At New Hope Recovery Center we continue to provide a safe and familiar environment for you to return to once you have completed our treatment programming. We do this by providing alumni meetings, an alumni group, service opportunities, workshops, special events as well as through hosting outside group meetings. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing our alumni return to New Hope Recovery Center to give back after many months and years of continuous sobriety.

As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to review our most popular articles during the year.  In reviewing the most viewed articles, four major themes emerge as the top concerns and focus of our readers during this year.

Warning Signs

It is clear that many people are interested in determining if they or a loved one suffers from addiction.  Several of our most-read articles dealt with warning signs for various potential addictions.

 

Heroin, Heroin, Heroin

If there was one prominent addiction theme during 2013, it was definitely heroin.  Heroin received both local and nationwide focus.  Its availability and low price seemed to put it at the forefront for many addiction treatment centers.  Sadly, too many lives were lost due to heroin use this past year, including Cory Monteith from Glee.  Many Chicago-area counties have seen a large increase in the number of heroin/opiate related deaths. Several of our most reviewed articles dealt with heroin.  In addition to the Heroin Abuse Warning Signs mentioned above, these two articles were also very popular:

 

Parents Concern for Their Children

Another area that received the many readers involved articles written for parents about their children's addiction.  The number of late teens and early twenties in treatment has been drastically increasing in recent years.  The following were our most popular articles geared toward parents:

 

LGBTQI

The final area of our most-read articles dealt with LGBTQI issues and concerns:

All of us at New Hope Recovery Center wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to 2014 and will continue to provide helpful articles on current issues and concerns seen by us and our clients and their families. You can reach New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707-HOPE (4673), or info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

Following Residential Day Treatment (RDT) or Intensive Outpatient Treatment, it is important to participate in an ongoing Aftercare Program. Aftercare is an important part of a complete life-care program that covers all aspects of living a healthy, fruitful sober life.  A good Aftercare program prepares those who have completed alcohol or drug addiction treatment to enter the period of early recovery.  It helps maintain and build on the gains made during their treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.  The Aftercare program starts immediately following addiction treatment and is critical to help prevent relapse and to achieve optimal outcomes.

In addition to a comprehensive Aftercare program, New Hope Recovery Center recommends incorporating certain life-care activities into early recovery.

Life-care Recommendations:

  1. Participate in an Aftercare program
  2. Attend regular 12-Step meetings
  3. Have regular contact with a sponsor
  4. Depending on your needs, incorporate these other therapies:
  • individual therapy
  • psychiatry
  • family therapy
  • couple therapy
  • pastoral counseling
  • group counseling
  1. Develop and practice healthy habits

Healthy Habits.  Practicing healthy habits not only eliminates bad habits, it establishes and maintains the self-discipline that is important in recovery.  Healthy habits will increase your energy and productivity.  Here are some healthy habits to incorporate into your life:

  • Eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and      foods high in fiber
  • Cut back on sugar and sweets
  • Eliminate soda
  • Stay away from energy drinks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Cut back or eliminate nicotine and caffeine
  • Engage in regular physical activities such as yoga, weight training, walking, bike riding and running (consult your doctor before starting such activities)
  • Make sleep and rest a priority by getting the proper amount of sleep, not too little nor too much
  • Practice Mindfulness, Gratitude and Meditation

Gratitude.  Keeping an optimistic view of life with the practice of gratitude will allow one to be more content.  Maintaining self-discipline and delaying instant gratification not only decreases the impulsive nature of addictive behaviors, it aids in feeling gratitude.  Practicing gratitude is a key component for overall emotional health and helps us focus on all the positive wonderful things in our lives, versus seeing only what is lacking, disappointing or unpleasant.  Our brains are naturally programmed to look toward the negative, so consciously choose gratitude to override this natural tendency.                              

12-Step Benefits.  Developing and applying a 12-Step recovery program creates a sense of belonging, which many addicts have lost through isolation, alienation, resentments, and inability to connect.  Following a 12-Step program not only provides a sense of belonging, it creates harmony and balanced in life.

Meditation.  Meditation can benefit anyone in any stage of their recovery, but it is especially helpful in early recovery to help deal with post acute withdrawal symptoms. Meditation’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits include a greater sense of awareness, peace of mind, and a deepened connectedness to a higher power, nature and others. It can also create a greater sense of purpose and provide more creative ways to resolve or come to terms with past issues, which tend to be buried.

New Hope Recovery Center Aftercare and Life-care.  New Hope Recovery Center’s Aftercare program includes weekly meetings with other recovering addictions, on-going involvement with New Hope Recovery Center counselors for at least 6 months following IOP or Residential Treatment.

After completing our Aftercare program, clients are invited to take part in a weekly panel group where the alumni member lends support to those who are currently involved in treatment. This gives the alumni member the opportunity to engage in service work with a vivid reminder where they were in their own earlier recovery. For those in treatment who may have difficulty reaching out to others, this allows them to identify and relate to their peers, ask probing questions about early recovery and its challenges.

In addition to these supports, NHRC provides on-going phone and email support for clients who have successfully completed any level of treatment. This adds to the connectedness and accountability, which is so vital to the early recovery process and provides a healthy sense of belonging, fellowship and a new sober support network.

