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Having An Addictive Personality Isn’t a Real Thing

Having An Addictive Personality Isn’t a Real Thing

Having An Addictive Personality Isn’t a Real Thing

“I won’t get addicted, I don’t have an addictive personality” and “I can’t help it, I have an addictive personality” are statements that many people have heard at some point in their lifetime. While this can be about innocent things like sweets, caffeine, or TV shows, when you introduce drug addiction to the list, it becomes an entirely different conversation.

Addiction is a complex disorder whose cause cannot be isolated to just a personality trait. While it would make diagnosing addiction and treating it much easier, there is no single connection that has been identified to cause addiction (though some genes are believed to be linked to different forms of addiction developing). There are families where every member except one has an addiction, while others are addiction-free except for a single member. To put it simply, anyone can develop an addiction at any time.

What is well known is that addiction is profoundly affected by your environment. There are a variety of environmental factors that play a significant role in whether or not you become addicted to something, such as a stressful environment or unhealthy relationships. These can lead to behaviors that put you at a higher risk of abusing drugs to cope, eventually leading to an addiction. However, not all addictions are the same, and a misunderstanding of what addiction is can help explain the addictive personality phenomenon and why more people don’t seek addiction treatment before it is too late.

Damaging Effects of Addiction Stereotypes

One paper published argues that, at any given time, it is plausible that approximately 47% of the adult US population is showing signs of an addiction disorder. That means that nearly 1 in 2 adults in the US have some maladaptive behaviors associated with an addiction disorder. That number is in stark contrast to the documented 11% of adult males who are reported drug abusers.  So how can 47% of the population be considered addicted to something and yet, simultaneously, only 11% (approximately 22% when including females) of the population be addicted to drugs?

The problem comes down to damaging stereotypes associated with addiction. When people hear the word “addict,” images of criminals and degenerates come to mind. However, this is not the case for the vast majority of people suffering from addiction disorders. After all, are 47% of people on the streets, committing crimes, or fulfilling other stereotypes associated with addiction at any given time? Of course not! 

The behaviors of an “out-of-control” addiction versus a “high-functioning” addiction are very different. The very damaging, but sometimes accurate, picture of people putting their lives and family at risk to satisfy a craving is real, but it’s not the only picture of a person suffering from an addiction disorder. While that may be the stereotype, the fact is 47% of the US population is NOT putting their lives and family at risk to satisfy a craving – so what is an accurate picture?  Research tells us that there is no precise picture; that anyone, at any time, can show addictive tendencies or behaviors. There is no one personality or one trait that is the cause for someone’s addiction, or the severity of the addiction. 

What Is An Addiction Disorder?

If you are no longer thinking about the damaging image of the stereotypical drug addict, then you open yourself up to being more reflective about what an addiction disorder is and how it presents in different people. The fact is that anyone can become addicted to something. Things like family history and exposure to the substance can make addiction more likely, but it is a combination of many invisible stressors that combine to make an addiction disorder present itself in damaging ways to the user.

There is a difference between habitual and addictive behaviors. Often when someone is describing their “addiction” to television or drinking wine with dinner, they are commenting on their habit of watching TV every day or drinking wine with every dinner. The line between addiction and habit can get blurry, but frequency does not determine addiction. People spending excessive time working or on their hobbies would not be considered an addiction to most despite being more frequent than binge drinking on weekends, which can be seen as a problem or addiction. As a rule of thumb, if stopping the behavior causes physical or emotional issues to develop, or it begins to harm your life, it may be an addiction.

Addiction Treatment for All Personalities

Whether or not an addictive personality is real, we know one thing for sure: addiction is very real. If you find yourself struggling to kick an unhealthy habit or addiction, consider seeking addiction treatment before it gets out of control.

At Ocean Hills Recovery, we’re well versed in identifying unhealthy behaviors and helping you put an end to it. We understand that addiction is not always in your control, but getting help is. Our holistic approach to mental health treatment ensures all aspects of your addiction – physical, mental, and spiritual health – are addressed for comprehensive rehabilitation.

Take your personality into your own hands and get help today. Call today to get started with an addiction specialist.

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Warning Signs of Suicide

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide is a major cause of death across all ages, sexual orientations, and all demographics. It is a harrowing experience for all of those affected, so we will take a look at some of the major warning signs of suicide that should give rise to concern.

