5 Strategies for Better Sleep

April 10, 2017
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Woman sleeping soundlyDo 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.

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3 Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together During Recovery

March 17, 2017
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Woman cooking with her daughterHaving 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.

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We Need a Better Understanding of Pain and Precision Medicine

March 11, 2017
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Man with shoulder pain being treated with precision medicineThe opioid epidemic is hard to ignore. Statistically speaking, you’ve likely encountered at least one friend or family member who has experienced the devastating effects of opioid addiction.

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.

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This Caribbean Snail Just Might Help Us Fight the Opioid Epidemic

February 24, 2017
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Snail shellThere is a lot of good work being done to combat the opioid epidemic. Educators are helping medical students better understand the signs and symptoms of abuse, clinicians are advocating for more holistic pain management methods and state agencies are compiling prescription registries to combat the practice of “doctor shopping”.

In this same vein, one of the most promising advancements in research has somewhat surprising roots. In the Caribbean Sea, actually.

Scientists at the University of Utah have discovered a compound, derived from a tiny snail, that blocks pain but avoids the addictive pathways of traditional opioids.

Researchers studied the Conus regius species, a small marine cone snail whose venom packs quite a punch, capable of paralyzing and killing its prey. But, it also has one curious side-effect. The venom produced by this tiny snail may actually have therapeutic applications. Specifically, it can help relieve pain but without the addictive qualities of traditional opioids.

Researchers published their findings in a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In this article, the lead authors of the study assert that Rg1A (derived from the snail) acts on a pain pathway in a different way than standard opioid drugs. This pathway adds to the small number of nonopioid-based pathways that could be explored to treat chronic pain.

"What is particularly exciting about these results is the aspect of prevention," said J. Michael McIntosh, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah Health Sciences. "Once chronic pain has developed, it is difficult to treat. This compound offers a potential new pathway to prevent pain from developing in the first place and offer a new therapy to patients who have run out of options."

"RgIA4 works by an entirely new pathway, which opens the door for new opportunities to treat pain," said McIntosh. "We feel that drugs that work by this pathway may reduce burden of opioid use."

Chronic and debilitating pain is a harsh reality for many Americans. But, we can reduce their risk of developing an addiction to prescription painkillers with more advanced treatments that are engineered to bypass addictive pathways. At Christian Rehab Network, we are inspired to learn about this, and other research projects designed to help us do just that.

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Fighting Addiction with the Positive Power of Friends and Family

February 17, 2017
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Happy teenagersIn the late nineties, the Nordic island country of Iceland was facing a serious public health crisis. Alcohol and drug abuse among younger residents had escalated to an increasingly worrisome level. 42% of teens (not even old enough to drive) were abusing alcohol and nearly 1 in 5 smoked marijuana on a regular basis.

In an effort to better understand the root cause, Icelandic officials conducted a survey asking 15- and 16-year-olds how much time they spent with friends and family members in their community. What did they do after school? Who did they hang out with? Did they participate in sports and other organized activities?

The results of the survey showed a strong correlation between social isolation and substance abuse. Armed with this information, community leaders decided the tackle the issue in a variety of ways.

  • A substantial investment was made to increase the number of extracurricular activities available to young residents. Everything from life skills training to team sports leagues.
  • In addition to that, they passed new laws making it illegal to sell tobacco to individuals under 18 and officials raised the drinking age to 20.
  • Communities also hosted a variety of events designed to help parents better understand how to spend quality time with their children and become more involved in their lives.
  • A curfew was also put into effect banning teens from staying out past 10 p.m. during the winter and midnight in the summer.

And the results were profound. Rates of alcohol abuse fell from 42 to 5 percent. Marijuana use dropped from 17 to just 7 percent.

By offering teens more opportunities to socialize and spend time with friends and family members, they were able to reduce the risk of addiction among their most vulnerable residents.

While there are many proven therapies available to treat substance abuse, prevention is truly the most powerful. Which begs the question. Given the current opioid epidemic, is there an opportunity to reapply some of these best practices to stop the spread of addiction among our youth?

