Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What Does Anxiety Have to Do With Bones?

anxiety and bone healthIf you suffer from a substance use disorder and anxiety disorder, you may want to pay extra attention to your bone health. 

New research found that highly anxious women had higher risks for low bone density, breaks and fractures – and lower levels of vitamin D, which is associated with an increased fracture risk. 

Based on an analysis of nearly 200 postmenopausal Italian women, the findings build upon previous research that links anxiety to an increased risk for heart disease and gastrointestinal problems.

"Our findings are quite surprising because an association between anxiety levels and bone health was not reported before," said study author Dr. Antonino Catalano.

So how does anxiety impact bone health? Researchers noted the negative effects of stress hormones on bone status and the fact that anxious women are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking cigarettes or eating a poor diet, which weaken bones. 

The researchers also noted that an estimated 33 percent of women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives and 7 percent of the world's population suffers from anxiety disorders.

More About Women and Anxiety Disorders 
Did you know that from the time a girl reaches puberty until about age 50, she is twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than a man, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). To blame: brain chemistry, hormonal fluctuations, and in general how women cope with stress, say researchers. There’s also evidence that early life adversity, including childhood sexual or physical abuse, predisposes women to anxiety disorders later in life. 

Help for Addiction and Anxiety
Are you or someone you love self-medicating to alleviate the symptoms of an anxiety disorder? Rising Roads Recovery is dedicated to helping women who are struggling with alcohol use disorder and/or a co-occurring mental disorder. Our treatment center was created to inspire women to thrive in recovery. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Must-Have Health Screenings For Women

Not to put something else on your long list of recovery to-dos, but part of living a sober life is living a healthy life – and that means taking care to schedule a few exams that are essential to a woman’s health. Take a look at the list below and make it a short-term goal to get these screenings: 
  • Cholesterol: If you're 20 or older, the National Institutes of Health recommends having your cholesterol measured at least once every five years. If you're at risk for heart disease or stroke, you may need to be tested more frequently. Ask your healthcare provider.
  • Pap smears: The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force ( USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with Pap smear every 3 years or, for women age 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years. 
  • Mammograms: There is much discussion about when and how often women should have a mammogram, which screens for breast cancer. The USPSTF recommends that women age 50 to 74 have a mammogram every two years. The American Cancer Society, however, suggests that women get annual screenings at age 45, and a biannual mammogram at age 55. If you have a family history of breast cancer, or other risk factors, talk to your healthcare professional.
  • Bone density screening: Women should start getting screened for osteoporosis with a bone density test at age 65. Those with risk factors for osteoporosis should be screened earlier. Again, talk to your doctor about what’s right for you since certain abused substances, including alcohol and opioids, are study-proven to reduce bone density. 
  • Blood glucose tests: Starting around age 45, women should get a blood glucose test every three years to check for diabetes or prediabetes. Alcohol abuse can lower the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which can up your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, however, so talk to your doctor about the best plan for you. 
  • Dental checkup: Addiction can wreak havoc on your oral health so it’s a good habit to make good dental health part of your recovery. All adult women need twice-yearly dental checkups, which include cleaning and examining the teeth, along with X-rays to spot early signs of decay and any other problems.
Take Back Your Health
At Rising Roads, our staff is here to help women put their physical and mental health first. To learn more about our psychiatric consultations and addiction treatment services, call us today: 866-746-1558.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Unexpected Perks of Post-Rehab for Moms 

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Being a mom is hard and being a mom while trying to stay sober is even harder. Yet even your most challenging day parenting while sober is likely a hundred times better than parenting while abusing alcohol or drugs. For one, being sober means being present in your child’s life – so you can pat yourself on the back for that. What’ s more, what you’ve learned in rehab – lessons like self-care, anger management, time management, stress management, communication – will help you to be a better you and a better mom. 

Read on for some more unexpected perks of post-rehab for moms:
  • More quality time. Whether in the form of a family dinner or potluck get-together, spending time with loved ones will take on a whole new importance once you’re sober. 
  • New hobbies and interests. Now that you’re in recovery and no longer spend hours using or thinking about using, you’ll have extra time to reignite your passions and participate in activities you loved prior to your addiction. Or, you may choose to use your newly found time to test your hand at new interests and/or hobbies. 
  • Increased energy. Especially if diet and exercise is a part of your overall recovery plan, you’ll likely notice that you have a lot more energy now – energy well spent playing and spending time with your kids.
  • Greater appreciation. Many moms find greater meaning in everyday simple activities post-rehab – whether reading a bedtime story to your child or doing homework together. After all, another valuable rehab lesson is learning to live in the moment and find joy in your day to day.
  • Setting a good example. By working to get sober you’ve already taken a giant step toward being a positive role model. And you can take this further by staying sober and using your own experience to teach your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  
Rehab for Women
Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction is the best gift you can give to your family. Let us lead the way. To learn more about our rehab services for women, call today: 866-746-1558. 



Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May is Mental Health Month

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May is Mental Health Month and it’s the perfect time to check in with yourself to make sure you’re taking good care of your own mental and emotional well-being. 

This year’s theme, Fitness #4Mind4Body, is designed to educate individuals how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising and getting enough sleep can go a long way in preventing the onset or worsening of mental health conditions.