According to save.org, nearly 800,000 people in the world die from suicide each year. This amounts to one suicide every 40 seconds. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States alone. While these numbers count the deaths by suicide, lest we not forgot the number of suicide attempts. There is one death for every four attempts. Thus, suicide is a genuine and ongoing problem. This is by no means a comprehensive list of potential warning signs of suicide, but these are some of the main things to look for:

1. Sudden Withdrawal from Society

If you observe a person suddenly withdrawing from all social contact, this should raise a red flag. This can extend to avoiding friends and rejecting family outings. If someone is cut off from social connections, that is a sign that they may be feeling suicidal. According to webmd.com, the exponential concern should be given if the events or contacts that a person has abandoned are things they typically really enjoy. 

2. Increased Substance Use

Whether it is drugs or alcohol, dependence, or abuse of either substance tells of a heightened need to escape reality. This could be considered the first step in a march toward suicide and should be noted as such. Abuse is also a sign that the user cares little about the effects or consequences of their actions and an ultimate detachment from their sense of well-being.

3. Harmful Behavior

This is a sort of follow-up to increased abuse of substances. Destructive behavior includes substance abuse, but it can also be generally risky behavior, driving recklessly, or unsafe sex. Engaging in any activities or practices that indicate not valuing their life is a good indicator that suicidal thoughts or actions are afoot. 

4. Changes In Sleep Patterns

This may be a little more difficult to observe, but if a person exhibits drastic changes in their sleeping habits, that should cause concern about possible suicidal thoughts. Sleep helps restore energy and renew spirits. But too much sleep can indicate lethargy and indifference. Changes include either sleeping too little or sleeping too much, depending on the person.

5. Feelings of Hopelessness

Loss of hope is hard to address, but it is essential to take note of it. Keeping hope alive and a person motivated to look positively toward the future is a tricky road to navigate because motivating factors differ from person to person. But, take notice if someone you care about exhibits feelings of hopelessness. A person who has little expectation for the future and sees no hope for improvement is apt to have an unwillingness to live. These symptoms are a big sign of suicidal thoughts and intentions and should be given merit. 

6. Declines in Hygienic Practices

This sign also exists on the same plane of not caring about the future or the value of one’s life. If a person stops brushing their teeth, showering regularly and abandons regular grooming practices, take notice. These are significant indicators that they no longer take pride in their appearance and have no investment in their future. Both are signs of suicidal thoughts. 

At Ocean Hills Recovery, we heed all warnings of suicides because struggles with mental illness, addiction, and suicide are inexorably linked. It is, therefore, an important subject to monitor for those of us devoted to recovery.

If you or someone you know is fighting suicidal feelings, it’s essential to know that you are not alone, and people are willing to help. A call to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, at 1-800-273-8255, can be the first step to maintaining help. 

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Battle Against Fentanyl Overdose and Deaths

The Battle Against Fentanyl Overdose and Deaths

The Battle Against Fentanyl Overdose and Deaths

When distributors find a product that’s cheap to make and in high demand, supply instantly increases. Unfortunately, in the illegal drug industry, there’s no regulation on the risks imposed on users. After decades of use, the United States government deemed heroin unlawful in 1924. Despite its recent fatal rampage through the U.S., an even deadlier force replaced heroin. Fentanyl overdose quickly became an issue across the country, hitting some states much harder than others. In 2017, 59.8 percent of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl.

From 2016 to 2017, California was one of three states that showed a significant increase in overdose deaths, prompting the state to be approved for Funding for Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance (ESOOS). This funding would enhance its surveillance activities, including linking data sources, improving the timeliness of nonfatal and fatal overdose data, and CDC-approved innovative projects.

While California worked with the federal government to curb the distribution, use, and deaths caused by fentanyl, the synthetic opioid is still largely to blame for making 2017 one of the worst years for drug overdose deaths in the state. Preliminary numbers show California’s overdose deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl increased by 57 percent in 2017, killing 431 people, according to the state’s Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard.

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times more potent than heroin and can be 100 times more potent than morphine. In its legal form, fentanyl is a prescription often prescribed to patients with severe pain, particularly after surgery or for those battling cancer. When found in an illicit form, fentanyl is a white powder that can take a pill form or be laced into other drugs, like methamphetamine, counterfeit Xanax or crack cocaine, for a stronger high.

