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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.

Palm Partners’ innovative and consistently successful treatment includes: a focus on holistic health, a multi-disciplinary approach, a 12-step recovery program and customized aftercare. Depend on us for help with:

Family Participation in Recovery is Necessary

Family Participation in Recovery is Necessary

Addiction often affects the whole family. Sometimes a family can try to help an addict or alcoholic and end up inadvertently enabling the addict or alcoholic to continue using and drinking. Often, the addict or alcoholic harms other people emotionally and sometimes physically while they are using or drinking. Either way, the family participation in recovery is necessary not only to provide support for the addict or alcoholic but also so the whole family can heal.

Family Participation in Recovery is Necessary:  Benefits

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), social and family support is strongly related to reduction of relapse symptoms and behavior. Research shows that family participation in recovery is necessary to successful addiction treatment outcomes and produces many related benefits. Those who do not have family support are much more likely to relapse.

Family participation in recovery is necessary to begin to repair some of the damage that was done during addiction. Many family members are initially relieved when their loved ones finally agree to get help. They can finally breathe; their family member is getting help at last! As time passes however, old resentments can begin to surface. Many family members have suffered a lot of emotional distress while dealing with an addict or alcoholic. They want their loved one to get better, but they also want their feelings addressed. They want to heal too. Family participation in recovery is necessary so that the family can begin to rebuild relationships that have been devastated by addiction.

Family Participation in Recovery is Necessary: Palm Partners Family Program

This is why Palm Partners has developed addiction family programs. We understand that for an addict or alcoholic to truly recover, family participation in recovery is necessary. The addiction family program at Palm Partners recognizes that addiction takes an emotional and physical toll on the family of an addict or alcoholic. The program is specifically designed for the loved ones of a person suffering from addiction. The addiction family programs at Palm Partners assist the family in dealing with the various stressors of addiction and empower the family to be a force for healing and recovery.

Palm Partners understands that an addict’s family and friends can often be the biggest motivator for them to seek help and to stay clean and sober in the long term.  Family participation in the addiction family programs offered at Palm Partners increases the chances that an addict or alcohol will achieve long-term sobriety. Some of the topics that are addressed in the Family Program are:

  • Understanding Addiction and Recovery…
  • Mastering Emotions and Feelings…
  • Deciphering Helping vs. Enabling…
  • Learning Palm Partners Treatment Protocols…
  • Embracing Your Role in the Healing Process…
  • Understanding Codependency and Interdependency…

There are several different addiction family programs offered at Palm Partners including Intensive Family Program, Weekend Family Program, Family Workshop, Family Support Group, and Family Coaching. Counselors will advise you and your family which program is right for you. If you’d like to know more please visit our Palm Partners Family webpage here.

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

Source:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5075456_family-involvement-substance-abuse-treatment.html

 

Why You Shouldn’t Start Romantic Relationships in Rehab

 Romantic Relationships in Rehab

Why You Shouldn’t Start Romantic Relationships in Rehab: Human Nature

We are human, so it is natural for us to want to connect to others and possibly start romantic relationships. Romantic relationships fill our desires for human companionship. They are exciting, new, and unknown. Being in rehab can be hard and scary and having someone to fill that void seems desirable but it really isn’t. Starting a romantic relationship while in rehab defeats the purpose of why you’re here and it doesn’t help in your recovery.

Why You Shouldn’t Start Romantic Relationships in Rehab: Dopamine

While in rehab you are expected to be sober and that includes riding yourself of emotional “toxins”. Starting a romantic relationship can create dopamine highs that your brain is currently craving now that you’re drug-free In rehab you are to feel your pain, analyze your behaviors, and cut yourself off from friends and family for a while. You are to let go of your sense of comfort created by drugs and alcohol. This is not done to hurt you or make you feel unwanted or loved. You are wanted and loved by your family, friends, staff and fellow clients who are rooting for your recovery.

It’s not easy to ask someone to change their behavior from one day to the next. It takes time, and quite frankly that’s exactly why people come to rehab . Throughout the rehabilitation process one may find themselves slipping into the comfort of a romantic relationship. They may rationalize the behavior by saying that the point of drug rehab is to be sober from drugs and alcohol but not romantic relationships. It’s important to know that addiction causes changes in the brain that make us crave our drug of choice; that make use crave dopamine.

Why You Shouldn’t Start Romantic Relationships in Rehab: Rehab is for Changing Not Substituting

Some people simply pick up another habit (like fitness, food, traveling) in their recovery to remove themselves from their drug of choice. Anyway that a recovering addict can find happiness in another outlet is heavily pursued. There are even people who are addicted to love or have sex addictions and when they are being treated in rehab you better believe they are not there to start romantic relationships.

The scary part is some of those people who start romantic relationships in rehab don’t make it once they get out. This is not to say that the two are 100% correlated but it’s a sign of unwillingness to change and focus on ones recovery and not ones desires. If you focus on a romantic relationship while you are in rehab instead of getting sober you will end up with a romantic relationship with no sobriety. A romantic relationship without sobriety almost always leads to no romantic relationship at all. Then we’re left standing there with nothing once again.

