovering alcoholic or drug addict, you’re probably familiar with the idea of a “recovery milestone.” A recovery milestone is like a “sobriety anniversary” that renews a recovering addict’s motivation to stay sober. In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), for example, different colored chips are used to commemorate significant milestones, such as one day, one month, or one year of sobriety. For some people, celebrating recovery milestones in the ongoing process of recovery is a positive way for them to hold themselves accountable and reflect on how far they’ve come on the path to sobriety. For others, it’s a validation of how hard they’ve worked to live a sober life.

Ways of Celebrating Recovery Milestones

Whether you’ve been sober for one week, six months, or ten years, celebrating recovery milestones that are relevant and meaningful to you is an important part of the healing process. Marking each milestone helps you gauge your progress in recovery, and celebrate the small victories along the way. Some people choose to acknowledge these milestones privately, either by only reflecting on the recovery process or setting new personal goals to keep themselves motivated. Others invite friends and loved ones to join in on the celebration, by having a picnic or attending a support group meeting. Celebrating recovery milestones acknowledges your personal accomplishments, and it’s also an act of hope, reaffirming the faith you have in yourself to reach the next milestone, and the next, and the next. Following are five sober ways of celebrating recovery milestones:

  1. Celebrate National Recovery Month in September.
  2. Participate in a local or national recovery event.
  3. Treat yourself to a new outfit, a weekend away, a new gadget, or something else that will motivate you to continue on the road to recovery.
  4. Start a recovery milestone tradition. It can be as small as writing a new entry in your journal, or as large as organizing an annual walk or run with your friends, family, or support group.
  5. Give back to your community and those who have helped you stay sober by volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or simply sharing your story with others in recovery.

Benefits of Celebrating Recovery Milestones

Some people recovering from alcoholism are reluctant to self-congratulate, even when they’ve reached a significant milestone because they worry they will fail to live up to their own expectations, and the expectations of others. However, celebrating a recovery milestone serves some valuable purposes. Even for addicts who have been sober for years, celebrating these sobriety anniversaries serves as a reminder of who they used to be, how far they’ve come on the road to sobriety, and how easy it is to stumble and fall back into old habits. Especially under circumstances where life becomes stressful or lonely or sad, circling back to your recovery and acknowledging all that you’ve accomplished can be a reminder that you’ve faced bigger challenges in the past and prevailed.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help

Recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction is a big achievement, one that consists of much smaller, but still significant, accomplishments that deserve recognition. Whatever way you choose to celebrate your recovery milestones, keep in mind that recovery is an ongoing process, and with any significant challenge, like overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, there will be bumps in the road along the way. Relapse, or a return to drug or alcohol use, is an unfortunate, but common, part of the recovery process, and while it can be frustrating and disappointing to fall back into old habits when you’ve been sober for a period, relapse isn’t the end of the road. Plenty of people healing after alcohol abuse who relapse still go on to meet their recovery goals. If you or someone you know is in need of alcohol addiction rehabilitation, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to speak to a certified recovery counselor.

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Are You One of The Americans Drinking Alcohol at Dangerously High Levels?

The opioid epidemic has garnered a great deal of public attention in recent years, with the number of overdose deaths rising rapidly throughout the 2000s. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014 more people died from alcohol-induced causes than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined.

Philip J. Cook, a Duke University professor who studies alcohol consumption patterns and their effects, notes that per-capita alcohol consumption has been increasing since the late 1990s.

According to a research report posted by Science Daily, nearly 32 million American adults surveyed reported consuming more than double the number of drinks defined as “binge drinking” at least once in the past year. A report of the findings is online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Using alcohol does not necessarily equate to alcohol abuse, but it is easy to transition from a moderate drinker to a heavy one, and from there it’s a slippery slope downward.

Binge Drinking Defined

According to the CDC, excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21.

Binge drinking, the most common form of excessive drinking, is defined as four or more drinks during a single occasion for women, five or more for men.

Heavy drinking is defined as consuming 8 or more drinks per week for women, 15 or more for men.

Most people who drink excessively are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent. However, there are significant risks to sustained alcohol use.

