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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Are E-Cigarettes Safer Than Smoking?

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With the New Year well underway hopefully you are sticking to your resolutions. Each year, many people working programs of addiction recovery make an effort to quit smoking cigarettes. Having the goal of stopping, and managing to accomplish the task, could reduce a person’s risk of premature death significantly. Everyone knows that setting a goal is much simpler than achieving it, the addictive pull of tobacco products is exceedingly strong. Nevertheless, those who make a conscious effort to nip the habit in the bud can succeed, provided they have help.

While it’s possible to curb a smoking habit cold turkey, it's rare; very few people can beat the addiction without assistance. Even those who take advantage of smoking cessation products, like patches and gums, are in many cases unsuccessful. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of quitting aids in conjunction with behavioral therapy; the best outcomes come about by utilizing both tools for cessation.

Gums, patches, inhalers, and medications have all proved beneficial for some people; it depends on the individual regarding what works best. Research on the efficacy of such products is far from promising, which serves to confuse people on which route to take when trying to quit. In recent years, more people are talking about e-cigarettes than Nicorette for kicking tobacco products. Experts have conflicting opinions about the devices, but most agree that e-cigs are healthier than traditional tobacco products.

 

Are E-Cigarettes Safer Than Smoking?


Here’s what we know right now: tobacco products kill people and are one of the leading causes of preventable illness and premature death. E-cigarettes, on the other hand, are not 100 percent safe but are a healthier alternative to tobacco and may aid one in their effort of kicking nicotine. The Annual Review of Public Health published an article recently about e-cigarettes, harm minimization, and smoking cessation, according to an NYU press release. The authors say vaping can help smokers who want to quit and mitigate the risk of premature death.

"Studies show that if most current American smokers switched to vaping e-cigarettes over the next 10 years, there could be as many as 6.6 million fewer premature deaths and 86.7 million fewer life years would be lost," said David Abrams, PhD, the article's lead author. "The safest course is to stop smoking or, better, never to start. But a harm minimization approach recognizes that demanding absolute perfection is often counterproductive and that, when a harmful behavior cannot be eliminated, we can still dramatically reduce adverse health consequences."

Vaping may not help you quit right away but will do less damage than smoking. What’s more, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs let users taper their nicotine dose. Over time, vaping can lead to quitting nicotine altogether. In the past, we have mentioned that smokers in addiction recovery are at a greater risk of relapse, quitting could help you or a loved one better achieve lasting recovery.

 

Addiction Treatment

 

Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea is committed to helping people lead a life without drugs and alcohol. We have helped many of our clients quit smoking while learning how to abstain from mind-altering substances. Please contact us if you are ready to begin the remarkable journey of recovery.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Prop 64 Impacts Marijuana Convictions

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Proposition 64 went into effect this month which means that adults can now use marijuana recreationally. The fact that California has the most significant economy and largest population could mean that Federal prohibition will soon come to an end. No other drug is associated with the “war on drugs” as much as marijuana, thousands upon thousands of lives have been and are dramatically altered by possession arrests. In some cases, people across the country are serving lengthy prison sentences due to cannabis cultivation and distribution.

While the passing of Prop 64 is progressive and is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, people in recovery must resist the temptation to pick up the pipe, rolling paper, and cookies. Marijuana may not have brought you to your knees praying for God’s help, but using it today could be a slippery slope back to your drug of choice. Please avoid taking a leisurely stroll through dispensaries; the novelty isn’t worth the inherent risks it will pose to your program.

If you are working a program of long-term recovery, then it stands to reason you have used cannabis before—most likely on more than one occasion. You know the feeling it produces, which means that a refresher is not required. Those who value all the hard work that has been invested in leading a healthy and productive life will avoid anything that could lead to relapse.

