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  1. Why Sunlight is Necessary for Young People

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    Sun is shining and the kids are hopefully going outside. Summer can be a fun, busy time for kids to catch up on things that get put on the back burner during the school year. Days are longer with more sunshine and possibilities. It holds more positive aspects than many people understand. Learn about the benefits of sunshine for young people.

    Power of the Sun

    Our bodies are essentially dependent on the sun to function. Regular vitamin D production is essential to human growth and development, brain chemistry and circadian rhythms (sleep cycles). Today’s kids spend less time outdoors than ever before with the advent of technology such as television, tablets and computer games. Meals and leisure time are generally spent indoors with the average 8-18 year old spending approximately 7 hours per day in front of some type of screen.

    Vitamin D

    Nearly 90% of the body’s vitamin D is produced when sunlight hits the skin. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the body as it helps metabolize and absorb calcium and other minerals. It influences proteins which trigger gene expression. Cell growth is modulated along with neuromuscular function, immune function and reduction of inflammation. Kids need vitamin D to develop properly. Significant deficiencies prenatally during the first few months of life can lead to rickets, a disease characterized by soft, weak bones and poor motor development. The brain structure and function can be altered and impaired without sufficient vitamin D.

    Circadian Rhythm

    Sunlight is necessary to regulate circadian rhythms or the internal clock which determines a sleep and wake cycle. Being active and awake at night increased chances of being eaten or falling off a cliff in prehistoric times. Modern amenities have led to a decreased risk of harm at night but can also lead to a significant  disruption of circadian rhythms. Children are recommended to get approximately 9-13 hours per night of sleep. Sleep is a time when hormones and macronutrients go to work and develop bones, muscles and organs. The brain consolidates memories, processes emotions and produces important neurotransmitters in preparation for the day to come. Decreased sleep can affect attention, memory, academic performance and decision making.

    Get Outside

    When kids are outdoors, being sedentary is less of an option. Kids can move, walk, play basketball or go climbing. If kids are not active and using the environment for play, it can affect development. Playing can increase sensory integration and playing in dirt even improves the immune system. Going outside to read or eat snacks can be advantageous.

     
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  2. Rehab Alumni Programs for Young People

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    Recovery Alumni Programs for Teens

     

    Once a teen completes an addiction treatment program, they should never again feel like they’re on their own. Alumni programs for rehab graduates serve as annual reminders. After years and years of sobriety, it’s easy to forget the importance of support networks. These programs are a standard aftercare service offered by most treatment centers.

     

    What Are We Celebrating?

     

    You’ll often hear that rehab is just the beginning—and it’s true. However, it’s still a huge achievement. Most people don’t finish their programs, and those who do manage should be acknowledged for their achievements. Alumni programs celebrate the persistence.

    What Do Alumni Programs Offer?

     

    Alumni programs are a form of continuing care, an extension of the services received in rehab. The outside world presents a lot of new challenges: work, school, romances, drama. Both positive and negative developments can cause stress, which can then lead to relapse. When sober-minded share their experiences with each other, however, it helps them better recognize their own situations. At alumni meetings, families are usually welcome and may engage with a number of activities alongside the teenagers, including:

    • Outings, sporting events, hikes
    • Social networking activities
    • 12-step meetings
    • Community service projects

    The Bigger Picture

     

    Alumni events aren’t just about celebration. The celebration is also a reminder that all this support is still there. At its heart, these programs are about getting alumni to continue with treatment aftercare even though they feel they’ve recovered. Addiction is a sneaky illness. Alumni meetings are a great place to ask about family counselors, vocational counseling, job placement assistance, education opportunities, personal training.

     

    Use the Tools You’re Offered

     

    If you’re the parent of a recent rehab graduate, be sure to take advantage of these services. Transitioning to adulthood is hard enough; doing it while in recovery is something else entirely. Recovery is like walking up a down escalator: it can’t be done passively; it requires constant effort, and it’s always possible to slip…which is why you need a helping hand.

