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Mesa Rehabilitation Center Extends Help Across Region

A new addiction treatment center which originated in Chicago is set to open in Mesa, Arizona. Footprints to Recovery has acquired its licence to open locations in four other states, with Arizona being the most recent. It began accepting patients last week, although the official grand opening is on June 13. It is set to be open 24 hours a day.

This location is approximately twelve thousand square feet and offers over two dozen beds in both private and semi-private rooms, round-the-clock medical care and transportation, one-on-one counseling with a licensed therapist and attentive medical staff. Treatment plans are individually designed based on a patient’s needs, offering medical detox and alternative forms of treatment.

The center is affiliated with medical and law enforcement professionals as well as members of the community to better deliver effective substance abuse treatment for the community.

Elliot Wolbrom, the chief marketing officer at Footprints to Recovery, explained the process of selecting a location for a new center and which markets to target.

“Our world-class clinicians study our clientele and seek out markets and locations where their advanced expertise would most benefit (and speak to) those in need,” he said. “Additionally, we look at national, state and local substance abuse and overdose data in an effort to bring our clinical expertise to a particular area where our care can be most impactful.”

“A report by the Arizona Department of Health Services found that there was a three-time increase in heroin-related deaths since 2012 and a whopping 74 percent increase in opioid-related death since 2012. There’s a problem in Arizona and we want to be part of the solution.”

Wolbrom explained that detox is one of their primary spotlights while providing a clean, safe, medically advanced and therapeutic setting for clients. This  encourages long-term recovery. He also emphasized the goals for this drug and alcohol treatment center. “Our goals remain the same regardless of level of care and regardless of location,” Wolbrom said. “Our objective, under the powerful leadership of our CEO, Hirsch Chinn, is simple: positively impact the crippling substance abuse statistics in the country, especially for those that are 18-35, by creating a movement where we place world-class clinical care and an outstanding client experience from start to finish.”

“We’ve been operational for just one week and have been privileged to provide completed detox treatment to nearly a dozen clients with more currently being treated and new clients being admitted,” he said.

Wolbrom noted that the center will be the largest and most up to date substance abuse treatment establishment in Mesa, adding that there are plans for further expansion down the line.

“Footprints to Recovery continues its national expansion and we will soon be opening new treatment centers with multiple levels of care in Colorado, Massachusetts and elsewhere,” he concluded.

8 Health Tricks You Should Try

We all care about our health. We should, too. When we enjoy good health, we sleep better, perform better at work, and have more energy. We can climb mountains and explore, instead of staying home with the sniffles. We all want to champion our health and take diligent care of it. The question is, how?

There are hundreds of health suggestions flying around. Do you want to try a paleo diet? Eat almost nothing one day, and then whatever you want the next? Should you go gluten free? With all the health tips available, it can be hard to know which health tips work, and what tips just trick us.

If you want to improve your health with simple methods, however, there are a few health tips you can try. They do not work for everyone, and some come with some important conditions. Each one has proven effective for others in the past, however, and you should consider giving each one a try. Without further ado, here are 8 health tricks you should try.

Athletic Classes

Exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Getting regular exercise, however, is not as easy as it sounds. You might have a tough time staying on top of an exercise routine. If you hate typical exercises like running or lifting weights, then you will find yourself even less motivated. Instead of sticking to athletic activities you hate, you can take fun classes that get you moving. Surfing lessons in Waikiki, HI, a martial arts class, or an Irish Dance class can all get you moving– while you enjoy yourself.

Natural Pain Relief

Life comes with a lot of aches and pains, especially as you get older. A lot of people want to avoid taking pain medication on a regular basis, since too much of it could damage your liver or stomach lining. If you deal with pain, like headaches or sore muscles, it could be worth it to investigate natural pain relief. Curamin is a supplement that helps relieve pain, and peppermint essential oil can help reduce headaches. Take every treatment with a grain of salt but be willing to try natural pain relief methods.

Probiotics

A lot of people struggle with stomach issues. Nausea, stomach aches, and diarrhea can sometimes be hard to diagnose, but probiotics might be the answer. You should talk to your doctor about probiotics. They provide helpful bacteria to your stomach, and they can help with digestive problems. Look for the best probiotic, and see if a supplement of probiotics could be right for you.

A Vegan Diet

A vegan diet might sound scary, especially if you are fond of burgers or bacon! Recent studies are showing, however, that a vegan diet can help you lose weight. It’s also been linked to cancer prevention. It’s always a good idea to stay up to date on cancer prevention and facts about breast cancer, and a vegan diet could be worth your time. You do not have to cut meat out exclusively, either. You just must avoid meat and cheese most of the time, like whenever you cook at home. Your weight will thank you, and your future might, too.  