 

Marijuana Conviction Recourse


While staying off the "grass" is vital, it doesn't mean you can’t take advantage of one of the provisions in Prop 64. The progressive piece of legislation didn’t just legalize weed; it gives some of the thousands of people with cannabis convictions on their record an avenue of recourse, The Huffington Post reports. Such people can now petition the courts to reduce criminal penalties relating to the controversial substance.

The particular provision is of the utmost importance; one could even argue that it’s the most salient feature of the bill. We know that a significant number of people in recovery have marijuana convictions on their record. In some cases, rap sheets littered with weed offenses keep people in the program from landing good jobs, applying for apartments, and financial assistance. Under Proposition 64, people with a history of marijuana arrests can have their convictions retroactively reduced, reclassified from a felony to a misdemeanor, or dismissed outright.

There are hundreds of thousands of people in California who stand to benefit from the process mentioned above, according to the article. If you are one of those people whose life is impacted by a cannabis conviction, you must first submit an application to a court for review. In some instances, you may have to enlist the assistance of a private attorney. However, money paid out now will likely pay off in the long run.

“In many ways, Proposition 64 has already been a success because we’ve ended the unnecessary and arbitrary criminalization of Californians around this issue, and helped tens of thousands of people who were unjustly unable to seek career and education opportunities due to prior non-violent marijuana offenses,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told HuffPost.

 

Cannabis Use Disorder


Just because marijuana is legal doesn’t mean that there isn’t a risk of addiction. Today, there is a significant number of Americans living with cannabis use disorder. At Celebrate Drug Rehab, we can help you recover from the condition and show you how to lead a life in recovery. Please contact us today!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Recovering from Relapse After SLIP

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If you attend meetings of addiction recovery regularly, let’s start by saying that you are on the right track; lasting recovery is ever-dependent on continued maintenance manifested by routine. Prayer, meditation, meetings, sponsorship, step work, and paying it forward are all necessary ingredients for achieving long-term recovery. Those who show up and follow direction, are the people who succeed at keeping their disease at bay. People who are unable to do such things are usually unable to stay the course.

When sobriety loses its priority (SLIP), it’s only a matter of time before one’s addiction resumes control over the dominion of Self. That which protects one from acting upon triggers and cravings loses its strength when one puts other things ahead of recovery. When that happens, relapse is typically a foregone conclusion. Those of you who attend meetings on a daily basis are guaranteed to find yourself in the company of people who at one point let their program take precedence; relapse is a part of many peoples’ recovery story. If you are new to the program, you might consider paying extra-special attention when people talk about a previous relapse; doing so will provide you with valuable insight into your program.

Relapse doesn’t need to be the end of one’s recovery; in fact, it can be the catalyst for an even stronger program moving forward. You’ve probably heard people say that recovery is about progress, not perfection. We, all of us in recovery, are human; each of us errs at times, and unfortunately, sometimes that leads to a relapse. What’s more, the slip-up itself is of little importance, it’s what one does afterward that is most salient.

 

Recovery 2.0


Everyone in recovery knows the dangers that the holiday season poses to one’s program, and each year during this time individuals slip up for any one of many reasons. Whatever the perceived causes of a relapse are, they can all be boiled down to people losing sight of their mission—live life on life’s terms, one day at a time.

Remember, committing oneself to living by the principles of recovery is about more than just not drinking or drugging. Programs of recovery are a model for living an honest, open, and productive life. In a sense, the Steps are a recipe for creating the best version of yourself; a person who people turn towards rather than detract. The road to relapse may start with neglecting meetings and step work, but it ends with one acting in ways reminiscent of their old behaviors. Selfishness, self-centeredness, and dishonesty rise inside people from the depths; the abyss of one’s psyche where the disease of addiction resides. If such traits are not nipped in the bud immediately, they place individuals on a fast track to relapse.

 

Recovering from Relapse


You might be a person who found trouble during the holiday season, and hopefully, you have already committed yourself to practicing the principles of recovery in all your affairs. If not, it’s likely a sign that you are still using and are letting fear or guilt block your way back to the program. Natural feelings to be sure, after all, nobody wants to identify as a newcomer in front of their peers, again. Please do not let that be a cause for staying “out there,” members of the recovery community don’t pass judgment on those who relapse. We open our arms lovingly, and eagerly await your return.

