Intervention Isn’t a 4-Letter Word

Addiction Intervention

Like detox, “intervention” is another word that puts fear in the heart of those dealing with a family member’s addiction. What’s important to remember, though, is that addiction can kill—and getting your loved one into rehab immediately should be your #1 goal. With the help of a trained, experienced interventionist, addicts can be convinced to pursue the treatment that may save their life.

Benefits of an Intervention 

Drug and alcohol interventions are designed to confront the addict in a safe, neutral environment. Prior to the meeting, family members are educated about the disease of addiction. This type of knowledge empowers the family to give up enabling, understand their loved one’s behaviors, and commit themselves to the self-care they may have been neglecting. During intervention preparation, family members also decide on the consequences of an addict’s actions should they decide not to pursue rehab.

When a drug intervention or alcohol intervention is professionally facilitated, the addicted individual should not feel personally attacked or isolated. Interventions help friends and family communicate resolve and convince their loved one to enter detox and rehab right now. 

Benefits of professionally run drug and alcohol interventions include:

  • The opportunity to express love & concern for the addicted individual. Addiction tears families apart. Chances are you have not had a recent opportunity to express your love for a child, parent, or spouse caught in the throes of chemical dependency. An intervention is the perfect place to express how much they mean to you and begin the meeting on a positive note.
  • Having an objective expert in the mix. Emotions run high when the topic of drugs and alcohol comes up. A trained interventionist is uncompromised by emotions or personal attachment. They help to prepare you for the meeting and build trust and rapport with the addicted family member.
  • Establishing healthy boundaries. Whether your family member decides to begin treatment or not, attendees should follow through on the boundaries set during an intervention. From cutting an addict off financially to removing them from the home, these are consequences that must be administered for the good of the addicted party and the good of the family unit.

To learn more about the intervention process or inquire about drug and alcohol rehab for men 18 and over, call 877.228.4679 to speak with a member of the 10 Acre Ranch team. Don’t wait another day. An intervention may save the life of someone precious to you.

Fuzzy Thinking: It’s Just a Phase in Addiction Recovery

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You’re determined to succeed at recovery. It hasn’t been easy, but you’re making progress. You have a few weeks under your belt, and you’re thinking, “This might just work!” You are doing your best to make better decisions and to use the techniques you talk about in therapy, but there’s one problem. It nags at you, filling you with fear and self-recrimination.

Your mind isn’t clear. You get easily confused and your thinking is fuzzy. You’re worried that your addiction has left you mentally impaired and you’ll never escape this “brain fog.”

The good news is that most men in recovery experience periods of fuzzy thinking, and it’s typically only temporary. Remember that addiction causes serious changes in your physical and mental condition. During recovery, your body goes through a type of reset. Your memory loss, muddled thinking, and inability to concentrate are probably the result of one or more of these intertwined causes:

  • The physical effects of withdrawal
  • Sleep disruption leading to fatigue
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Coping with stress & fear without drugs or alcohol
  • Emotions that can be overwhelming.

Guiding You to Clarity

Fortunately, the rehab professionals at 10 Acre Ranch have the knowledge and resources to help you find your way through the fog. Nutritional meals ensure that you have adequate nourishment; exercise, recreation, and meditation practice contribute to a sense of well-being and better sleep. Disease education helps you understand the physical and mental changes you are experiencing. Recovery assignments provide valuable preparation to lessen the stress and emotions of moving beyond rehab. With these resources and a little time, most individuals successfully recover their cognitive skills.

Comprehensive Resources for Successful Recovery

As you progress through the early stages of recovery, you may encounter doubts, fear, and physical challenges. When you place your care in the capable hands of the staff at 10 Acre Ranch, you’ll have access to the resources you need for physical, emotional, and mental restoration. Don’t let the haze of alcohol and drug addiction keep you from living a full and active life. Call 1-800-266-7074 to start the admissions process and begin your journey today.

Is It Just Overeating or Is It Food Addiction?

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Americans love summertime celebrations, including a plethora of food: sausage and ribs on the grill, ice-cold beverages, crunchy snacks, and calorie-laden desserts. And yes, many of us overindulge. Maybe it’s not too bad to have that extra portion of Aunt Martha’s potato salad or an extra slice of Grandma’s pound cake on the 4th of July, but if you’re overeating every weekend (and during the week, too), you could be in the grip of food addiction.

