From our blog, articles tagged: Intervention

As a parent, you want the absolute best for your children. You spend quite a bit of time teaching them how to make decisions that will benefit them now and down the road as an adult.

When it comes to drinking, you certainly want to educate your children about alcohol and encourage them to steer clear from the substance.

At the very least, you don’t want your children to try drinking at a young age. Maybe you can be on board if they want to have a social drink when they are adults, but as teenagers, you may be inclined to believe that they are not old enough to handle the responsibility.

As such, just how do you set strong boundaries with children about drinking? What if you and/or your spouse drink? Does this make a difference in what you should expect from your children? Will teens be more apt to rebel or sneak off and drink if you set strong boundaries?

These are all great questions. Today, let’s discuss a bit about setting strong boundaries when it comes to alcohol and your children.

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Getting sober is not easy task. It comes with its ups and downs and a lot of hard work. With almost 60 percent of sober people experiencing relapse, it’s no wonder that people are afraid of getting sober. Understanding your fear of getting sober is the first step to conquering it. Once you get a hold on the fears that are driving your hesitation and procrastination, you can begin to see clearly the benefits of getting sober. Below are ten reasons why people are afraid to get sober and how to overcome them.

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Getting a loved one into treatment can be a difficult task, especially if the individual struggling with addiction is in denial about their disease.

Treatment is most effective when the addicted person has an inner desire to change and enter into recovery, but sometimes this internal shift only comes about with a push in the right direction. In some cases, staging an intervention may be the push that your loved one needs.

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It’s not easy to quit drinking alcohol. After years of drinking, your brain becomes programmed to crave alcohol, and it’s hard to ignore what your brain is telling you to do. Do you find yourself thinking, “Work is over; I should probably have a drink,” or “I drink every night. It’s weird not to,” or “I’m worried and I want to relax and forget about it…pour me another?”

If you drink frequently and have a high tolerance, you may think that you can handle drinking five or more drinks in one sitting. You might have lost your spouse, your kids, your license, or your job because of your drinking tendencies. You might have killed someone or almost killed yourself. Alcoholism, when it is so engrained in your behavior that you cannot stop despite consequences, is a dangerous addiction that is difficult to overcome.

To quit drinking alcohol is not easy; it requires extensive planning, action, and social support to carry out. If you are thinking of putting an end to your alcohol dependency, consider taking the steps outlined here:

 

Admit You Have a Drinking Problem

The first step, as popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous, is admitting that you have a problem with drinking alcohol. No one is inspired to do anything about a problem that doesn’t exist. First, you have to recognize that drinking has caused you problems. Think, “my wife didn’t just leave me…she left me because I am intolerable when I drink alcohol,” “I drank all of the money,” “I hurt the kids because of my drinking,” etc.

 

Think About Why You Drink Alcohol

Do you really need to drink? Is it because you are surrounded by others who drink? Does it relieve physical or emotional pain? Do you drink because you’re bored? Keep the reasoning in mind when developing your plan on how to beat alcoholism.

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8 to 9% of adults in the United States have some form of alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

If someone you love is one of the millions struggling, you’re probably concerned and looking for answers. Helping an alcoholic to stop drinking is never easy… but we’ve put together some “dos” and “don’ts” to help guide you through the situation.

 

DO: Seek Professional Treatment As Needed.

Remind your loved one that there is absolutely no shame in getting help for alcohol use disorder. If they are open to receiving treatment, you can help them look into treatment facility types and locations. Discuss the options of outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient with them. Discuss whether or not detoxification services are necessary. Be willing to speak to staff members at different facilities to help with the admission process, or stand by your loved ones side to offer support while they speak with admissions directors.

 

DON’T: Encourage Them to Quit Cold Turkey.

Advise them to consult with a doctor before making any sudden changes in their drinking patterns. Long-term, heavy drinkers are especially at risk for a condition called “delirium tremens,” a serious form of alcohol withdrawal characterized by tremors, cognitive decline, hallucinations, stupor, seizures, etc. Sudden alcohol withdrawal can even lead to coma or death, so it is imperative to move slowly towards sobriety.

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Are you or a loved one struggling with substance abuse and you’re not sure why?

Gaining insight into the motivation behind the drug use is a great first step towards recovery. There is no one answer to the question "why do people use drugs?" but we have provided the following list of potential reasons as a starting point for your inquiry.

Feel free to call the Two Dreams admissions team at 504-510-2331 to jumpstart your recovery today!

