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The Townsend Way uses innovative medical treatment for the disease of addiction. With medical detox and stabilization on an outpatient basis, our program is more compatible with the schedules of busy students, parents, and professionals in the Louisiana area. Treatment programs are available for patients with substance and alcohol abuse, sex addiction, overeating, gambling addiction, and other kinds of destructive behavior. In addition to cognitive and genetic testing, we provide group therapy, ongoing disease management, and education services.

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This week American Addiction Centers shared the third episode of their new podcast series, Far From Finished, which shares the honest real life stories of those who are in recovery.

In episode 3 Bobby an AAC Alumna shares her story of transformation.

Please listen to her inspiring episode by clicking on the link below.
 
“I would not trade the experience for anything. If there is any way I can help anybody else, I sure will. I sure will. Because it sure is worth it.” - Bobby, American Addiction Centers Alumnus

Today we are proud to share with you the third episode of Far From Finished, our podcast series that shares the unfiltered, real-life stories of people in recovery.

In the third episode of Far From Finished, Bobby shares her story of transformation, as a single mother of six struggling with addiction to somebody that she and her kids can be happy and proud of.

Please check out Episode 3 of Far From Finished by clicking on the link below.
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Rates of Drugged Driving on the Rise

Driving under the influence of any substance – alcohol, marijuana, even prescription medications taken exactly as the doctor ordered – adds up to drugged driving. A deadly problem that can destroy the life of the person behind the wheel as well as others on the road, it appears that despite the best efforts of community law enforcement and government regulations, the rates of drugged driving are steadily increasing across the country.

On the Rise

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that almost 10 million people over the age of 12 have reported driving while under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. That amounts to about 3.8 percent of the population. This does not include the number of people who drove after drinking alcohol or those who drove while under the influence of prescription medications.

Additionally, about 22 percent of drivers tested positive for over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and/or illegal substances, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey. They found that this rate stayed steady for daytime drivers during the week and nighttime drivers on the weekend, but the substance changed. For example, it was found that only about 1.1 percent of drivers were under the influence of alcohol on weekdays but about 8.3 percent of drivers tested positive for alcohol on weekend nights.

You and Your Community

Drugged driving can be scary because the choices of others are beyond your control. You cannot know whether or not someone else on the road is under the influence or too impaired to drive. It is for this reason – the impact of drugged driving on innocent people in the community – that regulations and laws are so strict about driving while impaired.

The good news is that you can make personal changes that increase the safety of you, your family, and others on the road, especially if you have struggled with driving under the influence. Even getting behind the wheel while taking an over-the-counter or prescription medication can mean that you are not as safe as you should be. Making changes can be simple. They can include:

Choosing a designated driver for group outings
Calling a cab or Uber if you unexpectedly find that your medication is hitting you harder than you thought
Avoiding going out if you are feeling under the weather and taking over-the-counter medications that make you groggy
Avoiding taking prescription medication until after you are safely at home or at your destination

If you find that regular use of illicit substances is the cause of your drugged driving, it may be necessary to take more drastic measures. There is no justifiable reason for getting behind the wheel when you are buzzed, drunk, or high. Even a small amount of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs can contribute to reckless driving, lane weaving, slow reaction time, and lack of attention to the road. If you are unable to stop using in order to avoid driving while intoxicated, it is time to connect with professionals who can help. Contact Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers today to learn more about the outpatient treatment options that are available to you.
On average, every day, 30 Americans will die on the road in an alcohol-related car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic …
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A Stoned Nation: Rates of Marijuana Use Continue to Rise

One study says that rates of marijuana use doubled between 2002 and 2012. Another study reports that use of marijuana only increased by about 20 percent in that time. They both agree that about one in 10 Americans currently uses marijuana; what they mostly disagree on is the validity of the original information in 2002. How many people were actually using marijuana but not talking about it? Were the numbers somehow skewed due to the methodology?

Whatever happened back then, it is clear that now marijuana use is a growing factor in communities across the country.

Impact

There are a number of ways that marijuana use and abuse are impacting the communities in which rates of use have increased, especially in states where the drug is legal for medicinal and/or recreational use and in communities that border those states. These include:

- Increased rates of drugged driving
-Increased rates of accidents under the influence
-Increased emergency room admissions related to use of marijuana
-Increased admissions to rehab programs citing marijuana abuse and addiction as the primary addictive behavior
-Increased perception among the general public, especially young people, that use of the drug is harmless
-Unanswered questions about regulation of marijuana use in the workplace

Need for Regulation

Though it may seem that legalization is the removal of regulations, the fact is that more regulations are necessary when it is legal. It becomes imperative to create a structure within which to regulate production, sales, possession, use, and activities under the influence so that everyone is protected – the person using the drug as well as others in the community who must now interact and live with someone who is under the influence of a mind-altering substance.

