Recovery 2.0: A Promising Approach by Tommy Rosen

Recovering from drug addiction is a difficult path but it can be made easier with the right approach and determination from the person who is suffering from addiction. There is a 12-step program that many addicts can go through, but there is another path that can be taken which uses a more holistic approach that is starting to gain more and more recovered addicts. This new program is called Recovery 2.0.

Created by Tommy Rosen, who was a former drug addict himself and used this form of recovery to supplement his 12-step program, Recovery 2.0 has become a global movement to include yoga, meditation, and healthy eating into addiction recovery because these holistic approaches can save lives and lessen an addict’s rebound back into addiction. However, Rosen also says that Recovery 2.0 can be used in conjunction with a 12-step approach and the two don’t have to be completely separate addiction recovery methods.

Rosen does Skype interviews and meetings with those looking for recovery as well as having published a companion book also named Recovery 2.0. The outpouring of messages he has received from former addicts who used yoga and meditation and balancing their diet has been overwhelming and all the more reason that a holistic recovery should be included in the overall process.

There still needs to be the recovery process of admitting there is an addiction, allowing loved ones to help, but there should also be self-discovery through yoga and meditation to help with the recovery path instead of only heavily relying on medication or AA meetings.

Some rehab centers have started to do similar approaches to Recovery 2.0, which includes activities such as painting, horseback riding, as well as the staples of yoga, exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits.

New Drug Test for Cocaine Uses Fingerprint Technology

Drug testing for cocaine use in the future may replace hair, blood and urine sampling with fingerprint analysis. In the past similar tests have been used by law enforcement, but officials could only determine if a suspect handled cocaine, not if they ingested it. European scientists, however, have now developed a way to instantly tell if someone has consumed the drug. This test will be useful for officials who investigate pushers of the drug and rehab patients who are unable to kick this dangerous addiction.

Why Old Testing Methods Don’t Work
Testing a suspect’s urine is not always practical, as it does not always produce definitive results. Researchers of the drug and rehab officials have suggested that cocaine affects each individual differently without generating clear conclusions while taxpayers end up paying for this expense. May times it requires expert analysts at high costs to make accurate determinations. In terms of urine testing, biological hazards can occur when researchers handle bodily fluids.

As drug testing started to become widespread, particularly among employers in the 1990s, drug users found ways to beat these tests. They would first give themselves preliminary tests after using a detoxification product. While there were four main tests that became common (urine, hair, saliva, blood), urine tests were the most popular due to being the cheapest. Yet, urine tests were the easiest to beat. Users simply would abstain for 48 hours.

Factors that affected cocaine detection included frequency of use, metabolic rate, body mass, physical activity, age and health. Hair tests were the hardest to beat because traces of the drug could be identified in the hair over a 90 day time frame. Drug and rehab experts sometimes were misled with false positive cocaine tests if the subject had ingested certain substances such as coca leaves, coca oil, coca tea or tonic water.

Invasive Issues
Many people, even those who never use illegal narcotics, feel that traditional drug testing methods are invasive and violate a person’s right to privacy. Asking for hair, urine and saliva samples can be embarrassing for certain people, especially those wrongly accused of drug abuse. The concept of fingerprint testing is not as invasive as only a minimal area of the fingers are used for testing.

New Technology
A team of scientists from five institutions recently discovered more reliable methods to test for cocaine use. Those institutions include:

  • University of Surrey
  • Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • National Physical Laboratory in the UK
  • King’s College London
  • Sheffield Hallam University

According to study leader Dr. Melanie Bailey from the University of Surrey, scientists are only bound by the size of this technology. She expects researchers to miniaturize the technology to make it portable. She believes it will help protect the public while providing a safer test for subjects, eliminating the need for blood tests.

Mass Spectrometry
Law enforcement officers can now test individuals for cocaine use in a non-evasive way through a process called mass spectrometry. This new drug testing method involves an analysis of chemical compounds in the suspect’s fingertips. Officials look for two unique compounds found in fingertips when someone has consumed cocaine: benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine. The former is a compound that results from the body metabolizing cocaine while the latter is a cocoa plant byproduct.

