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Encouraging Self-Esteem in Loved Ones

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November 3, 2017
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Self-esteem plays a big part in your loved oneself-esteem’s recovery. After all, high self-esteem will help your loved one to:

  • Act independently and responsibly
  • Take pride in his/her accomplishments
  • Attempt new tasks and challenges
  • Better handle positive and negative emotions
  • And more...

Conversely, low self-esteem can prevent your loved one from working toward personal recovery goals and can even lead to relapse, if your loved one feels so badly about himself that he gives up and starts drinking or drugging again.

You can play a positive part in helping your loved one build or rebuild his or her self-esteem. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Exercise with your loved one. Whether you go for a morning walk together or sign up for a yoga class, this will help encourage self-care, which is key to self-esteem.
  • Help your loved one find a hobby. Whether writing a poem, playing a musical instrument, or going for a hike, identifying an enjoyable hobby/activity is the perfect way to help your loved one feel more confident and happy.
  • Laugh with your loved one and encourage him to laugh at himself. People who take themselves very seriously are undoubtedly decreasing their enjoyment in life. A good sense of humor and the ability to make light of life are important ingredients for handling the ups and downs of sobriety.
  • Remind him that mistakes are okay. Especially when you go outside your comfort zone, you’re bound to stumble along the way.

Healing Families at Christian Rehab
If you or someone you care about is caught in the bondage of drugs or alcoholism, Christian Rehab Network can help. We help families to find faith-based drug rehab programs based in Biblical truth. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

Could Your Child Have Failure to Launch Syndrome?

Posted 
July 21, 2017
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failure to launch syndromeFailure to launch syndrome, the term used to describe a young person’s inability to leave home and begin an independent lifestyle, is a growing epidemic.

In general, young adults with failure to launch will have trouble following through with opportunities and display an overall lack of goal setting. And, after failing to navigate college, they often find themselves out of sync with their peers and in constant conflict with their families.

A few more red flags:

  • Low levels of motivation
  • Inability to find or keep a job
  • Poor work ethic and inability to meet deadlines
  • Lack of vision for the future
  • Unwillingness to face responsibilities, such as paying bills or maintaining an apartment or home
  • Inability to manage chores or daily tasks
  • Inability to deal with stress or conflict
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Low frustration threshold
  • Fear of taking chances

Co-Occurring Disorders to Watch Out For
Many teens and young adults with failure to launch syndrome also have problems with substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gaming or Internet Addiction
  • Learning/Attention problems
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Not only do these severe mental health problems prevent a young adult from becoming independent and reaching their full potential, but also they become compounded with a co-occurring substance use disorder. And abusing drugs or alcohol certainly doesn’t help with lack of motivation, low self-esteem and an inability to cope with the life challenges inherent in an adult world.

Getting Help for Failure-to-Launch and Substance Abuse
Substance use and failure to launch can impact brain development in adolescents, disrupting social, emotional and intellectual functioning. Our Adolescent Christian Rehab can help your young adult develop the skills needed to live healthy and sober on his or her own. To learn more, call us today: 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.

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.

[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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: When Winter Brings on the Blues

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December 14, 2016
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Woman with seasonal affective disorderEverybody has the occasional bad day when your computer crashes right in the middle of a big work assignment or your mechanic is the bearer of bad (and expensive) news. But, for some people, those bad days can stretch into weeks or even months during winter.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects up to 20 percent of the population causing symptoms including weight gain, overwhelming fatigue and a heightened sense of irritability.

If you are starting a new life of sobriety and think you might have seasonal affective disorder, it’s important to talk to your recovery team to get a professional diagnosis. They can put together a targeted treatment plan to help you avoid turning to drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating.

Though, similar to many other behavioral health issues, making healthy lifestyle choices can help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Here are a few you might consider.

(1) Keep your home and office light and BRIGHT.

Many researchers believe that the root cause of SAD is related to the limited hours of daylight during the winter months. While you can’t fast forward to spring, you can alter your environment. Keep the curtains open at home and put a lamp on your desk at the office.

(2) Get some fresh air.

When you don’t feel like yourself, you might be more inclined to stay inside and hibernate. But, that will likely only exacerbate your mood. Make a point of spending some time outside every day. Even just a brief walk around your block can help.

(3) Nourish yourself with walnuts, salmon and flaxseed.

They offer a good, natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat shown to boost brain health. It works by increasing the level of dopamine in your brain and facilitating neuronal growth in your frontal cortex.

Christ-Based Behavioral Health Treatment

At Christian Rehab Network, our team of credentialed therapists and pastors specialize in treating co-occurring disorders that often accompany addiction. With Christ-based care, we can help you start a new life of sobriety and address other issues including depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

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