Gooden Center
A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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Stay-Busy Activities in Recovery

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Stay-Busy Activities in Recovery

 

Everyone who is going through recovery from an addiction must find ways to keep themselves busy. When a person has too much free time they can experience boredom, depression, loneliness and other feelings that can trigger them to engage in substance abuse again. Preventing relapse can depend a lot on a person’s ability to find activities that keep them focused and healthy.

 

At some point in recovery, an individual must brainstorm and think of a list of activities that can keep them busy when they are experiencing cravings or simply have too much empty time. It can help to write down ideas and reference them whenever you are not sure what to do to stay busy. Make sure to focus on activities that you know from past experience are helpful in making you feel calm and happy.

 

Stay-busy activities can be anything that helps keep your mind off of triggering feelings. It can be things like calling a friend, going to a movie, exercising, playing sports or games, cooking a healthy meal, listening to music, writing in a journal, meditating, taking a bath or even going for a walk. The possibilities for activities are unlimited and can include anything that helps motivate you to improve your health.

 

These kinds of activities can be useful whenever you are feeling stressed, anxious, upset or depressed. Focusing too much on negative feelings and not being active can be dangerous for people with addictions. Over time you will find new and effective ways to deal with triggers and stay busy whenever problems come up.

 

For those in recovery, talking to your therapist can help give you ideas on how to stay busy and cope with your feelings when they come up. Having a plan and a strategy for triggers can be crucial to preventing relapse.

 

References

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery

The Fundamentals Of Treatment For Drug Abuse

Posted on: August 8th, 2019 by emarketed No Comments

While there are various different paths towards recovery, there are certain fundamentals common among all of them. These are treatment modules that every recovery center will provide in each and every one of its programs.

If you or a loved one are going to receive treatment for drug abuse, you can expect the following.

Detox

When you are physically dependent on a substance, stopping cold turkey will lead to severe withdrawals. These withdrawals make it incredibly difficult to stick to the recovery process. In many cases, they can be dangerous and even fatal. For this reason, most drug rehab must begin with detox.

Drug detox refers to the controlled process in which an individual is withdrawn from the substance on which they’ve become dependent. At Gooden Center, detox is prescribed and monitored by medical professionals. The nature of your detox will depend on the substance. Some substances can be stopped cold turkey, while others require a tapering process using safe alternatives to the drug.

Physical dependence on a substance precludes the possibility of effective drug rehab. As long as your body is withdrawing from the substance, it will be difficult to stay clean and focus on the treatment process.

Dual Diagnosis

From the very beginning of the process, psychiatrists at Gooden Center will evaluate whether you may require a dual diagnosis. In many cases, substance abuse is caused by or leads to another mental illness. For example, people suffering with OCD may use drugs to try and quiet their obsessive thoughts. Alternatively, someone who has become accustomed to using drugs when they feel down will ultimately struggle to effectively cope with difficult emotions and this may trigger depression or anxiety.

Treatment of drug abuse will not be effective if co-occurring mental illnesses are not also treated. Aspects of the treatments will overlap, but specific mental illnesses need particular treatments. Furthermore, with the help of a dual diagnosis, therapists and doctors will better know how to approach an individual’s treatment.

Group Sessions

Addiction treatment differs from treatment of other mental illnesses in that group sessions are given far more prominence. Community is understood to be very important in treatment of drug abuse for a number of reasons. Addiction tends to lead to unintentional selfishness. When looking for one’s next fix, it is difficult to take others into account. Groups help substance users become more socially aware once again.

Group sessions also give individuals an opportunity to share their own stories and what they’re struggling with. Since everyone in the group has gone through similar hardships, while doing things they regret, this is a safe space in which no one has room to judge.

In addition, addicts can use group sessions to learn how others have managed to cope without substances. They can share their own techniques and ideas. They can learn to lean on others for support in trying times.

Individual Therapy

Group sessions are excellent for confronting one’s addiction on a general level. However, individual therapy is incredibly important to help you deal with your specific personal concerns. In individual therapy, you will discuss your background and history and identify your coping mechanisms. This will help you see which mechanisms have worked and which have become dysfunctional.

Individual therapy is also necessary when treating most mental illnesses. By working through your issues with a therapist, you are better able to notice your unhealthy patterns. With therapies such as CBT, you learn practical skills to challenge thoughts that tend to lead you in a negative direction.