The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) is a series of large epidemiologic surveys that examine alcohol use and its co-occurrence with drug use and related psychiatric conditions. The researchers reported an increasing number of survey respondents were binge drinking more frequently and at higher levels.

Side effects of alcohol abuse are deadly on their own, but extreme binge drinking was particularly common among study participants who used other drugs.

“Drinking at such high levels can suppress areas of the brain that control basic life-support functions such as breathing and heart rate, thereby increasing one’s risk of death,” said senior author, Aaron White, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Advisor to the NIAAA Director. “The risk increases further if other sedative drugs, particularly opioids or benzodiazepines, are added to the mix.”

Long-Term Health Risks

Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
  • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
  • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems, and unemployment.
  • Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism.

Ending Abuse

For many, it’s a challenge to recognize excessive drinking. Basically, there is a problem if it causes trouble in one’s relationships, in school or at work, in social activities, or in how one thinks and feels. Specific warning signs include:

  • lying about or hiding your drinking
  • drinking to relax or feel better
  • “blacking out” regularly
  • being unable to stop once you start
  • drinking in dangerous situations
  • neglecting your responsibilities
  • having trouble in your relationships
  • being able to drink more than you used to
  • experiencing withdrawal
  • trying to quit but being unable to

According to Per Wickstrom, the successful founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, “The ongoing battle against drug and alcohol abuse is a battle that will not be won in treatment centers alone. If we wish to truly make a difference, we must attack addiction where it begins.”

Increasing awareness is the first step to that goal.

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Cocaine Abuse: Why Adults are Turning to the Party Drug

A popular drug in the 1980s, cocaine has re-emerged recently as the party drug of choice. Furthermore, it not just younger individuals experimenting with illegal drugs, but adults, particularly those over the age of 50. Although alcohol and prescription drug abuse are well documented in older adults, the use of illegal drugs is not. Now that the people who likely used cocaine in the 1960s are approaching retirement age, some are continuing to indulge in illicit drug use well into their 50s and 60s. If you or someone you know are struggling with cocaine abuse or addiction, or if you’re wondering what damage does cocaine do, call today to discuss the available treatment options with a certified addiction recovery counselor at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

The Glamorous Allure of Cocaine

Everyone assumes that the use of cocaine and other illegal drugs is a problem affecting only the young. However, recent research shows that older adults, particularly those above the age of 50, are also dealing with cocaine abuse. One study of an inner-city population above the age of 50 seen in the emergency department of a major hospital in Los Angeles shows them testing positive for illegal drugs. As the Journal of Addictive Diseases publishes, “cocaine with or without another illicit drug is the overwhelming drug of choice.” The reason why adults are turning to cocaine is that individuals perceive it as a safe, recreational “dinner party” drug that is non-addictive. Furthermore, this is one drug that celebrity users are increasingly making appear glamorous.

Health Consequences of Cocaine Abuse in Older Adults

The unfortunate truth about cocaine is that the intense addictiveness can result in individuals continuing their drug habit even when they know about the risks. There are serious health consequences to consider with cocaine use, after all. “Because of its cardiovascular toxicity,” the authors of the Journal of Addictive Diseases study note, “[cocaine] use may cause cardiac and central nervous system (CNS) events in older persons who may already have significant atherosclerosis.” In older adults who may have cardiovascular issues without any diagnosis, the side effects of using cocaine may be even more pronounced, possibly including heart attack, abnormal heart rate, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy.

Individuals can smoke, snort, or inject cocaine. The duration of the drug’s euphoric effects depends on the method of administration. Unfortunately, no matter how one administers cocaine, its side effects can be devastating. Injecting cocaine can cause severe health problems in users, resulting in collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the heart valves and blood vessels. In an equal manner, the symptoms of snorting coke may include damage to the nasal cavity, tissue erosion, nasal septal perforation, and other problems. Even attempting to discontinue the use of cocaine can result in serious side effects, causing withdrawal symptoms like paranoia, exhaustion, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and intense cravings for the drug.

