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 EverydayHealth.com.

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 EverydayHealth.com.

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. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held each October in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and available treatment options. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.

Numerous studies have found that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7 percent to 10 percent for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Women who have two to three alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers. 

If you have an alcohol abuse problem, getting help is perhaps the best thing you can do to safeguard your breast health. 

Tips to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer
While there’s no one sure way to prevent breast cancer, making healthy choices, like eating right and staying active, can help lower your risk. Here are some tips from the ACS
  • Get screened. Regular screening will make it more likely that, if you do have breast cancer, it’s diagnosed early. The ACS guidelines state that women of average risk (ask your healthcare provider about your personal risk factors) should have yearly mammograms and clinical breast examination starting at age 40. Women in their 20s and 30s, need a clinical breast exam done every three years.
  • Quit smoking. Limited but accumulating research indicates that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, notes the ACS. This has been particularly found among long-term, heavy smokers and women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, says the ACS. And risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.
  • Make exercise a priority. Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10 percent to 25 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, notes the ACS.

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.




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and takes place each year during the first week of October. The goal: to educate, raise awareness, and stop stigma surrounding mental illness. 

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder — substance use or mental illness — can develop first. 

Due to a mix of hormones, cultural pressures, and a higher risk for physical and emotional abuse, women are particularly susceptible to depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder, note experts. And yet you might not always be aware of the warning signs. 

While each illness has its own symptoms, the NAMI recommends watching for the following red flags:
  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits, such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance 
Take Back Your Mental Health
Perhaps the best way you can celebrate MIAW 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, September 28, 2017

What You Need to Know About Orthorexia

Gluten free, vegan, clean eating – we’re living in a society where it’s almost trendy to fixate on the foods that we eat. And while proper nutrition is a crucial part of your recovery and overall wellness, it’s also important to understand the dangers of making eating healthy a new and unhealthy obsession.  

Perhaps the biggest danger is putting yourself at risk of orthorexia, defined as a “pathological obsession with proper nutrition,” including strict avoidance of food believed to be unhealthy or impure. While not currently recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, orthorexia can lead to severely restrictive food choices – both in variety and calories – that can result in physical and mental health consequences, explain experts from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). 

Recognizing the Signs of Orthorexia
People with orthorexia typically have underlying motivations for eating healthy, including safety from poor health, compulsion for complete control, escape from fears, wanting to be thin, improving self-esteem, searching for spirituality through food, and using food to create an identity, notes the NEDA. Answering "yes" to the following questions can signal the need to get help: 
  • Do you wish that occasionally you could just eat and not worry about food quality?
  • Do you ever wish you could spend less time on food and more time living and loving?
  • Does it seem beyond your ability to eat a meal prepared with love by someone else – one single meal – and not try to control what is served?
  • Are you constantly looking for ways foods are unhealthy for you?
  • Do love, joy, play and creativity take a back seat to following the perfect diet?
  • Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet?
  • Do you feel in control when you stick to the “correct” diet?
  • Have you put yourself on a nutritional pedestal and wonder how others can possibly eat the foods they eat? 
Nutritional Guidance at Rising Roads
As part of our holistic approach to addiction rehab, we offer weekly nutrition courses, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. At Rising Roads Recovery, we aim to fix old patterns and replace them with a healthy relationship with food. If the client feels she needs additional help from our Registered Dietician, additional support will be arranged. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558.