One of the harmful consequences of drug and alcohol abuse is neglecting physical fitness. By the time patients develop a substance use disorder (SUD) requiring treatment, they have almost always forsaken anything resembling a healthy lifestyle. Substance abuse often leads to irregular eating patterns and poor nutrition. Previously healthy individuals may begin to experience significant secondary health problems once an addiction has developed.
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No two cases of addiction are completely alike. Ideally, recovery begins with a thorough assessment of the patient that allows the therapist to create an individualized treatment plan.
Living with a loved one in active addiction tends to put a family under intense pressure.
“Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family's unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics,” according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
How important is the role brain scans can play in treating substance use disorders? In a recent presentation as part of the Williamsburg Place Lecture Series, psychiatrist Lantie Elisabeth Jorandby gave an overview of how one type of brain scan— single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)—can support the diagnosis and treatment of addictions and co-occurring mental disorders.
One in ten physicians develops a problem with alcohol or drugs at some point during their career. As in other professional occupations, superior levels of responsibility, accountability, and performance are typically demanded from doctors. Frequently, they hold the lives, livelihood, and future of their patients in their hands.
Consequently, it is not uncommon for physicians to turn to drugs and alcohol to handle the pressures of high expectations and work-related stress. Great responsibilities and long working hours can lead to burnout, a recognized problem among doctors.
What is elderhood and how is it different from retirement? That is one of the questions explored by gerontologist Jennifer Inker in a recent presentation as part of the Williamsburg Place Lecture Series. Inker is an instructor in the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches psychology of aging, aging and human values, senior mentoring, and classes in the Assisted Living Administration track.
Calling for help if you or your loved one is suffering from addiction can be quite a challenge. Many families wait until they reach a moment of crisis before they reach out for help. It’s also not easy to know whom to call. Unfortunately, not everybody who advertises addiction treatment has your best interest at heart. Some players are more excited about getting their hands on your money than they are concerned about the success of your recovery.
By Michael Rass
There has been a lot of bad news about suicide lately. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999,” on the same day that celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died by suicide at the age of 61. His death came just days after fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide at age 55.
By Michael Rass
Stress affects many people in many professions. Stress in the legal profession, however, is typically severe. “Lawyers work in an adversarial system with demanding schedules and heavy workloads, which may contribute to increased stress levels,” confirms the American Bar Association.
By Michael Rass
Treatment is just the beginning of your recovery journey.
Rehab is the foundation of your recovery from addiction, nothing more and nothing less. At The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place, patients lay the foundation they need through group work, relapse prevention education, and 12-Step integration to start a new life of sobriety.