Electrospray Ionization
The technique of determining whether benzoylecgonine and methylecgonine are present in a suspect’s fingertips is called electrospray ionization. It involves spraying a special solvent on a slide consisting of the person’s fingerprints. This technique has been used in the past for forensic investigations, but only recently has it become used by law enforcement for drug testing.

Why Fingerprint Method is Useful

  • safer than handling bodily fluids
  • cheaper than traditional drug testing
  • electrospray eliminates storage and disposal costs
  • the test cannot be faked
  • results immediately reveal if a suspect has used cocaine
  • at the same it verifies an individual’s identity

Future Availability
Fingerprint drug testing is not yet available for organizations to use to test individuals for drug abuse. Researchers believe, however, this new drug testing technology may be unleashed to the public within the next ten years. Some drug and rehab experts are already preparing for this new technology by researching how to develop cost effective portable kits.

Redefine a New You with Exercise During Recovery!

Exercise can play an integral role in growing stronger and healthier during addiction recovery. Regular workouts allow you to lose weight, increase tone and definition, and gain strength, all while improving your mental stamina to stick with the recovery process. It isn’t easy to start a new exercise regimen during recovery. However, once you get started, you won’t want to stop. The following details just a few of the key advantages of exercise during addiction recovery.

Physical detox
During addiction withdrawal, the last thing that most recovering addicts want to do is exercise. With frequent headaches, insomnia, and nausea, why would you want to hit the gym? However, with direction from an exercise physiologist, you can actually find specific exercises that target discomfort, particularly bone and muscle pains, and that help you think about something besides your cravings.

Emotional stability
One of the most common addiction recovery symptoms is major ups and downs. It is not uncommon to be excited about the refreshed feeling that comes after the withdrawal symptoms pass but still be scared about what the future holds. This combination of feelings is tough for many people. Exercise goes a long way toward combating these severe mood swings.

Positive new habits
For many addicts, the lack of alcohol and drug use leaves them unsure how to spend their days. Routine exercise is a great way to provide more structure in a daily routine. As you get used to exercising daily and start to see the benefits that it offers, you’ll spend more time looking forward to exercise sessions and less time thinking about alcohol or drugs.

Are you unsure where to start with developing a physical fitness regimen during addiction recovery? Talk to the leaders in your program and other recovering addicts to get their best advice.

Show Gratitude to Your Counselors This Thanksgiving

On the eve of Thanksgiving, many people focus on preparing festivities for family and friends and thanking God for the blessing in their lives. Amidst this busy time of year, few individuals take the time to show gratitude toward the people who helped them through their dark days of addiction.

Drug counselors help patients through some of their lowest points, transitioning them into sober lifestyles. They must establish good rapport with their patients in order to provide proper support, education, and neutral confrontation. A patient must feel as though he or she has an ally who understands the struggle and the need for support. This year make a special effort in one or both of the following ways to show your counselor the respect that he or she deserves.

Write a note
Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most effective, and handwritten notes are no exception. In the middle of struggling with drug addiction, it can be tough to appreciate how hard someone is working to help you get through it. If you’ve never made the time to say thank you in full to your counselor, take the initiative this holiday season to sit down and write a note. It doesn’t have to be long or detailed to get the message across.

Give a gift catered to a special interest
Drug counselors and patients spend hours talking together. While counselors often spend more time listening than talking, it is inevitable that patients will learn a fair amount about their counselors during their sessions. Did you pick up on a particular interest, hobby, or passion during these meetings? Your gift can be something as small as a keychain with a sports team logo to as large as tickets to a rock concert.

Seeking Treatment: A Complete Checklist You Will Need

Substance abuse is a serious problem in the United States and all over the world. In fact, it is one of the leading problems in many parts of the country, where drug offenses top the list of reasons why people: are in jail, awaiting trial or homeless.

What most people won’t tell you about drug addiction is that wanting to get clean is normal, even when you’re using it’s just hard to get there. There are treatment options available to you though, and it is something you can work through when you’re ready.

However, substance abuse treatment can be difficult for a lot of people and you have to go in knowing certain things and expecting others. Whether you’re an addict seeking substance abuse treatment for yourself or you’re a friend or family member of an addict, use this checklist to prepare yourself or your loved one for the experience that is substance abuse treatment.

