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Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving in Recovery: Gratitude Matters

If you are like many individuals in early recovery, then you may be dreading the coming week. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means a good many men and women are about to have their recovery tested.

It’s an unfortunate fact that higher rates of relapse accompany significant holidays. Select days of the year bring out many undesired emotions; left unchecked, they can put people on a path toward drugs and alcohol.

During the holiday season, one must keep their finger on the pulse of his or her emotions. They must be willing to be open and honestly talk about their feelings with their support network. Bottling up how you feel is a recipe for disaster in recovery.

Perhaps this is your first Thanksgiving in recovery. If so, then Celebrate Hope is happy to report to you that keeping your sobriety intact is possible. However, preventing a relapse will require extra effort on your part.

You may find that you have to double up on meetings in the coming days. Even if you feel a desire to isolate, you must resist the temptation. Stick close to those who help you continue down the road of recovery each day. You are not alone; you have allies who are committed to supporting you, and they need your help too. Men and women recover together!

Thanksgiving in Recovery

The holiday season demands much of men and women in recovery. You will find that maintaining a positive attitude is of significant benefit. Everything may not be right in your life, but remember this path you are on is a process. It’s probably fair to say that your things are starting to look up when compared to where things stood just a short time ago.

Thanksgiving is about more than merely sitting down with friends and family to eat turkey and pumpkin pie. This time of year is an opportunity to exercise an attitude of gratitude. Each day in sobriety is both a gift and an accomplishment worthy of recognition.

Taking the time to make a gratitude list will help you stay grounded, especially if you find yourself having difficulty during the holiday. In recovery, men and women have so much to be thankful for, as it is a blessing to no longer be in the grips of addiction. You have real friends in your life today; people who care about your progress and well-being.

Take stock of all the individuals who have accompanied you on this remarkable journey of healing. Let them know how vital they are to your continued progress. Doing so will not only brighten their spirits; it will make you feel better too.

Perhaps you are working a program of the 12 Step variety; if so, then you probably have a sponsor. Take a moment to share with him or her your sincerest gratitude; it’s worth remembering that their guidance has been instrumental, day in and day out. It costs nothing to be grateful, but being the opposite can be costly.

Again, you must remain close to your support network in the following days. Be sure to attend your regular meetings and then some. You may find that going to several meetings on Thanksgiving is beneficial, as well. Share with your support network how you are feeling, especially if you find yourself experiencing cravings. It’s always easier to call before you fall; never hesitate to reach out for help if you are in a situation that can jeopardize your program.

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

Celebrate Hope is here for men and women who require assistance with alcohol or substance use disorders. Our highly qualified team is also equipped to treat men and women who meet the criteria for co-occurring mental illnesses.

At Celebrate Hope, we combine evidence-based therapies with the teachings of Jesus Christ to help individuals get on a path toward healing. Please reach out at your earliest convenience to learn more about the programs we offer and to begin the life-changing journey of recovery.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Veterans Day: PTSD and SUD Awareness

At Celebrate Hope, we would like to express our gratitude for the brave men and women who have and continue to serve in the armed forces. Your sacrifices are not lost on us, and we would like to thank you for your service.

We also understand that many veterans are living with untreated mental and behavioral health conditions. Substance use disorder (SUD), depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects veterans at higher rates than the general public.

Last month, we wrote a post about the prevalence of depression: a mental health condition that affects more than 300 million people worldwide. This week, in observance of Veterans Day, we would like to discuss PTSD and SUD among veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that:
  • About 11 to 20 out of every 100 veterans who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year.
  • About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War veterans have PTSD in a given year.
  • About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam veterans were currently diagnosed with PTSD in the late 1980s. The department estimates that 30% of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
The statistics show that PTSD impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of American veterans. Without treatment, such individuals can struggle with symptoms like feeling keyed up, flashbacks of an event, avoiding reminders of the event, or feeling numb to things they used to enjoy. What’s more, those who have untreated PTSD are more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol to cope, which often results in the development of an alcohol or substance use disorder.

Veterans Living with PTSD and Addiction

The National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs points out that 27% of veterans in VA care diagnosed with PTSD also have a substance use disorder(SUD). The center adds that PTSD and SUD are strongly related in people who served in the military. More than 2 of 10 veterans with PTSD also have SUD; almost 1 out of every 3 veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD; about 1 in 10 returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seen in the VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.

At Celebrate Hope, we understand that many people struggling with mental illness suffer in silence. Some people ignore their symptoms or keep them to themselves due to the stigma and shame that come with a mental health diagnosis. Since a large number of individuals do not seek help, it’s likely that the number of veterans living with PTSD and SUD is much higher than what is reported.

Veterans Day is an ideal time to open up the dialog about mental health conditions affecting our nation’s heroes. Together, we educate the public about the existence of evidence-based co-occurring disorder treatment and encourage men and women to seek assistance.

Research shows that when men and women address both PTSD and SUD concurrently, they are better able to heal and adopt a program of long-term recovery. Behavioral and mental health treatment works, and evidence-based therapy can target both problems at the same time.

Faith-Based Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Our dedicated team of professionals provides medical and therapeutic support for clients dealing with a dual diagnosis. At Celebrate Hope, we treat both conditions alongside one another to increase the likelihood that our clients will achieve lasting recovery. Please contact us today to learn more about our faith-Based dual diagnosis program. You can speak to a faith-based recovery specialist today by calling: (888) 350-6910
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