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2806, 2022

Trauma-Informed Care

By |June 28th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Trauma can have far-reaching effects on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Trauma can cause an individual to feel a sense of powerlessness, fear, and isolation. In many cases, trauma can also lead to substance abuse to cope with the difficult experience. When individuals begin to rely on substances to cope with the stress and anxiety trauma causes, they are at high risk for developing a substance use disorder (SUD). There is hope [...]

2606, 2022

What Is Mental Relapse?

By |June 26th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Mental health and overall well-being directly impact emotional and physical health. How you feel about yourself and the people around you will affect how you react to treatment, including individual therapy, peer support, and self-help meetings. You need to maintain positive mental health to avoid falling back into old, maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns. What Is Mental Relapse? Mental relapse usually comes after emotional relapse. It involves increased feelings of: [...]

2506, 2022

California LGBTQ+ Recovery & Treatment Resources

By |June 25th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The percentage of United States citizens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+), has risen in recent years. It is unknown whether this is due to the unreliability of this type of survey, or because of a decrease in the stigma surrounding this community in recent years. Either way, the LGBTQ+ population is growing, and while it is becoming less taboo, there is still a stigma for [...]

2206, 2022

What Is Physical Relapse?

By |June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , , |

Rehabilitation programs like the ones offered at Vanity Wellness Center teach you how to cope with cravings, triggers, and intrusive thoughts in a healthy way. However, daily stressors or distressing events can make it harder to maintain sobriety. In those moments, you can lean on your resources and support system to give you strength and motivation for continued abstinence. What Is Physical Relapse? Physical relapse generally follows emotional and mental relapse. However, some individuals [...]

2106, 2022

Young and Addicted: Stunted Growth and Development

By |June 21st, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Young adults who struggle with substance use disorders (SUDs) fail to mature developmentally during active use, which can have long-term consequences on their ability to function as adults. Studies have shown that young adults, aged 18 through 24, who abuse substances are more likely to experience problems with cognitive development, including memory and learning difficulties. In addition, substance abuse can cause feelings of insecurity, paranoia, anxiety, and identity issues, which [...]

1906, 2022

Building Relationships During Recovery: Where to Start?

By |June 19th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Building healthy friendships during recovery requires a willingness to slow down and take the relationship one step at a time. Honesty, open communication, and trust are essential to the process. Some people are hesitant to develop friendships with peers in recovery, but often, those friendships can strengthen both individuals and lower the risk of relapse. Although those connections can be invaluable during treatment and early recovery, you should not limit [...]

1806, 2022

“Brush It Off”: Art Therapy

By |June 18th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The creative process can be a helpful way to express emotions that may be too difficult to put into words. Using creativity and making art can also be a way to work through trauma or painful experiences.When combined with other treatment services (such as detox, individual counseling, and group therapy), art therapy can play a crucial role in the psychological component of the treatment of substance use and mental health [...]

1606, 2022

What Should You Look For in a Sober Living Community Near You?

By |June 16th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Some clients need a structured, neutral environment for continuing recovery once they transition out of an inpatient (IP) or partial hospitalization (PHP) treatment program. Sober living communities offer an ideal environment where peers can help each other maintain accountability. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “For people who are newly sober, recovery housing can provide time and support as they learn how to sustain long-term recovery.” A sober living [...]

1506, 2022

Celebrating Pride Month While in Recovery

By |June 15th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Typically, social media feeds fill up with rainbow-colored images and words celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride every June. Unfortunately, these celebrations can be tricky for those in recovery or choosing to live substance-free. If individuals are struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), seeing the rainbows plastered all over liquor companies can be triggering. There are still ways to celebrate Pride Month in sobriety. Prevalence of SUDs in LGBTQIA+ Population According to [...]

1306, 2022

How to Know Which Therapy Is Right for Your Family?

By |June 13th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Families face many unique challenges during treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health disorders. Ongoing recovery can be negatively impacted by unaddressed issues in family dynamics, home environment, or personal relationships. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "Research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders." Rehabilitation facilities like Vanity Wellness offer a [...]

1206, 2022

Perceptions of Substance Abuse in Women

By |June 12th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The gender gap in substance use disorders (SUDs) is narrowing, with women now comprising a more significant proportion of those affected than in the past. Women are more likely to escalate from initial use to dependence, and they also tend to have poorer treatment outcomes. Gender differences in social factors such as stress exposure and coping mechanisms may play a role in these disparities. Ultimately, this knowledge can be used [...]