Fentanyl Overdose and Use by Sex, Race

Rates of drug abuse are lower in women than men. Studies show adult men are 2 to 3 times more likely than women to have a drug abuse/dependence disorder. However, women tend to increase their rate of consumption of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, and cocaine more rapidly than men.

From 1999 to 2017, the death rate from drug overdoses among women aged 30–64 years increased by 260 percent. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased, according to CDC. Among women, the average age at death for synthetic opioid drug overdose deaths is 44.2.

By 2016, the rate for male drug overdose deaths was 2.8 times the rate for females, at 8.6 (per 100,000 population) compared to 3.1, respectively. Some research suggests men are more likely to use drugs alone. When it comes to fentanyl use, that increases a man’s chances of an overdose and death.

Rates for drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl by age group show young adults, ages 25-34, suffering a lethal overdose most frequently at 13 deaths per 100,000 population. Those aged 65 and over report the fewest fentanyl-involved deadly drug overdoses (>1).

While more whites die due to fentanyl overdose than blacks or Hispanics, the death rate for blacks is increasing more rapidly. For 2015, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley calculated that the opioid-related overdose mortality rate for whites was 12.2 per 100,000, nearly twice the rate for blacks (about 6.6 per 100,000). However, between 2000 and 2015, the opioid death rate increased 51 percent among whites but 87 percent among blacks.

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Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Health experts suggest women are more likely to seek and enter drug rehab for fentanyl abuse because they go to the doctor more frequently. Abuse experts say every encounter with a medical professional offers the opportunity for the addict to seek help and for the doctor to recognize signs of addiction and provide assistance.

As you search for the best California drug rehab center either for yourself or a loved one, it’s essential to know what type of support you can expect. At Ocean Hills Recovery, we rely on customized drug treatment programs for each patient. We take into consideration the patient’s history, learning style, and individual responses to treatment.

Whether you’re attempting to overcome a reliance on fentanyl or you want more information for a loved one who needs professional drug rehabilitation assistance, our courteous staff is ready to answer your questions.

 

Encourage Someone in Recovery

Ways to Encourage Someone in Recovery

Ways to Encourage Someone in Recovery

For family members and friends of those in drug and alcohol recovery, it can be easy to forget that the recovery process is a lifelong commitment. Learning to encourage someone in recovery doesn’t end when they leave a California rehabilitation center. It’s important to commit yourself to understand the daily struggles of a recovering individual and help them heal without slipping into an enabling role.

A federal report released in late 2016 reveals one in seven Americans will face substance addiction challenges. Alarmingly, only 10 percent of these individuals will receive the help needed to break the substance abuse. Research also shows support, not enabling, has a positive effect on one’s recovery. In fact, a lack of support from family has been directly linked to one’s frequency of a relapse. As a loved one of a recovering individual, you can take the necessary step to educate yourself on how to be the model of support your family member or friend needs.

Tips to Encourage Someone in Recovery

Emerging from recovery can make an someone feel very vulnerable and isolated – a duo that can quickly lead to relapse without the support of family and friends. As you strive to show your support, use these tips:

Be inclusive: Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin performed an isolation study with rats. The researchers concluded humans are similar to the rats in that “social isolation leads to addiction more quickly, and it’s harder to extinguish.” While encouraging someone in recovery, it’s important to physically be around them. Invite them to events, include them in outings, and don’t allow them to fall into a pattern of isolation.

Create an environment for success: Create a living environment that promotes sobriety and healthy recovery. Remove all drugs, alcohol, and paraphernalia from your home or your loved one’s home. Think beyond the obvious. Even empty wine bottles or photos can act as a trigger, so removing these items will allow the individual in recovery to focus on the future, not the scarred past.

Find new adventures: Build a healthy future by enjoying new adventures together. Find a hobby that neither of you has tried. From painting to kayaking, keeping your loved one engaged and physically active will help ward off boredom, which breeds temptation. Ask them for recommendations and commit to building those experiences.

Explore family therapy: Engaging with your loved one in regular family therapy sessions is much more supportive than constantly reminding them to find a support group. Play an active role in the ongoing journey of sobriety. Perhaps your friend or family member is more likely to take part in a support group or speak with a counselor if you tag along. Offer your support through your time.

