Recreate Life Counseling and Drug Sweeper Are Working Together

Drug detection dogs are very effective in protecting clients in addiction treatment facilities and recovery residences from these harmful and addictive substances. Drug use within rehabs and sober homes is a constant danger and many facilities struggle to address the problem. In every treatment center, there are some patients are not serious about getting sober and devise clever means of sneaking drugs into their treatment program.

The risk of having drugs in treatment facilities and rehab centers can be minimized through the use of Drug Sweeper. This innovative service was created by Paul Tessein, who recently celebrated 31 years of long-term sobriety. As an addict in recovery, Mr. Tessein understands the importance of keeping our rehab facilities drug and alcohol-free. Recreate Life Counseling has teamed up with Drug Sweeper for random sweeps and comprehensive drug detection checks across all of our residences and treatment facilities.

Drug Sweeper

Why Should Drugs Be Removed From Treatment Facilities?

The most important objective of a drug and alcohol treatment facility is to provide a safe environment for addicts to recover. As a JCAHO accredited facility, Recreate Life Counseling takes the task of keeping our treatment environment drug and alcohol-free very seriously.

In addition to that, Drug Sweeper helps us in keeping other dangerous objects and prohibited items away from our clients. The K-9’s under the direction of the Drug Sweeper Service do not just search for drugs, but also other contraband such as bombs and explosives among many other dangerous items that should not be in a drug treatment facility.

How Drug Sweeper Keeps Our Facility Safe

Patients that have relapsed recently are more likely to sneak in drugs to their recovery residence or treatment center. This not only poses a danger to the individual, but it is also a threat to the entire addiction treatment and recovery community, including all of the staff. Addicts in treatment are vulnerable, and if given the opportunity will often drugs while in rehab. Some individuals may still be going through lingering withdrawal symptoms, not to mention the intense cravings that can occupy the mind in early sobriety. That’s where drug detection dogs come in, and they are great at finding different kinds of substances, including:

  • Heroin
  • Prescription Opiates
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crack
  • Marijuana/K2/Spice
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Cocaine
  • Hashish
  • Cannabis Resin
  • Ephedrine
  • MDMA/Ecstasy

Here at Recreate Life Counseling, we are fully aware of the dangers posed by drug use to patients, residents, and the whole treatment team. That’s why we make great use of the Drug Sweeper Dog Service to reduce all of the risks that could otherwise be encountered during the treatment process.

Recreate Your Life in a Drug-Free Environment

Human searches are not as effective as a trained Drug Sweeper K-9. This unique company has all of their K-9’s and handlers go through extensive training to make sure they are always ready to detect even small traces of narcotics. This includes full-time training for six months alongside taskforce police dogs and the passing of a comprehensive certification exam. Our partnership with Drug Sweeper has allowed Recreate Life Counseling to be at the forefront of safety and security standards for drug treatment facilities throughout the country.

If you want your loved one to receive addiction treatment in a safe and protected treatment facility, then Recreate Life Counseling has a solution. We take the wellbeing our patients as the number one priority at all times and are committed to guiding your loved one to recovery. Contact our addiction specialists around the clock to learn more about our day/night addiction treatment and intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Recreate Life Counseling offers partial care and intensive outpatient treatment programs in Boynton Beach, Florida, designed to meet the individual needs of each client. We believe that by helping our clients recreate themselves, they are more likely to achieve and stay in recovery.

Mindfulness Meditation in Recovery

Mindfulness Meditation in Recovery

Meditation and mindfulness in sobriety, especially early recovery is crucial. It is suggested that anyone in recovery meditate and practice mindfulness. It makes the recovery journey much more enjoyable and will improve the quality of one’s everyday life. There is a plethora of scientific evidence out there that backs up the benefits of practicing meditation in sobriety. Studies have shown that these techniques, especially when combined with conventional therapies are extremely effective. Not only will these practices help improve quality of life, it will help prevent a relapse from ever happening.

Mindfulness in Sobriety

Practicing mindfulness can help alleviate various mental stressors. Mindfulness is a state of mind that can be found when one focuses on living in the current moment. When in this frame of mind they will be more accepting and acknowledging the thoughts and feelings they have on a much deeper level. When done correctly, one will not have a side on whether these feelings are right or wrong, the thoughts will simply exist. This therapeutic technique takes time to master, but even a few minutes a day of practice can make a huge difference.

Mindfulness in sobriety will help one connect with themselves and their surroundings. It is an easy and natural way that allows a person, in addition, to be fully present in the moment, without becoming overwhelmed by what is going on around them and in their lives. Practicing on a regular basis can help lower stress and anxiety and even help with physical pain. Wandering thoughts and a racing mind will become something of the past. Neural connections will become stronger which can lead to increased creativity.

