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3 Reasons Why You Should Try Acupuncture

A women receiving acupuncture therapyYou might be surprised to learn that the healing art of acupuncture has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. And, it has even been recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a safe and effective form of therapy for a wide range of physical and behavioral health conditions.

If you haven’t tried acupuncture before, you might consider trying this holistic therapy. It can help rebalance your mind and body while stimulating the natural healing response.

And, it is especially helpful for individuals who are in recovery from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. In fact, it has been shown to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings.

If you are working on your sobriety, talk to your addiction recovery team about incorporating acupuncture as part of your comprehensive plan of care. In addition to supporting your sober lifestyle, acupuncture can also offer a wide variety of holistic health benefits.

3 Ways Acupuncture Can Support Your Total Health

(1) It can help reduce stress.

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture therapy can actually help you manage stress at the molecular level by lowering the amount of stress-induced hormones in your body. And, given that chronic stress has been linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, this holistic method of stress management can help support your overall health and well-being.

(2) Acupuncture can help you become more tolerant and patient.

One of the hidden benefits of acupuncture therapy is that it forces you to slow down and relax. After the needles are inserted, most acupuncture therapists recommend that you remain seated for 20 to 60 minutes during the therapy session. With regular practice, you can learn how to become more patient and comfortable experiencing life at a slower pace.

(3) With regular treatments, acupuncture can help treat pain holistically.

Many people live with episodic and chronic pain. But, there are effective alternatives to prescription painkillers that don’t carry the risk of opioid addiction. Acupuncture therapy has been shown to help ease pain and help individuals find relief. In one study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, research participants who received acupuncture therapy reported a 50 percent decrease in pain symptoms as a result.

Holistic, Comprehensive Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

At Synergy Group Services, we leverage a wide spectrum of therapies designed to help individuals who are dealing with a chemical dependency. As part of our comprehensive approach, we also offer a variety of holistic therapies including acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback and art therapy. If you are concerned about your own use of drugs or alcohol and want help, don’t wait. Please contact us today at (888) 267-8070 to learn more about our approach to addiction recovery.



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Eating Disorder Recovery Rate Higher Than Previous Reports

According to one recent estimate, 30 million Americans will develop an eating disorder during their lifetime. And, it can take many different forms including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and other variations of disordered eating patterns.

But, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, there is hope. Scientists investigated recovery rates over time and followed up with 176 patients 20 to 25 years after their initial diagnosis. They found that that nearly two-thirds of research participants who received treatment did eventually recover. (Previous research suggested that only 50% of patients recover.)

“The findings inspire me to remain hopeful in my work as a clinician with these patients,” said Kamryn Eddy, an eating disorder researcher and the study’s lead author. “Participants received all types of treatment, including outpatient individual, family, and group therapy, inpatient and residential treatment, nutritional counseling, medications and medical care,” Eddy said.

While this study suggests that individuals facing an eating disorder diagnosis can make progress with treatment, it does support the need for continued research to better understand the biology and genetics of the disease. Armed with that information, the treatment community can continue to improve recovery rates and lower the risk of relapse.

5 Common Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Do you have an unhealthy relationship with food? If you answer Yes to one or more of the following questions, contact Synergy Group Services for information about our comprehensive Florida eating disorder program.

(1) Do you often eat alone because you want to hide how much or how little you are eating?

(2) Do you often avoid social situations where you know food will be present

(3) Do you make yourself vomit or abuse laxatives in an attempt to avoid weight gain?

(4) Do you often exercise compulsively, going to the gym multiple times each day?

(5) Are you addicted to stimulants to suppress your appetite?

Florida Eating Disorder Treatment

The eating disorder program at Synergy is a designed treatment program that includes assessments and treatments addressing dietary and nutritional issues as well as issues of denial and powerlessness, and loss of control. Call (888) 267-8070 or contact us online.

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Building Positive Momentum: Goal Setting in Recovery

Did you know that you can use your to-do list to fight depression? Research has shown that individuals who regularly give themselves specific and attainable goals throughout the day, and work towards achieving those, report feeling more confident and less depressed.

