Action Recovery Group http://actiontreatment.com Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Ogden Utah Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:59:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Winter Blues and Help for Drug & Alcohol Addiction http://actiontreatment.com/2019/11/04/winter-blues-help-drug-alcohol-use Mon, 04 Nov 2019 23:05:43 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2106 Winter Blues and Help for Drug & Alcohol Addiction The cold, shorter hours of daylight, being cooped-up indoors. These and other aspects of winter can put many of us into a real "funk." In fact, the winter blues can turn into a serious mental state known as "Seasonal Affective Disorder" or SAD. If we're not [...]

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Winter Blues and Help for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

The cold, shorter hours of daylight, being cooped-up indoors. These and other aspects of winter can put many of us into a real “funk.” In fact, the winter blues can turn into a serious mental state known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD. If we’re not careful, winter can make us more vulnerable to relapsing back into drug and alcohol use. If you’re experiencing winter blues and need help for drug and alcohol addiction, we can help. First of all, there are some immediate tips you can put to work.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg’s Tips to Help with SAD

My friend, Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg, has four awesome tips to overcome this pesky disorder. These can help you to stay clean and sober this winter and during the holiday season!—http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/depression-management-techniques/201411/seasonal-affective-disorder-tips-overcome-the-disorder

You Can’t Break Out of Addiction by Yourself–and You Don’t Have to!

Sometimes, our seasonal depression can get the best of us and we turn to our “drug of choice” for escape and self-soothing. This temporary so-called “solution” can literally take over our minds. Before we know what’s happened, it can plunge us into a relapse crisis. We can’t climb out of our “addiction hole” without help! If you find yourself trapped, you don’t have to go it alone!

Here at Action, we’re all in our own successful long-term recoveries. We know what’s it’s like to be where you are now because we’ve been there! And we know HOW to help you heal and regain your freedom! If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, there are some very specific ways you can help them. Check out this article for some guidlines—http://actiontreatment.com/5-ways-to-help-a-loved-one-with-drug-or-alcohol-addiction

Don’t Put Off Getting Help Until After the New Year!

One challenge during this time of the year is to put off getting help until after the New Year. We may think, “I’m just too busy during the Holidays.” “I’ll wait until January to get some help.” The problem with this reasoning is that the Holidays can trigger and exaggerate drug and alcohol use. By the time January comes around, the addiction is worse than ever!

There’s no reason to “go-it-alone” during this tough time of year. You don’t have to wait to get the help you need. Come in and sit down with us and we’ll help you create an action plan to get and stay sober–for life!

 

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Becoming the Person I Drank to Be http://actiontreatment.com/2019/10/16/becoming-the-person-i-drank-to-be Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:21:59 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2781 Drug and Alcohol Addiction Deceive Us!  Early in the recovery process, a common challenge is giving up the booze or drugs that your "addict brain" convinced you were necessary to "be all that you could be." Often an addict will make comments like, "When I drink I'm the life of the party! But when I'm [...]

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction Deceive Us! 

Early in the recovery process, a common challenge is giving up the booze or drugs that your “addict brain” convinced you were necessary to “be all that you could be.” Often an addict will make comments like, “When I drink I’m the life of the party! But when I’m sober I’m shy and scared.” Or this one—”When I’m high I’m fearless in hooking up with girls (or guys), but sober I’m a coward.” Too often, drinking and using are seen as the “magic elixir” that turns a shy mortal into a social super hero!

Sobriety & Recovery Allow You to Grow into Your True Self!

The problem is, the magical transformation only lasts a few hours or a night, and then comes tomorrow and the “old” you with all of your fears, anxieties, inadequacies, etc. What’s so amazing about addiction treatment and recovery is that many people find they can actually grow into the person they always drank or used to become—they can actually do it as part of a very healthy, natural evolving process. And guess what—when you naturally grow into your “real self” sober, it doesn’t disappear the next morning—it’s actually you! And others in recovery discover that who they thought they wanted to be was a “false self” that wasn’t them at all!

Check out this great blog article by a recovering addict who found she could become her authentic self without the crutch of using—https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/after-party-chat/201510/becoming-the-person-i-drank-be

If you or someone you love needs help breaking free from drug or alcohol addiction so you or they can step into your truest and highest self, reach out to us for a free professional addiction assessment at our Intensive Outpatient facility in South Ogden.

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Loving an Addict—Honeymoon & Hurricane! http://actiontreatment.com/2019/09/11/loving-an-addict-hurricane-honeymoon Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:30:33 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2765 When you love someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, your relationship can often feel like a cycle between honeymoons and hurricanes! We're heading into the hurricane season here in the U.S. Imagine one day you're enjoying the beautiful weather of early fall—blue skies, a gentle breeze, moderate temperatures. Then suddenly, you get news [...]

