The Effects of Long COVID and Recovery

The Effects of Long-Covid and Recovery

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “[P]ost-COVID conditions can last weeks, months, or longer after COVID-19 illness and can sometimes result in disability.” Chronic co-occurring medical conditions like long COVID can significantly affect treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). Newport Beach Recovery Center accommodates clients with co-occurring conditions like long COVID. We believe everyone should have access to high-quality treatment for substance abuse regardless of comorbidities or complications. 

What Is Long COVID? 

Long COVID is an umbrella term that describes various health side effects experienced by people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to COVID.gov, “Long COVID is broadly defined as signs, symptoms, and conditions that continue or develop after initial COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 infection.” The side effects can last for weeks or months, with some people reporting symptoms more than a year after their initial COVID diagnosis. 

Research is still ongoing to determine the specific cause and possible symptoms of long COVID, making diagnosis difficult in some cases. If you believe you may have some form of long COVID, you should reach out to a medical professional for an assessment. Once you have a known diagnosis, our team can help you determine the best treatment program to help you recover from co-occurring SUD. 

Symptoms and Side Effects of Long COVID

The side effects and symptoms of long COVID vary significantly. In addition, they can disappear and repeatedly reappear over the course of weeks or months, making them difficult to treat. Most people with long COVID report some or all of the following: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • “Brain fog” or difficulty thinking clearly 
  • Headaches or migraines 
  • Lightheadedness or vertigo 
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Pins-and-needles in extremities
  • Changes to smell or taste or, in rare cases, complete loss of smell and taste 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle aches or weakness 

The severity of symptoms can change abruptly, and some people report only one or two while others experience a wide range of side effects.

3 Ways to Cope With the Effects of Long COVID During Recovery 

Recovering from SUD takes time and energy. If you have a chronic condition that impacts your ability to focus and remain motivated, it takes more effort to maintain your motivation. Below are three ways you can cope with long COVID during recovery. 

#1. Take Care of Your Physical Health

Prioritize your physical health and make sure you give your body everything it needs to feel healthy, including:

  • Quality sleep
  • Nutritional meals 
  • Low-stress exercise 
  • Proper hydration

Physical self-care will give you the energy and motivation to continue your sobriety.

#2. Practice Emotional Self-Care 

Your emotional health impacts your ability to cope with physical stressors like chronic pain or discomfort. You can practice emotional self-care by ensuring you take time each day to relax and find moments of peace. 

Examples of emotional self-care include: 

  • Talking to members of your support system 
  • Accepting help from others when you feel stressed 
  • Establishing and maintaining clear boundaries 
  • Allowing yourself to focus on improving your mental health 
  • Spending a quiet moment alone in meditation

These interpersonal and mindfulness skills will help you feel empowered in managing your co-occurring conditions.

#3. Expand Your Support System 

Your support system should expand to include individuals who can help you cope with any physical symptoms. A primary care doctor, physical therapist, and other trained professionals can give you additional support during recovery from SUD. Your case manager at Newport Beach Recovery Center can also provide information on local resources. 

How Does Long-Term COVID Affect Ongoing Recovery? 

Ongoing recovery usually involves individual therapy, self-help groups, and other forms of support. You can also use those resources to combat the lingering effects of long COVID. Your safety is our top priority, and our care team will help you create a comprehensive aftercare plan that will include the following: 

  • Relapse-prevention strategies
  • Crisis management 
  • Referrals to local resources 

In addition, as an alumnus, you can always come to us for ongoing support or a brief return to treatment if you face challenges during early recovery. We understand that long COVID puts increased stress on your mind and body. You can rely on us to help you maintain sobriety during challenging moments. We also have a sober living community for individuals who need a more structured environment during early recovery. 

Sober Living Communities and Long COVID 

Some people struggle to cope with long COVID and may feel tempted to self-medicate. According to Psychiatry Research, “[M]ental health components of the long-COVID syndrome may increase the risk of substance abuse as a way of coping with mental distress.” Our sober living community gives you a safe and structured space where peers and staff will hold you accountable for maintaining sobriety. Though you may feel intense cravings, intrusive thoughts, and increased symptoms, we’re here to support you.

The passionate care team at Newport Beach Recovery Center takes into account all active and underlying conditions that may affect recovery. We can help you establish healthy coping skills that you can use to decrease the risk of relapse and improve symptoms of long COVID.

Some people in treatment for substance abuse have co-occurring long COVID that affects their energy levels, mood, and motivation. Co-occurring disorders often require simultaneous treatment to ensure the best outcome. However, in the case of long COVID, not enough is known about the condition for there to be standard treatment options. Symptoms often vary widely from person to person and may disappear and then reappear. Newport Beach Recovery Center works with clients to ensure they have the best rehabilitation experience possible. We can help you heal from substance abuse and cope with co-occurring issues like long COVID. To learn more about our services and the programs we offer, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

How to Accept Past Mistakes Without Holding Onto Them

How to Accept Past Mistakes Without Holding Onto Them

Treatment often involves identifying and processing underlying issues that contribute to the development of substance use disorder (SUD). Some people have difficulty living with the consequences of actions made during or after instances of substance misuse. You might struggle with mistakes you have made in the past.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), actions that cause yourself or others distress can have lasting consequences. “[M]oral injury can occur in response to acting or witnessing behaviors that go against an individual’s values and moral beliefs.” Often, they lead to regret, fear, anger, shame, or other negative emotions. You do not have to let things you have done in the past dictate your future choices or happiness. The experts at Newport Beach Recovery Center use evidence-based methods to help individuals accept past choices, overcome trauma, and move forward in their recovery.

Mistakes Can Motivate Your Recovery

Motivation is essential to establishing and maintaining healthy routines that support long-term sobriety. According to the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, “Behavior can be motivated by the desire to avoid future feelings of guilt.” You can avoid repeating maladaptive patterns by learning to identify unhealthy behaviors. You replace those unhealthy behavioral patterns with new routines. The emotional distress caused by past choices can give you the determination to become a better version of yourself.

Finding a reason to do better and building positive routines can enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Healthy motivations also do the following:

  • Help you get through difficult moments in recovery
  • Provide you with the determination to actively participate in treatment and therapy
  • Give you a reason to continue making progress in ongoing recovery

Mistakes you have made can also reveal underlying issues that contributed to the development of SUD. Self-reflection increases self-awareness and allows you to address problems that might impact your recovery. Recognizing their influence on your thoughts and behaviors will give you a starting point for lifelong changes.