If you or a loved one is interested in participating in an Aftercare program following treatment, please contact New Hope Recovery Center at 773-883-3916 or via email at info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

New Hope Recovery Center has been administering Vivitrol, a once monthly injection, for the past year with positive results.  It has been extremely helpful for our clients struggling with addiction to opiates including heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin and other opiate prescription drugs.

What is Vivitrol?  Why try it?

Vivitrol is an injectable formulation of Naltrexone.  Vivitrol is given as an intramuscular injection in the upper buttocks and is a thick solution, which may cause some temporary discomfort.  Naltrexone, a pure opiate blocker, has been available for years as a once daily pill.  Vivitrol acts directly on the brain’s opiate receptors, preventing the physical effects of heroin, Oxycodone, Norco and other forms of opiates and has the added effect of biochemically decreasing cravings.  Vivitrol is NOT an Opiate, is NOT addictive and does NOT cause withdrawal as it metabolizes in the system.

How much does it cost?

Much has been written about the expense of Vivitrol.  The majority of our clients find the cost covered 100% by their health insurance and financial support has also been available.  Alkermes, the maker of Vivitrol, and Touchpoints’ Support Services reimbursement specialists, have been very supportive through assistance in obtaining Vivitrol for our clients from insurance specific pharmacies and providing financial support.

When can Vivitrol be used? 

In the past year, New Hope Recovery Center clients that identify as Opiate Dependent upon admission have been counseled on the benefits of Vivitrol. Individuals must be opiate free 7 – 10 days before having Vivitrol administered and as the ordering process can take some time, Vivitrol usage is discussed early in the treatment process. Clients with legal consequences, and those with repeated failed attempts to stay sober, have been the most eager to use Vivitrol. The court systems as well as probation officers have looked positively on clients choosing Vivitrol.

What has prevented clients from trying Vivitrol?

The majority of our clients are interested in using Vivitrol.  However, we find some are confused about the difference between Suboxone and Vivitrol. Some are concerned with the cost, which we have found to be generally covered for most clients, while those clients who are hesitant to taking Vivitrol may have an unspoken reserved desire to use again.  For these clients, it is helpful to point out the huge reduction in cravings that occurs.  Additionally, we find having our Vivitrol clients discuss their experience with each other can be helpful.

Results from using Vivitrol

New Hope Recovery Center clients receive their first injection while in treatment whether Residential Day Treatment (RDT) or Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and are given the option to receive subsequent injections at New Hope Recovery Center as an Alumni. Since beginning to administer Vivitrol at New Hope, not a single client has relapsed on any drug or alcohol within the 30 days of their Injection and all of our Vivitrol clients completed treatment successfully.  Some clients have received one injection and not returned for subsequent injections.  However, most clients have returned for repeat injections.

The overwhelming message has been that receiving the injection did the following: (1) took the option to use opiates out of their thoughts, (2) their cravings subsided, (3) recovery from their obsession took hold, (3) and trust in their recovery grew more rapidly than expected.

New Hope Recovery Center is very encouraged by the results using Vivitrol for opioid dependence in combination with treatment and 12-Step recovery.  We expect to share further results in the future.

New Hope Recovery Center has extensive experience treating addiction to opiates, including heroin, Vicodin and Oxycontin.  If you or someone you love is addicted to these life-threatening drugs, please get help immediately.  You can reach New Hope Recovery Center by phone at 773-883-3916 or via email at  info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center

Recovery Success Story Written by a New Hope Recovery Center Alumni - V.M.

I am extremely grateful that I made the decision to seek treatment for my drug/alcohol addiction at New Hope Recovery Center in an effort to regain control of my life.  Enrolling in the Residential Day Treatment Program was scary because it meant being away from my home, family, and work.  In hindsight, I realize that I would have lost all of those things if I continued on the destructive path my addiction was leading me down.

New Hope Recovery Center was a great fit for me because the counselors and staff genuinely cared about my sobriety, which was clearly demonstrated in their sensitivity, honesty, and actions.  Feeling like I was accepted, and knowing they had significant experience working with people just like me, helped to build the necessary trust for me to make a new beginning and made me feel safe in my new environment.

I feel fortunate that I was able to relate to the other clients at New Hope Recovery Center.  Despite our different backgrounds, we all struggled with the same disease.  The “disease concept” was completely foreign to me until I attended my first session at New Hope Recovery Center.  I immediately learned about the physical and mental aspects of my addiction and how my behavior and actions impacted me and those around me.  New Hope Recovery Center equipped me with a toolset, and clear directions on how to begin repairing my mind, body and spirit.

New Hope Recovery Center also provided the continuity I needed to ensure I remained sober beyond just 28 days.  I attended their Intensive Outpatient Program, which allowed me to reinforce the principles I was taught and apply them at work, at home and with my family.  I also participated in Aftercare which enabled me to nurture the relationships I established with my peers and maintain direct contact with New Hope’s staff.

I feel blessed to be writing this 1.5 years later - still sober.  Drugs and alcohol are no longer a part of my existence.  My relationships with my wife, my family, and my friends are stronger than I could have ever envisioned.  I am gainfully employed in a career that I am extremely passionate about.  I have developed a network of sober friends that support one another.

I am able to give back to New Hope Recovery Center’s community by stepping up alongside other Alumni members to help newcomers in recovery.  Most importantly, I have found a sense of peace and happiness that I did not think was possible without drugs and alcohol.   If I can do it, anyone can do it.  You just need to be willing to ask for help.