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When you love someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, your relationship can often feel like a cycle between honeymoons and hurricanes! We’re heading into the hurricane season here in the U.S. Imagine one day you’re enjoying the beautiful weather of early fall—blue skies, a gentle breeze, moderate temperatures. Then suddenly, you get news that a hurricane is brewing offshore. You hunker down and brace yourself for the worst and hope you’ll survive! Sometimes the damage is minor, while other times the aftermath is a disaster, leaving you to clean up a huge mess and try to recover from the physical, financial and emotional trauma!

Loving someone who struggles with addiction can be like this. One moment things are good, or even “honeymoon-like.” Then suddenly the weather changes and before you know it, you’re in the middle of an emotional and relational hurricane! Afterward, once again you find yourself trying to recover as you “clean up the mess.”

If this sounds all too familiar, check out an article from PsychCentral. It’s called, The Hurricane and the Honeymoon. It could give you some insights into helping your loved one and yourself get off the addiction roller coaster ride!—http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-hurricane-and-the-honeymoon/

If you or someone you love needs help breaking free from addiction, come in and see us for a free clinical addiction assessment today!

Don’t miss our last blog post—http://actiontreatment.com/2019/09/03/4-utah-drug-statistics-didnt-know

 

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4 Utah Drug Statistics You Didn’t Know http://actiontreatment.com/2019/09/03/4-utah-drug-statistics-didnt-know Tue, 03 Sep 2019 18:50:10 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=3049 When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, Utah is not typically a state most people across the U.S. think of as having a serious problem. But there's four statistics about Utah's drug abuse problem that may shock you. Check out this article from Alpine Recovery Lodge: https://www.alpinerecoverylodge.com/utah-drug-abuse-statistics/ If you or someone you love is [...]

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When it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, Utah is not typically a state most people across the U.S. think of as having a serious problem. But there’s four statistics about Utah’s drug abuse problem that may shock you. Check out this article from Alpine Recovery Lodge: https://www.alpinerecoverylodge.com/utah-drug-abuse-statistics/

If you or someone you love is hopelessly schackled in the chains of drug or alcohol addiction, there is world-class AFFORDABLE help right here in South Ogden Utah! Call our office for a free Clinical Assessment and Recovery Consultation.

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Date a Recovering Addict? http://actiontreatment.com/2019/08/07/date-a-recovering-addict Wed, 07 Aug 2019 18:24:15 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=1984 The baggage a recovering addict brings to any relationship can seem a bit overwhelming, but the truth is, an addict who has been through recovery may actually have some pretty impressive new credentials that might prove predictive of a very bright future. I mean, how many men and women have spent weeks, even months learning [...]

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The baggage a recovering addict brings to any relationship can seem a bit overwhelming, but the truth is, an addict who has been through recovery may actually have some pretty impressive new credentials that might prove predictive of a very bright future. I mean, how many men and women have spent weeks, even months learning about how to hone their relationship skills; to communicate more effectively; setting personal boundaries, while respecting the boundaries of others?

How many of us NOT struggling with addiction have attended groups and classes where the requirements for advancement are based on honesty, openness, and willingness to share? Before saying “No,” to dating a recovering addict out of the gate, you might want to take another look. The armor might be a bit rusty, but he might just be one of the most “put together individuals you’ll ever meet.” Check out this eye-opening article from Psychology Today— Dating a recovering addict: Match-Maker or Deal-Breaker?

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Adrenaline Junkies have Higher Addiction Rates! http://actiontreatment.com/2019/07/29/adrenaline-junkies-have-higher-addiction-rates Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:01:39 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2730 Did you know that people who seek high-sensation experiences are more vulnerable to substance abuse? Why? It all has to do with a powerful neurochemical known as "adrenaline." Adrenaline Rush We're all familiar with adrenaline. It's released whenever we feel strong emotions like excitement, danger or fear. An "adrenaline rush" occurs when our body senses [...]

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Did you know that people who seek high-sensation experiences are more vulnerable to substance abuse? Why? It all has to do with a powerful neurochemical known as “adrenaline.”

Adrenaline Rush

We’re all familiar with adrenaline. It’s released whenever we feel strong emotions like excitement, danger or fear. An “adrenaline rush” occurs when our body senses danger and goes into its “fight or flight” mode. This is a normal part of life. But, some people seek for high-sensation activities. We often refer to these individuals as “adrenaline junkies.” The downside to this tendency is that these people are far more likely to fall into the trap of drug and alcohol addiction!

Higher Addiction Rates

Check out this fascinating article in Psychology Today and see if you and someone you love is is addicted to adrenaline and as a result is more vulnerable to substance abuse—https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-choice/201508/can-you-be-addicted-adrenaline

If you or someone you care about is struggling under the heavy burden of drug of alcohol addiction, take the first step on your path to breaking free—come in for a free Clinical Addiction Assessment and find out your best options for moving forward.

