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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Are Video Games Really Addictive?

are video games really addictive?
While the American Medical Association has yet to identify gaming addiction as a diagnosable disorder, compulsive video game use has become a widespread epidemic. Stories abound on the web of gamers who have become obsessed, relinquishing normal life pursuits to continue playing. Anecdotes by self-identified gamers and their families have led scientists to conduct increasing research on the subject, and health professionals are developing programs for treatment. According to many, excessive gaming delivers a rush similar to drug and alcohol addiction.

“I like to play games a lot, but how do I know if I’m addicted?” 

For many young people, video gaming starts as a simple social activity. However, as playing begins to consume more and more time and attention, it becomes isolating, preoccupying, and results in these addictive behaviors:

Playing for longer & longer periods of time. 

Gamers report that they often neglect their responsibilities to have more time to play video games. They seem to be immune to the threat of job loss or failure in school, opting instead to immerse themselves in the game.

Neglecting sleep, nourishment & personal care. 

Chronic gamers neglect their health and well-being. Families report preparing meals that go uneaten, even when set within easy reach. Often, gamers fail to do even the most basic personal tasks like bathing, dressing and brushing their teeth or hair. Long hours at the game screen result in health problems like chronic headache, backache, and sleep deprivation.

Choosing the game over real life. 

For young people who are still developing social skills, video game addiction can have grave and long-lasting consequences. Rather than participating in activities that form healthy relationships with peers, they may choose to isolate themselves with their game personas. They never give themselves an opportunity to mature and learn to interact with friends and family.

Can Treatment Help? 

Breaking the cycle of video game addiction can be done, but like other compulsive behaviors, it may require professional help. For some gamers, it is as easy as unplugging the computer and reconnecting with family and friends. For others, 12-step programs and cognitive behavior therapy may provide the answer. Long-time gamers sometimes need help learning the social skills and nutritional habits they failed to develop during adolescence.

Young adults respond especially well to wilderness therapy addiction programs like Red Oak Recovery®. Our credentialed addiction specialists also offer nutritional therapy and life skills training, in addition to clinical guidance and support. Call 866-831-9107 to learn how we can help you or a loved one escape the tyranny of addiction and learn to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mantras For Addiction Recovery

mantras for addiction recovery
While the word mantra originated as a Hindu “sacred utterance," people use mantras every day to guide their efforts at home, at work, and at school. The popular culture definition of mantra has evolved to mean repetitive slogan, personal truth, or structured thought. Adopting one or more mantras as part of your addiction recovery experience is a focused way to achieve your objectives and remain motivated. Words have a powerful way of changing behaviors, thought patterns, and emotions over time. Consider mantras a tool in your toolbox: useful for chanting when you are tempted to use or for achieving focused calm during meditation.

Mantras for Drug & Alcohol Treatment 

I am a worthwhile, deserving person. By undervaluing themselves, addicts spiral into a dangerous pattern of self-deprecation and low self-esteem. Use this mantra as a reminder that you are lovable, valuable, and deserving of wellness and joy.

I am in control of my life. At first, these words may seem hollow. After all, most addicts feel as if their lives are spinning out of control with drugs and alcohol in the driver’s seat. Use this mantra to take a stand. Addiction does not control you; you are in control of your destiny and you have a supportive rehabilitation team ready to help.

I am not alone. Feelings of isolation can quickly give way to destructive behaviors. When you are in the grip of loneliness, remind yourself of this truth and call on your community of family, friends, and counselors to help you avoid making a negative choice.

I am making progress. While your steps may seem small, you are moving in the right direction when you seek addiction treatment. Live in the moment, celebrating small triumphs and reminding yourself that each forward step takes you further from the bondage of addiction and toward the freedom of sobriety.

I will not give in to my drug or alcohol craving today. While it is important to acknowledge that sobriety is a lifelong effort, getting through today is the most important thing on your agenda. Chant this mantra when you are feeling tempted to drink or use drugs. Meditate on it when you are in the middle of a stressful situation. Resisting substance use today fuels you to take another stand tomorrow.

Red Oak Recovery® Addiction Treatment Program

At Red Oak Recovery®, our comprehensive, clinically driven program meets young adults where they are and helps them rehabilitate their body, mind, and spirit. To learn more holistic techniques for making behavioral change and achieving long-term sobriety, call 866.831.9107. Our team provides the tools you need to walk away from addiction. Begin your recovery journey today!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Do You Have An Adderall Addiction?

Adderall is a prescription drug that brings proven benefits to those suffering from narcolepsy and attention disorders like ADD and ADHD. It has long been a “study drug” of choice for healthy high school and college students seeking higher GPAs, and now it’s making its way into a hard-driven workforce requiring long hours of focus and motivation. Because Adderall releases dopamine that gives users an inflated sense of wellbeing, they feel infinitely productive and ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, studies conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that students taking Adderall did not actually perform better on cognitive function tests; they only thought they did.

Adderall is easy to obtain. Not only is it is readily available through dealers, but students and professionals are borrowing pills from friends or faking symptoms to get their own prescription. And—because it is prescribed—many users consider it “safer” than street drugs.

What is Adderall? Am I Addicted? 

Adderall combines two stimulant drugs: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These medications speed up the central nervous system, improving energy, mood, and ability to concentrate. Like all drugs, though—over time, Adderall users require more of the med to get the desired effect. With increased use comes a variety of serious physical and psychological symptoms. If you’ve used Adderall to get ahead at work or school and have lost control of your dependency, it’s time to get help. As with most drugs, you’ll begin to notice constant cravings and increased use in the midst of negative consequences. Other addiction signs vary in severity, and may also include:
  • Headaches 
  • Shaking 
  • Nervousness & restlessness 
  • Aggressiveness Paranoia & hallucinations 
  • Sleep problems 
  • Nausea & stomach pain 
  • Weight loss & loss of appetite 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Seizures 
  • Fast heartbeat & shortness of breath 
  • Psychosis (in rare cases) 


Adderall Addiction Treatment 

Known by the street names peppies, dexies, truckies, black beauties, double trouble, and beans, prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin cause long- term damage to your body and mental health when they are abused. If you’re stuck on the hamster wheel of Adderall or Ritalin use or you have a friend who’s addicted, it’s time to get help. In the confines of a skilled, compassionate residential recovery center, you’ll safely detox and begin a behavioral therapy program where you will:

  • Discover the root of your addiction 
  • Gain support from a community of young adults 
  • Use holistic therapies to deal with cravings & withdrawal 
  • Gain the tools you need to recover 
  • Develop an aftercare program to help you fend off relapse 
  • Learn healthy, alternative ways to focus, study & stay motivated 


Get Help for Adderall Addiction 

To learn more about Adderall and Ritalin addiction treatment for young adults, click here. To begin your recovery journey or discuss Adderall addiction recovery you can reach us at 866.831.9107.