Contact the Addiction Recovery Specialists at BRS Today

Much is unknown about how cocaine abuse and abuse of other illegal drugs may affect older adults. The side effects of these drugs often mimic, and may also exacerbate, conditions that accompany the natural aging process. If you know someone who is struggling with a cocaine addiction, you can help by putting them in touch with the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. Call to speak to the experts at BRS Rehab today. With the right addiction recovery program, your loved one can overcome his or her addiction to cocaine and live a happy, sober life free from illicit drugs.

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How Children of an Alcoholic Parent Have Lasting Emotional Effects

Throughout their childhood and adolescence, children look to their parents for cues on how to think, feel and act. For children of an alcoholic parent, the potential effects on their emotional well-being can be devastating. Parents who abuse drugs or alcohol put their children at a greater risk for future substance abuse. In addition, they also increase their risk of developing psychological problems and suffering from severe and potentially life-threatening medical conditions. If you or someone you know are struggling with a substance abuse problem, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Impact on Children of an Alcoholic Parent

According to the Children of Alcoholics Foundation, alcohol dependence is defined as the child’s perception that a parent drinks too much and that the parent’s drinking interferes with the child’s life in some way. It could be something as seemingly harmless as missing a school play or forgetting to pick the child up from school one day. Or, it could be something major, like subjecting the child to physical or emotional abuse while drinking. However the parent’s alcoholism manifests itself, the emotional impact of the alcohol abuse on the child can be far-reaching. Alcoholism interferes with parenting skills and marital relations. It possibly even affects adolescent development and adjustment.

Even more alarming than the emotional toll addiction can have on the children of an alcoholic parent, it is well-known that there is a genetic factor to alcoholism. What this means is the children of an alcoholic parent may be genetically predisposed to alcohol abuse. According to research, a child is nearly three times more likely to abuse alcohol if one parent is an alcoholic. Alarmingly, they are about five times more likely if both parents are alcoholics. So, while early intervention can prevent future addiction problems in children of an alcoholic parent, the mere fact that one or both parents are addicted to alcohol automatically increases the child’s risk of ending up on the same path.

Adverse Physical Effects of Alcoholism

There are many studies on the physical and emotional effects of alcohol abuse. The negative effects of alcoholism on a child may begin to manifest itself even before a child is born. This can happen in cases where an expectant mother drinks alcohol while pregnant. During childhood and adolescence, a parent’s alcohol abuse may adversely affect the child’s development and adjustment. Furthermore, if the child of an alcoholic develops an alcohol problem later in life, he may suffer from any number of medical conditions associated with alcoholism, including the following:

  • Damage to the peripheral and central nervous system
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cancer
  • Endocrine abnormalities

Many alcoholics also suffer from co-occurring emotional problems or psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Contact the Addiction Recovery Experts at BRS Rehab

Although the emotional effect of living with a parent who is an alcoholic varies on a case-by-case basis, research shows that nearly all children from alcoholic families face an increased risk of behavioral and emotional difficulties. Many of these children carry with them psychological or physical scars as a result of parental addiction. The bottom line is that parental alcohol abuse damages and disrupts the lives of children and families across the country. Children of substance abusing parents are the ones who suffer the most. Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today if you or someone you love is abusing alcohol.

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Leadership Stress Leading to Addiction in the Workplace

Individuals of all different types, ages, nationalities, and walks of life can potentially fall into addiction. It is a very unforgiving condition and can consume the life of virtually any person. Addiction has been categorized as many different things over the years. Some have labeled it as a behavioral issue, a brain condition, disease, etc. But, a commonality when it comes to many individuals developing addiction is that they begin to use drugs or alcohol to cope with a difficult or stressful situation within their life. Life can be full of stressful situations. Leaders of businesses and groups often receive a large brunt of stress. They are often subject to large amounts of stress because they are holding a whole group together. They are ensuring things are running smoothly, handling barriers, and much more. And for some, this can become too much at times, causing them to reach for a substance to try and relax or ease the stress for a moment. But, once this becomes a regular habit, addiction in the workplace can be quick to follow.

