Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sober Ways to Have Fun This Fall

sober fall fun
Fall is almost here – even if it still feels like summer – and it’s the perfect time to have some sober, seasonal fun. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.

  1. Take advantage of seasonal eats. Fall is a time for “pumpkin everything” but that doesn't have to mean indulging in pumpkin pies and calorie-laden lattes and ice cream. Pumpkin is a real super food, loaded with immune-boosting vitamin A and filling fiber. Add it to smoothies, oatmeal, chili, soup or homemade hummus. And don’t forget about the seasonal apples, squash, artichokes, beets and lima beans. 
  2. Plan a pumpkin picking trip. Gather some friends and go to a nearby pumpkin patch like the Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch. Pick out a pumpkin to paint or carve. And don’t forget to roast the seeds for a healthy treat. 
  3. Start a new book. Now that you’ve completed your summer reading list, why not add a few selects to curl up with for fall. Reading is a great year-round activity to stave off boredom and stress during recovery. 
  4. Check out a fall festival. Enjoy a day of crafts, food booths, cook-offs, pie-eating contests and music – sober fun! Just be careful not to choose a festival that focuses on alcohol as this can be a trigger. 
  5. Take a hike. Fall is the perfect time to take a hike and enjoy the offerings of Mother Nature. There are some gorgeous trails throughout Orange County, including Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and Alta Laguna Park. Bring along a good friend for company as well as water and a healthy snack so you can have fun exploring the trails for hours.
  6. Try your hand at knitting. Autumn is the perfect time to learn how to knit or crochet. The repetitive action can induce a relaxed state similar to what's experienced during meditation and yoga. In fact, knitting has been study-proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Plus, the tangible product (aka a scarf or blanket) will be a great boost to your self-esteem.  

Autumn at Rising Roads Recovery
Make fall the season you decide to embark on a path toward lasting sobriety. At Rising Roads, we offer our female clients a variety of addiction treatment programs that support their recovery and nurture their mind, body and soul. To learn more about how we can help you or someone you love – call us toll-free today: 866-746-1558.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mental illness: What Women Wish They Knew as Teens

A recent article on Bustle.com asked seven women the question: “If you had the power to go back in time and address the misconceptions about mental illness you had as a teenager, what would you say?”

It’s a great question, especially given that it’s National Recovery Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to stopping the stigma, raising awareness and celebrating the many of you who are in recovery from a mental health illness and/or substance use disorder. 

Here’s a look at some of the responses we thought might resonate most with you: 
  • Gabi wishes she understood that she wasn’t alone and that others were suffering just like she was. If only she knew this, she would have sought the help “before her illness become life-threatening,” she said.
  • Tina would tell her teen self that it wasn’t her fault and she didn’t deserve it. 
  • Deb wishes that she had a better understanding of the self-harm behaviors – so she could educate others who thought she was just being “dramatic” or that she’d “grow out of it.”  
  •  Sarah says if only someone told her “mental health issues wasn’t something to be ashamed of” and that she was “good.” 
  • Nicole would have liked to know that mental illness looks different in everyone – and “even over the course of a day in myself," she said.
What do you wish someone told you about mental illness and/or substance use disorder? In honor of Recovery Month, we encourage you to take the time this month to think about this question and to educate someone in your life about the hard work and rewards of recovery. 

Take Back Your Mental Health
At Rising Roads, our staff is here to help you or a special lady in your life recover from a co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder. Let us help you take back your physical and mental health. To learn more about our psychiatric consultations, call us today: 866-746-1558.







Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ways to Take Part in Recovery Month

It’s National Recovery Month and there’s no better time to help raise awareness, stop the stigma against addiction and spread the message that treatment is effective and people do recover.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved this September – and why not? The goal, after all, is to celebrate those who have committed to recovery and who are working hard to build a new, healthy sober life – just like you!    

