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2306, 2022

Do I Have a Mental Illness?

By |June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

While everyone occasionally struggles to cope with life, mental illnesses are ongoing conditions that cause many women to suffer in silence. Sometimes, there’s an obvious difference between neurotypical behavior and mental illness, but in other cases, the distinction isn’t as clear. Here’s what you need to know. What Is Mental Health? Keeping tabs on your mental well-being involves observing patterns in your thoughts, moods, emotions and behaviors. You may have [...]

1606, 2022

PTSD Recovery: What to Expect

By |June 16th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

After a terrifying or life-threatening experience, it’s normal to feel anxious and on edge. But if you can’t shake it off and move on, you might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can leave you with ongoing feelings of fear and unwanted, unpleasant memories. By making some changes in your life, you can move on from the trauma and finally feel safe again. What Is PTSD? PTSD is a [...]

1905, 2022

How to Improve Your Body Image

By |May 19th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Your mental image of yourself significantly affects numerous areas of your life – your relationships with others, personal style and self-esteem. If you struggle with your body image and insecurities about your appearance, or you can’t let go of the nagging idea that others are judging you, here are some ways to overcome these obstacles. 1. Identify and Challenge Negativity The first step to improving your body image is to [...]

1205, 2022

Social Media and Mental Health

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Social media has helped millions of users worldwide keep in touch with distant loved ones, learn about specific interests, share their perspective and feel more connected. But for all the benefits these platforms may have brought to your life, you should also consider how they affect your mental health. How Does Social Media Impact People’s Mental Health? Like an irresistibly appealing casino game, apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [...]

2503, 2022

Is Marijuana Addictive?

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Today, recreational marijuana has been legalized in 18 states plus the District of Columbia. Nonetheless, federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance with no legitimate use, and rumor paints it as a gateway to serious addiction and violent crime. Where does the truth lie? Can you get addicted to weed? Addiction to Weed: Marijuana Use Disorder There are real health risks in using weed. And one risk [...]

1003, 2022

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

By |March 10th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Generalized anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by excessive, unrealistic worries. People with GAD can become trapped in a cycle of fear and dread out of proportion to the situation. Eventually, anxiety can take over your thoughts until it upends your daily routine and disrupts your overall quality of life. Some researchers have hypothesized that anxiety served a crucial evolutionary purpose by keeping early humans alert and aware [...]

2402, 2022

What Is the Best Treatment for Anxiety?

By |February 24th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Anxiety is a mental health disorder that can be highly disruptive, causing people living with the condition to curtail their lives or activities in various ways. For example, someone with panic disorder may be unwilling to leave the house for fear that they’ll have a panic attack in a public place. Meanwhile, an obsessive-compulsive person may spend hours each day on rituals like cleaning or counting objects. If you have [...]

1002, 2022

Is Kratom Addictive?

By |February 10th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Kratom is an herbal extract of a plant that’s native to Southeast Asia. Some specialty stores market it as a mood-improving supplement that enhances energy and reduces pain. Other supposed benefits of kratom include the ability to prevent panic attacks and relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms. If all these qualities sound too good to be true, you’re wise to be skeptical. Depending on the dosage and method of use, kratom can [...]

2701, 2022

What Is an Example of Gaslighting?

By |January 27th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which one person uses lies and manipulation to make their victim question reality. The concept gets its name from a classic thriller called Gaslight, in which a husband attempts to steal from his wife by convincing her she is slowly losing her sanity. While gaslighting often happens in toxic romantic relationships, friends, colleagues and even politicians can play this trick. How does [...]

1301, 2022

Signs of a Narcissist

By |January 13th, 2022|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Narcissism is a personality disorder defined in the DSM-5 as an impaired sense of self and ability to relate to others. A narcissistic personality disorder comes with several toxic traits that can damage your relationships with others, driving them away and leaving you feeling lonely and depressed. You might also be more vulnerable to self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to cope with complex emotions. What are some signs of a [...]

1712, 2021

Sober New Year’s Eve Ideas

By |December 17th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Many people associate New Year’s Eve with drinking and partying, but if you’re in recovery, you can still ring in 2022 without compromising any of the progress you have made. Keep your health and happiness at the top of your priority list as the calendar turns to a brand-new year. Here are our favorite sober New Year’s Eve ideas in the Orange County area, plus some tips for an at-home [...]

212, 2021

Addressing Relationship Problems in Recovery

By |December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Addiction puts a significant strain on any relationship. No matter how much you love and trust someone, challenges like secrecy, manipulation, dishonesty, denial and resentment can begin to take their toll on your well-being as their illness worsens. You may feel a sense of relief when your loved one agrees to enter a substance abuse treatment program, but it does not mean they will come out of rehab cured of [...]

411, 2021

What Is Brainspotting?

