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  1. How to Help Kids Prepare To Return to School

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    While most kids still have their minds focused on summertime activities, parents know that schooltime is just around the corner. Unfortunately, adolescents who deal with addiction to drugs and alcohol can be at risk of having a difficult time transitioning back into school. We’ve got some tips for how to help stack the odds in your young patients’ favor, so they enjoy a successful new school year.

    Why This School Year Will Be Like No Other

    This fall, most schools will reopen fully for the first time in over a year. The pandemic proved to be a game-changer, forcing children of all ages to adapt to attending school from home. Many felt the loss of in-person contact with their teachers and the socialization of being with friends.

    Most children spent a long time dreaming about returning to the normalcy of going back to their school campuses. But, for some, that excitement has turned to trepidation. Many therapists report their young clients to feel reticence at going back to school this fall.

    “Re-entry agoraphobia,” and “cave syndrome,” and other terms have entered the lexicon. Consistently being homebound and avoiding socialization took its toll on many students. Family members and treatment professionals should start working with these young people now to help them assimilate more easily when the school year starts.

    The Fear Factor of Getting Sick

    Most adults understand how far society has come in terms of being protected against coronavirus. However, adolescents have a more difficult time grasping the intricate details related to pandemic health. Opening up a dialogue with your young patients about this can help dispel myths and build confidence.

    Talk about how many people, both adults and kids, have received the COVID vaccine. Ask if the child and their family members have gotten vaccinated yet. Provide age-appropriate information to help assure your client about how much protection the vaccine offers. By the time the fall semester begins, even more people will have been vaccinated. A general overview of how widespread the application will be can help soothe a worried child’s mind.

    Boundaries and Comfort Transitioning

    Discuss the importance of boundaries when it comes to post-pandemic choices. For example, many children feel they must acquiesce to adult preferences when it comes to physical contact. Let your patients know that they have autonomy related to things like if they want to hug or otherwise touch other people.

    A patient’s parents can contact the school or their child’s teachers to discuss rules related to COVID policies. If their child still feels more comfortable wearing a mask, make sure the teacher respects this choice. While no one wants to foster paranoia, some children will assimilate more easily if they go in stages.

    Planning for the Future

    So much of the past year has been about focusing on staying safe in the now. What steps would come next during the pandemic often remained a mystery. This mindset may have led some young people to stop planning for the future.

    Adolescents who struggle with substance use disorders often feel enveloped by an attitude of doom and gloom. Therefore, clearing the cloudy thoughts and preparing for their first steps as they enter adulthood is crucial. Whether they go to college, start working, or choose another avenue, excitement about their plans improves their chances of success.

    If you have a client in the right age range to plan for college, talk to them about their plans. See if they feel comfortable switching their mindsets to allow for seeing the future as bright and open. Talk about what type of career choices interest them and what schools they feel inclined to attend. School counselors can help your patients find a plethora of information.

    Don’t Neglect to Plan Relaxing Downtime For the Fall

    At-risk adolescents benefit from making solid plans for their future, but they also need downtime. Talk to your patients about what activities excite them. For example, high schools offer many options for sports teams, giving kids an outlet for getting some exercise and learning the benefits of working as part of a team.

    School and local community organizations offer group activities that appeal to many teenagers. Help involve your patient’s parents in looking at neighborhood groups, continuing education classes, and other sources that provide fun activities for young people. Volunteer work can also offer a way for adolescents to enjoy themselves while helping out their communities.

    Talk to your patients about how balancing school work and hobbies prove vital to living a healthy life. Too much of one while neglecting the other leads to imbalance. This imbalance can add stress to a young person’s life, which can be the impetus to them losing ground when it comes to staying in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

    While an adolescent’s mind may still be rooted in summer days, the new school year will be starting soon. Starting school this fall will be different than in past years, as students return to campus after a long time engaged in distance learning. Many kids may be nervous about feeling safe and need reassurance. Adolescents also may need assistance in switching back to the mindset of planning for their futures while enjoying recreational activities. Sustain Recovery offers several treatment programs for adolescents and young adults who struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Many of our clients have attended other treatment programs that weren’t a good fit. We know how to help young people take responsibility for their lives while learning how to love and believe in themselves. Call Sustain Recovery today at (949) 407-9052 to find out how we can help a child return to their school lives as healthier individuals.

  2. Can E-Cigarettes Help People Quit Smoking?

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    The number of Americans who smoke is an estimated 45 million. It is a habit that kills and is the leading cause of cancer and lung disease. While as many as 70% of smokers want to quit, they are unable to do so, as smoking is a notorious tough habit to kick. This has led recent research into the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes, as a potential tool for quitting smoking.

    How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

    E-cigarettes contain nicotine, but not tobacco smoke, thereby apparently reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms in smokers. The use of e-cigarettes has risen significantly over the past few years. In 2010 only 2% of smokers in the United States were using them, while by 2012 that number had jumped to 30%.

    Using e-cigarettes as a tool for quitting smoking is believed to address smoking triggers. Individuals who use e-cigarettes inhale small doses of nicotine. Carcinogen levels in e-cigarette cartridges are about one thousandth the level of regular cigarette smoke. However, e-cigarettes are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

    Studies On E-Cigarettes

    An e-cigarette trial study was conducted with the aim to show their effectiveness as a tool for smoking cessation. The study was conducted in Italy with a group of 300 smokers. 9 of those 300 smokers gave up smoking entirely and out of those 9, 6 had used e-cigarettes. It was a follow up to a different Italian study where two thirds of participants had expressed an interest in continuing the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

    Another study conducted by British researchers found that individuals who wanted to quit smoking were about 60% more like to succeed if they used e-cigarettes, as compared to using anti smoking patches or nicotine gums. The statistic remained at 60% when the same study authors compared using e-cigarettes a quit smoking aid to those individuals who tried to quit with no aids and through willpower alone.

    Although these initial results show some promise, there is still a long way to go in researching the effects of e-cigarettes. More research on a larger scale needs to be done to determine the degree of effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a tool for smoking cessation.

    However, it seems that e-cigarettes are much more effective at getting individuals to quit smoking, if the individual starts using e-cigarettes for that particular purpose. If the individual is just smoking e-cigarettes for pleasure, then they don’t seem to have much of an impact on the individual’s urge to continue smoking.

    Sustain Recovery creates a safe and structured environment for young men to grow in their recovery and education. To learn more about the elements of transitioning to sober living, contact us about our programs and how it can help you.

Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

K.C.
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