Addiction in the Workplace

Of course, not every stressed out leader is going to end up falling into addiction. Some may be able to handle the pressure or even thrive in it. However, it can be overwhelming for others. There are many who experience less stress than other leaders and still reach for substances to ease it. Every person can have a widely different threshold of what is bearable or tolerable for them. With a leader, they face the obstacles of ensuring everyone is on task. Leaders have to make sure there are no stops, the company is running as it should be, and services or products are being delivered. All of this, in combination with high stakes and short deadlines, can be enough to make many individuals reach for something to take the edge off. Addiction in the workplace is becoming more common today than ever before.

Methods for Better Managing Leadership Stress

Learning how to manage stress without needing to reach for substances is key. A person needs to be able to recognize when it is becoming too much for them. They need to take a step back or have a way to better cope with it. It could include actions such as:

  • Taking a break and stepping away from the job for a minute to collect oneself
  • Learning to identify when it is too much and what causes this type of stress
  • Sorting out how to better address the stressful situations, whether it be delegating some of the load to another team member, or practicing other methods of stress relief

If this situation becomes too severe, a leader may need to reach for help to overcome their addiction. This could come in the form of another team member or loved one that they can confide in, and talk to about the situation. But, it could also include seeking professional addiction counseling or attending a rehab center. Many large (and not so large) companies carry insurance coverage to treat addiction in the workplace. A large concern when it comes to this is the reputation of the leader, as attending treatment could be damaging in this avenue.  At the same time, this is not a good reason to not seek help, as the addiction will tend to only get worse if left alone. Many leaders and other high caliber individuals are often quite good at hiding addiction because they are high-functioning individuals, but it will show more the longer it continues. There are many treatment centers and counselors that know and understand the necessity for privacy and discretion and can make treatment work with this.

The Leadership Management of Per Wickstrom of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rehab Center

Per Wickstrom is the owner and head of several different rehabilitation centers, as well as a recovering addict himself. He understands what leadership stress can impose upon an individual, and helps many individuals in this position to overcome their addictions every year through his centers. Determining the balance of leadership, stress, and maintaining one’s recovery can seem difficult at first, but it is doable. As mentioned above, delegation is an important point in avoiding addiction in the workplace. Hire diligent employees that can help to ensure that operations are running smoothly, as this takes a large load off of the leader. Per Wickstrom, is an excellent example of this, as he has set up his numerous centers to be individually run by qualified and trusted individuals, while he still runs the overall operation without detriment to his stress level or recovery.

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Yoga in Addiction Recovery Proves Very Beneficial for Individuals

When it comes to addiction, people may try every method possible to reach long-term sobriety. Of course, one method that you may not have thought of is yoga. Yoga contains two aspects: stretching and breathing. These aspects can work together to bring a person to recovery! Yoga in addiction recovery has many benefits to help recovering addicts remain sober.

There are many benefits of yoga for the average person, but when using it on someone who is suffering from addiction, it may help them in ways that you never thought possible. So yes, stretching and mindfulness may just do the trick, and following are more benefits.

Holistic Approach in Addiction Treatment Programs

Many addiction treatment facilities use a holistic approach with their clients (meaning they want the person to come out not just sober, but a better person all around). That is just what yoga does; it aims to connect the mind, body, and spirit as one. It can be hard to be physically in shape if your mind isn’t motivated to do so. It’s difficult to be completely mentally happy if you have physical health problems. The use of yoga in addiction recovery helps to condition your body, mind, and spirit into all getting on the same page and will relax you in the process.

More Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Recovery

Besides yoga as a way to cope with addiction, there are many added benefits to make a person an all-around healthier individual:

  • Emotional: By practicing mindfulness, you can experience peace of mind and find calm ways to solve your problems.
  • Discipline: Yoga encourages self-discipline by becoming something that you must strive to be dedicated to. It can become a replacement for addiction.
  • Physical: Yoga increases flexibility and will strengthen muscles.
  • Circulation: You may find when practicing yoga that you will be able to think more clearly; it lowers your blood pressure and allows more oxygen to get to the brain.
  • Stress: Yoga is a great way to let go of mental and physical stress because of the combination of mindfulness and stretching.

A Deeper Meaning Through Yoga

Yoga was invented by the Hindus and has been practiced since around 3,000 BC. The Hindus came up with different concepts to go along with each of the yoga poses, such as Yama, meaning learning how to adopt healthy behaviors, or Pratyahara, meaning letting your thoughts slow down to get rid of anxiety. Each of the many concepts that the Hindus came up with are supposed to be thought of when doing the stretches to ease the mind and relax the body. These thoughts can be helpful to move away from addiction.