Everyone Makes Mistakes

You are not alone in regretting past choices. Everyone lives with mistakes and must find a healthy way to accept them and move forward. In many cases, pain caused by mistakes can become a vital learning moment and a turning point. Moral injury does not have to keep you from growing and healing.

Every single person alive has done things they wish they could take back. Normalizing your experiences can help you move past them and avoid repeating them in the future. You can look to peers, mentors, sponsors, and members of your support system for insight into how they overcame their own regrets or shame. Use the lessons they have learned to protect yourself from experiencing the same negativity in the future.

How to Move Past Mistakes

Moving past mistakes does not mean ignoring that they happened or pretending you do not deserve the consequences. Everyone must live with the side effects of the actions they take. However, you can learn from the experience and find better ways to act moving forward. How you choose to respond to your mistakes will affect your mental health, recovery, and relationships.

You can remove the guilt of past mistakes by doing the following:

  • Processing your feelings about it in individual or group therapy
  • Meditating or using mindfulness techniques to ground yourself when you start to feel overwhelmed by past mistakes
  • Determining what actions lead to the mistake and developing strategies for avoiding those behaviors
  • Recognizing that you have grown as a person and choosing not to repeat the mistake

Speak with a loved one, therapist, or sponsor about your feelings. An outside perspective can often make recognizing unhealthy thought patterns easier. Talking to others can give you another view on the topic and encourage you to find healthier options for the future.

Letting Go of Guilt, Shame, and Regret

Negative emotions like guilt, shame, and regret do not have to linger and interfere with your recovery. You can accept them as a consequence of your actions and then choose to let them go. Sometimes it takes support from loved ones, peers, or a mental health professional to accomplish this goal. Forgiving yourself does not have to mean giving up responsibility for your actions. However, it does allow you to find a way to feel comfortable with your circumstances and choices.

Your past does not have to dictate your future choices or sense of self-worth. In fact, you can use them as motivation to guide your actions and improve your mental health. Use them as tools for healing. Newport Beach Recovery Center uses group and individual therapy to empower clients and give them the skills they need to grow. Your moral injury does not define you. Recovery is about finding new ways to think about yourself and interact with the world. Letting go of past mistakes is one step in that journey.

Negative emotions can interfere with your mental health during rehabilitation. However, you do not have to continue struggling if you find yourself obsessively feeling bad about past mistakes or actions. Shame, guilt, regret, and other painful and distressing emotions often indicate the need for positive changes. You can use them as motivation to continue making progress in your recovery. Let go of past mistakes by accepting them as learning experiences. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers evidence-based treatments to help clients heal. You can learn to move forward from the past and build a better future. We can help you find healthy ways to cope with the choices you have made. To learn more, call us today at (888) 850-0363

Alternatives to Group Therapy for Individuals With Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Alternatives to Group Therapy for Individuals With Disruptive Behavioral Disorders

Young adults diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs), including oppositional defiance disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD), have a higher risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD). Adults in treatment who have symptoms of untreated DBDs may struggle with social interactions. According to the Journal of Affective Disorders, individuals diagnosed with disruptive disorders in childhood have an increased risk of “adult antisocial personality disorder, overall poor physical and mental health functioning, and increased rates of substance use and abuse.” 

Personalized treatments that address disruptive behaviors alongside SUD have a greater likelihood of positive outcomes in long-term recovery. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers individualized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. We accommodate individuals with disruptive behaviors who actively work to establish and maintain sobriety. 

What Are Disruptive Behavior Disorders? 

Adolescents and teens are most commonly diagnosed with DBDs, a diagnosis category that covers multiple disorders including ODD and CD. If left untreated, DBD can affect young adults and interfere with treatment for substance abuse. 

At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we primarily treat SUD. If necessary, we can refer clients to outside mental health services. However, in most cases, we can accommodate dual diagnosis and treat the symptoms simultaneously using evidence-based methods like psychotherapy. 

Some of the most common co-occurring disruptive behaviors include:

  • Inability to focus during individual or group therapy sessions 
  • Cognitive dysfunction caused by prolonged substance abuse 
  • Difficulty taking directions from authority figures 
  • Compulsions and other symptoms of mental health disorders

In some cases, the symptoms are mild, and we treat them alongside SUD using alternative holistic therapies. This treats the clients as whole beings with multiple facets, instead of focusing only on their disorders. We collaborate with clients and their families to determine which treatment options will provide the best possible outcome. 

Most Common Co-occurring Behavior Disorders 

Disruptive behavior disorders can have many underlying causes. Cognitive dysfunction, mental health issues, and the physiological side effects of certain substances can all contribute to disruptive behaviors. Some of the most common co-occurring disorders that contribute to behavioral issues include:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Specific phobias 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder
  • Personality disorders 
  • Bipolar disorder (BD)
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD)

Any untreated symptoms will continue to undermine your sobriety and increase your risk of relapse. Early treatment for co-occurring disorders is essential to ensure you continue making progress in your recovery. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we can treat most co-occurring conditions using talk therapy, peer support, and prescription medications. 

Disruptive Behaviors Caused by Physical Health Issues 

Substance abuse can affect your brain and other body systems, and long-term use can cause lingering neurological issues. In addition, some injuries like traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause disruptive behaviors and increase the risk of developing substance use disorder.

According to Experimental Neurology, TBI can cause “injury-induced inflammation, blood-brain barrier permeability, and changes to synapses and neuronal networks within regions of the brain associated with the perception of reward.” Positive behaviors and routines usually involve emotional or tangible rewards to encourage long-term change. Making behavioral changes can sometimes be challenging if the brain’s reward centers are affected by injury, illness, or substance abuse. 

How We Treat Individuals With Disruptive Behavior Disorders 

Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based methods to treat individuals with mild co-occurring behavioral issues. In many cases, disruptive behaviors are connected to substance abuse, and the side effects increase symptoms of SUD. We treat all active conditions simultaneously to ensure clients feel safe and comfortable. Our team uses psychotherapy, prescription medications, behavioral modification, and other tools to help our clients find healthy ways to manage or eliminate unhealthy behaviors. 

