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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery

If you or a lady in your life has an eating disorder, you may want to listen up. It is possible to recover – and, in fact, up to two-thirds of women do, according to a small study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

The catch: It took more than a decade for them to get better, said researchers who recruited 246 women with an eating disorder. They ended up focusing on 176 patients, however, as 18 passed away, 15 could not be located and 37 declined to participate.

Nearly 20 million females and 10 million males in the United States will have an eating disorder at sometime in their life – and previous research suggested that only half of those folks will recover. What's more, people with eating disorders experience substance abuse at a rate five times greater than the rate seen within the general population, according to the National Eating Disorders Foundation.

Study participants received various types of treatment – on an off over 20 to 25 years – which included:
  • Outpatient
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Inpatient and residential treatment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Medications
  • Medical care
"Our study showed that given time, most individuals with anorexia and bulimia will recover," said study lead author Kamryn Eddy, co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The findings inspire me to remain hopeful in my work as a clinician with these patients."

Help for Eating Disorders and Addiction
At Red Oak Recovery®, we understand that substance abuse can often go hand in hand with disordered eating. Food and body image struggles often surface after the substance abuse has ceased and often becomes apparent in early recovery. To learn about our disordered eating treatment, call today: 866-831-9107.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Transcendental Meditation Shown to Lessen Trauma Symptoms

Transcendental meditation, a technique used to acknowledge and push away distracting thoughts and promote relaxed awareness, has been found to significantly reduce trauma symptoms in female prisoner inmates, according to a new study published in The Permanente Journal.  

The inmates were taught Transcendental Meditation by certified teachers, and practiced the relaxation technique 20 minutes twice a day. After four months, study participants experienced such benefits as less stress, better sleep, more mental clarity, greater inner peace and improved relationships.

“This study is a valuable addition to the research literature in women's mental health, showing a natural and effortless alternative approach to reducing trauma symptoms," said lead author Dr. Sanford Nidich, director of the Center for Social and Emotional Health at Maharishi University of Management. 

5 Reasons to Try Transcendental Meditation Today
Transcendental meditation is a great tool for your recovery –  and, perhaps the best part, it’s easy and you can do it anywhere or anytime. Here are a few of the many perks:
  1. You’ll learn to quell anxiety and stress – both known relapse triggers.
  2. You’ll learn to stay in the present and to think before you act or react – for example, before you give into a craving.
  3. You’ll learn to be more mindful of your thoughts, behaviors and triggers. 
  4. You’ll learn to notice and accept your thoughts without passing judgment or getting caught up in their meanings.
  5. You’ll learn to better control your emotions.
Trauma-Informed Addiction Treatment for Women
The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® is a clinically dynamic, trauma-informed treatment center. In helping women to recover from the impact of trauma in their lives, we utilize an integrated treatment approach that includes meditation as well as other conventional and holistic modalities. To learn more, call: 866-831-9107.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Real Impact of Opioid Abuse

The New York Times just ran a poignant article titled “Has Opioid Abuse Affected You? Reader’s Respond,” in which they surveyed readers about the real-life devastating affects of this growing epidemic. Parents and children of people addicted to painkillers and/or heroin as well as those in active addiction as well as recovery weighed in – and the result was pretty powerful. 

Here are some quotes from the article – do any of these resonate with you?

A parent’s perspective: “Seven rehabs, suboxone, doctors, methadone clinics, money, money, money that you do not have but you would sell your soul to get. Begging God to get through to him as I age early. Why?” — Karen, 54, Yardley, Pa.

A child’s perspective: "My mother was a chronic heroin user while my father was in jail for small crimes and different drug offenses. My grandparents went to court to gain custody of my twin sister and me. I always wonder what life would have been like if opioids didn’t take over my mother’s life." — David, Millersville, Pa.

Someone in recovery: “I started taking painkillers when I was 19. I went to the dentist one day for a toothache and was prescribed Vicodin. After that first one, I was hooked. Then one day a friend introduced me to heroin. I started stealing from my family, and they pressed charges on me. I thank God every day because I’m alive today.” — Carla Goff, Shelby, Ohio

Someone struggling with relapse: “I became addicted to prescription painkillers due to an automobile accident. It took me eight years to get my life back on track. I lost guardianship of my older two children and in the midst of all of it ended up in jail, then pregnant; my daughter was born and went through withdrawal because it had such a hold on me. I went to detox and rehab, got my life together for a few months, all to be in another devastating car accident and right back on painkillers due to all the injuries. Now struggling again.” — Meagan, Cadillac, Mich.

Help for Opioid Addiction
Whether you or someone you love is looking to begin rehab, we're here to help. Contact us today to learn about our programs at Red Oak Recovery. It's our goal to serve the whole family and ensure that you feel embraced and supported on the journey toward sobriety. Call today: 866-831-9107.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Social Media Overuse Linked With Anxiety and Depression

Social media can be a great boon to your recovery and help you feel part of an online community. Yet, if you overdo it, your mental health may be negatively impacted. 

In fact, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, reveals that the more social media platforms you use – namely, seven to 11 outlets – the higher your risk for anxiety and depression. 

In fact, this type of social media overuse can make you three times more likely to develop these mood disorders than individuals who use zero to two platforms, revealed study authors. Researchers noted that it works the other way, too: "People who suffer from symptoms of depression or anxiety, or both, tend to subsequently use a broader range of social media outlets," the author of the study, Brian A. Primack, told PsyPost. The reason, however, is still unclear. 

Warning Signs of Social Media Addiction
ames Roberts, PhD, The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and author of Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? devised six questions to help people determine whether their social media behavior could be bordering on addiction. “If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to three or more of these questions, you might need to scale back.
  • Salience: Would you consider your social media use deeply integrated into your daily life
  • Euphoria: Do you rely on social media for excitement throughout the day?
  • Tolerance: Do you need to spend more or more time on social media to get a “buzz”?
  • Withdrawal symptoms: Are you nervous or agitated when not on social media?
  • Conflict: Has your use of social media caused problems at work or at home?
  • Relapse: Have you tried to cutback on your use of social media but failed?
Help for a Dual Diagnosis
Geared toward young adults, our addiction facility utilizes the latest clinical practices and state-of-the-art techniques to treat alcohol and substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. At Red Oak Recovery, we believe in addressing issues in a simultaneous, holistic and integrated fashion. To learn more, call 866-831-9107.