Psychiatric Medication

Substance users who have a co-occurring disorder will likely be prescribed psychiatric medication to relieve its symptoms. These are generally non-addictive medications that affect the chemicals in your brain, addressing imbalances and providing increased stability. Anti-anxiety and sleeping medications such as Xanax and Stilnox, which have the potential for abuse, will not be prescribed.

Alternative Therapies

You will also have the opportunity to work with alternative therapies, including mindfulness-based techniques. Mindfulness in particular is important when treating addiction, as the approach of taking each moment on its own has helped millions get through the most trying times.

These techniques also give you more options when one or another coping skill is not appropriate to the situation.

Holistic Health

Treatment for drug abuse should take the person as a whole into account. Addiction has both physical and mental aspects, and the healthier a person is in general, the more likely they are to stay clean. Thus, your nutrition and fitness are very important. Similarly, keeping your mind active and developing hobbies or passions helps you sustain a more rounded, fulfilling life free from substances.

Maintenance

No one’s treatment is ever complete at the end of a program. On the contrary, without continued treatment and maintenance, relapse becomes more and more likely. Treatment for drug abuse goes on after leaving rehab, and beyond aftercare and sober living. Attending groups and being part of a recovery community are ideal safeguards to keep you on track in a fulfilling life free of drugs.

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4 Types of Addiction Treatment Programs

Posted on: July 21st, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Stay-Busy Activities in Recovery

People that are in need of help for recovery from an addiction may not know what the best options are for them. There are a few different types of treatment programs that can provide a safe place for guidance and support while giving up an alcohol or drug addiction. These represent the four main types

 of addiction treatment programs.

 

  1. Community and Twelve Step Programs – A program such as alcoholics anonymous or other twelve step options are examples of free community programs that provide people with a support system in their recovery. There are plenty of different types of twelve step and alternative programs in local neighborhoods that give people a space to talk about their addiction with others who are also struggling. Weekly meetings with a group can help facilitate recovery and keep people focused on their sobriety goals.

 

  1. Outpatient Treatment – For those who need more intensive recovery treatment but are not able to stay in a residential facility, outpatient treatment programs can be a good option. Outpatient treatment is designed to fit the patient’s normal life so that they can still go to work, school or take care of their family. Their medical appointments, counseling and classes are on nights and weekends so that they can still maintain their regular schedule.

 

  1. Inpatient Rehab – The best choice for very severe addictions is to stay in a treatment facility for a period of time. Patients that enroll in inpatient rehab can receive care around the clock whenever they need it and will be away from any temptation or possibility of relapse.

 

  1. Sober Living Home – Another treatment option which often follows rehab or other programs is the sober living home where the individual lives temporarily with other people in recovery. Residents work together to maintain the home and continue focusing on their sobriety until they feel ready to live on their own.

 

Any combination of these programs can lead to a successful recovery from addiction.

 

References

 

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs

4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

Posted on: July 4th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

 

Recovering from an addiction can be a different experience for everyone but there are certain guidelines that can be helpful to the process. Understanding the most crucial tools the use in recovery can allow the journey to become easier and more defined. Here are some of the most essential rules to follow throughout recovery.

Stay Connected to a Sober Community

When you are recovering from an addiction it is very important to stay in contact and surround yourself with other people who are also committed to being sober. It can be hard to find any existing friends that don’t drink or use drugs so make sure to be connected to people in your program or support meetings that are on the same page as you.

Maintain Honesty

People struggling with addictions develop a habit of lying and hiding the truth that can be difficult to break. As a sober person you must be honest at all times even if it can be painful to tell the truth. Being honest can help improve your relationships and help you develop more responsibility.

Be Open Minded and Willing

During recovery, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to explore new things and be involved in new experiences. People with addictions can be set in certain ways of thinking and certain habits. Being open minded can help change your perspective and allow you to learn new things.

Believe in Yourself

One of the most important parts of being sober is believing that you can do it. If you believe that your life will get better and know you can stay committed then it can help maintain your motivation. Negative or self-defeating thoughts can become problematic in recovery.

Following these and other guidelines provided by your recovery program can make it possible to stay sober permanently.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recovery_approach

Dealing with Negative Influences in Recovery

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


Stay-Busy Activities 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.