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Friday, October 9, 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020

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We continue carrying the message of recovery at this time. The first full week every October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. As we have shared on numerous occasions, mental illness and behavioral health disorders like addiction can occur concurrently. More than half of individuals living with addiction have a co-occurring mental illness. 

 

All week long, organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have hosted events to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Tuesday was National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding and Thursday was National Depression Screening Day. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, is World Mental Health Day and NAMIWalks National Day of Hope. 

 

Mental illness impacts the lives of one in five adults in America, according to NAMI. Close to one billion people are living with a mental health disorder worldwide, WHO reports. The scope and scale of mental illness demand our attention; mental health should be a priority for everyone, whether you have a mental health disorder or not. 

 

Each of us can help NAMI and WHO raise awareness about the prevalence of mental illness. We can all have a hand in eroding the stigma that prevents people from reaching out for help. NAMI invites you – if you are comfortable – to share your experience with mental illness. 

 

During Mental Illness Awareness Week. NAMI is featuring personal stories from people like you who are experiencing mental health conditions all week. NAMI also shares personal stories year-round as part of its You Are Not Alone campaign. During these difficult times, your story can encourage another to seek help and find recovery

 

World Mental Health Day

 

COVID-19 continues to strain the global health care system; thus, many people are struggling to get the care they need for mental illness. Since there isn't health without mental health, it's vital to encourage governments to channel resources toward mental health services. 

 

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is Move for mental health: let's invest. WHO, together with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, is calling for a significant "scale-up in investment in mental health." 

 

"World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. "We are already seeing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's mental well-being, and this is just the beginning. Unless we make serious commitments to scale up investment in mental health right now, the health, social and economic consequences will be far-reaching." 

 

COVID-19 has forced billions of people to isolate themselves from each other. For those who struggle with mental illness, isolation can be hazardous. Many people have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope; self-medicating mental health disorder symptoms is pernicious

 

Perhaps more people than ever before will require assistance. A more significant investment in mental health services will help get quality, affordable mental health care. "With so many people lacking access to good quality, appropriate mental health services, investment is needed now more than ever," said Elisha London, Founder and CEO of United for Global Mental Health. 

 

"Everyone, everywhere can participate in this year's campaign. Whether you have struggled with your own mental health, know someone who has been affected, are a mental health expert, or if you simply believe that investing in mental health is the right thing to do, move for mental health, and help make mental health care and support accessible for everyone." 

 

Today, people around the globe are encouraged to participate in the 24-hour March for Mental Health. In order to safeguard your well-being, you can participate virtually. If you would like to take part, please click here

 

During World Mental Health Day, WHO is hosting a global online advocacy event on mental illness—the "Big Event for Mental Health." Tune in from one of WHO's social media channels to see WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, world leaders, mental health experts, and celebrity guests as they talk about its importance of mental health. At the event, "WHO will showcase the work that its staff are doing around the world to reduce mental illness and the harmful use of alcohol and drugs."

 

Faith-Based Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

 

Please contact Celebrate Hope to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program for men and women. Our staff understands the importance of addressing both addiction and co-occurring mental illness. We can help you reconnect with your higher power, Jesus Christ, and begin the journey of recovery.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Suicide Prevention Month 2020

Suicide Prevention Month

With National Recovery Month coming to a close, we would like to remind you that you still have time to get involved. Even now you can help raise awareness and celebrate your success or the progress of others in recovery. Events will continue until the end of the month; it's not too late to attend. 

 

Addiction and mental illness often go hand and hand. More than half of men and women living with a use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Those who meet either criteria must receive the help they require to bring about recovery. 

 

Both mental and behavioral health disorders require treatment and continued maintenance to prevent relapse. Those who seek addiction treatment but don't address conditions like depression or bipolar disorder are unlikely to have favorable outcomes. 

 

At Celebrate Hope, we treat addiction and any dual diagnosis simultaneously to ensure our clients have the best opportunity for long-term recovery. Our team understands the complex nature of mental illnesses and how they can impact alcohol or substance use disorders. 

 

When mental illness that accompanies addiction is ignored, individuals are more likely to relapse. Such individuals are at a more significant risk of experiencing suicidal ideations as well. While September is Recovery Month, it is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

 

There is a good reason for the observances taking place simultaneously: substance use and mental illness are almost always a factor in suicides. California's Each Mind Matters campaign is encouraging organizations that observe Suicide Prevention Month to place a "special focus on the intersection between suicide prevention, alcohol and drug use and efforts that foster resilience and recovery." 

