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All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

The answer is Palm Partners Recovery Center. It’s a proven path to getting sober and staying sober.

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Grocery Shopping While in Treatment

Shopping in Treatment

Grocery shopping while in treatment may seem like something trivial but it is not. Grocery shopping is a basic life skill and many of us who come into treatment have never grocery shopped a day in our lives and if we have we weren’t really paying attention to nutrition, costs, or anything of the like.

Grocery shopping while in treatment is the perfect place to start learning how to shop for yourself so that you can have everything you need while getting all the nutrition and healthy foods your body needs to be entirely well.

When you are grocery shopping while in treatment it is important to remember these three things:

  1. Fresh and frozen vegetables have around the same nutrient content. This is good to know if you only go to the grocery store once a week in treatment and need veggies that will last.
  2. Compare the ‘per serving’ cost of different brands. If you only have 50 dollars to buy a weeks’ worth of groceries you need to maximize on every dollar.
  3. Cheaper brands often offer the same quality food as the name brands. The name brand product may cost up to dollars more so look for the cheaper brands and save yourself some money.
  4. Don’t shop while you are hungry! This is hard to do if your shopping day is set for you while in treatment but if you know its grocery shopping day make sure to eat beforehand. If you go hungry you will end up buying everything in sight and none of it will be of any real benefit.
  5. Make a list before you go of what you need. Planning your meals for the week and what you need for them is a great way to budget money and to make sure you get everything you need.

Grocery shopping while in treatment shouldn’t be painful. Here are some tips for you:

The most nutritious fresh fruits and veggies are:

  • Apricot
  • Grapefruit
  • Pear
  • Tangerines
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Green and red peppers
  • Plantain

Convenient and nutritious veggies are:

  • Baby carrots
  • Precut veggies
  • Salad mixes
  • Grape tomatoes

For healthy frozen meals to make grocery shopping while in treatment easier get frozen vegetable and stir fry meals. You can get frozen squash, spinach, peas, carrots, green beans, black eyed peas, field peas and butter beans.

Happy Shopping!

If your loved one is in need of addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

In the News: FDA recalls Budeprion XL 300 mg

What are bupropion hydrochloride and Budeprion?

“Bupropion hydrochloride was first approved under the brand name Wellbutrin as an antidepressant drug indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and for the prevention of seasonal affective disorder. Budeprion is a generic drug manufactured by Impax and distributed by Teva that contains the same active ingredient as Wellbutrin (bupropion hydrochloride). Other companies also make generic versions of bupropion hydrochloride”.

Budeprion Extended Release 300 mg dosage Recalled by the FDA

Back in October 2012, after many years of complaints (including suicidal thoughts and worsen depression) from Budeprion users, the FDA finally recalled a certain dosage of the drug. In 2006, shortly after Budeprion hit the market, the FDA were notified of these complaints from people who’d taken the drug. They then contact the drugs’ manufacturers Impax/Teva and asked them to perform follow-up studies. Impax/Teva reported that they could not find enough users suffering from adverse side-effects to conduct those studies.

Four more years past before the FDA decided to do those studies itself. The results are that one form of Budeprion, the extended release 300 mg dose, has been recalled. The study found that, “while blood levels of the generic drug spike almost immediately, after three hours they drop below the levels maintained by Wellbutrin, and remain lower for 24 hours… Absorption of the generic drug is also just 86 percent of the name-brand, a number that fails to meet FDA criteria for bioequivalence, explains study co-author Lawrence Yu, Ph.D., deputy director for science at the FDA”.

What you need to know: Only the extended-release, 300-milligram dose of the generic drug Budeprion, manufactured by Impax Laboratories for TEVA Pharmaceuticals, has been recalled. If you’re checking your medicine cabinet, look for the name BUDEPRION XL 300 mg, as well as TEVA or Impax, on your bottle’s label. If you think you might have the recalled drug, call your pharmacist, Yu advises.

What is depression?

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.

Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.

Other options for treating depression

Depression is commonly treated with antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil with psychotherapy. Individuals with more severe cases of depression are usually prescribed an antidepressant and recommended to attend therapy sessions.