Anyone can do yoga! It may seem intimidating at first, but beginner’s yoga is actually quite simple. As you begin to master each pose, you will be able to advance to more difficult ones. It’s not about how professional you look doing the movements, it’s about your mental state and breathing techniques that come along with it.

Yoga in Addiction Recovery

Yoga in addiction recovery can be very beneficial for a person’s mind, body, and spirit. Per Wickstrom, the founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rehab Center, believes that a natural approach to overcoming addiction gives them a solid foundation to long-term sobriety. Anything that can connect the mind, body, and spirit (such as yoga) is a great way to overcome addiction.

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction, add yoga to your treatment plan. Practice it alone or with friends to experience the many added benefits that come along with it. Find the right poses and methods for you so that you may experience the benefits in the most effective way!

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Life After Rehab: 5 Ways to Start Over

Completing a treatment program is a significant accomplishment, one that you should relish. As great as it is, it is not the end. Addiction does not have a cure. You must continue to develop and grow without drugs and alcohol. That means a new start. Many wish that they could just start over. While this is not a ‘start-over’ per se, it is a new life. Life after rehab can be tough. The structure that helps addicts stop using and grow rescinds, and now they are on their own. The treatment center will provide an excellent map for moving forward, but here are five ways to start over with your new life after rehab.

Avoid Addiction Relapse

The goal of treatment is to stop using and abusing drugs and alcohol. After you achieve that goal, treatment provides recovering addicts with the tools to remain sober over the long term. Relapse is the term used for the action of returning to substance use and abuse after a period of sobriety. Individuals often view relapse as a failure, but they should not view it this way. Is it disappointing? Yes, but it is not the end. More treatment might be necessary. You should try to avoid relapse, but it should never force someone to lose faith in their progress and treatment.

Recovering addicts who fear they may relapse should speak to family, friends, and sponsors from AA or NA meetings. Per Wickstrom, the founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rehab Center, prides himself on developing a program for the individual. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services believes in continued growth after treatment and can guide and ensure long-term sobriety.

Avoid Relapse with the Right Friends

The best way to prevent relapse and continue a sober life is to surround yourself with trustworthy friends and family. Towards the end of treatment, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services encourages clients to begin creating a strong support network. An active support system consists of a group of loving, trustworthy individuals that you can call upon in a time of need. This includes joining a local support group. During these gatherings, recovering addicts can share their feelings. Sharing provides them with an excellent opportunity to release tension, depression, and anxiety. The support and knowledge from group meetings with those who have similar problems can be a great way to continue to grow into your life after rehab.

Plan Your Life After Rehab by Planning for the Future

Recovering addicts must always continue to move forward and strive for more. Outlandish dreams and aspirations should be placed on the back burner so that you can focus on more realistic goals. Little victories can help to build self-confidence and self-efficacy. These achievements include living arrangements and social circles. Anyone or thing that can trigger a craving or enables substance abuse, you should avoid altogether.

Develop a Hobby for Your Life After Rehab

The best thing that a recovering addict can do is to find a healthy hobby with which they can fill their time. Healthy activities such as running, yoga, racquetball, surfing, softball, golf, tennis, painting, reading, writing or any number of healthy activities will work. These hobbies can help take away any ‘down’ time that you might otherwise use to abuse drugs or alcohol. Hobbies encourage healthy relationships and activities that better the health of a recovering addict both mentally and physically.

Spirituality

Finding some spirituality can be unbelievably helpful in your life after recovery. Recovering addicts who learn more about themselves are better equipped to maintain sobriety. Spirituality helps recovering addicts control their emotions during trying times and find healthy outlets for bad feelings.

100% Sober Living

It is critical that you as a recovering addict return to a 100% sober living situation. If you are returning to a home or area where substance use and abuse is accepted, then you must move. These are unnecessary temptations, which are of no help to your continuing growth in your new life after rehab.