This is a program of fellowship, sometimes our peers fall or lose sight of their recovery. We help each other when things are rough, and encourage each other to continue moving forward. Recovery isn’t a competition, there are no winners or losers, and your popularity is not of any great concern. You are not the first to relapse, and sadly you’ll not be the last; be grateful that your relapse wasn’t fatal, get to a meeting, and grab a 24-hour chip or key chain. Your chair is waiting for you, and your experience will help someone else avoid a similar SLIP, believe it or not.

In some cases, more help is required; if you need extra assistance, please contact Celebrate Drug Rehab. We are standing by 24/7, 365 days a year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

2018: A Year for Recovery

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It’s always the right time to begin a life-changing journey of addiction recovery. While it’s easy to make excuses for continuing down the dark road of the disease, any justification to keep using that one comes up with can easily be refuted. If your life is unmanageable and you are powerless over drugs and alcohol, please give recovery serious thought; those who stay the course of addiction find that life only gets harder—or worse.

The United States has been in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic for roughly two decades. Around a hundred Americans die from opiate overdoses every day, and a higher number of people nearly succumb to drug toxicity. It isn’t a secret, people who experience an overdose are at high risk of overdosing again, such people may not be so lucky the next time. If you have survived an overdose, please consider going into substance use disorder treatment.

At Celebrate Drug Rehab, we know the power of one’s disease; we know that it does not let go of its host without putting up a fight. Due to the compelling nature of mental illness, it’s critical that individuals seek assistance; typically, those who attempt to recover on their own do not last long. Once the symptoms of withdrawal and the pressure to use from the outside world set in, it’s usually only a matter of time before one uses again. The good news is that when people seek assistance and follow a few simple recommendations, addiction recovery is possible.

 

2018: A Year for Recovery


Maybe you’ve decided that 2018 is the year that everything changes? Having come to terms with the fact that your condition is a progressive illness, perhaps you are ready to take specific steps for bringing about recovery? If so, please do not hesitate and strike while the iron for progress is hot. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of making a change. So, let 2018 be a year for addiction recovery.

You have probably heard that working a program of recovery involves a spiritual element. With that in mind, maybe you grew up with Christianity in your life and would like to follow His teaching once again? If that’s the case, our faith-based addiction treatment program is precisely what you’re seeking. Along with evidence-based therapies, we emphasize Christ-centered values into every aspect of the healing process. People who learn how to live life on life’s terms at our center, do so in the company of other Christians who’ve lost their way. Together, you will learn how to walk the road of recovery.

With the help of your God and adherence to the principles of addiction recovery, you can lead a fulfilling and productive existence. What better time to start fresh than January 1, 2018? With the New Year, you can get a new lease on life.

 

We Can Help


Please contact Celebrate Drug Rehab for a free consultation. Our experienced staff can help you break the cycle of addiction, teach you how to rekindle your relationship with God, and show you that living life one day at a time is possible. The beginning of your recovery is just a phone call away!

To everyone currently working a program of recovery, we hope that you have a safe and sober New Year’s Eve.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Recovery: Keep It Simple This Christmas

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You are not alone this Christmas; the fellowship of addiction recovery has your back. However, the group can’t help you with issues you are dealing with unless you share in a meeting or voice your concerns to a sponsor or mentor. In some ways, attending meetings during the holidays is more important than your average day of the year. Given people in recovery struggle with emotions at times, it makes sense that the feelings that arise during Christmas can present some problems. With that in mind, it's critical you make a point of getting to at least one meeting on both Christmas Eve and Day.

If you decide to open up about the emotions you're dealing with, you not only help yourself—you help others too. Something what you give to the group may assist others in warding off cravings that could lead to a relapse. The feedback you receive from your peers could be the catalyst for maintaining your sobriety during these trying times. The point is that we all keep our sobriety intact by working together. It’s called a fellowship for a reason; we’re all in this together.