Practice self-care: Supporting and encouraging someone in recovery is a major responsibility. While you want to offer your time and emotional strength, you must remember to take time to refuel. Explore support groups for family members of addicts or specifically schedule time frequently to make yourself a priority. If you’re not at your best mentally and physically, you can’t possible offer your best to someone else.

Supporting and Encouraging Someone Is Not the Same as Enabling them

As you explore the journey of recovery with your family member or friend, remember that your goal is to offer support, not enable them. It’s never easy to see a loved one struggle, but constantly pulling them out of bad situations – paying their bills, bailing them out of jail, or allowing behavior that violates your boundaries – is not a form of support.

If you need guidance or education on addiction, the Ocean Hills Recovery treatment center is happy to connect with families. Our drug and alcohol treatment center in Dana Point, CA offers personalized recovery plans for each patient. Explore our treatment options today and be prepared to confidently encourage someone in recovery.

Treating Self-Injury and Addiction With Dual Diagnosis California

Treating Self-Injury and Addiction With Dual Diagnosis California

Treating Self-Injury and Addiction With Dual Diagnosis California

Learning to express difficult emotions like anxiety, frustration, anger, and sorrow can be hard for some people. Whether through fear of reaching out for help or habitually internalizing those emotions, those who find it difficult to cope with troublesome times or people may turn to self-injury as a way to release the pain. Research shows that self-injury and addiction often go hand-in-hand, making dual diagnosis California facilities even more crucial for those battling self-harm or addiction.

Self-injury is the practice of individuals who intentionally hurt themselves, often through cutting, as a release or outlet for their suffering. Contrary to popular belief, self-injury is not a suicide attempt, but rather, a way to seek solace from certain circumstances or perceived difficulties. The most common methods of self-harm include:

  • Skin cutting (70-90%),
  • Headbanging or hitting (21%-44%)
  • Burning (15%-35%)

Most people who engage in self-injury harm themselves in more than one way. While research indicates about 4 percent of adults in the U.S. actively self-injure, the numbers are much higher for adolescents. Approximately 15 percent of teens report some form of self-injury. Studies show an even higher risk for self-harm among college students, with rates ranging from 17 to 35 percent.

Self Injury And Addiction

As a friend, loved one of someone suffering through addiction, it’s important to note that reliance on drugs or alcohol is not self-harm. While the physical results of addiction and self-harm are both harmful to the body, it’s crucial for a professional dual diagnosis California treatment center to treat both conditions.

Certain drugs may cause a person to seek self-harming behaviors more strongly than other substances. The two conditions could be practiced simultaneously, or the individual may alternate between the two behaviors. Both drug abuse and self injury are used as a way to escape pressure, unpleasant experiences and difficult life circumstances. Research indicates adolescents who self-injure, are four times more likely to abuse drugs in young adulthood. In addition, those who practice self-injury are at an increased risk of abusing more than one substance and experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Those who abuse certain types of drugs, particularly amphetamine (like prescription Adderall and Dexedrine, illicit ecstasy) and benzodiazepine (like Valium and Xanax) have been linked to self-harm behaviors. The risk of self-injury is higher in females, especially problem drinkers, who often combine alcohol and self-injury.

Dual Diagnosis California Treatment Center For Self-Injury And Addiction

Self-injury is often a symptom of a mental health disorder, which makes treating the underlying cause a crucial step in stopping the behavior. Dual diagnosis treatment centers, like Ocean Hills Recovery, are dedicated to comprehensive assessment and specialized care. Dual diagnosis is the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of two separate mental or physical diseases or issues. Treating a patient as though self-harm and addiction are one disease will not support the patient through long-lasting recovery.

When a patient enters dual diagnosis treatment with the caring staff at OHR, they will receive the proper care needed to treat each issue. Our dual diagnosis treatment combines social, medical, spiritual, and psychological interventions to ensure the greatest possibility of success in recovery.

It’s important to discover the past or ongoing traumas that trigger self-harm and addiction. Working through the pain and fear of experiences allows the patient to develop healthier ways of dealing with difficult emotions. Without a proper dual diagnosis, the patient is much more likely to fall back on harmful and dangerous coping methods.

