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Path of Addiction

Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

Substance abuse is one of the most common addictions that family and friends notice. Addicts will describe initial alcohol and drug abuse as exciting, euphoric and free from worry, a break from responsibility. Others may state they become more confident, likable, and are more successful at work. Some claim they are only social users. What the individual may overlook is the aftermath of destruction that substance abuse leaves behind. Multiple DUIs, dropping out or flunking college semesters, ruined relationships and so on.

Family, friends, acquaintances and sometimes even strangers are affected by alcohol and drug abuse. Shameful confessions from addicts about cheating, lying and stealing leave them hiding from family and friends. This separation only contributes to the ongoing addiction. Unfortunately, isolation becomes a way of life because their loyalty lies with the substance of abuse. Addiction consumes the mind and body leading addicts to become obsessed with obtaining, using and avoiding the come down off drugs and alcohol. Addiction is exhausting and loved ones need help finding another path.

Once the decision is made to get help for substance abuse, relationships can be repaired, underlying mood issues can be resolved, goals can be completed and isolation reversed. School, work and family become the priority. Making the phone call for help is sometimes difficult. It is ok to offer a loved one help and assist them with finding the residential treatment they need. To learn more about the mental health and drug treatment programs at Lifeskills South Florida, please call our admissions office at 844-749-1560.

 

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years. 

Five Hollywood Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder

Tuesday, 25 August, 2015

The media follows and documents everything celebrities do, sometimes to a fault. Their behaviors, many of which we can relate to, are magnified. Eating disorders, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, impulsivity and sleep disturbances are all markers of behavioral difficulties associated with bipolar disorder.

1) Demi Lovato– A strong supporter of mental health awareness, she struggled with an eating disorder, addiction and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after attending a treatment facility.

2) Scott Stapp – The lead singer of rock band Creed struggled with addiction and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after hallucinations and delusions contributed to peculiar behavior that lead his wife to call 911 for help.

3) Catherine Zeta-Jones – In 2011, this actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II after struggling with hypomania and depression. She is outspoken about the importance of seeking professional help when needed.

4) Jean-Claude Van Damme – This action film star was charged with spousal abuse, divorced and struggled with an ongoing cocaine addiction before being diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He reports experiencing relief from his mood swings within one week of taking medication.

5) Sinead O’Connor – At age 37, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after many years battling depression and suicidal thoughts. A great spokesperson for bipolar awareness, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2007. She shared about how relieved she was after being diagnosed and receiving medication.
It seems that with more education we are finding out that bipolar disorder is all around us. Some function better than others and some need professional interventions. As seen with these Hollywood celebrities who have come forth and shared about their diagnoses, substance abuse will only make symptoms of bipolar more unmanageable. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from some of the symptoms stated above, call a professional to help you understand more about bipolar disorder.

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

National Recovery Month

Monday, 24 August, 2015

The Broward National Recovery Month is this month. Their main event is on September 26th, 2016.

For more information visit http://www.browardrecoverymonth.org

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Memories are Forever

Monday, 17 August, 2015

Do you know someone who states their anxiety, depression or borderline personality disorder prevents them from being able to interact? It is frustrating to sit and watch while your loved ones miss out on activities and life’s special moments. Graduations, births, birthdays and weddings are just of few memories that can never be recreated. Unfortunately, some may use their depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and many other diagnoses as an excuse to not participate in life.

Depression can cause you to feel unable to make a change. Borderline personality disorder is controlled by fluctuating emotions that leave you feeling powerless to change. Anxiety can feel so overwhelming that you feel change is beyond your reach. It is difficult for the person who is suffering to really see the impact he or she is having on others. They need help from someone who can be objective. Counselors who have been specially trained to treat mental health disorders are essential for your loved one to recover.

A residential treatment facility that specializes in depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder has professionals who are able to help. Learning how to effectively manage unwanted emotions and behaviors takes time. This can be found in a structured program that offers individualized attention. The overall goal is to help your loved one to live a life full of special memories.

Rachel Rowitt, Ed.D, LMHC, CAP has worked in the field of clinical psychology for 15 years. She is a freelance writer who specializes in educating the community about the effects of mental illness, addiction and how to make effective changes. She has been affiliated with Lifeskills, a residential treatment facility for mental illness and addiction, for over 5 years.

4th Annual Bowling Get-together

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

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To All  Lifeskills Alumni,

I hope everyone is doing well and gearing up for summer. I am pleased to announce our “4th Annual Alumni Bowling Get-Together” at Strikes @ Boca (near the mall) on Sunday May 31 from 2 – 4pm. We will provide lanes, shoes, pizza and soda…..you get to provide yourself and some fun!

This is a great opportunity to catch up and have some fun and fellowship with your fellow alumni. I hope you all can attend. Please let me know if you’re able to join us ASAP.

