Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Is Self-Care on Your Holiday To-do List?

For most of us, the holidays can stir up a mix of emotions – from gratefulness and glee to anxiety and stress. And in order to get through the season and safeguard your sobriety, you’ll need to be sure to charge your emotional and energetic reserves – and this starts with self-care.  

No, it’s not selfish to pay attention to your personal wellness this time of year. In fact, it’s crucial to your recovery. Plus, it will enable you to better enjoy the holidays and love of those around you. 

Get started with these self-care tips:
  • Make healthy habits routine. Try your best to stick to a sleep schedule, exercise regularly, eat a healthful diet and practice relaxation techniques – these self-care strategies are key to managing holiday stress. 
  • Mind your emotions. Self-care is more than just how much you eat or exercise, it also means paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, expectations and interactions. 
  • Remember your priorities: Take the pressure off of yourself by focusing only on the most important tasks – even if that means you can’t satisfy all of the holiday demands.
  • Create new traditions: If attending booze-laden family affairs, for instance, creates more stress than joy, take a step back and figure out a new family tradition. 
  • Lean on female friends. We’ve mentioned before about the many health perks of female friends, including increased optimism and decreased stress. Make time to get together with your sisters in recovery this season.
  • Just breathe: We all tend to hold our breath in times of stress, so stop and exhale. Taking, deep, mindful breaths throughout the day will help to keep your mind and body relaxed and focused.  
Begin Recovery at Rising Roads 
There’s no “right or wrong” season to begin on the journey toward sobriety. If you feel as if it’s time for a new beginning, don’t let the holidays stand in your way. To learn more about our gender-specific rehab, call us today: 866-746-1558. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Understanding Cross Addictions

A simple definition of a cross addiction or substitute addiction is trading in one addiction for another. For example, someone can go from heroin to painkiller addiction; drinking to food addiction; cocaine to exercise addiction; or sex to gambling or working addiction. 

In fact, this very tendency to seek out a new high is often why addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing condition. Those who trade one addiction for another are simply trying to fill a void and falling back into old patterns with a new substance and/or behavior. And in most cases, relapse is the result. 

Are You At Risk of a Cross Addiction?
While cross addictions most commonly occur in those newly recovered, they can happen to anyone and at any point of recovery
. So how do you know if you’re developing a new addiction? While the answer will largely depend on the addictive substance or behavior, there are some common warning signs: 
  • Tolerance: You’ll need more and more to get the same “buzz”
  • Withdrawal: You’ll experience symptoms like anxiety, irritability, restlessness and sleep problems in the absence of the substance or behavior.
  • Continuance: You’ll continue in spite of negative consequences, such as missed responsibilities, interpersonal problems, physical injuries or mental health issues.
  • Lack of control: You won’t be able to stop or cut back.
  • Reduction in other activities:  You’ll forgo favorite hobbies and time spent with family and friends to use. 
  • Time: You’ll spend an excessive amount of time thinking about, planning for and recovering from the substance and/or behavior.
Call About Our Post Relapse Care
Rising Roads Recovery wants to help you educate yourself on your very own patterns. Addiction is a chronic disease and a previous relapse does not mean failure – nor is relapse necessary for long-term recovery. Just like everyone’s recovery plan looks different, so does everyone’s relapse avoidance plan. You have a unique history that needs to be accounted for in your plan. And we’re here to help; we’re here to plan, support, and love. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Show Yourself Gratitude

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give thanks and show gratitude – but being grateful or having “an attitude of gratitude” should also be part of your daily routine during recovery. And this includes thanking yourself -- for showing up, for doing your best and for being you. The better you become at appreciating yourself, the more invested you’ll be in your recovery. And you’ll also be more able to give your time, energy and love to friends and family who have supported you along the way.

Here are a few ways to say thank you for being you.
  • Look in the mirror and compliment yourself each day. 
  • Celebrate your everyday wins and small recovery victories.
  • Turn negative self-talk into positive thoughts. Make a conscious effort to stop yourself when you find yourself talking negatively.  
  •  Keep a running list of things you like about yourself – and refer to it when you feel your self-confidence waning. 
  • Start a journal and write down what’s good about your life or quotes that inspire you to express gratitude in everyday life. 
Quotes About Gratitude
Here are some inspirational quotes from empowering women to add to your gratitude journal or to hang up as a reminder to be grateful everyday. 
  • "Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes." –Ellen DeGeneres
  • "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." –Maya Angelou
  • "'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding." –Alice Walker
A Sanctuary to Find Self-Gratitude
At Rising Roads, we have crafted an environment that will make each woman feel great about her surroundings, which will help her feel great about herself. To learn more about our programs and facility, call today: 866-746-1558.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Health Benefits of Female Friends

The right friendships are crucial to your recovery and gender-specific addiction treatment programs provide the perfect opportunity to form lifelong friendships with other women in recovery. 

Of course, the biggest benefit is being surrounding with other women who are supportive of your recovery needs. Yet the health perks of female friends reach beyond the walls of rehab as well. Here’s why:  
  • You’ll lower your stress levels. Two stressed-out women are almost hard-wired to make each other feel better, according to studies. Women have the ability to open themselves up emotionally in ways that men can't. This helps them release their stress much more quickly and healthily.
  • You’ll boost your immunity. Women with stronger social ties tend to be healthier than those without, say researchers. One study found that those who had close friendships (especially with the same sex) had better immune systems. 
  • You’ll become more positive. Women tend to want to impress one other and this can make them try harder to put on a positive front. And acting positive can give you and others around you a mood boost. Researchers say it’s the “fake it until you make it” effect.   
  • You’ll have a stronger sense of community. Women tend to relate to other women better than they would men, so you’ll automatically gain a stronger sense of security and community – which is especially vital for those in recovery. In other words, female friendships aren’t just “nice” – they’re crucial for sober living!

