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There are many factors that may contribute to someone becoming an addict or falling into substance abuse. Because of this, there is no way to exactly pinpoint the cause of addiction. Preventative methods are some of the best ways of combatting drug abuse, and starting early with children and adolescents is key in raising them to be strong, sober adults. There are many warning signs that children who are more susceptible to addictive behavior may display. It is important to be mindful of these red flags when raising children to help prevent future substance abuse.

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It is a grave thought to think that something as innocent as adolescence can be tainted by the gripping affects and reality of addiction. However, this has become all too real for children and teens today, and detection has become more and more difficult. As technology becomes more and more advanced, it is easier for children and teens to access and hide substances and materials that are not appropriate. Here are some of the addictions that are common amongst children and adolescents.

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You may have noticed that a family member or loved one has started to change or act differently, and not for the better. Their behavior and actions are becoming problematic, and you suspect that alcohol may be involved, or even the culprit. It is never easy to see a loved one succumb to the effects of alcoholism, but if you suspect a problem of abuse, it is important that you first understand and know the warning signs before you confront them. Here are 5 signs that your loved one may be an alcoholic or suffering from alcohol abuse.

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Deciding to seek professional help for addiction or get checked into rehab is not easy. And although it can be difficult, many statistics show the positive effects and impact that rehabilitation has on addicts and those who choose to make this life-changing decision. However, many people are still deterred from rehab and the possibility of recovery because of the untruths and myths that are attached to the subject. Here are four myths that are associated with the rehabilitation process and rehab facilities.

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Dance therapy, sometimes known as movement therapy, is a form of expressive therapy that can be used to help patients overcome deep-seated problems and regain independence and confidence. Expressive therapy is a form of counseling that uses creativity and the creative arts as therapy. Dance therapy explores the relationship between movement and emotion. It offers an alternative or supplement to traditional talk therapy, which is focused primarily on the use of language to explore emotion. The principles of dance therapy rest on the notion that the body and mind are inextricably linked. Both the body and mind are tapped into a person’s conscious and subconscious awareness, and dance therapy is an effective way to use the movement, gestures, and body language of a patient to connect with emotions and sensations that may be difficult to verbalize. 

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Recent studies have shown that the older a person is when they first use drugs or alcohol, the less likely they are to develop an addiction or problem with substance abuse down the road. For parents, this sets a goal to prevent children from experimenting with substances as adolescents. Of course, this kind of activity is more common than not, and most parents would agree that they already have this goal in mind—they just do not have a sure plan or steps to put things into motion. When it comes to dealing with drugs and alcohol, parents are the first defenders for their kids. Most children who have made the choice to not experiment with substances say that the potential of losing the respect of their parents is a driving force behind their decision. If you are a parent who is hoping to help your child escape the clutches of addiction, here are some things that you can do to succeed at prevention. 

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In the United States, there are an estimated 20 million children who are suffering various forms of abuse at the hands of their addict parents. Since childhood is the foundation on which a life is built, this realization is a tragic reminder that being addicted to drugs and alcohol does harm that reaches far outside the addict’s own body. An unhealthy relationship between a child and their parent can cause severe anxiety or social issues for the child;there may be confusion as to why things are the way they are, and “What is normal?” Special skills must be developed early in a child’s life in order for them to survive a young life without love or consistency.

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Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia, affects about 15 million adults in America. In many cases, people suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder, or SAD, experience symptoms of the disorder for a decade before being diagnosed or accessing professional help. It goes beyond mere shyness. SAD can disrupt people’s lives to the point that they cannot maintain platonic or romantic relationships. People living with SAD believe that social interactions will put them under intense scrutiny, leading to feelings of shame and anxiety. To quell these uncomfortable sensations, many with Social Anxiety Disorder will abuse substances, turning SAD into a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol use. Fortunately, South Coast Counseling can provide treatment to improve the confidence and wellbeing of patients afflicted with the co-occurring disorders of Social Anxiety Disorder and substance abuse.

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The world of mental health disorders can create a tangled web of emotions and actions that are indescribable, especially so for those who suffer from bipolar disorder. When this disorder is combined with substance abuse, it can be considered to be a co-occurring disorder. If you feel like your loved one struggles with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, here is what you need to know and which steps you need to take next.

