Rethinking Relapses: What Falling Off the Wagon Can Teach You

Rethinking Relapses: What Falling Off the Wagon Can Teach You - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CA

A relapse doesn’t mean you’ve failed

It never feels good to relapse – or, it can feel good in the moment, but all too soon a relapse is accompanied by feelings of guilt and regret. Our Pasadena rehab center understands that relapsing can feel like a failure, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, a relapse can often help open the door to more lasting success with quitting.

Relapses happen, what can we learn from them?

The most important thing to recognize is that successfully implementing major behavioral changes, like recovering from addiction, is a long and winding road, and that very few people nail it on the first try. Studies show that eighty percent of alcoholics will drink again at least once, and between sixty and ninety percent of smokers will smoke again within a year of quitting, which shows that relapse tends to be the rule and not the exception. The good news? Those same studies show that there are at least two million more ex-smokers than current smokers in the country, and in one of the largest U.S. surveys of alcohol use, only one-quarter of the people addicted to alcohol were still drinking heavily the following year. Another study revealed that of a sample of cocaine addicts who had undergone treatment, more than half were still clean and sober five years later. It’s also important to remember that one slip-up doesn’t have to mean a complete and total relapse. Falling off the wagon can feel like you’ve canceled out all your hard work, but that kind of defeatist thinking just makes things worse. Instead of feeling guilty, try to think hard about how the relapse happened. What were you feeling? Who were you with? What had been happening in your life? This way, along with help from our Pasadena addiction treatment center, you can learn from your relapse and develop better techniques for anticipating, and therefore avoiding, another one.

Final word

The journey of completely kicking an addiction is one that may never be truly over. And that’s all right! What matters is you don’t let a relapse stop you from picking yourself back up and getting back on the wagon. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

What Happens When You Give Up Alcohol

Here are some things you can expect when you decide to stop drinking

Whether you feel like you’re just overdoing it on the drinking and want to stop before it becomes an issue or it has already become a problem that is affecting your work and personal relationships, giving up alcohol can be a difficult process, as it is still an extremely addictive substance. Nonetheless, there are so many benefits to giving up drinking that it is worth pushing through the pains of withdrawal. You’ll very quickly start to see how putting a stop to drinking can improve so many aspects of your life. However, there are some negative things to expect as well as your body adjusts to the lack of alcohol. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful overview of some of the things – good and bad – that you can expect when you give up alcohol.

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What you need to know

First, the bad news: There’s a strong chance you’ll be getting sugar cravings. The reason for this is that when you stop drinking, you’re denying your body a source of the “happy-making” chemical dopamine that it’s become used to getting from alcohol on a regular basis. With this sudden lack of a dopamine source, your body will more likely be making you reach for something sweet instead as a substitute. Another thing to expect is the difficulty while being around others who are drinking. If you’re just starting to kick the addiction, we recommend avoiding being around people who are drinking entirely. You’ll have to deal with the feeling of missing out, but being around people who are drinking, especially if you were frequently a social drinker before you quit, can drive you crazy with envy and desire for a drink and can make quitting that much harder.

But let’s move on to the good stuff: When you quit drinking, you’ll find yourself sleeping more soundly. While studies have found that alcohol may make you fall asleep more quickly, it disrupts the quality of sleep so you wake up feeling groggy and even more tired than when you went to bed. But when you stop drinking, quality of sleep improves, which not only is good news for your mood and concentration but your overall health in general. You’ll also find yourself losing weight without consuming all those extra carbs that hide in alcohol, especially sugary ones like margaritas and piña coladas. And a definite major bonus? You’ll have more money! Drinking, especially if you’re fond of expensive wine, scotch or whiskey, can leave you with an empty wallet. Take time to do the math and you’ll quickly realize that, while you may be missing out on those nights out, you’re saving yourself a bundle.

Final word

Quitting an addictive substance is never easy, but in the end, the benefits always outweigh any negative you might encounter. You’ll find yourself with an overall better quality of life and ensure that you’re there for the people you care about and who care about you. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!

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Why Meth Users Might Not Seek Rehabilitation Treatment

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Some psychology behind why people suffering addiction might deny themselves treatment

While it can often be difficult for people struggling with addiction to admit or even realize that they need help, a new study addresses another dimension of this: embarrassment. Coupled with the social stigma of abusing drugs, some people would rather deny themselves treatment than out themselves as someone wrestling with an addiction. In a study recently published in a journal called Drug and Alcohol Dependence analyzed barriers to treatment, in this case for methamphetamine specifically. While some of the other typical arguments were present in the study as well, such as the belief that help is not needed or the preference to simply withdraw from help, researchers were surprised at the level to which embarrassment and social stigma played a role in people refusing to seek treatment.

Too much shock tactics, not enough help

In recent years, both methamphetamine use and supply have escalated at an alarming rate that is cause for major concern. The study was carried in five different countries: Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and the United Kingdom. What the researchers found was that users who understood that they were addicted and may have even wanted to get treatment were so ashamed or felt the social stigma so strongly that in the end, they chose not to. Researchers also discovered that these feelings of shame were only exacerbated by media campaigns meant to curb drug usage. These advertising campaigns sensationalize the issues associated with meth use to the point where users are portrayed at best as criminals and at worst as something like animals, which only serves to hammer home the stigma of dealing with a methamphetamine addiction. Researchers came to the conclusion that these campaigns need to do a better job of not just using fear tactics to keep people from using meth, but also provide and emphasize treatment options that are available in order to be more useful to people who are currently using, as opposed to just scaring people off from doing it in the first place.