Meditating in Recovery

When someone meditates, they are taking a break from everything to simply “be”. The hecticness of the outside world and the stressors from everyday life will take a backseat to inner peace and tranquility. Learning how to handle life and everything that comes with it is very important. While in active addiction, people with addiction issues would turn to their substance of choice for relief. They used mood and mind altering substances to find an escape from life, to use as a vice and to cope with various life stressors and issues. Meditating on a regular basis will help prevent relapse and improve one’s overall quality of life.

Meditating in sobriety will help one understand more about themselves and can change how they handle everyday situations. Regularly practicing meditation in early recovery can help one focus and maintain a positive outlook on life. Finding happiness in difficult times can be the difference between another day clean and sober and a relapse. Finding a balance instead of swinging between emotional extremes is imperative.

One doesn’t have to meditate for an hour every day to find this peace, mediation can be done for just a couple minutes. YouTube is loaded with tons of free mediation for beginner videos and audio files. These videos range from a few minutes to a few hours. If you are brand new to meditating, try guided meditation at first. It’s a great place to start off. Don’t get discouraged at first, it can take a few minutes for one to get in the moment. For some, it can take multiple attempts to really reap the benefits. The longer one practices mediating in sobriety, the better they will get and the better their lives will become.

Proof that Meditation and Mindfulness Helps One Recover

Yale University conducted a study that proved that meditation decreases activity in the DMN (default mode network) in the brain. This area is responsible for the mind wandering about, commonly referred to as daydreaming or zoning out. When someone is zoned out it is common for them to think about things in life that bring them stress and worry. Focusing on past, present and future issues will only make people less happy and more stressful. People who practiced meditation and mindfulness for just a few weeks saw a variety of benefits.

A study performed by John Hopkins found links between medication and lessening depression, anxiety and physical/mental pain. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness and endless. Someone in early recovery will see a huge improvement in their day to day life. They will be able to build a much stronger foundation to build the rest of their life upon. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation practices will help people with addiction and abuse issues find a happier and more fulfilling life. They will be less reactive and less spontaneous, thus helping prevent a relapse from ever occurring.

International Overdose Awareness Day 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. IOAD also recognizes the grief felt by friends and families remembering those who have lost their lives by drug overdose. IOAD wishes to spread the message that the terrible tragedy of a drug overdose death can be prevented. IOAD originated in 2001 and has been spreading awareness of drug overdoses ever since.

The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, it is estimated that in 2014, there were 207,400 drug-related deaths across the world, with overdose accounting for up to a half of all deaths and with opioids involved in most cases. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record. Drug overdose deaths are up among both sexes, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. More than three out of five overdose deaths involve an opioid, such as prescription painkillers, heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. In 2014, overdose deaths involving an opioid killed more than 28,000 people in the United States, and more than half of those deaths resulted from prescription opioids.

What is a drug overdose?

An overdose means having too much of a drug or combination of drugs for your body to be able to cope with. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. There are a number of signs and symptoms that signal a drug overdose, and these differ depending on the type of drug used.

Signs of a Depressant Overdose

(e.g. heroin, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone)

  • Shallow breathing; not breathing at all
  • Snoring; gurgling sounds
  • Blue lips or fingertips
  • No response to stimulus
  • Floppy arms and legs
  • Disorientation
  • Won’t wake up; unconsciousness

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning/Overdose

  • Disorientation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular or slow breathing
  • Blue-tinged or pale face
  • Hypothermia
  • Stupor
  • Unconsciousness

Stimulant Overdose

It is possible to overdose on amphetamines, such as speed and ice. Amphetamine overdose increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or drug-induced psychotic episodes. Amphetamine overdoses differ from an opioid overdose.

  • Chest pain
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High temperature
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Agitation; paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Unconsciousness

It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of an overdose, so that lives can be saved.

Recovery Is Possible

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible, and professional help is available to get you started on the right track. If you are struggling with an addiction, or have a loved one who is addicted, please seek support as soon as possible. You do not need to become part of the statistics — help is available.

Number of Opioid-Addicted Babies More than Tripled in 15 Years

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of babies born dependent on opioids increased by 300% between 1999 and 2013. These babies are born craving opioids and experiencing withdrawal symptoms, resulting in many physical and mental challenges. This data is derived from publicly available data from 28 states where information about opioid addiction has been archived. Terrifyingly enough, the CDC believes that the hospital data greatly underestimates the prevalence of drug-addicted infants. In the report, the CDC stated that neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased from 1.5 per 1,000 hospital births in 1999, to 6 per 1,000 hospital births in 2013.

What Can Be Done About This?