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3 Ways You Can Prioritize Self-Care

February 11, 2017
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Woman drinking teaTake a look at your current to-do list. Chances are, it includes errands and chores – things that keep your life running well and take care of those around you. But, have you thought about also prioritizing things to take care of you?

While “self-care” may sound a little abstract, it’s really very simple. It’s all about rejuvenating your spirit and nourishing your soul. Making a choice to reconnect with your spirit on a daily basis.

Practicing self-care each day can help give you the emotional and physical strength to pursue your personal and professional goals. And, for those working on their sobriety, it can help you cultivate a fulfilling life – one free from addiction.

3 Small Doses of Self-Care

(1) Set aside 15 minutes of reflection before bedtime. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. But, it’s important to take a step back and press pause on life once in a while. Before you go to bed, turn off your phone and the TV for a few minutes and spend some quality time with yourself. Think about what you accomplished during the day and the moments that you cherish. Focusing on your achievements today can help fuel your dreams for tomorrow.

(2) Indulge in some fresh air. Carve out a few minutes in your calendar to spend time outside each day. Instead of eating your breakfast in the car on the way to work, take your bagel and cappuccino outside. Spending a few minutes on your patio in the morning can help set you up for a great day.

(3) Make your sleep a priority. If you want to take care of your emotional and physical well-being, start prioritizing the amount of sleep you get each night. Getting a full night of rest can help regulate your mood throughout the day and boost your productivity at work.

If you’re like most people, you likely have a busy schedule – filled with personal and work obligations. But, it’s also important to schedule activities that are designed to keep you well balanced and feel good about your journey in life.

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Finding Strength in Your Faith

February 3, 2017
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Prayer group holding handsFaith. You can’t see it or measure it. But, you can certainly feel it. It’s a unique bond that you have with your creator – one that evolves over time adding unique layers and textures to your relationship with Christ.

And, it’s a powerful tool to help guide you through challenging chapters of your journey. Are you being confronted with something in your life right now that is giving you pause? Find strength in your faith and use that compass to keep moving you in the right direction.

If you’re on a path of sobriety and working on yourself (and a life free from addiction), your faith can help you in so many ways.

3 Ways to Lean on Your Faith During Challenging Times

(1) Seek to learn and grow. It’s a common reaction to run away from painful experiences and emotions. But, you should know that the Lord is always by your side. You can’t avoid suffering, but you can seek to understand how it can help you grow stronger and learn from those experiences. The next time you are tested by a stressful situation, ask yourself how you can learn and grow from that experience. [Nehemiah 8:10 - Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.]

(2) Remember that He is by your side. At times, when you feel like life is more than you can bear, remind yourself that you are never alone. God will never leave you or forsake you. [Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.]

(3) Lean on His teachings. Life can be difficult and full of complicated situations. But, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’re facing a difficult situation, turn to your Bible for guidance. Or, talk to a pastor or another leader in your church for help. They can likely help you make the right choices that align with your Christian values. [Romans 8:38-39 - And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.]

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Addiction Research: New Study Supports Early Treatment

January 26, 2017
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Father and sonIt’s a common myth that treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction isn’t really needed until the individual has hit rock-bottom.

And, work recently published by two UConn Health Researchers has refuted that misconception. Serving as guest editors for a special issue of the scientific journal, Addiction, Thomas Babor and Frances Del Boca conducted a meta-analysis of prior research reports.

After combing the data, they found that individuals exhibiting a few of the early symptoms of addiction, profoundly benefitted from early interventional care – helping them to course correct their behavior and reduce their risk of developing a full-blown addiction.

“Brief intervention refers to any time-limited effort, maybe one or two conversations or meetings, to provide information or advice, increase motivation to avoid substance abuse, or to teach behavior change skills that will reduce substance abuse as well as the chances of negative consequences,” says Babor, the Health Net Inc. Endowed Chair in Community Medicine and Public Health in the UConn School of Medicine.