As part of the month-long celebration, Mental Health America (MHA) is challenging individuals to make small changes to create big gains for their health and wellbeing. Here are a few to consider:
  • Skip or limit processed, fried and sugary foods. A diet that regularly includes these kinds of foods can increase the risk of developing depression by as much as 60 percent, according to MHA. And, in fact, yet another study showed that 1/3 of participants with depression experienced full relief of their symptoms after improving their diet. 
  • Fit in fitness. Just one hour of exercise a week is related to lower levels of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, according to MHA. Try 10 minutes of moderate or vigorous activity at a time, 15 times a week, to reach the recommended amount. 
  • Add prebiotics to your diet. There’s a strong link between mental health problems and gastrointestinal symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, bloating, pain, constipation, and/or diarrhea. This is because anxiety and depression can cause changes in the gut microbiome. Prebiotics are great for the gut and include asparagus, bananas (especially if they aren’t quite ripe), garlic, onions, or jicama, tomatoes, apples, berries and mangos.
  • Make shut-eye a priority. Sleep is fundamental to a healthy mind and body – and, in fact, sleep problems affect 50% to 80% of people under the care of a psychiatrist, compared with 10% to 18% of adults in the general U.S. population, according to MHA. A must-do sleep tip: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (including weekends) to keep your body’s natural rhythms running on schedule.
  • Control stress. Learning to manage stress can be a small change with big results on your physical and mental health. Try meditating. Just 10-20 minutes of quiet reflection may ease chronic stress and/or increase your tolerance to it. Listen to music, relax or just think of pleasant things (or nothing at all).

Take Back Your Mental Health
Perhaps the best way you can celebrate Mental Health Month is to seek help if you or someone you love is struggling with a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder. At Rising Roads, our staff is here to help you take your physical and mental health back. To learn more about our psychiatric consultations, call us today: 866-746-1558.








Thursday, April 26, 2018

Binge Drinking During Pregnancy Ups Risk for Alcohol Abuse for Offspring



Here’s yet another reason to seek help if you’re pregnant, plan to become pregnant and have a drinking problem. Binge drinking can impair the mental health of your offspring, making the offspring more vulnerable to alcohol abuse during adolescence, says a recent published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

While it’s well-known that drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies — as well as an increased risk of other pregnancy problems such as miscarriage, stillbirth and prematurity — it doesn’t mean that all women avoid alcohol during pregnancy. And this is especially true if you're struggling with the disease of addiction. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 pregnant women drink and about a third of those women binge drink (defined as drinking 4 or more alcoholic beverages on one occasion).

The researches found that binge drinking caused increased depression and anxiety in offspring and a greater risk of alcohol abuse. And these effects can happen even when alcohol is consumed twice or three times a week in high concentration. 

One possible explanation: "Chronic and binge alcohol use can disrupt the homeostasis of brain regions relevant for reward," lead study author Dr. Carla Cannizzaro, said in a press release. "Such use may lead to addiction, craving, loss of control over the use of the substance and severe withdrawal symptoms when the substance is interrupted."

While the study had limitations — namely, it was a rat study — the takeaway message was a good one: If you’re a young women of reproductive age, it’s probably best to avoid alcohol altogether, says Cannizzaro. 

Alcohol Abuse Help for Women
Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction may be the biggest and most important choice of your life. Let us lead the way. To learn more about our rehab services for women, call today: 866-746-1558. 



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How to Make Meditation Work for You

meditationIf you’re looking to make meditation a regular part of your recovery, you may need a little help to start and maintain the practice. Meditation is really about practice – it doesn’t have to be done perfectly, but you do need to practice it daily. 

Here are a few pointers to help make meditation work for you: 

Define your why. You likely know the many benefits of meditation, but why do you want to meditate? Are you looking to help better manage stress or release emotional tension? Have more positive interactions with others? Find a way to let go of self-criticism or judgment? Improve your energy and motivation to stay sober? Focusing on your reason(s) for wanting to meditate will help you stick with the practice.

Make it routine. A good tip for building healthy habits is incorporating them into your daily routine at the same time every day (or most days). For instance, schedule your meditation for every morning after you brush your teeth until it becomes routine. You can also pair it with something you already do – like meditating while you wait for your coffee to brew or hot water to boil. 

Track your progress. Keeping a daily log of your meditation can also help make it a habit. Give yourself a goal to practice it for 30 days straight and be sure to reward yourself – with another 30 days of mediation – once you’ve reached your goal. 

Skip the negative self-talk. If you miss a session or your brain just isn’t cooperating, don’t beat yourself up. Meditation isn’t easy and life is bound to disrupt your routine now and again. Remind yourself that building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process, so just move on and get back to your practice the next day.

A Sanctuary to Find Inner Peace
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

National Stress Awareness Month

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April is National Stress Awareness Month and there’s no better time than now to make sure your life’s major stressors are in check. This is especially important for folks in recovery, as unmanaged stress can be a slippery slope into relapse. Plus, stress can cause a host of physical and mental issues – ranging from acne to anxiety to depression and digestive issues. 

A crucial step in managing stress is recognizing some of the warning signs (even the surprising ones) that your body sends out to tell you it's time to slow down and take control. 

Here are a few symptoms to watch for:
  • Your menstrual cycle is off: Stress can cause late or missed periods and can even make cramps up to twice as painful, say experts. 
  • Your hair is falling out: According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can cause white blood cells to attack hair follicles and stop growth. The result: You’ll notice more hair falling out during shampooing or styling. 
  • Your stomach is upset: Stress can mess with your digestive health, triggering everything from an innocent bout of butterflies to a more serious condition like irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. 
  • Your muscles ache: Stress can literally be a pain in the neck (or back), leading to muscle tension and even painful spasms.
  • Your colds never go away: Your immune system certain isn’t immune to stress. In fact, stress can lower your body’s defenses and increase your risk for frequent colds. 
  • Your sweet tooth is out of control: High stress levels have been linked with an increased appetite and sugar cravings.
Stress Management for Women 
At Rising Roads, we focus on the unique needs of women in recoveryWe help our female clients discover new coping strategies to manage (not run from) their emotions, so they can continue to heal and reclaim healthy, sober lives. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.