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Substance Abuse Among Culinary Chefs

Posted on: June 12th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Substance Abuse Among Culinary Chefs

While cooking and creating dishes can be a fulfilling passion for most chefs, it can also be a stressful and high pressure industry. Many culinary chefs, especially students in training and chefs in high end restaurants, end up turning to substance abuse as a way to cope with the pressure that they experience in the kitchen. In an environment surrounded by plenty of alcohol as well as mental and emotional tension, it is not surprising that chefs end up self-medicating on the job.

The food industry has been known to have a party reputation as staff members often share shots and drinks after hours and even sometimes on the clock. Hospitality industry workers actually make up a significant portion of the people receiving addiction treatment in rehab programs. Staying sober or even drinking moderately can be especially challenging in a restaurant environment and chefs are often hit the hardest by addiction.

Chefs and other restaurant employees are working in a place where drinking on the job is normal and often encouraged. They may come into contact with so many people who have addiction issues that they often lose their sense of what typical behavior is. Other drugs are also an issue in the restaurant industry as chefs and staff members may use cocaine or other stimulants to help them get through a long shift.

Although the restaurant industry is associated with a certain lifestyle it is possible for chefs in recovery to find others who are in a similar situation. Having other restaurant employees around who don’t drink or use drugs can be beneficial for those who are trying to commit to being sober. It can be challenging for chefs to cope with stress and temptation in a restaurant environment but with enough support they can make healthier choices.

Alcohol-Related ER Visits

Posted on: April 22nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcohol-Related ER Visits

Even though alcohol is a legal drug, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any serious dangers associated with it. More people than ever are ending up in the emergency room because of alcohol-related incidents causing injury. The number of alcohol-related ER visits has risen 61 percent in the last decade.

People end up in the ER for various reasons related to alcohol but some of the most common are drinking and driving accidents as well as alcohol poisoning. People are also more reckless and less inhibited when they drink which can lead to them getting hurt. These type of accidents are taking up lots of hospital resources and driving up health costs for people who are making poor decisions while drinking.

These ER visits actually represent a public health problem because it places a strain on the U.S. emergency care system. In order to combat this problem there need to be more efforts to identify and reduce binge drinking throughout the country. Binge drinking can lead to more alcohol-related incidents because people are more likely to be highly intoxicated compared to just having a few drinks over a longer period of time.

The more alcohol a person consumes in a short period of time the more they are at risk for alcohol poisoning or other related injuries. Binge drinking is defined as 4 or 5 drinks consumed within about 2 hours. Our bodies take about an hour to metabolize one drink, so this type of binge drinking can lead to serious issues with coordination and focus.

No matter how much alcohol a person has consumed, it is never safe to drink and drive. Finding a designated driver can help minimize the toll that ER visits has on our healthcare system. Reducing binge drinking can also prevent serious injuries and maintain health and safety.

Substance Abuse and Consent

Posted on: December 10th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Substance Abuse and Consent

Sexual misconduct can occur in situations where lines become blurred due to alcohol or other drugs being abused. When someone is intoxicated it can be difficult to determine whether they are consenting to sexual behavior or if they are being taken advantage of in their compromised state. In many cases, a person may be so incapacitated by drugs or alcohol that they are not aware of what is happening to them and have not given their full consent.

Substance abuse can make the concept of consent very complicated because it can alter the mental state of both parties. There are many difficult questions to consider when alcohol or drugs are involved in a sexual encounter. How drunk is too drunk to consent to sex and how do you know when someone is too intoxicated to give consent?

There are a number of reasons why substance abuse can cause issues with consent. For one thing, when someone is very intoxicated they are less able to communicate clearly and may not be able to get their feelings about a situation understood. On the other hand, alcohol and drugs can also make people more likely to disregard messages they’re being sent and make them determined to get one thing they are focused on.

It is important for people who are intoxicated to be able to have conversations about the situation and communicate what they want or don’t want to occur. Consent means that both parties know and understand that the other person is willing to have sex. If someone is incapacitated in any way and this communication doesn’t take place then it could mean that consent was never given and sexual assault has occurred.

Too Intoxicated to Give Consent

Legally a person is considered to be unable to provide consent if they are “incapacitated” by drugs and alcohol. However, the definition of being “incapacitated” can vary depending on the circumstances and individual interpretation of what that means or looks like. In some places, someone is only legally considered incapacitated if they are completely passed out and unconscious due to their drug or alcohol use.

