Recovery is more than just focusing on a specific concern (for example, a mental illness, addiction or both) – it’s about improving all the aspects of your life so that you are ultimately able to live happier and healthier. Both addiction and mental illness can take a significant toll on your body’s functioning and energy. Substances can make you dehydrated, and some drugs can take away feelings of hunger – which place your body’s nutritional balance at an all-time low. Mental illness can be perpetuated by unhealthy foods and can make it hard to want to practice good nutritional practices in the first place. One aspect that will become increasingly important to you throughout your recovery is nutrition, and this is because it affects nearly every aspect of life. A 2017 study … Continue reading These Foods Are Extremely Good for You If You’re in Recovery
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The holidays are considered a time for celebration and thanksgiving, but there’s a lot of stress that can go into the holidays, too. Anxiety can seep in as we attempt to create this “picture-perfect” depiction of what the holidays are supposed to be about, and all of this energy can be draining. Food preparation, decorations, conversation, traveling and more are generally part of the holidays, which can make the day of peace and gathering everything but! What’s even more – a lot of people are unable to spend time with loved ones this holiday season because of work, recovery or other life situations. This time of the year is an excellent time to really zone in with meditation – to give you a peaceful state of mind as you navigate some of … Continue reading 3 Holiday-Themed Meditations to Start Your Days off Right
Who are you? If you were to describe who you are, what would you say? Most of us describe ourselves by the roles that we take on in society. Here are a few examples: Mother. Brother. Cook. Musician. Godparent. Whether we feel like we are or not, we’re part of society – and what we do does have an impact on the way we feel about ourselves, how we affect others as well as the way others view us. Addiction recovery is often a time that brings us back to this very question of social identity, and it can take us a long time to really come to grips with the answer. Humans are social beings, and our social identity does a play a role. In 2015, researchers found a variety of … Continue reading Does Social Identity Play a Role in Addiction Recovery?
The holidays are a time to show the people we love that we’re thinking of them. It’s traditionally celebrated as a time for gift-giving, and while some family members may be particularly easy to shop for, there are others that may benefit from something more than just a gift card or something similar. Addiction and mental illness recovery are such vulnerable, courageous ventures that deserve to be recognized as signs of strength and humility – because the truth is, it’s not easy. If you have any friends or family members who have been working hard in their journey to recovery, the holidays are a great way to let them know how proud of them you are – and what better way to communicate this than to give them something with direct meaning? … Continue reading These 3 Types of Gifts Would Be Amazing for Those in Recovery This Holiday Season
If you were to reflect back on any of the movies or television shows that you’ve seen that have involved mental illness or addiction, what depicted imagery would come to mind? For years, media has portrayed both that bring a number of negative keywords to mind: lazy, lonely, theft, crazy, dangerous and more. It all seems harmless when you’re at home or in the movie theater sitting in your seat, but time and time again, studies have shown us that these depictions actually have a real impact on our mindset. They add a layer of perception that may not have been there before – especially if we don’t personally know anyone with an addiction or mental illness with whom to compare inaccuracies with. For those who gain their information on these populations … Continue reading How Does Media Impact Stigmas of Mental Illness and Addiction?
Join us for a festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights. We will board the trolley at Starbucks in the Belle Meade Plaza Shopping Center – Address: 4514 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, arrive early and get a holiday beverage on us! WHAT: A festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights WHEN: Saturday, December 8th from 7:00PM – 10:00PM COST: $8.00 (nonrefundable fee) per person – limited spaces available The deadline to RSVP (signup form below) is Thursday, December 6th. This event may not be appropriate for small children due to the length of the tour as well as the seating arrangements on the trolley. If you RSVP and are unable to attend the event, please notify Jaime Gibbons by 12/6/18 – failure to cancel within the time frame indicated … Continue reading Trolley Tour of Nashville area Holiday Lights
If you’re going to be home alone this holiday season, you’re not the only one. So many people either don’t get along with their family members, or they’re focusing on their addiction/mental illness recovery and don’t feel ready to go out and about yet. For some reason, there’s this stigma that being alone for the holidays means you’re unloved – but that has nothing to do with it! Life happens, and sometimes holiday plans with others just don’t pan out. Rather than beating yourself up this holiday season, you need to embrace the fact that you’re going to have some truly magical days indoors – which means you can spend some time doing things that really make you come alive! One person shared the reason why they chose to celebrate the holidays … Continue reading Enjoying the Holidays When You’re Celebrating Alone
American novelist Anne Lamott once stated, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” We’re all after that search for happiness, but what most people don’t realize is that it’s all within us. Sure, that probably sounds quite dreamy, but in reality, we all have a choice to make – and we can either build up pressure through lofting up high expectations, or we can take things step by step, day by day, and sail through the changes that lie ahead. Joy brings us great feelings of pleasure and happiness, but how can we truly come to feel and appreciate those moments if we don’t allow … Continue reading How Can I Find My Ultimate Joy Potential in Recovery?
