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Why Christians Might Resist Addiction Treatment (And Why They Shouldn't)

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June 30, 2017
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christians addiction treatmentFor Christians, the decision about whether to seek addiction treatment can be a difficult one. You may have convinced yourself that you don’t really have a problem or that you can will away your addiction through sheer willpower or faith. Or, perhaps, emotions like guilt and shame are stopping you from seeking treatment.

In fact, studies show that people who choose a faith-based Christian approach to addiction recovery are more likely to get (and stay) sober. Here we take a look at a few of these common roadblocks to treatment – and why they shouldn’t stop you from getting the help you need and deserve.

  • Willpower: Addiction isn’t caused by a lack of willpower, nor will willpower alone result in sustained recovery. On the other hand, you’ll find that strength comes easily and your willpower is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process.
  • Guilt and shame: Do you feel like you let God down or that your addiction put a wrench in your relationship with Him? There is a close relationship between guilt, shame and addiction – but faith-based recovery can help you escape these emotions. By becoming sober, you can ask for forgiveness, restore your faith and repair your relationship with God.
  • Fear of stigma: Do you suspect that others in the church community will judge you or label you “an addict”? Getting help and being open and honest about the realities of addiction is perhaps the best step toward breaking the stigma of addiction. It’s also a powerful way to demonstrate to others the profound impact that spirituality has in your life and in your recovery.

A Christian Partner to Guide Recovery
As a Christian in recovery, you must find your way back to the Lord before you can achieve a truly lasting recovery. The founding principle of Christian Rehab Network is that you should never have to walk that journey alone. To learn more, call: 877-310-9545.

Increasing PTSD Awareness

Posted 
June 15, 2017
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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;PTSD awareness
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)

Every June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the perfect time to encourage people to get a better understanding of the condition, including the risk factors. By doing so, the hope is that anyone who has been touched by serious trauma will reach out for help — not just veterans.

Risk Factors of PTSD
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. This includes war veterans and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster or many other serious events. Some factors that increase your or your loved one's risk for PTSD include:

  • Living through dangerous events and traumas
  • Getting hurt
  • Seeing another person hurt, or seeing a dead body
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
  • Having little or no social support after the event
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home
  • Having a history of mental illness or substance abuse

PTSD and Substance Use Disorder
Indeed, there’s a lot of overlap between addiction and PTSD. Many people mistakenly turn to alcohol or drugs in an effort to forget or cope with such symptoms as:

  • Sleep troubles
  • Traumatic memories or dreams
  • Mood disturbances
  • Extreme emotions

But this type of self-medicating actually worsens symptoms over time and can decrease functioning across many areas of life. Luckily, proper treatment can help people with PTSD to recover in a healthy way.

Christian Treatment for PTSD
At Christian Rehab Network, we work with pastors and credentialed therapists to lift the veil of darkness and offer hope and comfort to clients and their families. Our network of facilities and programs offers help for those dealing with mental health conditions, including PTSD. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

Breathe Deeply for a Better Recovery

Posted 
June 8, 2017
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Breathe Deeply Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. We take about half a billion breaths over the course of our life and yet many of us don’t fully pay attention to our breathing. But learning to breathe deeply and consciously can be a valuable tool in your recovery. It’s simple and it’s pretty powerful when it comes to bringing more mindfulness and peace in your life.

Some other health benefits of conscious, deep breathing include:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Lower/stabilized blood pressure
  • Increased energy levels
  • More relaxed muscles
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Better ability to withstand pain
  • Greater productivity and learning
  • Better decision-making
  • Heightened self-awareness

How to Practice Breathing Deeply
It’s kind of funny to think that we need to practice something that is so core to survival, but most of us need to learn how to breathe deeply. Here are a few steps:

  • Sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable place. Take a normal breath. Now, take a deep breath by breathing in slowly through your nose and hold it for a count of 7. Your chest and lower belly should rise as you fill your lungs.
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth (or nose, if that feels more natural) for a count of 8.
  • Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths.
  • Once you become comfortable with the above steps, you may consider blending deep breathing with imagery or a mantra or prayer to deepen relaxation.