Often, behavioral issues resolve themselves as clients become more self-awareness and develop essential coping skills. We treat individuals with behavior disorders using compassion, empathy, and a holistic approach to therapy. Our team also offers biofeedback therapy to help clients develop mindfulness, emotion regulation, and greater self-awareness. 

Alternative Treatments for Individuals With Disruptive Behavior Disorders

We have the resources to provide alternative therapies that address your specific needs and accommodate mild disruptive behavior disorders. Some alternatives to traditional group psychotherapy include: 

  • Music therapy 
  • Art therapy 
  • Creative healing 
  • Behavior modification
  • Biofeedback
  • Individual psychotherapy 
  • Adventure therapy

We hold regular experiential groups that give you a healthier outlet for your emotions. Disruptive behaviors affect nearly everyone in the program, and our care team will monitor your progress to determine if you require more in-depth mental health treatment.

Is Group Therapy Right for You? 

Group therapy may not be the best option for individuals with uncontrollable disruptive behaviors caused by physiological or cognitive changes. However, if you have behavior issues caused by problems with emotion regulation or decreased social skills, you can benefit from attending group therapy. During sessions, you will learn how to improve communication, respect boundaries, and find healthy ways to cope with disruptive behaviors. 

Group therapy requires the ability to maintain focus for at least 20 to 30 minutes at a time. However, many mind-altering substances can cause long-term side effects, including chronic inattention, focus loss, and “brain fog.” We encourage clients with attention issues to continue participating in group therapy. The whole group can benefit from seeing positive behavior changes as treatment progresses. Moreover, brain fog can get less severe and impairing after getting further into a treatment program.

Traditional group therapy is a cornerstone of addiction recovery. Some people with behavior disorders feel uncomfortable or bored in therapeutic group settings. It’s imperative to push your comfort zone in treatment. Avoiding behavior triggers and learning to cope with the symptoms can help you adapt to group psychotherapy sessions. However, if you do not feel comfortable in group therapy, you can choose to join holistic therapy groups. Newport Beach Recovery Center uses comprehensive assessments to determine the best treatment approach for each client. Our program offers many approaches to healing. You might benefit from participating in holistic therapy with us if you have ADHD or mental health issues that cause disruptive behaviors. For help, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

How Does Newport Beach Recovery Center Help Clients Improve Self-Efficacy?

How Does Newport Beach Recovery Center Help Clients Improve Self-Efficacy?

Substance use disorder (SUD) can affect how you feel about your ability to overcome challenges in recovery. Believing that you can successfully achieve long-term sobriety will positively affect your treatment outcome. According to Addictive Behaviors, “Numerous studies have shown a strong relationship between self-efficacy beliefs . . . and drinking/drug-use outcomes.” Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based treatments and therapy to help clients build self-confidence and essential skills that encourage self-efficacy.

What Is Self-Efficacy?

Self-efficacy is the belief that you can succeed at achieving a specific behavior or desired outcome. Individuals in recovery can use it to reduce the risk of relapse and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Confidence in your ability to use the skills you learn in treatment will ensure you reach recovery goals and remain motivated.

Maintaining confidence in your abilities can help you do the following:

  • Establish healthy routines
  • Make long-term lifestyle changes
  • Set achievable goals
  • Increase self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Overcome obstacles and problem-solve creative solutions

Increased self-awareness makes it easier to identify potential issues and find healthy ways to cope with them. Your treatment outcome will benefit you if you feel fully engaged in your recovery. You will get more from each therapy session if you feel confident in your ability to follow through with the skills you learn. Your confidence can motivate you to continue making steady progress.

What Is the Role of Self-Efficacy in Recovery?

Self-efficacy reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, you may find it easier to cope with everyday stressors if you feel confident that you can overcome them. According to Plos One, “Effective emotional regulation involves adapting strategies and deploying them effectively.” Self-efficacy can help you problem-solve and create strategies for coping with emotional distress.

Individuals with high levels of self-efficacy have an easier time regulating emotions and adopting essential coping skills. Improving how you feel about yourself and your treatment encourages faster healing and recovery. Also, self-confidence enhances self-worth and empowers significant changes, including the following:

  • Fewer negative thoughts
  • Less reliance on unhealthy relationships
  • Reduced symptoms related to co-occurring mental health issues
  • Decreased risk of developing a mood disorder
  • Lower risk of emotional or physical relapse

Believing in yourself can help you heal from the effects of substance misuse and related mental health conditions. Your determination to continue making progress motivates ongoing recovery.

How Do Programs at Newport Beach Recovery Center Improve Self-Efficacy?

The personalized treatment programs at Newport Beach Recovery Center assist clients in developing self-awareness and essential life skills. Our team will use evidence-based methods to help you feel confident in your ability to achieve and maintain sobriety successfully.

Peer Interactions

Meeting new people, creating strong social bonds, and interacting with others who have shared life experiences can improve mental health. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we offer group therapy and activities. Each client is encouraged to practice healthy social interactions and conflict resolution. Peers are our facility can feel comfortable receiving and sharing support during treatment.

Skill Development

Developing new skills improves your ability to cope with daily stressors and challenges related to recovery. We offer educational and therapeutic sessions that teach life skills, including:

  • Various social skills, such as boundary-setting
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Emotional awareness and regulation

The Benefit of Alternative Points of View

Learning to look at your circumstances from an alternative point of view can expand your life skills. Individual and group therapy sessions provide you with essential tools for overcoming issues related to mental health and recovery. Therapists and peers may present solutions that you would not have considered on your own. We offer individual and group therapy. In addition, you can choose to attend family therapy, trauma therapy, and other alternatives. We ensure every client has the support they need to address any current or underlying issues that might affect recovery.

What Are the Physical Health Benefits of Increased Self-Efficacy?

Many people in recovery after long-term substance misuse have physical side effects that require treatment. Research has shown that physical activity and health are directly affected by self-efficacy. ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal states, “If you believe that you can perform a behavior successfully, you will be more likely to engage in that behavior.” Believing in yourself can have real-world positive health benefits.