It can also help you decide whether or not you need to enter an inpatient program or whether you can get help on your own through other types of programs. Answering yes means you or your loved one is ready for a rehabilitation program.

    • Do you feel ready to stop drinking or using drugs, even if that means dramatically altering your lifestyle? Inpatient programs require a lot of commitment, but they can make sure that you get clean as quickly as possible so you can get back to enjoying your life.

    • Do you only think you need to cut down your drinking or drug use? If so, rehabilitation may not be right for you since most substance abuse treatment programs require sobriety. If you’re not ready for that, you may not be ready to get help.

    • Are you willing to take medication during the drying-out process? Many rehabilitation facilities use medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, especially if you’ve been taking drugs like heroin or drinking for a long time. These medicines are designed to be helpful, and people who are serious about quitting should consider them.

    • Are you interested in joining AA or NA to help you get over your drug addiction? Most substance abuse treatment programs require you to enroll in AA or NA and talk about your experiences with others to help you from going back to drug abuse once you leave their facility.

    • Are you prepared for therapy to help you with your problem? Therapy greatly benefits most addicts who want to recover and live a clean life.

    • Do you want to learn how to prevent a relapse? Relapse prevention is something that many drug rehabilitation facilities want to teach.

    • Are you ready to find out what your triggers for substance abuse are? Without learning your triggers you likely won’t be able to keep yourself clean and sober for more than a few years, at best. Learning your triggers is essential, even if it’s a painful process for many people.

  • Do you want faith-based rehabilitation options? If so, there are options out there for you, and you can get help in a nurturing environment that uses faith to help you stay clean and sober for a lifetime.

  • Do you need help with other physical problems? You may need to take care of a variety of health problems if you’ve been abusing drugs or alcohol for years.

  • Do you need help with dental problems? Many treatment facilities can help you with this.

  • Are you ready to deal with depression that may occur when you get sober? This often requires more therapy and talking to get clean and enjoy your life at the same time.

  • Do you need help with legal problems? Legal issues affect many drug and alcohol abusers and a good rehabilitation program can steer you toward clearing those up so you can lead a happier, law-abiding life.

  • Were you ordered to attend a program as part of a settlement or sentence? You’ll need to do this as soon as possible in order to make sure you don’t end up in jail or having to pay hefty fines for missing deadlines.

  • Are you unable to see a child because of drug or alcohol abuse? Attending a drug treatment program can persuade the courts that you’re ready to be a good parent.

  • Do you need help improving self-esteem and inner happiness? Treatment can help you with that and it is the ultimate goal of getting clean!

Phil Collins Manages to Recover from Near Fatal Alcohol Dependence

Rock star Phil Collins, famous for his singing and drumming as a solo artist and frontman for Genesis, recently told the British news publication The Daily Mail that alcohol and prescription drug addiction nearly killed him. Collins, who has earned multiple Grammy awards and has sold millions of albums, retired from show business in 2010. After a third divorce and health problems he became depressed and turned to alcohol and various pills.

Medical Prescriptions
Collins had developed tendon problems from many years as a drummer. He also suffered from deafness in one ear and a dislocated vertebrae. As a result, he was given various medical prescription drugs that he said he mixed with alcohol. His overuse of alcohol and drugs led to pancreatitis, which was potentially fatal.

Separation from Family
A major cause of the singer’s depression was when his former third wife Orianne Cevey remarried and took sons Nick and Matt with her, moving from Switzerland to Miami. Collins said that the sudden absence of his sons left a big void in his life. At the height of his addiction to alcohol and drugs he grew worried when his kids became concerned, which is why Collins decided to seek help from a 12 stepalcohol drug rehab program.

Collins Quits Drinking
After attending rehab for a week, Collins found the program to be too restrictive and dropped out, saying that it felt like a boarding school. Instead he found a more effective alcohol drug rehab program in America that inspired positive thinking, which led to his recovery. He says that he has not had adrink for nearly two years and no longer has an alcohol problem. Now that his health has improved, Collins is planning to reunite with former Genesis members for a Miami charity show in December 2014.

