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National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month and to celebrate this month with the rest of the nation we at Summer Sky are Celebrating 32-Years of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery. September is officially (Recovery Month). We want as many people as possible to seek treatment and find the path of recovery. There are many events held all month across the State of Texas and Nationally.

 Share your recovery with the world around you. Let others know that recovery is possible and treatment works by attending an event in your area. Together we can help others find treatment and recovery. Recovery produces a healthy way of living and increases awareness that others can have a rewarding and fulfilling life just like yours.    

So, as you go through the month know that all of you in recovery are amazing individuals and reinforce that together we can all make a difference by helping each other embrace our lives in recovery.             

Consumer Driven Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Consumer Driven Alcohol and Drug Treatment

What are consumer driven alcohol and drug treatment centers? Very simply this is where you the consumer look at a facility, services and the treatment being offered and decide if this program is the best fit for you or a loved one. Alcohol and drug treatment programs are supposed to offer you the best treatment experience available that can accommodate your specific needs.

In the last 32-Years, we have found that not all treatment is created equal. We know that treatment works and that certain problems and difficulties arise during treatment. Having a facility that can accommodate your specific needs is very important to you, and at Summer Sky we strive to offer you the most available services in one location.

One of the first things to consider is knowing if you need medical detoxification to get free from alcohol of drugs. If you are not sure, an assessment at an alcohol or drug treatment center can help in determining the right level of care for you to start with for treatment. Another important consideration is finding out if the treatment center is accredited. Facilities that are accredited have higher standards of oversight to maintain to the consumer of services. The Joint Commission accredits Summer Sky.  

Medical Detoxification

Medical Detoxification is the highest level of care offered at a substance use disorder facility. Detox is a vital service that can keep you or a loved one safe. Getting free from dangerous and addictive chemicals is not something anyone needs to do alone. Allowing medical professionals to handle your detox is very important, and the individual with a substance use issue will need medical withdrawal management.

 Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient Treatment is sometimes needed to handle more difficult medical situations that warrant more medical supervision after the detox process. An example of someone that may need detox and then inpatient treatment may be someone that is having a difficult time stabilizing their diabetes while getting free from alcohol. They may need a few more days past the initial detoxification phase. Summer Sky provides both detoxification and inpatient treatment. Remember many individuals need help with the management of physical or mental complications which may be present as they present for treatment. Having both levels of care available greatly increases an individual's chance of recovery.

Residential Treatment

The next level of care is residential treatment. Residential treatment begins after a person becomes stabilized in either medical detoxification or inpatient treatment. A person would step down to a residential level of care and begin attending the primary treatment program services. An individual may still need medical services like medication management or access to the medical staff. However, they are now able to attend educational groups, process groups, life skills groups, recovery based groups, individual sessions with a counselor. This level of care allows for attendance at equine therapy, ropes challenge course, and participating in gym activities as well as focusing on how to stay clean and sober and dealing with any past trauma, relapse issues or barriers to recovery. Residential Treatment is a solution driven phase of treatment. This level of care involves the individual living at the facility temporarily while attending the treatment program.        

Partial Hospitalization

The partial hospitalization is another step-down program that is available in Summer Sky. This level of care indicates that a person is now preparing for discharge and the intensity of treatment is now indicating that and individual is now ready to put into practice what is being learned to stay clean and sober. A discharge plan is very important, and following recommendations of the continued care plan prepares and individual to meet to next level of care available.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

The intensive outpatient treatment programs that are available at Summer Sky can be utilized as a step down into a lower level of intensity of treatment service from the residential treatment or partial hospitalization programs. The intensive outpatient level of care will still provide therapy and group educational components. However, the focus is staying clean and sober and returning to the community. Intensive outpatient helps to transition back into life. Some people do enter into Partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient first before being referred to a higher level of care. The focus is being able to maintain abstinence from alcohol or drugs.        

 

Summer Sky announced a Partial Scholarship Program

We are serious about making a difference. We understand that finding affordable healthcare is important in today's economy. If you or your loved one, employee, friend or associate needs detoxification, the residential treatment we have many options at Summer Sky.