Some states look at the situation differently depending on whether the person is “voluntarily incapacitated” meaning that they willingly took alcohol or drugs versus whether they were unknowingly drugged. Some even require prosecution to prove that the defendant knew that the victim was incapacitated in order to consider it a crime. In many places it can be difficult to prove that someone was incapacitated if they were not completely blacked out, vomiting, or unable to walk.

These issues can be especially problematic on college campuses when many of these types of situations occur on a regular basis. The culture of the school and their interpretation of being too intoxicated can mean that colleges handle sexual assault cases very differently. Students themselves have their own different interpretation of how drunk is too drunk making it very confusing to understand what consent means.

Making Sure that Consent has Taken Place

Whenever there is some type of substance abuse involved with a partner, it can make it much harder to determine if you have consent and it can make it harder to give consent. Because the legal definition can be complicated and confusing, communication is very important in any sexual encounter involving substance use. Talking to each other is the only way to ensure that someone is not getting involved in a situation that they don’t want and don’t consent to take place.

It is important to check in with a person repeatedly if they seem very intoxicated to make sure that they are okay with what is happening and that they consent to sex. If you yourself are drunk or are on drugs, make sure to check in with yourself and how you are reacting to the situation.
Are you okay with it? Do you still want to do this? Do you need a break?

Each partner needs to ensure that the other has clearly communicated their needs and is able to give verbal consent. Even if they say yes, make sure to check in the next day and see if they feel okay about what happened. Keep communication open before and after the encounter to be a hundred percent certain that there was mutual consent.

If at any point during a situation where a person is intoxicated and there seems to be any doubt about what is going on then make sure to stop it before things go too far. If your partner seems confused or is sending mixed messages then don’t do it. Even more so if they are unable to communicate coherently or aren’t sober enough to fully understand what is going on then don’t continue.

There are many cases where someone can be intoxicated and still offer their consent but it is a good idea to be very cautious and make sure there is no doubt about the situation.

‘Study Aide’ Or Adderall Addiction

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

'Study Aide' Or Adderall Addiction

Adderall is commonly referred to the ‘study drug’ by college students and its abuse is becoming more and more of a problem every year. Many students do not believe that Adderall is actually a legitimate drug due to overwhelming numbers of young children that have been prescribed Adderall. In truth, it is an amphetamine and is legally available by prescription only. It is actually classified as being a Schedule II drug and can cause both psychological and physical dependence. Because of this it has a very high potential for abuse and is thought to be more in the dangerous category of prescription drugs that get abused, according to the DEA.

Even with all this information available, there are many college students who still believe the drug is completely safe, even when they take it recreationally. However, if you are a parent, you may be concerned about your college student and want to be more aware of the symptoms of someone abusing Adderall. If you know what these are, you can seek treatment from a rehab in Los Angeles facility.

Who Needs Adderall?

Adderall is not considered a new drug. It was first designed for people who suffered from narcolepsy and ADHD with success for those who have legitimate symptoms. However, it has also earned the reputation as a ‘study drug’ event though there is no proof that it helps to improve a person’s concentration. It does work to help keep students awake during all-night drinking binges.

Why Abusing Adderall is Dangerous?

Even though it is thought to be a relatively safe drug, it is actually quite dangerous when a person doesn’t really need it. Many people who take this medication often wind up in the emergency room when combining it with binge drinking. If it is abused on a regular basis, addiction is most certainly bound to occur.

Symptoms of Adderall Addiction

If you are a parent who is worried your college student may be abusing Adderall, there are some signs and symptoms to be aware of. These include:

  • Malnutrition or weight loss
  • Psychological issues such as irritability, mood swings and depression
  • Insomnia, poor appetite, dry mouth and headaches
  • Tremors, convulsions, muscle twitching and jittery behavior
  • Low blood pressure and heart palpitations
  • Withdrawal symptoms including vomiting, nausea, exhaustion, increased appetite and stomach cramps

If any of these issues are noticed, it is essential to contact a rehab in Los Angeles facility right away. They will be able to determine whether or not someone is suffering from this addiction and how to get help.

