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Recently, Patrick Kennedy opened up about depression, addiction and the dire need for funding when it comes to mental health. As a member of the famed Kennedy family, it should not surprise anyone that Patrick Kennedy has found a passion in politics.
Patrick Kennedy had his own personal struggles with addiction and mental illness. He was treated for cocaine addiction as a teenager and has been addicted to alcohol and OxyContin. In 2011, Kennedy made the decision to cease the abuse and become sober. He wrote about his past in the 2015 memoir, A Common Struggle, detailing his hardships overcoming depression and drugs.
After leaving the House of Representatives, Kennedy decided to be a voice for the voiceless through shedding light on mental illness and addiction. Patrick Kennedy has openly revealed his bipolar disorder in the past, so he knows firsthand how debilitating mental illnesses can be if left untreated.
Kennedy’s Plan for Advocacy
The former congressman told The Press of Atlantic City he is hoping to fight both mental disease and addiction. He was quoted stating,
“We have to flood the system with more money to build it up with more counselors, to build more facilities, get reimbursement for therapies, for treatment in schools, the criminal justice system, and the workforce. This thing has got to be a key part of us, as a nation, so that we can be all that we can be.”
Kennedy applauded Bruce Springsteen’s recent decision to open up about his depression in his memoir, Born to Run, that shows others what mental illness looks like. Kennedy believes public figures who come out about their mental health struggles are doing a great service in reducing the overall stigma in society.
With the upcoming election, Kennedy also praised Hilary Clinton for her strides in putting mental health issues on par with physical health. He states he wants health plans to cover mental health and addiction the way they would a physical illness like diabetes.
Mental Health = Physical Health
Kennedy added that the government does not currently fund mental health the same way that it supports physical health and this should change.
“If it’s good enough for cancer, it should be good enough for mental health and addiction,” Kennedy said. “When someone has diabetes or cancer, there’s chronic treatment, support for the family. You get everything you need to stay well, and we need that same approach to mental illness and addiction.”
Regarding his family, he said,
“I feel I’m more present in their lives when I take care of my mental health. I can pay more attention to them, which I think is key to their mental health. I can be expressive in my love for them and bring reassurance to them on how important they are to me.”
World Mental Health day fell on October 10th this year. So many public figures such as the royal family, Michelle Obama, and Zelda Williams came out promoting awareness of mental health. It is wonderful to see this message being spread by so many prominent members of society. No one should shy away from treatment because of fear.
Mental illness and addiction should be treated in the same way as other illnesses. There should be a continued effort to reduce the stigmas associated with these circumstances. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, please call toll-free.
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Why should you attend one of the top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida? Because combining the holistic approach with the warm, tropic, and scenic setting of South Florida is ideal when choosing among the top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida.
What is a Holistic Drug Rehab?
Holistic is a term that means “whole” and “complete.” Therefore, top holistic drug rehabs’ approach to substance abuse and addiction treatment involves addressing the mind, body, and spirit in the healing process of those seeking help at top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida.This differs from traditional methods of addiction treatment that seems to treat only certain “parts” of the client and their disease of addiction. The staff at top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida understands the intricacies of addiction and sees it as a three-part disease: it is a physical allergy, a mental obsession, and a spiritual malady.
This is what guides the treatment program at top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida. Holistic drug treatment is a vital part of successful treatment for substance abuse and addiction issues by working with each client and individually tailoring a treatment plan for them to follow throughout the course of their time spent at top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida.
Research Supports Top Holistic Drug Rehabs in South Florida
There is plenty of research that has found that substance abuse interventions that incorporate spiritual approaches, such as meditation, provide benefit to healing and recovery through reshaping both psychological and psychosocial factors. A study that was conducted in India looked at a 90-day residential substance abuse treatment program that incorporated a wide-range of holistic treatments, such as yoga, meditation, spiritual and mind-body techniques.
The clients in the study reported on a number of psychological improvements. The overall findings showed that an application of a comprehensive spiritual lifestyle may prove effective in treating substance abuse, particularly in those who are open to such approaches.
