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Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

Concerns Grow for Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Jennifer McDougall

While many people are stuck at home, finding themselves bored, with more time on their hands than they know what to do with, the number of people abusing drugs and alcohol is on the rise. According to Nielsen data, alcohol sales have risen 55 percent in the week ending March 21.

“U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week ending March 21, according to market research firm Nielsen. Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, with sales jumping 75% compared to the same period last year. Wine sales were up 66% while beer sales rose 42%. And online sales far outpaced in-store sales.” – AP News

Evidently liquor stores are considered essential businesses in the United States, making buying alcohol convenient and available during this time of crisis. The trouble is that as more people flock to the liquor stores and back home to indulge in toxic self-soothing remedies to cope with the current pandemic, not only are these people exposing themselves to public places during a time where the majority of us should be staying home, the probability of them becoming dependant on substances increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are many resources for people who are struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies, such as here at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers.

Mental health is also a big concern for people in quarantine and struggling to stay calm with productive activities to help pass the time. More people than probably ever before are having a difficult time lowering feelings of stress and anxiety, causing them to crave substances to numb the pain and discomfort.

A lack of meaningful connections such as support from those who share common interests as you who are there for you to lean on and care about you causes a sense of disconnect during this time of quarantine. What we need to embrace most of all right now is staying connected with one another through text messaging, video chatting, and social media so that we can maintain and a healthy level of connectivity to each other. When people feel lonely or withdrawn from society, they tend to move towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the pain of their feeling of not being part of the community or a strong support system.

At Passages Malibu, we offer a true alternative to 12-step addiction rehab. We have been providing holistic therapy for people seeking a non-disease model, non-AA, cutting-edge treatment since 2001.

Our alternative treatment program is designed to completely heal all aspects of your life damaged by addiction, including your physical health, your professional & personal relationships, your self-esteem, and more. No two programs are alike, and each alternative treatment plan is customized for you, by you, with your specific situation in mind.

At Passages Malibu, you can expect the very best from our alternative approach to addiction treatment:

  • We will truly represent the definition of holistic treatment, which means we heal the entire person, from the inside out, through a variety of different methods that address mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • We will treat each client with respect and dignity, and we will never employ punitive treatment methods.
  • We believe that every person is dealing with unique circumstances, and therefore we make every treatment plan unique and do not adhere to the one-size-fits-all group approach.
  • We will focus on healing the underlying issues that are causing you to use drugs or alcohol, and we acknowledge that drug or alcohol abuse is a symptom of a larger underlying problem.
  • We will never make you declare yourself powerless with a disease.
  • We are accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO) and licensed by the State of California to offer drug and alcohol treatment, and we utilize diverse therapeutic disciplines from across the world in our program.

What sets Passages apart is that we thoroughly address and treat every aspect of dependency. Our alternative approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation is ultimately very straightforward: We do not believe that you are powerless against addiction, and we emphasize healing instead of labeling.

Don’t live the rest of your life one day at a time – live fully, peacefully, and free from addiction with the help of our alternative addiction treatment program.

Concerns Grow Over Alcohol Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

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Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Time of Crisis

By Jennifer McDougall

During times of crisis, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos spreading through the news and media outlets informing us hourly of the many updates happening in the world. It’s common to feel an increase in stress and anxiety during times of uncertainty.

In many cases, people want to fast forward through the chaos and get to where things are peaceful again. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works but that’s also perfectly fine because it allows us to take a closer look at why we are feeling the way we are feeling regarding a particular scenario. Sometimes our fear brings us to realize what is most important in our lives. Knowing how to use your stress and anxiety to your advantage is the trick. How to do this is simple. The moment you feel scared or worried about something, ask yourself why you have that particular fear.

Digging deeper within yourself to find the source of your stress and anxiety can help bring buried thoughts and feelings to the light. Acknowledging these emotions and looking closer at where they stem from and why will give you the power you need to release that stress and anxiety, leaving you feeling lighter and more clear-minded.

In the midst of stress, fear, anxiety, and panic, many people experience knots of nerves racing around their stomachs, the inability to sit still, difficulty catching their breath, and have racing thoughts which cause them to skip meals, abuse substances, and lose sleep.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we understand how uncomfortable stress and anxiety can be and how deeply it affects the nervous system and your everyday life. We want to offer you these seven helpful tips for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety so that you can feel your very best and be at peace within your mind, body, and spirit.

  1. Get up and exercise. Moving your body and breaking a sweat will help your body release endorphins in your brain that will help improve your mood and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  2. Journal your thoughts on paper. Allowing yourself to express your emotions privately in a notebook can help you gain a better understanding of the source of your frustrations as well as giving you an opportunity to open your mind to new ideas and potential strategies in solving your current problem.
  3. Cut out caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco. Every time you have a craving for coffee, alcohol, or a cigarette, grab something healthy to eat or drink to train your brain to replace unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Maintaining a healthy diet is a great way to promote long term improvement in feelings of stress and anxiety.
  4. Dab lavender essential oil on your temples and wrist. Then, take three slow and deep inhales through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  5. Practice yoga and meditation before you go to sleep at night. Block out at least one hour every night to dim the lights, put on relaxing music and stretch. Yoga is a great way to decrease stress, reduce anxiety, fight depression, and promote the quality of sleep in a person.
  6. Watch or listen to something funny. Haven’t you heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? Lighten the mood and vibration you’re currently feeling by turning to a comedy. This could be a movie, a podcast, or silly cat videos on YouTube. Anything to make you laugh should help you feel better.
  7. Eliminate things that cause you stress. If it is a toxic friend, a critical co-worker, a repetitive thought of regret or self-depravation, it’s time to put some distance between you and this thing or person. If you do something and then feel bad about it later, it’s time to find a way to kick that habit. If there is someone in your life that is putting pressure or stress on you, talk to that person about the problem calmly and try to work together in resolving the issue.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™