Why You Shouldn’t Start Romantic Relationships in Rehab: Ulterior Motives 

Focus: The biggest reason you shouldn’t start a romantic relationship in rehab is because you will lose focus on what is important. Believe it or not getting sober doesn’t have to be difficult, but adding any kind of distraction will make it difficult.

Selfishness: Let me tell you from my own experience that romantic relationships in rehab is most likely selfish. Each individual is looking to seek some sort of comfort out of the other person, some sort of distraction, some sort of relief from the pain instead of seeking to see what they can give. Seeking relationships for selfish reasons or to serve as distractions to underlying issues will get you nowhere. This ultimately will set any relationship to fail.

Mindset: When you are in rehab you are not in the right mindset. If you are currently in rehab or have a little bit of clean time you might be think I’m wrong. Come talk to me about a year or so into your recovery tell me how “sane” you were at 30, 60, 90 days sober. I have yet to meet a woman who got into a romantic relationship in rehab or in early sobriety who eventually got over a year of clean time and said “oh yeah that was totally a good idea” or said “I definitely was thinking straight.”

Some may be sicker than others but no one is totally thinking clearly when they have a little clean time or are in rehab. It is normal to not be thinking clearly but because it’s the only thinking we know – we don’t realize it isn’t clear until we have more clean time. So starting a romantic relationship in rehab with so little clean time is not a good idea because you are not totally you yet.  I would say it took me about 9 months before I felt more like myself and the only way I know that is I stayed clean after nine months and continually looked back at my train of thought at 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months and so on. After 9 months I could see it kind of leveled out.

Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to say anyone cannot start a romantic relationship in rehab. Anyone can do what they want to do. But I would be surprised if it was ever given as a good suggestion to help you with your sobriety to get in a relationship. Everyone makes their own choices and those choices are either going to make their journey in sobriety a little bit easier or harder. So it is up to you. Do you feel like dealing with the extra hurdle of a romantic relationship in rehab as well as trying to stay sober? Or would you rather wait; until you are healthy, have something to offer someone, can be selfless and are more stable?

Our advice is that in order to have a lasting and selfless relationship with someone you have to start by making a commitment to yourself. This is the time you can be selfish and not have to feel bad about it. Your recovery comes before anything, without it you have nothing.

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

Drug Addiction in College

Drug Addiction in College

Drug Addiction in College

How many college students are abusing drugs? 

Almost half of the United States’ college students are abusing drugs or binge drinking at least once a month. Alcohol is still is the most used substance of abuse at colleges by a large margin. All the numbers for drug abuse in college have gone up with the exception of hallucinogens.

Drug addiction in college is common considering the fact that alcohol or drug addiction has higher rates in college students than in the general public. 22.9% of college students meet the medical definition for drug addiction compared with 8.5% of the general public. White students in college are more likely to have drug addiction than minority students too.

What drugs are those students in college addicted to though?

Well, believe it or not but it’s prescription drugs. Prescription drugs such as stimulants, sedatives, pain relievers are a problem, a growing one, on campuses all over the United States. The most common medication used by 90% of college students is Adderall which is used to help with ADHD and narcolepsy.  Unbeknowst to many students who are just popping a few pills here and there to study better, Adderall is highly addictive.  Many college students find themselves with a drug addiction before their freshman year is over. About 1 in 4 people ages 18-20 in college reported using medications not as prescribed and the research shows that college students who take prescription drugs for non-medical purposes are 5 times more likely to develop a drug addiction than those who don’t.

So what about people who aren’t students?

College students are less likely than their non-student peers to abuse drugs like heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine. But when it comes to alcohol and marijuana the college students are ahead on this drug addiction. The rate of alcohol related treatment admissions is much higher among college students than non-college students. College students accounted for 46.6% versus non college students at 30.6% according to SAMHSA.

Drug addiction in college can have some serious consequences aside from ending up in alcohol or drug treatment. Drug addiction in college can lead to academic failure, committing crimes, medical problems and social problems. Unfortunately in college many students can tell you why they are doing drugs but cannot see the future damage that a drug addiction in college can cause. Some students don’t realize they are supposed to be in school getting an education and preparing for the career and unfortunately see the  experience as one big party! Drug addiction in college leads to skipping class, not studying for exams, and this can cause any student to fail some if not all of their classes. Drug addiction in college also causes many students to isolate and alienate themselves. This is why drug addiction in college is the cause of so many suicides, assaults, driving accidents, rapes, failed grades and more. Drug addiction in college can be severely consequential to those trying to get their degree and better their future. The sad thing is that drug use in college is not just common it is cool. Using Ritalin or Adderall to stay up and study is the “thing” to do.