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The Importance of Time Management in Addiction Recovery

In many ways, addiction is a total loss of control. And so, a key component in the addiction recovery process is regaining control, which a recovering addict can do by establishing healthy goals, developing positive habits, setting boundaries, and learning the importance of time management. If you or someone you love is in need of recovery support for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services at (877) 926-5530 to speak with a substance abuse expert today. Our addiction recovery counselors are trained to address all types of addiction and can help you develop the skills and tools you need to overcome your substance abuse disorder.

Managing Your Time in Addiction Recovery

Many people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol began abusing the substance because they felt overwhelmed, with school, with their job, or with life in general. By shooting heroin or drinking until they black out, they are attempting to escape the chaos that surrounds them and threatens to swallow them whole. In many cases, this confusion stems from disorganization. Fortunately, there are some easy steps addicts can take in recovery to better manage their time and improve their chances of long-term recovery.

It may seem like a simple solution to a major problem, but learning some simple time management skills is an easy way to regain control and avoid becoming so overwhelmed that you feel the need to drink or use drugs. In addiction recovery, time management is of particular importance, as any feelings of chaos or stress can hinder the recovery process. The following are some simple ways recovering addicts can better manage their time in recovery:

  • In a notebook or journal, write down all the things you do throughout the course of each day. Keeping a journal will give you a sense of structure and help you establish better habits.
  • Put each of these activities into a category, i.e. personal, household, family, educational, social, etc., which essentially gives each task a “home,” and decide whether you are using your time wisely.
  • Create a weekly task list, where you write down the things you have to do or want to do, for each day, keeping in mind the goal of staying balanced and focused, and living a well-rounded life.
  • If an unexpected task comes up that is out of your control, it’s important to relax and stay flexible. Put it into the proper category, or give it a “home,” and you will immediately feel more organized.

Time management is an essential part of the addiction recovery process. When addicts first enter recovery, they often have a great deal of free time on their hands, time that was once spent drinking or using drugs. This free time can lead to boredom, which can result in relapse. By organizing your time better in recovery, you can feel calm and in control, two key components in leading a healthy and sober life.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today

Poor time management leads to stress, and stress is detrimental to recovery. Establishing and adhering to a routine, however, can reduce anxiety, promote stability and improve self-confidence. It’s important to note that learning how to better manage your time in recovery will likely not happen overnight. It may take weeks or months to establish a solid routine that helps you grow and progress in a positive direction, but once you do, you can be proud of your accomplishment. If you are interested in learning how to recover from addiction, and how establishing good time management skills helps in the recovery process, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to speak to an experienced addiction recovery counselor.

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A Functioning Addict in the Family: The Double Lives They Lead

Is there someone in your family who is addicted to an illicit drug? All too often, when an individual is struggling with an addiction to drugs, they end up living double lives – they live one life where they are happy and successful and well-liked, and this is the side they show their friends, family members, and co-workers, and they live another life where they feel the constant need to use drugs in order to function, and this is the side they keep to themselves, buried deep below the surface where no one can see it. If you are noticing signs of a double life in a loved one, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to speak to a qualified addiction recovery counselor about the available treatment options for a functioning addict in the family.

What are Functioning Addicts?

Most people picture the typical junkie when they think of an addict, a homeless person getting high on the street or begging for money to pay for drugs, but there’s another type of user, called a “functioning addict.” Functioning addicts are people who seem to have their life together – a steady job, loving family members, a nice place to live, a car, a wide social circle, all the trappings of a seemingly successful life – but who are simply “passing” for something they’re not. A functioning addict is someone who wears a mask of sorts around the people he loves, showing them the face of someone who is doing okay when in reality, he is struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

When it comes down to it, functioning addicts only don’t fit the stereotype of what we typically see as an “addict.” They go to work, they take care of their family, they pay their bills, and they fulfill their everyday obligations, so everything must be fine, right? So what if they sometimes use drugs, so long as they aren’t always getting high, right? You would know if a person you loved was really in trouble, right? Unfortunately, for a functioning addict in the family, it’s only a matter of time before they become nonfunctional, and then it may be too late. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million people aged 12 and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009, and only 2.6 million received treatment at a specialized rehab facility.