 

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

 

While September is coming to an end, you still have an opportunity to raise awareness about the salient topic of suicide. Many people in the grips of addiction contemplate and attempt to take their lives, and there are things you can do to give them hope. 

 

This month, many people have shared their experiences in order to encourage others to seek help for addiction or mental illness. Suicide is preventable, and you can be a part of the solution. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) have a platform for getting the message out that suicide isn't the answer, and recovery is possible. 

 

You can share your story on the subject of suicide. All month, NAMI is featuring personal stories about how suicidal ideation/behaviors or suicide prevention have affected people's lives or what the message of "You Are Not Alone" means. 

 

Social media accounts are excellent for disseminating facts about suicide. NAMI has created a plethora of infographics for all the major social media platforms to aid you in the mission to raise awareness. When more people have the facts, they can better intervene on behalf of a loved one. 

 

For instance, did you know that more than one in three people who die by suicide are found to be under the influence of alcohol? Or that 46 percent of suicides have a diagnosed mental health condition? What's more, 90 percent of people who die by suicide experience mental illness symptoms. 

 

If you'd like to share infographics, please click here. NAMI recommends using #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree when posting to expand the reach of your audience. Your participation can impact the lives of others. NAMI writes:  

 

"While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life." 

 

Faith-Based Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

 

Please contact Celebrate Hope if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. Our faith-based treatment center can help you reconnect with God and begin the journey of recovery. We utilize cutting edge treatment modalities and Christian counseling to help our clients change their lives.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Celebrating Connections in Recovery

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In June, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) made a significant announcement regarding the future of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). The agency stated that the Recovery Month torch was now in the hands of the men and women in recovery.

For 30 years, SAMHSA and its directors have acted as a leader in the fight to break the stigma of addiction, advocate for health parity, and get the message out that recovery is possible. Now, Faces & Voices of Recovery will lead the way; the initiative writes:

"Though SAMHSA will no longer sponsor this celebration, their support of Recovery Month continues as they embrace the community's efforts to speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share our stories with neighbors, friends, and colleagues...Whether our faces and voices are shared through digital platforms or safe, social-distanced gatherings, we celebrate the millions of people who have found, are finding, and have yet to find this path to hope, health, and personal growth." 

We have a long way to go in the fight to end the stigma preventing individuals living with mental illness and addiction from reaching out for help. However, when the recovery community and fellowship come together with a common voice, significant feats are achievable.

While SAMHSA is no longer the spearhead of Recovery Month, they are still hosting recovery-related webinars throughout the month.

Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections


"Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections" is this year's theme for Recovery Month. Faces & Voices of Recovery writes that the theme:

"Embraces the challenges experienced in 2020. When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity." 

2020 is likely the most challenging year ever for the addiction and mental health recovery community. Healing is a process that comes about when men and women join forces. The COVID-19 pandemic made and is still making it hard for the community to meet on common ground; the internet is a godsend in that regard.

Without digital meeting platforms, maintaining one's sobriety would've been an even more formidable challenge. Thankfully, many parts of the country have made gains containing the coronavirus. However, many of you are still meeting online, especially those who are immunocompromised and can't risk contracting COVID-19.

"Whether our faces and voices are shared through digital platforms or safe, social-distanced gatherings we celebrate the millions of people who have found, are finding, and have yet to find this path to hope, health, and personal growth." 

We hope you can take part in Recovery Month 2020. There are many events listed on the Recovery Month website that you can attend and check your local area resource listings. You can also spread the message of hope for the alcoholic or addict still suffering; social media is an excellent way to share the message of recovery.

If you or your organization is planning on hosting an event this month, be sure to let Faces & Voices know the details. The initiative can help you get more participants and expand the reach of your message.

Reach for Recovery in 2020


Please contact Celebrate Hope for more information about our faith-based addiction recovery programs and services. We can assist you or a loved one get on the path toward lasting recovery and help you reconnect with your higher power, Jesus Christ. National Recovery Month is an opportunity to break the cycle of addiction and begin the healing process.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

As Overdoses Spike, States Slash Addiction Treatment Funding



During the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals and organizations are struggling financially. The economic challenges of the coronavirus outbreak have reached virtually everyone in the US. For people fighting addiction and seeking treatment, the financial challenges are even more devastating. Unfortunately, as overdoses spike, states slash addiction treatment funding as they also are experiencing significantly reduced budgets.

