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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Lies Addicts Tell

Dependence upon drugs and alcohol nearly always spirals into a destructive pattern of dishonesty. Telling lie upon lie to cover up an addiction, lying becomes almost automatic. At times, overcoming habitual dishonesty can be as difficult as overcoming addiction, itself.

Lying to Others

Addicted individuals are dishonest to their friends, relatives, coworkers, and bosses for many reasons:

  • To avoid the consequences of their addiction. They may weave an intricate web of lies to avoid getting fired from a job, kicked out of their home, or cut off financially.
  • To obtain drugs and alcohol. The craving for addictive substances causes addicts to say and do almost anything to gain access to drugs and alcohol.
  •  To get loved ones to leave them alone. Addicted people use lies and manipulation to keep friends and family from nagging them about their addiction. 

Lying to Self

Lies help drug and alcohol users live in denial of their addiction. By justifying their behavior, addicts avoid the challenges and vulnerability that come with treatment and life change. Some of the most common lies-to-self include:

 I need drugs and alcohol to relax. Drinking alcohol routinely to “de-stress” or escape can quickly lead to dependency and tolerance.
 I don’t need professional help. Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction does not just require willpower. It requires therapy, evidence-based treatment programs, and professional guidance. When you tell yourself that you “don’t need help” getting clean and sober, the truth is often that you’re not ready to give up drugs.
 I can stop drinking or using anytime I want to. This is the most dangerous lie of all. If you have developed a physical and psychological dependence on addictive substances, you need help.

Honesty in Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Hiding behind a fa├žade, lying to others, and lying to oneself are hallmarks of addiction. The first step toward recovery is being brutally honest with yourself and others. It may sound something like this: “My life is out of control. I am inflicting harm upon others and myself. I can’t fix this on my own.” At Complete Harmony, our team of credentialed clinicians teaches you the power of honesty and surrender as you take your first steps toward transformation. To learn more about our facility, speak with an admissions counselor, or inquire about insurance coverage, call 866.930.4673 today.   

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pursuing Happiness During Addiction Treatment

happiness in recoveryEveryone knows what happiness is, right? Defined as the "state of being happy," happiness seems to us for much of our adolescent and adult lives. From self-help books to songs and films that teach us about this elusive inner quality, everyone has an opinion about how to achieve "true happiness." It's an emotion that's often associated with other emotions: joy, love, pride, faith, euphoria. Perhaps that is why it is best captured in images and music.

There is also another kind of happiness that only a few individuals seem to find. It is a constant sense of well-being that appears to smooth out the rough edges of life; a deep-rooted optimism that allows people to feel content even in the midst of setbacks and tragedy. For philosophers of the past and psychologists of today, the quest to understand and achieve this happiness has led to some interesting research and intuitive insight.

Happiness from a Disciplined Mind 

One universal truth about learning to be happy is to cultivate positive thoughts. In the past, this was combined with religion, but today even secular thinkers recognize the power of this discipline. In Authentic Happiness, Martin E. P. Seligman provides a variety of tests and tools for understanding positive emotion and creating a stronger and more virtuous reality for ourselves.

For many individuals, following a moral code is a key factor for attaining happiness. Over 60 years ago, Norman Vincent Peale wrote The Power of Positive Thinking, which detailed his belief that anyone could experience a happier life by keeping a positive outlook and adhering to the Christian faith. In The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama teaches that happiness results from learning to discipline our thoughts, share our humanity, and explore our spirituality.

Practice Gratitude 

Why are some people naturally happier than others? Many studies indicate that those who practice daily gratitude are more content than those who are inwardly focused. Thankfulness has been found to be linked to a mental reward system that provides signals of pleasure. Most of us can find something small to be grateful for each day, even if it is as simple as our ability to feel the sun's warmth on our skin. According to Emiliana Simon-Thomas, instructor for a class called The Science of Happiness, gratitude provides a trifecta of happiness benefits. "You're committing neural resources perceiving and feeling the goodness about something," said Simon-Thomas. "The second piece is that you're linking goodness to something outside yourself. And, third, gratitude involves focusing on the goodness in another person." 

Find Happiness in Sobriety 

Have you been using drugs and alcohol to achieve fleeting moments of happiness? Are you seeking a more lasting, healthy sense of well-being? If so, the holistic therapies at Complete Harmony can show you the way to a more meaningful and satisfying life. Begin the journey to mindful sobriety and a life of fulfillment by calling our caring, compassionate team at 866-930-4673 today!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Five Nutrients Important for Recovery

nutrition addiction recoveryWhen you’re in recovery for substance addiction, it’s important to treat the body and the mind. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps you sort out the psychological side of why you turned to drugs or alcohol for comfort. Nutritional therapy and healthy meal planning help you return to a physically healthy way of living.

Starting with just five essential nutrients can help your recovery immensely.

Why Nutrition Therapy?

Addiction is often associated with poor nutrition, for a variety of reasons. Many stimulant drugs cause you to lose your appetite or lose weight. Other substances may increase the risk of binging on junk foods, which offer little to no nutritional value. Some addicts simply can’t afford to both use and eat, and their addiction leads them to choose drugs or alcohol over nutritious food.