Ocean Hills Recovery in Dana Point, CA provides dual diagnosis treatment options for those who abuse substances and harm themselves. The supportive, experienced and compassionate recovery specialists at Ocean Hills Recovery can walk you through the steps of the dual diagnosis program and guide you toward a life of sobriety and good health.

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How Common Is It For Doctors to Steal Prescription Drugs?

How Common Is It For Doctors to Steal Prescription Drugs?

Society often sees doctors and other medical professionals as some of the best of us. They devote their lives to helping others and can work medical miracles when we need them most. However, they are sadly not perfect. Unfortunately, some doctors steal prescription drugs to cope with their job.

We go to the doctor when we are ill expecting them to diagnose the problem and prescribe the cure. However, who takes care of doctors when they are ill? Do they self-diagnose and self-prescribe? It turns out that is becoming more common, and some aren’t even using a prescription pad to help themselves.

Self-Medicating Medical Professionals

Doctors, nurses, and workers with easy access to addictive prescriptions are stealing prescription drugs at an alarming rate. In 2018, 47 million doses of legally prescribed drugs were stolen, and 67% of those thefts were by medical professionals. Their high-pressure lifestyle and easy access to highly-coveted pain medication make opioid addiction for these professionals more likely.

So, why do doctors steal prescription drugs? Unfortunately, these professionals often feel extreme shame and stress to hide their addiction given their profession’s reputation. After all, if they can’t help themselves, how can they treat me? After admitting there’s a problem, their reputation makes it difficult to seek out a rehabilitation center within their own community. A confidential, luxury rehab center might be the best option for a medical professional struggling with a secret addiction.

All people who hide their addictions fear what will become of their life after they admit they have a problem. What makes medical professionals more fearful of taking control of their addiction is that control also means changing their career or facing their addiction every day for the rest of their lives. Most facilities will not employ doctors who have lost their previous job due to stealing prescription drugs. So, when doctors steal prescription drugs, giving into their addiction can not only ruin their lives physically but professionally as well.

Doctors and nurses see people every day who are at their weakest, so they feel they cannot show any weakness. They are quite literally heroes to people and that pressure to remain a hero in people’s eyes can lead doctors who are struggling with addiction to not seek treatment. In the long run, this only creates a bigger problem and can lead to a worse result for the patients they treat.

Getting Help

It is important to recognize that inpatient rehabilitation is essential to recovery for those medical professionals struggling with prescription drug addiction. Success rates are much higher for individuals who remove themselves from their triggers for some amount of time. A calm, stress-free, and medically supervised rehabilitation facility is great for this – and Ocean Hills Recovery can help.

Ocean Hills Recovery, a luxury rehabilitation center, specializes in inpatient treatment that is customized to the length necessary for the patient. The personalized, confidential care that they provide ensures a recovery plan that is centered around the needs of the patient. The caring staff at Ocean Hills Recovery can help any person overcome their addiction, but their honest, “Collaborative Recovery” approach is particularly suited to medical professionals seeking distance and support as they get back to the confident, strong person they were before their addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with professional drug abuse or addiction, give Ocean Hills Recovery a call today before it’s too late.

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Addiction Recovery: You Are More Than A Diagnosis

Addiction Recovery: You Are More Than A Diagnosis

In today’s society, we tend to know people by what they do. Teachers, lawyers, managers, laborers; what we do seems to define who we are to those around us, and in society in general.

If you suffer from a substance abuse disorder, you may have sadly and mistakenly been known merely as an addict. You may worry about what those around you would feel if they knew you were seeking addiction treatment because you’ve come to believe that your addiction has taken over your life and is now who you are. Know that’s not the case; your addiction does not define you. You are in control of what defines you, and the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery wants to help you be who you want to be in this life.

Redefining Your Place in This World With Addiction Treatment

Though it’s a misguided notion, if you experience drug or alcohol addiction, you may believe that your life no longer holds the same value as one who doesn’t suffer from the disease of addiction. You’re often embarrassed about your substance abuse, and you slowly allow the misconception about addiction defining you take over your life. Perhaps you worry the stigma of addiction is too strong, and that even addiction recovery can’t change you’ve become because of drug or alcohol abuse.

But that’s not the case. Addiction is a disease, and the sooner you look into fighting against the stigma of addiction with addiction treatment, the sooner you’ll realize that you matter in this world and that you are more than a disease or a diagnosis.

