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January 22, 2018
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A former assistant coach for the National Football League Miami Dolphins said he would like to coach again at some level after going through inpatient drug rehab and an outpatient program to overcome a cocaine and alcohol addiction.

Chris Foerster resigned as offensive line coach of the Dolphins after a video of him snorting cocaine off his desk went viral in October 2017, NFL.com reported. He checked in to rehab, which the Dolphins paid for, on Oct. 9. He successfully completed the inpatient drug rehab program Dec. 8 and was discharged.

Foerster, who coached in the NFL for  25 years and at the college level for 10, told NFL.com that he had made a terrible mistake by becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol and went to treatment because he knew his life was out of control. He called treatment to overcome his addictions a “humbling experience.”

He acknowledges that although he loves helping players as a coach, he doesn’t know at what level he will be coaching next, or whether he will ever be hired to coach a team again.

Foerster is currently continuing intensive outpatient treatment in South Florida.

If your journey to sobriety includes a need for an intensive outpatient program (IOP), consider the holistic program offered by Love Life Wellness. Designed with a holistic approach to healing in mind, the Love Life IOP integrates spiritual and holistic care.

A holistic treatment program helps patients seek purpose and meaning to examine the root causes of their addiction. At Love Life Wellness, patients can do this through group and individual therapy, holistic services and community support and gradually over time transition to greater self-sufficiency in their journey towards an addiction-free future.

Treatment at Love Life Wellness will give you mindfulness and space to grow in sobriety and spirituality as you recover from your addiction.


January 8, 2018
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Holistic rehab is the method Love Life Wellness uses during the recovery process.

Clients participate in groups that are mindfully created to embody the integration of holism and recovery concepts. Some examples are:

  • Mindfulness based walking meditation
  • Projective art therapy groups
  • Trigger identification through yoga and art
  • Movement therapy and emotional expression
  • Relapse prevention through experiential psycho-dramatic processing
  • Meditation training as a coping skill
  • Healthy diet and nutrition education to improve energy and mood
  • Social skill building through immersion in a wellness community atmosphere

Other holistic wellness services offered by Love Life Wellness include:

Group acupuncture

Acupuncture is a procedure used in or adapted from Chinese medical practice in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes or to relieve pain or produce regional anesthesia. Group acupuncture means the service is not offered in an exclusive setting, but inside of our zen room along with other guests who may be receiving the same services. However, the Dr. gives you exclusive attention before, during and after your treatment. You will enjoy the same benefits as if you were in a private setting, however for a much lower rate which makes it possible to receive it more often which is when effective results and healing are most likely to occur.

Body therapeutix

Ultimate tissue regeneration & true pain relief body work. This treatment is similar to a very deep massage therapy, helping unlock and dissolve calcium deposits that plug up the tissues and circulatory system of the body. Benefits: optimizes hydration, improves circulation, improves mobility, eliminates chronic pain, helps recovery in athletic practice, optimizes natural stretching, creates an incredible youthful state, slows down aging.

Health coaching

Health coaching is a full support towards a healthier lifestyle. Our health coaches utilize a holistic approach to supporting our clients achieve balance in health, work, relationships, and spirit. Wether the goal is to lose weight, overcome a blockage, adapt to a difficult situation, or adopt a healthier lifestyle, our coaches are here to help you. Different packages available. First consultation is free.


December 25, 2017
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People with a history of substance abuse are often prone to feelings of depression. The emotional ups and downs of the holidays can trigger those feelings, and can lead to a relapse.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Love Life is a full-circle hub for health and wellness focused on inspiring our guests to love themselves and love life. We strive to cultivate a conscious community and offer well-rounded, holistic based programing.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression can help you recognize the condition in yourself and others and seek proper treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health offers this list of what to look for:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings – People suffering from depression have these feelings for more than two weeks.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism – Depression is often characterized by a bleak outlook. It may feel like nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing that can be done to improve the situation.
  • Loss of energy – Many people suffering from depression feel fatigued, sluggish and physically drained. Small tasks may be exhausting or take longer to complete than usual.
  • Concentration problems – Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things can often accompany depression.
  • Irritability and restlessness – Everyone and everything may get on the nerves of a person suffering depression. They may have a low tolerance level and a short temper.
  • Loss of interest in once-pleasant activities or hobbies– Hobbies, pastimes and social activities don’t offer joy or pleasure for people suffering from depression.
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping – Depression is often accompanied not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much and still feeling like you don’t have any energy.
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain – Some people suffering from depression may overeat, or not eat at all.
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt – Depression patients criticize themselves harshly for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Unexplained aches and pains –Including headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pain.

Depression looks different for everyone. If these signs or symptoms describe you or a loved one, talk to your doctor.


December 21, 2017
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If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Love Life is a full-circle hub for health and wellness focused on inspiring our guests to love themselves and love life. We strive to cultivate a conscious community and offer well-rounded, holistic based programing.

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed with intention and careful integration of spiritual and holistic approaches. In an IOP level of care, it is more important than ever to begin setting your sights on what kind of new lifestyle you want to create for yourself.

Clients on the journey of early sobriety often seek purpose and meaning and are looking to connect with concepts and communities that enrich this. At Love Life, that’s what we’re all about.

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 drug 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).

Clients can expect group sessions that are holistic, experiential, reflective, and hands-on. At Love Life, we use the environment of the wellness community and downtown Wynwood art district to inspire engagement of recovery concepts including relapse prevention and coping skills.

Learning about a recovery lifestyle happens naturally, and our staff embodies the principles of a holistic and spiritual lifestyle. If you want to give yourself the gift of mindfulness and space to grow in sobriety and spirituality, then Love Life is for you.

We are the bridge between residential treatment and having your life back and loving it.


December 4, 2017
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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.


November 27, 2017
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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.


November 20, 2017
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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.


November 13, 2017
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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.