To find out more about the Budeprion recall please visit FDA.gov.

If your loved one is in need of addiction treatment and has a co-occurring disorder like depression please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001941/

http://news.menshealth.com/budeprion-recall/2012/12/26/

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm322160.htm

How to let go of resentment for good

How to let go of resentments

How to let go of resentment for good

Resentment is an important topic for the alcoholic or drug addict. The word “resentment” is mentioned 17 times in the big book. Consider this paragraph from the chapter “How it Works”:

“It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander hours that might have been worthwhile. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal. For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the Spirit. The insanity of alcohol returns and we drink again. And with us, to drink is to die.”

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, P. 66

Letting go of resentment for good is crucial for the alcoholic or drug addict. Harboring anger or resentment is a “luxury” that we cannot afford.

How to let go of resentment for good: What is resentment?

The word resentment comes from the French word sentir, which means “to feel.” Resentment essentially means to “re-feel” or to feel over and over. We relive the circumstances that led to the resentment and feel it over and over again.

When someone wrongs us (or we imagine that someone wronged us), we often feel strong feelings of injustice or humiliation. It wounds our ego, our sense of self. We feel defensive and angry. Sometimes we carry these feelings around for days, weeks, even years. We often play a mental tape of the incident over and over in our minds, getting angrier each time we replay it. When we let go of resentment for good, we gain freedom from these repetitive thoughts and negative feelings.

How to let go of resentment for good: How does resentment affect us?

Resentment stays in our heads and affects everything in our lives. It can cause us to become cynical and affect our future relationships. It can hinder our personal and emotional growth, cause us to have difficulty with self-disclosure, cause us to have trouble trusting others, and result in a loss of self-confidence. Most important for the alcoholic, resentment cuts off our connection with a Higher Power, and makes it difficult to live a life based in spiritual principles. To let go of resentment for good allows us to have a better connection with a higher power and to be able to practice spiritual principles.

How to let go of resentment for good: Steps 4 & 5

For me, doing a fourth step was crucial to letting go of resentment for good. In the first column of my fourth step was a list of people I held resentments towards. During my fifth step, my sponsor pointed out that I had a part in every resentment I harbored.  Even if my part was as simple as not letting go of the anger more quickly, I realized that I had a responsibility in each and every one of my resentments. It’s humbling to realize that you were at fault in each situation that you originally blamed entirely on another person. It also helps to get over the anger and feelings of hurt, because you recognize that no matter what happened, you are at least partially responsible for the resentment.

If your loved one is in need of alcohol or drug addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

In The News: A bi-directional Link to Psychosis Found in Teens Who Smoke Pot

A Bi-directional Link to Psychosis Found in Teens Who Smoke Pot

Do you know someone who spokes pot and you’re convinced that it’s causing them to lose their mind? Well, there might be some evidence to support that assumption. We know that marijuana definitely impacts the brain and when an adolescent smokes marijuana they may be at a higher risk for impaired learning, memory and motivation. (Read: Your Brain on Drugs – Marijuana)

Reuters Health is reporting that new research done on 2,120 Dutch teenage marijuana smokers prove that there is a bi-lateral link between smoking weed and psychosis.

What exactly does “bi-lateral link” mean?

A bi-lateral link essentially means that one variable (the smoking of weed) or another (psychosis) is the main cause of the psychosis. So either these teenagers are smoking weed and developing psychosis or they already exhibit symptoms of psychosis and are smoking to cope with it.

Sounds about right either way.

Dr. Gregory Seeger, medical director for addiction services at Rochester General Hospital told Reuters Health that researchers have been especially concerned about what tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active property in pot, could do to a teenager’s growing brain.

“That’s a very vulnerable period of time for brain development,” and individuals with a family history of schizophrenia and psychosis seem to be more sensitive to the toxic effects of THC, he said.

A 2010 study of 3,800 Australian teenagers found that those who used marijuana were twice as likely to develop psychosis compared to teens who never smoked pot.

