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5 Great Reasons to Seek Drug Rehab

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Once you admit that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, the next step is to seek treatment from a licensed addiction treatment center. Some people think that there is some benefit in waiting, but this is not true. Waiting to get help gives you more time to use drugs and alcohol and puts your health at risk. This is why when interventions are staged, the family is encouraged to have a treatment facility picked out for immediate rehabilitation.

It’s normal to have reservations about going to rehab, but it’s the best chance you have at fighting the addiction and reclaiming your life. Here are five great reasons to seek drug and alcohol treatment.

  1. Discover the “Why”

Do you ever wonder why it was YOU that became addicted? You’ve probably seen other people drink or use drugs on occasion, but they didn’t get hooked. Why did you? During individual counseling, you can discover the answer to this question. It might not be black and white, but you can gain insight and address issues that may be going on.

  1. Repair Relationships

Addiction affects those around you. It’s an isolating disease, so your mind might be tricking you into thinking that you are happiest alone. The truth is, we are social creatures and benefit from personal interaction. Going to rehab allows you to practice social skills like honesty, forgiveness, listening and trust. Choose a rehab center that offers family and group counseling services.

  1. Become Financially Stable

Some addicts worry about the cost of treatment, but continuing to use drugs and alcohol ends up costing more. A lot more. You’re spending money on these substances plus putting your job at risk. If you end up losing your job, you could end up on the streets. And, if you get caught using drugs, you’ll end up with hefty fines, lawyer fees and possibly jail time.

  1. Create Distance from Your Situation

Chances are, your friends are a lot like you and use drugs and alcohol to have fun, cope with problems and more. If you don’t break away from these friends, it’s almost impossible to stop using yourself. Seeking out-of-state treatment removes you from toxic situations. You can distance yourself, achieve sobriety and stop the cycle. When you return home, you must be diligent about staying away and making new friends.

  1. Get a Fresh Start

Drugs and alcohol do not have to consume your life any longer. By getting clean and sober, you save your life and give yourself a brand new start. Many recovering addicts who have gone through the 12 steps find themselves living happier, healthier lives than before their addictions. In other words, you won’t just be living. You will be flourishing.

Are you ready to start your journey to sobriety? Call The River Source to learn more about our integrative treatment programs that address drug and alcohol addictions.

5 Ways to Discover Your Purpose in Life

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Do you have a sense of purpose?

For some recovering addicts, a sense of purpose can seem out of reach. This usually happens because addicts are isolated from other people. They cannot imagine themselves helping others or making a difference in the world because drugs or alcohol consume them. Even something simple like arriving to a family event on time can be a challenge.

When you begin treatment, one of the things you will cover is your purpose in life. What special gifts or talents do you have? What types of goals do you want to accomplish?

Everyone has a purpose in this life. Finding it may take some work, though. Below we share five ways to discover your life purpose.

1. Follow your hobbies.

One of the best ways to find what motivates you is by following your hobbies. What types of activities do you enjoy? Some people love to be outdoors – hiking, biking or walking through the trails. Others prefer indoor activities that use the mind and hands such as knitting or painting. Your hobbies tell a lot about who you are as a person and where you find meaning in life.

2. Ask others about your special qualities.

Another way to find your passions is to ask those closest to you what they appreciate most. Are you honest and truthful? Do you have a “way” with children or animals? Is your spirit comforting and genuine? The same “you” is still in there, so find out what loved ones value most about you. These reminders help you reconnect with your true self and find happiness.

3. Read nonfiction books and write narratives.

Reading and writing encourage you to think differently about yourself. Dig into books and put yourself in the shoes of the main characters. As you see meaning in their lives, you may be able to see it in your own. Or, try writing a narrative about your life. What types of things have you done that have helped others? What strengths do you have? How can you apply these strengths to the real world?

4. Volunteer your time in the community.

There is nothing better than rolling up your sleeves and helping others. You can then see what gives you the feeling of, “This is where I’m supposed to be.” Communities have endless ways to give back such as by helping out at animal shelters, food pantries and homeless centers. If you’re more of an introvert, consider planting trees or cleaning up trash at the local parks. The more activities you try, the more you can find what speaks to your heart.

5. Ask what qualities you enjoy giving most.

The way others see you is important, but what’s more important is the way you see yourself. What qualities do you enjoy giving to the world most? Is it love and joy? Patience and understanding? Peace and acceptance? When you identify your qualities, think about how you express them. For example, to be patient and understanding, you must be a good listener and non-judgemental.