Our Partial Scholarship Program is a way of helping those with current hardships or will help someone that needs a little assistance getting into treatment. The special inpatient treatment rate is $11,000 for a 30-Day treatment. However, the Partial Scholarship Program allows someone who cannot afford this price request a Partial Scholarship of $1000, $2000, $3000, or $4000 off the price. We ask that you ask for what you need so the scholarship committee can get you approved and into treatment. The Partial Scholarship Committee meets daily.

In addition to the Partial Scholarship Program, Summer Sky accepts most all private insurance plans. Including PPO's HMO and In-network insurance plans. We have a Detox Program, 30-Day Treatment Programs, 90-Day Treatment Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs in Stephenville and Addison, Texas. We look forward to helping you in Treatment. You can contact us at 1-888-857-8857.





Summer Sky Announces
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Special Treatment Rates during the month of March 2017



Summer Sky Alumni Reunion

Celebrating

32- years of Addiction Treatment and Recovery!

 

Come Join the Celebration

Location: Stephenville Parks Recreation Pavilion

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Time: 10 AM to 2 PM

Summer Sky Annual Alumni Reunion

Saturday, October 7th, 2016

Recovery Speakers

Recovery Countdown

Texas BBQ

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                 Finding a Drug Treatment Center

Treatment saves lives! Everyday across the United States individuals and families call different treatment programs to see if they are eligible for drug and alcohol treatment. Families spend time researching treatment centers in search of a quality drug rehab program. The search can be very frustrating, especially when a family member is in crisis. Reaching out and attaining  guidance is not as easy as people might believe, however it is necessary that an individual or family do not give up when you begin to feel frustration. I was on the phone this week with a mother discussing her adolescent daughter’s addiction and all the problems associated with adolescents using drugs. We were in the process of exploring the option of an intervention.  When she made a statement that caught my attention. She said “You know your treatment center was the 8th drug rehab I have called in the last two days. Your admission department is the only treatment program that listened to my situation and did not immediately ask me for my insurance information or if I had the ability to pay privately.” This statement reminded me of how important it is that families be heard with a compassionate voice on the other end of the phone.
It is great hearing from a family member that she felt supported from our staff and she felt our drug treatment program cared about her situation. When you call Summer Sky you will experience a different kind of drug treatment program that cares about you and your family. This is one of the many great things that make Summer Sky the best Texas drug and alcohol rehab around.   
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Increasing Neurogenesis Might Prevent Drug Addiction and Relapse

ScienceDaily  — Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center hope they have begun paving a new pathway in the fight against drug dependence. Their hypothesis -- that increasing the normally occurring process of making nerve cells might prevent addiction -- is based on a rodent study demonstrating that blocking new growth of specific brain nerve cells increases vulnerability for cocaine addiction and relapse.                                 

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The study's findings, available in the Journal of Neuroscience, are the first to directly link addiction with the process, called neurogenesis, in the region of the brain called the hippocampus.

While the research specifically focused on what happens when neurogenesis is blocked, the scientists said the results suggest that increasing adult neurogenesis might be a potential way to combat drug addiction and relapse.

"More research will be needed to test this hypothesis, but treatments that increase adult neurogenesis may prevent addiction before it starts, which would be especially important for patients treated with potentially addictive medications," said Dr. Amelia Eisch, associate professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study. "Additionally, treatments that increase adult neurogenesis during abstinence might prevent relapse."

Increasingly, addiction researchers have recognized that some aspects of the condition -- such as forming drug-context associations -- might involve the hippocampus, which is a region of the brain associated with learning and memory. Only with recent technological advances have scientists been able to test their theories in animals by manipulating the birth of new nerve cells in the hippocampus of the adult brain.

Physical activity and novel and enriched environments have been shown in animal studies to be good for the brain in general, but more research is needed to see if they can increase human adult neurogenesis.

Dr. Eisch and her colleagues used advanced radiation delivery techniques to prevent hippocampal neurogenesis. In one experiment, rats were allowed to self-administer cocaine by pressing a lever. Rats with radiated brains took more cocaine and seemed to find it more rewarding than rats that did not receive radiation.

In a second experiment, rats first self-administered cocaine and then received radiation to decrease neurogenesis during a period of time that they were without drugs. Rats with reduced neurogenesis took more time to realize that a drug lever was no longer connected to the drug dispenser.