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How Guilt & Shame Hinder Addiction Recovery

It’s human nature; of course, you want to be dependable and reliable for friends and family members. You never want to let those you love down. Sadly, though, when you’re in the throes of substance abuse, that tends to be precisely what happens. The guilt and shame of disappointing those you love make it easy for you to accept an addiction diagnosis as a definition of who you are.  

Drug and alcohol dependency and addiction leave devastating effects on you and those you love. You may find it hard to reconcile those feelings and get past the embarrassment and shame you feel for ‘bringing those effects on.’ The problem is that societal stigma you put on yourself can prevent you from seeking addiction recovery.

That’s where a caring and compassionate addiction treatment program will help you fight that stigma and help you realize you make a difference to people. Ocean Hills Recovery wants to help you to be the you that you were meant to be—to live the life you lived before addiction took its toll on your self-esteem and self-value. The staff at Ocean Hills Recovery will walk with you and help you battle the negative feelings drugs and alcohol have created within you. They’ll help you remember that you are worthy, and you are important and that you are more than an addiction.

Addiction Treatment Can Break the Stigmas

Seeking an addiction recovery program is the first step to not only taking your life back but also helps break the stigma of addiction that others may face as well. The professional and experienced staff at Ocean Hills Recovery Center will do all they can to help you live the life you were meant to live. They’ll help you learn how to show the world that addiction doesn’t define anyone. They’ll teach you how to stop punishing yourself, and how to be a positive influence and role model for others around you.

Instead of feeling that addiction controls your world, they’ll help you learn how to manage the addiction, and the negative feelings addiction has built inside of you.  There is no shame in seeking addiction treatment, and when you do and successfully gain your life back, you’ll show the world how strong and courageous you truly are.

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Fighting Imposter Syndrome In Addiction Recovery

Fighting Imposter Syndrome In Addiction Recovery

If you’ve ever felt that you are not doing well in addiction recovery, or that you are faking your success, you may suffer from Imposter Syndrome. Fighting Imposter Syndrome in addiction recovery can make your journey difficult because you don’t believe you deserve to be addiction free. That’s not the truth, though, and you deserve not only to be an addiction survivor but to be proud of yourself as well.

Fighting Imposter Syndrome in Addiction Recovery: Your Own Worst Critic

Imposter Syndrome is a term that was first introduced by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in the ’70s. This term was used to describe their observation that many high-achieving women often believed they were not necessarily deserving of their accolades and accomplishments. These same women felt like imposters who ‘lucked out,’ with success.

Today, Imposter Syndrome describes pervasive feelings of insecurity, self-doubt, incompetence, or inability to be successful. For those struggling with addiction, the syndrome makes them their own worst critics.

If you’re in active addiction, you may believe the lies you hear in society. A common lie is that your past and present actions make you less worthy of recovery and rebuilding a new, substance-free life. This fuel for Imposter Syndrome makes it even more difficult for you to believe that you can break the chains of addiction, but that’s not true. We will help you realize your potential, your actual self-worth, and teach you to ward off the sabotage of Imposter Syndrome in addiction recovery.

Imposter Syndrome in Addiction Recovery & Sabotage: A Vicious Cycle

If you’ve ever tried to recover from substance abuse and struggled, it may be because you also thought yourself to be a fraud. You may have told yourself that you “Couldn’t do it,” or that “You didn’t deserve to be free,” because you didn’t believe you deserved to be. That’s how Imposter Syndrome can sabotage your recovery. When you doubt yourself, you may slowly but surely be erasing any success you have at trying to abstain from the addictive substance. This stress, guilt, and depression can lead you to active addiction again, as you feel you’d end up there anyway eventually.

More, Imposter Syndrome can sabotage your recovery because you may feel like you’re living in a house of cards about to fall if anyone knew who you really were. Once you start to believe the lies you tell yourself, even the successes you may have in repairing relationships and trying to get your life back seem temporary to you because you’ve just been lucky. You believe that soon enough, your luck will run out, and you’ll still be someone struggling with addiction and letting everyone down.

It’s just a lie, though. You can be successful in recovery, and the professional and compassionate staff at Ocean Hills Recovery knows how to help you be so.

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Recovery Is Work, Not Luck, And You Can Do It!

