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What Should I Do If I Relapse?

relapseUnfortunately, relapse is often a reality of recovery. Up to 60% of patients who receive treatment for a substance use disorder will relapse within one year, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association — and the rate is even higher with drugs like heroin.

Addiction recovery is a lifelong healing process, filled with ups and downs, successes and disappointments and often instances of backsliding or relapse.

Here’s what to do (and what not to do) if you relapse:

  • Do take responsibility. Your first step is to recognize that you slipped up – and so it’s now time to redouble your efforts so you can better understand and control your cravings and triggers. This isn’t to say that you need to have the answers right now. You just need to be able to accept what happened and move forward with your recovery.
  • Don’t beat yourself up. It’s easy to heap blame on yourself about how you should have somehow been able to avoid using again – but that’s counterproductive. Along the same lines, it’s also a mistake to think that there’ s nothing you can do about it. Relapse is not a failure, but a sign that you need to evaluate and tweak your recovery strategy. It’s an opportunity to learn more about yourself and your addiction.
  • Do seek professional help. Working with an addiction professional can help you better understand the root cause of your slip-up and equip you with coping skills to prevent another relapse in the future. This is also the time to lean on your support network, so go to a 12-step meeting or talk to a sponsor or loved one. For someone who has relapsed multiple times, more intensive treatment is likely required.

Get Support at Synergy
If you or a loved one is seeking an individualized addiction treatment plan, look no further. Our programs and activities are designed to give each client the tools he or she needs to prevent relapse and succeed at lasting recovery. To learn more, call today: 888-267-8070.

Dangers of “Drunkorexia”

drunkorexia“Drunkorexia” — a combination of “drunk” and “anorexia” — continues to be a big trend among nearly a third of college kids, both male and females. The practice refers to the behaviors of drinkers who skip meals or exercise intensely to offset calories from a heavy night of drinking, or to enhance the high from drinking. In extreme cases, the behaviors may be related to bulimia or anorexia, and the alcohol is used to make purging easier or to cope with eating anxieties.

The combination of disordered eating and binge drinking can have some serious short- and long-term physical and psychological health consequences. Drinking on an empty stomach raises a person’s blood alcohol level quickly, often at dangerous speeds. The result: higher rates of blackouts, alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related injury and violence.

Drunkorexia also has an adverse effect on hydration and the body’s ability to retain minerals and nutrients.  Vitamin deficiency (especially thiamine) is one major concern because it can lead to nerve and brain damage. Because of the way women’s bodies process alcohol, young females are more susceptible to these harmful consequences than male adolescents.

Other negative effects of drunkorexia include a higher risk of:

  • Short- and long-term cognitive problems, including difficulty concentrating, studying and making decisions
  • Serious eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Unprotected sex
  • Damage to the liver, stomach and heart

Alcohol Abuse and Eating Disorders
Studies reveal that individuals with eating disorders are up to five times as likely as those without eating disorders to develop substance use disorders – and it works the other way, too. Abusing alcohol or drugs also increases your chance of developing an eating disorder. At Synergy, we treat both conditions, providing clients with a personalized treatment regimen that addresses the psychological disorder and the chemical dependency simultaneously. To learn more, call today: 888-267-8070.

Study: Teens at Elite High Schools Face Higher Addiction Risk

teens at elite high schools higher addiction ratesPrivilege doesn’t offer protection from addiction, according to a new study of more than 500 teens published in the journal Development and Psychopathology.

In fact, teens at elite U.S. high schools face an even higher addiction risk – with rates twice as high as national norms, noted researchers.

“Results showed that among both men and women and across annual assessments, these young adults had substantial elevations, relative to national norms, in frequency of several indicators – drinking to intoxication and of using marijuana, stimulants such as Adderall, cocaine, and club drugs such as ecstasy,” said study author Suniya Luthar, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University, in a press release.

“Paradoxical though it may seem, these ostensibly privileged youth, many of who start experimenting early and often with drinking and drugs, could well be among the groups at highest risk for alcoholism and addiction in adulthood,” Luthar said.

