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Does Age Play a Factor in Sobriety Success?

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Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate and as such there is no typical alcoholic or drug addict. The level of addiction depends on many factors including any underlying mental health issues, the cause of alcohol and also more general social aspects such as educational background and age. Someone who developed alcohol dependence when they were young and didn’t seek treatment until a late age would have distinctly different needs than another who reached out for help sooner.

The Long-Term Medical Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

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Most of us know the general effects of drinking alcohol to excess which include difficulty walking, slurred speech, blurred vision and slowed reaction times although for most of us, these effects are temporary. The next day we may suffer the worst of all hangovers but there’s no long term damage caused by infrequent drinking unless it has become a problem and drinking to excess has become a regular feature in your life. Whereas getting drunk once in a blue moon isn’t overly harmful, prolonged and sustained abuse of alcohol can have a significant effect on the brain that can cause long term damage.

What Factors Influence How Much Alcohol Affects the Brain?

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5 Ways to Stop Alcohol Cravings

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One of the hardest aspects of recovering from alcohol or drug abuse is the cravings that can easily drag you back into bad behaviors and addictive patterns. In order to achieve the maximum benefit of drug or alcohol addiction treatment, learning some coping mechanisms to deal with the inevitable cravings can significantly boost your chances.

Here we take a look at seven ways you can prevent, manage and even stop cravings for alcohol:

1. Recognize the Triggers

The urge to drink can be triggered by either internal or external stimuli. Recognizing the early…

How to Stay Sober While Traveling This Summer

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Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to maintain your sobriety, particularly as you are away from your usual support network. You also step outside of your daily routines to enjoy new experiences surrounded by others who will more than likely want to enjoy a drink while they’re out of town. How can you cope in this situation and pass the ultimate test of your sobriety when you’re on vacation? Here we give you some tips to keep you sober and still enjoy your time away to the fullest.

Choose Your Destination Carefully

It makes sense that if you’re on a 18-30 holiday in a booze-laden resort, you’re…

5 Ways to Prevent Addiction Relapse

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If you or someone close to you has successfully completed an addiction recovery program, it is a significant achievement. While you’re in treatment you have resources and therapists at hand to support you on your journey. It’s only when you leave the program that you become directly responsible for your own sobriety, which can be a difficult challenge. Here we take a look at five ways you can prevent an addiction relapse:

Steer Clear of Temptation

It sounds obvious, but many recovering addicts still try to mix with others who are still drinking or using recreational drugs without getting involved themselves. Though it’s great that you…

5 Tips to Stay Sober This Memorial Day Weekend

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It’s coming up to the time at the end of May when we’ll all be remembering the sacrifices made by those who died serving our country. If you are concentrating on your sobriety or recovery, this time of celebration can be difficult for you to endure without giving in to temptation. There are parades, fireworks and barbecues throughout your neighborhood and it’s all too easy to join in with the fun. Here, we give you five tips to help you stay sober during the Memorial Day celebrations.

5 Tips to Keep You Sober on Memorial Day Weekend

  • 1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before the event starts

5 Tell-Tale Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

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It’s very difficult to distinguish someone who enjoys a drink socially from time to time and someone who has a problem with alcohol. That’s because alcohol is so widely accepted in our society and now more people drink than don’t. Who's to know what goes on behind closed doors? Here are five ways you can tell either you or your loved one could have a drinking problem.

Five Signs You May Have a Drinking Problem

  1. 1. Consistently neglecting responsibilities either at home, school or work as a result of your drinking. Perhaps you are performing poorly because you’re still hung over from…

3 Exercises to Help You Stay Sober

Bicycling to Stay Sober

Physical activity can be enormously helpful in your journey to sobriety although it can be difficult to get motivated. It’s a case of replacing old, bad habits with new healthy routines and that can take some time. The best way forward is to find an activity you enjoy and then be consistent with it. Work the activity into your routine at the same time of day and make it a habitual practice to dedicate that time to the activity you’ve chosen. You could consider doing the activity during the time you used to find yourself at a bar. That way, this will become…

The Importance of Being Honest in Addiction Recovery

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Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can be a long and lonely journey, which is why support, addiction treatment, and detox is crucial. However, there is one major obstacle that many of those suffering with drug or alcohol addiction face, and that is being unable to be completely honest.

