Looking for ways to have some sober summer fun? Finding new things to do that don’t include visiting your old haunts or unsober friends is a great way to keep your recovery strong. Here are some suggestions of exciting things now that summer is in full swing.
- Hit up a Braves Game at Turner Field .
- See the Fantastic Fourth fireworks celebration at Stone Mountain Park.
- Visit the Bruce Munro exhibit Light in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and see a unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber.
- Every Friday this summer watch a movie outside with Movies in the Park at The Avenue Peachtree City.
- Or Friday visit the Atlanta Motors Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-n-Shine.
- Check out the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo and the Georgia World Congress Center July 2-3rd.
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Does being a high-powered, successful professional make your brain more susceptible to addiction?
It just might. Recent research shows that not only might the CEO brain be more susceptible to drug or alcohol abuse, but the environment of a high-powered professional also lends itself to putting someone at risk for substance abuse. High stress, long hours, lack of sleep, eat and run, little time for exercise, self-care or relaxation, all might put extra strain on a brain that could already be pre-disposed to addiction. And on top of that, add a business culture of drinks and parties and you have an environment that is perfect for drug or alcohol use to get out of control. Read more →
Are you ready to get your life back on track? Here are five steps to help end substance abuse.
Let’s take a quick look at the stats. In 2013 only 11% of 22.7 Americans who needed drug or alcohol treatment, got it (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Many avoiding it by choice and because of the difficulties that come with finding the right option. Yet, nobody’s drug or alcohol problem goes away on its own. From 1999 to 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate from overdoses more than doubled (most of them from opiates). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than two million Americans abuse prescription painkillers. In 2012, physicians wrote 259 million prescriptions for pain killers. This is enough to give a bottle of pills to every adult in the USA. Read more →
Weird crimes in Florida have a lot of people asking, what is Flakka?
Flakka is the latest, designer synthetic drug. It’s a man-made, powder stimulant (alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone) that can be vaped, snorted, eaten or smoked. The reported effects, similar to stories associated with bath salts, are murderous rage, violence and paranoia. The drug has been around for about a decade, but has recently gained popularity, especially Florida, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. Will it hit Georgia? Read more →
Why healthy sleep habits are an important addiction prevention tool.
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 →
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 →