Top Holistic Drug Rehabs Treat the Physical Body
When it comes to recovering from substance abuse and active addiction, there is a very real medical condition known as withdrawal syndrome, which causes uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. Holistic treatments such as therapeutic massage, chiropractic adjustments, yoga, and acupuncture, among many others are offered at top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida.
Clients of holistic drug treatment programs that incorporate physical exercise said that the physical activity was beneficial in that it reduced tension and stress, helped to create a more positive outlook, and increased self-esteem.
Nutrition is another major part of physical rehabilitation of holistic drug treatment. Many people seeking sanctuary from substance abuse and addiction arrive at treatment programs malnourished and underweight. Top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida offer a comprehensive nutritional program that includes well-balanced meals, access to a medical doctor and nutritionist, as well as education and therapy for eating disorders.
Top Holistic Drug Rehabs Treat the Mind and Spirit
Holistic drug treatment therapy also offers several spiritual and mindful practices for the overall wellbeing of the clients. Daily meditation, acupuncture, sweat lodges, hypnotherapy, and private massage are all incorporated in our holistic drug treatment program. These treatments are designed to increase relaxation and serve to treat the body while simultaneously treating the mind and spirit.
Palm Partners Among the Top Holistic Drug Rehabs in South Florida
At Palm Partners, we believe in treating and healing the mind, body and spirit as equally important and unified parts that make up the whole person who is on the journey towards recovery. We incorporate several different holistic treatments and approaches to ensure healthy minds, bodies, and spirits of those who enter our door.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and are looking for top holistic drug rehabs in South Florida, look no further! Call us toll-free at 1-800-951-6135 and let us see how we can help.
Holistic Drug Treatment in the Tri-State Area
What is Holistic Drug Treatment?
Holistic health is a concept in medicine that views a person as a whole and seeks to treat all of their needs: psychological, physical, and social. Holistic drug treatment in the Tri-State area understands the importance that all aspects be taken into account when treating you for your substance dependence, substance abuse, and addiction issues.
Holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area uses this approach because it supports the working definition of addiction, (a three-fold disease): a spiritual malady, a physical allergy, and a mental obsession. In other words, addiction afflicts the spirit, body and mind.
In the field of drug addiction treatment, holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area offers the same services as typical treatment centers however in addition, they offer a wider variety of both ancient and state-of-the-art techniques for healing someone who is suffering from drug addiction. And thus, holistic drug treatment centers provide treatment approaches that address each part of the whole of the individual seeking help.
Holistic Drug Treatment in the Tri-State Area
The tri-state area consists of the three states: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. This is a major metropolitan area that involves a large population. Given that addiction affects as many as one in seven people (and some put the numbers at one-in-three), that’s a lot of people in one location that need help for their substance and addiction issues.
It’s no wonder then, that there are a lot of treatment programs to choose from in the tri-state area. It’s important to know what to look for when deciding on a drug treatment center. A holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area means a program that it stands out from the rest due to its commitment to providing a wide array of well-balanced services.
Holistic Drug Treatment in the Tri-State Area: Detox
The first step at holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area is a medical detox program where you will first be evaluated. You will first be tested to see which specific substances are in your system as well as given an interview to evaluate you for potential dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorders, such as mental or behavioral issues and other physical ailments.
Your will then be given specific medications as well as offered certain services, such as sauna/sweat lodge, massage, acupuncture, to assist you with your detox process in making you as comfortable and safe as possible while your condition is stabilized.
Holistic Drug Treatment in the Tri-State Area: Rehab
Holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area offers other programs to support further healing and recovery for the remainder of the 30 days or so of the program after your initial detox process. Programs offered include yoga and exercise classes; activities like golf and volleyball; nutritional support; vitamin therapy; chiropractic treatment; spa treatments. Holistic drug treatment in the tri-state area focuses on treating the individual as a whole and identify the importance of having a well-rounded program of recovery. The techniques and methods they use are geared towards having lasting effects for overall success in recovery. You will receive both individualized therapy and group therapy, which will give you the benefits of one-on-one attention as well as having the support and connection with peers. Holistic drug treatment in the tri-state are promotes the development of healthy habits and gives you the tools to use in being successful in your sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.
