Friday, August 18, 2017

How Do I Manage My Time as Someone With ADHD?

How Do I Manage My Time As Someone With ADHD?

Part of the problem with time management and ADHD is not havinga concept of time. People living with ADHD have experiences like swearing to themselves they will only be distracted for five minutes, then twenty-five minutes will somehow go by. Creating a time schedule is also a problem for this reason. Someone with ADHD might estimate a task will only take a short amount of time, without giving themselves more room for more time. As a result, their schedule gets confused and they feel more stressed

  • Put time in front of you as much as possible: The more you can see your time, the better idea you will have of what activities “cost” in terms of time. Without a constant visual on time, you aren’t aware of how much time is passing, meaning that five minute break is going to turn into twenty-five minutes all the time.
  • Create time awareness: You’re practicing time management as you learn to live with your ADHD but you’re still forgetting things and losing track of time, all the time. Devices like your phone, a watch, and your computer can help you create timers, alarms, and alerts to keep your attention on track, remind you of important things to do, and help you stay organized. There are many time management apps which track your activity and help you prioritize your tasks. You can share to-do lists with family members who can hold you accountable.
  • Leave yourself a note: You swore you weren’t going to put something off again, but here you are, stressing as a deadline looms. You really need to remember it this time so that you don’t do it again. Write yourself a note and keep it by your work station. Tell yourself in detail how this feels and list some of the ways you’re aware you got to this point. Next time you start leaning toward those tendencies, look at your note and remember why it's important to stay on task to get things done on time.
  • Get your tasks out of your head: ADHD is characterized by having overwhelming thoughts that run in no order, making the mind feel like chaos. It is the great obsession of every person with ADHD that they will be able to control their thinking and their to do list. Rather than set yourself up for disappointment and failure, work with your strengths and your weaknesses to create a productive system. Keep a bullet journal to take notes in all day. Many people with ADHD like keeping notepads and collecting their thoughts in one (or many) places.

ADHD is commonly co-occurring with substance use disorders. Characteristics like impulsivity and risk taking, along with high amounts of energy, and personal frustration can lead toward experimenting with substances. If you are struggling with managing your ADHD and substance abuse, call Cottonwood Tucson today. Our integrative approach to treatment has gained critical recognition as leading the industry for successful treatment. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs: (800) 877-4520

Dangers of Eating Disorders

Dangers of Eating Disorders

Food is a source of sustenance and comfort. It forms the basis of community celebrations and is the foundation of holidays and family gatherings. For all of its positive associations, food can be an adverse substance that is used as a substitute treatment for stress, depression, anxiety, and a host of other psychological and social disorders. People who suffer from eating disorders develop an unhealthy relationship with food that ultimately harms them both physically and psychologically.

At one end of the spectrum, a person can develop an unhealthy aversion to food with an anorexia or bulimia disorder. Individuals might develop these disorders through attempts to control their body images. Anorexia and bulimia can lead to electrolyte imbalances, weak musculoskeletal systems, fatigue, and other metabolic disorders. At the opposite spectrum end, a person might use food as a salve to ease the pain or discomfort associated with depression or anxiety. In this latter instance, a person will consume far more food than is required to maintain normal metabolic processes through binge eating disorder, leading to obesity and accompanying risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other gastric disorders.

Eating disorders typically arise out of a combination of biological, psychological, social, and interpersonal causes and factors. A biochemical imbalance, for example, might numb that part of a person’s brain that tells him when he has eaten enough. From a psychological perspective, low self-esteem, anger, stress, depression, and loss of control can drive a person to seek comfort from food. A person who has experienced a failed relationship or a career displacement might tell himself that he deserves a food binge. Alternately, a person might blame a failed relationship on his or her body image, and might then seek to control that image by severely limiting food intake. Friends or family members who make well-intentioned comments about a person’s weight gain or loss will only add fuel to the eating disorder fire.

These disorders inevitably lead to physical health problems and potential long-term disability or fatalities. The disorder itself is a problem, and the underlying causes of the disorder continue to erode the health and mental stability of the individual who suffers from it.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Affecting the mind, destroying the body, and breaking the spirit, the treatment of eating disorders must include mind, body, and spirit. Cottonwood Tucson offers an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders which has gained international recognition and critical acclaim for clinical excellence. Call us today for more information: (800) 877-4520

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why Is Group Therapy So Common In Treatment?

Why Is Group Therapy So Common In Treatment?

Healthy communication, relationship building, and learning about feedback are some of the reasons group therapy is so important during treatment. Each group therapy session will be a little bit different from one another. Group therapy sessions can be focused on a particular type of therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy. Counselors and therapists running group therapy sessions might use different therapeutic activities to open up a certain kind of communication and introspection from everyone in the group. At least once a day there will be a normal processing group where everyone checks in with their feelings and their experiences.

