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Monday, September 28, 2015

Picking Up the Financial Pieces During Recovery

finances in addiction recoveryAddiction can turn your world upside down in untold ways. Your emotional well being, relationships, and physical health all take a beating. When you entered a rehab program, you probably expected to work on these areas of your life. Now that you’re doing the hard work and committed to leading a life of sobriety, it’s time to focus on your finances.

Money Matters

Many recovering addicts find themselves in dire straits, financially speaking. Young adults who are just starting out on their own dime often have trouble making sense of money, even in the best of circumstances. When addiction clouds your judgment – and burns through a significant pile of cash – learning to budget, pay taxes, and support yourself can be even more difficult.

While money can be a source of stress, try not to let it derail your recovery. Just like every other aspect of your treatment, your finances will fall into place with the right tools and some perseverance.

Use Your Tools

Lean on your counselor if your financial woes are constantly on your mind. Talk about your specific worries relating to money; just getting it off your chest can ease your stress and your substance abuse treatment team may have some suggestions or recommendations that could help you turn your finances around.

Life skills programs are designed for people who need help learning how to live a sober life independently. Take advantage of classes and one-on-one sessions that teach you how to budget, be smarter with money, plan for tax time, and save before you spend.

And don’t forget to communicate with your loved ones, too. Even if you’ll be on your own in the financial sense, a support system makes everything easier.

Residential and Outpatient CA Rehab Programs 

Hope Academy’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs for young adults include a range of sober coaching services, designed to teach valuable life skills that can aid in recovery. Call 866.930.4673 for insurance information or to speak to one of our staff members about our programs for adults age 18 to 26.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Change of Focus: Job Searching in Rehab

job search in rehabWhen you were living a life of addiction, your focus was on the addictive substance that controlled your life. When you entered rehab, your focus turned inward as you tried to ferret out causes and become mindful of emotional triggers. Your hard work and commitment have led you to success in Sobriety College and now you are ready to step out into the job market. Once again, you will be called upon to change your focus.

Ask Yourself, “What Is This Employer Looking For?”

Knowing yourself and what you want from a job is important, but it’s not so important to an employer. An employer is looking for specific skills and characteristics that will bring value to their company. To convince them that you meet their unique needs, you must know and be able to articulate how you can fulfill those needs.

Do some research. Know something about the position before you apply for it. Read the job description carefully, looking for specific skills or talents that are mentioned.

Use this information to review your resume. Does it reflect these specifics? If not, you might want to make some changes to emphasize that you have experience or talent that is pertinent to the job.

• Are you short on job experience? Most young people are. Be creative in evaluating your abilities. Being a good listener may be as important for a sales position as knowing the specifics of a product.

• Worried that being in recovery might be a negative? Make it a positive. Be able to explain how your newfound self-understanding makes you a more confident, proactive employee. Emphasize that it has taken courage, resolve, and discipline to go through rehab while returning to school and completing your education. Those qualities will also make you a reliable and hard-working team member.

Keep a Positive Attitude

Hunting for a job is a challenge for anyone, especially in today’s economy. Try keeping a journal of your experiences. Note the people you talk to, their comments or questions, and your responses. Review it with a counselor or your support group. When the job search drags on (as it commonly does), it is easy to turn your focus inward with self-doubt. That’s the time to remember how far you have come since you entered rehab, and to refocus on what you have to contribute to a new job.

The job prep program at Hope Academy helps young adults successfully transition from rehab back into the workforce. If your career has been disrupted by substance abuse, we can help. Call 866-670-4673 to speak to a member of our admissions team about your opportunities for continuing your education while recovering from addiction, or to discuss the possibility of attending vocational training during rehabilitation.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Causes of Addiction: The Angst of Youth, Mental Illness, or Both?

young adult rehab CAWhen you first admit that you are caught up in substance abuse and in need of help, a flood of emotions pours in. You go through feelings of fear, disappointment, guilt, anger, and even relief.

Then, the questions begin. “Why?” “How did this happen?” “What’s wrong with me?”

While the answers to these questions are not readily apparent, they could be instrumental in determining your treatment. That’s why your journey to recovery at Hope Academy begins with a series of tests and a complete assessment to determine if mental illness has played a part in your dependency.

