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3 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing A Drug Rehab Facility

3 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing A Drug Rehab Facility

Addiction rehab is the process of undergoing treatment for those who are addicted to the use of drugs. Some of the drugs that most people get addicted to include alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, opium, cocaine and much more. For those that must have fallen prey to drug abuse, the best place to go is a drug rehab center.

Over the past few years, there were sayings that drug addicts cannot recover fully. Fortunately, there has been many different ways through which a drug addict can fully recover from addiction, thanks to advanced technology. Medical professionals, researchers and addiction rehab centers have all proven to provide the best addiction treatment for addicts. It has not only made addiction recovery possible but more accessible as well.

To have a successful and lasting recovery, rehab needs to be in a safe and peaceful environment where the addict is not always waiting for the next challenge to present itself to them. Although rehab puts you in contact with others who have been abusing alcohol and other substances, these people are in the same phase of treatment and each is working towards a sober life

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Addiction rehabilitation process

One of the first steps in drug rehabilitation process includes drug withdrawal and detoxification. This process involves putting a stop to the use of drugs and flushing out toxins from the body. Drug detoxification can only be carried out in drug rehabilitation centers. These centers always feature a mild atmosphere and serene environment hence enhancing the rehabilitation process. They offer many different services to cater to the specific needs of sufferers. Treatment plans are usually customized to address the specific needs of each addict. They have highly trained and professional therapists as well as counselors with the skills and experience to provide proper treatment for patients’ full recovery. No matter how severe the case might be, these professionals have the experience to address the patient’s specific needs.

If a drug addict is experiencing intense dependency, residential treatment option is considered the best way to offer full recovery for such clients. This option offers the rehab center team a chance to monitor a patient and watch how he or she responds to the treatment. Drug rehab centers in Canada offers the best treatment options for drug addicts regardless of their age or gender. They offer lots of activities during treatment including individual therapy, group therapy and counseling sessions. Before any treatment option will be adopted, the addiction rehab center will schedule a session with the addicts for questioning. The lengthy discussion between both parties will help get to the underlying cause of the addiction and the perfect treatment option that will work best for you. With the counseling session, patients will be able to examine themselves and work on areas that need improvements. It also helps drug addicts address their personal issues.

How to find a reputable drug addiction rehab

An addiction recovery center is the best place for drug addicts to fully recover from addiction. However, trying to overcome addiction yourself can be tasking, especially if the patient is not willing and ready to quit the habit. In addition, they will also have to deal with the intolerable symptoms associated with drug withdrawal. And for these reasons, it is therefore very important for an addict to enroll in a drug rehabilitation center where he or she will be given adequate care and attention.

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A rehab center is fully equipped with all the facilities to ensure proper rehabilitation care is given to them. While some addicts decide to go to an addiction recovery center on their own, some are compelled by friends, family, relations and even court orders. Someone who is unwilling to go to a rehab for proper medical attention will find it difficult to accept the treatment regardless of how effective the program might be. So it is recommended that a drug addict show willingness and readiness to live a changed and fulfilled life.

So, if a drug addicted has accepted to go to a drug rehabilitation center, there are some factors to consider which aids in finding the most suitable treatment center that will provide treatment options specifically designed to address the patient’s specific needs. Not all rehab centers offer customized, tailor made services, so you need to be mindful and follow the steps listed below to avoid enrolling with an unreliable addiction rehab center.

1. Do your personal research

This is practically the first thing you are ought to do before choosing a drug treatment facility. Scour phonebook directories, do a thorough research online, read reviews and check hospital listings. By so doing, you will find a list of top rated drug rehabilitation centers. The internet is one of the greatest sources of information in the world today. No matter what you seek to be more knowledgeable about, go online and you’ll find answers to your inquiries. By scouring the internet, you can find a credible addiction recovery centers located in superb areas in your locality. Another place worth checking is the hospital listings as they have quite a number of top rehab centers affiliated with local hospitals.

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By scouring the internet, you can find a credible addiction recovery centers located in superb areas in your locality. Another place worth checking is the hospital listings as they have quite a number of top rehab centers affiliated with local hospitals.

2. Learn more about the different types of rehab programs 

The second step is to research the different options available for treatment and care in order to consider the facility that best suits the needs, be it near or far. There are quite a number of addiction recovery services available, making it a very difficult decision to choose one. On the other hand, by acquainting yourself with the pros and cons of each rehab program, it will be much easier to select the one that best meet the addict’s needs.

With these few tips at heart, you can rest assured of picking not only the perfect rehab center but one with facilities and experienced staff trained to provide nothing but the best medical and rehab treatment.

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3. Consider your Budget

If you are on a low budget or have limited resources to go stay at a drug rehabilitation center, there are other great options to choose from. one of the most popular of the options is the Alcoholics Anonymous. This process involves scheduling meetings and providing guidance tailored to help you quit drug use. It is a 12 step program and considered to be effective, but you have to show the willingness and motivation to live a changed life.

Another option is the online addiction recovery which involves signing up for chat rooms or membership programs online where drug addiction related issues are discussed. This can help you overcome addiction without having to blow your budget.

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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