So, why does this work? Scientists theorize that individuals who craft personal and professional goals benefit from a series of self-esteem boosts as they’re able to meet and exceed their own expectations.

While goal setting can serve as a helpful tool for everyone, it’s especially helpful for those with a dual-diagnosis. That positive momentum can help you fuel your goals of sobriety too.

3 Healthy Goal-Setting Habits

(1) Pick up a book once a day. If you want to start adding more mini-goals into your everyday routine, consider setting your sights on reading every day. To ease into it, set a timer for 15 minutes at the same each evening to read a good book. This is also a good exercise in breaking down a larger project (reading an entire novel) into bite-sized, attainable tasks (reading one chapter at a time.)

(2) Curb spending with a “cash only” day. If you’re paying with a credit or debit card, it’s all too easy to spend more at the grocery store or at the mall than your budget allows. Based on your personal budget, pick one day of the week where you set aside a specific amount of cash and only use that for purchases that day. By getting into the habit of staying within your budget, you’ll be able to meet your longer-term financial goals.

(3) Aim to keep your car parked on Saturdays. If you happen to live within walking distance restaurants and coffee shops, think about cultivating a goal to work more exercise into your routine. For example, instead of getting into the car on Saturday to grab a cup of coffee, grab your sunglasses and walk or bike there instead. There are a lot of different ways in which you can achieve your personal fitness goals and you don’t have to pay for a gym membership to support your good health!

If you are thinking about setting goals for yourself as part of a sober routine, it’s important to make them specific AND attainable to break the cycle of negativity. Goals that are vague (I want to be more fit) or too lofty (I want to run a marathon next month) can derail your progress.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Synergy Group has become widely renown for achieving great outcomes in the treatment of individuals who are struggling with a co-occurring disorder in addition to a chemical dependency. Part of the reason is that our very intimate setting accommodates a maximum of five clients at a time and the high staff to client ratio allows us to closely monitor how each client is responding to the various therapeutic processes and adjust their regimen accordingly. Call: (888) 267-8070 to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment options.

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Do You Have Adult ADHD? 3 Symptoms to Watch

Did you know that up to five percent of children exhibit the signs and symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? While pediatricians now regularly screen young patients for this condition, unfortunately, it still often goes undetected in adults.

ADHD left untreated can hamper your productivity at work, cause undue stress on your personal relationships and put you at greater risk of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. Given that, it is important to understand the patterns of behavior associated with this diagnosis to reduce your risk of addiction and improve your quality of life.

Below includes a few of the most common symptoms of ADHD. If these sound familiar, you should consult a licensed therapist to get an accurate diagnosis.

3 Behaviors Associated with ADHD

(1) You find it hard to follow a conversation.

Have you ever started talking to someone and suddenly found yourself at a loss for words because you had lost track of what they were talking about? One of the most profound symptoms of adult ADHD is an inability to focus while getting distracted easily. While it’s normal to have your mind wander from time to time, it may be a sign of ADHD if this happens to you frequently throughout your day.

(2) You’re chronically late to appointments and forget to pay bills on time.

Paying your phone bill one or two days past the due date certainly doesn’t guarantee a diagnosis of ADHD. But, if this becomes a regular occurrence, you might do some self-refection. Is this a busy season in your life, or has this been a regular occurrence throughout your adult life?

(3) You buy things you don’t really need and can’t stick to a budget.

Have you ever gone grocery shopping, only to come home and realize that you bought WAY too much food? Or, do you regularly get deliveries of clothes that you bought online and can’t afford? A pattern of impulsive shopping behavior is one of the most common signs of ADHD among adults.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in Florida

Did you know that 70 percent of people with a substance use disorder are also battling an additional psychiatric condition. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction and a co-occurring mental illness (such as ADHD) don’t wait to seek treatment. As addiction worsens, so does the co-occurring condition — and vice versa. Contact Synergy Group today so we can start treating both diseases simultaneously. Call: (888) 267-8070 to learn more about our dual diagnosis treatment options.

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