Potential Helps Honor Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentPotential was a sponsor of an important event last week. The annual America Honors Recovery gala and awards ceremony is the world of substance abuse treatment’s annual celebration of those making a real impact in their communities. This year’s awards ceremony bestowed honors on doctors and treatment professionals making a real impact in local communities affected by substance abuse issues.

The ceremony, as always, comes with a bittersweet feeling that we and those who fund us could be doing more. With addictions to prescription pain medicine and heroin on the rise in communities nationwide it can feel as though the addiction treatment professionals are fighting a battle they are doomed to lose. Luckily among politicians attitudes are beginning to mature and change.

Last week the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law that would expand access to addiction treatment for New Yorkers. It was in response to the increasing scourge that is opiate addiction throughout the state but especially in Staten Island, Buffalo, and a variety of smaller communities throughout the upper part of the state. In weeks prior states like Virginia and even the White House have held hearings and summits to discuss increasing need for access to opiate rehab.


As Awareness Spreads Resistance to Treatment and Opiate Rehab Remain

Intervention ServicesWith our special expertise of opiate addiction recent news has not been encouraging. While city and state lawmakers and law enforcement organizations are becoming more aware of the scourge of prescription drug addicts and those who have graduated in great numbers to heroin the methods for dealing with the issues on a broader scale are few. Increasingly open discussions among these professionals and the many local organizations that are dedicated to offering treatment options(many of whom are partners of Potential) could be helpful and might eventually net positive results the numbers are still scary. It was estimated recently that as few as ten percent of prescription drug addicts will seek treatment.

This suggests that more than ever the issue of opiate rehab has to be broached by family and friends concerned with addicts. To that end it is worth noting that intervention services can make a world of difference. Professionals who understand the issues associated with intense drug use can help families break through to at risk loved ones. The results can often lead to some hope in even the most intense and scary cases.

If you are considering getting help for yourself or someone you know do not hesitate to call us for our expertise.

Healthy Habits for Beach Season

Intervention ServicesThe summer is something many of us look forward to. After a long winter it is nice to thaw out, take in some sun, and increase the amount of time we spend outdoors. Still, it is not without its stress especially for anyone who has dealt with eating disorders and a general sense of stress around their body image. For many women especially the focus on having a “bikini body” can be the trigger that eventually leads them to seek out eating disorder treatment.

Leading into the summertime it is vital for everyone to stick together in trying to tamp down the ill conceived and unhealthy standards for what constitutes a great beach body. Instead we can focus on the positive things that come with the warm weather. Instead of resorting to unhealthy crash diets and other behaviors that can turn into eating disorders, focus on all of the great outdoor activities you can do. Instead of focusing on wearing the tightest or skimpiest swimsuits find swimwear that makes you feel comfortable. Above all support friends and family. Remind them that they are beautiful at any size.

For anyone having trouble getting into the summer spirit and especially for people spiraling into a world of anorexia or bulimia there is help. Please contact our specialists to find the right eating disorder treatment before these issues become dangerous and life threatening.

3 Causes for Relapse to Avoid After Addiction Treatment

Addiction TreatmentAddiction treatment is not a one size fits all kind of thing. Instead it is vital that each individual puts together the kind of coherent and all encompassing plan that allows him or her to grow in ways that allow them to cope beyond the initial rush of recovery. Finding the right treatment for any addiction required finding flexible and experienced professionals who can adjust treatment to the needs of each individual.

Understanding the pitfalls that lead to relapse are important so here we will discuss a few:

  • Complacency: When you become complacent about recovery you can lose the plot. Your initial efforts are important but fighting addiction is a decision addicts make each and every day of their lives. The work continues and you must remain vigilant.
  • Managing Expectations: Sobriety is a part of building a happy life but finding the personal impulses that lead you down the road of addiction is a separate process. Do not assume you will find perfection after wrestling your substance abuse demons.
  • Bargaining: Getting through, for example, opiate rehab is an accomplishment but trading one substance for another, say alcohol, is a false choice. Addiction and chemical dependency is not about making a deal.

Ready to make a change? Considering making a change? Contact us today, (888)519-1570.