The Gooden Center Drug Rehab Program Can Save Your Life

Posted on: February 7th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Road to Recovery written on the road

When someone becomes involved in drugs or alcohol and begins to engage in addictive behaviors, they may not realize that they are developing a serious disease. Addiction is a disease that is life-threatening and as drug use escalates the individual becomes closer to a possibly fatal outcome if they don’t get help. That is why drug rehab programs like the one we offer at the Gooden Center are truly saving people’s lives every day. Once an individual suffering from addiction is able to acknowledge that they have a problem, they must choose a comprehensive rehab program with a long-term approach to treatment. The Gooden Center offers affordable and effective treatment that will provide each patient with the skills that they need to remain sober and live a healthy lifestyle. With a variety of different services including family support, aftercare programs and personalized treatment, patients have the ability to change and grow in ways that will keep them committed to sobriety.

Where Can I Get Help with Drug Addiction?

Addiction is something that many people try to quit on their own terms but they quickly realize how difficult of a task it is to accomplish without a support system and a team of people providing treatment. Rehab programs at the Gooden Center can help you with your addiction no matter what your circumstances are or what type of problems you are dealing with. Getting help for drug addiction starts with admitting that you have a problem and this can be one of the hardest steps. Once you recognize that you need help you can reach out to your loved ones and work together to find the best solution to your addiction. Detoxification and treatment in a rehab center are the best ways to achieve recovery because they offer people with addictions the opportunity to understand why they became addicted and work on better coping mechanisms to keep them stable. There are often mental health issues underlying addiction and a rehab center will be able to address these issues through professional evaluation and treatment. Getting help with addiction means using the services of a treatment center to your advantage and relying on them for guidance.

How to Start a Substance Abuse Program

The initial phase of recovery begins with choosing a rehab program and finding the right kind of treatment option that will work best for you as far as achieving long term sobriety. There are different types of treatments depending on the severity of a person’s addiction and how much time they can take out of their schedule to focus on recovery. It is recommended that people with more serious addictions stay in residential treatment so that they can benefit from living in an environment that will keep them sober and help them change their behavior at every level. Residential treatment includes a very organized schedule filled with daily tasks that can keep you on track and always learning with a group of peers. For those with less severe addictions, you can choose outpatient treatment to get help for your addiction while still being able to live at home, work and care for your family. Each person entering a drug rehabilitation program needs to determine what type of treatment will work best for them before they can begin their recovery efforts. An assessment provided by medical staff can help patients determine whether residential treatment is necessary or if they can choose outpatient in order to meet important responsibilities.

Substance Abuse Detox Centers

For most patients entering rehab, the first step before starting their full treatment is to rid their body of the toxins and chemicals that are keeping them dependent on drugs or alcohol. The process of detoxification should take place in a safe environment filled with trained medical staff that can monitor each patient’s progress as they go through withdrawal. Detox centers are a crucial part of recovery because they give addicts the chance to start over and begin their journey to sobriety without worrying about the kind of physical dependency that can make it so difficult to abstain from substance abuse on your own. Detoxification means being completely clean and free from any substances for a period of time so that your body can cleanse itself and eliminate drugs from the bloodstream.

Detoxing before Substance Abuse Recovery Programs

Most rehab programs require that you complete detox first so that you can start your recovery treatment with a clean slate and no issues with dependency. Detox is a very difficult experience for many people and can include some painful withdrawal symptoms which is why a licensed detox center is so important. Withdrawal symptoms can vary with each individual depending on what type of drugs they were abusing and how often they used. In a detox center, you will not have to worry about withdrawal symptoms becoming too intense or dangerous to your health because medical personnel are available at all times to make sure you are comfortable and in good physical condition throughout the process. At the end of detox, patients will feel much more prepared to handle their mental addiction drugs because they have gotten rid of their physical addiction.

Starting Drug Rehabilitation Programs

Once you make it through detox, the next step will be to enter your drug rehabilitation program. If you have chosen residential treatment then you will be moving into the facility and getting adjusted to your new environment. Residential treatment at the Gooden Center is a place where you will be engaged and involved in activities throughout the day. Patients in treatment have very organized schedules so that they are always busy and involved in some type of therapeutic program each hour of the day. Patients have education groups, twelve step meetings, individual and group therapy as well as holistic treatment activities such as meditation, nutrition and exercise. In residential treatment, patients have all the support they need throughout the day to deal with any issues that are holding them back from recovery. Every day in treatment is an opportunity to learn more about their own addiction and understand the causes, symptoms and solutions for their addictive behaviors. Drug rehab programs are a place to begin the process of learning how to be sober with the help of professionals and peers that are there as a support system. Eventually the skills that patients learn in rehab will be used in their own daily life so that they understand how to manage their time and daily stress without turning to drugs as an escape.