Improving your physical health may involve major lifestyle changes to the following:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Social interactions
  • Sleep patterns

At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we encourage clients to work with our care team to develop healthy habits and increase self-efficacy. Some areas we can help you address include regular exercise and eating nutritional meals. The treatment services and therapies we offer will give you the tools you need to heal from the effects of SUD. You can achieve your recovery goals.

Self-efficacy is the belief that you can achieve a desired goal. Recovery from substance misuse is easier when you choose to focus on your strengths instead of negative thoughts. Everyone has the potential to succeed at overcoming challenges related to recovery. However, individuals who truly believe in their own ability to remain sober generally have better outcomes. You can increase self-confidence and self-efficacy through skill development and therapy. Peer and family support can also increase self-confidence. Believing in your abilities can reduce the risk of relapse and decrease the severity of symptoms. The dedicated team at Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based methods to help clients increase self-efficacy. To learn more about our programs, call us at (888) 850-0363.

What Happens During Emotional Relapse?

What Happens During Emotional Relapse?

Recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) involves emotional highs and lows that can fluctuate based on many factors. You might experience emotional relapse or other challenges. Treatment programs keep you on track if you encounter emotional setbacks during recovery. We provide clients with all the support they need to ensure their mental, physical, and emotional well-being throughout recovery. You can rely on the care team at Newport Beach Recovery Center to help you remain motivated and move forward. Avoid emotional relapse by attending a program that fits your needs and provides essential coping skills.

What Is Emotional Relapse?

Emotional relapse is a slow process and can start with an increase in negativity or a growing ambivalence toward treatment. A deteriorating emotional state can sometimes make you vulnerable to physical relapse or a return to maladaptive behaviors. The early stages of relapse are easiest to counter using coping skills. Symptoms of emotional relapse feel like post-acute withdrawal and include changes in mood, increased negativity, and feeling unmotivated.

Emotional relapse makes it more difficult to actively participate in recovery by doing the following:

  • Decreasing mental focus and energy
  • Reducing feelings of self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Making it harder to overcome obstacles

In most cases, emotional relapse happens when an individual does not follow through with using coping tools. The skills you learn during rehabilitation will help you identify and resolve emotional issues. You can easily overcome emotional relapse if you use recovery resources to find healthy ways to cope with negative emotions. However, if you avoid taking action when you notice warning signs of emotional relapse, symptoms of SUD can worsen.

Why Does Your Emotional State Impact Treatment?

Emotions directly affect physical and mental health. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), emotional wellness impacts your ability to cope with stress. In turn, “How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health.” In addition, emotions can affect your physical well-being.

Your emotional state will determine the following:

  • How you interact with others
  • Your motivation level
  • How you feel about yourself and your recovery

Treatment focuses on ensuring you have the skills and tools you need to live a healthy and productive life. It can be difficult to concentrate on healing if you feel negative about yourself or your recovery.

Who Is at Risk of Emotional Relapse?

Anyone who lacks a support system or experiences severe withdrawal symptoms has a higher risk of emotional relapse. In addition, if you notice yourself beginning to feel more anxious, depressed, or negative, you should focus on emotional healing. The following factors increase the risk of emotional relapse:

  • Lack of coping skills
  • Not actively participating in recovery treatment
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders

What Are the Signs of Emotional Relapse?

Learning to recognize the signs of emotional relapse will help you avoid physical relapse or other recovery complications. Some of the most common signs of emotional relapse include:

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Decreased motivation
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Unusual mood swings
  • Anger issues or unusual irritation
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Behavioral changes
  • Feeling isolated or lonely
  • Increased negativity

Once you know what to look for, you can monitor your emotional health for indications of returning maladaptive behaviors. According to the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, “denial is a big part of emotional relapse.” By monitoring your emotions and taking steps to remain positive, you can avoid falling into the trap of denial about any potential warning signs.

3 Ways to Avoid Emotional Relapse During Recovery

Finding coping methods that work for you and your lifestyle is part of the recovery process. Below are a few ways to use the tools you learn during rehabilitation to avoid emotional relapse.

#1 Monitor Your Emotional Responses

At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we help clients improve emotion regulation and processing to decrease ambivalence or negativity. Monitoring your emotional state is an essential part of avoiding emotional relapse. If your thoughts turn pessimistic or disinterested in recovery, you can apply the coping techniques you learned in therapy.

#2 Maintain Your Treatment and Recovery Schedule

You may find it challenging to maintain your treatment and recovery schedule after completing rehabilitation. Transitioning to aftercare or returning home after residential treatment can feel destabilizing for some people. Avoid emotional relapse by regularly attending therapy, support group meetings, and other forms of treatment. Follow through with your aftercare plan to limit the emotional distress caused by the transition out of structured treatment.

#3 Rely on Your Support System

Your support system keeps you motivated and moving forward during challenging moments in recovery. If you feel anxious, depressed, or uncertain, reach out to them. Relying on your support system is an essential part of successful long-term sobriety. You should feel comfortable contacting the following people if you feel emotional distress:

  • Therapist
  • Case manager
  • Mentor or sponsor
  • Close family and friends

Recovery from substance misuse involves good and bad days. If you find yourself feeling depressed, anxious, or ambivalent about your recovery, then you may have a higher risk of relapse. The process is often gradual, and most people do not realize the dangers of emotional relapse. Reach out to someone in your support system if you feel uncertain about treatment and recovery or your ability to cope. You can easily overcome emotional relapse if you take action as soon as you notice the signs. Treating the symptoms of emotional relapse will protect you from physical relapse. To learn more about how we can help, call Newport Beach Recovery Center today at (888) 850-0363.

Understanding the Relationship Between Control Issues and Substance Misuse

Understanding the Relationship Between Control Issues and Substance Misuse

Individuals in recovery may struggle with unhealthy behaviors that contributed to the development of their substance use disorder (SUD). For some people, that can include control issues related to anxiety, compulsions, or mental health disorders. The need to feel in control can interfere with your relationships and recovery goals. 

Rehabilitation programs like the ones offered at Newport Beach Recovery Center can help you find healthier ways to manage your emotions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s disruptive effects on their brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.” You can get all the tools you need to overcome maladaptive forms of control and heal from substance misuse. 

