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:
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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to open the windows, let the sun shine in and clear all the clutter from your mind! These steps will help you get started.
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.
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.
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.
Depression 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.
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.
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!
At Christian Rehab Network, we use a unique combination of evidence-based therapies and faith-based support to help individuals pursuing a new life of sobriety. We offer a wide range of services at our Christian addiction treatment centers including inpatient care, outpatient services and sober living facilities. To learn more about Christian rehab offerings, please give us a call today at (877) 310-9545.
Do you sometimes find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night? If so, you’re not alone. It’s actually common to experience insomnia during the early stages of addiction recovery.
Though, there are proven strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep as your body adjusts to the absence of drugs and alcohol.
Getting enough rest is important for everyone and especially for those working on their sobriety. It can help reduce your risk of relapse by easing the symptoms of withdrawal and it can even boost your mood too.
If you’d like to feel more rested and alert during the day, here are a few tips for getting more restorative sleep at night.
(1) Stick to a regular schedule.
Many addiction recovery specialists emphasize the importance of creating a new sober routine and your sleep schedule is an important part of maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. Set a daily alert on your phone to help remind you when to go to bed and when to get up in the morning.
(2) Be mindful of what you eat and when.
What you eat can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep. Try to eat dinner at the same time every day and be sure to fuel your body with lean meat, fish and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
(3) Spend some time outside every day.
Getting a daily dose of sunshine can help reset your body’s natural rhythm. Consider taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day.
(4) Wind down at the end of the day.
Do something relaxing every evening to help you get ready for bed. Take a warm bath, meditate or do some light stretches.
(5) Turn down the thermostat.
Research has shown that you can actually sleep more soundly by keeping the temperature in your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees. Scientists theorize that a slight drop in temperature sends a signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
If you are tired of struggling with an addiction to drugs to alcohol, we can help you finally find relief. 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. Please contact us at (877) 310-9545. At Christian Rehab Network, our addiction recovery specialists are standing by to help you.
We are currently facing one of the deadliest drug epidemics in history. Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids has quadrupled, resulting in the deaths of more than 15,000 Americans each year.
As a result, we’ve invested heavily in research and addiction prevention programs to help curb the opioid epidemic. And, researchers may have discovered yet another tool that can be used to prevent more lives from being lost.
In a study recently published in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal), scientists found that among opioid users, individuals who also used benzodiazepines at the same time were twice as likely to visit the emergency room for a drug overdose.
Researchers reviewed the medical history of 320,000 patients and compared the outcomes of individuals who were only prescribed opioids and patients who were concurrently prescribed a benzodiazepine such as Xanax or Valium. They found that individuals taking both medications were substantially more likely to suffer from a drug overdose.
“Even if we didn’t change opioid prescribing at all, the data here suggest that we could cut overdoses dramatically just [by] getting prescribers to not put people on a benzodiazepine at the same time,” said Keith Humphreys, a drug policy expert at Stanford University and one of the lead authors of the study.
Researchers also discovered yet another troubling trend within the data. The use of opioids and benzodiazepines posed a significant health risk, yet the rate of patients being prescribed both is increasing. Among the pool of patients that they studied, the rate of concurrent prescriptions increased by 89 percent.
While additional research is needed, clinicians and policymakers could use these findings to help curb the current rate of overdose deaths by adopting new guidelines for prescribing opioids and medications designed to help treat anxiety and panic disorder. In addition, this research suggests that clinicians should not only exercise caution when prescribing opioids, but may also consider holistic alternatives to treat chronic pain.
If you are struggling with an addiction to prescription opioids, our inpatient addiction recovery services can help you heal while also strengthening your relationship with Christ. At Christian Rehab Network, we use a combination of therapies and spiritual lessons from the Bible to help clients start to rebuild their life. To begin the healing process, contact us today at (877) 310-9545.
Having a strong, close-knit family is truly a blessing. With the help of their support and love, you can help each other weather the ups and downs of life. And, this is especially important for individuals working on their recovery. By having a positive support system in place, you can reduce your risk of relapse while building a new, sober lifestyle.
If you’d like to build stronger ties with members of your family, here are a few strategies that can help you grow closer together.
(1) Spend time around the dinner table.
Take a few moments out of your busy schedule to spend time together. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to spend quality time with family members. Schedule time during the week to have dinner together as a family. And, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Each person can help by bringing a dish so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed cooking for a large group. You can wind down during the evening, share stories and have a chance to catch up.
(2) Give your spouse your undivided attention.
