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For people with a history of substance abuse, there’s a risk that holiday activities might trigger a relapse. If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you.

To avoid relapsing into substance abuse over the holidays, Everyday Health suggests the following strategies:

 

Control stress

People sometimes use alcohol or illegal drugs to cope with stress. Consider more healthy ways of dealing with stress instead, like exercise.

Distract yourself

Bring a friend with you to parties to help you stay sober. Choose a spot far from the bar. Ask your host if he or she needs help cleaning up, cooking or taking coats.

Rehearse answers

Come up with and rehearse a reason for turning down alcoholic drinks so you don’t feel awkward in the moment.

Wait out your cravings

A craving only lasts about 20 minutes, so if you can stop yourself from immediately giving in, you should be able to wait it out. Think about what you have to lose by giving in.

Use your support system

Attend extra meetings of AA or other support groups during the holidays to stay on track. Call on friends and family members and others on the recovery journey when you feel yourself slipping.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction. Love Life Wellness offers holistic rehab, holistic yoga, drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.


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The holidays are a joyous yet stressful time. For people with a history of substance abuse, there’s a risk that stirred-up memories and revisiting places and people from the past might trigger a relapse.

To avoid relapsing into substance abuse over the holidays, Everyday Health suggests the following strategies:

Start your day with a plan

Start each day with a plan that helps you stay focused on sobriety.

Evaluate situations for risk

Know what you can handle as far as exposure to social situations over the holidays. Experts suggest arriving at a party early and likewise leaving early before people are drinking heavily. Driving yourself gives you control over when you leave.

BYOB

Bring along sparkling water or another non-alcoholic drink you enjoy so you’re not tempted by party beverages.

HALT

The most common triggers for substance abuse are when you feel hungry, angry, lonely, or tired — HALT. Know your triggers and take care not to let them develop.

Don’t forget to eat

Low blood sugar can leave you anxious or irritable. You’ll be more likely to feel impulsive and tempted by substances. Eat something nutritious about every three hours to help you avoid temptation.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction.

Our intensive outpatient program lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities). We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.


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Thanksgiving is one day a year set aside to take the opportunity to reflect on what we’re thankful for. But researchers are finding that incorporating gratitude into your everyday attitude can have many positive effects on our daily lives.

Research shows that when we think about what we appreciate, the parasympathetic or calming part of the nervous system is triggered and that can have protective benefits on the body, including decreasing cortisol levels and perhaps increasing oxytocin, the bonding hormone involved in relationships that make us feel so good.

University of California-Davis study showed that feeling grateful can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and even help you sleep more efficiently, Today reported. And a study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that thankfulness reduces cardiac inflammation and leads to healthier heart rhythms.

The study’s author showed that people who were grateful were less depressed, less fatigued and slept better.

Researchers at the universities of Utah and Kentucky found that optimistic people had better immune systems with more disease-fighting cells.

Gratitude also has mental health benefits. A 2104 study published in Emotion found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship, Forbes reported.

Grateful people are more experienced more sensitive and empathetic, a University of Kentucky study found, and are less likely to seek revenge. A 2014 study found that gratitude increased self-esteem in athletes, and plays a major role in overcoming trauma.

Gratitude can be learned, experts say, and journaling is a good way to become more aware of the things you have to be grateful for. Plus, studies show that people who keep a gratitude journal eat as much as 25 percent less fat and have stress hormones levels that are 23 percent lower.

The Love Life Wellness treatment program was developed around a holistic approach to healing that creates a body and mind relationship with our clients where they learn to understand their weaknesses and be present in their bodies. For more information, click here.


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After a long and grueling effort in detox or residential treatment, the 60-day Love Life Wellness outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program gives clients the opportunity to fully heal and fall in love with themselves and life again. We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back.

We believe in an inside-out healing approach, where we are able to achieve healing by fully assessing and working on the root of the drive for addiction.

Our program was developed around a holistic approach to healing, including yoga immersion, meditation, acupuncture, art therapy, sound healing, aromatherapy, mindfulness techniques, nutrition, movement and more. By using these methods, we are able to create a body and mind relationship with our clients so they can fully understand their weaknesses. They learn to be present in their bodies in order to learn the cause for their suffering and make peace with it.

Studies show that the longer a course of addiction treatment, the greater one’s chances of avoiding relapse and finding lasting freedom from addiction. Participation in treatment programs for 90 days or longer typically means higher success rates, according to recovery.org.

Our intensive outpatient program thus lets patients extend their treatment experience over the course of an additional 60 days. During this time, clients enjoy access to group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards a future free from addiction.

This step-down approach to recovery means clients begin outpatient rehab with a high level of programmatic support, structure and accountability (meaning three days a week of group and individual therapies, peer support groups, life skills training and mentorship and other scheduled activities).

Our program is also fully supported by evidence-based therapies; peer support and life skills groups; mindfulness meditation and yoga exercises; maintenance of medication-assisted treatment; and one-on-one coaching and mentorship from alumni.

Visit the Love Life Wellness website for more information.