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Monday, December 28, 2015

Culinary Arts Benefit Clients During Active & Post Rehab Process

Culinary Arts Addiction Rehab Recovery
At Red Oak Recovery®, clients embrace gardening, cooking and eating as key parts of their recovery program. Nutrition plays an integral role in physical and emotional healing, and residents discover this by growing and harvesting their food, taking culinary classes, and making nutritional lifestyle changes that give them energy and stamina for their sobriety journey. In addition, clients enjoy meals prepared by a professional chef and featuring local farm-to-table ingredients. This hands-on approach to food helps young adults learn the importance of nutritional management during the addiction recovery process.

Benefits of Culinary Arts in Addiction Recovery 

Clients recovering from addiction have many nutritional obstacles to overcome. In most cases, healthy eating has been neglected for weeks, months, or years. Therapeutic food prep and cooking teaches clients to address nutritional deficiencies while re-learning an appreciation for delicious, healthy foods that nourish both the body and spirit. Cooking therapy and nutrition management are life skills that will serve young adults well during all phases of sobriety. Additional benefits of culinary therapy include:

  1. Stress relief 
  2. Social fellowship 
  3. Opportunity to develop a new hobby 
  4. Enhanced focus, organization & time management 
  5. Elevated confidence & self-esteem 
  6. Improved physical health 
Culinary therapy and nutritional classes also benefit clients with co-occurring anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Under the supervision of our chefs, nutritional counselors, and credentialed addiction specialists, each of our clients develops a new appreciation for a balanced diet and its ability to heal the body, fuel the mind, and stimulate the soul.

A Nutritional & Holistic Approach to Recovery 

Organic tasks like gardening and cooking are part of the life-changing experience offered to young adults living at Red Oak Recovery®. In our beautiful North Carolina setting, clients learn to share and appreciate the healthy connection between food, physical health, emotional health, and cooperation. Paired with gender-specific clinical treatment and life-skills classes, nutritional therapy is one of the building blocks on the pathway to successful sobriety. Dial 866-831-9107 or fill out a confidential contact form to get in touch with our admissions counselors or learn more about our culinary therapy program.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Animal-Assisted Addiction Therapy

Animal assisted addiction therapy
The internet is overrun with animal videos and cute animal memes: evidence of our love for animal antics. Now, therapists are using the human affinity for animals as a treatment pathway for mental and physical conditions, including addiction—and the results are nothing short of amazing.

Positive Human Responses to Therapy Animals 

Pets and rescue animals have been used in hospitals and nursing homes for years to engage and comfort patients. Horses have been used to help adults and children with mobility challenges. Doctors who monitored these activities began to notice some interesting physical and mental side effects in their patients:

  1. A drop in blood pressure & heart rates 
  2. Improved mood 
  3. Reduction in anxiety, anger, & stress 
  4. Growth in self-esteem & feelings of empowerment 
  5. Improved social function 

Canine Therapy in Addiction Treatment 

These beneficial effects are now being used to impact addiction treatment. Patients respond to the unconditional affection and acceptance of dogs, and often reveal hidden trauma, grief, and abuse. Observing the patient/dog interaction, a therapist can gain insight into the hidden causes of the patient’s addiction. Patients also learn from the interaction, becoming aware that successful social behavior requires acceptance, boundaries, and control of one’s own emotions.

Spiritual and Emotional Reflection and Growth 

Red Oak Recovery®’s beautiful campus in the foothills of North Carolina is a perfect setting for innovative drug treatment that includes canine therapy, recreational activities, and gender-specific programs for young men and women. Our treatment model addresses the emotional and mental conditions that often underlie addictive behavior. At the same time, we provide individuals with the time and space they need for reflection and personal growth. Call 866-831-9107 to speak with an admissions counselor today and begin your journey from addiction to recovery.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tips To Keep Your Holiday Eating In Balance

healthy holiday eating
If you are a young adult in recovery from disordered eating, you may be wary of the approaching holiday celebrations. How will you be able to face the abundance of food and drink? How will you cope with the scrutiny of concerned relatives? How will you resist slipping back into unhealthy behaviors?