Getting the Most Out of Drug Addiction Rehab Programs

When people with long term addictions first enter rehab, they may have reservations about treatment and wonder if the program will work for them. They may want to be convinced with concrete proof that rehab will help them quit because they feel afraid to fail. Rehab is a different experience for everyone and some people may find it more difficult than others but the important thing is for patients to be completely committed to their program. Your treatment team will provide you with all the necessary skills and support that will allow you to become permanently sober. However, in the end it is up to you to follow the rules, stay focused and open to learning and to put in the hard work that goes along with recovery. Each patient is given the opportunity to start over and change their behavior but they must be devoted to their recovery program in order to see the results that they want.

Community in a Drug Rehab Facility

Recovery is not only about commitment, it is also about learning to rely on other people and become part of a sober community. What can often lead to addictive behavior and even relapse is the tendency to let yourself be isolated and try to deal with problems alone. In recovery, patients learn how to reach out to the people around them for support so that they can get through tough times without falling back into old habits. Opening up communication about personal issues with peers in recovery, friends, family members and mentors can all help ease daily stress and make life more manageable. Patients with issues of depression and anxiety that accompany their addiction will find that having a support system reduces many of their symptoms and takes some of the weight off of their shoulders. Drug rehab facility include group therapy sessions and twelve step meetings as a way to foster a sense of community that will act as an important foundation of sobriety.

Incorporating Family in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs

Because much of rehab is about opening up communication and building a support system, it can be helpful for family to be involved throughout recovery. Relationships between loved ones can be strained after years of substance abuse because addiction can cause you to act selfishly and sometimes hurt the people around you. Family therapy can help relieve some tension and improve communication so that loved ones are able to forgive you for past wrongs and begin to trust you again. It is also important for family members to be included in treatment because they will need to learn everything they can about addiction and what they can do to help you stay sober. Family counselors are specially trained to deal with the sometimes complicated dynamics that can occur in family relationships. They can help facilitate ways for family members to bond and come together to help the patient in recovery.

Treatment Programs for Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention

A significant part of education and therapy in rehab focuses on preventing relapse because it is a serious concern for anyone that has an addiction. Even after months of hard work in recovery, there is still the possibility of relapse no matter what the circumstances may be. Patients will be educated in developing coping skills that will keep them from turning to substance abuse as a solution for any problems that come up. They will learn how to identify what their triggers are such as situations, places, people or certain feelings that make them want to engage in substance use. They can then figure out the best ways to handle these triggers such as calling a friend, meditating, going to a meeting, exercising or anything that will help them relieve stress and take their mind off of cravings. Even people who have been sober for a long time need to be careful and continue to take steps to prevent relapse.

Aftercare for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs

A key element in staying sober and preventing relapse is for patients to have plenty of support and resources available even after they leave the treatment center. The Gooden Center, like many rehab facilities offers options for aftercare treatments so that patients can have access to the help they need in order to get through the first few months of living on their own outside the facility. The transition from rehab into daily life can be very difficult because you will have to deal with real everyday triggers that can test your strength and commitment to being sober. Patients who stay in continuing care tend to fare better in the long run than those who don’t attend some type of aftercare program. Group counseling and meetings can be the best ways to stay involved in relapse prevention after moving back home.

How Rehab Helps Addicts

Before entering rehab, people struggling with addiction may feel afraid and uncertain about their future. Once they complete rehab patients will feel healthier, happier, more fulfilled and empowered by what they have accomplished. Rehab helps addicts by giving them a better understanding of their own disease and what they can do to manage the symptoms. Therapy and group meetings are educational opportunities where patients begin to realize what their addiction has done to them and how they can change their path to something more positive. Patients in rehab develop beneficial qualities like self-awareness, empathy, honesty, compassion, and responsibility. At the Gooden Center we help people transform from the inside out so that they become the best version of themselves. Our program not only saves lives, it allows people to lead more satisfying and meaningful lives as they learn to be sober.