906, 2022

Which Holistic Treatment Is Right for You?

By |June 9th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Holistic therapy can encourage positive changes during treatment and recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "A person's recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values." Vanity Wellness Center's holistic approach uses awareness of a client's personal goals and specific circumstances to determine which treatment option will provide the best outcome. What Is Holistic [...]

806, 2022

Perceptions of Substance Abuse in Men

By |June 8th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) affect all genders. Although, there are some key ways in which SUDs manifest differently in men. For example, men tend to start using substances earlier than women and more frequently. Additionally, men are more likely to suffer from concurrent mental health disorders, which can exacerbate the effects of substance abuse. Because of these and other risk factors, it is important to consider prevention and treatment strategies [...]

606, 2022

What Is Somatic Experiencing Therapy?

By |June 6th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Many individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) have co-occurring conditions and symptoms related to trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and depression are common dual diagnoses for individuals who have experienced traumatic or stressful events. According to Depression and Anxiety, "[T]he link between trauma exposure and substance abuse has been well-established." Facilities like the Vanity Wellness Center offer a wide range of holistic treatment options for individuals who struggle with substance misuse and trauma responses. What [...]

506, 2022

First Responders in Recovery: Police Officers

By |June 5th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The high-stress nature of the jobs that first responders do can be a risk factor for substance abuse, mental health disorders, and substance use disorder (SUDs). During their time of service, many first responders, like police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMS workers, develop behavioral and mental health issues. This includes PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), depression, and anxiety. First Responders and Substance Use DisordersAround half of the first responders with mental health [...]

3005, 2022

What is PHP? Why a Partial Hospitalization Program Might Be Right for You

By |May 30th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

There are many steps to a person's recovery process. A course of action taken for one individual doesn't mean it's the only course of action for sobriety. Some people may choose a 12-Step approach and only use a sponsor and the program for help. Others may take the treatment route and check in to a facility with around-the-clock care and support staff. Sometimes, all a person needs is a little [...]

2905, 2022

How Families Can Be More Supportive of LGBTQ+ Loved Ones During Pride Month

By |May 29th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

June is Pride Month, and while the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way, many still suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems. Did you know that there are safe, high-quality treatment programs tailored to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals? Here's what you need to know about Pride Month and how you can support your loved one's journey. The Origins of Pride Month Pride Month (or just “Pride”) [...]

2605, 2022

What Is a ‘Holistic’ Approach to Wellness?

By |May 26th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

When recovering from substance abuse, we must look at the big picture. Recovery should include the entirety of a person, not just the addiction. The term “holistic” has become a bit of a buzzword. Still, this approach to recovery has proven its validity in the community as more treatment centers have included this form of therapy in their programming. What Does ‘Holistic’ Mean? Commonly used when referring to medicine, a [...]

2505, 2022

Identifying and Understanding Triggers

By |May 25th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

When you regularly abuse substances, you will crave the substance more. Alternatively, if you seek treatment, you may still be triggered by cues in your environment and how you are feeling that day. This is why relapse prevention is a key aspect of addiction treatment programs. How Does Relapse Happen? Drugs and alcohol interact with the brain's reward system to produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, or stimulation. As individuals become [...]

2305, 2022

What Is Anger Replacement Therapy (ART)?

By |May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

While it is often an uncomfortable feeling, anger is a natural emotion. Further, no person is a stranger to the feeling of anger. It is a primary, natural emotion that has evolved through human nature as a survival mechanism. The purpose of anger is to redirect us from danger and inflict the body's fight-or-flight response. Despite anger being an appropriate emotion to experience as a result of life circumstances, if [...]

2205, 2022

Young People, Addiction, and Stigma

By |May 22nd, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Misunderstandings regarding the relationship between young people, addiction, and stigma can be harmful to those with a substance use disorder (SUD). Stigma involves negative and often inaccurate beliefs that society has about individuals with SUDs and co-occurring mental health disorders. The fear of judgment by others is often why many young adults don't seek help. Receiving treatment early on in their addiction reduces their chance of a more complicated and [...]

2005, 2022

We Treat the Whole Person. What Does That Mean?

By |May 20th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

There are thousands of substance use rehabilitation centers across the United States. When looking for a treatment center for you or your loved one, it is important to consider what factors set standard treatment apart from exceptional treatment. While nearly all treatment centers are rooted in traditional therapeutic methods, holistic approaches enhance the effectiveness of treatment by tuning into all of a person's unique physical and psychological needs. Evolution of [...]