 

Keep It Simple This Christmas


It’s vital that you do not bite off more than you can chew in the coming days. Remember to keep it simple, and stick to your usual routine as much is allowed. You may have committed to being present at a holiday party or dinner with friends and family; which means that you are at risk of being pulled in different directions. You might feel obligated to attend an event that could jeopardize your recovery. It’s critical you discuss the pros and cons of attending with your sponsor or another peer in recovery. Together, you might decide that skipping an event is the right thing for one’s program.

If you feel you must attend something where alcohol will be present, go to a meeting before and after; if you can have a plus one, maybe you can have a friend in recovery accompany you for support. No matter what you decide to do during the holiday, be sure that the event is secondary to your recovery. Schedule things around your program, not the other way around; your recovery must come first, always.

People in recovery must also consider self-care during major holidays. If you exercise regularly and eat healthily, make a point of adhering to your exercise schedule and eating well. Our physical well-eing is of the utmost importance, and it has a direct effect on our emotional state. Staying balanced is key to surviving the holidays. Don’t forget “HALT:” Hungry; Angry; Lonely; Tired. One must do everything in their power to avoid any one or more of those things from occurring this weekend. Simply put, you must avoid anything that could potentially weaken one’s program, at all costs.

 

Recovery Must Go On


One’s program is the most valuable thing in one's life, and if you follow the lead of your peers this weekend, there is no reason why it can't continue to be after the holiday. If you stay close to your support network, everything will be fine come Tuesday. Please keep in mind that making it through the holiday without drinking or drugging is a remarkable achievement of which to be proud. After all, holidays are hard for people with significant lengths of sobriety time; people in early recovery that can traverse the holidays without relapse show remarkable strength and commitment to something greater than themselves.

Celebrate Hope at Hope by The Sea would like to wish everyone a merry, safe, and sober Christmas.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Legal Cannabis On The Horizon

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Early recovery is a difficult time, and some would argue that getting sober was the hardest thing they have ever done. It makes sense; years of abusing drugs and alcohol takes a severe toll on one’s mind and body. Recovering from the damage takes enormous commitment and courage. Those working a program must confront aspects of their life that are difficult to process; the wreckage of one’s past is not something people want to face, but face it they must.

The process is even more complicated by the fact that one is conditioned to do certain things on a daily basis when they are using. Then, having to flip the script to do the complete opposite in many situations. Much of recovery has to do with reprogramming oneself to live by a new set of principles. People have to make a conscious commitment to abstain from any form of mind-altering substance ever again, not an easy task by anyone’s standards.

One area that people new to recovery get hung up on is total abstinence. Some people have a hard time grasping why they can’t enjoy substances that they don't have a history abusing. People who identify as a drug addict wonder why they can’t drink anymore; those with an alcohol use disorder question the suggestion to stay away from drugs. It would be easy to answer such musings by merely saying, “because!” However, it’s unlikely that that will suffice; the ever-questioning addict will desire a more concise explanation.

So, please consider this, addiction is an addiction; if you have an alcohol use disorder, then you are at risks of developing problems with another substance. What’s more, using a drug that you’ve never abused can be a quick trip back to one’s drug of choice.

 

Legal Weed Is A Breach In Sobriety


The New Year is around the corner, which means that adults over the age of 21 can legally smoke marijuana in the State of California. While those who regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings are aware that marijuana is not an option, some people attending Alcoholics Anonymous might convince them self that a little weed couldn’t hurt. It’s a regular line of thinking, but one that should be squashed, immediately.

