Narconon Arrowhead http://www.narcononarrowhead.org Drug Rehab Treatment Program Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:41:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Narconon Arrowhead Talks about How to Simplify Life After Addictionhttp://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-talks-about-how-to-simplify-life-after-addiction/ http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-talks-about-how-to-simplify-life-after-addiction/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:41:29 +0000 http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/?p=4755 happy 262x300 Narconon Arrowhead Talks about How to Simplify Life After AddictionLife isn’t always simple or easy, but one of the very best ways to give yourself an advantage is to stay sober and healthy. There are already enough barriers and challenges in life without unnecessarily giving yourself more. That, however, is exactly what a person does when he starts experimenting with drugs.

Drugs of all types dull your perceptions and make it harder to think clearly. When everyday living needs you to be at your sharpest, drugs do nothing but slow you down. They can complicate your life beyond belief, especially if you become addicted.

The first week of every August is “Simplify Your Life Week,” so this is the best time of the year to look at how to fight back against all of the complications that drug use present. Here are several ways that you can add simplicity and peach to your own life after completing a drug rehabilitation program.

1. Start Creating To-Do Lists

We live in a world with lots of ways to divert your attention. It can be hard to remember the vital actions that you have to get done every day when your phone is constantly dinging with text messages and the kids are playing loudly at their video games. It’s important to focus on the vital actions of living and to not let these distractions get to you, though. Having a heightened stress level is one of the most insidious ways that a drug relapse can work its way back into your life, and you have to avoid that at all costs.

In order to ignore the distractions and focus on what’s really important in your life, it’s time to start making a daily “To Do” list. Put down everything that has been nagging at you and then you have incomplete. It can be everything from an unpaid bill to a gardening project that you promised your spouse you’d work on. Once you have everything set down, break it down by day. Get your daily actions out of the way, and then start attacking your list item by item, starting with whatever is hardest to face, first.

2. Throw Out or Give Away Junk

Physical complications are another major target of attack when you’re working on simplifying your life after addiction. Like most Americans, you probably have piles of junk in corners around your house. How good would it feel to get rid of it all? Go through all the closets and cupboards (and your basement or attack) and be ruthless with getting rid of all the junk that you really don’t need. You can donate items that are in good repair to charities such as Goodwill. You can then recycle or throw away the rest. When all of it is gone, you will feel much better mentally.

3. Spend Less Time on the Computer and More Time Outside

If you’re like most American adults, you probably spend a good percentage of your time on the computer. Whether it’s checking Facebook updates, answering emails or simply looking up a YouTube video a friend told you about, the urge to spend a lot of your free hours on the computer can be overwhelming. You’ll often spend more time browsing than you even realize.

Start limiting the amount of time that you spend on the computer every day so that you can refocus it elsewhere. Go for walks or exercise outside instead of spending that time staring at a screen. You’ll feel much better, and your body will be healthier as a result, too!

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Robin Williams’ Suicide Death Raises Awareness About Depression, Holistic Rehabhttp://www.narcononarrowhead.org/robin-williams-suicide-death-raises-awareness-about-depression-holistic-rehab/ http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/robin-williams-suicide-death-raises-awareness-about-depression-holistic-rehab/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:37:08 +0000 http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/?p=4738 robin williams 234x300 Robin Williams Suicide Death Raises Awareness About Depression, Holistic RehabThere’s no doubt that, as an actor, comedian and friend, Robin Williams touched the lives of millions of people around the world during his life. And, as we collectively mourn the shocking suicide of the 63-year-old Oscar-winner, husband and father this week, one resounding question hangs in the air: Could he have been helped? Tragic as it is, Williams’ untimely death is also an opportunity to shed light on the connection between depression, addiction and suicide, and the benefits that holistic treatments may have over antidepressants and other potentially harmful pharmaceutical drugs, which are typically considered the first line of defense against depression.

Depression’s Link to Suicidal Tendencies

Robin Williams battled alcohol addiction, substance abuse and severe depression for decades before his death, and, just one month before committing suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, the actor checked himself back into a Minnesota treatment facility in an effort to reinforce his sobriety. “After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud,” a representative for the actor told the media in July 2014. However, according to Williams’ publicist, Mara Buxbaum, the actor had been struggling with “severe depression” for years before committing suicide on August 11.

Depression in the United States

One in ten Americans struggles with symptoms of depression, and the unfortunate truth is that in the United States, the go-to treatment for depression is antidepressant drug treatment. Despite the growing popularity of antidepressants in the U.S., estimates show that only about one-third of individuals suffering from depression will actually achieve remission after beginning treatment with antidepressants. Even more alarming, many antidepressant drugs can worsen a person’s depressive symptoms, and, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), people who take certain antidepressant drugs may have an increased risk for attempting suicide.

Benefits of Holistic Solutions for Addiction & Depression

As additional information comes to light about the dangers of antidepressants and other pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of depression, more and more people struggling with depression are embracing the benefits of holistic therapy. Holistic rehab focuses on treating both mind and body as a whole – incorporating exercise, life skills and a healthy diet into a daily regimen that can help treat the symptoms of depression in a natural, drug-free way. “We know that diet can have a strong influence on mood,” says Eric Endlich, PhD, a clinical psychologist based in Boston. “And eating a balanced diet can keep your blood sugars stable throughout the day and help calm your mood. This stability is especially important if you’re depressed.”

Combat Depression With Diet, Exercise

Research also shows that taking a holistic approach through drug free treatment, and sticking to a regular exercise routine can have a positive effect on mood and energy levels. In fact, according to a 2007 study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, exercise was as effective as medication in treating depression in some people. Feelings of depression are very common, especially for those struggling with substance abuse issues, and Robin Williams’ recent suicide has brought public attention to the severity of the issue, and the different ways in which depression can be treated. By rejecting antidepressant drug therapy and embracing a more holistic approach to the treatment of depression, many could benefit and find relief from their depressive symptoms.