The study noted the following as possible reasons for the increased risk, including:

  • Pressure to succeed or stress about the “right” college
  • Having money needed to buy drugs, alcohol and high-quality fake IDs
  • Widespread peer approval of substance use
  • Lack of awareness from parents

While researchers have long-linked substance use disorders with children growing up in poverty, Luthar noted that there needs to be more studies to identify and treat addiction in well-to-do areas. “We now need the same dedicated research on kids who grow up in pressure-cooker, high-achieving schools,” she said.

Addiction Help for Young Adults
In recent years, we have seen the increased need for alcoholism treatmentprescription drug treatment and opiate and heroin addiction treatment among young adults. For more specific information on our drug and alcohol rehab for young adults, please reach out to our admissions department today. Call: 888-267-8070.

Flakka: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug

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Doctors and police are warning the public about a dangerous synthetic drug called Flakka, which is gaining popularity on the streets of South Florida.

Flakka is a synthetic street drug mixed with bath salts that causes hallucinations, anxiety, psychosis, and paranoia.

A 50-year-old man named James West, high on Flakka, was caught on surveillance camera kicking the glass doors of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in. Police said West was hallucinating and thought 25 cars were chasing him down Broward Boulevard.

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi said, “we are actually seeing a lot more patients coming in hallucinating. Very fast heart rate, high body temperature, with almost super human strength.”

Dr. Sanadi said the drug can be snorted, smoked, or ingested for a cheap high that results in a “bad reaction.”

“The brain tells them that there’s something going on when there may be nothing going on,” explains Dr. Sanadi.

Other side effects from Flakka are permanent effects on the brain or heart leading to a heart attack or stroke. It can also lead to kidney failure, and a potential lifetime need for dialysis.

Emergency room doctors say many victims do not even know what’s actually in the drug they’re taking.

Flakka, also knows as “gravel” can be mixed with methamphetamine, other drugs, and is a bath salt synthetic stimulant that can be purchased online, and resold by drug dealers.

According to the United Way of Broward County’s Commission of Substance Abuse, around 126 people died from using Flakka in Florida in 2013.

There are many dangers involved in taking synthetic drugs. You can lose your freedom, family, and life. If you are suffering from addiction, our Florida based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center offers help.

Our team of qualified medical professionals and staff will walk you through the journey of recovery. We offer customized treatment plans to each of our clients because we understand that every individual is different.

Drugs can rob us of everything we hold dear. It’s never too late to get help, and contacting us is a courageous first step. Everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy, sober life.

Drunk Man Slaps NYPD Horse

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An intoxicated man named Victor Flores, allegedly slapped an NYPD horse on the rear in Times Square at West 47th and Seventh Avenue around 9:30 pm. The horse was spooked, and almosted tossed the officer riding on him.

Authorities say the horse could have tossed Officer Jabez Kong off his back and into oncoming traffic or into the crowded street.

Flores was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and drug possession after police found a bag of cocaine on him.

Flores told cops, “I don’t get it, tourists pet the horses all the time. I don’t get why I am in trouble for this. I was just saying hello.”

He also said, “I’m really sorry officer. I was drunk. I didn’t hurt the horse. I was petting him.”

Alcohol lowers inhibitions and causes us to make rash decisions. Common sense eludes us when we are under the influence.

Drinking alcohol and making poor choices can have many consequences. We can encounter legal problems, as well as relationship consequences. One poor decision can cost us our freedom, and even our lives.

If you have a problem with alcohol, we can help you at our Florida based drug and alcohol treatment center. We offer specialized programs designed to help you overcome addiction.

It’s never too late to get the help you deserve, and our caring staff will walk you through the entire rehabilitation process. Everyone deserves a chance to start living a life free from pain and addiction.

Living a sober life is a wonderful way to wake up each morning. You will wake up knowing exactly what you did the previous night, and not wonder about if you made a decision you will regret.

You will feel a sense of freedom from the panic and fear addiction causes. You will wake up with a clear head instead of a massive hangover. You will be able to look yourself in the mirror with pride, knowing you’re living a clean and sober life.

You can take charge of your life and free yourself from the bonds of addiction. Maintaining long-term sobriety is achievable through a rehab like ours.

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