Finding a healthy approach to Mardi Gras can be challenging. It is not a time of year known for its balance and moderation. In fact, those two goals seem to go against the essence of the season, and it can be a difficult time of year for someone in drug or alcohol recovery. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy the festivities without overindulging.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras is a time of feasting that’s for sure. Maybe this year you could take a new angle of it and try some of the amazing, yet healthy restaurants that are popping up all over the city. Splurge a little this time of year on eating out and trying all the healthy options the city has to offer. Sip on juice or a smoothie instead of a Daiquiri as you stand on the neutral ground and yell for beads. To get that King Cake fix check out the low-sugar options at The Green Fork and Breads on Oak.
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We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.
As we look for answers in fighting the drug epidemic that is crippling our nation, we might find hope in helping the younger generations make real change. Last week the New York Times ran the article “How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America” that stated what many people have experienced first hand in their communities:
“Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.” We are a country of people chasing the feeling of “normal” and we don’t know how to stop.
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2016 is officially here, and we are almost two weeks into our New Year’s resolutions. For many, this means participating in a recent trend called Dry January. Of course people pledging to give up alcohol in the New Year is nothing new (ExecuCare Founder Mike Sanders made this decision in January 2005 and has enjoyed a successful recovery since!). But Dry January only focuses on giving up alcohol for one month, so what does this mean for you or your clients?
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Navigating the Holiday Season in Substance Abuse Recovery
For most people, the holidays can be a time of emotional highs and lows. Happiness and joy may abound, but so might loneliness, anxiety, and what’s known as the holiday blues. The latter can be a serious trigger for those in substance abuse recovery. What’s important is to be prepared. Planning ahead of time can help you navigate the holiday season and keep your recovery on track.
The memory is a powerful force, and the holidays can have some of the strongest associations of both good and bad times in the past. This is why the holiday blues can appear during such an otherwise festive time. When developing your holiday plan to keep your recovery strong, it should include the following: Read more →
Well into fall and nearing the holiday season, is a good time to think about what it means to cultivate gratitude in addiction recovery. Practicing gratitude can be a powerful force in our daily life. It’s more than just saying thank you to someone, it’s a commitment to let go of hostile and bitter thoughts about people or events in your life, and to invite appreciation into your heart and mind for all of the things you do have in your life.
Gratitude in addiction recovery is about finding the important things in your life to be thankful for. And it can help you to release negative thoughts or emotions that may be holding you back in your recovery. Gratitude invokes positive thinking, which can improve your physical and mental well-being. It also gives you more energy and the type of outlook necessary to do things that will make your life better. People who cultivate gratitude in their life tend to experience more joy than others. Read more →
Every October, we like to write a post about the relationship between breast cancer and drinking. As many of us know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women’s health is on the forefront of our minds. But for many women, breast cancer isn’t just on their minds in October. And we’re here to remind you that every month is a good time to think about the negative consequences that alcohol can have on the overall health of a woman.
With breast cancer and drinking, research is consistently showing that all alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, and even wine) increase a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. This is because alcohol can increase the levels of estrogen and other hormones associated with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol might also increase risk because it damages DNA in cells which can contribute to the development of cancer. Read more →