The Relationship Between Control Issues and Substance Misuse 

Often, SUD starts as a form of self-medication. For some people, substance misuse provides a single area where they feel in complete control of their life. Substance misuse offers them an artificial sense of being in control. When they lose control over their substance misuse, they begin to look for other forms of control. In addition to substance consumption, individuals with SUD often seek out any form of control, including: 

  • Wanting to feel good or like a “winner”
  • A need to regulate emotions and emotional responses 
  • Setting unrealistic work, school, or relationships goals and blaming others for failure to meet them
  • Needing to be the center of attention in every situation
  • Insisting that your personal preferences are the only “correct” ones when discussing relationship issues

Over time, the need to control everything will only lead to further damage. Unfortunately, addictive behaviors affect mental and physical health and significantly worsen side effects related to co-occurring control issues.  

Signs of a Controlling Personality 

Controlling people often struggle with conflict. An inability to compromise can impact emotional health and significant relationships. Some common signs that someone may have a controlling personality include: 

  • Chronic self-victimization  
  • Blaming others for personal failures 
  • Insisting on maintaining control in most situations even when it inconveniences or causes discomfort for others 
  • Selfish behaviors 
  • Lack of empathy 
  • Possessiveness and jealousy 
  • Difficulty getting along with others 
  • Frequent workplace conflicts 
  • Abandonment and attachment issues 
  • Extreme mood swings 

People with controlling personalities rarely take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. If you or someone you love fit these criteria, professional treatment can help. Individual therapy encourages you to develop essential social skills, including conflict resolution and healthier ways to process perceived faults in yourself or others. 

Underlying Causes of Control Issues 

Everyone has a unique journey. In some cases, that involves personality issues caused by past trauma. Control issues have underlying causes that include: 

  • Family or societal pressure
  • Trauma 
  • Chronic or acute stress 
  • Relationship issues 
  • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
  • Childhood abuse or neglect 
  • Being raised by a controlling or disinterested parent 

Social and family expectations might have left you anxious, depressed, or emotionally overwhelmed. However, prioritizing your life to meet unrealistic personal expectations is not healthy. Sometimes it can lead to the development of control issues that only cause more problems. Getting help is the first step toward complete recovery. 

Common Control Issues Experienced by Individuals in Recovery 

It’s important to both acknowledge the underlying causes of your control issues and recognize the ways that you can heal yourself. Some common areas affected by control issues that you can change with treatment include: 

  • Relationship miscommunication or manipulation 
  • Unsustainable workplace pressure
  • Social tension caused by enabling or co-dependent behaviors

As discussed, control issues can take many forms and impact different areas of your life. By working through your interpersonal issues and changing your patterns, you’ll feel stronger in your healing. 

Taking Advantage of Self-Control

Control takes many forms, and in some cases, self-control can positively affect treatment and recovery from SUD. According to Perspectives on Psychological Science, “Self-control enables us to navigate conflicts.” Some healthy forms of self-control include:

  • Limiting unhelpful physical behaviors and impulses 
  • Emotion regulation 
  • Managing intrusive thoughts and compulsions  
  • Find creative solutions to problems

Self-control allows you to focus on establishing and achieving recovery goals. Some people obsess over maintaining self-control to the point where it negatively affects their ability to function. You can work with your therapist to find a healthy balance of self-control and self-acceptance.

Healthy Ways to Stay in Control

Despite the negative repercussions of forcing control, there are also ways to use it to your advantage. You can use your controlling personality to your benefit during treatment. A few ways you can take advantage of a need to remain in control include: 

  • Actively participating in every aspect of therapy and treatment to ensure you learn essential skills and tools 
  • Permitting yourself to prioritize healthy activities like self-care
  • Listening to peers and your care team to get outside perspectives to get a more objective view of your circumstances

Some people use their need to maintain control as motivation to get the most out of every therapy session. However, it is essential to work with your therapist to find healthy outlets for any compulsive thoughts or behaviors. Otherwise, you might find yourself trying to control every aspect of your recovery without first developing the necessary tools. 

Oftentimes, individuals with control issues misuse substances as a way to self-medicate. The effects of certain substances allow them to meet specific goals or cope with untreated mental health issues. In the end, the damaging effects of substance misuse can worsen control issues and lead to the development of mental health problems like OCD, though. Control issues can also come from undiagnosed personality disorders and learned behaviors. No matter the cause of your control issues, Newport Beach Recovery Center can help you overcome them. During intake, we comprehensively review your history, addiction, and mental health. This allows us to create a truly personalized treatment plan. To learn more about our programs, call us at (888) 850-0363. Start healing today.

Do Mindfulness Techniques Work for Individuals With ADHD?

Do Mindfulness Techniques Work for Individuals With ADHD?

A co-occurring issue like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can impact your recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Some people with ADHD have trouble remaining focused during rehabilitation. You might wonder what coping skills and techniques can help you stay present and motivated during treatment. According to Cureus, “Management of ADHD is done primarily with pharmacologic therapy, often stimulants and with psychosocial interventions” like therapy and relapse prevention. Newport Beach Recovery Center works with every client to create a personalized care plan to address co-occurring issues like ADHD using proven methods, including mindfulness-based techniques.

Why Is It Important to Maintain Focus During Recovery?

You must focus during therapy sessions and group activities to get the most out of them. If you have difficulty sticking with a schedule, following instructions, or staying in the moment, withdrawal symptoms and ongoing recovery might be harder for you to manage. Recovery requires sustainable motivation for change and achievable goals to keep you engaged. Therapy and other treatments provide resources and skill development to ensure you have the tools you need to maintain long-term recovery. Mindfulness exercises are an excellent way to decrease stress and remain focused during treatment. ADHD does not affect your ability to learn and use mindfulness techniques.

How Does ADHD Affect Concentration?

ADHD affects a person’s ability to manage their time and focus on specific tasks. According to the Journal of Neural Transmission, “Symptoms of inattention, such as distractibility and concentration difficulty, are core features of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” External stimuli are extremely distracting for individuals with ADHD, making it essential for rehabilitation programs to take place in a controlled environment.

Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based methods to ensure you have access to therapy, medications, and structured settings that encourage healing. Mindfulness techniques assist clients with ADHD who might otherwise feel disengaged, bored, or distracted during sessions. If you have difficulty focusing on your recovery due to side effects or symptoms of ADHD, you can use mindfulness as a coping tool. The more you practice mindfulness exercises, the easier it will be for you to avoid distractions.