By |November 4th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

The emotional pain, distress and intrusive memories associated with trauma can be disruptive and leave people desperately seeking an escape. Unfortunately, the outlets many trauma sufferers choose are maladaptive coping mechanisms like substance abuse or self-harm, leading to increasingly severe mental and physical health issues. Brainspotting is a therapeutic method shown to have success in helping identify and heal trauma and negativity, among other mental health disorders. What is the [...]

2110, 2021

How Do You Know If You Have Depression?

By |October 21st, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Everyone occasionally struggles with a bad mood or a day where nothing seems to go right, but being depressed is like having a dark cloud follow you around wherever you go. Depression can take various forms and strike without warning, even if you are typically an optimistic person. Depression symptoms can be simultaneously mental and physical, manifesting in persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness with fatigue, body aches and thoughts [...]

710, 2021

What Is a Dry Drunk?

By |October 7th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Quitting drinking is a significant milestone, but it is only one part of the journey toward healing from an alcohol use disorder and regaining your mental, physical and spiritual health. While you can be proud of yourself for sustaining a prolonged period of sobriety, your accomplishment does not equal recovery if you are still exhibiting many of the self-destructive tendencies of active addiction. One obstacle standing between you and your [...]

2309, 2021

National Recovery Month

By |September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

September is National Recovery Month, a celebration of the people who have achieved freedom from substance use disorders and the myriad paths they have taken to get there. Though addiction and its associated mental health issues are highly treatable, many women struggle for years without asking for help, while others never seek assistance at all. Educating yourself on the current research surrounding women and addiction recovery can help you decide [...]

1609, 2021

What Is Postpartum Anxiety?

By |September 16th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Even if you had a relatively complication-free pregnancy and delivery, it’s natural for every new parent to worry about their baby’s health and well-being. However, if your feelings of impending dread have become all-consuming and are starting to interfere with your sleep or other daily activities, you may have postpartum anxiety. Learn more about this condition and how it can affect your relationship with your newborn child. About PPA While [...]

2508, 2021

How Spending Can Be an Addiction and Impact Recovery

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

From groceries to utilities to health care, we must all spend money on specific things that improve our quality of life. Because the things we buy every day help fuel our local and national economies and create new jobs, politicians have historically issued stimulus checks to millions of Americans to help pull the nation out of various financial crises. Elected officials repeat the message that shopping is a civic responsibility, [...]

1108, 2021

Avoidant Personality Disorder: Causes and Symptoms

By |August 11th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Do you approach new situations enthusiastically and with few reservations, or do you tend to take a more cautious approach? Are you excited about going to social gatherings, or does the idea of attending a party or networking event make your stomach clench and your heart race? If you have a personality disorder, your answers to these questions probably go beyond the traditional extrovert/introvert binary. For example, avoidant personality disorder [...]

1507, 2021

Is an Eating Disorder a Mental Illness?

By |July 15th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Humans come in an array of shapes and sizes, and our bodies are the vehicles that allow us to embrace life’s pleasures. Unfortunately, society reinforces the message that our appearance must conform to specific ideals. In particular, many girls and women go to extremes to achieve a certain size and shape, often sacrificing health and happiness along the way. According to data from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and [...]

2906, 2021

PTSD Among Women

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, up to half of women can experience a traumatic event in their lifetimes, and many of them will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This condition can be extremely disruptive, and can also lead to other problems such as substance abuse and eating disorders. Since PTSD is so prevalent among women, you may benefit from educating yourself about what it entails [...]

1606, 2021

How Adventure Therapy Teaches You to Trust

By |June 16th, 2021|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Among addiction’s most insidious abilities is its capacity to come between you and your loved ones. In recovery, you will need to find new ways to rebuild your relationships, including the foundation of trust that healthy relationships rest upon. Adventure therapy has emerged as a leading method for teaching people to trust others and themselves. What Is Adventure Therapy? Adventure therapy is a form of experiential therapy that helps people [...]

2704, 2020

Coping During Shelter-in-Place

By |April 27th, 2020|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

These are undoubtedly uncertain times for the world. The current situation has people in their homes for the purpose of protecting people from spreading COVID-19. According to a KFF poll, 45% of adults in the United States reported their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the virus. For some people, this is the first time in this type of situation. It could bring [...]

3001, 2020

Why Residential Extended Aftercare?

By |January 30th, 2020|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Most families and clients who are recommended aftercare after treatment are quite surprised. We also find that most people are confused because they have been given several options, at very different price points. There is not a lot of information available regarding the differences and what questions to ask that could be helpful. It's also challenging because, in some cases, some programs are using the same words, but the [...]

2803, 2019

The First 30 Days at Rising Roads

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

There is a general trajectory we see at Rising Roads.  This particular blog is regarding the first 30 days of our 90-day program.  It's important to define what level of care Rising Roads is in the treatment industry.  Rising Roads is a Residential Extended Aftercare Program for women. The women who come to Rising Roads are completing an initial 30-90 day stabilization program or have been in stabilization many times and continue [...]

