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  1. Making Recovery Tangible

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    Making Recovery TangibleAdolescents aren’t usually thrilled to be in treatment for substance abuse. Many adolescents don’t even believe they have a problem — it’s their parents who want them to get sober. If the adolescent isn’t keen on the idea of recovery, it can be difficult to keep them engaged in treatment. As a professional, you can make recovery a bit more tangible for your adolescent client. Getting them on board, interested, and engaged in their recovery isn’t always an easy task, but it’s crucial for a successful recovery.

    Treatment Should Be Personalized

    If your treatment isn’t tailored to the adolescent client that you’re working with, you aren’t going to reach the adolescent when it counts. Individualized treatment is so important for each adolescent that you work with. Everyone comes to treatment with their own story. Some adolescents will have a background rooted in trauma, while others deal with co-occurring mental disorders. Beyond their background, it’s also important to connect with the adolescent you are treating on a personal level. The more you understand what they are passionate about, the easier it will be to help tie those passions into treatment.

    Treatment Should Be Engaging

    Along with individualized treatment, you should also try to make the process as engaging as possible for the adolescent. If you’re only getting management and compliance from your adolescent client, that is the bare minimum. If this is the case, they aren’t engaged in their treatment at all. To help make their recovery more tangible, try to tie the recovery to their future. What does the adolescent want their future to look like? How can they achieve their goals? What things do they see as roadblocks to their goals? How can you help them bolster their healthy coping skills, so that they can reach — or even exceed — their goals?

    Some adolescents might not have any concrete future plans or goals. In your treatment, you can help them identify places where they want to be more successful. Encouraging them to create goals is a great way to keep them engaged in their treatment.

    Goals Must Be SMART

    Some adolescents dream of becoming a doctor or professional athlete, but they often don’t consider the small daily steps it takes to build up to the accomplishment of achieving those dreams. If your adolescent client is serious about these dreams, you can help them identify ways to start making meaningful changes that can help propel them toward their dreams. One way to help make their dream — and overall recovery — more tangible is to create goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).

    If your adolescent client is interested in sports and considers that to be something important to them, you can help them work on skills that will help them reach their goal of playing a sport at a higher level. If they want to be a serious athlete, they must understand that there are certain expectations of athletes. One major expectation is that athletes must be able to pass random drug tests. They also must possess a strong work ethic, be able to collaborate with a team, and control their emotions. While your adolescent client may not be able to do all of these at the beginning of their treatment, you can help them make changes to their lifestyle so these skills become attainable.

    Putting Goals Into Practice

    For example, if your adolescent client is using drugs recreationally, they can work on decreasing their drug use over a set period of time until they are no longer using. You can help with the specifics of making sure that this goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. As for other goals, you can help your adolescent client work on making changes in their daily life that set them up for future success and keep them on the path they want to be on for the long term. If your adolescent client wants to increase their work ethic, teamwork skills, and emotional regulation, you can encourage them to create goals such as attending school and completing their work on time and to the best of their abilities, working on interpersonal relationship skills, and coping with their emotions in healthy and safe ways. The more you are able to keep the treatment personalized and engaged, the better success you will have with your adolescent client’s recovery.

    Lastly, it’s important that your adolescent client feels like they are setting these goals for themselves. Many adolescents don’t follow through with their treatment because they feel like their caregivers are pushing it onto them. It’s important to give your adolescent client the space they need to let their interests guide their goals. If the goals don’t have any meaning for them, there’s a good chance they won’t care about achieving them. Similarly, goals that are too broad can be difficult to accomplish because they don’t feel real to your adolescent client. By making sure that you hit all the important areas of successful goals, your adolescent client will feel more in control of their recovery.

    Sustain Recovery provides quality care to adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders. If you have any adolescent clients who could benefit from our programs, contact us for more information. We are here to help your adolescent clients achieve their goals and build a successful and sober future.

    To learn more, call Sustain Recovery today at (949) 407-9052.

  2. Can Food Cravings Go Away?

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    A food craving is the result of many things and is a complex interaction between a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. People who struggle with alcohol addiction, for instance, crave sweets and sugar in recovery. Learn more about why people in recovery struggle with food cravings and how to cope.

    Addiction Switch

    Sometimes when a person is off of one drug, another one takes its place. Whether it is nicotine or sugar, an individual may switch addictions for substances or alcohol to food. A sugar addiction can be especially detrimental to an individual’s health who is already struggling with physical ailments from alcohol addiction. Smoking is also an addiction which may negatively impact a person’s health long term.

    Sugar Addiction

    Sugar addiction is a very real challenge for people in recovery. People with alcoholism can easily transfer addiction to food when craving carbs and sugars, go on a diet then go back to the food when sugar starts creating a high. The chemicals released while eating sugar are similar to those released when using narcotics. PET and CAT scans of people with food addiction look nearly identical to those of people using alcohol or drugs and sugar can create a physical addiction (craving) for more sugar. Biochemically, food addiction is just like any other addiction.

    Drinking Sugars

    Alcoholism is another form of sugar and grain, which is being taken in liquid form as opposed to a solid one. Individuals who drank and are sober may struggle with a desire to take in some liquid form that brings back feelings of drinking such as sugary drinks, sodas, energy drinks or others which elevate caffeine levels in a person’s body to sometimes dangerous levels. Some issues which may arise from this sugary addiction include:

    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Some forms of cancer
    • High blood pressure
    • Degeneration of bones and joints

    What is Healthy

    A major reason people do not equate a relationship to sugar as unhealthy is that most of the culture and medical community do not see food as addictive in the same way as drugs and alcohol. Most of the food sold is contaminated with foods that are highly addictive, which is why people become sugar addicts at a younger age than becoming addicted to drugs or other substances. Sugar addiction may even run in families including soda, candy, sugary cereals and other sweets. Genetics can play a huge role in the way a person metabolizes sugar or switches addictions.

    People in recovery may seek ways to medicate difficult emotions while maintaining sobriety. Over exercising, overeating and over-doing anything can result in addiction transfer or switching to something else that, while possibly healthy in small doses, now results in a lower quality of life than desired. It helps to speak with doctors and therapists about a healthy diet in recovery along with seeking support from friends in recovery and loved ones.

    Sustain Recovery has a unique approach to adolescent care. Gender Separate Extended Care treatment programs for clients exist to support individuals through the process of recovery. Call us to find out how to get started.

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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