When the Problem Is Addiction

Recent studies have shown that foods stimulate the production of dopamine in the brain in much the same way that drugs and alcohol do. It is believed that some foods, especially those beloved salty snacks and sweet desserts, over-stimulate the body’s reward mechanisms, resulting in cravings and compulsive eating. Often confused with hunger, cravings are actually the body’s need to keep dopamine production going.

It’s a vicious cycle:

  • Junk food consumption over-stimulates receptors in the brain.
  • Too much dopamine is produced.
  • The brain reduces the number of receptors.
  • The body craves more stimulation.
  • More and more food (especially the wrong food) is consumed.

To anyone recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, this pattern is all too familiar.

Ending the Cycle

Food addiction may resemble other substance abuse problems, but there is one overriding fact that makes treating this addiction unique: food cannot be avoided. Humans must eat to survive. Avoiding junk food, exercising regularly, and learning about better nutrition may help, at least for a time, but these strategies do not address the fundamental factors of addiction and are, therefore, subject to relapse.

Programs offering strong social support, such as Overeaters Anonymous and other 12- step programs, have a successful record of dealing with many of the emotional and self-esteem problems associated with food addiction and being overweight. But for some food addicts, especially those whose addiction has resulted in serious eating disorders, professional therapy may be the best approach. Whatever the treatment program, success will depend on identifying and managing the triggers of the addictive eating cycle.

Get Help for Addiction at Our CA Men’s Rehab

10 Acre Ranch is a California residential treatment center for men 18 and older who are struggling with addiction. If you have begun substituting food for your unresolved drug or alcohol addiction, we can help. A wide range of supportive programs are offered at the Ranch, including nutritional counseling, meal preparation, and outdoor recreation. Visit with our staff today to explore how 10 Acre Ranch’s economical, customized residential and outpatient programs can help you live a healthy, productive, addiction-free life!

The Truth About Drinking & the Gym

You wouldn’t think about taking a six-pack of beer to the gym when you train, but you might not give a second thought to partying the night before or after your workout. Unfortunately, the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality could be ruining your gains at the gym. Here are just a few of the ways boozing can stunt your fitness goals.

Slower muscle recovery. Your body sees alcohol as a toxin, and it takes energy to remove it from your tissue. When you’re focused on fitness, you need those energy reserves for muscle fiber recovery and muscle gain.

Increased cortisol production. Alcohol increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels lead to sugar and junk food cravings, along with boosting fat storage in the midsection.

Reduced fat burning. As your liver converts alcohol to acetate, your body prioritizes acetate burning over fat burning. If you are eating while drinking, that means the rest of your meal is stored as fat. Some studies show that moderate to heavy alcohol intake may decrease fat burning by 70 percent or more!

Decreased nutrient absorption. As you’re probably aware, alcohol irritates your stomach and increases acid production. You need nutrients to build muscle and improve your fitness, and an irritated stomach derails nutrient absorption.

Dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic. Dehydration decreases physical performance, increases fatigue, and depletes energy levels. In addition, dehydration prevents cells from producing ATP, which is a critical source for muscle energy.

And, if all of these reasons aren’t enough, remember that drinking makes your workout feel harder—and nobody needs that.

Treatment for Alcoholism at 10 Acre Ranch

If someone you love is stuck in a cycle of addiction, they are starving their body of the nutrients required to battle harmful toxins. 10 Acre Ranch offers counseling and group meal preparation that teaches the importance of nutrition during rehab. Food is fuel, and proper nutrition restores physical health and supports mind-body balance. Make a radical lifestyle change today! Embrace fitness and healthy eating at our CA men’s rehab facility. To learn more, call 800.266.7044 or reach a team member by email: info@10acreranch.org. Your inquiry is confidential and our compassionate team members are ready to help!

Alcohol & the Bedroom: Facts & Myths

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Alcohol has a reputation for improving sleep, libido, and sex—but what’s the truth about drinking and the bedroom?

The Impact of Alcohol on Sleep

Put down that nightcap. America is sleep deprived, and alcohol isn’t helping.