So what are you waiting for? Here are a few ways to get involved this Recovery Month: 
  • Spread the word on social media: You can update your FB status to include your recovery date or post an image on Instagram that represents something you’re proud of now that you’re sober. Recoverymonth.gov also has banners, flyers and customizable posters for anyone to use to promote Recovery Month on social media.
  • Attend an in-person or online event: Recoverymonth.gov keeps a running list of events that take place around the country so you can find an event near you or learn about local activities to support recovery efforts. National Recovery month activities range from walks and runs to concerts to cookouts and more. There are also webinars, online chats and live Tweeting. 
  • Share your recovery story. Certainly you can share your story under the “Voices for Recovery” section on Recoverymonth.gov – but it doesn't have to be that formal. Just taking the time this month to share your recovery story with a friend or coworker or family member is a great way to start spreading awareness. Of course, how much you want to share is a personal decision. But by being visible and letting others know you’re in recovery, you may help someone else take the first step toward sobriety.
Celebrate Recovery Month With Us!
National Recovery Month is a positive way to celebrate the importance of recovery and it can also be a wake-up call for you or someone you love. If you or a special lady in your life needs addiction help, reach out today. To learn about our women’s addiction treatment programs, call: 866-746-1558.



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rise in Pregnant Women Using Pot for Morning Sickness

More and more pregnant women are turning to pot to ease morning sickness, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Not surprisingly, the findings coincide with the growing legalization of medical and recreational marijuana.

After surveying over 200,000 pregnant women, researchers found that more than 5 percent had recently used marijuana. And it was most common among women struggling with morning sickness than those without. Pot use more than doubled among women with mild symptoms, and was nearly four times higher among those with severe symptoms.

Researchers don't know how many women used the drug prior to pregnancy and the study didn’t prove that morning sickness drove women to the drug. It did suggest, however, that women are using pot as a form of self-medication, Young-Wolff, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, in Oakland, told HealthDay.

"These findings are concerning," she said. "It's really important that we connect women with medically approved treatments for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy."

While pot has been found to ease nausea and vomiting, there’s no research showing its effectiveness for morning sickness. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use” and “to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy.”

Dr. Anthony Scialli, an obstetrician/gynecologist in Washington, D.C., said he wasn’t too surprised by these findings. He noted that many women who use pot for morning sickness are often using the drug before becoming pregnant. "They also believe that it's safe to use during pregnancy," Sciali told HealthDay.

While research is still ongoing, there are some proven negative health effects of using marijuana during pregnancy.  Here are a few outlined by ACOG. 
  • Premature birth, or birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy. 
  • Low birth weight.
  • Anencephaly. This is a severe neural tube defect that causes missing major parts of the brain, skull and scalp. Babies with this condition do not survive long after birth.
  • Anemia, or lack of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to the baby’s body.
  • Problems with brain development.
  • Stillbirth, or when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.   
Getting Help for Marijuana Abuse
If you use marijuana and are pregnant or considering pregnancy, we can work together to create a treatment plan. To learn more about our rehab services for women, call today: 866-746-1558. 



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rise in Opioid Addiction Among Pregnant Women

Opioid addiction has lead to devastating consequences for many American families and this includes pregnant women. 

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. The rate increased from 1.5 per 1,000 delivery hospitalizations in 1999 to 6.5 in 2014. 

It’s “a significant public health concern,” the report said. This is because opioid addiction can lead to devastating health consequences for both mothers and babies, including 
  • Maternal death
  • Preterm birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
Last year, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published an article which stated that women with opioid use disorder often "suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions, particularly depression, history of trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.”

For the study, researchers analyzed information on women in 28 states. California and Hawaii were the lowest while Maine, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia had the largest increase. Still, even in states with small annual increases, there was a rise in women presenting with OUD at labor and delivery.  

"Untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy can lead to heartbreaking results. Each case represents a mother, a child, and a family in need of continued treatment and support," CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, said in a statement.