The role of nutritional therapy in addiction treatment is often overlooked, and that is a shame because the truth is good nutrition can not only help the body to repair and heal itself, it also is a solution to the problems, and not just masking the symptoms like many medications do.
There are some addiction treatment centers such as Palm Partners that recognize the role nutritional therapy plays in addiction treatment and use this knowledge to help their clients not only to sustain a healthy recovery but also a healthy mind and body. And that is why chefs prepare a diet specifically designed for repairing the body that consists of low carb and high protein meals, healthy snacks, complex carbs, a no energy drink (Red Bull, Monster etc.) policy and nutrition groups and classes.
But what is the role of nutritional therapy in addiction treatment? Why that kind of diet? Why does it matter what we eat? Why no energy drinks? We are glad you asked.
Food provides the body with the nutritional building blocks it needs to run at maximum capacity, and also to heal itself. Addicts and alcoholics when they first come into addiction treatment, more often than not, are nutritionally deficient and their bodies have been wracked with the continued use of alcohol, opiates, cocaine, meth, and whatever other substances there are out there. To put it simply, most addicts, if not all of them, weren’t eating a healthy diet to begin with, and then they also were putting their body through added stress with their drug use and drinking.
But nutritional therapy can begin to reverse if not totally fix all of that. And here is how:
First let’s talk about sugar and alcohol:
The link between sugar and alcoholism has been proven time and time again.
The active alcoholic usually drinks about half of their calories, or more, in the form of alcohol. And the remaining 50 percent of calories are not usually nutritionally dense foods, they are usually junk foods. And junk foods are empty calories that actually deplete the body even more of nutrients.
How alcohol affects the body’s nutrition: It causes the cells in the brain that control appetite by suppressing the desire for food while encouraging more alcohol intake; it provides a lot of calories without essential nutrients so any energy that is to be had from alcohol is short lived and leaves the body without any nutrition to use; and last after the initial rush of energy provided by alcohol there is severe drop in blood sugar levels which leads to fatigue, depression and a loss of energy as well as the want to consume more sugar and carbohydrates as well as a caffeine.
How nutritional therapy in addiction treatment can help: Encouraging a diet free of sugar and all its forms is essential to becoming healthy and beating the fatigue, depression, and loss of energy many alcoholics and addicts experience. Nutritional therapy in addiction treatment pushes addicts and alcoholics to eat more complex carbs that take longer to digest and therefore provide more stable sources of energy and don’t cause the cravings for more sugar. Nutritional therapy in addiction treatment also offers three meals a day with snacks in between to keep blood sugar stable so there isn’t any crash associated with fatigue, and depression; which if they are severe enough can cause relapse. This is why Palm Partners always has healthy snacks including fruits, vegetables, and all natural granola bars available to its clients as well as provides three meals a day.
Now let’s talk about oils, fats, and proteins with a special focus on proteins.
How drug use and drinking affects the body: Drug use and drinking causes the body to have to work overtime. It damages skin tissue, organ tissue, muscle tissue, and every part of the body. It causes the liver especially to have to work extra hard leaving it weak and damaged. Another important thing that drug use and drinking affects is the brain. Different substances have different effects on the brain, but in general they all can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and many other problems.
How nutritional therapy in addiction treatment can help: By offering a diet high in protein and low in carbs like the one offered at Palm Partners.
Proteins help the body repair tissue and the addict or alcoholic entering into addiction treatment needs this more than ever. Proteins can help restore organs affected by continued drug and alcohol use including the liver, pancreas, kidneys, heart and brain. Protein can literally repair damaged organ tissue, muscle tissue and so much more. Protein is also needed for stabilizing blood sugar as we mentioned above. Great sources of protein that nutritional therapy offers and also that Palm Partners offers are eggs, lean red meats, chicken, fish, and turkey. Nuts are a great protein snack. As for oils and fats, getting enough fats is essential for the body to even be capable of absorbing vitamins and nutrients for cellular repair. Deficiencies of oils rich in essential fatty acids can cause a lot of problems including depression.
