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Brett Favre was Abusing Alcohol During the Prime of NFL Career

Posted on: June 5th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Brett Favre was Abusing Alcohol During the Prime of NFL Career

Legendary athlete Brett Favre has had an amazing career with the NFL but his success did not stop him from struggling with dark times and issues of addiction. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback spent 3 stints in rehab as he fought an addiction to both alcohol and painkillers. Throughout his time in the NFL, Favre recovered and relapsed several times while the public was mostly unaware.

Favre first entered rehab in 1996 when he was at the height of his fame and success with the Packers to address his problems with drinking and addiction to Vicodin. He has said that at one point he took 12 tablets of Vicodin at a time. At the time he wasn’t convinced that he had a problem but was talked into going to rehab by people in his life that were concerned about his drinking and asked him to attend.

The football star was resistant to treatment in his first rehab stay and found it too hard to admit that he had an issue with alcohol. Even after 28 days of treatment during his first stay he ended up in rehab again several years later after relapsing. His third and final stay in rehab finally helped him realize that he needed to change his ways as he found it difficult to make it through normal social situations without having several drinks.

His days of drinking and abusing painkillers are behind him after he began to understand how it was affecting his personal life. Now that Favre is sober he has since retired from football in the NFL which he played for nearly 20 years. He was a hard working athlete who played 321 straight games during his career which is a record for a quarterback.

6 Reasons You Need a Professional Drug Detox

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

6 Reasons You Need a Professional Drug Detox

Even though some people may feel that they are strong enough to quit an addiction on their own, they may not realize how ineffective and truly dangerous that choice can be. When it comes to quitting a severe addiction, there are many important reasons why a professional detox center is necessary. For the sake of safety, well-being and happiness it is crucial for people in recovery to go through detox in a licensed facility.

It may seem like a the right choice to stay home while you are quitting but choosing professional drug detox may actually save your life. Here are some of the key reasons you should attend a drug detox center for an addiction.

1. Withdrawal Can be Severe and Dangerous

People who engage in very heavy substance abuse are likely to have some very intense and painful withdrawal symptoms. It is important to have medical staff available in case there are any complications that occur through the process of detox. People can experience symptoms as severe as seizures and hallucinations and some may have mood swings so intense that they become suicidal.

Experiencing those kinds of symptoms without any assistance can be dangerous and even fatal in some cases. Withdrawal seizures can cause severe physical damage including damage to the heart and kidney. Other withdrawal symptoms can cause people to become severely dehydrated, have panic attacks, an increased heart rate or even breathing problems.

With medical staff available to constantly monitor your progress and make sure there are no complications you can ensure that your detox does not harm your physical health permanently.

2. Cravings are Hard to Fight Alone

In a detox center you will have no access to any of the substances you were addicted to or anything else that could pose a threat to your abstinence. At home there is a much greater danger of giving in to cravings and not being able to resist the possibility of calling a dealer or just going to a bar. People often don’t realize how intense and complicated their physical and mental cravings can be until they are faced with them during detox.

3. Relapse Can be Fatal

One of the most serious dangers with detoxing on your own is the fact that you can easily give in to your cravings and end up relapsing with a much lower tolerance. People that get off a drug for a few days or even a week will not realize how much they have lowered their tolerance by being abstinent for that period of time. If they end up relapsing and doing the same amount of drugs that they are accustomed to then they can quickly overdose.

People attending a detox center are much less likely to relapse and face this danger because they often follow up their withdrawal period by entering a rehab program. They will be in an environment where they have the support they need not to relapse and can remain safe as they adjust to living sober.

4. Professional Detox is Less Stressful

Aside from issues of safety and maintaining sobriety, the experience of detoxing as a whole is much more comfortable in a detox center. Trying to get through withdrawal alone is very stressful, painful and a lot more hard work. In a detox treatment center you will have people caring for you, easing your discomfort and providing you with what you need to get through it.

5. You Need Community and Support to Maintain Sobriety

One of the main reasons people relapse is because they are too isolated and don’t have access to the therapy and education they need to learn how to live sober. Going to a detox center will give you a chance to be surrounded by other people who support you and want to help you quit. Detoxing alone means that you won’t have anyone around to talk to in times of stress and no one to relate to about your experience.

In a detox center followed by rehab you will have educational tools, a built in community and close connections with others that make it easier to fight cravings and prevent relapse.

6. Handling Daily Life in Recovery can be Challenging

If you detox alone you will have to be responsible for dealing with your own withdrawal symptoms and obtaining your own necessities. Handling the daily tasks of life is much more stressful when you are going through withdrawal and trying to quit an addiction. Having staff members in a detox center take care of daily necessities and provide food and medication can make the whole process of withdrawal much easier.