How Does ADHD Impact Treatment and Aftercare?

According to the previously mentioned article in Cureus, individuals with ADHD “show patterns of persistent impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention.” To effectively engage in rehabilitation, you must have the ability to focus and retain information. Essential skill development, for example, requires practice, consistency, and control over behaviors. Some people with ADHD find it challenging to achieve these goals.

Unmanaged ADHD can affect treatment and aftercare in the following ways:

  • Decreased motivation
  • Reduced ability to cope with stressors
  • Increased risk of relapse

ADHD may make establishing and maintaining new routines difficult unless you manage and treat the symptoms.

What Are Some Easy Ways to Improve Mindfulness?

Mindfulness takes practice and repetition. You can learn to incorporate mindfulness-based exercises into your recovery by staying consistent and practicing them daily. Below are four easy ways to improve your mindfulness.

#1 Practice Makes Perfect

Mindfulness exercises are repetitive, and that might make them feel boring for some people. However, it is essential to remain motivated. Practice makes perfect. Setting aside a specific time for mindfulness training can help you create healthy routines that will keep you on track during difficult moments in recovery. Exercises you can practice daily include:

  • Silent meditation
  • Guided meditation using recordings
  • Deep breathing
  • Muscle relaxation exercises

#2 Increase Your Self-Awareness

Improve your self-awareness by being mindful of your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and habits. You can determine what underlying motivations may cause certain maladaptive behaviors by monitoring them closely. The more you understand your emotions and reactions, the easier they are to control. Self-awareness involves accepting all parts of yourself, even those aspects that might make you feel shame or guilt. You can engage more fully in recovery if you allow yourself to connect with all parts of yourself on a deeper level.

#3 Be Mindful While Doing Activities

Focusing entirely on the moment when exercising or participating in other activities will help train your brain to practice mindfulness automatically. You can use almost any action to practice mindfulness. Exercises like walking, biking, or swimming can keep you centered and aware of your body. You can achieve mindfulness by doing the following:

  • Focusing on a single thing and allowing everything else to fall into the background
  • Not focusing on anything in particular and letting yourself feel and sense everything in the moment without judgment
  • Letting yourself slow down and savor the feelings, sensations, and thoughts you experience during the activity

#4 Practice Relaxation and Meditation Techniques

Meditation can take many forms, and you can work with your therapist to find one that works best for you. Mindfulness meditation that involves simply monitoring sensations and thoughts often has the best outcome. The more time you spend in meditation, the easier it will be to train your body to breathe deeper, relax more fully, and let go of mental distractions. Learning meditation and relaxation techniques can help you regain control of your emotions and ADHD symptoms.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder exists along a spectrum, and some people may have difficulty maintaining focus long enough to benefit from individual or group therapy. You can choose to overcome distractions by using skill development and other tools. If you have trouble staying in the moment, mindfulness-based techniques like meditation and deep breathing can help. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers a range of mindfulness-based alternative therapies. You can use these techniques to help you retrain your brain to slow down and remain focused on healing. With time and practice, mindfulness-based exercises can increase your motivation, self-efficacy, and self-confidence. To learn more about our services and programs, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

How Adventure Therapy Can Build Positive Self-Esteem

How Adventure Therapy Can Build Positive Self-Esteem

Prolonged substance abuse can significantly decrease self-esteem in individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). Newport Beach Recovery Center uses a variety of therapy methods, including adventure therapy, to help clients build self-esteem. Adventure therapy provides a controlled environment where you can build trust in yourself and your abilities. Improving self-esteem by overcoming obstacles and achieving realistic goals increases self-efficacy. In addition, challenging yourself to try new experiences will give you the confidence to establish and maintain healthy routines.

What Is Adventure Therapy? 

Adventure therapy, sometimes called nature or ecotherapy, usually involves group activities in an outdoor setting. In adventure therapy, clients can become more attuned to the way their choices and problems impact themselves and others. The collaborative activities may help you realize that you need change. Group activities provide an opportunity for you to practice conflict resolution and problem-solving. Most outdoor therapy sessions involve guided activities that require clients to practice essential life skills like establishing social boundaries, active listening, and nonverbal communication.

Adventure therapy introduces aspects of group therapy into real-world scenarios. In addition, the controlled environment and activities allow you to make deeper connections with your peers. Some everyday activities used in adventure therapy include: 

  • Horseback riding 
  • Biking 
  • Hiking 
  • Boating 
  • Rock climbing 
  • Camping 

A trained therapist can incorporate almost any outdoor group activity into adventure therapy. However, goal-oriented activities often have the best outcome because they force peers to rely on each other for support. Newport Beach Recovery Center uses outdoor group therapy to provide a change of scenery while supporting healthy social engagement. We understand the importance of practicing the skills you learn in therapy. The adventure scenarios allow you to overcome challenges similar to the ones you will face during your ongoing recovery. 

Adventure Therapy and Increasing Self-Esteem

Many people with SUD struggle with low self-esteem. They might feel uncertain about their ability to overcome obstacles they may encounter during treatment and recovery. Adventure therapy is an excellent way to develop motivation, self-efficacy, and positive self-esteem.

You can build social skills and confidence by trusting your peers and the care team. Adventure therapy encourages healing in these ways: 

  • Giving you an opportunity to help others succeed 
  • Allowing you to become a valued member of a community 
  • Showing you the importance of motivation
  • Empowering you to continue making progress in your healing

Adventure therapy uses fun group activities to help you grow as a person and increase your sense of self-worth. Outdoor activities provide a low-stress and structured environment to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable while challenging themselves to try new things. Newport Beach offers a range of outdoor and group activities you can enjoy while practicing essential coping skills.

What to Expect From Adventure Therapy

Different groups have different needs. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we tailor each adventure activity to meet the needs of specific groups. The care team will prepare you for what to expect from each activity before you leave the facility. We’ll explain what to expect and the long-term goals of each outing.

No one is required to participate in adventure therapy. However, we believe that it benefits everyone who chooses to take part. If you feel uncomfortable or need special accommodations, we have the resources to ensure you feel safe and secure during each session. Adventure therapy allows you to do the following during activities:

  • Work together with others to achieve group goals
  • Practice establishing and communicating personal boundaries
  • Engage with your peers and the care team
  • Listen actively and respond to the thoughts of others

Most activities involve a series of realistic goals that encourage a sense of community. Building strong social bonds with your peers will help you feel more comfortable trusting them with different aspects of your recovery when you return to the facility. Connecting with others can significantly improve your self-esteem, and it’ll offer you a sober support system.