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Cinema Therapy and Substance Abuse Treatment

The range and depth of emotional swings for a substance abuser are very high, and are often extremely difficult to deal with. At South Coast Counseling, we provide many ways of helping clients learn to understand these fluctuations in emotion. One such way is cinema therapy, a supplemental treatment that has proven successful in aiding clients work through a wide range of mental health and substance abuse problems.

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There is some debate across the nation that you can’t really be addicted to marijuana, but the truth is, you can be addicted to anything.While some states have legalized medicinal use of the drug, marijuana abuse still runs rampant throughout the country. If you don’t think that it is possible for you to have a marijuana addiction, here are some points about addiction and drug abuse which you should consider.

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Brief periods of sadness are a given – they come with the territory of being a person. If your periods of sadness are elongated or persistent, there may be a serious issue. Major depression is an incessant pang of sadness, apathy and tiredness – and one of the many mood disorders we at South Coast Counseling seek to help clients overcome.

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Making the decision to improve your future is huge. You only get to live once, and as cliché as that saying has become, you should make the very best of it. You might not have the cleanest past, you might not have had the cleanest day, but this moment can be the first of an outstanding life. With the New Year just around the corner, many are making resolutions that will carry them through the next 365 days. These are important goals that will get you on a path towards success. Your personal list might include getting a new job, strengthening your relationships with others or finally achieving sobriety. A great way to boost your confidence and open your mind to a world that is extraordinary is to pick up a few personal development books. These good reads can turn into major game changers. Fill up your favorite coffee mug and settle down with one of these top four personal development books.

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Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness that is characterized by unusual behavioral patterns. A person who suffers from bipolar disorder might express major shifts in their mood, level of activity, energy and ability to complete daily tasks. It is difficult to maintain relationships when bipolar disorder is left untreated, and those who are bipolar often have trouble at school or work. Bipolar disorder is associated with increased levels of suicide, as well as co-occurring disorders, such as alcoholism. 

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Addiction is characterized as the compulsive use and seeking of a substance to curb a habitual craving. Though many addicts do not realize, addiction is considered a disease because of the way it alters the makeup of the brain—drugs and alcohol actually change the very structure of your brain and how it works. Some of these changes are irreversible. People consume drugs for a variety of different reasons, but the base is to simply feel or do better. The term “better” is the lie that initially ensnares an addict and makes them believe that using has positive benefits. Addicts also believe that they are capable of controlling their drug use or alcohol consumption, only to have their addiction spiral out of control later down the road. There is no way to determine who will and will not become addicted to drugs after a single or first few uses, but there are a few risk factors that are associated with increased drug use.   

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More often than not, an addict is in a relationship with an enabler. This person might be your mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, your best friend or any person in your life that makes a way for you to continue your addiction. Enabling is defined as, “A person who makes something possible.” Enablers remove the natural consequences that you, the addict, would face if they were not in your life.

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Admitting yourself to substance abuse rehab can be a difficult decision, especially if you do not feel as if you need to be there. However, if you suffer from alcohol or drug abuse, rehabilitation is a vital part in overcoming your addiction and getting back to the person you were before. Recovery offers many types of educational courses so that your substance abuse rehab experience can be effective and advantageous.

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A lot of people who enter rehab and addiction therapy relapse shortly after completing their program. Because of this occurrence, many ask their counselors, “Is relapse an essential part of recovery?” The answer is more complicated than you might imagine.

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It is no secret that music is capable of doing amazing things to the mind. Music and emotion are nearly one in the same. If you are like most people, you have your favorite tunes and you may even have a certain type of music that you like to play for different situations and emotions. Even if you are not a musician, music is a big part of nearly every person’s life. Think about it—can you remember a single day that you did not listen to music or hum a catchy tune? Not many people can say “yes” to this question.

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Addicts often enter addiction therapy with a single goal in mind—sobriety. As great as it is to set your eyes on this monumental feat, having additional goals and stepping stones that you work towards while you are in recovery can be a positive influence that takes your mind off of your addiction and puts your focus on building a new life. This is known as Adlerian Therapy, and it is one of many services that is offered to clients at South Coast Counseling. This therapy is defined as, “working towards attaining goals while overcoming drug and alcohol abuse.” This psychoeducational approach to recovery is brief and completely focused around the growth of the individual in multiple areas. 

Adlerian Therapy encourages growth in three major areas of the addict’s life: success, social connections and contributions. While it is important that the addict enters recovery, sobriety alone is useless without building a platform on which your new life will stand.