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Why Volunteer Work Helps with Addiction Recovery
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways for a person to deal with their own problems is to volunteer. This is especially true for those who suffer from substance abuse. Addiction is a condition that promotes selfishness. Those who are wrapped up in addiction become increasingly self-centered, often cutting ties with friends, family members and activities that they used to do with others. Volunteering helps bring balance back to a person’s life. Here’s how. The Therapeutic Power of Volunteering There are four key ways in which volunteering benefits clients recovering from substance abuse. Takes Focus off One’s Own Problems When all a person ...

Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and chances are your kids are already wondering about them. Our children are bombarded daily with images and ideas about drugs and alcohol. Whether through the grocery store, television commercials, friends, school, or even family members who take prescribed medications, our children are constantly being given ideas about these substances. With colorful prescription medications appearing like candy, flavored tobacco and alcohol products, and street drugs catching trendy nicknames, it can seem overwhelming to shield your children from the road to abusing drugs and alcohol. However, it is not too late ...

Life After Addiction: What Living Sober Would Look Like
If you were to give up your addiction and start over with a new life, what would it look like? Are you afraid it would look too much like your old life? Maybe that’s why you’re still struggling with addiction. There are two things that keep people trapped in addiction: physical dependence and psychological dependence. Physical dependence is when your body is dependent on the substance to keep functioning and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence is when you’re afraid to quit drinking/using because as much as it’s hurting your life, the idea of being sober is even worse. That’s hard for people who have ...

Elevate Explores the Healing Power of Laughter
Laughter Is Good for the Soul Most of us have experienced how a simple smile from a stranger or the sound of a baby giggling can quickly lift your mood, but how does laughter actually effect the human body? Gelotology, referred to by some as the science of laughter, is the study of laughing and its psychological and physiological effects on the body. Studies in this field show that smiling and laughing not only improves physical health, but also has noticeably positive effects on mental well-being. Professors of psychology and physicians across the country have partaken in studies on laughter and found that laughing suppresses pain, helps boost the ...

How Binge Drinking Affects Your Body and How to Stop
The Effects of Binge Drinking on the Body Many people, especially college students, engage in binge drinking either to combat stress or simply to party. But heavy alcohol consumption, even from one night of binge drinking, can lead to serious health consequences. Read the infographic below to see how alcohol affects your body. Then keep reading to learn some effective ways to relax, have fun and manage your stress and emotions without resorting to heavy drinking. Why Do People Binge Drink? Before you even started reading this, you probably already knew that binge drinking isn’t good for your health. Drinking is one of those ...

Elevate Volunteers at Local National Night Out
Elevate volunteers at local National Night Out event, aiding in strengthening community relations with our local law enforcement and showing support for our county’s drug prevention programs. It is an annual tradition for Elevate Addiction Services to get out and show our support for our local law enforcement by volunteering at our local National Night Out event, and this year was a huge success! National Night Out The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been celebrated by communities across the United States and Canada since 1984, making this celebration a long standing tradition across the nation and for ...