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Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Posted on: May 27th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments


Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Almost everyone has a person in their life that is a negative influence on them in some way. For people with addictions, they may have friends and drinking buddies who guide them down the wrong path and have prevented them from being healthy for a long time. While in recovery, these same friends might in denial of your choice to quit and will not want to let you grow.

It is important to be able to recognize negative influences especially when you are in the early stages of recovery. You do not want all your progress to be jeopardized by a friend who coaxes you into having just one drink or using again because they can’t cope with you changing. Their negativity about your recovery can bring you down and make you feel tempted at dangerous times.

There are certain signs that a person in your life may be a negative influence. If they seem critical of your efforts to improve yourself, are avoiding facing their own addiction, or guilt trip you about your sobriety then they are probably are not able to deal with your new lifestyle. It is important to have people in your life that give you positive feedback about your choice to become sober and are going to be there to support you.

When someone becomes too much of a negative influence sometimes the best solution is to have a direct conversation with them about their behavior. You will need to tell them that you are committed to your choice to recover and if they can’t stop pushing you in the wrong direction you will need to move on. Friends who care about you will agree to accept your choices and for those who can’t, you may have to distance yourself from them.

Choosing Inpatient or Outpatient for Detox

Posted on: May 25th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments


Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Before entering a detox program, there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to the type of treatment you are receiving. Some people may be interested in enrolling in an outpatient detox program but you must be cautious weigh the pros and cons. Detox is different for everyone so you need to be sure that you are evaluated for the severity of your addiction and potential withdrawal symptoms.

An inpatient detox is often the safest choice, regardless of how serious your addiction is because it provides patients with round the clock care. An inpatient detox center also prevents the possibility of relapsing during the detox process. Patients have no substances available to them and they are in the safety of a medical facility where they can be cared for should anything go wrong.

In some cases though, people might feel they need outpatient treatment because they need to be at home to care for young children or attend their regular work schedule. For these situations it is important for the individual to receive a physical exam to ensure that their health is in good enough condition to go through detox. They will also need to be evaluated for the severity of their addiction because that can influence their ability to get through detox safely.

In order to prepare for detox in an outpatient program you will need to make sure that you have a solid support system and a loved one who can help monitor you through the process. Keep in mind that there will be times when you are in an unsupervised environment so you will need help from someone you trust to prevent temptation and relapse. If you have any worries or misgivings about the possibility of relapse then the safest choice may be to choose inpatient treatment for detox.

The Role of Genetics in Alcoholism

Posted on: May 22nd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Addiction tends to run in families for a few different reasons but genetic predisposition is one of the most common causes of problems like alcoholism. The environment and culture that a person grows up in can influence them to drink and use drugs but their genes can also have a powerful effect. Certain distinct sets of genes can also determine whether someone will be a heavy drinker or if they will suffer from alcohol abuse disorder.

People who drink heavily and those who are alcoholics have many genetic similarities that make them more inclined to use substances. There are distinct regions of their genes that are associated with both groups of people and there are five that are linked to alcoholism alone. The genetic variants that are specifically linked with alcoholism tend to be associated with neuronal function.

The gene variants that are associated with alcoholism are also closely connected with the genetic risk of developing other types of psychiatric disorders. This may play a role in the likelihood of someone developing both an addiction and a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. Research has revealed that overall, genetics can account for about half of the risk of developing alcoholism.

Understanding the role that genetics play in alcohol abuse disorder and other psychiatric disorders can help people prevent or manage potential illnesses. If you are aware of a genetic predisposition for alcoholism or other types of disorders then you can take measures to avoid developing these issues through abstinence, therapy and other types of lifestyle changes.

Although genetics can be a strong influence on a person’s tendency to develop addiction, their lifestyle and personal choices are the key to whether they can manage their vulnerability. Alcoholism rehab can help people who have genetic vulnerabilities to recover and learn to live sober in spite of their inherent risks.

Employment During and After Rehab

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Having a job can be a crucial factor in a person’s ability to recover from a drug addiction. Gainful employment gives people a sense of purpose and makes it easier for them to stay focused on sobriety. However, in rehab, there can be certain challenges that need to be overcome in order to find a steady job.

People who were regularly employed before entering residential drug rehabilitation can focus on keeping their jobs. It is important to have a discussion with your boss before rehab and tell them about the situation so they know when you are leaving and when you will return. You have legal rights to remain employed while you take medical leave to resolve illnesses, including addiction.

For those that are unemployed at the time of entering a detox program, they can work towards being employed by the time they complete their rehab treatment. It can be very beneficial to have a job lined up before leaving treatment because it can ease some of the anxiety about living sober and coping with life’s daily challenges. Many rehab programs offer counseling and career services to help patients seek employment once they complete their time in treatment.

There are many reasons why working is crucial to recovery and each patient needs to find a steady job before returning home. Working provides financial stability, a daily routine, a sense of purpose, a structured schedule and many other benefits that create a healthier lifestyle. Someone who is working regularly will be in better shape mentally and emotionally to handle the daily challenges of being sober.

Recovery is a long process with many ups and downs so it is important to be prepared for sober living by having a set routine with work hours and a stable paycheck.

Depression and Women: Gender Gap in Mental Health

Posted on: May 18th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

Depression is a problem that affects millions of Americans but studies have repeatedly shown that women have much higher rates of the illness. Research that evaluates depression in both genders shows that women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. They are also three times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders or attempt suicide.

What causes the gender gap in illnesses like depression? There are many different factors that can contribute to women struggling with mental health problems. Depression treatment that focuses on the specific issues that women face can help them understand what has caused their depression.

One of the reasons that women struggle more with depression has to do with biological and hormonal differences. Women’s mental health is affected by hormonal changes throughout their life that occur during puberty, during their menstrual cycle, throughout pregnancy and postpartum as well as perimenopause and menopause. These shifting hormones can disrupt the serotonin levels in the brain which help control mood.

Other factors which can influence depression for women are life circumstances and cultural pressures. Women are more likely to make less money than men in similar jobs and overall they are more likely to live in poverty. They also tend to have more stress and responsibilities, often balancing work and duties at home as a caregiver.

Women are also more likely to experience some type of physical, emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life which can increase their likelihood of depression. Although these factors contribute to higher rates of diagnosis, women are also more likely to seek help through depression treatment. Getting professional care can make it possible for more women to recover and get the help that they need to lead healthier lives.