The CDC believes that state governments have an important role to play in addressing this issue because they delegate funds for substance abuse treatment and recovery that are passed down from the federal government. In 2012 alone, Medicaid programs in some select states covered 80% of the whopping $1.5 billion in costs for the treatment of drug-addicted babies at hospitals. It would be ideal if even just a percentage of these funds went to helping the mothers before their babies were born addicted to drugs. The CDC urged the need for funding of a public health initiative to help pregnant women who are battling addiction. There needs to be more proactive attempts at helping these women before their babies are born already addicted to drugs. One such effort is the Perinatal Recovery Effort through Maternal Intervention and Education (Project P.R.E.M.I.E) in Santa Maria, California. This program provides pregnant women with a sober living environment, substance abuse programs, parenting classes, and nutrition and health support, regardless of the woman’s financial status. More programs and efforts such as Project P.R.E.M.I.E. need to happen to help expectant women abstain from opioids during pregnancy, and help them maintain lifelong abstinence and sobriety.

Recovery from Drug Addiction

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, please contact Recreate Life Counseling Services today. Our outpatient program in Delray Beach, Florida is here to help you or your loved one recover from addiction and recreate your life. We believe that addiction recovery is possible for everyone. There is no shame in asking for professional help, so please reach out to us today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment program or how we can help you.

Prescription Drug Deaths in the United States

The Trait That Can Identify Addiction

 

The Trait That Can Identify AddictionPrescription drug abuse has been declared an epidemic in the United States, and for very good reason. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, prescription painkillers kill more than two of the hardest illicit drugs, heroin and cocaine, combined. Prescription drug deaths make up a large majority of drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2010, there were over 16,000 deaths due to painkiller use in the country. And according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, of the 47,055 fatal drug overdoses in 2014, 18,893 overdose deaths were attributed to prescription drug deaths. Despite the crackdown on illegal pill mills in the United States over the last several years, prescription opioids continue to be a major health crisis in the nation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 51.8% of the drug overdose deaths in the United States were attributed to prescription drugs. These shocking statistics demonstrate how dangerous these legal prescription drugs prove to be.

Individuals who abuse prescription painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin continue to take larger and larger doses to achieve a more euphoric high, but such larges doses can stop one’s breathing, resulting in death. The United States has made some progress in recent years on cracking down on prescription drug abuse, which has lead many addicts to turn to heroin — a cheaper, and more easily attainable alternative. The CDC proposes that the answer lies in preventing Americans from becoming addicted to opiates in general, by educating all segments of society, including the medical professional.

Are you or a loved one struggling with an addiction to opiates? If so, the time to seek addiction help is now. Recreate Life Counseling Services can help you or your loved one receive the help you need to overcome your addiction to drugs and alcohol. Call us today for help. Recovery is possible.

Opioid Addiction and Women: The Shocking Statistics

What Are Opiates and Why Are People Getting So Addicted

What Are Opiates and Why Are People Getting So AddictedAddiction does not discriminate against any age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Rather, addiction affects all people, no matter the background. Americans all across the nation are rapidly becoming addicted to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and the illegal drug heroin. According to a report by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow, M.D., there are 2.1 million people suffering from substance use disorders related to opioid pain relievers. The group that has seen the highest rise in death rates is middle aged women. In fact, the United States has seen a 450 percent increase in the number of deaths among women since 1999. This statistics is attributed largely to opioid use.

Older Americans struggling with substance abuse related to opioids are largely developing their addiction through medical use, and the death rate is much higher in the older group than it is in the younger group. According to Andrew Kolodny, M.D., founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, middle aged women are more likely to visit doctors and complain about a chronic pain problem, resulting in the prescribing of opioid pain relievers. Dr. Volkow reports that women are more likely to experience chronic pain and be prescribed prescription pain relievers, be given higher doses, and take them for longer time periods than men.

The Dangers of Opioids

One of the main dangers of opioids is the user’s quick progression to tolerance of the drug. With time, a user’s body becomes acclimated to the drug, and the user takes more of it to just feel normal. Opioids also cause respiratory depression — in fact, the number one cause of death in opioid use is respiratory depression. This means that opioids can cause your breathing to stop, resulting in death. Researchers are also studying the long-term effects of opioids on brain function.

Are You Struggling with an Opioid Addiction?

If you or a loved one is struggling with an opioid addiction, or an addiction of any kind, it is imperative that you seek professional help as soon as possible. The statistics are shocking and unsettling, but you do not need to become one of them. Seeking support from an addiction professional or team of professionals is the best way to ensure your recovery. At Recreate Life Counseling Services, we provide effective, proven methods to help you establish a foundation for your recovery. For more information on how we can help you or your loved one, reach out to us today at (844) 463-3968.