With smart phones and the ability to access work email virtually everywhere, it’s easy to blur the lines between your personal and professional life. Though, if you’re constantly checking your phone every five minutes, it’s hard to truly connect with your significant other. Try turning your phone on silent or putting it out of sight when you are spending time with loved ones. They’ll appreciate that you are making them a priority and focusing on what they have to say.
(3) Be proactive about calling your family.
With the rise of social media, it’s easy to feel connected without really connecting. To show your family that you care, why not pick up the phone and give them a call? They’ll appreciate that you made time for them and it can give you both the opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your life and develop a more meaningful relationship.
When you're using and abusing drugs and alcohol, it has a way of isolating you from the people that you love and those who truly care about you. Though, you can learn how to rebuild those relationships as part of a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery.
At Christian Rehab Network, we offer an alternative to the traditional 12-step approach to addiction treatment. We understand the power of prayer and church-based guidance for those in search of relief from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. We’re here to help match you with the right provider to address behavioral health issues, inpatient addiction treatment or a supervised drug detox. If you want to start a new, sober chapter of your life while also rebuilding your faith, please contact us today at (877) 310-9545.
Due to the dramatic and widespread increase in opioid addiction, the scientific community has responded by investing in new therapies to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal and treatments designed to address addiction issues.
In addition to that good work, some researchers are also asking that we spend time investigating the underpinnings of addiction. Specifically, they suggest that we should learn more about the basic biology of pain and how precision medicine can help us predict how patients will respond to certain prescription painkillers.
In an article published recently in the journal Science, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recommend that we adopt a paradigm shift. Instead of solely focusing on treatment methodologies, we should also go back to the basics and investigate the nature of pain and how people differ in their response to various pain medications. Armed with this information, clinicians can administer prescription painkillers more precisely and reduce the risk of triggering an addiction.
"Pain is a syndrome that is poorly understood and research on pain is poorly resourced relative to its prevalence and cost, especially in terms of shattered lives and lost productivity," writes Tilo Grosser, MD, one of the lead authors and an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.
To tackle the opioid epidemic, the researchers suggest that we employ a broader strategy. Specifically, addiction research should help us better understand the physiology of pain. They recommend that additional studies should investigate how and why individuals respond differently to pain. And, the researchers also suggest that more can be learned by exploring the difference between inflammatory and neuropathic pain, the heritability of pain awareness and the spectrum of acute and chronic pain.
By investigating the biology and mechanics of pain, we can help to prevent addiction before it occurs. At Christian Rehab Network, it’s encouraging that more scientists are recognizing the need to develop safer and less addictive treatment therapies for pain. Let’s keep this positive momentum going.
If you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, our compassionate staff is here to help. At Christian Rehab Network, we can help verify your insurance coverage and benefits and ensure you get connected with the right center that specializes in addressing your specific needs. And, we can take care of all the paperwork so you don’t have to during a time of crisis. Let us help you find the best drug or alcohol rehab center to meet your individual needs. Contact us today at (877) 310-9545.
But, why is Christian fellowship so important? It offers a rare opportunity to connect with others who share your same spiritual values and belief system.
You might be surprised to learn that you can also cultivate those Christian relationships by simply fostering a more mindful approach in how you treat others with respect. In some ways, you might think of fellowship as the amount of time you spend with others. It’s also important to think about the quality of time spent, too.
If you’re thinking about building a stronger family unit and Christian community, here are a few strategies you might consider.
(1) Don’t judge their past.
Help them build a brighter future. No one is perfect and that is a given. You can demonstrate your respect by simply supporting their journey. During challenging times, don’t turn away. Instead, stand by their side. Show them that you have confidence in where they want to go. That is a powerful form of respect.
(2) Acknowledge their story by listening.
Sometimes the most powerful form of respect is delivered through active listening. Throughout the day, most people work hard to simply be heard. The next time you have a few minutes to chat with a loved one, simply be present. Don’t try to chime in at every pause in the conversation. Often times, you can demonstrate your respect by keeping an open mind and an open heart.
(3) Treat everyone with kindness.
You may not realize it, but you can touch the lives of so many people by offering the simple act of kindness and respect. You might not realize it, but the person in line at the grocery store or even a neighbor might be going through a personal challenge in their life. By offering a simple smile or a warm embrace, it just might make a profound difference in their day.
We can help you find the mental health services and inpatient addiction treatment services that you need to reconnect with your faith and heal from the struggle of addiction. You don’t have to go it alone. If you’re feeling powerless and in need of help, our team is standing by to help. To learn about all of our payment options for drug rehabilitation, please call (877) 310-9545 or submit a confidential online request today.