Don’t miss our last article—http://actiontreatment.com/2017/08/02/4-utah-drug-statistics-didnt-know/

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How Can You Tell if a Loved One is Abusing Pain Pills? http://actiontreatment.com/2019/07/16/pain_pill_addiction Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:26:43 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2649 How does opioid addiction get started? Pain pill addiction and accidental ODs in the U.S. are common, and in fact have reached epidemic levels. The crazy thing is how these addictions get started. The Mayo Clinic did a study on how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller went on to get hooked on long-term prescriptions. [...]

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How does opioid addiction get started?

Pain pill addiction and accidental ODs in the U.S. are common, and in fact have reached epidemic levels. The crazy thing is how these addictions get started. The Mayo Clinic did a study on how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller went on to get hooked on long-term prescriptions. The number is 1 in 4! The study also found that people who smoke or abuse drugs are the most likely to abuse painkillers long-term.

How can you tell if a loved one is abusing pain pills?

The worst part about the pain pill addiction trend is that more people are experiencing fatal overdoses from opioid painkillers than heroin and cocaine combined! So how do you protect your family from this crazy epidemic? How can you tell if a love one is abusing pain pills and is on the path toward addiction or already hooked? Check out this guide from the Mayo Clinic—https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/prescription-drug-abuse/in-depth/how-to-tell-if-a-loved-one-is-abusing-opioids/art-20386038

If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription painkiller addiction, come in for a free Addiction Assessment and let us help you determine the most effective path forward.

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200 Years of Drug Use in America! http://actiontreatment.com/2019/07/03/200-years-of-drug-use-in-america Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:47:22 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2387 We often think of substance abuse and drug addiction as something that really got going in the 1960s and continued to the present day. But drug addiction has been around for a long, long time. Check out this cool study by recovery.org where they track the use of substance abuse and addiction related words across [...]

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We often think of substance abuse and drug addiction as something that really got going in the 1960s and continued to the present day. But drug addiction has been around for a long, long time. Check out this cool study by recovery.org where they track the use of substance abuse and addiction related words across 200 years of American history—https://www.dualdiagnosis.org/alcohol-addiction/historical-figures-and-addiction/

Whether drug and alcohol addiction are an “old problem” or a new one, it doesn’t change the fact that they wreck havoc on the lives of the addicts and their families. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the last two centuries. If you or someone you care about is trapped in addiction, get into Action Recovery for a free Clinical Addiction Assessment. Our professional team will help you determine the very best course of action to break free and starting living life again!

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“God Don’t Make No Junk!”—Standing Up for Yourself in Recovery. http://actiontreatment.com/2019/06/18/god-dont-make-no-junk-standing-up-for-yourself-in-recovery Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:05:04 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2062 One of the great challenges in drug and alcohol addiction recovery is the shame we feel when we consider all that we have lost to addiction, and how we have hurt those we love. Facing up to and feeling legitimate remorse for past mistakes can be very healthy, especially when this feeling motivates us to [...]

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One of the great challenges in drug and alcohol addiction recovery is the shame we feel when we consider all that we have lost to addiction, and how we have hurt those we love. Facing up to and feeling legitimate remorse for past mistakes can be very healthy, especially when this feeling motivates us to make amends and change our lives for the better. But, when healthy remorse turns into Toxic Shame, this dark feeling can actually drive us back to addiction. Healthy remorse says, “I have made a mistake.” Toxic shame on the other hand tells us, “I AM a mistake.”

Remember, what you “do” does not determine your innate value and worth. Yes, the poor choices we make in pursuing addiction bring severe consequences and pain. And yes, we must consistently engage in the enormous work of recovery to reclaim our lives. BUT, self-flogging, self-loathing and self-hatred will only keep us down and increase the odds that we will return to old unwanted behaviors. So remember, YOU ARE SOMEBODY, ‘CAUSE GOD DON’T MAKE NO JUNK!”

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From Heroin Using Bank Robber to Family Man http://actiontreatment.com/2019/06/11/from-heroin-using-bank-robber-to-family-man Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:07:38 +0000 http://actiontreatment.com/?p=2427 Every day at Action Recovery Group we see small miracles—individuals who have struggled for years with drug or alcohol addiction—starting to get their lives back, one-step-at-a-time. Many come into our drug and alcohol rehab program with a trail of wreckage in their past drinking and using lives—damage to health, family, friends and relationships; loss of [...]

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Every day at Action Recovery Group we see small miracles—individuals who have struggled for years with drug or alcohol addiction—starting to get their lives back, one-step-at-a-time. Many come into our drug and alcohol rehab program with a trail of wreckage in their past drinking and using lives—damage to health, family, friends and relationships; loss of jobs, dropped out of school, went to jail, and the list goes on. The miracle of recovery is that no matter what has happened in the past, there are ALWAYS positive possibilities for the future.

Check out a story not unlike many we see with our clients at Action. This one is about a heroin using bank robber who got into recovery and turned his life around to become a family man—http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/30/health/sideri-heroin-addiction-recovery-irpt/

 

Don’t miss our last blog post—http://actiontreatment.com/2017/06/14/tough-love-saves-an-addicts-life/

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