"The nonirradiated rats didn't like the cocaine as much and learned faster to not press the formerly drug-associated lever," Dr. Eisch said. "In the context of this experiment, decreased neurogenesis fueled the process of addiction, instead of the cocaine changing the brain."

Dr. Eisch said she plans to do similar studies with other drugs of abuse, using imaging technology to study addiction and hippocampal neurogenesis in humans.

"If we can create and implement therapies that prevent addiction from happening in the first place, we can improve the length and quality of life for millions of drug abusers, and all those affected by an abuser's behavior," she said.

Another study author from UT Southwestern was Sarah Bulin, a graduate student research assistant. Other researchers involved in the work include Dr. Michele Noonan, former graduate research assistant in psychiatry, and Dwain Fuller from the VA North Texas Health Care System.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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Popping a Pill Can Help Some Alcoholics Curb Drinking

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2010) — A little-used medication can help treat alcoholism, an updated review of studies confirms. At any given time, about 5 percent of the population suffers from an addiction to alcohol, often with devastating consequences to work, family, friends and health. Twelve-step programs have been the mainstay for helping alcoholics to quit drinking, but a significant number of people who try these programs do not find them helpful or suffer relapses.

The Cochrane review finds that the medication naltrexone -- brand names are Depade and ReVia -- when combined with counseling or interventions like Alcoholics Anonymous, can help cut the risk of heavy drinking in patients who are dependent on alcohol.

Naltrexone works by blocking the pleasurable feelings, or "high," a person gets from drinking alcohol, thereby reducing motivation to drink. Naltrexone can be taken daily as a pill and is available as a long-acting injection.

The review was published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

"Hundreds of drugs have been tried for relapse prevention [in alcoholism] and basically all others have failed," said Michael Soyka, M.D., senior author of the review. "From a clinical point of view, there are few pharmacologic options for the treatment of alcohol dependence, so it is important to study those options that look promising." Soyka and lead review author Suanne Roesner are associated with the psychiatric hospital at the University of Munich.

Alcohol dependence is different from alcohol abuse or misuse. The symptoms of alcohol dependence include craving for alcohol, an inability to control drinking, the presence of withdrawal symptoms if one tries to quit and tolerance -- the need to increase alcohol amounts to feel the same effect. People who only abuse alcohol and are not dependent on it have no trouble controlling their drinking, once they decide to do so.

Soyka and colleagues examined the results of 50 previously published high-quality studies on naltrexone and alcohol dependence. Overall, the studies enrolled nearly 7,800 patients diagnosed with alcohol dependence. Of these, about 4,200 patients took naltrexone or a similar drug called nalmefene. The rest of the patients took a placebo or had some other type of treatment. Treatment with naltrexone ranged from four weeks to a year, with most patients receiving about 12 weeks of treatment. Most patients also received counseling.

Researchers found that patients who received naltrexone were 17 percent less likely to return to heavy drinking than were patients who received a placebo treatment. "That would mean that naltrexone can be expected to prevent heavy drinking in one out of eight patients who would otherwise have returned to a heavy drinking pattern," Soyka said.

Naltrexone also increased the number of people who were able to stay abstinent by 4 percent.

While at first glance that might not seem like a miracle cure for alcoholism, Soyka said that the effectiveness of naltrexone is on par with medications used for other psychiatric conditions.

"Naltrexone is moderately effective in reducing alcohol intake. It's about as effective as antidepressants in depressive disorders," he said. "From a safety point of view, there are few safety concerns. Nausea is the most frequent side effect."

Carlton Erickson, Ph.D., director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at the University of Texas in Austin, says naltrexone can help a person with alcohol dependence move toward the goal of abstinence.

"Anytime you reduce the severity of drinking, the individual is more open to treatment for abstinence," he said. "It's almost like putting them through a series of steps if you can get them to cut down; once they start to cut down they are more likely to become abstinent with continued treatment and continued exposure to 12-step programs." Erickson is not associated with the review or any of its authors.

Despite its possible benefits in treating alcohol dependency, naltrexone is not widely used in the United States or elsewhere, Erickson said. Some addiction specialists fear that the widespread use of naltrexone or other medications will result in patients not receiving the counseling or psychological interventions they need.