Christian-Based Addiction Rehab
Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, we can help you get the Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. Call today to learn more about our addiction treatment services for Christians: 877-310-9545.

Smart Morning Habits to Start Today

Posted 
June 2, 2017
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You already know that good sleep habits are an important part of your overall health and recovery plan – shutterstock_640787614 (1)but what you do in those first seconds, minutes and hours after you wake up counts, too. In fact, the right morning routine can help provide you with the energy and self-control to stay the sober path. Try these tips to set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

  • Drink a tall glass of water. This is a great health habit to make part of your a.m. routine. Water hydrates you, of course, but it also helps to fire up your metabolism, flush out any toxins and give your brain fuel.
  • Stretch your extremities. Before jumping out of bed, take a few minutes to limber up your muscles and joints for the day. Start with your fingers, wrists and arms and then move to each body part.
  • Say a morning prayer. A morning prayer will help you focus your time and attention on seeking God's plan for the day ahead.
  • Get moving. There’s a bunch of benefits to working out first thing in the morning. For one, people who exercise regularly in the morning are more likely to stick with the routine. Plus, beginning your day with movement will inspire you to stay active throughout the rest of the day.
  • Enjoy a healthy breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day and for good reason. Fueling your body with the right a.m. foods can give you energy, boost brain activity and help you stave off cravings.
  • Listen to music. Spending just 10 to 15 minutes listening to music is a great way to get in a good mood for the day ahead. Music has been touted for its ability to relieve stress, reduce pain and even make you smarter.
  • Read a motivational quote. The right quote can help give you the energy and inspiration needed to get going and go to work toward your short- and long-term recovery goals.

Addiction Treatment for Men and Women
With our faith-based approach to addiction recovery, we can help you build a new, sober life while also rebuilding your relationship with Christ. Take that first step today. Call: 877-310-9545.

The Signs of Depression

Posted 
May 25, 2017
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signs of depressionEven biblical figures struggle with depression. David often writes of his anguish, loneliness and guilt; Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet,” wrestled with feelings of loneliness, defeat and insecurity; and Hannah was a woman so depressed that she couldn’t eat.

For Christians, it’s crucial to realize that people from every age and every religion can suffer from depression. In fact, it’s a very common (and very treatable) mental illness; not simply a sign of a spiritual problem.

What’s more, there’s a strong link between depression and addiction: About 20 percent of Americans with depression also have a substance use disorder, and about 20 percent of those with a SUD also have an anxiety or mood disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I depressed?” If you have, and you’ve experienced any of these signs, it may mean you need professional help:

  • You’re exhausted but can’t sleep. Studies show that three quarters of depressed patients have symptoms of insomnia.
  • You become more reckless and make bad judgment calls, including abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • You feel physical pain like joint pain, back pain or headaches. The same neurotransmitters that affect your mood play a part in pain regulation.
  • Your sadness becomes severe and is accompanied by irritability, fatigue and loss of appetite.
  • Your negative mood lasts for weeks, or even months, and interferes with daily living.
  • You’re always angry and often for no apparent reason.

Mental Health Treatment at Christian Rehab Network
Individuals with behavioral health issues, such as depression, often struggle with addiction. That’s why we specialize in offering a variety of mental health services for Christians. To help address a complex dual-diagnosis, we can help with medication management, group and individual therapy and faith-based support. If you are dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues, call today: 877-310-9545.

