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.

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.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sober Fun in the Sun

Summer is here and it’s time to make some sober memories! Here are a few fun activities that can help you do just that – and they’ll also double-duty to help strengthen your recovery. 
  • Try something new. With its longer days, summer is the ideal season to gain a new skill – either by taking a class or teaching yourself. Take a yoga class, experiment with some new healthy recipes or test your hand at drawing or painting. The sky’s the limit!  
  • Make time to read. Not only is reading a great relaxation strategy (especially reading on the beach!), but it can also help with sleep, focus and even motivation if you pick a story about an inspirational character that met a challenging goal or overcame adversity. You can even turn it into a social experience. Join or start a book club with some friends in recovery and discuss your favorite summertime reads. 
  • Sweat it out. Exercise is a must-do activity for all seasons. It will help release “feel good” chemicals to the brain and body and it’s also a great way to stay social. Recruit an exercise buddy or join an informal biking or running club. Or, just spend some alone time exploring the summer scenery by hiking or taking a walk on the beach. 
  • Get crafty. Taking some time to explore your artistic side this summer. Some ideas: scrapbooking, journaling, painting, photography, sewing or check out Pinterest for a fun DIY summer craft. 
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Summer is the perfect time for outdoor movies, concerts and festivals. Just be sure to make sure that you choose wisely. Some events can be dangerous for those in recovery because of the presence of alcohol or drugs. Ask a trusted friend or family member to go with you or organize an outing with a group of sober folks so you can hold each other accountable. 
  • Explore local recovery groups. If you have a little extra leisure time this summer season, use it to meet others in the recovery community. Making new friends and hearing similar stories will help you feel less isolated and more motivated to stick with your sobriety this summer and beyond! 
Wishing you a season of sober fun in the sun! 

Summertime at Rising Roads Recovery
Make summer 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, June 20, 2018

Common Stumbling Blocks of Recovery

stumbling blocksWe don’t have to tell you that recovery is a long journey with ups and downs and lots of stumbling blocks along the way. Knowing what to expect can help you stay the sober path and better handle any challenges that come your way. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlined some common stumbling blocks for people in recovery – along with some tips to overcome them. Take a look: 

Your appearance. During recovery, your outward appearance tends to improve quicker than your ability to stay sober. SAMHSA calls this the “looking good” trap and says, if you’re not careful, it can cause you to begin to doubt that you have a substance use disorder. Don't let the mirror fool you, warns SAMHSA.

Your thinking patterns. A big part of staying sober is using healthy thinking to prevent yourself from romanticizing your past life and controlling cravings, which don’t go away quickly. If you find yourself spiraling into unhealthy thought patterns, stop and remind yourself of the pain that addiction caused you and review the positive things in your life that have occurred since you decided to get sober. A few more tips from SAMHSA:
  • Don’t talk about the fun of substance use. Ask your friends to interrupt you when this happens. 
  • Don’t listen when others talk about the fun of use. Change the subject or walk away for a moment.
  • Attend a support group and listen to other’s stories to be reminded how sneaky addiction is.
Your triggers and cravings. It’s not unusual for a craving to suddenly come back after three or six months and then quickly fade to a low level again, notes SAMHSA. Even without cravings, triggers abound so you need to be prepared by knowing the people, places and things that could cause you to relapse. 

Your emotions. Depression, anxiety, anger and loneliness – these emotions can interfere with your recovery if you don’t get help. Take care of your mental health by practicing relaxation techniques and seeking support from friends and loved ones as well as a trained professional. 

Your paycheck. Money can be a trigger, so it’s important to make a plan so you pay your bills and avoid buying drugs and/or alcohol. A few tips: 
  • Arrange for direct deposit of your paycheck, if possible.
  • Take a friend or family member with you when you go shopping.
  • Plan ways to avoid dealers and other users who might come looking for you after payday. 
Ask 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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Women and PTSD

In honor of National PTSD Awareness Month this June, we’re taking a look at how PTSD can impact women. According to the National Center for PTSD, women are more than twice as likely to develop PTSD than men; women have a 10 percent risk while men have a 4 percent risk. And women with past mental health issues (like depression or anxiety) and lack of social support may be even more at risk for PTSD.

This perhaps isn’t too surprising considering that findings from a large national mental health study show that a little more than half of all women will experience at least one traumatic event in their life. And this includes sexual assault, which is more likely to cause PTSD than many other events, according to the National Center for PTSD. What’s more, women may be more likely to blame themselves for trauma experiences than men. 

The symptoms of PTSD are also often different for women versus men. Women, for example, are more likely to feel jumpy or depressed and anxious while men may feel angry and have trouble controlling their anger.

Untreated PTSD symptoms can have a negative impact on mental health and also lead to physical symptoms like headaches, gastrointestinal problems and sexual dysfunction. Many women with PTSD also turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate. In fact, addiction and PTSD often overlap, with nearly 50 percent of people with PTSD also meeting the criteria for substance use disorder.

Trauma Resolution at Rising Roads
If you’re looking for a safe, non-judgmental place to address your addiction in relation to your trauma, look no further. By using proven techniques like Psychodrama, Art and Somatic Therapy, we help clients stop running from their emotions and feelings and start healing. To learn more about our Trauma Treatment for women, call today: 866-746-1558. 






