Month: January 2022

The Truth About Spiritual Trauma and How It Could Affect Recovery

The Truth About Spiritual Trauma and How It Could Affect Recovery

Since many addiction programs and resources come from places of worship or faith as the main feature, those who have experienced trauma from their religious background might be reluctant to seek treatment due to associated triggers.  Often, spiritual abuse, like many forms of abuse or sources of trauma, can lead to people turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with their past. Many find the element of spirituality to be a topic they avoid to protect themselves from the pain they’ve experienced and the resentment they feel regarding their place of worship. Spiritual abuse has recently become a topic of discourse, but many are finding the label fits their experiences. Helping a client heal from spiritual abuse might be necessary for treatment to be successful. Religious Abuse and What It Looks Like Many might not have heard about spiritual abuse, but are familiar with it, especially if they have been…

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Addiction When It Isn’t Drugs or Alcohol

Addiction When It Isn’t Drugs or Alcohol

Many associate addictions with drugs or alcohol but forget how easy it is to trade a substance addiction for an unhealthy coping mechanism like social media or gambling. Since your client’s brain has been rewired due to addiction affecting their reward system, it has become easy for them to shift from one obsession to the next without realizing what is happening. While not everything can be an obvious detriment right away, monitoring these behaviors before they get out of hand is essential. What Counts as Addiction? In the most basic sense of the definition, an addiction is a compulsive need to use habit-forming substances that cause withdrawal and social or psychological harm. This definition primarily focuses on addiction to substances such as drugs or alcohol. However, there is another form of addiction that is called “behavioral addiction.” Behavioral addiction and substance addiction are very similar. The most significant difference is…

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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Care

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Care

The Covid-19 Pandemic caused the world to socially distance, and for mental health professionals, it caused them to rethink treatment practices. While video calling has made it possible for some to seek treatment safely, some aspects of virtual care might not live up to face-to-face appointments or might even be dangerous to a person’s recovery.  Pros of Virtual Care 1. Keeping Others Safe Virtual health care solutions became a priority in 2020, while hospitals and clinics filled with Covid patients and care outside the emergency room became limited. Many who received in-person care through counseling and routine checkups were forced to postpone appointments until health care providers could develop an alternative that served the community without exposing patients to Covid-19.  Thanks to the popularity of video communication during the pandemic, health care professionals began communicating with their clients through phone or video calls, allowing clients and patients to talk about…

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Helping Your Client Manage Their Dual-Diagnosis

Helping Your Client Manage Their Dual-Diagnosis

Many people don’t know that addiction tends to be the symptom of something more significant regarding mental health. Treating addiction also includes a necessary awareness of other comorbid mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. When clients enter a treatment facility, it’s crucial that they are screened for other conditions beyond just addiction because underlying mental health disorders can completely change how health care providers treat their clients.  Screen Your Clients Before Treating Treatment centers often ask clients questions that allow counselors and other health care practitioners to know the ins and outs of their mental health situation. Many counselors already screen clients for common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. Others also ask questions related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This helps them understand the basics of what might be underlying psychologically. As your client opens up to you, there might be more uncovered.  Screening…

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My Finances Are in Shambles, Where Do I Start?

My Finances Are in Shambles, Where Do I Start?

One of the many consequences of addiction tends to be financial debt. Whether it comes from legal fees, debt due to addiction, ignoring financial obligations, or finding a job to afford bills, rebuilding your finances can feel like a nightmare. It can be overwhelming to face your financial woes but ignoring them only compounds the issue. Many financial obligations come with interest, and ignoring them could leave you dealing with debt collectors. Money problems might be scary, but dealing with one issue at a time can help tackle your debt. The Consequences of Ignoring Your Debt Owing money isn’t a good feeling. Being in the red can be frightening. Sometimes, people tend to ignore their financial problems in hopes that they’ll go away and won’t affect them if they don’t think about them. Since many financial obligations come with interest or can have severe consequences if ignored, it can be…

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Fighting Shame After Treatment: How Can I Forgive Myself?