The CDC is calling for “state-level action,” including an increased effort from healthcare providers to identify, monitor and treat women with OUD during pregnancy. 

Opioid Addiction Treatment 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, August 8, 2018

Are You Eating Mindfully?

A big part of recovery is learning to make better choices – including how we handle stress and what we put into our bodies to nourish our minds and bodies. This is where mindful eating can come into play.

Eating slowly and mindfully has been found to boost your mental health. Mindful eating means chewing slowly and focusing your attention on your feelings and senses as you eat.

Learning to eat mindfully will teach you how to slow down and enjoy your food, to stop when you’re full and to decipher real hunger from cravings due to stress. 

Here are a few more benefits:
  • You’ll increase your awareness of healthy versus unhealthy food choices. 
  • You’ll increase your enjoyment of food and the pleasure of eating, rather than taking your meals for granted.
  • You’ll strengthen your muscle of presence, learning to stay in the moment
Mindfulness Eating Exercise
Try this mindful eating exercise at your next meal: 
  • Before you dig in, sit in a comfortable position and bring yourself in the moment by taking a few breaths. 
  • Take a minute to pause and think about where the food came from, where it grew and who helped it get to your plate.
  • Look at the colors, shapes and details and smell the aroma of what you’re about to eat.
  • With each bite, chew slowly and focus on the taste and texture in your mouth. 
  • Notice the impulse you might have to eat fast or grab for the next bite. 
  • Pay attention to any cues that your body is full or getting full.
  • Either verbally or internally, give thanks for your meal and the nutrients that help strengthen your mind and body. 
Healthy Eating at Rising Roads Recovery
We are staffed to support all of our clients in the exploration of themselves and their relationship to food. We are lucky to have a registered dietician as well as women who are in recovery from food related issues that can help you find a path to healthy eating. To learn more about our nutritional guidance and cooking classes, call today: 866-746-1558. 


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Choosing the Best Sponsor for You

Choosing the right sponsor is critical for a successful recovery and the sponsor/sponsee relationship may be among the most important relationships made in recovery. This is why you’ll want to carefully choose someone who is the best possible choice for you and your recovery goals. 

A good sponsor is someone who has worked through the 12 steps – with at least one year of sobriety – and is active in her own recovery. It’s also smart to choose someone who you’re not potentially attracted to. This well-known guideline is set in place so you don’t risk romantic involvement and can focus solely on your recovery. 

Here are a few more considerations to keep in mind when choosing a sponsor. 
  • Does she have a sponsor or other sponsees? The best kinds of sponsors are those who are working with their own sponsors. This ensures that they have experience with the sponsor/sponsee relationship and their sponsor may even serve as an additional resource in your recovery. Along the same lines, try to avoid a sponsor who is already sponsoring someone else. You want to make sure that the person isn’t stretched too thin and has time to devote to you. 
  • How will she help enhance your recovery? You’ll want to look for a person who will be a positive influence and motivate you to build a better, sober life. Consider these questions: Do you admire her recovery and new sober life? Does this person seem genuinely optimistic? Does she volunteer or have hobbies? How does she interact with others? 
  • Does she seem open and honest? To best support your recovery, a sponsor will need to be honest with you and unafraid to speak up if your actions or behaviors are risking your recovery. 
  • Do you feel comfortable around her? Putting your trust into someone you don’t know may feel strange at first, but these feelings should fade. You need to feel comfortable being around and confiding in your sponsor. And, if you don’t, it’s okay to choose a new one. Also, keep in mind that what you look for in a sponsor may be different depending on the stage of your recovery.  

About Our 12 Step Inclusive Program
At Rising Roads, our clients obtain a 12 step sponsor and actively work the program. It's our intention to show you what a sober woman is in all aspects of her life. You will be allowed passes with your sponsor and we will be encouraging you to create a strong sober community for yourself. To learn more about our women's 12 step program, call today: 866-746-1558.