Recovery for Chemical Dependent Pregnant Women

Substance addiction level depends from person to person which makes recovery for chemical dependent individuals hard enough to achieve, even with the help of experts. Think about how harder it will be if that individual is carrying a child within her womb. Pregnant women then are in line of higher risks, and so are their unborn children.

According to the reports of National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 15%-20% of users are pregnant women. For them, harmful effects can multiply faster.  Out of all users, pregnant women are argued to need the fastest medical attention. Unluckily, the rate of pregnant women who receives the necessary treatment for chemical dependency is low. In fact, the 2013 date of Treatment Episode Data Sets (TEDS) stated that pregnant women aged 15 to 44 who were admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities is approximately 4.4% and 4.8% from 2000 to 2010.

Drug addiction treatment for pregnant women are similar with the traditional or evidence-based programs but has added special care and medical supervision in order to meet the needs of the mother and the baby. Customized recovery programs are conducted to ensure the safety of the mother and her young. Here are the basic stages that pregnant women go through at most recovery centers are…

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Common Mistakes in Recovery Programs

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Many recovering individuals may take multiple addiction treatment attempts in order to get well. Going to rehab once, twice, or even three times is a common story. However, that is definitely not a normal sequence of events considering that treatment centers are supposed to provide patients with recovery success during their first stay. So why do some people need more than one trip to rehab? Before deciding to give up due to the accumulation of disappointments, get to know these few possible mistakes that could have hampered the success of every recovery:

  1. Incorrect comprehension of addiction

Brain chemistry is completely altered due to prolonged use of drugs and it can take several weeks, months, or even years just to reverse the damages which have been done. In essence, there is absolutely no quick fix for addiction because it is a relapsing and chronic disease. Going to treatment for 10 to 25 days and expecting to be completely healed is unrealistic.

The longer one stays in rehab means better chances of obtaining complete and lasting recovery. This is a general rule which needs to be taken into consideration when entering a treatment center.

  1. Erroneous selection of a Treatment Center and Treatment Type

Not all treatment centers provide the same evidence-based treatment approach. In fact, a reliable survey reported that out of ten people who need addiction treatment attention, only one person gets the help they need and there is no guarantee that they will receive top of the line treatment.

Some treatment centers offer only short-term treatment performed by inexperienced staff members. Also, treatment centers’ approaches to addiction can be outdated and do more harm to patients than good.

Depression and other mental disorders are also some of the complications which most patients suffer from that significantly increases the risk for relapse if not properly treated. The best way to handle such a case is through a specialized co-occurring disorder treatment which addresses all the influencing factors.

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Top 7 Things You Should Not Miss in Drinking

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Hey sober guy, do you remember that night you are smashed and out of your mind? Obviously, you can’t because you are too intoxicated to recollect the events that happened. Do you remember how wasted you are the moment you woke up?

Individuals with alcoholism problems face the common and typical type of events after getting drunk like loss of personal belongings, severe hangover, no memory of the night before, and regrets of overspending, in no particular order. Not only that, imagine the amount of risks you are putting in the line just because you indulge yourself with too much alcohol? Where am I getting at? I can sense that you’ve been missing drinking, and let me tell you there are a lot of things that you would definitely not miss in taking alcohol.

  • Your Physical Appearance. Do you know how many calories a bottle of alcohol contains? Well, that depends on the drink, but it doesn’t matter. Excessive alcohol consumption can make you look undesirable by developing unwanted fats in your body and giving you a yellowish skin tone.
  • A Dreadful Hangover the Moment You Wake Up. Do you really miss that? A migraine, headache, and brain damage rolled into one serious case of hangover. Aren’t you glad that you stopped saying “I’m never drinking again” and repeating it every morning that you nurse a hangover? Bad drunks say that. The key is to really do it and not just say it.
  • Damage or Lost Personal Belongings. Due to the intoxication brought by alcohol, you either become extremely clumsy or awfully aggressive. These only show that you have a tendency to misplace something or break something of value to you. Take a look at the dresses you’ve manage to ruin when you spilled something on it. Or guys, the wallets you’ve lost or wristwatches that you’ve broken.