Unfortunately, this has turned out to be a slow learning process in the states where marijuana is legal, and many states that maintain marijuana’s illegal status are waiting to see how things unfold before they determine how to proceed.

Opportunity for Growth

One thing that the legalization of marijuana for medical and/or recreational use has afforded us is the opportunity to fully study and understand the substance and how it impacts users. No longer must we argue assumptions based on one person’s experience versus another’s experience. We can now look at the data and see in no uncertain terms how use of marijuana can cause addiction, alter a person’s brain function, and impact both physical and emotional health. The more we understand, the better we can help people to avoid the negative consequences of regular or heavy use and assist those who are currently living with an addiction to connect with treatment resources that will help them to get back on track.

Time for Treatment

Ultimately, if you are struggling due to marijuana use, experiencing a host of negative consequences, or otherwise feeling out of control when it comes to use of the drug, treatment can help. Contact Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers today to learn more about our unique approach to understanding addiction and its treatment.
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The last century of substance abuse rehabilitation rested on the premise that patients struggling with addiction were healthy, normal individuals who made life choices that lead to their chemical dependency. Based on contemporary research, we recognize “substance abuse” doesn’t accurately describe what we now know. Addiction is a disease.

Unlike other rehab programs, we treat your loved one’s underlying condition using The Townsend Way. Traditional acute care inpatient model of treatment fails to help people suffering from addiction because symptoms are only temporarily suppressed. The underlying primary illness remains untreated which leads to relapse.

What is The Townsend Way? Learn more about it by clicking on the link below:
Townsend Addiction Treatment Programs. The Townsend Way. The Townsend Way is our guiding principle and our innovative treatment model that shapes our perspective about the disease of addiction and the reason why getting help at a Townsend facility is unlike anywhere else.
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We are blessed to share with you the inaugural episode of Far From Finished, the new podcast series from +American Addiction Centers that captures the unfiltered, real-life stories of people in recovery

The first episode that features Jaleah, an AAC alumna, is truly an inspiration to all.

Check out the podcast below.
 
We are proud to share with you the first episode of our new podcast series, Far From Finished.

Far From Finished shares the unfiltered, real-life stories of people in recovery. Told in their own words, these stories provide insight into the experiences of people who are embarking on their own personal journey of recovery and triumph over addiction.

In episode one of Far From Finished, Jaleah, an AAC alumna, shares her inspiring recovery story - from alcoholism and drug abuse during homelessness to finding American Addiction Centers and getting clean and sober.

Click on the link below to listen to the first episode.
Far From Finished Subscribe Today! Share Your Recovery Story With Us Tell us more Far From Finished is a podcast series that …
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Alcohol Use among Women on the Rise

Though the differences between men and women remain stark in some areas of socialization, when it comes to drinking alcohol, the gap is closing between the genders. In decades past, women may have been less likely to drink at all, and drinking heavily was a far less common practice among women as compared to men.

According to a recent survey, however, it seems that men are drinking a little less and women are drinking more. About 48 percent of female respondents in 2012 reported drinking an alcoholic beverage in the last 30 days, up from 45 percent in 2002. About 56 percent of men reported drinking in the past month, down from 57.4 percent in that same time period.

The number of days that men and women chose to drink alcohol decreased and increased respectively as well. Women reported drinking on average about 7.3 days out of the month in 2012, up from 6.8 days in 2002, while men reported drinking 9.5 days per month in 2012, down from 9.9 days per month in 2002.  Similarly, more women reported binge drinking behaviors (drinking four or more alcoholic beverages in a sitting), and fewer men reported engaging in the habit.

Aaron White of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said: "Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing."

Effects of Alcohol on Women

Unfortunately, men and women are not equal when it comes to how their bodies process alcohol on average. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the effects of alcohol on women as compared to men include:

Risk of cirrhosis of the liver and other alcohol-related liver diseases is higher among women.
Memory loss and lost brain volume may be a higher risk for women who drink to excess.
An increased risk of heart damage is more prevalent for women than men.
The risk of developing certain cancers is increased among women who drink, including cancers of the throat, colon, liver, breast, and esophagus.

Additionally, women who drink heavily are at higher risk of being the victim of a sexual assault or physical attack, especially younger women.

Also, during pregnancy, there are great risks to the unborn child. Children may be stillborn, born premature, born with a low birthweight, or with birth defects and learning and behavioral disabilities that last a lifetime.

Balance through Treatment

Too often, Americans of all genders turn to alcohol as a source of relief, relaxation, or an escape from uncomfortable feelings. Though this is a cultural practice with some amount of acceptance, it is nevertheless a behavior that can indicate a problem with addiction when it becomes a recurrent and increasingly serious issue.

