The Notre Dame Fire: Among the Wreckage, there is Hope

Notre Dame

In the coming days, the damage of the catastrophic fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral will be brought to light. The beauty of the building before the fire was jaw dropping. However, it’s hard not to see the beauty of the fire ravaging such a historical place. Even a building that has been a staple in landscape of the City of Lights for centuries; a building that has withstood wars and violence, is vulnerable to falling.

You can apply the fire to your own life, and recovery journey. When you feel like your life is under attack and everything is burning to the ground, there is beauty in the madness. When you use drugs and alcohol to numb the hard stuff that happens in your life, you lose a piece of yourself. Addiction turns you into someone you’re not. You cause destruction to yourself and the world around you.

Even in the midst of the broken parts of your life, there is beauty and redemption. Just like the Notre Dame is going to be rebuilt, you can be rebuilt too. Restoration is a process that takes time. It will take years to rebuild the Notre Dame, and things will change in the process. It’s not going to look the exact same way it did before the fire.

Recovery takes time.

Your recovery journey is going to take time, too. You’re not going to be the same person you were before you entered treatment when it’s time to leave. Change is going to be hard, but you will walk out of treatment knowing that doing the hard stuff is worth it. The longer you do the hard stuff, the easier it’s going to get.

Don’t let a catastrophic event make you realize you need to get help. The Notre Dame needed a lot of renovations before the fire. Imagine what could have been if only the renovations were carried out when they first needed to be done, gradually overtime. Now even more money is going to have to spent to not only repair the damage done, but to repair what needed to be repaired before the fire. If you’re struggling with substance abuse issues, don’t wait until it’s too late to reach out for help. Get help now, before the problem turns into an even bigger problem.

Help is available 24 hours a day.

Eating Disorders and Alcohol Abuse

Eating Disorders

Understanding Eating Disorders & Alcohol Abuse

Eating disorders and alcohol abuse often go together. They are often co-occurring disorders that must be treated at the same time for a full recovery. With eating disorders having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, combining alcohol with them increases the risk of death. Most people think that people with an eating disorder wouldn’t drink alcohol because of the high caloric value, but for some sufferers using alcohol helps them cope with their eating disorder. People struggling with eating disorders and a substance use disorder tend to partake in more severe forms of eating disorder behaviors such as laxative abuse and extreme food restriction.

Drunkorexia – A Dangerous Way To Control Weight

Drunkorexia is a slang term used to describe the use of alcohol and altered eating behaviors. It is defined as altering eating behaviors to either offset for planned caloric intake from alcohol or to increase or speed up the effects of alcohol.

Drunkorexia is characterized by three key factors:

  • Skipping meals in order to save calories or compensate for an increased caloric intake from the alcohol.
  • Excessive exercise in order to compensate for calories consumed from drinking.
  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in order to become sick and purge previously consumed food.

Some anorexics will use alcohol to help them cope with the feelings they have around eating. They will abuse alcohol to suppress their appetites and cause them to vomit. It is important to note that anorexics who primarily restrict their food, drinking alcohol is less common. On the other side, 22.9% of individuals with bulimia meet the criteria for alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse links more closely with bulimia but that doesn’t necessarily mean that because someone has one type of eating disorder that they are dealing with alcohol or other substance abuse as well.

Emotional Behavior Can Create Eating Disorders & Alcohol Abuse

All behavior is motivated by emotions and what we get out of it. The purpose of all addictive behavior is to obtain pleasure, release tension, and seek comfort. An addictive personality is an underlying trait that predisposes individuals to both eating disorders and alcohol abuse.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder, help is available. Call us at 833.827.2727 24/7.  Visit our sister Eating Disorder Treatment Facility at www.rebeccashouse.org

Top 10 Excuses People Give to Not Enter Treatment

Excuses people give not to enter treatment

Here at ASAP Rehab, we have talked to many clients. Over the course of those conversations, we’ve noticed that people like to give excuses as to why they can’t enter treatment as soon as possible. We want you to know that whatever the excuse, we have a counter excuse.

You don’t have time for excuses. Your well-being is our priority.

  1. I’m going to try and quit on my own.
    • This is the biggest and most common excuse we get here at ASAP Rehab. If you’re reaching out for treatment, there’s a good chance you’ve tried countless times to quit on your own. Addiction is a disease that requires medical help, why not reach out and get it?
  2. My problem isn’t that bad.
    • A problem is a problem no matter the size. Addictions start small and will eventually spiral into something bigger. If you’re calling us, you’re probably slightly aware that your problem isn’t going to go away on its own. why not treat a smaller problem before it becomes a bigger problem?
  3. I’m going to try to look around at other facilities.
    • We agree it’s best to do all the research possible when choosing a facility to receive treatment.Our facility works with clients on a case by case basis, and we will adapt to fit your needs.
  4. I’ve tried treatment before and it didn’t work for me.
    • All treatment is different, and every facility is unique. ASAP Rehab can be that difference you’re looking for if you give it the chance. Things and circumstances were different the last time you entered treatment. Maybe, you were in a different state of mind where you didn’t think treatment was going to work. Treatment only works when you want it to work. Don’t let one or multiple failed attempts at treatment deter you from changing your life for the better.
  5. I’m going to get high one more time.
    • Every time you use, you are taking a gamble with your life. It’s going to take more and more of the substance for you to achieve that high, and eventually what it once took to get you high isn’t going to do anything for you. Why take the risk? Do what you can now to take care of yourself.
  6. I can’t leave my family for an extended period of time.
    • If you’re engaging in addictive behaviors, odds are you have already been withdrawn from your family. Take the time you deserve in order to be able to get back to your family in a healthier state.
  7. I don’t know if I can be without my phone for a prolonged period of time.
    • Technology is great, but sometimes we use it as a crutch to stay in an addictive behavior. Going technology free for a while is a necessary part of the detox process. When you’re here, your recovery is the most important thing to be focusing on. You need to take this time to focus on you. Cellphones and other technology only hinder that process.
  8. I don’t know anyone in that area.
    • It’s good to leave your current support system behind and create a new healthier support system. You don’t have to know anyone in the area. It will be beneficial for you not to know anyone so you can focus on true healing. Not knowing anyone will allow you the opportunity to change into the best version of yourself.
  9. I’m waiting for my refill for my prescription.
    • ASAP has a physician on staff who can write you a prescription for whatever medication you need while you’re in treatment. You’ll have a back up waiting for you when you return home.
  10. Let me take care of all of my bills first.
    • You only have one life to live. bills and finances can wait until you’re sober.

Excuses are NOT an option.

These are the top 10 most common excuses we get here. And all they are is excuses. Don’t let an excuse keep you from reaching out and getting the help you need and deserve.