Signs of a Functioning Addict in the Family

Drug addiction is a serious issue, but it’s one that often goes untreated. In some cases, a functioning addict may even be able to fool himself into thinking everything is fine, but if it becomes necessary for the person to use a substance to feel normal or function properly on a daily basis, that is a definite red flag. The very nature of this type of addiction means it ‘s hard to spot, and the addict himself is likely in denial about it, but there are certain warning signs of drug addiction friends, family members, and coworkers can watch out for if they suspect someone of being a functioning addict. The physical and behavioral signs of a functioning addict may include:

  • Changes in appearance, i.e. dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, unusually heavy eyelids, or eyes that appear glassy
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • A detectable odor of alcohol, strong mouthwash or mints
  • Habitual tardiness and absences
  • Secretive behavior
  • An unusual or inappropriate wardrobe, i.e. wearing long sleeves in the summer to hide track marks
  • Changes in mood, i.e. being unusually emotional, moody or erratic, or reacting to things in an unexpected way
  • Making excuses for their behavior, appearance or mood

Call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today for Help

The unfortunate truth about a functioning addict in the family is that they often don’t get the help they need, either because they refuse to admit they have a problem, or because they are successful at hiding their drug use from the people around them. The family dynamics in addiction are especially complicated, particularly when loved ones are left in the dark about a family member’s addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, heroin, painkillers or another type of drug, call our toll-free number today to discuss your treatment options with the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

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Guide for Dealing with Workplace Stress Without Alcohol

It’s not uncommon for people with stressful jobs to decompress after a long day at work by enjoying a glass of wine or downing a strong cocktail, but when consuming alcohol becomes an individual’s primary means of dealing with workplace stress, the alcohol use becomes problematic. Unfortunately, substance abuse in the workplace is a common occurrence in society today, and because drinking at work is socially acceptable in many circumstances, few business executives with alcohol problems get the help they need. If you or a loved one is struggling with problematic alcohol abuse that seems to be related to workplace stress, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530, to learn about the available treatment options.

Workplace Substance Abuse not Uncommon

Alcoholism in the workplace is a serious problem, one that has a negative impact on the individual with the drinking problem and on the company as a whole. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), “Employees who drink heavily or who abuse or are dependent on alcohol can undermine a workforce’s overall health and productivity.” Even if the drinking is taking place at home, and not actually in the workplace, “[…] the specific problems created by alcohol or other drug use may include impaired performance of job-related tasks, accidents or injuries, poor attendance, high employee turnover, and increased health care costs.” The personal toll workplace substance abuse can take on the individual is even more alarming, and may include chronic health issues like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, and cancer.

Healthy Ways to Deal with Job Stress

Work-related stress is a significant health and safety issue, and when employees begin abusing alcohol to deal with the stress they are facing on the job, the consequences can be devastating. Fortunately, there are rehab facilities with substance abuse recovery programs that deal specifically with job-related stress and problematic alcohol use, teaching recovering alcoholics how to deal with stress at work in a healthy and productive way. When recovering from alcoholism, an important part of the recovery process is finding a suitable replacement for alcohol. The following are healthy methods for dealing with workplace stress without turning to substance abuse:

  • Be active. Go for a hike, start up an exercise routine, begin your morning with a brisk walk or jog, any enjoyable physical activity that helps you burn through your stress.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. A lack of sleep can have a number of adverse physical and psychological effects. Investing in a solid eight hours of sleep at night will give your body the strength it needs to handle stress.
  • Talk to someone you trust. Sometimes figuring out how to handle a problem at work simply takes a conversation with someone who has your best interests at heart. Reach out to a friend or loved one for support, or find a local support group where you can express your feelings in a safe and caring environment.
  • Do something you love. The best way to fight stress is with pleasure. Set some time aside to read a book, take a cooking class, play an instrument or learn to draw. Devote time to your passion, and you’ll find the stress you’re facing at work begin to melt away.

The Experts at BRS Rehab Can Help

Learning how to manage alcoholism is the first step on the path to life-long sobriety, and once you’ve developed the skills you need to deal with work-related stress in a healthy and effective way, you can begin living a healthier, happier life in recovery. Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number to speak to a professional addiction recovery counselor about your workplace substance abuse problem.