Use These 5 Planning Tips to Keep Your Recovery on Track 

  1. Review your attitude about food and holiday eating. Try to eat mindfully, enjoying the whole holiday experience: sights, aromas, sounds, and camaraderie. 
  2. Plan your eating. Holiday meals are often delayed or protracted. Eat a small, healthy meal on your regular schedule. Then you’ll be able to enjoy a small portion of the holiday feast or party goodies without straying too far from your meal plan. 
  3. Use your support network. Consult your nutritionist about keeping balance in your holiday food choices. Entrust a friend or loved one to act as monitor and support at a large social function so you do not slip back into old behaviors. 
  4. Anticipate stress and manage it. Review your trigger points and coping strategies. Keep up your exercise and meditation regimens. Anticipate situations that are uncomfortable and have an exit strategy. 
  5. Control your schedule. Give yourself permission to say “no” to activities and relationships that are at odds with your goals. 

Recovery Help for Co-Occurring Disorders 

Are you a young adult facing this holiday season with the anxieties of disordered eating and co-occurring drug and alcohol abuse? Red Oak Recovery® has treatment programs that will help you make sense of your feelings and give you the support strategies you need to develop a healthier approach to food. Learn to successfully manage stress and addiction, during the holidays and beyond. Call 866-831-9107 to speak to an admissions specialist and begin your journey to recovery today!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Redefining Creativity During Your Recovery Journey

maintaining creativity in addiction recovery sobriety
If you’ve bought into the myth that you must use drugs or alcohol to “spur your creativity,” you’re not alone. For decades, artists, musicians and other creatives have been credited with producing great works of art when they were drinking or using. Unfortunately, many of these creative geniuses have died at the hands of their substance of choice, since perpetual creativity required an ever-increasing exposure to heavier, deadlier chemicals.

According to (15-years sober) Seattle musician John Roderick from The Long Winters, “The idea that drugs fuel creativity is nothing new. The same can be said of almost any new experience or recognition of a new reality. But like anything perception—love, adrenaline, or being a U.S. Senator—the effect dulls with time. The feeling you never thought you’d get tired of, eventually you get tired of. And, unlike love, there are only so many ways you can reinvent the experience of taking drugs—eventually it boils down to the fact that you’re just taking more drugs and stronger drugs, chasing the dragon. Drugs do fuel creativity, but being addicted to drugs, and especially dying from drugs, doesn’t.”

What is Sober Creativity?

One reason that substance abusers give for not getting clean is the fear of losing their creative edge. The truth is that sobriety brings a form of clarity that can deliver groundbreaking creative results. Author Stephen King is an example. Though he was concerned that sobriety would dampen his creative pursuits, he has produced some of his most successful works since overcoming addiction.

If you are feeling a loss of creativity during your recovery journey, it is more than likely due to the “brain fog” caused by post-acute withdrawal symptom (PAWS). PAWS can interfere with intellectual clarity for months, but symptoms begin to subside over time. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms include:
  1. Insomnia that contributes to creative lag. 
  2. Difficulty concentrating. 
  3. Depression & lack of desire. 
  4. A frustrating emotional rollercoaster. 
  5. Short-term memory issues. 
As PAWS subsides and mental clarity improves, creativity increases. When your thinking is not delusional and you decide to devote your time to healthier pursuits, there is no limit to what you can create. To make the most of creativity during addiction recovery, try:

  1. Meditating. Inward focus is proven to increase mindfulness, which leads to creative success. 
  2. Journaling. In your journal, keep track of your recovery progress and jot notes about imaginative or inventive ideas. 
  3. Overcoming fear of failure. This type of fear is a creative stumbling block. Rather than fearing defeat, determine that you will not give up until you have achieved a creative goal. 
  4. Developing character. The most successful creatives are compassionate, humble, and open about their art. Chart a course to become the person you wish to be—without using drugs and alcohol as a crutch. 
  5. Finding a sober community. Many artists, engineers, and other creative professionals thrive as part of a creative group. Your therapist or addiction counselor can help you get plugged into a community of people who are working to develop their talents without relying on alcohol or drugs. 

Begin Addiction Treatment at Red Oak Recovery®

If you fear losing your creative edge when you give up drugs and alcohol, our North Carolina treatment program can help. Serving young adults with all types of addictions and mental health issues, we help clients take charge of their talent—and discover new meaning for the role creativity plays in their lives. Our expressive arts instructors desire to help you reach your creative goals and expand your mind without the need for substance use, and our admissions counselors can help you get plugged into our holistic therapy and art programs. To learn more or begin the insurance approval process, call 866-831-9107 today!