How to Make Time for Quiet Time

Posted 
May 19, 2017
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quiet timePsalm 46:10: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Quiet time, or making an effort to unplug and remove yourself from such distractions as phones, electronics, social obligations, etc., can do wonders for your long-term sobriety. For one, you’ll be better able to process the lessons of recovery. In addition, a little stillness among the daily chaos of life can give you time to reflect on short- and long-term recovery goals. And, perhaps the best part, it’s not that hard to do. Try one (or all) of these quiet-time strategies this weekend:

  • Take a mindful walk. While sweat inducing speed walking is great for your body and mind, so is slowing the pace once in a while so you can breathe in your surroundings. Stroll through the park this weekend and really take notice of the flowers, trees, birds – you’ll be surprised how quickly it helps quiet your mind.
  • Make room for meditation. You can meditate before you begin your day or as part of your bedtime ritual to help you wind down. Either way, this calming practice is sure to help quiet your mind from the constant chatter of daily life.
  • Start a journal – and stick with it. You’ve likely heard the many health perks of journaling and for good reason: Using writing (or typing) to unleash your feelings is the perfect exercise to clear, quiet and focus your mind during recovery.

A Christian Partner in Your Recovery Journey
Part of being a Christian in recovery is finding your way back to the Lord before you can achieve truly lasting sobriety. At Christian Rehab Network, we make sure that you never have to walk that journey alone. To learn about our faith-based programs, call today: 877-310-9545. 

Time to Spring Clean Your Mind

Posted 
May 12, 2017
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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to open the windows, lspring clean your mindet the sun shine in and clear all the clutter from your mind! These steps will help you get started.

  • Make a list. Write down everything you need to do to free up your mental space for thinking.
  • Prioritize your top 3. This can help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed or frustrated while tackling your to-do list.
  • Seek serenity in nature. Spend some time in the fresh air and open space to calm and soothe your mind. Inhale deeply and take in all the beauty.
  • Clear the clutter. A messy desk, room, kitchen or counter top – this type of physical mess can make it more difficult to concentrate and relax – and it may even lead to fatigue.
  • Be thankful for each day’s blessings. Remember, you have been given what you need for today so focus on the present and take one day at a time.
  • Go on a tech diet. Anxiety and depression have been linked to smartphone overuse, so give your brain a break and separate yourself from your mobile device.
  • Enjoy the Sabbath. You deserve a brake – and this includes chores.
  • Take a positive spin. Negative thoughts weigh the mind and heart and eat up a ton of mental space. So let go of any feelings of resentment, bitterness, jealousy, regret and hatred.

Mental Health Treatment for Christians
Similar to an addiction to drugs or alcohol, mental illness can feel like a dark room with no windows. At Christian Rehab Network, we work with pastors and credentialed therapists to help our clients and their families lift the veil of darkness and start to feel hopeful again. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

Can These Enzymes Help Treat Alcoholism?

Posted 
April 28, 2017
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For substance abuse issuesFemale scientist, many providers leverage evidence-based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy and medication-assisted treatments to help individuals start a new sober lifestyle.

And, many researchers are starting to push the boundaries in terms of advancing the field of addiction treatment to explore new methodologies. In one good example, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are exploring the use of digestive enzymes to prevent liver damage caused by an excessive consumption of alcohol. And, with great success.

To conduct their study, the researchers administered alcohol to mice that mirrored the patterns of binge drinking. Over the course of ten days, the mice received regular doses of alcohol at 12-hour intervals. The researchers then offered some of the mice intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP), an intestinal enzyme that prevents bacterial toxins from passing from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream.

The results of the study suggest that administering the  IAP enzyme reduces the risk of liver damage and inflammation. Mice who received a dose of IAP exhibited lower levels of an enzyme associated with liver disease and inflammatory markers.

"Liver damage is one of the most devastating effects of excess alcohol consumption, and so blocking this process could save millions of lives lost to alcohol-related liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer," says Richard Hodin, MD, a lead author of the study. "Along with direct toxic effects on the liver itself, alcohol appears to damage the liver through its effects on the intestinal lining, allowing bacterial toxins from the gut to cross the barrier and reach the liver. Since we know that IAP works to maintain a healthy gut barrier by blocking passage of an important toxic molecule, we investigated its potential to protect the liver from alcohol-induce damage."