    Everyone who’s graduated from rehab had to either seek or accept help from others. To get started on your recovery journey here at Sustain, give us a call at 949-637-5499

  3. Young people in AA

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    Each and every day, roughly 75 teens enter alcohol treatment. Part of the care they receive is Alcoholics Anonymous. AA an important part of therapy, but it’s highly misunderstood by a lot of people. At its heart, it’s about attending regular meetings—an important skill for anyone in recovery, religious or not.

     

    Fundamentals of AA

     

    Whereas rehab programs are run by licensed professionals, AA is founded and run by fellow addicts—peers, essentially. AA is a big peer group that shares a common goal, staying sober. It’s about working together, sharing strategies, and keeping each other on track. It’s something from which all teens can benefit, addicted or not. For teens in recovery, AA serves as a sobriety safety net.

    AA meetings follow one of two formats: open and closed. Open meetings are helpful because they are available to friends and family who could use the education. At these meetings, speakers discuss their own alcoholism histories and. Closed meetings are where members receive the intensive help. Meetings are held once or twice per week. Believe it or not, they’re completely free.

     

    Working the Program

     

    As an active AA member, teens are asked to:

    • Work with an experienced AA member
    • Mentor new members
    • Volunteer within the community
    • Participate in social outings
    • Make amends for past mistakes
    • Give up control to a higher power

    In AA, addiction is viewed a chronic problem, a problem that can only be tackled one day at a time. Once someone gives up the notion that they can resist temptations, the question then becomes, “How do I minimize the temptation?” Teenage years in particular are filled with these temptations.

     

    Finding a Meeting

     

    10 percent of AA members are younger than 30, but it still might be best to look for meetings that are specifically targeted for teenagers. Most traditional facilities will happily point you in their direction. Participating in adult meetings may be helpful too, especially for teens who have lacked adult role models in their lives. Don’t feel pressured to sign up for the first meeting place your family checks out.

  4. Hardest Part of Addiction is Admitting a Problem Exists

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    Admitting a problem exists is part of the challenge of facing recovery. Until this happens, nothing else will progress to the next step. Find out what makes this step so difficult and how to overcome the barrier to success.

    The Obvious Problem

    When a person is facing addiction, it is harder to see personal issues from the inside rather than the outside perspective. It may just feel like a temporary money issue when others have long realized an individual has struggled to make ends meet for some time due to addiction. The personal perspective skews things in one’s own favor and it can feel like others are blowing everything out of proportion and trying to control the situation. This also makes it harder to admit a problem exists in the long term.

    An Escape from Reality

    Addiction is all about the escape. A person can be his or her own worst enemy but the addiction mindset delivers many excuses including a sense of entitlement about personal behaviors. There may be lots of hurt sitting in a person’s heart waiting for redemption and justification. Temporary relief from drinking or using drugs can feel like a trusted, reliable friend that is always available and provides the relief needed. A person will do all that is required to keep relief and reward system going. Pretty soon, a person will not be counted on to do or be much of anything because he or she cannot be counted on for some time. While it sounds nice in the interim, the price to be paid is quite high.

    Better Off

    Self respect quickly gets traded for drugs and alcohol. By the time addiction hits a low point, the individual is likely added mightily to the pain felt beyond what the original escape plan was to begin with. It may be hard to admit to others that this path was chosen above all else but it does not make a person stupid or foolish. It just means addiction claimed another victim for a time and now it is time to realize that addiction does not mean better off, more relief or an easier life. It simply complicates things until an individual decides to seek help and find hope in healing.

    No one individual wants to believe life choices were incorrect and take personal responsibility for the pain caused to others. People try hard to avoid this issue which keeps individuals locked into addiction. Over time, a person will hopefully realize rehab shows the true reality of problems which can bring relief and possibility. It is never too late and rehab can work once the first step is taken of admitting a problem exists and seeking help for addiction.

     

    Sustain Recovery provides treatment for young adults recently finished with a primary treatment program or in need of help long term. Contact us to find out how we can support your teen post treatment.

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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