Addiction Can Bring About Deceitful Behavior

At its worst, addiction can make the sufferer closed, withdrawn and deceitful. Whether it’s using various manipulations or actions to obtain alcohol or drugs, or attempting to appear superficially…

Why You Should Share Your Recovery Story

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If you have been through addiction treatment and are established on your journey of recovery, reaching out to others still struggling with addiction can be enormously beneficial for them and for yourself. Hearing your addiction recovery story can motivate those who still have a steep hill to climb to get to where you are. As for yourself, sharing your recovery story can help you solidify your commitment to stay sober and give you purpose. In this day and age of social media, there are plenty of platforms for you to use to tell others about what you’ve been through, and you might unknowingly become an inspiration to others who…

3 Ways Meditation Can Help Your Addiction Recovery

Meditation to Help Addiction Recovery

It’s widely accepted that drug and alcohol addiction is a physical disease, although less is known about its effects on the mind and spirit. Despite many preconceptions about meditation, more and more therapists are embracing it as a complementary treatment for addiction. At our Southern California addiction recovery center, we have witnessed for ourselves the positive benefits meditation can have on patients in our drug…

4 Tips for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicts

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Watching your child struggling with addiction is enormously difficult, particularly when you feel helpless as a parent. Nearly all parents make mistakes, which is entirely natural as we’re usually not prepared to deal with addiction issues in our children. If you're the parent of someone struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, it’s important to remember that rehabilitation centers like CASA Recovery are here to help. Here we give you some tips on how parents of addicts can help their children recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

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How Springtime Can Aid in Your Addiction Recovery

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It may sound trite but there’s a lot to be said for the benefits you can get when the season changes from dark and cold winter to bright and breezy spring. There’s something about spring that brings a sense of optimism, which we can all tap into and use for our benefit. If you are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, getting outside during spring can really help consolidate your efforts towards recovery.

Feel Renewed in Your Recovery Journey During Spring

When the days are short and the nights long, it can be extra…

How to Get Help with Alcoholism When You’re a Parent

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Parents struggling with alcohol addiction often find that the quality of their lives, and those of their family members, suffers. If you’re a parent dealing with alcohol abuse, you don’t have to feel utterly alone and lost. Beating any addiction is possible with the right help, support and addiction treatment programs. CASA Recovery provides such professional help with the best trusted addiction treatment in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Recognize that Alcohol Provides Only Fleeting Relief

Alcohol provides only temporary…

Why Joining the CASA Recovery Family Will Help You Heal

Why Joining the CASA Recovery Family Will Help You Heal

Having addiction issues you want to address is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you should be proud to have acknowledged your problem as it’s the most important first step to a successful recovery. CASA Recovery is ready to help you start on the path of recovery when you become part of our family. At our rehabilitation center, you can get all the support you require on your journey to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction.…

How Your Treatment Center Location Can Affect Your Recovery

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It’s no secret that drug and alcohol addiction recovery centers can significantly help you achieve sobriety. But did you know the location of your treatment center can impact your recovery process? Even with the mindset to stay sober, you might find it difficult to do so in your current environment.

Remove Yourself from Addiction Triggers in Your Environment

When it’s time to quit drug use or drinking, you might find it difficult depending on the environment you’re in. If you find yourself in an environment where you’re passing by a bar every day, or where you’re frequently interacting with others who…

Stay Sober in 2017 with These 5 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

A new year, a new you. That’s typically the phrase associated with New Year’s resolutions. But really, what better time to make yourself accountable than at the beginning of the new year? If you’re struggling with addiction or need help maintaining sobriety, it’s time for you to set goals for yourself so that you can stay sober. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolution to stay sober in 2017.

Make Plans to See a Professional for Help Staying Sober

Talking to a therapist about your addiction, whether it’s drug addiction or alcoholism, can help you begin the process of becoming sober. Joining group therapy…

How to Enjoy a Holly, Jolly & Sober Holiday Season

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The holidays can be a joyous occasion, but also can be filled with stress. With holiday parties, family time, and balancing work with your home life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to maintain your sobriety during these happy but sometimes difficult times.