Parents should also be well aware of the symptoms of drug use and the connection between this use and depressive symptoms and behavior. Acting quickly to get a loved one help through a holistic or drug free program that helps to restore diet and nutrients through vitamins and minerals and provides treatment that helps to restore the mind and body can be the best solution with the result being long term sobriety.

 

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Narconon Arrowhead Offers Drug Prevention Tools for a Drug Free School Yearhttp://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-offers-drug-prevention-tools-for-a-drug-free-school-year/ http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-offers-drug-prevention-tools-for-a-drug-free-school-year/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:51:17 +0000 http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/?p=4731 drug free 300x200 Narconon Arrowhead Offers Drug Prevention Tools for a Drug Free School YearThe summer really went by fast, didn’t it? It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that kids were coming home from school and everyone was figuring out summer break plans. Where should we go on the weekend? Who wants to go swimming? Is an out-of-state trip in the budget this year?

Now that we’re in August, many kids are heading back to school soon. Even your older children may be heading off to college in a few weeks. With school just around the corner, you’re probably heading out to buy school supplies or getting new outfits purchased. While all this preparation will certainly make the school year go more smoothly, there may be one vital area of preparation that parents are missing out on. This is knowing how to prepare for a drug-free school year and having the necessary conversations with your kids to make it happen.

As the country’s premiere drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, Narconon Arrowhead has several tips for making this school year one of the best ever (by keeping it free from drugs.)

Get Involved at School

Keeping your kids off drugs takes multiple approaches all working together at the same time. You can’t just talk to your kids and expect them to never use drugs. You actually have to get involved in their lives to have the best effect. One way of doing this is to get involved at school. At the very least, introduce yourself to the principal of your child’s school and meet her teacher as well. If you do nothing else, make sure you have a strong, working relationship with these faculty members. If you want, do even more by volunteering at the school. You’ll get a strong sense of how the school actually works to combat drug use when you’re there in the halls.

Make a Point of Eating Family Meals Together

One of the best approaches you can take to keep your kids drug-free is to simply be very involved in their lives. One way to do this is by making a point of eating family meals together on a regular basis. While this may seem like a simple point, many families overlook it completely. Everyone in the family can be so busy that each member just grabs food or eats it in front of the TV. By having everyone around the table talking about their days, you can get a sense of how your kids are really doing and if they’re facing anything that they need help with.

Make a Point of Meeting the Parents of Your Child’s Friends

While you might completely trust the judgment of your kids in deciding who to be friends with, it’s a sad fact that most young people get introduced to drug use through their friends. They might be at a party of simply over at a friend’s house when it happens, but you can help prevent it by meeting the parents of their friends and making sure that their views on preventing drug use match your own.

Have Lots of After-School Activities Planned

Boredom is one of the greatest friends of drug use. It’s likely that many children and teens have their first-ever sip or beer or experience with drugs when they’re bored. If they had better ways of using their time, they might not have ever been interested in trying to get drunk or high. In order to keep your kids from getting interested in drugs, make sure that you fill up their time with lots of after-school activities. By keeping them involved in sports, theater, Boy Scouts or any of the other productive activities offered, you can keep them learning and growing instead of sinking down into drug use.

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Narconon Arrowhead Celebrates its 4300th Graduatehttp://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-celebrates-its-4300th-graduate/ http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/narconon-arrowhead-celebrates-its-4300th-graduate/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:38:32 +0000 http://www.narcononarrowhead.org/?p=4721 success 300x252 Narconon Arrowhead Celebrates its 4300th GraduateThe goal of any drug and alcohol rehabilitation center should be very simple. It is to help drug addicts recover from their substance abuse and return to lives of sobriety, health and happiness. If a program is successful, graduates should not find it difficult to go back out into society and stay free from the harmful effects of drugs. They should definitely not find themselves relapsing over and over again.

Sadly, that is exactly what happens for the graduates of far too many rehab centers. Instead of truly becoming sober, they find themselves graving drugs again very soon after leaving their programs. They may sign up for a 12-step program, but they shamefully admit over and over again that they have to turn in their “number of days sober” tokens after using drugs or drinking once again.

These individuals deserve a better form of rehabilitation and a brighter future. Thankfully there is one out there, but not enough addicts know about it. That program is Narconon Arrowhead, and it recently celebrated its 4300th graduate.

Making Real Changes in the Lives of Addicts

Narconon Arrowhead was founded with the understanding that the world needed a better model for drug rehabilitation centers. When the families of addicts go to most rehabs, they are at the end of their ropes. They don’t know what to do about the addiction of the person they love, and they may have tried everything they can think of to get the person to stop.

At Narconon Arrowhead, things are different. The center uses a proven method of actually detoxifying addicts of their years of drug use so that they don’t have the urges to continue using drugs in the future. The cause of relapses has actually been removed from their bodies, so they don’t need to go back to using drugs over and over again in the future.

Helping Thousands Stay Clean

Due to the incredible success that Narconon Arrowhead has had at helping addicts get clean and stay that way, thousands have flocked to the center so that they can get sober, too. In fact, Arrowhead just celebrated the graduated of its 4300th client. This was yet another milestone in Arrowhead’s continued advances in providing revolutionary drug rehab therapy to everyone that needs it.

In order to celebrate the occasion, Arrowhead had a special graduation ceremony for all of the patients in its recovery program. They were all able to listen to stories of recovery and renewed sobriety. It was an inspiration event that helped all of the attendees re-commit themselves to moving through the program so that they too can reach full sobriety and health once again. Families and friends were also in attendance and enjoyed a day full of happiness and renewed optimism for the future.

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