Worsening Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the country, as does the opioid epidemic. There have been an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder.

Barbara Andraka-Christou, an assistant professor of health management and informatics at the University of Central Florida, says “"The coronavirus pandemic is, unfortunately, expected to worsen the opioid overdose crisis. Many individuals are experiencing triggers, such as family- or job-related stress, that may lead them to relapse." She added, "Many people are losing their jobs and the funds necessary to pay for lifesaving health care. Those of us working in public health research are very worried."

Early research shows that accessing addiction treatment is becoming more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. A third of Americans have noted disruptions in care. Approximately 14% say they’re unable to access treatment at all.

Disruption in Service


The Addiction Policy Forum conducted an anonymous survey between April 27 and May 8, 2020, and found that:

  • More than one in three (34%) of the 1,079 respondents reported changes or disruptions in accessing treatment or recovery support services.
  • Fourteen percent say they were unable to receive their needed services and 2% say they were unable to access naloxone services.
  • Nationwide, 4% of respondents report an overdose has occurred since the pandemic began. The South Atlantic region reported the greatest number and percent of overdoses. The region includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia.
  • Twenty-four percent of respondents indicate that their/their family member’s substance use has changed because of COVID-19, with 20% reporting increased substance use.

State Cuts


During COVID-19, as these overdoses spike, states slash addiction treatment funding often because they are cash-strapped themselves. Oregon is slashing $69 million from the state’s 2021 budget for behavioral health services, including a $2 million reduction for outpatient programs in particular. Colorado has cut $26 million from its treatment funding. In addition, the state’s plan to invest in training for medical professionals to identify individuals at risk of substance use disorder will take a $1 million cut. Minnesota will also see service reductions because of shortfalls in fees collected from pharmaceutical companies.

Georgia has cut $5.7 million from its substance use disorder programs, including residential treatment facility expansions. New Jersey and Utah have also slashed millions from the budget for future substance use disorder programs. In Florida, the governor vetoed over $12 million in behavioral health funds meant to go toward initiatives such as substance abuse prevention programs, crisis intervention programs, and a long-acting injectable buprenorphine pilot program.

Medicaid funding, which supports about 21% of the country’s substance use disorder program spending, is being cut back significantly in many states across the country. The federal government earmarked $425 million for behavioral health in its emergency relief package, but the experts say that won’t come close to filling the gap left by the state slashes.

COVID Challenges


Given orders to stay home and maintain social distances, many treatment programs are challenged with providing addiction treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth has become more acceptable and more common. However, many treatment facilities are having to cut back on their capacity, which has the circular effect on their budgets as well.

The National Council for Behavioral Health surveyed its 3400 members in April 2020. It found that 92.6% of both residential and outpatient centers — had cut back their programs, forcing many to furlough employees or lay them off. A month into the pandemic, two-thirds of those centers said they had enough cash to last three months or less.

Addiction Treatment During a Pandemic


At Celebrate Hope, we recognize that these are challenging times. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to get help with your addiction. We are following all CDC COVID-19 guidelines for your health and safety. A Christian treatment center, we are located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano, in Southern California. We provide faith-based, compassionate addiction programs for you when you are battling a substance use disorder. Start celebrating hope today! Please contact us to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program and how we ensure that our clients are safe.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

What Families Need to Know About Addiction

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When your loved one is showing signs of being addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can affect your entire family. You are undoubtedly worried about your loved one’s health and well-being. Their addiction may strain your relationship. You may even feel helpless as you watch them continue their addictive ways. What families need to know about addiction is what is behind it, how it works in your loved one’s mind and body, and how you can help them.

A Complex Disease


People don’t choose addiction. It is a complex condition, a brain disease manifested by compulsive substance use despite the harmful consequences it can cause. Addiction takes over your loved one’s life. They will keep using drugs or alcohol, and doing whatever it takes to get them, even when they know it will cause problems for them and their families.

When your loved one is addicted, they have distorted thinking, behavior, and body functions. They experience changes in the wiring of their brains, resulting in intense cravings that make it very hard to stop using. Brain imaging studies have shown physical changes in an addict’s brain that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior control.