Group therapy is an opportunity to build relationships with others
For building relationships, group therapy is important. In a group therapy session, everyone is at their most vulnerable, which means the likely experience of feeling uncomfortable, awkward, intimidated, and shy is shared. In the group therapy session peers are held accountable to one another because everyone is welcome to share, but not expected to share. A counselor or therapist can call on anyone at any time to share, then invite others to offer feedback on the sharing. Group therapy isn’t about giving opinions and criticisms but building trust. Each peer is learning to trust themselves, their therapists, and their fellow peers to listen, understand, and give insight. Group therapy builds relationship based on reflection and introspection, both of which are helpful for the personal process as well as the group process.

Group therapy helps you realize you are not alone
After your first few group therapy sessions you start to realize how isolated you have really been feeling in your mind. The more you listen to the experience of other people the more you realize that you are not alone in your experiences. No two people’s experiences can be exactly alike. However, you will find many similarities in the details, in the generality of struggles, and in another simple fact. Group therapy is important in helping you realize you are not alone because you are in treatment with all of the other people in the room. Whatever the particulars of each person’s journey which brought them to this point, it was enough to bring them to the point of treatment. Together you are on the journey of recovery. You are not alone.

Group therapy gives you more of the support you need to recover. At Cottonwood Tucson, we take an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Our residential treatment programs have gained international recognition for their excellence in helping clients recover mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: (800) 877-4520

How to Overcome Gambling Addiction

How to Overcome Gambling Addiction

Compulsive gambling is no less an addiction than drug or alcohol abuse. Problem gamblers might not experience the same physical withdrawal symptoms that plague drug addicts or alcoholics when they attempt to stop their habits. However, they will experience some. Many who struggle with gambling addiction struggle with a co-occurring disorder of substance abuse, which will lead to those symptoms. Process addictions like gambling addiction do also come with physical withdrawal. Often, a gambling addict will face insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and discontent.

The signs of gambling addiction are often most obvious to everyone except the problem gambler. That gambler might be gambling with money he cannot afford to lose, such as funds that have been budgeted for food or housing. He will probably stop being entertained by gambling, and pursue his gambling activity to recover the money he lost to gambling. He will make gambling the top priority in his life to the exclusion of friends, family, and career, and borrow or steal money to support his activities. Gamblers who exhibit these tendencies should be encouraged to seek help for their problem before that problem consumes them altogether.

A gambling addict might believe that his actions affect noone but himself. The first step in treating a gambling addiction is for the problem gambler to admit that he does have a problem with gambling.  His family or friends may need to step up to show the gambler how his actions are affecting them. Admitting the problem is not the same thing as getting help for the problem, but it is the best starting point.

Almost all addicts who attempt to stay away from their compulsive actions will experience a sense of boredom that threatens to drive them back to their addiction. Eliminating that boredom requires an addict to find new activities to occupy his time, such as exercising, reading, or volunteering. Spending time in a residential treatment program will give him the tools he needs to recover successfully, creating a new meaningful life of recovery outside of gambling.

Cottonwood Tucson offers residential treatment programs to men and women who are struggling with gambling disorder and co-occurring substance use disorders. Offering an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders, Cottonwood Tucson has been internationally recognized for clinical excellence in healing mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for information: (800) 877-4520

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yoga Practice for Addiction Recovery

 Yoga Practice for Addiction Recovery

Regular yoga practice teaches practitioners to be mindful of the present moment. Novice yoga practitioners will frequently exhibit skepticism or defensiveness when they are instructed to be “mindful” of their surroundings and circumstances. The challenge of getting past this skepticism can be even more difficult for an addict whose addiction has fostered an ingrained negativity. Overcoming this initial negativity is the first step that an addict needs to take in order to realize benefits from yoga and apply the practice of mindfulness in all areas of life.

In its most basic form, yoga instructs individuals to hold certain physical poses and to marry their breathing with those poses. These poses will increase in difficulty as a practitioner gains experience and confidence and learns how to maintain balance between his core and limbs while holding those poses. Breathing alone can make a person feel physically more at ease as oxygen permeates metabolic systems that might have been starved of oxygen and nutrients while the addict used drugs or alcohol.

With regular practice, the calmness that can be achieved with yoga poses and breathing will begin to replace the artificial highs that an addict might have pursued with drugs, alcohol, or destructive behaviors. That calmness will also help an addict to act affirmatively, rather than to react to a difficult situation by using drugs or alcohol to alleviate the difficulty.

Addiction is a disease that takes control of an addict’s mind. Yoga is a remedy that helps the addict regain that control. Yoga practitioners report that they are better able to handle external stresses and anxieties without resorting to drugs or alcohol as a numbing agent. In this sense, yoga can become the coping mechanism that an addict can turn to instead of drugs or alcohol. Addicts who started using drugs to help them sleep or to get through particularly difficult days will find that they are sleeping better and reacting to stress without losing control of their thought processes.
Cottonwood Tucson believes that the journey of addiction treatment and recovery should be one of mind, body, and spirit. Our offering of an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders is internationally recognized and has gained critical renown. For information on our residential treatment programs for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, call us today: (800) 877-4520
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