Monday, July 24, 2017

How Young Do Eating Disorders Develop?



Eating disorders are developing in children as young as four years old in age, reports BBC. In just a few short years, from 2014-2017, admissions for patients under the age of 18 have risen 450% in areas of England. Other countries like Australia have also reported a sharp increase in the amount of young people seeking mental health treatment for eating disorders. Percentages of patients admitted for eating disorders is rising by the hundreds, with ages extending as young as four to twelve.

Studies throughout the world have revealed that children are becoming body-conscious at younger ages and that many have tried dieting or some kind of dieting behavior before their age reaches double digits. Young people are living in a more technological world where information on media is at their fingertips. Children and young people have a tremendous amount of media pointed their way, targeting their developmental minds to try and convince them of who they should want to be. One of the most pervasive ideals is about body image and how body image dictates self-worth.

Eating disorders developed at a young age can worsen through adolescence until they are undeniable problems in young adult to adulthood. Overtime, the habit of coping with the world through disordered eating behaviors increases until it causes severe health complications. Often, eating disorders are co-occurring with other mental health issues like trauma, depression, or anxiety. In young people whose mental health symptoms may not have otherwise fully manifested, the eating disorder behaviors compensate.

What causes eating disorder behaviors at such young ages? Professionals guess it is the same factors which contribute to eating disorders forming at older ages, like genetics, social triggers, triggers at home, and biological triggers as well.

Sadly, people who develop eating disorders at young ages develop a sort of hopelessness that the behaviors will always be a part of their lives and there is no point in changing it. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, there is hope for you. At Cottonwood Tucson we are offering an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders with our world renown residential treatment programs. Call us today for more information on how to start your journey to better health: (800) 877-4520

Unsuspecting Signs of Sex Addiction



Sex addiction can be a well hidden compulsive behavior until it starts coming out in less than hidden ways. Often, the signs of sex addiction can come out in casual conversation. Here are two clues:

Using Sexual Innuendo and Sexual Humor At Inappropriate Times

Sexuality is not funny to all people or appropriate at all times. It is common addict behavior and thinking to assume everyone does it. For example, alcoholics often convince themselves/rationalize their inappropriate behavior with statements like everyone gets drunk, everyone acts this way when they’re drunk, everyone who drinks does that. A drug addict might do the same with statements like everyone gets high, everyone who doesn’t get high wants to get high, everyone who says they don’t like getting high is lying. Sex addicts think that their hypersexual/sexualized way of seeing the world is normal, because sex is a normal part of life. However, people have personal boundaries about privacy and graphic conversations about sex. When someone goes out of their way to make any situation a sexual one, any joke a sexual joke, and always seems to have a way of creating sexual tension in a situation- it is uncomfortable. Their inability to notice how uncomfortable and inappropriate their sexual humor is can be a sign of an underlying problem.


Bragging About Sexual Activity And Chronic Sex Life

There is a fine line between sex addiction and hypersexuality. Someone who has a psychiatric problem with sex addiction cannot stop having sex or engaging in sexual behaviors. Someone who is just hypersexual, even extremely hypersexual, can control themselves when necessary. A sign of denial of an underlying addiction is trying to normalize the addiction as much as possible. When normalization isn’t met well by others, like in using sexual innuendo or inappropriate behavior, sex addicts can try and make it seem like their sexual behavior is better than others, masing what is likely to be shame and guilt. They will regularly brag about the extremes of their sex life and how much sexual activity they are engaging in making it seem like everyone else should be jealous they aren’t doing the same. For friends and family members, this should be a warning sign that something is off. The need to boast and talk about sex is a sign that the mind is becoming obsessed with sex and sexual activity.


Treatment for sex addiction is available. If you or a loved one are struggling to manage sex addiction, it is time to ask for help. Cottonwood Tucson offers an integrative approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders, including sex addiction, substance use, or other mental health disorders. For information on our critically acclaimed treatment programs, call us today: CALL (800) 877-4520

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why Do I Have To Let Go Of My Resentments?



“Resentment is the ‘number one’ offender,” to alcoholics. These words are written in Alcoholics Anonymous, more affectionately referred to as The Big Book. “It destroys more alcoholics than anything else,” the authors explain. “From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.” Addiction and alcoholism are diseases which affect the mind, the body, and the spirit. Twelve step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous take the stance that “spiritual sickness” is what fuels the desire to abuse drugs and alcohol. Spiritual sickness results in the development of a psychological “obsession of craving” phenomenon as well as a “physical allergy” in which an addict or alcoholic cannot control their drinking or using once they have one. Modern treatment reflects most of these philosophies, which is why most treatment programs offer an integrative appraoch to treatment which confronts mind, body, and spirit. Part of that process includes identifying resenments from the past and letting them go.