But that study also found that those who suffered from hallucinations and delusions when they were younger were also more likely to use pot early on.

So that takes us back to the bi-lateral correlation of which came first. There’s never exact data when it comes to something like this. In a perfect world, teenagers would seek help for their symptoms of psychosis before they attempted using marijuana. And vice versa, in seeking help after they started having psychosis after smoking marijuana. All that in the name of perfect data but we know that’s highly unlikely.

So which came first: pot or psychosis?

Griffith-Lendering and her colleagues used information on 2,120 Dutch teenagers, who were surveyed about their pot use (and took psychosis vulnerability tests) when they were about 14, 16 and 19 years old.

Overall, the researchers found that about 44 percent of the teenagers reported smoking pot, and there was a bidirectional link between pot use and psychosis.

For example, using pot at 16 years old was linked to psychotic symptoms three years later, and psychotic symptoms at age 16 were linked to pot use at age 19.

This was true even when the researchers accounted for mental illness in the kids’ families, alcohol use and tobacco use.

Also, the new study cannot prove one causes the other. Genetics may also explain the link between pot use and psychosis, said Griffith-Lendering.

“We can say for some people that cannabis comes first and psychosis comes second, but for some people they have some (undiagnosed) psychosis (and) perhaps cannabis makes them feel better,” said Dr. Marta Di Forti, of King’s College, London, who was not involved with the new research.

Di Forti, who has studied the link between pot and psychosis, told Reuters Health she considers pot a risk factor for psychosis – not a cause.

“Given the severity and impact of psychotic disorders, prevention programs should take this information into consideration,” she said.

I agree. This is very important research and prevention and treatment programs should be readily available for all persons in need. If your loved one is in need of alcohol or marijuana addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

SOURCES:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/25/us-kids-psychosis-idUSBRE8BO07D20121225

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12050/abstract;jsessionid=607FC6436B151225F95720BE84E115B6.d02t04

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction

When recovering from addiction, many people struggle with low self-esteem. One of my therapists used to say “If you want higher self-esteem, you must do things that are esteem-able.” One of the reasons that drug addicts and alcoholics have low self-esteem is because of the way that we acted and treated people during our addiction. If you are struggling with low self-esteem, here are some steps you can take.

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction: Affirmations

I love affirmations. I usually assign them to my sponsees when they are struggling. There is something about saying positive things, out loud, even if we don’t believe them, which is very powerful. An affirmation is just a simple, positive statement that you say to yourself. It may feel weird at first. You may not believe the things you say to yourself, but over time, some part of your consciousness starts to change and you begin to feel better about yourself. I recommend keeping a list of affirmations on your bathroom mirror and saying them to yourself every morning while looking at your reflection.

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction: Forgive yourself

If you keep beating yourself up for past mistakes, you will never recover. In our addiction, our guilt over the harm we had caused became a reason to keep using and drinking. In order to really recover, and regain your self-esteem, you have to give yourself a break. Now is the time to recognize and acknowledge what you did, let go of punishing yourself, and commit to doing things differently in the future.

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction: Accept compliments

It’s really common for people to dismiss compliments when they are given. People have the mistaken idea that accepting a compliment can be egotistical or arrogant. Next time someone compliments you, don’t downplay it or deflect it. Accept it. Say thank you. Make this a practice and you will start believing the good things people say about you.

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction: Help others

One way of building self-esteem is doing good works. It gets your focus off yourself and makes you feel good inside. Do random acts of kindness in your everyday life. In every situation and relationship, ask yourself how you can be helpful to the other person. Hold a door for someone; give up your seat on the bus. Cook dinner for a friend.

5 Steps to Building Self-Esteem after Addiction: Start making changes

One of the best ways to build self-esteem is to change yourself. Change the way you act, change the way you treat others. Set goals and start working towards them. When you accomplish things that you set out to do, it can build self-esteem after addiction. You can build things in your life that you are proud of. Celebrate each small change. Praise yourself when you accomplish a goal, and allow yourself to enjoy it before you move on to the next thing.

If your loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

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