According to National Sleep Foundation studies, 20 percent of Americans sleep less than six hours a night, and sleep disorders are on the rise. Without healthy sleep, we have trouble thinking, performing cognitive tasks, and cementing memories. Sleep deprivation also kills sex drive and contributes to clinical depression. And, if that weren’t enough, lack of sleep makes us look older, faster.

Myth: Alcohol helps you sleep better.

Fact: Alcohol reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.

Alcohol has a reputation as a sleep aid, but that’s not the whole story. A drink or two may allow you to fall asleep faster, but it disrupts the REM cycles that leave you refreshed. Drinking also:

  • Disrupts your body’s circadian rhythms, which impact memory, cognition, and emotional stability.
  • Acts as a diuretic, forcing you to get up to pee more often.
  • Depresses the respiratory system, making you more likely to suffer from sleep apnea.

Lack of sleep can also put a damper on your sex life. Sleep deprivation causes what one California State University researcher calls “tense tiredness,” which can lead to a lack of sexual interest and a reduction in sexual performance. If alcohol is harming your sexual desire, then you and your partner may have to make use of monster cock hd porn in order to feel fully aroused in the bedroom.

Additional Impacts of Drinking on Sex

Alcohol is not the aphrodisiac it’s cracked up to be. While one or two drinks may act as a social lubricant, drinking can also have dangerous sexual repercussions.

Myth: Alcohol boosts my sex drive.

Fact: Drinking lowers inhibitions and leads to poor decision-making.

You may feel more “relaxed” and open to sex when you are drinking, but studies show that alcohol decreases erection and orgasm. In more regrettable cases, people wearing beer goggles don’t put proper sexual boundaries in place. They are more prone to:

  • Ruin marriages & relationships
  • Engage in casual one-night stands
  • Have unprotected sex with one or multiple partners
  • Contract an STD

10 Acre Ranch Drug & Alcohol Rehab

If you or someone you love is battling a drinking problem, we can help. Our proven recovery programs, recreational activities, and fitness opportunities provide a well-rounded approach to men’s addiction treatment. Begin the admissions process or find out about insurance benefits by calling 877.228.4679 today. Serving men 18 and older, our CA addiction rehab encourages clients to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle as they pursue sobriety and wellness.

Activity-Based Addiction Treatment for Men

Seeking help for a drug or alcohol problem isn’t an easy step to take. You may think you know what treatment will be like, and that may be the reason you’ve stayed away until now. And if you’re not comfortable sharing your feelings and participating in a group therapy environment, you’re not alone.

Hiking, working out at the gym, playing softball, or spending time with animals doesn’t sound like addiction therapy to most people, but these are some of the activities you’ll enjoy as part of your addiction treatment program at 10 Acre Ranch. Called “activity-based therapy,” this holistic component is part of many top-ranked drug and alcohol recovery programs.

Why is Activity-Based Therapy Important?

Delving into your feelings to determine why you’ve risked your health, job, and relationships to use drugs is tough, especially for men who don’t see themselves as the “sensitive type.” While talk therapy is integral to helping addicts recover, it’s only one small part of a holistic approach.

Activity-based therapy encourages clients to explore other outlets, particularly those that are physical in nature (sports, weightlifting, etc.), to help patients cope with the changes in their lives that occur during addiction treatment. It’s natural to experience anger, frustration, and aggression during recovery. Participating in recreational activities and completing recovery assignments that are less traditional and more free-form allows men work through negative emotions without becoming self-destructive. These distractions may even curb cravings. Having fun reminds patients that joy still exists in their lives—and that their future holds value far beyond a temporary high.

Studies have shown that complementary therapies like exercise and music performance are valuable components of a multidisciplinary treatment program for drugs and alcohol. Activity-based therapy may also lessen the risk of relapse, in some cases.

Activity Therapy and Men’s Drug Addiction Treatment

Residential, outpatient, and drug detoxification programs approach treatment in several ways, all with the goal of maintaining long-term sobriety. Local outings, softball tournaments, group meal preparation, and nature walks are just some of the activities offered to the men at 10 Acre Ranch, in combination with therapy (individually and in a group setting), 12-step integration, and disease education.