The Big Book contineus to describe resentments in life as being a futile and unhappy experience. “It is plain that a life which includs deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness...but with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment is infinitely grave. We found that it is fatal.” Harboring resenmtnets is a block to spiritual growth, the authors explain. Wihtou spriitual progress, recovery is compromised. Spirituality and spiritual progress give recovery its meaning, which helps create new neural pathways, actively healing the brain. Letting go of resentments is essential in recovery in order to make room for healing. Letting go of resentments is letting go of the past. Letting go of the past is making room for a future grounded in sobriety rather than active addiction.

The way to cope with resenmtnets is to examine them, find forgiveness where forgiveness is due, and ask for forgiveness where forgiveness needs to be asked. The fourth step of the twelve steps is an inventory of resentments which highlight the difference betwen what other people have done to cause resentments and what we hvae done to cause resenmtnes- namely, being resentful. Steps five through nine are actionable moves toward letting go of resentments and making amends where necessary.

You can confront your past while living in the present and preparing for a miraculous future. Recovery holds great promises. If you are ready to recover, Cottonwood Tucson is here to help. Our residenital treatment programs take an integrative approach to treating co-occurring disorders by approaching mind, body, and spirit healing with exceptional clinical care. For information, call us today at (800) 877-4520.

These Are The Signs Of Healthy Relationship Habits



Relationships are a foundation of recovery. Working on ourselves during treatment is how we prepare ourselves to be in healthy relationships with others. Relationship therapy and counseling are common forms of therapy in treatment to repair damage done during active addiction. In addition, psychoeducational lectures about communication, relationships, and other partner-focused topics are offered to help those in treatment learn who they are in a relationship, who they want to be, and how they want to act.

Your Partner Always Has Your Back

We make good decisions. We make bad decisions. While our partner doesn’t enable us to make bad decisions, they support our independent ability to make our own decisions and journey through the trials and tribulations of life. When we take on big changes or we walk away from a challenge, our partner is there to remind us that we are loved and supported.

Your Partner Is Giving And Considerate

Selfishness is a one way street in relationships, which creates stress both ways. Relationships are a balance of give and take- but there has to be balance of both giving and taking. Thoughtfulness, consideration, and generosity are ways that your partner lets you know that you are loved. Everyone receives love differently. The occasional or even regular token of appreciation through kind words, small gifts, helpful acts, or more, is what keeps a relationship going.

Your Partner Meditates And Encourages You To

Meditation is a powerful practice for relationships because it helps each partner be present, stay grounded, and find awareness in their lives together as well as independently. Practicing meditation has been proven effective in reducing stress and improving health for mind and for body.


Your Partner Still Wants To Date You

This isn’t a matter of someone being with you if they don’t want to be. Relationships can fall out of the habit of dating, which does not have to end just because relationships become long term. Dating is a way to get out of normal routine, spend special time together, and still explore more of what there is to learn together, while experiencing more of life.

Cottonwood Tucson offers relationship therapy and counseling for those who come to treatment and need to work on their relationships. Our residential treatment programs for co-occurring disorders offer an integrative approach to treatment which has gained critical recognition all around the world. For information, call us today: (800) 877-4520

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Is My Life Going To Change Completely When I Get Sober?



The simple answer is yes. The complicated answer is yes. Addiction is disease, a mental health disorder which permeates all areas of life. As a result, recovery has to permeate all areas of life. In every way that your life was changed because of your addiction to drugs and alcohol, your life is going to be changed in recovery.


You’re going to have more energy for life

Drugs and alcohol drag your natural energy and exuberance in life down to low levels. Recovery is a high energy experience, even on days when you aren’t feeling your best. Compared to the energy you had during the last days of your addiction, the way you experience life in recovery is welcome. It takes time for the body to heal completely from addiction. Once it does, you won’t be able to help but notice the many ways in which you have more energy for life and living. You’ll be able to live with more enthusiasm, feeling completely empowered by your sobriety. When you wake up without cravings, physical symptoms of withdrawal, or a hangover, you have more opportunities in a day than you can recognize right now. Great things are coming in recovery. Thankfully, you’ll have the energy to meet them.

You’re going to have more opportunities because you’re sober

Recovery is a worldwide network. At first, it is easy to get lost in the fear that you’ll never make friends, never enjoy a job, and never be able to do anything in life the same way because you’re sober. While it is true that you won’t be drinking when you go to social networking events, you also won’t have to worry about controlling your drinking or what you do when you cannot control your drinking. You’ll also realize overtime that recovery is full of interesting people, including famous celebrities, business owners, artists, and others. Recovery is a worldwide network of people unlike any other. In recovery, you can always count on the fact that someone is going to know exactly who you are. They may not know the details of your life or the specifics of your experience of addiction. However, people in recovery have all suffered from addiction. They’ve all been through the pain of getting clean. They’ve all learned how to stay sober. That experience is special and it’s only one you gain by staying in recovery.

Recovery is a second chance at life. Your life's worth living, clean and sober. Cottonwood Tucson wants to help you live your best life possible with the tools of recovery at our disposable. Our treatment programs are designed to bring an integrative approach to recovery, seeking to heal the mind, body, and spirit. For information on our internationally recognized co-occurring disorders, call us today at (800) 877-4520.
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