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Tips for Good Sleep Hygiene in Recovery

What Is Sleep Hygiene?

dark cool toned image from above of man sleeping in his bed - sleep hygieneSleep hygiene is a term used to refer to a series of habits that promote a more restful sleep. Since insomnia and other sleep difficulties are common in the early stages of recovery, it’s important to be aware of the changes you can make to support your sleep health.

Create a Consistent Sleep Schedule

It’s not necessarily a problem if you like to sleep in or go to bed late. However, you should create a consistent sleep routine where you are going to bed and getting up at approximately the same time each day. If you need to wake up at 7:00 AM during the week to go to work and you sleep until 3:00 PM on the weekend, you’re sending your body mixed signals.

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Don’t Fall for These 5 Myths About Drug and Alcohol Addiction

pretty young brunette woman sitting on the ground holding her hand out to signal the number five - mythMisinformation about substance use disorders and addiction treatment options can prevent those who are struggling from accessing the help they need to build a brighter future. In this post, we debunk some of the most common myths we encounter when working with clients at our South Carolina drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility.

Myth #1: Addiction Is a Choice

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The Dangers of Tramadol Addiction Are Often Overlooked

bottle of white pills spilling onto pink background - tramadol addictionTramadol is a milder type of opiate, but it would be a mistake to assume this means it is not addictive. Tramadol addiction is a growing—yet often overlooked—problem throughout all demographic groups in the United States.

About Tramadol

It is a narcotic-like pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and is sold under several different brand names, including Ultram, Zytram, and Conzip. There are two forms of the drug: one that is taken on an as-needed basis and an extended-release form intended to be used for around-the-clock pain relief. Ultracet is the brand name of the drug that includes acetaminophen and tramadol.

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Understanding Why Your Loved One Fears Sobriety

pretty young woman looking upset and stressed - fearWatching a loved one struggle with drug or alcohol addiction is understandably frustrating—especially when they aren’t responsive to your attempts to convince them to seek help. However, taking the time to understand the common fears that people with substance use disorders often have can help you tailor your approach to be more effective.

Common Fears That Keep People from Seeking Addiction Treatment

The fear of getting sober is related to concerns about the recovery process and misconceptions about what life is like for people in treatment.

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Valium and the Addiction Risk Associated With Benzodiazepines

illustration of man trapped in pill bottle - ValiumWhile anxiety disorders can greatly affect a person’s quality of life, the medications used to treat these conditions are not without risks. Valium, one of the most popular benzodiazepines, carries a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Valium: A Little History

Valium was first patented in 1959. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, it was widely prescribed for anxiety, sleep disorders, and panic attacks. Frequently stereotyped as a quick fix for bored and unhappy housewives, it was immortalized by the Rolling Stones in their 1966 hit single “Mother’s Little Helper“.

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9 Tips to Help You Cope with Burnout in Recovery

two pretty young women talking and having coffee - friendship and support - burnoutBurnout can be tricky to spot—especially when it’s caused by stress that builds up over time. However, this toxic mix of cynicism, depression, and exhaustion can lead to feelings of emotional numbness, lack of energy, concentration difficulties, and mood swings that put your recovery efforts at risk.

A Proactive Approach to Burnout

At Waypoint Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to take a proactive approach to dealing with burnout. Addressing feelings of burnout immediately helps reduce the risk that they’ll lead to relapse.

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Using Grounding Techniques to Support Your Addiction Recovery

pretty young woman with long hair sitting on the floor of her room with her eyes closed - grounding techniquesPeople in recovery often struggle to deal with anxiety, PTSD, anger management, and the general mental health effects of past trauma. If you find that your emotions trigger cravings, grounding techniques can help you keep your recovery on track by providing a way to bring your mind to the present and keep it from wandering into a negative state.

How Grounding Helps

When used regularly, grounding techniques can:

  • Prevent you from worrying about what other people think of you
  • Keep you from wasting time feeling guilty about your past addiction-related behavior
  • Stop you from letting one setback or bad moment ruin your whole day
  • Guide your attention away from thoughts of past danger and towards your present safety

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5 Key Facts About Ativan Addiction

What Is Ativan?

old fashioned key on old keyring with a metal ID tag on it with the number five - Ativan addictionAtivan (lorazepam) is a type of benzodiazepine medication used to treat anxiety and insomnia, but this drug can be addictive when not used as directed. If you think your loved one might be struggling with an Ativan addiction, learning more about this drug’s effects and the potential dangers can help you determine your next steps.

1. Ativan Is Only Recommended for Short-Term Use

Ativan is a Schedule IV drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This puts it in the same class as commonly abused prescriptions such as Ambien (zolpidem), Ultram (tramadol), Klonopin (clonazepam), and Xanax (diazepam). Schedule IV drugs have an accepted medical use and are considered to have a lower risk of addiction than Schedule II or Schedule III drugs and a higher risk of addiction than Schedule V drugs. (more…)

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