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

Sources:

http://www.ehow.com/info_7949308_effects-drug-abuse-college-students.html

http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/almost-half-of-college-student-substance-abuse-treatment-admissions-involve-alcohol

www.talkaboutrx.org/documents/GetTheFacts.pdf

What is Neuropsychology?

What is neuropsychology?

What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is the study of changes in the human behavior and cognitive functioning. Usually neuropsychology is used after some sort of physical damage to the brain either through an accident, trauma, or even substance abuse. Some diseases that neuropsychology helps treat are Alzheimer’s, depression, ADHD, and brain damage due to stroke. Neuropsychology is the practice that mixes psychology and clinical neurology together. Neuropsychology is not just a study but a practice; there are neuropsychologists who have clients/patients and are trying to help them in a clinical setting. Neuropsychologists can be a part of diagnosing behavioral changes in people for court cases, giving insight to psychological responses, studying patient’s responses to stimuli, and working on new clinical treatments for disorders.

There are three different branches of neuropsychology known as

  • Behavioral Neuroscience – behavioral neuroscience focuses on how biological processes underlie behavior
  • Cognitive Neuroscience – focuses on how the brain controls and panels functions such as memory, attention and learning
  • Social Neuroscience – focuses on the role the brain plays in social processes and social behaviors

Neuropsychology often studies people who have suffered some sort of bruising to the brain. By looking at the bruised area of the brain, neuropsychologists are able to see how different areas of the brain impact behavior and cognition or thinking abilities. Neuropsychology has helped to map the brain.

In neuropsychology the brain function is evaluated by testing the memory and thinking skills. Usually a detailed assessment of abilities is done, and the pattern of strengths and weaknesses are used in diagnosis and treatment plans. Neuropsychological evaluations are usually requested by doctors and other professionals to understand how different areas and parts of the brain are working. Neuropsychological testing will test areas such as:

  • General intellect
  • Executive skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Learning and memory
  • Language
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Mood and personality

Neuropsychology uses these tests to identify weaknesses in specific areas. The neuropsychological testing is sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that may not be apparent in other ways. Testing is also used to identify problems related to medical conditions that can affect memory and thinking such as Alzheimer’s.

The neuropsychology tests also help to differentiate between illnesses. This is paramount in making accurate diagnosis and tells doctors the best route of treatment. An example would be the test differentiating between Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

The testing with neuropsychology also is used to establish a person’s skills and abilities prior to any problem that could arise. The testing is used as a baseline to measure changes objectively that are specific to the individual.

Neuropsychology essentially is the marriage between the science of the brain and its impact on behavior and thinking. It has its place within the scientific community as well as in psychology. The study of neuropsychology has helped to push the science into human behavior and thinking to the next level.

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

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinical_neuropsychology

http://www.neuroaustin.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=133

http://www.anpaonline.org/what-is-neuropsychology

In The News – Are High Taxes on Legal Marijuana Fair?

 

The sale of recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington but the IRS is not giving those new businesses a break; a reasonable tax break that is. A tax law that was made to apply to illegal drug based businesses is still being applied to the now legal marijuana businesses.  Some of these businesses are just breaking evening, not allowed to claim standard business expenses (like rent ) and being slammed with up to a 75% federal income tax rate.

This 1982 provision to the tax code, known as 280E, stemmed from a successful attempt by a convicted drug trafficker to claim his yacht, weapons and bribes as businesses expenses.  280E prevents those selling illegal substances from deducting related expenses on their federal income taxes. Legal marijuana dispensaries are not illegal yet this tax code is still being imposed on them.

“The Internal Revenue Service did not respond to a request for comment. In a letter to a congressman in 2011, the agency said it was merely enforcing the law, and that Congress needs to change the law if it does not want medicinal marijuana dealers caught up in the provision”.

Marijuana dispensary businesses are fighting back with their 280E Reform.

An excerpt from the 280E Reform website reads:

Legitimate medical cannabis businesses want and expect to pay their fair share of taxes. In addition to federal taxes, dispensaries also pay state and/or local taxes. However, the IRS is now using 280E to stop medical cannabis businesses from making standard business deductions, which leaves them with a crushing tax bill they cannot afford. In a growing number of audits, the IRS is leaving dispensaries no recourse but to shut down – or move to the underground economy.

This punitive and outdated tax policy cannot stand. That’s why the 280E National Reform Team seeks volunteers to help educate people about the IRS campaign against medical cannabis providers. To develop a winning court strategy, we’re also asking supporters to contribute to the 280E legal defense fund.

We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for one of our 280E Reform Tax Seminars. You can attend the National Conference Call and hear our progress by dialing 209-647-1000, password: 154639. Mark your calendar: The next 280E Reform conference call is April 5, 2013, at noon PST.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think it’s fair?

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

Sources:

http://business.time.com/2013/02/25/will-high-marijuana-taxes-encourage-black-markets/#ixzz2LvpJXkKZ

http://280ereform.org/

http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/25/smallbusiness/marijuana-tax/

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