The Age-Old Chicken or Egg Riddle
Which came first? There is no clear answer. Young people routinely go through periods of emotional highs and lows as their bodies and personalities develop. At the same time, they face the demands of early adulthood. They must make decisions, take on responsibilities, and learn to fit in socially. Not everyone is prepared for these pressures, and some turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the pain and anxiety they feel.

It is at this very stage of a person’s development that mental health conditions also start to emerge and add to the mix of emotional swings, uncertainties, and feelings of isolation. A young adult, frightened by new and unexplained perceptions and feelings, may then turn to addictive substances in an effort to self-medicate the pain away. This complicates the picture, and the combination of problems may mean that the mental illness goes unrecognized for years.

Dual-Diagnosis for Success in Recovery
Admitting your addiction and entering rehab is a big first step in changing your life. But if your substance abuse is masking an underlying mental disorder, you will not fully recover until both conditions are addressed. Mental Illness and addiction may share many of the same symptoms, but they require different treatments.

At Hope Academy, your initial assessment will be followed up with a personalized treatment plan. If a mental disorder is indicated, the plan will include specialized therapy for the condition. Because it is so hard to unravel the cause and effect relationship between co-occurring addiction and mental illness, you’ll be treated for both conditions at the same time to achieve the best results.

Develop Your Full Potential

Are you worried that your addiction may be tied to a serious mental disorder? Hope Academy Rehab can help you sort out your mixed emotions, physical symptoms, and addiction root causes. Then, through our one-on-one coaching, sobriety college, and job prep programs, we’ll help you discover your full potential. Call 866-930-4673 and visit with a member of our CA addiction treatment team to learn about admissions and to explore insurance coverage. Our intake specialists are available 24/7 to get you the help you need!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Comfortable Detox: Your Best Chance for Success

California young adult detoxYou just had the big blow-up you’ve been dreading: the one where your family finds out about your addiction. And, it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be. Sure, there were tears and shouting, disbelief, and angry questions, but in the end, they could see that you're desperate for help—and they got it for you.


Don’t Let Fear Stop You Now.

You’re on your way to detox at Hope Academy, and you’re really scared. Doubts race through your mind. “I’m going to be alone …Withdrawal hurts ... I’ll never get through it ... They’ll make me talk about things I don’t want to talk about ... I don’t want to disappoint my parents again, but I’m probably going to.” The resolve you had to get clean is evaporating.

Don’t Think. Just Do It!

Great news: You’ve already tackled one of the most challenging parts of the treatment process. Many people have yet to admit to themselves and their loved ones that they have an addiction—and that they need help to get sober. You have taken a big step, and inpatient detox will give you a successful start to your drug or alcohol rehab program. Remember, the worst part of withdrawal typically lasts only a few days (think of it as a nasty case of the flu). Once drugs and alcohol are out of your system, you will feel better, think more clearly, and have a chance to start liking yourself again.

Comfortable Detox at Hope Academy Sets You Up to Succeed!

Our supportive medical staff will create a personal treatment plan based on you: your addiction, your health, your underlying guilt and fear. We are professionals who have lots of experience with addictive behavior and plenty of tools to help you come through withdrawal. Your custom program may include:

  • Medical intervention, if you need it, for pain and the most severe effects of withdrawal.
  • Vitamin therapy and nutritional support to restore your health.
  • Holistic practices like yoga, acupuncture, massage, and meditation.
  • Support and guidance through emotional issues that emerge.
  • Peer support from other young people who are also recovering from addiction.

 Most importantly, we all want you to succeed!

What Comes Next?

Detox is just the first step on your journey away from addiction, but it’s a big step. If you haven’t enrolled in our comfortable detox program yet, call 866-930-4673 to start the process. Now, doors can open, and you’ll have the clearness of mind to step through to new life experiences. Want to return to work? Hope Academy has a job prep program with workshops and one-on-one counseling. Ready to continue your college education?  With Sobriety College, you can resume your studies in the safety of a drug and alcohol-free environment. Support, therapy, and endless possibilities await you after safe and comfortable detox at Hope Academy.
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