Final Word

It is absolutely a scary experience admitting that you have an addiction and need help overcoming it. It makes people vulnerable and brings them face to face with the stigma of addiction. But the benefits of getting help and treatment far outweigh the costs, and despite the social stigma present, you should never feel too ashamed to seek treatment, as it shows that you are actively trying to improve your life and make decisions in your best interest. If you are using methamphetamines or struggling with drug addiction in general, know that there are centers for treatment like Ridgeview Ranch that understand, and will do everything they can to help you get your life back on track. If you or a loved one is in need of help with substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here To Help!

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Is My Loved One an Addict?

Today is never too late to be brand new - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIn today’s society, drinking and using drugs is somewhat romanticized in the media. People of all ages, mainly those that are very impressionable, see various celebrities dabble with drugs, glorify copious amounts of drinking, going in and out of rehab as though it is simply a “normal” cycle, and people begin to think “Hmm, I’m okay. I don’t have a problem. It’s normal and possibly even cool”. Of course, that’s not to say that that is the sole cause of addiction; it’s an aid. Another wondrous aid– social media! It is the perfect outlet for people to paint a picture they want everyone to see– bottles on bottles in the VIP section, keg stands at tailgates, chugging from “fancy” bottles, etc. It’s difficult for some people to keep up (safely) with these pictures or differentiate perception versus reality. Some people are able to have one or two drinks and stop. Some people drink and their personalities don’t change except for an added tinge of happiness, but that is where they stop.

A person battling addiction doesn’t know when to stop. Once they have a sip– game on! You may notice your loved one drinking excessively and when they do, they are completely different people. There are many types of alcoholics, binge drinkers are just one of many varying forms. Drinking to the point of blacking out more than once in a month, is certainly not normal. If you cannot control yourself, and have absolutely no ability to stop yourself, you likely have a problem. Then you have the alcoholic that comes to most minds when the word alcoholic is said. The one that never stops drinking. From the second they wake up, to the minute they go to bed, they are deep into mass amounts of alcohol to keep from withdrawing. Once you become powerless to anything, you have no control. You can try everything to stop, and just can’t.

If your loved one is suffering from the disease of addiction, bombarding them with it constantly may push them away. They may begin to isolate and become distant. Their lives become a dark cave of lies, guilt, shame, hopelessness, and suffering. The people who love them; friends and family, suffer as well. There are tests they can take (see below), asking questions that may lead to the conclusion that maybe getting help is the next step. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Keeping yourself informed is the greatest way to help someone. Approach the situation from a sincere place. Knowledge is power, read about it, and ask about it.

H.O.P.E. - Hold On, Pain Ends - Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles, CAIf YOU think you are an addict and you don’t want anyone to know, and don’t know who to tell, or aren’t ready to stop, think about your life in the long term; will you live a deep and meaningful life that is not completely dependent on alcohol or drugs? Will you be able to develop and maintain successful relationships? Do you want the rest of your life, for your partner to be your drug of choice? Can you stop? Can you go months without it? Have you ever Googled “How can I get help” WHILE under the influence? Do you oftentimes find yourself waking up in the morning not wanting to talk to or see anyone because you are embarrassed about things you may have done or said the night before? Do you wake up worried about your drunken Facebook postings? If you’re answering yes to most of these, and you can relate to many of the things in this blog, call Ridgeview Ranch Treatment Center TODAY at (800) 296-1868 to speak confidentially with one of our recovery specialist, available 24/7, to answer your questions, provide you help and support and to guide you to a new life of healing and sobriety.

Remember, the first step towards a better life is admitting you have a problem! The rest will come and your life will start to change in beautiful ways. No one deserves a life of dependency and darkness. Live the life you deserve.

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Residential Treatment for Addictions

Ridgeview Ranch EastIn Residential Treatment, recovery is the sole focus of our client’s lives – this is what leads to long-term sobriety.

Addiction is chemical, psychological and behavioral.

Intensive and individualized Residential Treatment takes time [30 to 90 days or longer if necessary] after clients detox, to begin the psychological and emotional discovery of why they use. We help them discover and recover, in a positive way.

The body must first heal the damage, build back up and become physically strong. Our clients practice and participate in yoga, stress reduction, meditation, equine, art therapy, hypnotherapy as well as other therapeutic and holistic treatment to heal and calm the body and mind.

In conjunction, we help our clients rebuild their psychological and emotional health – to find the root of their addictions – so they become emotionally strong. We utilize Group Sessions, Coping Skills work, Relationship, Individual and Family Counseling and 12-Step/Concept meetings, and Education and Process Groups to build a firm psychological foundation for long-term sobriety.

Then, we help Transition [30 days or more – whatever time deemed necessary] clients back to their lives with Sober Living. Ridgeview Ranch provides individual, client and family After Care programs and Relapse Prevention Planning for one year after the client is discharged from residential treatment to help insure their long-term success.

Our Client’s Success is Our Success!