Juicing

Juicing has been a health fad for a while now, especially for people who want to lose weight. With juicing, you can get a lot of the nutrients of fruits and vegetables, while not eating much else. It is an extreme weight loss tactic, and some dieticians even warn against it. It is not healthy to avoid fiber for too long, so make sure you talk to your doctor before you try juicing. Weight loss tactics aside, juicing can be an excellent way to boost your health, when paired with a regular diet.

Meditating

If you struggle with stress on a regular basis, you should consider meditating. You don’t need to be a hippie or a guru to enjoy the health benefits of meditating, either. Studies show that meditation can significantly reduce stress, so it is worth trying out. Contrary to widespread belief, meditating is not about emptying your mind: that is impossible for most of us. It is about focusing on a single thing, like your breathing or the color of your eyelids, so you stay completely in the moment. Just two minutes a day of meditating could help improve your mind and mood.

Whole Foods

We are not referring to the grocery store with this one, although they named the store after this health concept. A lot of processed food has extra ingredients. Sometimes, your body does not know what to do with the extra ingredients, or the ingredients are cheap and cause weight gain. A diet of meals made from scratch, with whole ingredients, is a lot healthier for you overall. Even Oprah said this was the most effective weight loss routine for her, so it is worth a shot!

Blue Light Glasses

Your sleep is important, and it is an important part of your health, too. Poor sleep can cause low energy levels, bad mental performance at work, and even weight gain. You want to stay on top of a good night’s sleep to experience the best possible health. A few different things can contribute to restless nights, but one is blue light. Your TV, phone, and computer all emit blue light, and studies have shown it can interrupt your melatonin levels and disrupt your sleep. If it sounds like a conspiracy theory, it’s not. Thankfully, it is easy to cut blue light, either with an app, or with a pair of blue light glasses.

Better health is in reach for everyone. It is exciting to hear about a new health tactic, but we wonder if it will really work. The tips on this list are all backed up by studies or excellent evidence, and you should consider trying each one of them. Always consult your doctor before making a change, but any one of these health tips could start creating a better life for you.

Minot Sober Living Home Supports Women in Recovery

A new sober living home for women recovering from substance use disorders has opened in Minot, North Dakota.

According to the representatives of The Sanctuary Sober Living for Women, this facility is the first one to offer recovery services to residents of Minot.

It has a philosophy that focuses on promoting non-chemical coping skills, volunteer efforts, profitable employment, education, and action. It is is a nonprofit organization that has been registered with the National Sober Living Association

It bases its program on the 12-step model to recovery which involves structured environments, workshops, spiritual teachings, and retreats and encompasses the mind, body and spirit.

There are a total of 11 trained individuals who are involved with managing the sober living home, which can accommodate a total of 14 women for provisional periods in a four-bedroom house. The representatives of the center stated that, in addition to a double room, the large size of the bedrooms allows them to be shared by up to six women. Shared premises prevent the women from becoming isolated, they said. The facility features numerous other congregational rooms for the assisting women who have gone through detoxification for a drug or an alcohol addiction but haven’t returned to their homes or routines yet.

The Sanctuary accepts applications from any person who meets their requirements and is truly committed to achieving recovery.

The requirements of the home include willingness to attend about 15 meetings every week across recovery programs — some of the gatherings are held at the house and some are not, such as the meetings with peer support groups like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous.

The women also have to participate in random and unscheduled drug and alcohol tests.  There is a zero-tolerance drug use policy, any woman whose tests results come out positive for drug use will be facing eviction. The residents are required to be enrolled in school or have at least, a part-time job. They are also required to complete domestic chores every day and cook their own food.

The employees of the sober living home require the residents to sign in and out every time they enter or exit the premises and highlight that they will be closely monitored for compliance, which is intended to help the women learn to have a sense of accountability.

Women can refer themselves or be referred by an agency.  Residents that have been charged with substance-related violations as part of alternative sentencing are also accepted.

The Sanctuary opened at the beginning of the month and the first residents of the center have already been living there. The staff members are currently in the process of reviewing other applications that have been submitted by potential residents. It is self-funded and is currently charging residents a total of $500 monthly and accepts charitable donations.

Rehabilitation Center in Glenwood Springs Helps Mothers

Momenta is a rehabilitation treatment facility that recently opened in Glenwood Springs, CO, offering mental health and substance abuse service to inpatients and outpatients.

Momenta was founded by Mandy Owensby, who has been in recovery nearly six years. As a mother, Owensby wanted to create a program that specifically helped both women and mothers after her own difficulties finding programs that would accept her with her children.