Peer Engagement and Group Support 

The primary goal of adventure therapy is to ensure individuals in recovery develop basic interpersonal skills. During adventure therapy, peers work together to reach a specific goal. We encourage peers to engage with others during the activity instead of trying to solve problems independently. Everyone has unique strengths they can bring to the table and share with others in the group.

Health Benefits of Increased Self-Esteem 

Positive self-esteem can make you feel more comfortable trying new things and making necessary life changes. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “[H]ealthy self-esteem is important” to mental and physical health. The physical and mental benefits of positive self-esteem include: 

  • Healthier relationships 
  • Increased self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Reduced antisocial behaviors 
  • Less workplace or academic stress 
  • Decreased anxiety 
  • Reduced risk of emotional or physical relapse 

If you feel confident about overcoming challenges, you will have an easier time coping with stressors during recovery. Adventure therapy at Newport Beach Recovery Center can provide the tools you need to succeed in long-term sobriety. 

Treatment for substance abuse involves learning essential coping skills to increase your self-esteem and help you establish healthy behaviors. Adventure therapy is one of the tools used at Newport Beach Recovery Center to encourage healthy social interactions between peers. Adventure therapy uses everyday outdoor activities to promote better communication, positive relationships, and conflict resolution. You can have fun with peers while increasing your self-esteem and learning how to cope with unexpected real-world stressors. Adventure therapy is highly structured and offers you a safe space to heal and grow. To learn more about the traditional and holistic therapies offered at Newport Beach Recovery Center, call our office today at (888) 850-0363

Why Do So Many People in Recovery Experience Depression?

Why Do So Many People in Recovery Experience Depression?

Many people diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD) experience depressive symptoms. The prevalence of depression is not unusual. Clinical depression is one of the most common mental health disorders diagnosed worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.7% of adults regularly feel depressed. 

Substance abuse can cause changes in the brain that lead to the development of depression. In some cases, substance abuse is used as a form of self-medication to cope with the symptoms of pre-existing depression. Newport Beach Recovery Center provides evidence-based treatment to help clients manage depressive symptoms related to SUD and co-occurring conditions during rehabilitation. 

How Common Is Depression? 

Many people experience depressive symptoms at some point in their lives. However, nearly twice as many individuals with SUD have depressive episodes compared to the general public. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2019, 7.8% of adults with SUD experienced depressive episodes. The number of individuals with SUD who have major depressive symptoms has continued to increase in the last decade. COVID-19, increased economic stress, and other factors have contributed to the increase of people struggling with depression. Some risk factors for developing depressive symptoms include: 

  • Substance abuse 
  • Financial issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Childhood abuse or neglect
  • Trauma
  • History of mental health disorders
  • Lack of emotional support 
  • Unsafe living environment
  • Emotional or physical isolation 
  • Genetics 
  • Age 

According to the CDC, individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 have the highest risk of becoming clinically depressed. In addition, this age range is more likely to abuse alcohol and other mind-altering substances. As such, we need to check on our younger loved ones and help them get the medical care that they need.

Substance Abuse and Changes the Brain 

Alcohol and drugs produce physiological changes that affect mood and cognition. The side effects stop certain areas of the brain from working as effectively. As a result, some people develop anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms. Teens and young adults who abuse substances can affect their developing brains and potentially cause long-term damage. In many cases, the effects of substance abuse on the brain reverse themselves in time. However, certain mood changes might take longer to dissipate, and they could require prescription medications like antidepressants to manage the symptoms.

Additionally, prolonged use of substances can start to deteriorate certain areas of the brain. This leads to a less functional and cognitively-impaired brain. The change in functionality can cause enough mental distress to trigger a depressive episode.

Depression and Co-Occurring Disorders

Many co-occurring mental health disorders feature depressive symptoms. According to Science and Practice Perspectives, “Mood disorders, including depression . . . are the most common psychiatric comorbidities among patients with [SUD].” Comorbid depression exists along a spectrum. Some individuals may barely notice it, while others might have difficulty functioning in their day-to-day lives due to depressive episodes and other side effects. 

During treatment for SUD, it is essential for anyone struggling with co-occurring conditions to participate in simultaneous treatment addressing all active and underlying mental health issues. The most common forms of treatment for depression include: 

  • Psychotherapy 
  • Prescription medication 
  • Biofeedback
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Alternative holistic therapies 

During treatment at Newport Beach Recovery Center, you will collaborate with your care team to determine the best approach to treatment and therapy. This may include inpatient residential treatment or a partial hospitalization plan to start with. Afterward, you may switch to a less intensive treatment plan like intensive outpatient or outpatient aftercare.

How Does Depression Impact Recovery? 

Depression exists along a spectrum, and severe symptoms can significantly impact recovery. Some individuals with depression have difficulty completing basic tasks of daily living, including: 

  • Getting out of bed 
  • Dressing appropriately 
  • Maintaining personal hygiene
  • Preparing, eating, and cleaning up after meals 
  • Staying motivated 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Maintaining essential relationships
  • Attending mandatory treatment sessions

Depression can cause you to withdraw and isolate yourself from others as a way to protect yourself from emotional distress. However, it is crucial to actively communicate your needs and nurture your close relationships. Family support can provide significant motivation for individuals with depression. 

Depression and Your Loved Ones

Close family members and friends may have difficulty understanding the realities of depression and how it impacts your everyday life. In many cases, depression affects relationships. You must actively work to communicate your needs and concerns. If you do not discuss your depressive episodes with them, they may react based on assumptions instead of facts. It is vital to remain open and objective when discussing mental health issues to protect your loved ones and yourself from misunderstandings. Let them know your needs during depressive episodes. 

Some people have a genetic predisposition to developing depression. The disorder or symptoms may run in the family. However, every person reacts differently to depression. In addition, substance abuse can significantly increase the severity of depressive episodes. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression and your symptoms look much different than those of a family member, educating them on the realities of addiction and dual diagnosis can help them understand your situation better. 

