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Is Sleep a Prevention Tool?

Why healthy sleep habits are an important addiction prevention tool. Is sleep a prevention tool? Yes, teens with unhealthy sleep habits are more likely to struggle with substance abuse later on in life.

Is sleep a prevention tool against addiction? A new study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found that 27 percent of school-age children and 45 percent of teens don’t get enough sleep. Either from school work, extracurricular activities, stress, and/or diagnosed forms of insomnia. And the study found that teens with sleep issues were more like to have drinking problems later on in life. Alarmingly, more and more teens are being prescribed sleeping pills, which can bring about a cascade of other problems (such as headaches, daytime drowsiness, and even dependence), often times without fully addressing the initial sleep problem. Read more

Mental Illness and Substance Abuse: What Does Dual Diagnosis Mean?

What’s the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse? Who’s at risk? What’s the treatment?

Dual Diagnosis: What's the relationship between mental illness and substance abuse? Who's at risk? What's the treatment?A dual diagnosis is when someone has co-existing or co-occurring problems with mental illness and drugs/alcohol. The relationship between substance abuse and mental illness is complex and getting the right treatment can be more complicated than each condition alone. But it is important to know that this is a common problem: many people who struggle with substance abuse also struggle with a mental illness and vice versa. Read more

6 Steps to Strengthen Your Recovery

Help strengthen your recovery with these simple steps.

Help strengthen your recovery with these simple steps.Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when your initial treatment is complete.Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when your initial treatment is complete. Practicing self-care is crucial to making sure that your recovery continues on the right path. Small changes in our every day lives can have a huge impact on our overall health and wellbeing. Here are six, sustainable steps to strengthen your recovery:

Step One: Get Moving. Find ways to be active that you enjoy and do them on a regular basis. Exercise is such a key element in keeping your brain healthy and your recovery strong. There are so many benefits to exercising, such as reducing stress, managing weight, improving brainpower, and more.

Step Two: Eat Right. Your diet can have a huge impact on your mental and physical health. Try to avoid crash diets that can leave your body feeling unsupported and aim for a diet of balance and moderation. Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and rule out any food allergies that might cause any unnecessary strain on your body.  Read more

Signs of a High-Functioning Alcoholic

At what point does someone become a high-functioning alcoholic? Here are some signs of a high-functioning alcoholic:What are the signs of a high-functioning alcoholic?

From a distance, high-functioning alcoholics seem to have it all under control. In fact, they seem to have more than just control, they often appear to be at the top of their game. They hold down high-ranking, stressful jobs and uphold serious responsibilities. They often enjoy luxurious lifestyles with fancy cars and nice homes. But just because they are high-functioning doesn’t mean they don’t feel the repercussions of drinking too much. And for jobs like pilots, doctors, lawyers being high-functioning can also mean being high-risk for many people.

So at what point does someone become a high-functioning alcoholic? It depends on the person. Not everyone is the same. But here are some signs that might indicate that someone is high-functioning and has a drinking problem: Read more

Keep Moving Foward: Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Here are some reasons why you should take advantage of the mental health benefits of exercise. Boot camps, yoga, biking, and more. Keep moving forward!Listing the mental health benefits of exercise makes us realize just how important it is to a sound recovery.

Sometimes the most basic things offer the most life changing solutions. Exercise can have a major impact on our daily lives as well as our overall health and well-being. Staying active is key to keeping our brains healthy and an overall recovery strong. The great thing about exercise is that it comes in many forms, biking, swimming, running, weights, yoga – there are many ways to reap the rewards of staying active.

Here are a few of the mental health benefits of exercise

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety.
  2. Boosts ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain.
  3. Increases brainpower, improves memory/focus, and protects against cognitive decline.
  4. Bolsters self-esteem.
  5. Cranks up your energy.
  6. Promotes relaxation and better sleep.

The key is to find types of exercise that you enjoy doing so that you are more likely to want to keep doing them. Try to do some form of exercise on a regular basis and change it up every once and while. Read more

Social and Sober in ATL: April Events

Here are some April Events to help keep you social and sober in ATL: Georgia Renaissance Festival, Buckhead Restaurant Week, and more!Here are some April Events to help keep you social and sober in ATL:

Buckhead Restaurant WeekTry some of Buckhead’s best and favorite restaurants’ signature menus for $15, $25/$35. Be sure to let your waiter know ahead of time not to bring the wine if it’s included. Ask for the glasses to be removed from the table or try sipping a refreshing glass of sparkling water with lemon or lime.
When: April 18-26, 2015

Georgia Renaissance Festival“To be or not to be, that is the question!” The Renaissance Festival offers all day fun: food, games, entertainment. Get dressed up or enjoy people watching everyone who braved a costume.
When: April 18 – June 7, 2015, 10am-6pm
Where: 6655 Virlyn B Smith Rd, Fairburn, GA 30213 Read more

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