5 Ways to Sober Summer Fun

Sober Summer

Under the premise of happiness, addiction ultimately steals joy from everyone it ensnares. Don’t let it keep you from enjoying a fun-filled summer. Whether you’re on a personal journey toward sobriety or have yet to declare war on the substance that holds you captive, summer can be fun entirely free from your Drug of Choice (DOC). Unconvinced? Read on. Continue reading

Relapse Prevention: After Care Matters

Airplane Crash Sobriety MetaphorSteve Carell’s character reacts with outrage in the 2018 movie, Beautiful Boy, when a substance abuse counselor tells him that relapse is “part of recovery.” He replies: “That’s like saying that crashing is a part of pilot training.” Both characters are right. Relapse is often a part of addiction recovery. But it can wreak as much havoc on the people it touches as an airplane crash. Continue reading

Men’s Health Month & Addiction

Men's Health Month AddictionCelebrated across the country with screenings, fairs, media appearances and outreach activities, June is Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the campaign is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. It also provides a great opportunity to encourage males to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for illness and injury.Men and Health

Since first launching in 1994, the observance has spurred thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. In our efforts to address one of the most startling and pervasive health problems facing men today, MFI offers an array of services tailored to help men (and women) conquer substance abuse as well as other physical and mental health-related conditions. Continue reading

Veterans and Substance Abuse

memorial day message with soldier and daughter holding americanAs we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month and celebrate Memorial Day, we thought it appropriate to devote our final May blog post to a subject that is as prevalent as it is sad – veterans and substance abuse. Studies show Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is tied strongly to substance use problems, particularly when the PTSD is tied to military service. Regardless of the root cause of PTSD, affected persons often try to mask their symptoms by self-medicating. Ironically, people with problems relative to drugs and/or alcohol are more likely than the general population to develop PTSD. Continue reading

Substance Abuse & Suicide

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In the United States each year, more than 40,000 people die by their own hand. In fact, the 10th most common cause of death in our country is suicide. It is also the third leading cause of death of Americans aged 10-14 and the second leading cause for Americans aged 15-34.Although complicated and tragic, the good news is that suicide is often preventable as long as people pay attention and take action when they notice someone at risk. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to focus this week’s blog post on suicide, because it is so often intertwined with depression and addiction, both of which we see quite often at MFI.  

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Substance Abuse & Suicide

Suicide, addiction, and depression form a symbiotic relationship. Experts agree that more than 90% of people who commit suicide do so because they suffer from depression, struggle with a substance abuse disorder, or both. Depressed people often turn to drugs and/or alcohol in a vain attempt to find relief. Unfortunately, their addictions fuel the depression, sending them back to their Drug of Choice (DOC). Feeling hopelessly caught in an endless cycle, addicts often attempt suicide.

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Who is most at risk?

People Who:

  • Struggle with depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorders are generally more at risk of committing suicide than the general population.
  • Has a serious medical condition 
  • Suffers from chronic pain
  • Previously attempted suicide 
  • Family shares a history of a mental disorder or substance abuse, suicide, physical violence and/or sexual abuse
  • Keeping guns (and ammunition) in the home
  • Were recently released from jail or prison  
  • Exposed to others’ suicidal ideation, such as those of family members, peers, or celebrities

How to Spot the Signs

Does someone you love?

  • Say they want to die or want to kill themselves?
  • Talk about feeling empty, hopeless, or without reason to live?
  • Make plans for a way to kill themselves? This can include searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a weapon.
  • Mention they have a great guilt or shame?
  • Talk about feeling trapped or in despair?
  • Feel unbearable emotional or physical pain?
  • Say they are a burden to others?
  • Use alcohol or drugs more often than previously?
  • Act anxious or agitated?
  • Withdraw from family and friends?
  • Change eating and/or sleeping habits.
  • Show rage or mention their desire to seek revenge?
  • Engage in risky behaviors such as fast driving or drinking while driving?
  • Seem obsessed with death?
  • Display extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy?
  • Give away meaningful possessions?
  • Say goodbye to family and friends?
  • Develop an urgency to draft their last will and testament?
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Don’t make the mistake of ignoring someone who expresses suicidal thoughts or actions. These often signal extreme distress, not a meaningless ploy for attention. 

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About MFI Recovery Center

Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detoxmedication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.