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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Is Your Family History A Guide To Treatment?

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One size does not fit all when it comes to alcohol and addiction treatment. You are an individual, and the treatment model that works for you will be based on your unique characteristics and experiences. Addiction counselors and clinicians are learning; however, that a look into your family history can provide valuable clues to the factors influencing your addiction.

Recognizing Genetic Influence 

New research has revealed that inherited genetic traits may play a significant role in alcohol and drug addiction.
  1. Although a predisposition to alcoholism in families has long been recognized, no specific genetic link has yet been identified. We do know, however, that children of alcoholics are four times more likely to develop alcoholism. 
  2. Some addicts being treated with methadone carry a genetic variation that metabolizes the drug more slowly, leading to potential overdose. 
  3. Mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder are linked to genetics, and often co-occur with substance abuse. Knowing the family history of such disorders can lead to effective dual diagnosis and treatment. 

Identifying Social and Environmental Factors 

Family interaction, trauma, abuse, and emotional response are just some of the environmental factors that contribute significantly to the development of addictive behavior. Family members may also exhibit patterns of ineffective coping skills and emotional responses to stress, and these can give therapists key insights into how you deal with people and uncomfortable situations in your life. This knowledge can help them focus your recovery therapy on those areas most important to you.

Your Addiction, Your Recovery 

Has your struggle with addiction left you wondering why this has happened to you? Sometimes finding the answer to this question is the key to unlocking recovery. At Red Oak Recovery®, you’ll find an individualized, young adult treatment model that recognizes this fact. Let our seasoned clinicians help you understand and overcome the physical, mental, and familial dynamics that have contributed to your addiction. Call 866-831-9107 to begin your recovery journey today!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Think Twice Before Lighting Up During Rehab

smoking during drug rehab
For young people working their way through addiction treatment, a smoking habit may seem like the “lesser of evils.” Not so. In addition to cancer and disease risk associated with cigarettes, a recent study now shows that smoking actually increases the risk for relapse among recovering alcoholics.

“Quitting smoking will improve anyone’s health. But our study shows that giving up cigarettes is even more important for adults in recovery from alcohol since it will help them stay sober,” reported lead study author Renee Goodwin, associate professor of epidemiology at New York City’s Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

The study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Experimental and Clinical Research, included tens of thousands of U.S. individuals recovering from alcohol addiction. After following subjects for three years, Goodwin and her team found that daily and nondaily smokers were twice as likely to return to alcohol dependence than nonsmokers, even taking factors like nicotine dependence, illicit drug use, and mood disorders into consideration.

Smoking is an all-too-common habit for problem drinkers, and it is often not addressed when rehab facilities customize addiction treatment plans. While researchers are unsure why smoking triggers alcohol relapse, previous studies indicate a connection between neurochemicals, behavior, and smoking/drinking. In some cases, alcoholics may smoke to compensate for the physical withdrawal symptoms they experience during rehab. It is also thought that many alcoholics justify cigarette use with the assertion that it is “just too difficult” to give up smoking and drinking simultaneously.

Begin Addiction Treatment at Red Oak Recovery®

If you are struggling with addictive substances and are ready to take charge of your life, Red Oak Recovery® can help. Our young adult drug and alcohol treatment program believes in addressing all addiction and mental health issues in an integrated fashion, and our holistic therapies can help clients achieve success with alcohol and cigarette abstinence. To learn more about our North Carolina treatment program, call 866-831-9107 to speak with an admissions counselor about an individually tailored recovery program for your child or your loved one.