Why National Recovery Month Is Celebrated

September is here, and besides the coming of autumn it is also National Recovery Month! The theme of this year’s National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out”. The idea of this theme is to encourage and support people who want to speak out about mental disorders as well as drug addiction and the difficult road to recovery. Reaching out to others for help and support can help save a life and that is just one of the messages that organizers want to spread this year.

National Recovery Month

Do you ask yourself why September is celebrated as National Recovery Month? Well, the answer is easy. This month has been officially dedicated to spreading the message of drug and alcohol addiction and recovery for a quarter of a century. It is celebrated to:

  • Spread awareness about addiction and the drug and alcohol treatment options available.
  • Spread the message that helps is always at hand for people who want to stop their substance abuse.
  • Provide education to the public about the importance of preventing substance abuse, treatment as well as recovery.
  • Spread the message about the importance of recognizing problems of behavioral health and reaching out for help when there are such cases.

There are hundreds of events that are being organized all over the country to celebrate National Recovery Month. Each event is dedicated to making sure that people realize the importance of drug prevention and how they can achieve it. The events for the entire month are also used for spreading knowledge about how drug and alcohol treatment is important, and also goes into the matter of options that substance abusers have and how they can make a full recovery with the right treatment, help and support. Also as another option online events are also organized for those who cannot make it to events due to inconveniences.

New Year Resolution: Cut Back on Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol RecoveryOne of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is cutting back alcohol intake or quitting it cold turkey. For people who have been on the fence about this decision, overindulgence during a New Year’s Eve party can motivate them to take the plunge. If you have made a New Year’s resolution to cut back or quit drinking, the following advice will get you on and keep you on the straight and narrow road.

For some people cutting back on alcohol consumption is difficult but not impossible. They are able to achieve desired lifestyle changes such as losing weight and avoiding hangovers by simply decreasing their intake. For other people, it is not so easy to make the change. They find that even with the best intentions they simply cannot control how much they drink. If you find yourself in this situation it may be time to quit cold turkey.

There are a number of other reasons why it may be preferable to quit instead of cut back as well. Physicians recommend that individual with family history of alcoholism with alcohol-related sexual dysfunction or sleep disturbances and/or who have had alcohol-related injuries quit drinking altogether. Additionally, there are a number of medical conditions i.e. hepatitis C, specific medications and alcohol use disorders that necessitate quitting.

If you fall into any of the previously mentioned categories and are a heavy drinker, it is best practice to consult with your physician before making any significant lifestyle changes. Your primary physician knows your medical history and current conditions and medications better than anyone and can make an educated recommendation for your alcohol consumption.

Regardless of your resolution on the matter, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You do not have to take the journey alone. There are resources available that can be a huge asset.

Top 5 Rehab Myths Debunked

Here are five myths about drug rehab debunked:

“Relapse rates are as high as success rates.”

Research has shown that recovering addicts who take full advantage of the rehabilitation services provided have a 70% success rate. This number is increased if they follow it up with support groups when they leave.

“Drug rehabilitation centers are only successful because they provide a physical safeguard against relapse.”

Drug rehabilitation centers do provide a physical safeguard, which many addicts are afraid to leave, but they also instill the value of sobriety in their patients through programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, providing them with a social safeguard for when they do leave.

“They will make me go through straight withdrawal and give me nothing to overcome it.”

On the contrary, many drug rehabilitation centers mimic a hospital setting and make comfort a priority. Alcohol withdrawal can kill you. Physicians go to every length to make sure you’re safe by providing anti-seizure medication. Heroin addicts are given methadone. All measures are taken to ensure that the patient is comfortable throughout the process. If the opposite was true, many addicts would avoid them.

“I’ll be kicked out for someone more desperate than I am.”

Drug rehabilitation centers follow a strict program. When you arrive, you begin your detox, and you stay there for a set amount of time. No circumstance keeps an addict from receiving the proper care that they need. In fact, many heroin addicts use methadone while they wait for a bed to open up.

“The physicians there look down on me.”

Actually many physicians in such facilities are recovering addicts and alcoholics who want nothing more than to help. In fact, many staff members are affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, programs that support reaching out over pointing fingers.