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Why a Spiritual Approach to Addiction Recovery?

Posted on June 18th, 2018

By Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT, Executive Director at Promises Malibu & Malibu Vista

For many people, spirituality is a loaded term. It’s a word that is often closely tied to religion, dogma and doctrines. Some people find the word intimidating. However, when it comes to addiction recovery and mental health treatment, one of the most important aspects of healing is integrating a spiritual element or addressing spirituality in a way that allows people to connect to something bigger than them.

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Are You Hiding Behind Your Weekend Drinking Problem?

So maybe you overdo it from time to time — okay, a lot of the time, but you only drink on the weekends and an occasional weekday, so it’s no problem, right? Just because you don’t drink everyday doesn’t mean you’re safe from alcohol dependence and addiction. In fact, if you’re over the recommendations for moderate drinking — no more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 drinks a week for men — you’ve crossed the line into heavy drinking or binge drinking. Of the 136 million Americans who use alcohol, more than 47% are binge drinkers according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Are you one of them? Here’s some warning signs.

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Taking Time Off Work for Drug Rehab

Posted on June 6th, 2018

Nicole drank until she blacked out every night, but managed to drag herself out of bed each morning and go to work. Because she continued to work and pay her bills, she spent years denying that she had a drinking problem.

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How Marijuana Use Affects Your Looks

Posted on May 30th, 2018

Eyes: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the marijuana high, lowers blood pressure, impacting cells in the eyes. Blood vessels in the eyes expand in response to low blood pressure, a normal response to maintain proper vision. Dilated capillaries and open blood vessels increase blood flow, leading to bloodshot eyes. Redness is more visible against the white part of the eye (sclera). The higher the THC content, the greater the likelihood of bloodshot eyes, therefore edibles can also cause this side effect. Marijuana smoke creates additional eye irritation in some people. This can result in itchy, dry and watery eyes in addition to a “bloodshot” appearance.

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How Opioid Use Affects Your Looks

Posted on May 30th, 2018

Despite heroin use impacting people of all socioeconomic strata, from Middle America to Hollywood, the stereotypical image of a heroin addict persists. Many people still think of heroin users as painfully thin individuals with track marks up and down their arms. Although opioid abuse comes with a host of serious short-and long-term side effects, some drug-related changes in appearance might be more accurately attributed to a reckless lifestyle. For example, some users forgo food to buy drugs.

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How Methamphetamine Use Affects Your Looks

Posted on May 30th, 2018

Of all the drugs that alter a person’s looks, methamphetamine (meth) causes the most overt visible signs of abuse. Meth abuse wreaks havoc on the entire body, destroying tissues and blood vessels and inhibiting the body’s ability to repair itself. The effects of meth include a decrease in appetite, resulting in muscle degradation, unhealthy loss of body mass, atrophy and a skeletal appearance. Meth abuse also causes the facial structure to undergo a horrific transformation due to serious skin issues and tooth loss.

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Struggling to Stay Sober? Try Some Self-Compassion

Posted on April 30th, 2018

By Meghan Vivo

Being kind to ourselves doesn’t come naturally to some of us. It can be an unfamiliar practice for those who have grown accustomed to mistreatment as a result of trauma early in life. And while self-compassion is essential for a life of sobriety, people with addiction more often feel deserving of punishment.

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Gucci Mane: The Road to Recovery and Success

Posted on April 30th, 2018

By Sara Schapmann

Gucci Mane is riding high these days on the success of 12 studio albums, a new autobiography and the creation of his own record label. But for years the American rapper was lost in a different kind of high; one that cost him around $500 a day and contributed to a downward spiral that landed him a three-year prison sentence.

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9 Multidisciplinary Addiction Treatment Techniques

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu

Addiction recovery cannot be achieved through one method alone. Research has shown that a multidisciplinary approach is essential for both healing from the ravages of addiction and maintaining sobriety. The best drug rehabs address addiction on all levels and offer support for mind, body and spirit.

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Do Married Couples Have to Be Celibate in Addiction Recovery?

Posted on April 9th, 2018

By Christian Castaneda, LCSW, Program Director at Promises Malibu

Addiction recovery is a vulnerable and healing time when people must learn new ways of creating healthy relationships with themselves and others. Singles must remove themselves from unhealthy sexual encounters and refrain from starting new romantic or sexual relationships for one year. But what if you are in a marriage or partnership?

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