Memory Loss. Do you actually remember everything you’ve done the night before? There are many things that happened that you clearly don’t remember. Do you…

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Things You Need to Know in the Starting Point of Sobriety

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It is not an easy task to achieve sobriety because it is a life-long journey. You may feel frustrated about the situation, encounter urges and cravings to use again, or even experience relapse every once in a while. Don’t get upset about it because life is as smooth as a chunky peanut butter. No one, not even the experts, expects you to have a smooth recovery but everyone will know that you have a story to tell about a bumpy one. Haven’t you wished anyone told you how hard it will be in the first months of your recovery? Here’s some of what you should expect:

  • Seeking help is a badge of bravery. Many of you will think that it is better do things on your own, though it isn’t. Asking for help doesn’t make you a weak person but a strong one because you are asking the people you love and experts to help you become a better person. It is a sign that you truly want to be sober and not just go in the cycle of relapse and recovery.
  • There is danger in complacency. Feeling too confident about your recovery? Think again. Aftercare programs are there to help you adjust in your new life, just because you think you can make it on your own doesn’t mean you really can. There is a difference between arrogance and truly knowing where you stand in recovery.

A bad hair day is a bad hair day. There are days that will be worse than others and it’s okay to just let it be. Life uncontrollable. It’s not just you who experience it, but people with normal lives, odd jobs, and even students. It’s life simple way of telling us that…

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Fears in Sobriety and their Countermeasures

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What are the substance users afraid of? What makes them contemplate and reconsider recovery? There are simple responses to these questions but it was never easy to just answer it. Why?  Because most of the time, these users don’t really know what they should be afraid of.

Fear is an emotion no one wants to encounter, especially for a number of people who had just gone through a draining detox and withdrawal process. It comes in different times and when everyone least expects it. Being terrified is normal, but letting it rule life is not. Everybody suffers from fear of change at some point in their lives, but it is more distressing for those who want to be sober. Yet, wanting the changes towards sobriety which is the first step towards recovery is a different story. Here are some of the classic fears substance abuse patients have gone through and their countermeasures:

  • Fear of being Abandoned and Rejected

Everyone has been afraid to be abandoned or rejected especially on time of need. Many have dreaded the thought of having no one to rely on or not having someone in their life that will be able to understand them. The thing is fear is an emotion made up by the mind that holds ones back by clouding his mind with terror. There is no dismissal and desertion when asking the right people – family, friends, loved ones, and even experts.

  • Fear of Thinking it will be a Vain Attempt

This is a result of lacking confidence and belief that one will be able to make it. There is nothing anyone can do for a person if he won’t believe and try his hardest to make his attempts a story of success. It is a matter of having faith and self-assurance that one will be able to make it through. The key is to persevere, be diligent, be determined, and to never give up. Always remember that, no matter how…

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Cirrhosis: Disease of the Liver

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We could say that alcohol consumption has been a part of several Americans’ daily lives. Though there are strict laws and policies the citizens need to comply with in order to continually use, it hasn’t stopped them from drinking, has it? It is because occasional drink or two isn’t really harmful. The only negative effects brought by alcohol are a result of binge drinking or alcohol abuse. Which in the long run, it may lead to diseases in several parts of the body – the brain, the liver, the heart, along with many others.

Cirrhosis, being one of the ailments caused by excessive consumption of alcohol is a disease of the liver. It is one of the most serious forms of Alcohol Liver Disease (ALD) and a cause of several deaths. In cirrhosis, normal liver tissues are replaced by scar tissues that disrupt the blood from through the liver, preventing it from working properly. Before passing the blood to the rest of the body, the lives must perform its main function – to filter the blood that comes from the digestive tract.

Sign and Symptoms

  • Yellow discoloration (skin and eyes)
  • Spider-like veins appear on skin
  • Fatigue, nausea, and vomiting
  • Appetite and weight loss
  • Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
  • Swelling and numbness in feet and legs
  • Memory loss and confusion

Treatments for Cirrhosis and its Complications

Cirrhosis is a treatable disease as long as patients have been diagnosed in its early stage. All the same, it will require the patient determination and perseverance…

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Sobriety Coins: Token of Hope

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Sobriety chips are awarded to members of recovery groups to represent a certain period of time that they have been sober from their addictions.  It is given to symbolize that they have accomplished being sober within a certain time frame, and that it is possible. It’s been popular these days, but what do they really represent?

Is there a purpose?

The chips have three purposes:

  • To encourage long-lasting sobriety. These chips represent numbers that are very important to those who are doing their best to stay sober. It signifies the amount of willpower it took for them to not return to their old habits. It embodies their commitment to their new lives.
  • To celebrate hardships. It is to add to the many other reasons to gather their family and be with them at this point in their lives. It shows that they have their families as support systems that will be with them in every step of their lifelong journey to sobriety.a token of hope for long-lasting recovery
  • To show everyone that there is a possibility of long-term sobriety. Many people think that this is to show the newcomers (people who just recently became sober) that there is a possibility of lasting sobriety. But what they forgot is that it is also for those people who reached their…

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