It’s time for the holidays, which means a chance to eat, drink, and be merry. But for those struggling with an alcohol addiction, it can be tough to navigate and can lead to heightened anxiety. The holiday pressures of money, family, and general stress can be difficult for everyone, but for someone with an alcohol addiction, they can be amplified as they are often the triggers that began the abuse in the first place. The holidays can be an invitation for a destructive relapse, but education and awareness are the most potent lines of defense in attempting to combat a significant problem. (more…)
Recovery Coach or Sponsor: What’s the Benefit?
Entering treatment for a mental health disorder or addiction can be life altering and a decision that needs support. In treatment, clinicians help you navigate the path to recovery, and as the journey continues, you may choose to have a recovery coach or a sponsor. A recovery coach or a sponsor can be invaluable to someone during and after treatment, as they are there to offer support and guidance as you strive to regain control of your life. (more…)
Cultivating gratitude is an important part of recovery. Gratitude is recognized as one of the foundational virtues in the creation of happiness. If individuals are grateful to be on the road to recovery, then it is less likely they will relapse because they are empowered to move forward. A grateful attitude means they can face the challenges that are before them. Although issues may arise, they view it as a chance to grow rather than an obstacle. This positive way of thinking helps them to their goal of recovery. (more…)
The Fourth of July is a time that we celebrate the freedom of our nation, and a time to honor and recognize those that have fought for that freedom. We often forget the challenges that veterans live with once they return home, maybe for a short time, or for a lifetime. The issues that veterans struggle with are real, and they vary from person to person. At Lifeskills South Florida, we are proud to provide therapeutic services to veterans. On average, many our veterans suffer from co-occurring issues, such as some form of substance or alcohol abuse with an additional diagnosis of either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. (more…)
At Lifeskills South Florida, clients present to us at various stages in their recovery journey. For some individuals, Lifeskills is their first experience in treatment, and for others, they have struggled through years of addiction and have been in and out of multiple treatment centers. Regardless of where our clients are on this path to recovery, our goal is to assist them in identifying warning signs and barriers to their recovery process to create an effective aftercare plan and maximize each individuals’ chance of success in recovery. (more…)
According to the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, in 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. Drug misuse is becoming a major public health challenge that is taking a toll on individuals, families, and communities. Many neighborhoods are suffering due to the rise of drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased health care costs associated with substance misuse. The yearly economic impact of illicit drug use is $193 billion annually.
Alice Saltzman, Certified Yoga Instructor at Lifeskills South Florida, knows firsthand what it means to take health and fitness seriously and make it a priority in one’s life. “I was a heavy teenager; I was bullied and teased in high school, and as an adult, I made a conscious decision to live a healthier lifestyle through yoga and nutrition. When I discovered yoga it was the first place I discovered within me that I felt completely safe relaxed and calm.” Her goal at Lifeskills South Florida is to take her passion for a healthy lifestyle and help clients learn to implement changes in their lives while in treatment so they can be successful in their overall recovery from mental health and addiction.
The first step in mental health recovery is seeking treatment. Your treatment journey is supported by clinicians, therapists, and nutritionist, but the most important support is that from your family and loved ones. (more…)
An individual that struggles with drug and alcohol abuse will go through drastic changes between the time they enter an addiction treatment center and the time they discharge. These changes will be a combination of physical, emotional and spiritual changes as the treatment center strives to help their clients reclaim their mind, body and spirit. A person that may have been resistant to treatment in the beginning can become passionate about their recovery 45 to 90 days later. Getting help is the first hurdle. Engaging in treatment is the battle.
Discharge planning is an organized treatment plan for a client preparing for life after leaving rehabilitation. Addiction or mental health treatment doesn’t end when a client graduates from a residential or outpatient treatment program. In fact, life after treatment is when recovery truly begins and motivation and recovery skills are really put to the test. Lifeskills South Florida aims to teach our clients skills such as relapse prevention, self-monitoring and emotional regulation in order to live a healthy and independent life in recovery.