10 Acre Ranch Drug & Alcohol Rehab

To learn more about the therapeutic programs, recreational activities, and fitness opportunities available at 10 Acre Ranch addiction treatment for men, dial 877.228.4679 today. Serving men 18 and older, our wide range of programs encourage clients to embrace an active, healthy lifestyle as they pursue sobriety and wellness.

Addiction Transfer: Trading One Habit for Another

Recognizing a drug or alcohol problem and seeking treatment is a life-changing step for any man. Learning to live without the substances that create pleasure sensations (or “highs”) in your brain’s reward center may seem impossible. Once you’ve progressed through the early stages of recovery, being self-aware enough to avoid the phenomenon called “addiction transfer” presents yet another treatment challenge.

Addiction transfer is substituting one addictive behavior for another. People who smoke may find themselves constantly eating; those who were formerly addicted to drugs or alcohol could end up with a gambling problem or become compulsive shoppers. In recent studies, patients who have had weight-loss surgery are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol in alarmingly large numbers.

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The Science of Addiction

It was formerly thought that addicts transferred their behavior from one habit to another (e.g. food instead of alcohol) to fill an emotional void in their lives. This may be true in some cases, and cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common treatment approach to help uncover the root cause of addictive behaviors.

However, researchers now think that the true cause of addiction transfer is a lack of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in many cognitive and physical functions. Drugs, alcohol, and other addictive behaviors activate the brain’s reward center and increase dopamine levels. Lower-than-normal dopamine levels can cause a craving to participate in an activity that delivers the same rush, whether it’s drinking, sex-ting, or surfing the internet to excess.

What’s the Problem?

As you work toward recovery, it’s natural—and even healthy—to distract yourself with other activities. One could argue that a shopping addiction is less dangerous to your health than using drugs, but doing anything to an unhealthy degree is destructive. With addiction, your brain learns to rely on the addictive behavior to feel good, and that’s when your life, work, and relationships begin to suffer.

Anyone can fall into the trap of a behavioral addiction (any non-substance related addiction), but people with a long history of substance addiction may be more prone to this type of behavior.

Addiction Transfer & Men’s Drug Addiction Recovery

Residential rehab, outpatient rehab, and drug detox programs use a variety of treatment approaches with the goal of helping clients attain and maintain long-term sobriety. Participating in a comprehensive addiction treatment program that takes a holistic (mind, body, spirit, social) approach is the best way to avoid addiction transfer. Throughout the recovery process, clients may require psychiatric treatment and individual therapy for co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, or dopamine deficits. In many cases, addicts may not even realize that they are substituting one addiction for another, so family and friends should be on the lookout for this type of behavior.

10 Acre Ranch Drug & Alcohol Rehab

To learn more about the therapeutic programs, life skills classes, and fitness opportunities available at 10 Acre Ranch addiction treatment for men, dial 877.228.4679 today. Serving men 18 and older, our therapeutic group activity setting encourages clients to return to an active, healthy lifestyle as they pursue sobriety and wellness.

The Healing Power of Meditation for Addiction Recovery

Drugs and alcohol can make you feel like you’re on top of the world when you’re enveloped in the chemical high created by your brain’s reward center. But those intense feelings of pleasure don’t last, and sooner or later you crash—and hard. Then the long list of negative feelings arrives: depression, fear, self-loathing, uncertainty, loss of control. Some treatments for substance abuse, such as detoxification, address the physical addiction. Others, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), focus on the psychological side.

As you begin to heal the mind and body, try meditation to heal your spirit as well.

Meditation for Stress Relief

Meditation is a holistic approach that aims to soothe the spiritual face of addiction. As you undergo treatment for your substance abuse disorder, you may be unable to concentrate. The underlying causes of your addiction may make you anxious, jittery, or sad. Emptying your mind of these negative emotions can help you become more clear-headed and motivated to overcome your problems.

Mindful meditation for addiction is the conscious act of focusing on one element, whether it’s your breathing or muscle relaxation. Imagining a safe place is another meditation technique. Quieting your mind through meditation for even a few short minutes can help you achieve a state of calm that has long-term, positive effects on your mental health.