There is also a lingering attitude that the treatment of alcohol dependency must rely solely on psychological or spiritual methods.

"People in 12-step programs typically don't believe in medications for the treatment of alcoholism," Erickson said. "Therefore they are unlikely to accept anyone into their 12-step meetings who is on a medication like naltrexone. Secondly, they would not want to accept it for themselves, unless a physician talked them into it as part of their treatment plan."

In addition, most large alcohol treatment centers, with the exception of Hazelden, do not advocate for the use of medications in the management of addiction, he said.

However, Erickson said that naltrexone is FDA-approved only as an adjunct to abstinence-based therapies, like Alcoholics Anonymous. "Naltrexone is not something you give to someone who says 'I want to stop drinking, give me a pill.' Naltrexone is only a helper to that process. The medication itself is not a magic bullet."

The review discloses that two authors received speaker/consultancy/advisory board honoraria from pharmaceutical companies.

Story Source:

The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. The original article was written by Katherine Kahn.

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Study: Newer Antipsychotic Drugs Are Overused

 

 

 

Researchers Say Many Doctors Prescribe Drugs Despite Lack of Evidence of Effectiveness

By Brenda Goodman
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Jan. 7, 2011 -- Many people taking powerful psychiatric medicationsthat increase their risk of weight gain and diabetes are prescribed those drugs when there’s little evidence that they will get any benefit from them, a new study shows.

What’s more, experts say that even when these drugs, which are known as atypical antipsychotics, are prescribed as recommended, they may not be safer or more effective than the less expensive, older medications that they’ve apparently replaced.

“Atypical agents were once thought to be safer and possibly more effective,” says study researcher G. Caleb Alexander, MD, an assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. “And what we’ve learned over time is that they are not safer, and in the settings where there’s the best scientific evidence, they are no more effective.”

How Drugs Developed for Schizophrenia Became Used as Antidepressants

The first generation of drugs to treat serious mental illnesses like schizophreniawere introduced in the late 1950s and 1960s, but those drugs often had disfiguring and painful neurologic side effects like muscle spasms and tremors and caused involuntary movements like facial grimacing.

In 1989, the first of a newer generation of atypical antipsychotic drugs, Clozaril, was introduced with the promise of being more effective than its predecessors, with fewer side effects. Other medications in the class soon followed, including Abilify, Geodon, Invega, Risperdal, Saphris, Seroquel, and Zyprexa.

“Since there were all these new drugs, and it costs 700 to 800 million to bring a drug to market, drug companies needed to make that money back,” says Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, chairman of the department of psychiatry at Columbia University, who was not involved in the study. “These drugs were marketed aggressively.”

The study, which was published online in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, documents what Lieberman and others believe were the effects of that marketing.

Researchers found that the number of office visits in which a doctor documented a patient’s use of atypical antipsychotics more than doubled since the mid-1990s -- climbing from 6.2 million in 1995 to 14.3 million by 2008, making them the top-selling pharmaceutical drug class.

Over time, the way doctors prescribed those drugs changed, too, with doctors becoming more likely to prescribe these powerful medications for conditions in which they had not been rigorously studied or FDA approved, such as anxiety,depressionattention deficit disorder, and for aggression and agitation in dementia patients.

In adults, for example, the use of any antipsychotic medication -- old or new -- remained relatively stable from 1995 to 2001. But from 2001 to 2006 use of the medications doubled, the study showed, indicating that doctors were becoming quicker to turn to these powerful drugs.

In children, the use of the drugs skyrocketed, increasing 800% from 1995 to 2005.

“Time and time again what we see is medications that are prematurely adopted in populations that have little or nothing to gain, and this study is yet another example of how both doctors and patients may overenthusiastically or prematurely adopt medicines beyond the evidence base,” Alexander says.

Atypical Antipsychotics Become a Target of Lawsuits

In many cases, government regulators felt that pharmaceutical companies promoting these drugs broke the law by encouraging doctors to prescribe them “off-label.” Off-label drugs are those prescribed by doctors for purposes not approved by the FDA.