Thursday, June 7, 2018

Why Are More Women Than Ever Addicted to Alcohol

women and alcohol use disorderIt’s not news that alcohol use disorder is on the rise among women, with the rate of female alcohol abuse and dependence in the United States increasing 83.7 percent between 2002 and 2013, according to a major study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). But what’s causing this increase? Why are women drinking more? And why should we be so worried?

“Some of the data we’re seeing indicates historic increases in consumption and alcohol problems,” Katherine Keyes, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, told Prevention.com. “The trajectory for female alcohol abuse now outpaces that of men. When we see these steep increases, you wonder if we are going to see a larger burden of disease for women.”

And for good reason: High-risk drinking—more than three drinks on a given day or more than seven per week, according to NIAAA—is linked to some 200 diseases, including cancers and psychiatric disorders. And, in general, women are hit harder than men when it comes to these adverse health effects. 

As far as why women are drinking more, the article on Prevention.com had some interesting findings. Here’s a quick recap: 


  • More alcohol companies are marketing to women. From Skinnygirl to Mommy Juice, more and more brands are targeting their spirits to women buyers.
  • Women feel pressure to fit in and crave camaraderie: Bar hopping or “Martini nights” with the girls have become more and more socially accepted. These nights “built-around a bottle” are also how many women are connecting to one another today.
  • Women are more stressed over work-life balance: More women hit the bottle in an effort to quell anxiety over the increasingly difficult work-life balance, according to Prevention.com. And this isn’t too surprising considering that women of working age work longer hours and are unhappier today than their mothers were 40 years ago. 
  • Women are trying to cope with mental illness. Whether depression or anxiety or empty nest syndrome, many women are struggling with emotional issues and using alcohol as a means to self-medicate or escape negative feelings. 


  • Help for Women With Alcohol Use Disorder 
    While there’s a growing pressure to drink, problem drinking is still stigmatized. But greater awareness and efforts to seek treatment can help remedy this. If you’re concerned about your drinking and want help, or want to learn more about our rehab services for women, call today: 866-746-1558. 







    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 

    mom
    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

    mental health month
    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
    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, 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. 




    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Being a Sober Mom in a Wine Mom World


    “I want my kids to be good at math but not so good that they can count how many glasses of wine I’ve had.’

    “I wish my tolerance for my children would increase as much as my tolerance for wine.”

    “Boxed wine is just a juice box for moms.”

    “The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink.”

    These are just a few of the virtually endless memes out there celebrating the “wine mom” culture we live in – and, yet, for those moms in recovery, these are far from funny.

    Sending moms the message that self-medicating is okay is nothing new. In the 1950s and 60s, tranquilizers referred to as “mother’s little helpers” were widely prescribed to mothers.

    “This sends women the message that their emotions need to be squelched and not addressed,” Dr. Leena Mittal, a perinatal psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told the New York Times.

    For those moms struggling to stay sober, this message is especially dangerous. So what’s the solution?

    The NY Times recently interviewed some real moms to find out some creative and sober ways they manage the stress of parenting children. Take a look and use their ideas and then make a list of your own.
    • Attend a support group.
    • Prioritize downtime.
    • Go for walks.
    • Soak in a hot bath.
    • Take yoga.
    • Play pick-up sports.
    • Read a riveting book.
    • Write in a journal.
    • Get lost in a murder mystery.
    • Meditate.
    • Try acupuncture or acupressure.
    • Get a good night’s sleep.
    • Indulge in an ice cream sundae.
    • Pour yourself a glass of seltzer in a fancy cup.
    Alcohol Abuse Help for Women
    Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction, or helping a loved one to decide to seek help for alcohol abuse, 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, March 28, 2018

    Addiction: How Women Differ From Men

    how women experience addiction differentlyIn honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, Forbes.com ran an article titled “How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men.” 

    For any of you already in recovery, you’re probably feverishly nodding your head just from reading the title alone. We know that as women we experience unique challenges when it comes to addiction and recovery — challenges that are best met with a female-centric approach to treatment. 

    Sadly, until the 1990s when U.S. agencies required federally funded studies to enroll more women, most research on substance use focused on men, explains the author. Today, we are continuing to learn more about the gender difference when it comes to addiction. 

    For instance, the article notes how women find it harder to quit and are more vulnerable to relapse. Plus, they experience addiction-related medical or social consequences faster than men. Here are a few more differences, grouped by addictive substance, as outlined within the article: 
    • Opioids: Women are more likely to have chronic pain, be prescribed prescription painkillers and at higher doses than men; and become dependent more quickly than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • Alcohol: Women are more vulnerable to alcohol’s effects and develop alcohol dependence faster than men. Biology also makes women more vulnerable to alcohol’s effects, including alcohol-induced organ injury (liver disease and brain damage) as well as an increased risk of breast cancer.
    • Nicotine: Once again, female smokers find it harder to quit and are more likely to relapse once they do quit. Female smokers also face greater health risks than male smokers, including a higher likelihood of developing lung cancer or having a heart attack.  
    Women and Addiction Recovery
    At Rising Roads Recovery, we know that every woman who comes to us is incredibly unique and needs to be treated that way. One size does not fit all – and one future does not work for everyone. To learn more about our addiction treatment programs, call 866-746-1558