How It Starts


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that people have a variety of reasons for taking drugs or drinking alcohol. They may do it:
  • To feel good — feeling of pleasure, “high”
  • To feel better — e.g., relieve stress
  • To do better — improve performance
  • Because of curiosity and peer pressure

The Need for More


Regardless of why they started taking drugs or drinking alcohol, they will build up a tolerance over time. Your loved one will then need to consume larger amounts to feel the same effects. Even if they are aware of emerging health problems, as well as problems at work or with family and friends, they could simply be unable to stop on their own.

The Addiction Experience


A research study published by NCBI attempted to learn more about addiction, from the perspective of those individuals who were addicted. Their stories are unique and insightful as to why they began using drugs or alcohol and what their experience was as an addict. These stories add to what families need to know about addiction, to understand what their loved one is experiencing.

A mother, Latoya, who was in treatment for heroin and nicotine addiction, believed that addiction was a part of human nature. She said, “I feel like everybody got addiction, you know what I mean, ‘cause they have addiction to smoking, addiction to going to work, you know, so somebody has an addiction somewhere in them.” Connecting her experience to a trend she perceived in others, Latoya had developed a sense that her addiction, though problematic and disabling, was not unique to her, but in fact, a common experience along the spectrum of “normal” human behavior.

Joe, who was a self-described blue-collar worker in his late forties, shared what he believed to be a strong connection among his mental health, employment, and alcoholism cycles. He said, “It is anxiety and stress that I was dealing with. [Alcohol] just calmed me down so that I used it as a tool, like a self-medication for me...I have depression and anxiety and overwhelming problems with employment, it was very stressful...but it has nothing to do with family or anything...I would quit for a month here and there; I have quit for a couple of weeks here and there. But I always went back when the anxiety and depression set in when I'm dealing with work.”

Paige, a housewife in her fifties, spoke about her pattern of abuse and the bargaining process. She said, “I had a blackout, don't remember, ended up in the hospital...then I got out of the hospital after three days and swore I would never drink again. And within two weeks I was having wine again. I told myself it was just wine, it couldn't do any damage. So, yeah. And it just spiraled down and I was very, very depressed and constantly hopeless... I have emotional triggers that are problematic.”

The Impact on the Family


What families need to know about addiction is that they are not necessarily overreacting when they notice problems in their loved one’s work, health, finances, relationships, social functioning, legal issues, self-esteem, or self-respect. Their substance use has become more important than the problems it causes. When your loved one continues to use drugs or alcohol in spite of the fact that their behavior is causing these problems, that is a problem in itself – for them and for you.

As untreated problems continue, family members develop their own issues. Partners of people who have substance use problems can suffer greatly. Common symptoms include headaches, backaches, digestive problems, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Children of parents with substance use disorders can experience school behavior problems, poor academic performance, and are more likely to struggle with addiction themselves.

Help for Your Loved One and Your Family


Taking those first steps to help your loved one begin treatment can be a painful process. Celebrate Hope can guide you through the challenges of helping your loved one realize their brokenness and getting treatment at a reputable Christian addiction treatment facility. We are a faith-based addiction program firmly rooted in the 12 Steps and in the teachings of Christ and we are here to help you and your loved one. For more information about our evidence-based addiction treatment, contact us today.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

PTSD Talk Therapy Doesn't Lead to Relapse in Recovery

PTSDMany Americans could be at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those living with any mental illness face significant obstacles at this time, as well. Any person in recovery for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders must prioritize their well-being every day.

While these are challenging times financially for millions of us, it's vital to continue taking steps to address your mental and behavioral needs. Attend 12 Step meetings and call your support group whenever you feel the need. If you see a therapist, please do not let up because of the coronavirus. Counselors are utilizing virtual platforms to serve the needs of their patients.

In the last several months, more and more men and women have reported experiencing mental illness symptoms. Those who find themselves dealing with psychological distress benefit when they don't ignore their symptoms; unfortunately, many people are accustomed to shrugging off mental health conditions because of misconceptions and stigma.

If you are feeling alone with what you are experiencing, please keep in mind that one in five Americans has a psychiatric disorder. What's more, there is a large community of individuals in recovery who can support you along the way. Anyone struggling with behavioral health disorders like addiction and mental illnesses can recover with the help of treatment providers, mutual-help groups, and professional therapy.

