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Elevate Participates in International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 to Help Save California’s Beaches
Elevate Addiction Services truly believe that volunteer work during addiction recovery offers therapeutic benefits, and helps to give purpose and positivity in a time when individuals yearn for these feelings. One of the many ways Elevate and our guests help the community near our Northern California treatment center is by participating in the “Adopt-A-Beach®” program in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission. 2-3 times per year, we gather a crew of volunteers from our recovery program to beautify and remove trash from our section of the beach along the Pacific Ocean. This year, our volunteers performed cleanup along with millions of other ...

Santa Clara, California Opioid Addiction Statistics and Trends
Nearly 2 million people live in Santa Clara County, and several recent developments concerning the opioid crisis point to a few major factors contributing to the problem. Santa Clara County serves as an example of how addiction hurts more than just the individual: Its reach can affect entire communities. In 2016 alone, there were 66 opioid overdose-related deaths in Santa Clara County. Drug Trafficking in California California has unique concerns when it comes to drugs compared to other states. Mexican drug cartels control most of the heroin flowing into the United States, and Santa Clara law enforcement officials have cited the area as ...

All the Wrong Reasons People Try to Detox at Home
Substance abuse wreaks havoc on the body and mind. After acknowledging the problem exists, the first step toward sobriety is detoxification, the process of removing the drugs and alcohol from a person’s system after their final dose or last drink. During this time, the symptoms of withdrawal are at their peak, as is the chance of fatal medical complications. Elevate Addiction Services wants everyone struggling with addiction to understand the importance of medical intervention during detox, and to avoid the temptation to try to save money by trying home detox. Why Would Anyone Choose Home Detox? Despite the risks, many people with substance abuse ...

How Toxic Relationships Can Poison Your Recovery from Substance Abuse
Elevate Addiction Services understands the enormous role family and friends play in addiction. Many people contribute to patterns of substance abuse, and some do not realize the negative impact they have on others. It’s vital for everyone struggling with substance abuse to identify the toxic relationships in their lives and overcome them, either by restructuring the relationship or keeping a healthy distance. Toxic relationships are incredibly dangerous. Not only can they contribute to a substance abuse problem in the first place, but they can also prolong an addiction, or increase the chances of relapse. Addiction Recovery Is About Rebuilding Yourself Substance abuse recovery requires ...

Non-12-Step Addiction Treatment vs. Traditional 12-Step Programs
Recovering from addiction is no small feat. Some people struggle with it their entire lives. Others have found a way to move on and live happy, sober lives. What separates the ones who continue to struggle with addiction versus those who have recovered? It’s not about having the strongest willpower, as some people think. Ultimately, successfully recovering from addiction requires finding the treatment approach that is best suited to your individual needs. There are many components of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, including: Clinical and Holistic Therapies Nutrition and Exercise Sobriety Education (such as relapse-prevention techniques) Individual and Group Therapy Peer Support Many addiction treatment centers use the 12-step ...

How to Talk to Teens About Prescription Pills
All parents inevitably have to have a talk with their children concerning drugs. As children grow older, they are more likely to encounter different types of drugs through friends and schoolmates, and it’s important that they understand the risks of experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. The dangers of most illicit drugs are well-known, but many teens don’t recognize the inherent dangers of prescription medications. Since prescription pills are legal, many people across all age default to assuming they are safe. Starting the Conversation About Prescription Drugs When it’s time to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription pills, refer to ...