Recovery Support for Women by Women
Our "sisters in recovery" are ready and willing to support you through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Without fear there can be no courage. At Rising Roads, women can be fearful, supported, and courageous at the same time. To learn more about our gender-specific rehab, call us today: 866-746-1558

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Diabetes and Substance Use Disorder: What You Need to Know

Did you know that diabetes currently affects more than 246 million people worldwide – and more than half of these people are women? Diabetes is especially hard on women, causing difficulties during pregnancy as well as a higher risk of a heart attack, at a younger age. 

Firstly, getting help for a substance use disorder is a great first step toward safeguarding your health. Alcohol abuse can lower the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which can up your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. What’s more, too much alcohol may cause chronic inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can potentially lead to diabetes.

In honor or National Diabetes Awareness month, held every November, we put together a few tips to help you prevent type 2 diabetes –  and they just happen to be good for your recovery, too. 

Stop yo-yo dieting: Each time you lose weight through dieting, you also loose muscle mass that helps you burn visceral fat and control blood sugar, Betul Hatipoglu, MD, an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told

Manage stress: Long-term stress can cause long-term high blood glucose levels, notes the American Diabetes Association, who recommends the following stress busters: 
  • Start an exercise program or join a sports team.
  • Take dance lessons or join a dancing club.
  • Start a new hobby or learn a new craft.
  • Volunteer at a hospital or charity. 
Make exercise a priority. Breaking a sweat is key in lowering blood sugar, because even moderate exercise causes muscles to suck up glucose at 20 times the normal rate, notes

Get your vitamin D levels checked. Low levels of vitamin D have been preliminarily linked to a greater risk of type 2 diabetes. And since addiction wreaks havoc on the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients, including vitamin D, it can’t hurt to take steps to boost those levels. In general, there are three ways to get more: sun, supplements and food.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment for Women 
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, October 25, 2017

Battling With Emotions During Recovery

Recovery is an emotional time as you wrestle with a mix of feelings that may have been kept inside for years during active addiction. One day, you may feel angry and the next lonely – and it’s all perfectly normal. That said, a big part of a successful recovery is to understand and accept these feelings so they don’t jeopardize your hard-won sobriety. 

Here’s a look at a few common emotions you may be struggling with.  
  • Stress and anxiety: Many women battle with stress and anxiety during rehab. You’re going through a big life change and you're likely experiencing a sense of loss and worry. If your anxiety worsens, you could be struggling with an anxiety disorder and will need professional help.
  • Anger: Any time we're angry and we're feeling anger, we know that underneath that anger there's a hurt. There's something that's hurting us inside. Typically when we cut ourselves off from anger, we begin to feel depression. In fact, many experts says that depression is nothing more than anger turned inward.
  • Fear: The unknowns of recovery and of your new sober life can be downright scary. What’s more, you may be struggling with a fear of failure due to a lack of self-confidence. 
  • Shame and guilt: It’s natural and healthy to feel shame or guilt over your past behavior or action during active addiction, but know this: Constantly beating yourself up over the past can prevent you from moving forward in your recovery. 
  • Loneliness: If you feel alone, misunderstood or uncared for, well, you’re not alone. Loneliness is an emotion that can stick with you long after recovery, even when you’re supported by loved ones.
Managing Your Emotions 
At Rising Roads, we focus on the unique needs of women in recovery. We 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. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

5 Fall Foods to Add to Your Recovery Diet

Fall is perhaps the perfect season to head to your local farmer’s market and load up on some of the season’s nutrient-packed produce. And it’s not just about pumpkin (which does pack a host of health benefits) – but a variety of fruits and vegetables that can help reenergize and rejuvenate your body to do the hard work of recovery. Plus, they taste great! 

Here are a few fall favorites to add to your recovery diet:

  1. Apples: One crunchy, yummy apple packs roughly 20 percent of your daily fiber – if you eat the skin, that is – so it’s the perfect food to keep your regular and fend off any food cravings throughout the day. Plus, an apple is bursting with immune-boosting vitamin C.
  2. Beets: Sweet and earthy beets boast vitamin C and fiber as well as essential minerals like potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (good for your bones, liver and kidneys). 
  3. Artichokes: From the leaves to the heart, the humble artichoke is a nutrient powerhouse full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K (for brain and bone health), folic acid and potassium (for blood pressure).
  4. Brussels sprouts: Each mini cabbage is full of antioxidants, vitamin K and C, folate and filling fiber. Plus, they deliver lutein and zeazanthin, known for their age-fighting properties.
  5. Pomegranates: These powerful little bulbs have a short season but a long list of health benefits, including protection against certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Plus, pomegranates have more antioxidants than green tea.

Let Us Fuel Your Recovery
Rising Roads offers weekly nutrition classes, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. The camaraderie of cooking together, gaining new skills, learning new recipes and enjoying the process is a positive move forward. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.