While additional work needs to be done to investigate the effects of IAP administration in clinical trials, these initial results are certainly promising. We look forward to seeing even more research conducted to further the addiction recovery community as a whole.

Faith-Based Treatment for Alcohol Dependency

At Christian Rehab Network, we specialize in helping individuals who are dealing with addictions to drugs and alcohol. Our treatment approach leverages a combination of therapies and church-based guidance to help inform the recovery process. We offer supervised drug detox services, inpatient addiction treatment and support for those with co-occurring behavioral health issues. To learn more, contact us today at (877) 310-9545.

[Research] Predicting Depression Treatment Effectiveness

Posted 
April 21, 2017
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Depressed women sitting on the floorDepression is a complex disease. Symptoms can range from irritability, feelings of worthlessness and loss of energy, just to name a few. (Some individuals even report physical changes such as gastrointestinal problems and chronic joint pain.)

The signs and symptoms of depression vary and the therapies designed to manage the condition are diverse as well. And, patients react to those treatments in different ways. Given that, how can clinicians pinpoint which therapy (or combination of therapies) for depression will work the best?

Answering this question underlies the basis of the research directed by Conor Liston, a psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. Liston and his team are currently working to classify the various subtypes of depression using MRI scans of the brain and then identify the most effective treatments for each subtype.

The scientists first scanned the brains of 1,118 research participants. Among those, 458 had already received a clinical diagnosis of depression.  Specifically, they wanted to better understand the level of activity among the medial prefrontal cortex and other areas of the brain. After reviewing the MRIs for various patterns of brain activity, Liston and team were able to identify four distinct depression subtypes.

And their results were remarkable. Among those with depression, they found that each subtype responded very differently to various therapies and medications. Based on the research findings, the scientists could predict how to best treat the patient for depression just by reviewing an image of their brain activity. In general, patients that exhibited a lot of activity in their medial prefrontal cortex responded more quickly to cognitive behavioral therapy in contrast to individuals with lower levels of activity in that region of the brain.

“The type of brain that responds to psychotherapy is where there’s a strong pattern of connectivity between the frontal areas of the brain, which are involved more in thinking, talking, and problem-solving, etc., with other portions of the brain. Whereas people who have low connectivity — the opposite pattern — respond to the medication,” says psychologist W. Edward Craighead, one of the authors of this study.

Mental Health Treatment for Christians

Individuals with behavioral health issues, such as depression, often struggle with addiction. That’s why we specialize in offering a variety of mental health services for Christians. To help address a complex dual-diagnosis, we can help with medication management, group and individual therapy and faith-based support. If you are dealing with behavioral health and addiction issues, please call (877) 310-9545 to explore your addiction treatment options at Christian Rehab Network.

Bible Verses for Your Easter Weekend Celebration

Posted 
April 14, 2017
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Female hands in prayerEaster weekend is almost here and if you’re like most Christians, it represents an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Christ’s resurrection and his ultimate sacrifice for us.

For many Christians, Easter Sunday also represents an opportunity to spend the day with family and friends. If you plan on going to church this Sunday with your loved ones, why not make the day even more memorable by taking the time to study the Bible together as a group. By talking about the scripture and having an honest discussion about the meaning of the text, you can strengthen your relationship with Christ – and with your loved ones.

If you’re going to church this Sunday, considering hosting a group Bible study to explore God’s word with your family and friends.

To get started, you might consider pulling together some Bible verses that speak to you and ask your friends and family members to do the same. Here are a few of the most inspirational Bible verses that can help remind you of Christ’s love and miraculous resurrection.

Psalm 34:8: Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Isaiah 40:28-31: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 4:9-11: In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

However you choose to spend the day, the team at Christian Rehab Network wishes you a happy Easter weekend!

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