Are you ready to find your purpose in life? It all starts with getting clean and sober. Call The River Source to learn about our substance abuse recovery programs that include detox, counseling and continuing care.

Everything You Need to Know about JUULing

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JUULing is a form of vaping that is becoming increasingly prevalent among high schoolers and young adults. It’s highly addictive yet marketed as a safe and classy way to smoke nicotine. The product is even cleverly disguised as “healthier” because it is made with “nicotine salts” rather than “free-base nicotine.” The slim design and pod flavors (i.e., Mango, Creme Brulee, Fruit Medley) also add to the appeal.

Unfortunately, young people are often clueless as to what they are inhaling when they use JUUL. Research from Truth Initiative found that 25% of 15-to-24-year-olds do not consider JUULing to be the same as vaping. Many are also unaware of what they are putting into their bodies. The JUUL website shares that each pod contains 200 puffs, which is the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes.

Don’t be fooled by JUUL pods. Know what they are, their addictive nature and how to keep impressionable teens away.

What Does JUUL Look Like?

The official JUUL consists of a slim vaporizer and disposable pods that contain the nicotine juice. The pods come in different colors based on their flavor, such as bright green for Cool Cucumber and orange for Mango. The vaporizer is charged on a laptop or USB port.

When using JUUL, the device heats up the nicotine and creates a vapor. This vapor is then inhaled by the user, producing a slight buzz. Over time, e-cigarette users become addicted to the nicotine and need more and more to feed the habit.

JUUL is the king of e-cigarettes, but there are others out there, including KandyPens, My Von Erl and the V2 Pro Series.

What are the Dangers of Vaping?

No e-cigarette product should ever be considered safe, even though the branding may tell you otherwise. Nicotine is addictive and can negatively impact a developing brain. You may notice that your teen is acting out or having difficulty concentrating in school because of nicotine.

Other health concerns include:

Cracking Down on JUULing

It’s understandable why JUULing is appealing to kids. The streamlined design and fun flavors make the habit look like harmless fun. E-cigarettes are also easy to conceal, so teens can bring them along and share them with friends. The only thing that may keep young adults away is the price of JUULs. A starter kit costs around $50 and a pack of four pods is $16.

The best thing parents, caregivers and loved ones can do is talk to young adults about this dangerous and highly addictive habit. JUULing is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes – plain and simple.

How Quickly Can You Get Into Rehab?

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Once your loved one agrees to get help for their substance abuse problem, how long does it take to get into an Arizona rehab? For some people, treatment does not start right away. The main reason why this happens is that nearby detox facilities might not have spaces available. Not only are more people suffering from addiction, but also more people have insurance.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a good thing, especially because it covers at least some treatment for substance abuse. However, it also means that more people have insurance and can seek professional care. Playing the waiting game is dangerous. Getting help as quickly as possible is what can make the difference between using again and not.

Let’s review a few of the barriers to getting treatment and how you can help your loved one start their recovery sooner.

Location

The availability of treatment is dependent on where you live. Based on SAMHSA data from 2012, some states have no waiting lists – Connecticut, Indiana and Georgia. Other states – Arizona, California, Illinois – have long waiting lists of 100 days. Some states fall in between – Alabama, Colorado, Delaware – at approximately 10-50 days.

What happens if you live in a state like Arizona where the wait times are longer? Does this mean that you have to wait several months for professional attention? Not necessarily.

The River Source is one of the Arizona treatment centers that may be able to take your loved one on the same day. Our facility makes it a priority to have open beds for the patients who need it most. We can also arrange for transportation. Please call us in advance so that we can discuss your loved one’s needs.

Insurance Coverage

The type of insurance you have also plays a big role in how quickly you can get someone into treatment. The ACA does allow treatment for people with addiction or mental illness, but it’s not as easy as it looks. It’s common for insurance plans to limit or refuse treatment.

Even if insurance does agree, the stipulations might look something like this: X number of days for detox, Y number of days for treatment and everything subject to “medical necessity.” Unfortunately, what the insurance company considers to be necessary is not the same as the general public.

Work and Family

Another barrier that many addicts face is work and family obligations. Addicts often have to scramble to find care for children, pets and their home while they’re away. They might have a job that they’re worried about or school that requires full-time attention. Entering a restrictive Arizona drug rehab may be off the table for some.

In this instance – if the addict really has no one to hold down the fort while they are gone – we recommend an outpatient program. This at least gives the person some structure and support as they recover from the addiction. It’s not enough for everyone, but it’s better than nothing.

