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Alcohol and Pregnancy

Ajs Amethyst House can accommodate woman in pregnancy. Woman should abstain from all substance use while pregnant. If you or a loved one needs help staying clean and sober while pregnant please call us today at 855 221 1717.
Current research shows that alcoholism is also known as a family disease. Alcoholics may have young, teenage, or grown-up children; they have wives or husbands; they have brothers or sisters; they have parents or other relatives. An alcoholic can totally disrupt family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime. Each member of the family may be affected by alcohol differently. Parental alcoholism may affect the fetus even before a child is born. In pregnant women, alcohol is carried to all the mother’s organs and tissues, including the placenta, where it easily crosses through the membrane separating the maternal and fetal blood systems. When a pregnant woman drinks an alcoholic beverage, the concentration of alcohol in her unborn baby’s bloodstream is the same level as her own. A pregnant woman who consumes alcohol during her pregnancy may give birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the three top known causes of birth defects. Per the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, about 5000 babies are born each year with severe damage caused by FAS; another 35000 babies are born with more mild forms of FAS (Berger, p.37).

What are Triggers in Addiction?

A trigger is any form of stimuli that initiates the desire to engage in addictive behavior. During the course of a recovery program, triggers may prompt an individual to slip-up and use a substance or engage in a behavior that they otherwise are trying to avoid.

Triggers are associated with a memory or situation that relates in some way to prior substance abuse behaviors. As someone struggles with addiction, the people they interact with, the places they spend their time and in some situations their place of work can become strongly associated with their addictive behavior.

The Role of Fitness in Your Recovery

shutterstock_308668355For Katie Burlingame, fitness played a major role in her recovery from heroin and opioid addiction, she recently told Shape magazine. “Being active helps me clear my mind, and it goes hand in hand with staying sober. It sounds cliché, but exercising gives me a different kind of high — obviously one that's better for me.”

We’ve likely said it before but it bears repeating: Exercise is perhaps one of your best tools for long-term sobriety. It boosts concentration, rids the body of toxins, tames tension, and even quiets cravings.

Still not convinced? Here are a few more benefits of getting active during addiction recovery:

  • It helps you fight back. Face it: a strong body is better equipped to fend off sickness, stress, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings.
  • It rebuilds your brain. Exercise, especially when combined with a traditional rehab program, exercise has been study-proven to help counter lack of concentration and even neuronal damage caused by years of substance abuse.
  • It boosts your confidence. Just think about how good you’ll feel when you reach or even exceed your fitness goal. Whether it’s walking that additional mile or doing an extra set of push-ups, building strength and endurance can give you the self-assurance needed to take charge of your recovery.
  • It provides a healthy distraction. Boredom is not the best thing for your sobriety as it can lead to using again. Instead, schedule in a good sweat session as part of your recovery plan.
  • It restores inner peace. Mind-body techniques like yoga, Pilates, and tai chi are great go-to exercises for quelling daily stress and quieting the mind. And less stress means less of a reason to return to using.

Restoring Your Whole Self
At AJ’s House, we believe that the most successful drug and alcohol rehabs provide gentle care for the mind, body, and spirit. To this end, our holistic addiction recovery program include yoga and mind-body exercise, cardiovascular fitness and weight training, prayer and meditation and more. To learn more, call: 855-221-1717.




Sex Addiction Recovery: Dating Do’s and Don’ts

sex addiction: dating do's and don'tsThe good news: If you’re recovering from sex addiction, it is possible to date again and even to fall in love and develop a healthy lasting relationship. Of course, however, this will depend on how far you are in your own recovery. Experts almost universally advise against making any major life changes in your first year of sobriety — and this includes dating and/or starting a new relationship.

Now for the bad news: It won’t be easy — but is dating easy for anyone? Even with the recovery skills you’ve gained, you may feel unprepared and uneasy when it comes to relationships. After all, you likely have a history of unhealthy romances and perhaps no adequate relationship role model to aspire to. Many people find it helpful to work with a therapist or addiction counselor to develop healthy dating goals and a sober dating plan.

When you are ready to put yourself out there and look for a companion, it’s important to keep in mind the following dating do’s and don’ts:

Dating Do’s:

  • Take it slow and invest in a long-term relationship that builds gradually.
  • Date someone you’re willing to introduce to family and friends.
  • Date someone who values and appreciates you.
  • Date someone with a steady job.
  • Date someone who shares your interests and values.

Dating Don’ts:

  • Date someone who is married or unavailable.
  • Date someone who uses you for sex.
  • Date someone who is in active addiction.
  • Push to have sex quickly.

Sex Addiction: Get the Treatment You Need

Shame often prevents women from seeking treatment for sexually compulsive behaviors, but if you or someone you care about deals with sex addiction, our credentialed addiction specialists can help you uncover the root of your addiction and find the real meaning of love. To learn more, call: 855-221-1717.

Parenting in Recovery: What You Need to Know

Parenting in RecoveryWe don’t have to tell you that parenting is a tough job -- and that it’s even tougher while struggling to get and stay sober. This is especially true during the early stages of recovery, when you’ll need to focus on your own healing and new life free of using.

The good news: It is possible to repair your relationship and to pass on any valuable lessons you’ve learned along the way. And, in fact, committing to your recovery is the best first step you can make toward becoming the parent you’ve always wanted to be. Here are a few more to keep in mind along the way:

Take care of you. Practicing self-care isn’t selfish, but it will help make you a better parent. You can’t take good care of your kids if you’re not feeling well, so be sure to prioritize eating right, exercise, stress management, and some much-needed slumber.

Be patient. Your family needs time to trust you again and to heal. Kids don’t always talk about how they feel right away and instead may act out at home or in school as a way of coping with any feelings.

Honor all promises and commitments. While in the throes of addiction, you likely broke a lot of promises and failed to show up when needed. This is your time to turn it around. Start small; for example, promise to tuck them in at night or to prioritize family time. Spending more time together and supporting their interests will go a long way toward showing them that you’re in a good place to have a trusting relationship with them.

Tell them it’s not their fault. You can’t say this enough. It’s common for kids to internalize guilt and to think that your addiction and your addiction-related behavior was caused by something they did.

Consider family therapy. Under the guidance of a trained profession, you can work toward repairing your relationship with your kids. For teens, a support group like Alateen may also help.

Recovery for Women
Called to life’s tenuous balancing act as mothers and wives, daughters and friends, employees or business owners, it is easy to develop an unhealthy reliance on vices that are used to cope with stress. At AJ’s Amethyst House, we help you take back your life from addiction. Call today: 855-221-1717.