1905, 2022

First Responders in Recovery: Firefighters

By |May 19th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Among first responders, firefighters endure specific types of catastrophes unique to their field. The possible lack of control and unpredictable nature of the job proves to be occupational risks that create stress for these emergency responders. If stress and trauma are left untreated, firefighter dependence on drugs and alcohol may increase. On-the-Job Trauma The types of work conditions for firefighters entail exposure to dangerous, emotionally draining, and physically-demanding situations. Based [...]

1605, 2022

Sobriety vs Recovery: Aren’t They the Same Thing?

By |May 16th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The terms “sobriety” and “recovery” are often used synonymously; however, these terms do not define the same thing. A person can be sober without ever being in recovery, and similarly, a person in recovery can relapse. It is important to recognize the similarities and differences between these two terms to understand how a person can transition from sobriety to active recovery. What Is Sobriety? Sobriety is the state of living [...]

1505, 2022

Recovery After Retirement: Veterans

By |May 15th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

For many veterans, job-related stress and trauma can impact the mind and body, even after retiring. Retired military personnel often experience co-occurring disorders alongside addiction. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are considered common co-occurring disorders for veterans, especially those who have experienced combat. Despite several treatment options and resources made available by Veterans Affairs (VA), the number of veterans with substance use disorders continues to rise. Veterans at [...]

1205, 2022

What If I Have More Than One Disorder?

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Being diagnosed with a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) can be overwhelming. It is important to recognize that the prevalence of people that struggle with dual diagnoses exceeds 7.7 million adults annually. Although treatment for dual diagnoses is challenging and complex, it is essential to understand that it is possible to manage and overcome multiple co-occurring conditions. What Is a Dual-Diagnosis Disorder? A person with a dual diagnosis [...]

1205, 2022

Putting the ‘ARC’ in ‘Cathartic’: Attachment, Regulation & Competency

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , , |

At the heart of our evidence-based treatment modality is an understanding that our clients may have underlying trauma that needs attention. Individual trauma can result from a singular event, multiple or ongoing events, or circumstances that may have caused physical, mental, or emotional distress. Traumatic situations can leave lasting impressions on the mind and body and interfere with normal daily functions. We approach trauma during treatment by utilizing the attachment, regulation, [...]

905, 2022

What if My Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder?

By |May 9th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

Watching a loved one develop a substance use disorder (SUD) is difficult. We love our families very much, so it hurts us when they are hurting. Before taking action to help a loved one, it is important to educate yourself about the signs of substance use. Understanding the signs will help you understand the next steps you need to take to formulate a plan of action. Signs of Substance Abuse [...]

805, 2022

Outpatient Detox: It Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

By |May 8th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

The detoxification process can be a frightening, sometimes-dangerous ordeal, especially if those suffering from a substance use disorder (SUD) try to brave it themselves. The physical, emotional, and mental struggles can discourage people from wanting to detox, ultimately lengthening the dependence on substance use. However, those looking to live a sober life don’t have to do it alone. Once the decision to start the recovery process is initiated, individuals must [...]

605, 2022

How Can Recovery Be Fun?

By |May 6th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

During recovery, it can be hard to let go of the people and places where you used to use substances. Further, you may not want to cut ties with these people and places because they are the only constant you have had in your life. Therefore, you may doubt your ability to abstain from using substances. Remember, there are only upsides to a life of recovery. Emotionally Rewarding In the [...]

505, 2022

It Takes a Village: The Importance of Community During Recovery

By |May 5th, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|Tags: , |

  The phrase “It takes a village” signifies the importance of a community that collectively promotes growth and development for an individual, especially during recovery. Establishing a support system, improving morale, and contributing to a greater whole are just a few of the ways that the community can aid in recovery and keep you from going down the slippery slope of relapse and a negative mental state. Additionally, feeling accepted [...]

2204, 2022

Treatment for Substance Abuse: How It Improves Lives?

By |April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Vanity News|

With growing addiction cases, treatment for substance abuse has become critical. A couple of years back, awareness about drug addiction has increased, thanks to online campaigns and valuable online information. However, there is still the requirement for more alertness about different types of treatments available for substance abuse. So, before we look at the advantages of the treatment, let’s check some statistics that force us to spread more awareness. What Do [...]




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