Recovery from active addiction takes hard work and determination on your part. Ocean Hills Recovery wants to walk with you step by step as you claim your life back. Recovering from substance abuse does not just happen by luck, but it is possible. Ocean Hills Recovery will help you remember that you are worth the changes you will make. Most importantly—you deserve them because you’re putting in the effort to take your life back.

Imposter Syndrome in addiction recovery is real, but together with Ocean Hills Recovery, you’re an unstoppable team. They’ll help you put an end to Imposter Syndrome with long-lasting and deserved sobriety, so contact them today and start your new life.

Sexuality and SUD

Is There a Connection Between Sexuality and SUD?

Is There a Connection Between Sexuality and SUD?

We all know that substance use disorder does not discriminate. It can affect any race, gender, and age group. One statistic that many people may not be aware of is the fact that there is a link between sexuality and SUD with a higher occurrence of addiction in the LGBTQ+ community compared with the heterosexual population.

Statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show that about 20 to 30 percent of those in the LGBTQ+ community have a substance use disorder compared to around eight percent in the rest of the population.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ+ community are more than twice as likely as heterosexuals to use illegal drugs. They also have a greater chance of having a substance use disorder. When they do enter treatment, they often have severe cases of addiction.

Why is there a link between sexuality and SUD?

A higher stress level is often the reason why more people in the LGBTQ+ community abuse drugs and alcohol. They get stressed by how society treats them as they try to find their place. They also get stressed when deciding whether to come out and how they will be accepted once they do. While some can deal with this stress, others cannot and turn to drugs and alcohol. Other factors that can play a role in addiction for those in the LGBTQ+ community include:

  • Discrimination
  • Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Being the Victims of Violence
  • Depression or mental health issues

Depression and mental health issues are part of the co-occurring conditions that many who have an addiction also deal with whether they are part of the LGBTQ community or not. But, it is a more prevalent issue among those in the LGBTQ+ community. According to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, 92% of LGBTQ+ patients who receive treatment for addiction also experienced co-occurring conditions compared to 78% of other patients.

Many times those in the LGBTQ+ community will turn to drugs and alcohol to help them cope with the issues they’re facing. Unfortunately for many that spirals into addiction.

Another contributing factor is the lack of support from family and the fact that many in the LGBTQ+ community often meet in bars which only fosters that addiction. For others, it’s the use of drugs to enhance the sexual experience that leads them to develop an addiction. This behavior seems to be more prevalent in the LGBTQ+ community than in the heterosexual community and is another underlying cause of substance use disorder.  

What can be done to treat SUD in the LGBTQ community?

Members of the LGBTQ+ community may be discouraged to get help for their addiction if they had a negative experience in coming out to health care providers. If not themselves, they may hear others’ negative experiences and are discouraged due to that. Not getting the support they need in those circumstances can lead them to not seek help for their addiction.

One of the major factors about the treatment of substance use disorder in the LGBTQ+ community is acceptance and understanding. That needs to be present in order for an individual to feel comfortable coming forward to get help. They need to feel included and part of a supportive community that can help them with their addiction.

When you’re looking for a recovery center, you want to find a facility that offers both traditional group therapy and therapy that is specific to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. A facility that can help those in the LGBTQ community+ will go the extra mile to provide the care and understanding that is needed. They will also have staff that trains specifically to handle the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

Ocean Hills Recovery – Inclusive  Addiction Treatment

At Ocean Hills Recovery, all those who need substance abuse treatment get the help they need. This includes detox services, group therapy, and individual therapy. Since all addictions are different, all treatment plans differ as well. Some patients will benefit from a 30-day program. Others will need a 60 or 90-day program to battle their addiction. Whatever the case, the staff at Ocean Hills Recovery will accommodate your needs so you can live a sober life.

Once the in-treatment program is complete, many patients will continue with outpatient therapy. This helps them as they get used to living in the real world without drugs and alcohol. For many, this is the hardest part and can result in relapse if patients don’t get the proper treatment and support they need to stay sober.

The staff at Ocean Hills Recovery is trained to treat the specific needs of the LGBTQ community. Contact Ocean Hills Recovery today to speak with a trained member of the staff and begin your road to sobriety.

Choosing Inpatient Rehab

Choosing Inpatient Rehab – Is It Right for You?

Choosing Inpatient Rehab – Is It Right for You?