It doesn’t matter if you have an alcohol use disorder or a substance use disorder, anything that causes feelings of euphoria when introduced into your bloodstream is harmful. Legal or illegal, mind-altering substances are a recipe for disaster and will jeopardize all the hard work you have put into recovery. Marijuana's benign reputation is not justification for taking the risk, the drug is habit-forming, and cannabis use disorder is a genuine condition. Many people have gone back to treatment because they convinced themselves that pot was OK for their recovery. If you got sober in treatment, then you made a significant investment in breaking the cycle of addiction and learning how to live a life in recovery. A little bit of marijuana could make all your hard work be for naught.

Toying with the idea of smoking cannabis is natural, but if you are seriously considering the action, please discuss it with your sponsor. Those of you who don’t have a sponsor (yet) can merely pose the question to the group at a local meeting. In no time, people with share how their thinking on marijuana cost them much. Meeting the criteria for addiction means that any drug can impact your life; people in recovery should avoid "grass," at any cost.

 

Faith-based Addiction Treatment


Even though marijuana is now legal, millions of Americans meet the criteria for cannabis use disorder. Perhaps pot is having a negative impact on your or a loved one's life? Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea is a faith-based addiction treatment program that utilizes the teachings of Jesus Christ in conjunction with evidence-based addiction recovery modalities. Please contact us today to see how we can help you experience the miracles of recovery.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Addiction Treatment That's Right for You

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Drugs and alcohol take everything from you, and can even steal one’s life if a decision to seek recovery is put off. Time is rarely on the side of alcoholics and addicts, especially for the latter using drugs like OxyContin or heroin. If your life has become unmanageable and you are powerless over mind-altering substances, the good news is that help is available and recovery is possible. However, deciding to seek treatment is often the hardest choice men and women ever make; despite the fact that one can see their own life spiraling out of control right before their eyes.

Knowing that help might be right around the corner doesn’t mean that everyone is going to utilize it. Addiction, after all, is cunning, baffling, and powerful; even with one’s life in pieces, the will to carry on using drugs and alcohol is particularly compelling. What’s more, people who use drugs and alcohol for decades tend to convince them self that recovery isn’t possible.

The truth is the exact opposite, but choosing treatment over continued use requires one to summon enormous amounts of courage. Like the bravery to say, ‘this is not the life I want to lead, anymore,” the audacity to set one’s pride aside and ask another human being for help. The realization that you can’t carry on like this anymore is perhaps your first lesson in humility; being humble is a vital part of working a program of lasting recovery.

 

Recovery Requires Help


So, you know you need help, how do you go about asking for assistance? Naturally, everyone finds their way into treatment by a different path. Some people’s families hold interventions; they contact an addiction treatment center for guidance and an interventionist is enlisted to help encourage a family member into treatment. Others, people who have no illusions about the severity of their problem, will browse the Internet in search of the right fit. If you fall into the latter camp, you’ve realized by now that there is a plethora of options to choose from, i.e., 12 Step, Smart Recovery, and faith-based addiction treatment.

Maybe you grew up in a household that went to church regularly and had a family that adheres to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you had a relationship with God and communicated via prayer. As you got older, and substance use became more of a priority in your life, you probably found that you could no longer talk with your higher power. You're not alone; substance use shades everyone from the sunshine of the Spirit.

You may have learned already that spirituality will be a critical component of working a program of recovery, which means you will have to ask for guidance from a power greater than yourself at some point. If you are leaning toward a faith-based treatment center, such as Celebrate Hope, you will be happy to learn that you will be in the company of other people with similar spiritual histories. Together, you will draw strength from one another, enabling you to reconnect with Him; you’ll learn how to let go, and let God guide you in all your endeavors. We cannot overemphasize the importance, of understanding that God never turned His back on you, instead, he could no longer serve as a guide for people in the fog of addiction. Take the drugs and alcohol away, and one’s connection with Him can resume.

 

Christian-based Addiction Treatment


If you would like to learn how to live a life in recovery among peers who share similar spiritual beliefs, Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea is an ideal starting point. Please contact us today; we are happy to help you break the cycle of addiction and assist you in re-adhering to His teachings.
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