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The President recently proposed $1.1 billion in additional funding for opioid use disorder treatment.

Part of this plan involves expanding access to treatment; for example, buprenorphine-prescribing physicians were previously limited to seeing 100 patients, but are now allowed to see 200 patients in order to extend care to more of those who need it.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is coordinating trainings to certify more physicians to prescribe buprenorphine, and the Department of Health and Human Services is spreading funds to underserved community health centers all over the country with the intention of increasing substance use disorder services.

The President is also establishing a dedicated interagency task force, enhancing Medicaid’s coverage for mental health and substance use services, expanding public health and safety partnerships to combat the spread of heroin, and more.

Click here to find out more about the Nation’s plans to combat opioid abuse: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-additional-actions-address

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Has your loved one been acting "off" lately? Do you have reason to suspect that drug use may be the cause of their behavior?

The following list of signs and symptoms of drug use can be used as a guideline when trying to determine whether or not you should ask them about their substance use. If you do choose to discuss your concerns with your loved one, be sure to approach the topic from a place of genuine care and concern. Spitting accusations will cause the individual to recoil, but compassion can have a significant impact.

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Note from Dr. B.

The ongoing opioid overdose crisis has prompted the CDC to take action in the form of developing new guidelines for qualified prescribers. First and foremost, the CDC stresses that opioid therapy should be utilized only if all other treatment options have been exhausted. Opioids can vastly improve functionality and quality of life, but the benefits must be weighed against the risks of tolerance, addiction, overdose, etc. If opioids are absolutely necessary, the prescribing physician and patient should work together to formulate a safe plan of approach and establish realistic treatment goals before starting therapy.

These goals should be re-assessed throughout the course of treatment to ensure that the patient is still experiencing significant improvement. The CDC recommends that patients start off their therapy by taking low doses of short-acting opioids. The use of high dosage and/or extended-release (long acting) opioids is risky and warned against unless the alternatives are ineffective. Additional precautions should be taken when increasing dosage to 50mg or more per day in morphine equivalents, and increasing dosage by 90 mg or more per day is strongly discouraged. Patients with acute pain should be given a minimal amount of pills initially, as studies have shown that a three-day supply is usually sufficient for non-traumatic instances. This policy would lower the likelihood of abuse and protect short-term users from addiction.

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Nancy Davis, our Two Dreams New Orleans Outreach coordinator and Administrator, recently attended the Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference in Nashville on June 22-23. Innovations in Behavioral Health is a new conference being offered by Foundations Recovery Network, and is beneficial for those looking to broaden their knowledge and skill set in the treatment industry, medical field, and business management.

With our new IOP and OP treatment facility in New Orleans fast approaching its opening day, we thought Nancy Davis would be the perfect person to attend this conference. We recently sat down with Nancy to discuss her experience at the Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference to get the inside scoop on how this conference will benefit our New Orleans facility.

 

How was your experience at Innovations in Behavioral Health Conference?

Nancy: It was a fantastic conference, full of educational information pertaining to the addiction field. Many were in attendance and overall, I think the conference was a huge success. I’m excited for next year, as there is talk that the conference may add an additional day.

 

What topics were discussed at the Innovations in Behavioral Conference?

Nancy: Physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of treatment were discussed in great length at the conference, which are so important when dealing with addiction. At Two Dreams, we believe in a holistic approach to treatment and our 3-7-3 model of treatment emphasizes this approach. Addiction must be combated from multiple angles, and gaining additional insights and tools used in treating those with addiction was very helpful. In addition, practices for treating mental health conditions, approaches for timely interventions, and insights into revenue management were also topics covered. The information I gathered from this conference will definitely help our New Orleans facility.

 

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Why and How We Live Rhythmically at Two Dreams

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken

- Samuel Johnson

Every living organism has a natural rhythm. These rhythms are disrupted by illness, particularly drug and alcohol use. A drug can create false sleep. A drug can stimulate alertness. A drug can suppress appetite. Another can stimulate appetite.

The science behind living rhythmically, strategies that promote and restore natural rhythms, and the role of sleep, nutrition, meditation, and exercise in the 21st century approach to healing oneself in recovery are all important aspects of your journey at Two Dreams.

At Two Dreams the concept of living in the NOW (No Other Way) is central to living a life in recovery. Similarly, mindfulness is a state of active, open, non-judgmental attention on the present. Many treatment programs and practitioners are employing mindfulness in the care and management of patients with mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders- diseases and symptoms which tend to cluster together.

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