One of the most central topics of discussion when it comes to addiction recovery is triggers, and this is because triggers can lead to lapse and relapse. When a person lapses, they revert back to the addictive behaviors they exhibited when their addiction was active. It’s one of the trickiest areas of recovery because a person has to learn over time what triggers cravings to use and what steps they need to take to prevent it. Even in recovery, life challenges will arise. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights the fact that we need to take a more trauma-informed approach to recovery, especially during the holidays, because there are so many people who could be affected by critical events that are going on, such as: Major conflicts within … Continue reading Holidays: Triggers to Watch Out for This Holiday Season
When help for substance use is involved, each person has a unique story to tell. Our medical and psychological history, family medical history, past substance use, personality, social support network and more can all impact what type of treatment that is needed. If you’re currently amidst researching the different types of treatment available for substance abuse, you’ll notice that there isn’t just one – and that’s based on the different intensities and levels of care provided. In order to determine whether an intensive outpatient program would be best for you, you’ll need to consider what you don’t need: You do not require detoxification You do not need 24/7 supervision You do not need housing and food Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are excellent for those who perhaps have already been working towards their … Continue reading Who Might Benefit Most from An Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program?
Teenagers learn differently from adults, because their brain is still developing and they’re still navigating who they are. It’s a different time to grow up in, but with substances becoming more accessible than ever (especially with the use of technology), researchers and community leaders alike have been trying to find out the best approaches for addiction recovery in this particular group. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (NIDA), teens’ overall use of drugs continues to decrease – which is good news. However, there are still concerns, especially surrounding alcohol, marijuana and other related substances. Whether it’s through peer pressure or an attempt to self-medicate troubling emotions, teens risk the chance of developing an addiction. The History of the 12 Step Program Twelve step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous … Continue reading Teens and the Twelve Step Program
When a person has both a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness, it’s called a co-occurring disorder, or dual diagnosis. If you have a co-occurring disorder, you’re not alone – in 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that around 7.9 million adults in the U.S. alone experience this. Having both an SUD and a mental illness can make a number of life aspects difficult – relationships, finances, general health and nutrition, career progression, daily responsibilities and more can fade away as a person gets caught up in not only the demands of their addiction, but also in the demands of their mental illness. Both can be draining, and that is why recovery is so important so seek out. A 2015 study published in the journal … Continue reading What Do I Need to Know about Co-Occurring Disorders?
This annual women’s event is an important fundraiser for the alcohol and drug-addiction recovery center. The mission of “Reaching New Heights” is to highlight the women’s programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment and celebrate women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time. The 2019 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club. This year’s guest speaker is Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006. WHO: Tara Conner WHAT: 2019 Reaching New Heights Women’s Luncheon WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:30AM WHERE: Hillwood Country Club – 6201 Hickory Valley Rd, Nashville, TN 37205 Purchase 2019 Event Tickets Purchase 2019 Sponsorship Package Donate To Women’s Luncheon (No Tickets)
Addiction is considered a disease because it practically ‘hijacks” the brain – when we’re addicted to something, the cravings can get so intense that we’ll say or do anything that’s needed to fulfill that desire. Unfortunately, this could mean hurting close friends or family members by: Lying about using or seeking help Stealing medications or items to sell in order to buy more alcohol/drugs Saying something we later regret Getting into legal implications And more Even if this isn’t how we’d normally act sober, it doesn’t make it hurt any less. The truth is, addiction causes us and those we love, pain. In our quest for meeting the ever-increasing demands of addiction, we walk all over others and ourselves, because we truly believe that we can’t live without the substance. Once recovery … Continue reading What Role Does Forgiveness Play in Addiction Recovery?
When we’re faced with a traumatic event, stress kicks in – and there’s no doubt that as our fear response becomes more present than ever, our entire system can be affected – even long after the event has occurred. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that impacts around 13 million people in the United States each year. Characterized by nightmares, paranoia, anxiety, depression, anger and more, PTSD can be debilitating. For those who don’t seek help, the stress and exhaustion can eventually catch up – and with seemingly little ways to turn, substance abuse often becomes a coping mechanism. Alcohol has been widely promoted in our society as a way to have fun, relax and forget about stressors. The term, “self-medication”, is used when a person is trying to manage … Continue reading PTSD and Alcoholism: A Common Co-Occurring Disorder