According to a report released in December 2010 by the consumer watchdog Public Citizen, some of the largest drug company settlements with the federal government in the last two decades were for the unlawful promotion of atypical antipsychotic drugs.

In 2010, for example, the drug company AstraZeneca paid $520 million to settle allegations by the federal government that it engaged in unlawful promotion of its drug Seroquel, which is the top-selling atypical antipsychotic.

AstraZeneca Responds

AstraZeneca offered the following written response to the findings of the new study:

“AstraZeneca believes that Seroquel is a safe and effective medication when used as recommended in the prescribing information and offers clinicians, patients and their loved ones an important treatment option.

Doctors need a range of options as they seek an appropriate treatment for individual patients, because they recognize a one-size-fits-all approach to treating all people with mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is not possible. Doctors consider the needs of individual patients and the array of treatments that are available, including prescription medicines. Doctors are trained to carefully make these choices.

The company has worked diligently with the FDA to ensure that the safety profile of Seroquel is reflected appropriately in the prescribing information so that health care professionals can weigh the risk and benefit of Seroquel when making treatment decisions.

It is AstraZeneca’s policy to promote our medicines and to conduct interactions with healthcare professionals in compliance with the laws and regulations that govern the healthcare community in the United States. We train AstraZeneca employees to follow our compliance policies.”

Putting the Brakes on Inappropriate Use

Experts feel the overuse of these medications will need to be addressed on several fronts.

“There are several strategies that can be used to achieve more rational use of these and other psychotropic medicines, including patient and physician education, FDA empowerment, and denial of payments by public and private payers for uses that lack sufficient scientific evidence,” Alexander says.

Lieberman said more comparative effectiveness studies would help doctors better understand when drugs in the atypical antipsychotic class were superior to each other or to older drugs, and that would better inform prescribing practices.

“It’s a bit like going to the supermarket and trying to buy laundry detergent: This one has enzymes; this one has brighteners.” he says. “But we don’t really know how the drugs compare to each other.”

Many felt that the solution should not include preventing doctors from being able to prescribe drugs off-label.

“Off-label prescribing is an important component of practice,” Lieberman says. “The reason is that it really takes a lot of money for a drug company to jump through all the hoops to get an FDA indication. There may be good evidence that a drug is effective in a given condition, but the company doesn’t see enough of a market there to get it approved.”

But he admits that many doctors may be using too free a hand with the prescription pad.

“On the other hand, you don’t want to be promiscuous and abuse that privilege,” he says.
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Addiction Treatment Centers in Texas

Addiction Treatment Centers are located around the State of Texas. Many great treatment programs exist. Each program is unique and offers different types of approaches to the treatment of addiction. Programs offer different levels of care. Some of the types of facilities that are present in Texas include inpatient, residential, short-term, long-term, and intensive out-patient programs.  Some programs have detox programs attached to the treatment programs and some do not provide this level of care.

Effective Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment centers offer a variety of modalities that are effective for individuals that need treatment. Some of the available treatment modalities that are most common are medication and behavioral therapy and when used together this can increase the likely hood of someone getting free from an addiction. Detoxification is normally the first approach to addiction treatment and then is usually, followed by treatment. Some programs offer extensive relapse prevention therapies; others are brief in this area of treatment. It is recommended that individuals that are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, seek a program that has a medical detoxification program attached to the facility, or enter into a detox program, before entering into other types of treatment programs. Most effective addiction treatment programs, offer a continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen. The focus of the care should be in the area of life, medical and mental health. Programs that offer individual or group drug counseling are very helpful to individuals. Cognitive behavioral therapy, Multidimensional family therapy, Motivational interviewing, and programs that offer strong 12-step focuses are effective at the treatment of addiction. Overall the approach of the addiction treatment program should utilize many different approaches and modalities to be effective.

Access to addiction treatment in Texas is not equal to all individuals in the State of Texas. Texas has some very great programs and some are even nationally recognized treatment programs. However, not everyone can get access to treatment in the programs in Texas. The sad reality is that unless you carry a health insurance plan or have the ability to pay for treatment out of your pocket, then finding treatment in Texas can be very difficult. Texas does have State funded treatment programs for those that do not have insurance or the ability to pay for treatment privately. The State funded treatment programs have limited beds and often require a long waiting list that an individual has to be on, before a treatment bed becomes available. 
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Summer Sky Announces Special Holiday Treatment Rate

 

Stephenville, TX- December 2, 2010- Summer Sky Treatment Center, a Texas based inpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility since 1985, is pleased to announce a special holiday treatment discount for those needing addiction treatment.