Nutritional therapy in addiction treatment: What not to eat
Nutritional therapy in addiction treatment recognizes the importance of what we put into our bodies, but it also recognizes that some things should be kept out of our bodies too, especially for those recovering addicts and alcoholics. Some things that are recommended to avoid according to nutritional therapy in addiction treatment are for example, caffeine. (This is why Palm Partners has a no energy drink policy.)
- Caffeine overstimulates the nervous system and can cause increased anxiety and insomnia. Herbal coffee substitutes could be used or decaf coffee.
- Another “cut out” is artificial foods. Anything artificial adds to the load on the liver and for recovering addicts and alcoholics it is best to lighten or ease the load on the liver. This is because the liver is already struggling and adding chemicals and preservatives makes it struggle even harder. Foods should be as close to their source as possible. Doing this can cut back on alcohol cravings!
Everything else nutrition related can be taught and is also provided at Palm Partners and the nutrition groups offered. For instance the nutrition groups would teach the important role B vitamins play during detox from alcohol and drugs as well as provide sources for those vitamins. A great example would be Vitamin B1 which is essential for ensuring proper brain function and decreasing fatigue, fog and poor memory. And so on and so forth. The list of vitamins that work wonders for a healing and recovering addict and alcoholic could go on and on and are available at Palm Partners as part of a holistic treatment that includes nutritional therapy and also vitamin therapy. To learn more about our nutritional therapy programs, call us at 800-951-6135.
I am a big fan of alternative drug rehab. I don’t know if this is because I went to an alternative drug rehab, or because the way I try to live my life is kind of along the lines of what an alternative drug rehab tries to teach. Either way, as a sober woman, I think alternative drug rehab is very helpful and effective in the smaller sense of getting sober and also the bigger picture of living a better life.
For people who are unfamiliar with drug rehab, the world alternative may make absolutely no sense. In fact many people’s ideas of drug rehab are kind of scary. I am here to tell you otherwise and to tell you don’t worry. Drug rehab itself is nothing like what you have probably seen on movies or T.V. and alternative drug rehab even more so. So what is alternative drug rehab?
Many drug rehabs use the traditional and straightforward approach to addiction and alcoholism. For instance, they use therapy techniques, and medications. These treatments are very helpful, and even alternative drug rehabs will use these techniques to a certain extent, but an alternative drug rehab offers much more than that. The name alternative drug rehab means that this kind of drug rehab offers alternative therapies to medication and individual or group counseling or psychotherapy etc. Alternative drug rehab could also be called holistic drug rehab.
Some examples of alternative therapies that an alternative drug rehab offers are:
- Vitamin Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Native American sweat lodge
And so much more depending on the specific alternative drug rehab! Chances are in today’s day and age you might already be an active participant in on these alternative therapies such as massage or yoga, as well as meditation. All of these things are not only an integral part of treating the disease of addiction and alcoholism, but are also great way for you to continue doing healthy things that you used to do before your addiction and alcoholism set in.
The importance of alternative drug rehab, and the reason I put my own word behind a drug rehab like this, is the fact that I believe drug addiction and alcoholism consist of more than just a physical and mental disease. I believe addiction is also a spiritual disease. And alternative drug rehab makes sure to treat all three of these things with the alternative therapies. Not only do the alternative therapies, for instance yoga, treat the physical and mental body but they also treat the spiritual aspect of a person. This is paramount in continuing on a happy and fulfilling life. Alternative drug rehab isn’t just focused on getting a person sober. It is also focused on giving that person the tools they need to have a true sense of well-being. Because I went to an alternative drug rehab, I not only found ways to sober but I also found ways to better my life in a mental, physical and especially a spiritual way. Because of that my life is more fulfilling than I could ever imagine.