Before opening the rehabilitation center, Owensby worked in human services. During this time, she noticed there was a shortage of local treatment resources for patients, who instead had to be referred to programs out of state.

Momenta clinician Bailey Allison stated that economic hardships have been a contributor to rising addiction trends in the state. She continued that a lack of psychiatrists and physicians who can provide treatment in small town communities such as Glenwood Springs has further highlighted the problem.

The Colorado Department of Health & Environment estimated that almost 960 total drug poisoning deaths happened in 2017, representing a 5-year high for the state. In turn, Gov. John Hickenlooper passed a law to maintain the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force.

The task force set up a subcommittee in October 2017 that focused on supporting and protecting children who have parents or carers that have substance abuse problems. Often, mothers with substance use disorders fear losing custody of their children and many of them may refuse to seek help until their substance abuse is severe.

Utilizing a holistic approach to recovery, Momenta staff center not only on mother-child relationships, but on the family as a whole. Based on a 12-step model, the treatment center offers many courses for patients.

According to Owensby, in addition to Momenta, only three other programs — in Denver, Grand Junction and Pueblo — offer similar services. There are two buildings which make up the facility. The first houses eighteen women, while the second one has room for six women who have finished treatment and are soon ready to join back into society.

Owensby requires patients to complete a minimum of ninety days of treatment, as she believes that the longer patients receive treatment services, the more likely they are able to stick to a long term recover plan. Further, longer treatment may help to eliminate patient ‘triggers’. The current success of Momenta has left Owensby feeling there may be a waiting list soon.

Is There Such A Thing As A Healthy Condiment?

Is there anything worse than bland, tasteless food? Being served the same food over and over can, unquestionably, be dull and boring, but food that has little to no taste, to begin with, is infinitely worse. If our food isn’t going to taste good and be something we anticipate with pleasure, we may as well adopt some futuristic writer’s view of a world where food comes out of a computerized system that reduces all of our nutritional requirements into a pill. (more…)

Classic State Fair Foods

Every year, something magical happens during the summer and early fall all across the country. One day there’s this large expanse of land with a few empty structures scattered around and the next a fairy-tale like place of lights, sounds and smells seems to have sprung out of thin air.

It’s State Fair time! And, with each state’s version of this American tradition comes what we have come to know as fair food. It may not be the kind of culinary creations we usually find on the plethora of cooking shows that flood our cable lineup, and no one will ever label it as “healthy”, but, oh how we love and look forward to it! (more…)

Visiting The NYC Chili Cook Off

Winters are long in New York, and they can be brutal. Months of frigid temperatures and lack of sunshine can take its toll. Nowhere do they pay more attention in early February when Punxsutawney Phil or New York’s own Staten Island Chuck are dragged from their cozy dens to predict the possibility of an early spring than they do in New York. But, whether shadows are seen or not, whether spring comes with a roar or a whimper, there is one thing that happens around mid-April every year that never fails to add a little heat to the hearts and taste buds of New Yorkers; the NYC Chili Cook Off! (more…)

Health Benefits of Jalapeño Peppers

If you know anyone unfortunate enough to have developed a stomach ulcer or have seen movies with characters dealing with them, the first thing that usually comes to mind is someone chugging milk or something like Pepto Bismol. We immediately feel bad for them because they are going to be put on some sort of bland, tasteless diet because everyone knows that spicy food causes and irritates ulcers, right? Wrong! Turns out that that really isn’t the case at all. Those ulcers are caused by stress, alcohol, smoking, too many pain medications and a list of other things, but not spicy food. The surprising truth is that the capsaicin in jalapeño and other types of peppers that adds the hot, spicy flavor to so many of our favorite foods may actually protect us from developing those ulcers!  (more…)

Why Are NYC Bagels Better?

New Yorkers are often characterized as rude and of the opinion that nothing outside their city rates very highly.  In 1976, Saul Steinberg, the well-known cartoonist, and illustrator featured in The New Yorker for more than six decades created what has become the iconic “definition” of a New Yorker. His illustration was featured as the cover for the March 29 edition and it showed the view a typical New Yorker would have if they were standing on 9th Avenue and facing west. There is a lot of detail until you get to the Hudson River but beyond that very little is more than a blur.   (more…)

A Brief History on the Houston Food Bank

Everything is bigger in Texas, right? When you’re talking about land that goes on forever or the tip-to-tip measurement of a steer’s horns, more and bigger are usually better. That isn’t always the case, though, when we talk about people and the fact that one out of every eight Americans struggles to get enough to eat every day. In Houston, Texas, that’s a lot of people. Of course, we don’t talk about having hungry people: currently, the correct terminology is “food-insecure households.” (more…)