Detoxing from an addiction is already a very difficult experience. Attending a professional drug detox can make it easier and less stressful while also guaranteeing your safety and success.

Depression Relapse

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Depression Relapse

Even though treatment and therapy can help resolve many symptoms of depression, mental illnesses can be difficult to completely cure. There are many cases where a patient who is able to overcome their issues of depression and feel stable for a period of time later relapses and their symptoms return. Depression relapse is a reality that patients must be prepared for even if they have successfully lived depression-free.

It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of a depression relapse in yourself or in others who may need help. An episode of depression can happen any time but it is often triggered by a stressful event that takes place in a person’s life. Even though a person has already experienced depression and recovered, they may not recognize their relapse symptoms which can be different from their first episode of the condition.

People who are experiencing a depression relapse may have some of the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Loss of attraction to partner
  • Trouble focusing or concentrating
  • Sleep problems such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • Social withdrawal
  • Weight changes
  • Feeling worthless

If you notice any of these symptoms they could mean you or someone you love is experiencing a depression relapse. People experience relapses even when they are already receiving treatment or are taking medication for depression. Specific triggers can lead to a relapse such as the loss of a loved one, ruminating about negative experiences, divorce or other stressful events and hormonal changes.

Even if you have already received treatment in the past it is important to seek help if you are experiencing a depression relapse. Professional mental health programs can help you get back to a place of stability so that you can get back to the way you were feeling prior to the relapse. Make sure to find a regular therapist and talk to them about your new symptoms.

Holiday Relapse and Why You Should Be Thinking About it Now

Posted on: October 24th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Holiday Relapse and Why You Should Be Thinking About it Now

Recovering from an addiction comes with many complications and struggles throughout the year but one of the toughest times for most sober people is the holidays. The few months between November and January can be some of the most difficult to get through because of the many parties, celebrations and gatherings that tend to involve alcohol. People who have quit drinking may feel especially tempted during this period of time because they have certain associations with the holidays and having drinks.

Another reason the holidays can cause people to be more vulnerable to relapse is that it can also be a stressful time of year. Worrying about shopping for gifts and spending time with family can be difficult especially if you have any dysfunctional family members who create more stress. Although the holidays are meant to produce feelings of togetherness, the reality is that many people actually feel more lonely and depressed.

Because of these factors, it is essential to prepare for the holidays in advance and have a plan in place to prevent holiday relapse. Even though you might be optimistic about how your recovery is going you may never know for sure how you will react during the holidays. You need to think about what the holidays will bring and create your own relapse prevention plan so that you are fully prepared for any difficult situations.

Prevention is Key During the Holidays

When you have a plan in place before the holidays you will feel more confident and prepared for any issue that might come up. Instead of feeling nervous and scared about how you will react at a holiday party or gathering, you will know what to do in any situation. Relapse will be much less of a possibility when you have a plan ready in advance.

The first step in creating a relapse prevention plan is thinking about how you will react and handle it when someone offers you a drink or asks why you don’t drink. It is inevitable that this situation will come up so you can rehearse and think about some answers beforehand that you will feel comfortable with.

There are different ways that people choose to handle being offered a drink but you can simply say “no thank you, I don’t drink”. This may be enough to shut down any other offers the rest of the night if people know that it is a deliberate choice. Be firm and avoid opening any doors that might make people want to convince you to have a beer with them later on.

If someone asks you why you are choosing not to drink, you don’t necessarily have to tell them you are in recovery if you don’t feel comfortable enough to share. You can prepare some answers that you think will make you feel okay with the conversation and will prevent any further prying. You can say for example that you quit for health reasons which is reasonable and in most cases is probably the truth on some level.

Create a Support System

Most people in recovery know how important it is to have a support system in place when you are struggling with temptation. This is especially the case during the holidays when many people feel isolated and under more stress than usual. It might be a good time to talk to your sober friends more often and ask for extra support.

If you are going to a party that you are particularly nervous about you always have the option of bringing a sober buddy with you. Being the only sober person at a party can feel very alienating and can drive you to want a drink again. Take a friend from your AA group so that you can support each other and get through the night safely.

It is always a good idea not to spend too much time alone when you are in recovery and particularly during the holidays. As part of your prevention plan, try to organize some activities and outings with friends that don’t involve alcohol. Activities with friends from your AA group will not only help you but also everyone else in your meetings that is having a hard time.

As part of your prevention plan make sure that you have the option to leave when you are in any situation that may endanger your sobriety. If you are at a party that feels overwhelming, then make sure you have your own car or arrange a ride home so that you don’t have to stay.

You don’t want to be in any situation that will trigger a relapse. As important as it is to challenge yourself, your highest priority should be staying sober. Practice self-care and focus on your goals so that you can stay on track throughout the holidays.