Fighting Shame After Treatment: How Can I Forgive Myself?

Shame is a familiar feeling among those struggling with addiction. Many recovering from addiction might feel ashamed of their addiction and the pain it caused others. There is a heavy stigma against those fighting the disease; however, it’s possible to break free from this stigma and allow yourself grace. While there might have been ways you contributed to your addiction, many outside factors were out of your control. Coming to terms with both the part you played and the parts that weren’t your fault are essential to healing from addiction and becoming a healthier person. Addiction Is a Disease When learning to forgive yourself for your addiction, you must remember that addiction, first and foremost, is a disease in the brain caused by substances that completely rewire your brain. Much of addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) is based on hereditary and environmental factors out of your control. While you…

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How Do I Know What Treatment Program Is Right for Me?

How Do I Know What Treatment Program Is Right for Me?

Depending on the severity of your addiction, or any co-occurring mental health disorders, your treatment plan might vary. There are plenty of different plans that consider your needs as an individual. Whether you are a single parent who needs to be available for their child after school or require time to attend school or work, Jaywalker Lodge understands that treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are several options to explore. Choosing a Detox Program Jaywalker Lodge doesn’t offer detox services for our clients before treatment. However, we do require that every individual who attends Jaywalker’s program be free of drugs and alcohol and ready to start healing. We can refer our clients to local detox programs in our area. Medically supervised detoxification is an essential part of beginning the healing process. If you aren’t familiar with detox or are afraid of what it entails, don’t worry. Medically supervised detox is the best…

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Restoring Trust After Treatment: Will They Ever Trust Me Again?

Restoring Trust After Treatment: Will They Ever Trust Me Again?

Many end up rupturing personal bonds during the worst parts of their addiction. You might say or do things you wouldn’t normally do when you’re at your worst. Building trust takes time and effort on both sides. Some relationships might not be salvageable. However, there’s still hope for some of your relationships once the healing has begun. Evaluating What Is Broken When repairing broken relationships, we need to first think about who we have harmed because of our addiction and plan to make personal amends with each individual on our list. Making amends isn’t easy and takes time. It’s no coincidence that in the 12-Step philosophy, three out of the 12 steps are dedicated to making amends and admitting our mistakes. Steps eight, nine, and ten encompass the process of rebuilding trust and fixing those broken bonds that are so precious to our recovery. If you are in recovery, you…

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How to Help a Child With Addiction

Many people associate addictions with adults, but children can become addicted too. Addiction tends to run in the family, and while you may have tried to keep your child safe, it isn’t always possible. Teen addiction is still a prevalent issue caused by many factors, from environmental to hereditary. Here’s how to help your child get the treatment they need. Why Is My Teen Addicted? There are many factors that play into teen and child addiction. Whether it be peer pressure, curiosity, rebellion, a way to cope with stress/anxiety, or expectations, there are many reasons why teens and children choose to take substances that develop into addiction. It isn’t necessarily because they are “bad” or “acting out.” In fact, many teens don’t try substances to anger parents, but rather because their brains aren’t as developed as adult brains. This doesn’t say anything about their intelligence, but rather their brain development…

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It’s Okay to Rest

It's Okay to Rest

If you are constantly on the go, it might be hard to take a break. Whether you’ve got too much going on or feel guilty for allowing for some “you” time, there are benefits of resting and relaxing, especially during the cold months. Taking a break isn’t something to feel guilty about; it’s crucial to your health. In a world where productivity and hustle culture are praised, it might be hard to justify even napping, much less taking mental health days or choosing to spend time with yourself doing what makes you happy. Winter Is a Time of Rest You might enjoy the cold, but the constant snow and low temperatures can make it hard to do even basic activities for many. Many animals hibernate in the winter to conserve energy, but humans are different in that we still operate during the colder months. As a result, our energy levels…

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