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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cannabis Use & Alcohol Problems: New Study Finds Connection

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As marijuana continues to find legal and social acceptance throughout the nation, researchers are trying to determine the potential public health consequences. A new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has yielded evidence that there is a significant link between cannabis use and the development of alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Cannabis Increases AUD Vulnerability for Adults

The study* of 27,461 adults who were enrolled in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions revealed two significant relationships that warrant further study:
  1. Adults with no history of AUD who began using cannabis were five times more likely to have developed an AUD after three years than study participants who had never used cannabis. 
  2. Adults who had a history of AUD before cannabis use were more likely to still be experiencing AUD, compared with those who had not used cannabis and were successfully in recovery after the three years of the study. 

Potential Risk for Youth 

Renee Goodwin, Ph.D., associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, notes that “further research should be conducted to understand the pathways underlying these relationships as well as the degree to which various potentially vulnerable population subgroups -- youth, for example -- are at increased risk.”

Drug and AUD Treatment for Young Adults 

At Red Oak Recovery®, our clinical model addresses addiction and the mental and emotional health conditions that often accompany it. At the same time, we engage our young adult clients in new experiences that directly affect their lives: healthy food preparation, meditation and yoga, outdoor adventure, and life skills training. Our mix of gender-specific treatment and eco-therapy has proven effective in helping both young men and young women achieve sustained recovery.

If you have a young adult loved one who is caught up in an addiction to drugs and alcohol, call us at 866.831.9107. Our admissions specialist will explain details of our program and help you with insurance verification and financing options.

 *Source: Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. (2016, February 17). Marijuana smokers 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol problem. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Core Values To Guide Recovery

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When addiction took over your life, drugs or alcohol became the focus of your world. Everything you did was guided by your need. You may have stolen and lied, neglected your health, and sacrificed the goodwill of family and friends in order to feed your addiction.

Recovery Means Getting Back to You

The knowledge of what you have become is one of the difficult realities you must face when you begin the road to recovery. To heal and learn to live in sobriety, you must embrace values that will guide you through your new life. At Red Oak Recovery®, our integrated treatment is based on these core values:
  1. Hope: To keep you going when circumstances beat you down.
  2. Courage: To shore you up when difficulty and uncertainty block the way.
  3. Willingness: To let you to risk the unknown so that you can learn and grow.
  4. Integrity: To allow you to regain self-respect and self-love.
  5. Spirituality: To acknowledge that you have worth in a greater plan than you can understand.
  6. Service: To rebuild your connections with others. 

A Foundation for a New Life in Recovery

When you embrace Red Oak Recovery’s® core values, you have a solid platform on which to build a new life and rebuild damaged relationships. You are no longer at the mercy of your need for drugs or alcohol. Instead, you are empowered by courage and the willingness to keep trying, even when you encounter setbacks like relapse. You have a reason to keep trying because you believe that something greater than yourself is guiding you and offering you hope. You are able to like and respect yourself because you have reckoned with your addiction, begun to make amends for your transgressions, and learned to accept help and to give it.

If you are a young person 18 to 30 years old who is struggling to find meaning in life beyond addiction, call 866-831-9107 to speak with a Red Oak Recovery® intake specialist. Learn more about rebuilding your life through our integrated program of clinical treatment, therapeutic recreation, and healthy nutrition. Let us help you begin your recovery journey today.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Normal Activities Can Become Behavioral Addictions

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Planning a trip to Las Vegas? You don’t expect to become addicted to gambling. Going shopping for a new dress? You aren’t planning to really “shop ‘til you drop.” Checking your Facebook page? If you are like most Americans, you look at your smartphone regularly for email and social media updates.

All of these activities are normal and healthy for most people. But for some individuals, these harmless activities become destructive patterns of behavior that are obsessive—and, in many ways, mimic addiction.

Roots of Behavioral Addictions 

You can become addicted to gambling, shopping, eating, playing video games, work, sex, exercise, TV, your smartphone, social media, and the list goes on. The addiction is not defined by the activity, but instead by your response to participating in that activity.

  1. Changes in the brain: As with addiction to drugs, some behavior addictions are characterized by stimulation in the part of the brain that controls pleasure and decision-making functions.
  2. Co-occurring mental disorder: Some behavior addictions may be tied to mental conditions like depression & bi-polar disorder.
  3. Trauma, grief & self-esteem: Psychologists believe that many compulsive behaviors are directly tied to issues of abandonment and poor self-esteem. 

In the same way that self-medicating with drugs and alcohol dulls the pain of mental illness or childhood trauma, behavioral addictions like gambling or overeating provide an adrenaline rush that may also relieve this pain.

Learning Healthy Habits

Red Oak Recovery® residential treatment center is set in the beautiful foothills outside Asheville, NC. Our pristine mountain setting offers abundant opportunities for healthy living and recreation. Young people ages 18 to 30 come to us for our gender-specific recovery program, cutting-edge treatment, healthy living and food production, and opportunities for adventure.

If your loved one is in the grip of a drug, alcohol, or behavior addiction, call 866-831-9107 to speak with our dedicated admissions specialist. You’ll be assisted throughout the process with insurance verification, financing options, and enrollment help.