It's worth remembering that new conditions can arise while in recovery. Traumatic events, such as natural disasters or a public health crisis, can jeopardize your progress. If you've been significantly affected by COVID-19, then you may consider seeking the assistance of a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) disproportionately impacts men and women living with alcohol or substance use disorder. PTSD symptoms can be a catalyst for relapse if left unaddressed. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, around one-fourth of people living with addiction also have PTSD.

PTSD Talk Therapy Doesn’t Trigger Relapse in Recovery


It's natural to avoid talking about painful memories, but doing so is beneficial in many ways. A failure to process what you have been through can lead to self-destructive behaviors. Mutual-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous can help with what you've experienced; however, it might not be enough for some individuals. You might have concerns that facing your trauma will do more harm than good or be the impetus for a relapse. Some providers are under that opinion too.

New research appearing in the Journal of Traumatic Stress shows that PTSD talk therapy doesn't cause a drug or alcohol relapse. The study involved comparing the week-to-week craving comparisons of 44 patients. The researchers found that participants had no rise in stress or cravings for drugs after PTSD therapy sessions.

"Now that we have evidence that treating PTSD won't impact recovery, patients can request therapy, and mental health providers have a duty to make it available," said study author Jessica Peirce, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "There is a lot more resilience within this population than many health care providers give them credit for, and not offering the proper treatment is doing patients a disservice."

Faith-Based Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment


At Celebrate Hope, we offer medical and therapeutic assistance for individuals living with co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. We treat both use disorders and accompanying mental illnesses alongside one another. Please contact us today to learn more about our faith-based co-occurring disorder treatment program.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Addiction Treatment Centers Take COVID-19 Precautions

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People living the disease of addiction who are actively using drugs or alcohol still require help, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The American addiction epidemic existed long before this public health crisis and will be present long after the matter is suppressed.

Public health precautions have led to border closures and greater scrutiny at every point of entry in the United States. The result: getting drugs into the country is significantly more challenging, and many people will resort to desperate measures to sate their addictive needs. With few avenues for acquiring illicit substances, many are considering taking steps toward recovery.

Fortunately, addiction treatment centers are still operating across the country. Such programs have had to alter their operations in many ways to ensure the safety of their clients. Nevertheless, it’s normal that those who need assistance harbor concerns about contracting the coronavirus while in treatment.

Close Quarter Recovery


Addiction treatment centers emphasize the importance of working closely with others who share similar goals. Throughout the day, clients attend group therapy and socialize with each other at night. Many inpatient treatment centers bunk more than one client to a room, and not just to save space. It’s common to bond and form friendships with the people you share a bedroom with at the facility.

Recovery is about fellowship, inside treatment and out. Rehab centers teach clients how to rely on their peers to achieve long-term recovery. Progress doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Life-long bonds are often formed in addiction treatment centers; you meet and befriend people you can call when problems arise.

In light of COVID-19, there are concerns about safely social distancing at residential treatment centers. Staff members have had to change the structure to ensure clients keep their distance from one another, and regularly screen for the virus to prevent an outbreak. You can rest assured that clinicians and support staff diligently strive to ensure that patients can focus on their recovery rather than live in fear of contracting a deadly virus.

Fears of Inpatient Addiction Treatment


It’s hard to deny that it isn’t challenging to institute social distancing protocols in a treatment center. Nevertheless, Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea, and many others are rising to the challenge. We implore men and women to believe that addiction treatment providers have their best interests at heart and are doing everything in their power to protect clients from the pandemic.

There are reports that even though drug and alcohol use is on the rise, fewer people are seeking addiction treatment. Marvin Ventrell, CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), reports that around 1,000 members saw a 40 to 50 percent census drop in March and April.

The above data is concerning, especially when you consider that opioid overdoses could be up 40 percent during the pandemic, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). With substance use on the rise, people need to have faith in treatment more than ever.

“It’s hard to underestimate the effects of the pandemic on the community with opioid use disorder,” said Dr. Caleb Alexander, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The pandemic has profoundly disrupted the drug markets. Normally that would drive more people to treatment. Yet treatment is harder to come by.” 

Addiction Treatment During a Pandemic


During these troubling times, we invite you or a loved one to start celebrating hope today! All CDC COVID-19 guidelines are being followed. Please contact us to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program and how we ensure that our clients are safe.
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