As with all Lifeskills Alumni events, if there is someone you know that is interested in attending, please have them contact me @ 954-834-5099 ext.213 or email me @ peter.larmon@lifeskillssf.com

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all at the alley!

Valentine’s Day Open House

Thursday, 12 February, 2015

 

Valentine’s Day Open House

Where: 705 Bond Way, Delray Beach, FL

When: Friday February 13th, 2015 from 11am-2pm

Who: Come meet our Outpatient Staff and mingle with local clinicians

RSVP: lifeskillsevents@gmail.com

 

Showing Gratitude in Recovery

Sunday, 23 November, 2014

“Gratitude is shown through your actions, not spoken with your words.” A statement my sponsor told me that had a profound impact on the foundation of my recovery. When I first heard people speak of gratitude, especially about being grateful they are addicts, I could not grasp the concept. For so long the only thing in life I longed for was an escape from myself and the pain that I felt, I could not imagine feeling blessed for being the person I felt doomed to be. As time passed I began not only understand but to truly feel in my heart the concepts of recovery; honesty, hope, faith, courage, and so many more. Once I was able to apply the concepts in my life, being grateful took on a whole new meaning to me. What my sponsor told me finally made sense! If I truly am grateful for something I will show it in my actions not just tell others about it. For as long as I could remember my words were used solely for lies and manipulation, so why use them now for gratitude. When instead I could display it so clearly. If I’m truly grateful for my recovery I will not use, if I’m grateful for my home I will keep it clean, If I’m grateful for the people in my life I will respect them. It all seems so simple now. I cannot believe that my life has changed to the degree it has. I was not even able to function in my own mind, let alone society. Today I own my own business and I am a well rounded member of the community with almost 10 years clean and sober. None of this would have been possible without the help I received at lifeskills. Thank you to the staff at lifeskills for not giving up on me when I had completely given up on myself. Glad I now know how to express gratitude without words because there are not enough words to express how truly grateful I am for the life I have today.”

-anonymous

Showing Gratitude for your Past

Wednesday, 12 November, 2014

I work shoulder to shoulder with the doctors and nurses that treated me two years ago. They have no idea, they don’t even recognize me. They know me as a friend and colleague. Clients walk in and they express the fear, sadness, and hopelessness of their active addiction. I say, I sat in your seat. I have remained sober for almost two years now. I feel fear, anger, sadness and loneliness; but I also feel happiness, hope, love and belonging. I live a life of imperfection. I call my sponsor and talk to him about these things. I go to a meeting, I read the book, and I work the steps. I go home, get in bed, and close my eyes. I think, I didn’t use today, I didn’t even think of using today. I felt all these feelings and I didn’t have to use today. I am so grateful that I can be a friend, a colleague, and witness to others. I am grateful that I can feel any combination of feelings and remain sober. I am grateful for being a drug addict. My addiction has brought me to a new understanding and acceptance of myself and the world around me. For those of you who were like me, I say you are not alone. You don’t have to do this alone. You don’t have to suffer as I did. It is possible to be grateful for your past and hopeful for the future.

In Celebration Of Gratitude Month

Wednesday, 5 November, 2014

Growing up, my mother emphasized the importance of saying my “pleases” and “thank yous.” As a result, I have rarely forgotten to say “thank you” when appropriate. However, looking back on my life before getting sober, I can’t say that I always meant it. It was more of a formality, something that I had to do. Like most things in my life prior to getting sober, I was able to be physically present and to appear as though I meant what I said, but my heart was rarely in it. Over the past 21 months, being in the program has softened some of the rigidity that characterized me over the past two decades. As I have let myself be open to suggestions and the ways of others, I have learned that the way that I do things, while very efficient at times, is not the only way to do things. Understanding the concept of gratitude has been one of the many new ideas that I have learned. In treatment and through my sponsor, I was introduced to the idea of writing a “Gratitude List.” It seemed so simple to me, yet it was so difficult for me to sit down and actually write one. Like most things in this program, it was the seemingly “easy” ones that I never seemed to be able to do. Probably because they seemed too easy; what was the catch? This aversion to these simple tasks kept me away from the serenity that I feel today for a while. I don’t remember the first time that I sat down to write my own Gratitude List, but I remember the feeling. Upon completion, I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace, and for lack of a better word, gratitude. There were so many little things that I had in my life (and some very big things) that I forgot about every day. Forgetting these things is what kept me from truly enjoying the life that I had started to build for myself. Forgetting these things allowed me to continue getting angry at the driver in front of me who was driving too slowly for my liking, or getting restless when the line was too long at Starbucks. These days, I like to try to keep, in the forefront of my mind, all that I have in my life, the things that I have always had and the new things that I have been blessed with as a direct result of getting sober and trying a new way of life. I can’t say that I am grateful all day everyday, but when I take the time to remember just how lucky I am and how much I have in my life today, all my problems seem to carry much less weight.

 

Lifeskills Alumnus

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