When it comes to choosing an inpatient rehab facility, selecting the right recovery center is crucial to long-term success. There are many different factors, options, and variables to take into consideration. While there is an urgency to begin treatment as soon as possible, taking an appropriate amount of time to evaluate your rehab choices is very important.

We’ve put together the following checklist to help you, or your loved one, make the first step in the journey toward recovery a positive one.

#1 – Safety of Inpatient Rehab

Safety should be the number one priority in almost every endeavor. The same holds true when researching inpatient rehab centers. Be sure to evaluate the physical safety of the building and premises such as a secure entrance, visitor identification procedures, and visual safety installations such as exit signs and evacuation placards. In addition to building safety, ask the staff about their own training regimen, safety protocols, and best medical practices.

#2 – Available Treatments

Every individual’s path to recovery is different. Rehabilitation centers taking a one-size-fits-all approach limits a patient’s ability to properly address their addictions. Look for facilities providing a variety of treatment options such as 12-step programs, detoxification services, and dual-diagnosis specialties. 

#3 – Distance from Triggers

It is often recommended those recovering from addiction keep a safe distance between themselves and potential triggers. While some triggers cannot be avoided such as dates, others can including specific locations, people, and even smells. Select a facility where the number of triggers is kept at a minimum. In some cases, this may mean choosing a rehab center further away than those close to your home.

#4 – Distance from Family and Friends

Combating addiction is rarely done alone. The support of friends and family can be critical to a patient’s success. Unlike triggers, where we want to create space, choosing a location close to those supporting you can increase the probability of recovery success. The closer loved ones are, the more likely they will visit and lend their support. If support from your family or friends can’t come in direct physical form, ask the rehab facility if FaceTime or phone call support can be a part of your treatment plan.

#5 – Length of Stay

Look for facilities with the ability to provide the length of stay necessary for recovery. Some programs may only offer one-week inpatient services. However, stays lasting at least one month has shown higher levels of long-term success. There is no specific number of days that works out for everyone, making the flexibility of stay length an important consideration.

#6 – Cost

Without insurance, rehabilitation services can cost thousands of dollars. Of course, health and well-being are paramount for someone suffering from addiction. Make sure you balance the cost of care with the treatments provided. Ask if there are payment plan options and if so, inquire about interest rates, penalties, and fees.

#7 – Insurance

Many inpatient rehab centers now accept insurance. It is critical to learn how your insurance will work with your chosen facility. Learn whether coverage is provided as in-network or out-of-network as your out-of-pocket expenses will be quite different. Then, find out if your insurance will pay up front or if coverage is on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursement plans require much more work by the patient and their family in ensuring treatments and medications are covered property. Ask the rehab facility to verify insurance benefits for rehab and they can help to explain coverage.

#8 – Availability

As more individuals seek addiction treatment, rehab centers are filling up faster than ever. In some instances, waiting lists are needed. If you have found the perfect rehab center for your recovery needs, sometimes waiting may be appropriate. However, make sure you discuss your situation with your physician before waiting too long.

#9 – Visitation Rules

Whether or not visitors are allowed is a personal choice. However, not only should you consider if your family and friends can visit, but consider how the visitation of other guests may affect your focus on addiction recovery.

#10 – Tailored Treatments

Finding a facility offering a variety of treatment programs is a wonderful indication the center may be a fit for your recovery needs. To go one step further, learn if their treatment programs are custom tailored for each individual. The more specific a patient’s program is, the higher the chance of success.

#11 – Post Care Services

After detoxification and inpatient rehab, does the facility you are considering offer post-care services? Services could include support groups, regular checkups, and counseling services. Walking out of a rehabilitation center’s doors doesn’t mean recovery has ended. In fact, it is often the post care services that help patients maintain sobriety for years to come.

#12 – Certifications and Accreditation

At the most basic level, check to ensure the facility you are considering is state licensed and certificated.  Once confirmed, look for centers whose staff have been professionally trained and hold the proper licenses and degrees for the services they provide. Lastly, seek out inpatient rehab centers who have received national or international accreditation, such as one offered by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The First Step to Inpatient Rehab

Deciding to seek treatment for yourself or a loved one is an important first step. Choosing the right inpatient rehab facility is an important decision. If you need additional assistance in selecting a center that is right for you, speak with your physician or contact one of our professionals at Ocean Hills Recovery.