Any addictive behavior that has negative consequences and is beyond your control can indicate the need for treatment. Services can and should vary based on your unique needs. If you find yourself in the position of struggling with addiction, contact Townsend Recovery Center today to learn more about The Townsend Way and how you can begin the healing process.
When alcohol use becomes an obsession, the help of a treatment program and ongoing support can addressed, amended, and resolve the addiction.
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Townsend provides individualized treatment to adults struggling with substance abuse. We look at the whole patient including any possible genetic components that may contribute to the addiction behaviors. Also, our innovative care searches for the underlying causes of the addiction, as well as other factors that may be addressed in therapy.

Read below the treatment programs/therapy times offered by Townsend by clicking the link below:
Therapy Types at Townsend. Addiction Treatment Types. Townsend provides individualized treatment to adults struggling with substance abuse. We look at the whole patient including any possible genetic components that may contribute to the addiction behaviors. Also, our innovative care searches ...
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We are pleased to share with you the second episode of Far From Finished, +American Addiction Centers  podcast series that shares real life stories of those who are in recovery.

Please check out the episode by clicking on the link below.
 
"I'm so grateful for my past, because if it wasn't for the things that I've done in active addiction, if it wasn't for the family I grew up with, I wouldn't be sitting here today." -- Tim, AAC Alumnus.

Today we are proud to share with you a brand new episode of Far From Finished, our podcast series that shares the unfiltered, real-life stories of people in recovery.

In this week's episode, Tim an +American Addiction Centers  Alumnus, talks about how he went from repeatedly hurting his loved ones with his addiction to becoming the clean and sober man they are proud of.

Please check out episode 2 of Far From Finished by clicking on the link below.
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Relationships in Recovery -- Who to Trust in Recovery
    
One of the greatest surprises for many who enter treatment for addiction is the incredibly strong new friendships that often develop. Most clients begin treatment hoping to safely stop using mind-altering substances and learn how to manage their cravings for all addictive behaviors so they can function healthfully and independently on their own; however, they may not be expecting to make friends.

Though this is a great benefit of treatment, one of the challenges in recovery is to learn how to identify the people who have the potential to become true friends and to avoid those who will only bring unwanted drama and stress to your life.

Relationships in Addiction

In addiction, relationships are often based on a shared interest in the addictive behavior. These friends only call when they are in need of the substance of choice or when they are in the mood to use or engage in the addictive behavior. When you are struggling with relationship issues, problems at work, health difficulties, or legal issues, they rarely surface. Why? Because like you, they are struggling with addiction, and that is the primary concern.

These friendships may have been functional when you were not interested in being part of a healthy relationship, but as you are learning to put your health and wellness first and choosing people who are doing the same to be part of your life, these relationships simply don’t work. In recovery, it is important to connect with people who will improve your ability to stay sober.

Positive Relationships

Even though you know that spending time with people who are still going out all the time, using drugs, or engaging in addictive behaviors that you are trying to avoid is detrimental to your recovery, it may not make it any easier to say goodbye to those people or that lifestyle. Though one of the benefits of early recovery is the gift of time to focus on nothing but healing, after you are stable in recovery, it can begin to feel lonely and a little boring.

It is at this time when it may make sense for you to begin to take steps toward connecting with new people and building new friendships. Possible choices include:

People you met in rehab who are committed to their recoveries
People you meet in 12-Step meetings who offer to go out for coffee
People you meet in places where all are gathered for a healthy purpose (e.g., yoga class, walking groups, religious organizations, etc.)
Friends and family who are sober and/or supportive of your recovery

Of course, not everyone you meet in these environments and not all the people who say they want to support you in recovery will actually be positive choices. Remember that the people you spend time with can color your mood and ease your worries or add to them. In general, it is best to surround yourself with people who are positive, independent, and focused on their own goals, and willing to be a support to you while respecting personal boundaries. Don’t be afraid to put space between yourself and those who you feel may bring more drama than peace to your life, but also don’t be afraid to spend time with people who are happy and supportive of you living a life of balance in recovery.
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Due to the fact that alcohol is consumed orally and must travel through the digestive system, how long alcohol stays in a person’s system depends largely on how much is ingested.
 
Generally, a period of drinking lasts for an hour or more, sometimes going on for several hours.

Although alcohol passes through the digestive system, it requires little to no actual digestion. Once consumed, 20 percent of the substance moves directly into the blood vessels and is carried throughout the body and to the brain

Read How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System? in its entirety by clicking the link below:
 
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"If I can see what assumptions I (and others) have about a new idea, I can usually see what has to change for it to come to life by itself.”

In a interview with +IdeaMensch  Dr. Howard Wetsman, Chief Medical Officer and Founder of Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers shares insight on how to manage a growing business particularly in the field of addiction

Read Dr. Wetsman's interview in full by clicking the link below:
Dr. Howard Wetsman is an addiction psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of addiction.
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