Parties

Holiday parties are an essential experience during the holidays. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family, and there’s food! Unfortunately, there are usually alcoholic beverages that you may feel tempted by. Don’t feel as though you need to drink to have a good time. Find some non-alcoholic eggnog and enjoy this special time with your family.…

Celebrating 10 Years of Sobriety, The Mel Gibson Journey

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Since the 1970’s, Mel Gibson has been in the spotlight. From the lead role in iconic classics like Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, to a very successful…

How to Maintain Your Sobriety After Treatment with CASA Recovery

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Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong process. Triggers are everywhere and relapse is common. If you’re worried about maintaining your sobriety after time in recovery, contact CASA Recovery, an addiction treatment facility in San Juan Capistrano, CA. We have many outpatient programs and resources to help keep you on the right path.

Treat Your Body, Mind, and Spirit with Holistic Treatment

Whether it’s one-on-one psychotherapy, counseling or case management, our experts at CASA Recovery will provide a program to help…

4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Sobriety

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With the holidays fast approaching, it can be difficult to avoid alcohol altogether when your family and friends are throwing parties. Thanksgiving is meant for eating and drinking together, but that doesn’t mean those of us who are sober can’t enjoy the holiday. In fact, we have four reasons to be thankful for your sobriety this Thanksgiving:

You can enjoy the holiday instead of worrying about your hangover.

You wouldn’t believe how much time you’ll have on your hands when you’re not in bed recovering from a hangover. Instead of drinking the night away and spending the next day or two recovering, you can go out and enjoy the…

Why You Should Choose a Southern California Rehab Center

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If you or a loved one is suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re no stranger to sadness and pain. Alcohol addiction tears families apart. Watching someone you love lose themselves in drugs is heartbreaking. There are many drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, but you should trust CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for your rehabilitation needs.

CASA Recovery is an addiction recovery center in Orange County, CA. We provide drug addiction…

How to Deal with Friends or Family Who Don’t Get Your Sobriety

Staying Sober with Friends
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Getting sober is a huge accomplishment, and perhaps is the biggest accomplishment of a former addict’s life. While friends and family might be proud of you, they might not fully comprehend all that it took to get to where you are in your life now, or how fragile your sobriety can be. Here are some positive and constructive ways to deal with friends and family who don’t get your sobriety:

Stay Focused On Your Plan

Friends…


Thinking of an Intervention for a Loved One? 3 Tips to Consider First

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Being a family member or friend to someone who struggles with addiction can be scary and can sometimes seem hopeless. However, an intervention can allow for a change in the pattern in which your loved one is going through, and can sometimes open up a whole new world for them outside of their addiction. Here are some tips on how to successfully hold on an intervention:

Have a Strong Team to Assist

The people that attend and participate in an…


The Importance of a Healthy Diet in Recovery

Healthy Meal for Addiction Recovery
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There’s more to successful recovery from dependence on drugs or alcohol than…


How New Legislation Will Help Fight the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

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Progress is finally underway for those fighting the opioid addiction epidemic. To help the nation…


Stay Sober this Fourth of July with these 5 Tips

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, your friends and family are probably planning this weekend’s celebrations. However, a part of these celebrations usually involve drinking. But just because the party you’re invited to will have alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t go. You can still have a good time and stay sober at any July 4th party if you follow these five tips:

1. Plan Ahead

Communicate you needs with your loved ones…


Jamie Lee Curtis – Journey to Recovery

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It’s easy to forget that celebrities can fall victim to alcoholism or drug addiction just like anyone else. Jamie Lee…


Love or Enable? How to Tell the Difference with Your Teen Addict

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For many of us who are parents of teen addicts, our first and foremost concern is their wellbeing. If a child…


5 Quotes by John Goodman on Alcoholism

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After his weight loss journey and time at rehab, actor John Goodman has turned his life around. The 63-year-old, known for his roles…

Top 5 Movies on Addiction and Recovery

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With the 2016 Oscar Awards coming up this weekend, cinema fever has gripped Southern California. Many have gone out to…

Disease or Not, Treating Addicts as Patients Leads to Recovery

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3 Things We Can Learn from Johnny Manziel

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After a string of alcohol-related incidents and even a few run-ins with the law spanning both his college and professional career, Cleveland Browns QB, Johnny Manziel has raised his hand and voluntarily decided to attend inpatient rehab for a possible dependence on alcohol.

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