Admitting that you need help takes a lot of courage. Take the appropriate steps to ensure that your loved one can start their recovery right away. Call The River Source to learn about immediate options.

Signs Your College Student Has a Drinking Problem

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Sending your child off to college is a bittersweet moment. While you’re happy and excited for your child, you can’t help but worry about what they might run into. You are a parent, after all, and this doesn’t go away because your college student isn’t living at home. But, what happens when these normal fears are true? How do you handle a child that comes home on break and appears to have a drinking problem?

Signs of a Drinking Problem in College

Here are a few signs that your college student may have a problem with alcohol.

Skipping Classes

College is different from middle school and high school in the fact that the classes aren’t free. While college students rarely understand the true costs of college – until they are given their tuition bill – most recognize that they are paying to be there. If your child starts skipping class, it’s a sign that something isn’t right.

Difficult to Connect With

No longer are parents and children reliant on pay phones or pagers to talk to each other. Between social media, email, text and talking on the phone, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with your child. Understandably, your college student might not feel comfortable having two-hour heart-to-hearts with you, but they should be easy to reach.

Sleeping During the Day

Another warning sign of a possible alcohol problem is sleeping during the day. Sure, college students are known for pulling all-nighters, but this happens sometimes. If your child seems tired all the time, and this behavior is coupled with staying out all night, dig deeper into the reasons why this is the case. As noisy as dorms can be, even young people need their beauty rest.

Feelings of Hopelessness

What makes identifying an addiction in college students difficult is that the parents aren’t there. You can’t possibly know everything that is going on. While you don’t want to drive yourself crazy over-analyzing everything, you do want to be vigilant. If you find that your child is constantly feeling helpless, homeless and homesick, they could be struggling with something more.

Other conditions share the same symptoms as what’s listed above, so it’s crucial that you talk with your child and try to get as much information as possible. If you don’t think it’s alcohol causing the issues, it’s possible that depression is to blame. However, if you know that alcohol is at the root of your child’s academic and social issues, please call The River Source. We work with individuals 18 years and over and can help your child.

How to Talk to Your College Student About Drugs and Alcohol

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The start of college is an exciting time for a young adult. However, many college students have extra time on their hands, as well as exposure to drugs and alcohol. Although most students are aware of the negative physical effects of drugs and alcohol, many don’t know of the legal, social and academic consequences that can occur.

As a parent, you must realize that college students, particularly first-year students, are at an increased risk for alcohol-related problems. This increased risk comes from the availability of alcohol, the absence of parents and the desire to fit in.

With colleges and universities opening their doors in just a few short weeks, now is a great time to talk with your child about substance abuse. These conversations can be uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have them. Young people need to know the dangers associated with recreational drug use.

Start the Conversation 

Here are a few tips for starting the conversation with your child.

  • Ask the right questions. Get a feel for how your child will handle drugs and alcohol in the college environment. How will they decide whether or not to drink? What happens if they find a student passed out by the bathroom? What if they find themselves at a party with only alcohol to drink?

  • Set realistic expectations. Let your child know what you expect from them in terms of grades and behavior. It’s recommended that you stay in close contact for the first six weeks, as this is when college students are most vulnerable.

  • Know the consequences. It’s important for students to know the legal consequences of getting caught with a fake ID, drinking underage or driving intoxicated. College campuses also have their own set of rules for underage drinking.

  • Define high-risk drinking. There is a difference between having one drink (after a meal, at the age of 21) compared to drinking to intoxication. Taking shots, chugging beer, playing drinking games and more are all done to get drunk.

  • Examine your values. What types of messages does your family send about drinking and drug use? Avoid telling stories that glorify drug or alcohol use, as this could set the wrong impression.

  • Encourage intervention. It’s hard for young people to go against the crowd, but someone has to. Encourage your child to intervene when someone needs help, such as when they are passed out or unconscious.

  • Know the scene. For young people, it can feel like “everyone” is using drugs or alcohol. As adults, we know this is exaggerated. Help your child understand that it’s okay to resist the peer pressure.

  • Keep in touch. Most importantly, keep in touch with your college student. Set up times to connect, and be on alert for changes in their personality or behavior. If you recognize anything out of the ordinary, encourage your child to use the resources on campus.

This is a pivotal time in your child’s life – and yours! Make the transition smoother by having this conversation early on, keeping the lines of communication open and staying alert for potential problems.