Treatment Options for Individuals in Recovery 

The most successful and common treatments for depression include prescription medication and talk therapy. We can accommodate dual diagnosis with primary substance abuse. Alternative treatment options offered by Newport Beach Recovery Center include: 

  • Biofeedback
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • Creative healing 
  • Hypnotherapy 

Clients at the Newport Beach Recovery Center participate in group and individual trauma therapy. In many cases, addressing underlying issues like trauma can reduce symptoms related to anxiety or depression. Processing trauma allows you to find healthier ways to cope with the symptoms of SUD. You can collaborate with your therapist to determine the best therapeutic method to address your depression and other co-occurring disorders. 

Many people recovering from substance abuse experience depressive symptoms related to their condition or co-occurring disorders. In some cases, depression is caused by substance abuse and physical changes to the brain. Other individuals have underlying issues or completely separate issues that contribute to the development of depression. You can successfully recover from depression and SUD by participating in dual-diagnosis treatment. Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based methods, including psychotherapy and alternative therapies, to treat substance abuse and dual diagnoses. In groups, you’ll also engage in behavioral activation to counteract depression and SUD. To find out more about our treatment programs and services, call us at (888) 850-0363. Start your healing journey from co-occurring depression and SUD today.

Does Newport Beach Recovery Center Encourage Spiritual Healing?

Does Newport Beach Recovery Center Encourage Spiritual Healing?

Substance use disorder (SUD) affects how you feel about yourself and others. Recovery from SUD involves personalized treatments that address your spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. If you have religious, cultural, or personal beliefs that impact your mental health, you may benefit from therapies that incorporate aspects of spiritual healing. According to the Journal of Religion and Health, “73% of addiction treatment programs in the USA include a spirituality-based element.” Newport Beach Recovery Center offers various evidence-based and alternative treatments, including 12-Step meetings and other resources that support spiritual healing.

What Is Spiritual Healing?

Spirituality can involve believing in some higher power (e.g., god, universal consciousness, etc.). Everyone has different spiritual needs based on their cultural, religious, and personal beliefs. Spiritual healing focuses on empowering and uplifting your spirit in whatever way works best for you. According to the previously mentioned research published by the Journal of Religion and Health, some people feel that spirituality is an “exceptionally powerful, integral, and indispensable [resource] in substance abuse prevention and recovery.” Faith and spirituality play a vital role in recovery for many individuals with SUD.

Do You Need to Be Religious to Benefit From Spiritual Healing?

Almost everyone believes in something bigger than themselves. Spirituality does not necessarily involve religion or traditional belief systems. Additionally, you do not have to be religious to benefit from therapies and activities that focus on spiritual healing. The most common motivations for spiritual beliefs include a desire to connect with others or find a sense of purpose. Connecting with others who share similar ideas can help you feel supported and less isolated.

Treatment plans can easily incorporate most religious or spiritual beliefs by using personalized services, including:

  • Group and individual therapy
  • 12-Step meetings
  • Family support services
  • Case management
  • Aftercare planning

Religious people often find solace and healing in their beliefs. If you participate in a particular religion or identify with spiritual practices, you might gain strength from interacting with religious leaders and peers.

Cultural Beliefs and Spiritual Healing

Some cultures have deeply held spiritual beliefs that impact how they interact with others during treatment and aftercare. For example, indigenous individuals often benefit from incorporating aspects of their culture and spirituality in treatment. According to Substance Use and Misuse, Western “treatment [emphasizes] the role of the individual,” and the “Native perspective emphasizes connections with others.” Facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center tailor treatment plans to meet each client’s spiritual, cultural, and personal needs. Incorporating cultural beliefs into your spiritual healing and recovery empowers you to embrace positive lifestyle changes. Your culture is integral to your identity, and we respect each person’s right to celebrate their cultural traditions during treatment.

What Does Spiritual Healing Look Like During Treatment and Aftercare?

Every recovery journey is unique, and what you find comforting or empowering might not impact someone else. Your spiritual journey could involve connecting more deeply with God, nature, your internal self, or other people. No matter what a higher power looks like to you, spiritual healing often involves the following:

  • Fellowshipping with like-minded individuals
  • Meditating on personal beliefs
  • Finding encouragement and motivation in your beliefs

Spiritual healing can help you accept the need for positive changes and encourage you to continue moving forward and growing as a person.

Your Spiritual Health at Newport Beach Recovery Center

Everyone has their own beliefs that guide them through life. You may focus your spiritual energy on God, an unspecified higher power, or the importance of human connectedness. We have a treatment option that will work for you no matter what you believe. Our care team accommodates many spiritual and religious beliefs to ensure everyone feels comfortable and safe while attending our programs.

Newport Beach Recovery Center uses evidence-based and alternative methods to help clients recover from the effects of substance misuse. We understand the importance of using a holistic approach to address all underlying or co-occurring issues that might complicate recovery. Individuals who identify as religious or spiritual often incorporate spirituality as an essential component of their long-term recovery. Spiritual healing improves the effectiveness of treatment and reduces the risk of relapse. If you require specific spiritual accommodations, speak to your care team or contact our office for more information about our services.

Spirituality and Ongoing Recovery

Individuals who follow a mainstream religion or faith-based movement often have a built-in support system of fellow believers to encourage them during ongoing recovery. Many churches or places of worship provide informal faith-based counseling and support for individuals recovering from SUD. You can engage with your fellow believers and receive emotional support during treatment and aftercare.

No matter what you believe, maintaining your spiritual well-being during aftercare can help you maintain emotional stability and reduce the risk of relapse. Many people with no specific beliefs attend spiritual support groups like 12-Step meetings. Our team can help you find resources that support spiritual healing during recovery.

No matter what you believe or how you feel about religion, your recovery will benefit from incorporating spiritual healing into your treatment plan. Newport Beach Recovery Center celebrates diversity and encourages clients to use alternative or holistic therapies. Spiritual healing looks different for everyone and can involve meditation, religion, spiritual self-care, or specific cultural beliefs. For some people, attending 12-Step or church meetings help them feel more centered and comfortable with their sobriety. Other people have no faith in a higher power but deeply connect to other people. We believe that everyone benefits from participating in some form of spiritual healing. To learn more about our services, call us today at (888) 850-0363.