Babor and Del Boca found substance abusers are far more likely to curtail their dangerous behaviors when a primary care physician refers them to treatment (if needed) after a brief screening incorporated into routine office visits.

“The idea of translating research into practice is a hope that is seldom realized in addiction science,” says assistant professor Bonnie McRee, one of the report authors. “To go from the development of screening tests to national implementation programs in the course of 20 years is a dream come true for an addiction scientist.”

Based this addiction research, the findings suggest that there is an opportunity to expand the use of addiction screenings to help prevent the disease of addiction from progressing in high-risk individuals. By identifying individuals early and helping them access addiction treatment quickly, it can help serve as a powerful tool in the fight against drug and alcohol addiction.

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Tips for Staying Positive, Grateful and Happy

January 25, 2017
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Positive, happy couple at breakfastSometimes life happens. You spill coffee on your shirt right before a team meeting. Dinner accidently gets burnt to a crisp. It starts raining and your umbrella is nowhere in sight. Even with your best intentions, sometimes good days turn into, well, not so great days.

While you can’t control everyone and everything around you, you do have the power to control how you react. Do you get bent out of shape or do you take a deep breath, move on and try to stay positive? That decision is up to you.

If you’re on a journey from addiction to recovery, you can influence your success. By consciously choosing behaviors that support a more positive and grateful approach to life, you can continue to support a new sober lifestyle.

Want to protect this new chapter of your life? Here are a few ways you can start living a more fulfilling and happy life!

(1) Make time for friends and family. Multiple studies have shown that happy people focus on cultivating close, personal relationships. The emphasis here is quality over quantity. Given that, you don’t have to have a huge social network. Invest your time and energy into those close to you and think about how you can grow your relationship. Give them a call once a week or make plans to grab coffee together.

(2) Be kind to yourself. Your mental health and your physical well-being are tightly interconnected. If you neglect one, the other starts to suffer. That’s why it’s important to take care of your whole body. Get enough sleep. Eat balanced meals and stay hydrated. You might be surprised how those simple improvements in your lifestyle can really boost your mood.

(3) Challenge yourself personally. Those who report a high level of personal satisfaction with their life often spend time pursuing personal goals. Whether that’s training for a local 5K, learning how to speak a new language or spending more time volunteering in their community. According to multiple studies, happy people do a good job of balancing their schedule and make time for both professional and personal endeavors.

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Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: 877-310-9545.

3 Life Hacks to Boost Your Productivity at Work

January 12, 2017
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Male office workerHave you ever looked down at your to-do list and wondered how you are going to be able to get everything done? If that sounds all too familiar, it’s important to remember two things. First, you’re not alone. And, second, there are ways you can tweak your routine to eke out a little more productivity in your day.

If you’re well into your journey of sobriety, you’re probably able to spend more time and energy focusing on your career while trying to work harder (and smarter) to reach your professionals goals.

And, you can do just that but simply making some micro-adjustments to your routine.

Looking to amp up your productivity game? Here are three simple strategies to feel more confident and get more done during your 9 to 5.

(1) Don’t let email become overly distracting.

Email has radically transformed the workplace. In an instant, you can communicate with clients and colleagues and brainstorm with peers. While it certainly makes it easier to stay in touch and get things done, it can actually drag your productivity down. Try logging out of your email provider for the last 30 minutes of the day so you can reassess your priorities.

(2) Say no to (some) meetings. Have you ever accepted a meeting invitation, only later to find out that you really didn’t need to attend? That’s why it’s important to be discerning about how much time you devote to business meetings that you didn’t schedule. If your workload is especially busy, ask the meeting organizer in advance what they hope to accomplish and your role during the discussion. This can help you better understand if you can skip the appointment and simply participate via email.

(3) Constantly reassess your priorities. In virtually every organization, employees collaborate and work together to achieve the collective goals of the business. But, it’s easy to get caught up in meeting the needs of other coworkers – which can put your own projects in jeopardy. Before you start firing off emails in the morning, take a few moments to think about what you are expected to accomplish as an individual contributor. Then, block off time on your calendar during the day to focus on meeting those goals.

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