1903, 2019

Personality and Career Testing at Rising Roads

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Some of our clients are not sure where to go and what to do next in their lives. Rising Roads offers a comprehensive career matching and personality report for our clients and their families looking for more direction as they are moving forward into life. The report utilizes the most up-to-date, reliable and valid psychometric tests available and details four domains: abilities, interests, values, and personality. Where these four [...]

1303, 2019

The Magic of Monologue: Healing Depression Through Drama

By |March 13th, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Meet Sue Gauthier-Pin, AMFT, our expressive arts therapist! We are happy to announce that her recent publication entitled, “The Magic of Monologue: Healing Depression Through Drama” is now available to read on PsychINFO!  In this piece, Sue shares about her personal struggle with depression and finding healing through performing with The Long Beach Community Theater.  She discussed how her autobiographical performance in an applied community theater setting was similar [...]

603, 2019

The Roles of the Dysfunctional Family Dynamic

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

If you have already attended a family week with your loved in primary treatment, you learned the entire family usually has some dysfunctional patterns.  A few characteristics are listed below.  Sometimes it is hard for an individual to see these characteristics within themselves.  Parents, siblings and significant others have set up their survival skills, and some of these characteristics have become a way of life.  We often don’t see [...]

501, 2019

The Cactus Blooms Again By: M.M.

By |January 5th, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

I don’t believe in coincidences anymore. One of the most useful skills I am learning at Rising Roads is how to turn around my thinking. To take my pessimistic thoughts, hit the pause button, stay mindful and turn the page to a clear, more positive thought pattern. It has taken me a long time to get to a place of more understanding, to have a desire to let go [...]

101, 2019

Addiction: How Women Differ From Men

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

In honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, Forbes.com ran an article titled “How Women Experience Addiction Differently Than Men.” For any of you already in recovery, you’re probably feverishly nodding your head just from reading the title alone. We know that as women we experience unique challenges when it comes to addiction and recovery — challenges that are best met with a [...]

101, 2019

Are You Eating Mindfully?

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

A big part of recovery is learning to make better choices – including how we handle stress and what we put into our bodies to nourish our minds and bodies. This is where mindful eating can come into play. Eating slowly and mindfully has been found to boost your mental health. Mindful eating means chewing slowly and focusing your attention on your feelings and senses as you eat. Learning [...]

101, 2019

Alcohol Killing More Young Women

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Postpartum depression triggered Ashley Hartshorn’s alcohol use disorder – and, after just five years of alcohol abuse, she died leaving her three children behind. "She wanted so badly to quit drinking, but the shame and the fear kept her from being able to allow herself to reach out for help," Ashley’s mother told USA Today. "Like many, we were ignorant to the effects that alcohol has on the body. [...]

101, 2019

Why Women Have Higher Rates of PTSD

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Did you know that women have double the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men? The lifetime prevalence of PTSD is 10-12% in women and 5-6% in men. What’s more, PTSD tends to last longer in women – 4 years versus one.  Interestingly, women have been found to experience fewer traumas than men (by a third) and yet their risk of PTSD is higher. This may have to [...]

101, 2019

Battling With Emotions During Recovery

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Recovery is an emotional time as you wrestle with a mix of feelings that may have been kept inside for years during active addiction. One day, you may feel angry and the next lonely – and it’s all perfectly normal. That said, a big part of a successful recovery is to understand and accept these feelings so they don’t jeopardize your hard-won sobriety. Here’s a look at a few [...]

101, 2019

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and takes place each year during the first week of October. The goal: to educate, raise awareness, and stop stigma surrounding mental illness. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.9 million people in the U.S. experience both a mental disorder and substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder — substance use or [...]

101, 2019

Sober Fun in the Sun

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Summer is here and it’s time to make some sober memories! Here are a few fun activities that can help you do just that – and they’ll also double-duty to help strengthen your recovery. Try something new. With its longer days, summer is the ideal season to gain a new skill – either by taking a class or teaching yourself. Take a yoga class, experiment with some new healthy [...]

101, 2019

Learning to Love Your Sober Self

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

There’s no better time to start taking steps to love your new sober self than on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re struggling with feelings of uncertainty or guilt over past deeds, today is the perfect day to begin forgiving yourself and to start moving ahead as you learn to make better, brighter choices in life. Devote a few minutes today to showing yourself a little appreciation – you deserve it! [...]

101, 2019

Common Stumbling Blocks of Recovery

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

We don’t have to tell you that recovery is a long journey with ups and downs and lots of stumbling blocks along the way. Knowing what to expect can help you stay the sober path and better handle any challenges that come your way. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlined some common stumbling blocks for people in recovery – along with some tips to overcome [...]

101, 2019

Essential Oils for Recovery

By |January 1st, 2019|Categories: Rising Roads Recovery|

Using essential oils, made from parts of certain plants like leaves, herbs, barks and rinds, may help you unwind, destress and stay focused as you endure the hard work of recovery. In fact, more and more people are turning to aromatherapy as a way to relax and center themselves. Of course, there’s a wide range of use for essential oils – from easing headaches and stomach woes to boosting immunity [...]

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