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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Is Lack of Sleep Interfering With Your Recovery?

lack of sleep
A lack of sleep can cause setbacks in your recovery. Without restorative sleep, it will be that much harder to control your emotions, manage stress, fend off cravings and focus on your daily recovery tasks. Here are a few signs that you need to take better care to prioritize sleep and healthy sleep habits. 
  • You look tired. Bleary, tired bloodshot eyes, dark under eye circles and puffiness are all telltale signs of sleep deprivation. 
  • You have a short fuse. Poor sleep can cause little annoyances to set you off. So if you find yourself lashing out toward others, take it as a cue to get more shut-eye.
  • You are always hungry. Lack of sleep can throw off your hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin. The result: You’ll want to eat all day long and you'll likely crave carbs.  
  • You have trouble focusing. When you’re tired, even the simplest task can seem daunting. You may feel like you have a “fuzzy head” and that it’s more difficult to retain information and follow conversations with others. 
  • You feel more emotional. Sleep deprivation can make you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, causing the slightest feeling of stress to overwhelm you. And these unbalanced emotions may cause you to crave drugs or alcohol, which could lead to relapse.
  • You find daily tasks more difficult. Sleep deprivation impairs what’s called your executive function, which is a set of mental skills that helps you get things done. The result: poor planning and prioritization, disorganization, increased risk taking, greater focus on short-term rewards, decreased judgment.
Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
At Rising Roads, our staff is here to help you take your physical and mental health back and make health living part of your recovery. To learn more about our programs and facility, call today: 866-746-1558.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Making the Most of Music for Your Recovery

The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new: Aristotle and Plato touted its benefits, writing that it could help people become better human beings and overcome emotional difficulties. 

More and more treatment facilities are incorporating music therapy or music expression into their programs — and for good reason. Study after study shows that music can influence both emotion and behavior, making people happier, more relaxed, less anxious and less overwhelmed. In particular, relaxing music has ben found to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

In addition to formalized music therapy sessions, you can work the power of music into your recovery in simple, everyday ways. Here are some ideas:
  • Meditate to music. Listening to music and exploring your relationship to the music can be a path toward self-discovery. And you can listen to any type of music you choose – it doesn’t have to be spiritual. In fact, research shows that music listening is most healing when you enjoy the music you’re listening to.
  • Have an impromptu dance party. Turn up the volume, turn off your mind and let the music take over as you dance around the room. Dancing is a great stress reliever – you’ll work up a sweat and release those feel-good endorphins.
  • Make a playlist. If you’ve ever created a mix for a significant other – and then a break-up mix when things didn’t work out – then you know that music can help you express a wide-range of emotions. Put together a playlist that will help motivate you on those down days when you need a little extra inspiration. Just be sure to avoid any songs that could cause nostalgia for your former days of using. 
Experiential Therapy
Many women who have “been in therapy for years” continue to feel stuck. Experiential activities, like music expression, can help our female clients communicate thoughts and feelings previously covered up. To learn more about our experiential therapy at Rising Roads, call us today: 866-746-1558. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

One Less Excuse to Quit Smoking

weight gain after smokingIf a fear of weight gain is keeping your from kicking your nicotine habit, you may no longer have an excuse. A new study of 4,700 postmenopausal female smokers found that even a little bit of exercise can help keep pounds at bay.

Being active after quitting smoking was found to reduce weight gain, regardless of the amount of physical activity before quitting," Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release.

Participants who exercised more (150 minutes of moderate intensity per week) and watched their diet had the best results, yet even low-intensity exercise (walking 90 minutes per week at 3 miles an hour) did the trick. The study shows that there’s real "hope for those deciding to quit smoking — exercise more and watch food intake to limit weight gain," Pinkerton said. 

Need some motivation for sticking to your exercise routine? Here are some tips adapted from the American Heart Association to help make physical activity part of your daily recovery plan. 
  • Be consistent. Do your best to exercise at the same time of the day. This way, it will become a regular part of your routine and lifestyle. For example, you might begin by walking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 am to 7:30 am.
  • Add variety. Develop a repertoire of several activities that you can enjoy, so you don’t get bored.
  • Recruit an exercise buddy. Asking a family member or friend to join you will help keep you more accountable.  
  • Track and celebrate your successes. Keep a record of your progress and reward yourself at special milestones. Note: Keep the rewards healthy like a new workout top or tickets to a movie. 
Exercise to Support Your Sobriety 
At Rising Roads Recovery, we understand that fighting addiction is more than simply giving up drugs and alcohol. It’s also about creating a new sober lifestyle that supports your health holistically. That’s why we offer a wide variety of fitness classes, including boot camps, yoga and more to help with stress relief and strengthen your body during addiction recovery. To discover more about our addiction treatment for women, call today: 866-746-1558.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Why You Should Add Summer Reading to Your Recovery To-dos

With summer often comes more time on your hands, and so filling that time with healthy and sober activities becomes key. Reading is a great activity to add to your summer recovery routine – and it certainly can’t hurt your overall mental health to curl up on the beach or under a shady tree with a good book! 

We’ve talked about the health benefits of reading in the past. To recap, reading can empower you to stay sober. It strengthens your brain, provides a healthy escape and stress release and reinforces the fact that you’re not alone in your struggle. Reading prior to bed can also help you fall asleep and stay asleep. What’s more, reading can help you learn more about yourself and your addiction and give you hope for the future. 

So what should you read? Summer is high season for gripping non-fiction, self-help books and juicy fictions. Just consider your stage of recovery and emotional state prior to choosing a tome. For example, you might be too fragile in your recovery to read real-life stories about addiction; the details could even elicit cravings. And it’s also wise to talk with your addiction counselor prior to choosing a book about addiction treatment. You’ll want someone to vet the information to ensure it meshes with your recovery goals. Talk to your peers, counselors and family members for some good book recommendations. 

You may even consider starting a book club with five to 10 of your recovery friends. Figure out the best time to meet and how often (once a month, for example) and then pick a convenient location. Together, you can make it your mission to tear through your list of summer reads by Labor Day! 

Growing Stronger Together This Summer 
At Rising Roads, we believe that lasting sobriety requires you to have a life you're not willing to give up. We want our clients’ surroundings and peers to be her warm sun so the process is more pleasant. To learn more about our gender-specific treatment, call today: 866-746-1558.