Even after you stop using, your body may be malnourished. Withdrawal can cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which doesn’t allow your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs.

Recovery calls for every bit of strength you have, emotionally and physically. Healthy meals, and—when needed—vitamin supplements (prescribed by your doctor), can give you extra strength. This combination can help you gain healthy weight and replenish the vitamins and minerals you may be lacking. Top-ranked CA rehab centers that focus on an integrative, holistic approach to treating addiction should include nutritional planning as part of their treatment regimen.

Five Nutrients to Include for Addiction Recovery

A well-rounded diet is necessary for everyone, but especially for recovering addicts.  Knowing what to eat and how to include all the essential nutrients in your diet can be overwhelming. To simplify the process, choose just five basic nutrients to start. They can play an invaluable role in your recovery, as well as benefiting any co-existing mental health conditions you may have, such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been shown to protect the brain of people who are addicted to methamphetamines. Most people can safely take vitamin D supplements, but check with your doctor first. Food sources include salmon, eggs, tuna, mushrooms, and beef liver. Milk is also fortified with vitamin D.

Sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, so a walk in the sunshine can help too. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids help boost your mood, which is critical during drug or alcohol addiction treatment. If you also suffer from depression, getting enough omega-3 can be enormously helpful in your recovery. Snack on walnuts and pumpkins seeds or sprinkle ground flaxseed on your breakfast cereal. Omega-3 is also found in salmon, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and eggs. Or, take a fish oil supplement.


Protein is found in meats, beans, eggs, peanut butter, dairy products, and nuts. Protein gives you energy and helps repair damaged cells, both of which are important during the recovery phase. Choose low-fat milk and cheeses, and lean meats such as poultry and pork for a heart-healthy diet.

B Vitamins

Research suggests that people suffering from addiction have low levels of B vitamins. Boosting these nutrients through diet or a B-complex supplement can help get you back on track without the threat of anemia or neurological problems. Foods that contain B6, B12 and B9 (folate) include leafy greens, cantaloupe, oranges, poultry, whole grains (rice, pasta, bread), beans, soymilk, and breakfast cereals.


Addiction can wreak havoc on your digestion, particularly in the form of constipation. Adding fiber to your diet can aid digestion naturally. Fruits and vegetables are go-to foods for fiber, especially when you eat the skins (i.e. apples, pears, potatoes). Oatmeal, berries, beans, and dark leafy greens are also chock-full of fiber.

As you progress down the road to sobriety, you’ll start feeling stronger—especially if you’re following a healthy diet. Remember, though—always remember to run any significant dietary changes by your doctor or counselor first.

Non-12-Step Recovery at our CA Rehab Facility

Complete Harmony offers a range of non-12-step, holistic addiction treatment programs for men and women of all ages. Our individualized approach helps drive healing, sustained sobriety, and peace of mind in a way that’s right for each client. Call 866.930.4673 to learn more about our facility, staff, and programs or inquire about insurance coverage. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Benefits of Holistic Addiction Recovery

holistic addiction recoveryAddiction is not just intellectual, behavioral, or emotional; it is a combination of these. No matter how your addiction journey began, it slowly permeates every corner of your life. Sidelining physical and emotional health, family relationships, social connections, spirituality, and more, drugs and alcohol slowly become the sole focus of your universe.

At Complete Harmony, we believe in accepting clients as they are while challenging them to reach for more. Our drug and alcohol rehab integrates cutting-edge holistic therapies to ease the discomfort of withdrawal and treat the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Holistic healing methods are proven to be effective not only during detox, but throughout every stage of rehabilitation. Helping clients overcome the trauma, mood disorders, and triggers that led them to substance abuse in the first place, our addiction specialists recommend holistic modalities that offer stress relief, pain relief, cravings management, and improved well-being.

Benefits of Holistic Healing for Addiction

Our California rehab facility offers a growing range of holistic therapies, including mind-body exercise, meditation, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling, self-empowerment programs, and cognitive behavioral therapy. When paired with group and individual therapy and a non-12-step rehab program, holistic therapies contribute to recovery success and deliver many other benefits: 
  • Energy & vitality. Over time, addiction leads to the neglect of healthy eating, exercise, and other practices. A focus on healthy eating, physical activity, and mindful meditation restores the mind, body, and spirit. 
  • Pain relief. Whether you began using drugs to dull emotional or physical pain—or you are suffering from addiction-related pain—holistic therapies like massage, bodywork, acupuncture, and chiropractic care offer natural pain relief. Many of our clients continue to benefit from these healing therapies long after they have completed early and active recovery.
  • Spiritual growth. Whether you believe in a Higher Power or simply need to reconnect with your inner self, holistic therapies like meditation are calming to the mind and spirit. Many clients tell us that as they connect with something outside themselves, they feel a sense of empowerment that they've never experienced. 

Integrated Addiction Treatment in California

One of the things that Complete Harmony does best is align treatment programs with our clients' personal beliefs, values, and lifestyles. Through a blend of traditional and complementary therapies, we create customized treatment and relapse prevention programs that are tailored to your unique needs. Each of our holistic modalities is rooted in evidence-based practices and empowers you to get to the root of your addiction behaviors while taking control of the healing process. 
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