Through meditation, you may be able to see your life and the choices you’ve made more clearly so you’re ready to solidify your commitment to long-term sobriety.

How to Begin Meditating

You don’t need special equipment or preparation for meditation. Wear comfortable clothing and find a quiet spot to start. Close your eyes and relax. Perhaps the simplest form of meditation is to focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Don’t worry when your mind starts to wander; it’s normal. Redirect yourself to your breathing each time until you can focus more easily. The more you practice meditation, the easier it will become and the more easily you can meditate for longer periods of time.

What Does the Science Say?

Meditation for addiction is an alternative treatment that often seems too “touchy-feely” for some men, but there’s scientific evidence to back up its use for drug and alcohol recovery. One recent study suggests that patients who used meditation techniques were more likely to complete residential treatment programs than those who did not meditate. Cravings, anxiety, and withdrawal symptoms were also reduced in the meditation groups.

Meditation for Addiction in Men

Residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient drug treatment programs are increasingly incorporating holistic treatment approaches. To learn more about the therapeutic programs, fitness opportunities, and recreational activities available at 10 Acre Ranch addiction treatment for men, dial 877.228.4679 today. Serving men 18 and older, our therapeutic group activity setting encourages clients to return to an active, healthy lifestyle as they pursue long-term sobriety.

Exercise & Drug Addiction

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Stronger Body, Sharper Mind

Exercise is a proven remedy for a variety of ailments, from diabetes to depression—and even chemical dependency. Studies show that vigorous exercise improves heart health, removes toxins from the body, increases concentration, aids in weight loss, relieves stress, and reduces substance cravings.

The Biology of Cravings

A 2010 Scandinavian Journal of Public Health article found that drug abuse clients who exercised as part of their rehab regimen enjoyed “improved quality of life and reduced intake of the drugs they had been abusing.” They also reported more energy and an overall sense of confidence about their appearance. In studies conducted on rats, the journal Biological Psychiatry reported that rats with access to an exercise wheel had decreased drug cravings and experienced less damage to the prefrontal cortex of the brain. WHY? For several reasons.

Exercise boosts dopamine production.

When an addict uses, he gets a dopamine response: a chemical “reward,” so to speak. Over time, his brain becomes trained to expect this chemical reward. In effect, dopamine is dangerously reprogramming the brain. Fortunately, exercise also elevates dopamine—which decreases stress and increases motivation, mood, and wellbeing without nasty drug side effects. (It also delivers a natural high produced by the release of endorphins!)

Exercise & alcohol abstinence heals the brain.

Men addicted to alcohol and drugs suffer from forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and neuronal damage. When combined with a proven rehabilitation program, exercise has been shown to “rebuild” the brain of an addict. This is called neurogenesis.

Exercise fills the void left by alcohol and drug addiction.

Physicians recommend cardiovascular exercise, weight training, and mind-body workouts as treatment for depression, anxiety, and addiction. A healthy body is resilient to stress, cravings, and withdrawal symptoms. In addition, exercise provides recovering addicts with a new pursuit and a healthy replacement for alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, or drugs.

Exercise improves confidence.

Many men admit to self-loathing and feelings of hopelessness while they are addicted to substances or activities. As they improve endurance, stamina, and physique with routine exercise, they are more likely to believe they can make larger changes and take charge of addiction recovery.

Mind-body exercise restores inner peace.

While men may shy away from yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and other mind-body programs, we urge them to think again. Mind-body exercise regulates adrenaline and stress hormones and has been proven to help with addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and severe anxiety. “Chronically high levels of hormones are toxic to the body and central nervous system, and we know yoga can help reduce or balance the stress hormones in the body,” said Sat Bir Khalsa, assistant professor at Harvard University. “It makes sense that if you are less stressed, you may not be so quick to seek substances to cope.”

Exercise & Men’s Drug Addiction Treatment

Residential and outpatient drug recovery facilities are seeing positive results from incorporating fitness and nutrition into a holistic treatment approach. To learn more about the fitness, recreation, and team-building activities available at 10 Acre Ranch, dial 877.228.4679 today. Serving men 18 and older, our therapeutic group activity setting encourages clients to return to an active, healthy lifestyle as they pursue long-term sobriety.