Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Holiday Bulge

The holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a time full of mirth, merriment, and meals. For those struggling with overeating, this can be a very trying time.

New Dawn Recovery is a behavioral health organization based out of California. Through their eating disorder center of California, New Dawn has noticed a surprising trend in recent years. Individuals that have been suffering from overeating, binge eating, or compulsive eating, tend to peak in their emotional response to food stimulants during this time of year. This could partly be attributed to primitive instincts to stock up on food and calories at the time of year when food supplies are very scarce. It can also be attributed to sociological triggers as well.

During the holidays, the majority of the country is making their visits to family and dear friends all over the country and the world. For those people who have mental health issues tied to their self-esteem and body image issues, emotional responses can be queued up in the brain. Depression, anxiety, and other nervous issues can be triggered by seeing healthy and average-weight family and friends. This is one of the reasons we have the tradition of "New Year's Resolutions."

With all of the negative stimuli lurking out there in your positive holiday season, it is important that you stay calm, be patient, regulate your moods through breathing techniques, and try and eat with moderation and control.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Why Addiction Recovery Starts with the Family of the Addict

People often think of addiction as being about the addict. They think the addict needs help, the drug use needs to stop, the alcohol abuse is ruining their life... but how many people think about the family?

What I like about Family First Intervention is they don't start with the addict, they start with the family of the addict.

A quote from the home page of the website:

"Every situation we have encountered has something that can be changed drastically in the family system to give the problem back to their loved one. Many families each day tell us that they have called countless addiction interventionist treatment centers, therapist, psychiatrist and others only to be told that nothing can be done to help their loved one unless they want help or hit rock bottom instead of telling them to do an alcohol and drug intervention. Waiting for your loved one to want help or hit bottom can be dangerous because of the higher risk category they are in with every passing day of drinking or drugging. We work with the family before the intervention to ensure we make the addict or alcoholic accountable for all of their addiction and the family is educated on how to no longer be responsible for the problems that arise from their loved ones addiction."

I think this is the way addiction treatment should start. If your loved one needs help, forcing them into rehab before they are ready will likely result in failed rehab leading to relapse. The addict needs to be ready. If the family understands how they are enabling and allowing behaviors, the family can change... when the family changes, the addict becomes responsible and can be held accountable for their actions. Then, when they enter a rehab program, they are ready, which lessens the chance of relapse down the road.

Family First updates their blog often, so if you are interested in this subject, I suggest you subscribe to their blog: Family First Intervention Blog.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Intervention Question: When Do You Do a Drug or Alcohol Intervention?

Friends and family of loved ones abusing drugs and/or alcohol often know they need to intervene, but they aren't sure WHEN.

Mike Loverde, Nationally Recognized Drug and Alcohol Interventionist, addresses this question in a recent blog post.

When Do You Do a Drug or Alcohol Intervention?

"By the time our phone rings at Family First Intervention most situations and families are at the end of their rope but thankfully still alive. This is largely because family and friends downplay the severity of the addiction and situation or they may not feel they have the right to say something for fear of anger or backlash, and the all too common thought that the addiction is either a phase or it will correct itself. If the family or friends think they they should do something, then they probably should."

Read the entire article here: When Do You Do a Drug or Alcohol Intervention?