 

The Holiday Season is upon us and every year Summer Sky Treatment Center offers an opportunity for more people to seek addiction treatment. The gift of sobriety begins with those that seek out treatment for their particular Substance Use Disorder.

 

Summer Sky, a National Addiction Drug and Alcohol Treatment provider that was recently listed in the Newsweek Magazine’s Best of Dependency and Addiction Solutions section is seeking to help more people during the holiday season.

 

We are offering our annual holiday special with a 25% discount off our 30-day treatment stay with medical detoxification included. This is for adults and adolescent male and female populations. The Healthcare industry rarely offers medical discounts, but Summer Sky understands that consumers who pay for private drug and alcohol treatment should be able to have access to discounts for healthcare services, just like any other industry during the holiday season.

 

During the holiday season, less people seek help for alcohol or drug addictions. The reality is more people begin to increase consumption of alcohol and drugs which means more problems occur due to drugs and alcohol during the month of December as opposed to other months of the year. We want to help take some of the financial burden off families and individuals seeking addiction services and help more people get sober at the end of the year.

 

Give the gift of sobriety by calling Summer Sky’s Admissions staff at 1-888-857-8857 or visit us on the web at http://www.summersky.us.

 

 

About Summer Sky Treatment Center:

 

Summer Sky is a 72-bed inpatient substance use disorder facility that treats adults and adolescents male and females and has successfully treated over 10,000 patients. Summer Sky is in the process of expanding its addiction treatment programs across the State of Texas. One exciting new program is a program for Law Enforcement Officers called Eagle Force Academy.

 

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Summer Sky's First Annual Run For Recovery 

 

 

 

The Run For Recovery 5K is a benefit run/walk to heighten community awareness about those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and to raise funds to support the local STAR Council. The STAR Council (Solution Towards Addiction Recovery) has been quietly providing needed services to those families suffering from substance abuse challenges. STAR Council is a 501c3 charitable organization, primarily funded by contracts form Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and matching funds from United Ways of the supported counties.  Run or walk this scenic 3 mile loop around Tarleton State University; see the growth and progress of this beautiful campus. September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Recovery Month celebrates the positive impact of treatment for addiction in communities throughout the nation. September is set aside to recognize the strides made in treatment and to educate the public that addiction is a treatable public health problem that affects us all. This vital observance lets people know that addiction can be managed effectively when the entire community supports those who suffer from this treatable disease.

Saturday September 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am

 

Entry Fees

Pre-Register $25.00

Race Day Registration $25.00

Race Day Registration starts at 8:00 am

Packet Pick up starts at 8:30 am

Motivational Speaker starts at 9:30 am

 

Register now at

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8/16/2010

K2-
Understanding Spice Phenomena 

 

 

In the world of drug addiction and the world of drug misuse is a new substance that is taking the country by surprise. Many professionals and healthcare workers see a rise in the use of a particular substance called K2 and sometimes called spice.

 

The substance K2 has yet to be a scheduled drug. However it is getting the attention of many addictions professionals. Finding information is scattered around the Internet.

The facts and myths are being posted all across the Internet. To help with keeping information truthful here is the best reliable information available. Summer Sky Recovery Center hopes that this download contains helpful information for individuals and their families.



4/10/2010

Dear Parents:

Hi my name is Flora Guevara and I would like to introduce myself. I am writing this because I believe that you are at this time looking for treatment for your child. It saddens me that you are looking at this time for treatment because you have recently learned your child is using chemicals (drugs) or have been aware however, you don’t know what to do about it. This is where I can help; I am the supervisor for the adolescent unit. The adolescent unit is for children who are having a difficult time in their lives and have made bad choices with friends, relationship and is going places where drug usage is occurring. My point of writing this is to let you know we have a place that your child can live here and be loved and educated on how to stay clean and sober.  I would appreciate if you would take the opportunity to visit our website and allow yourself to not feel so helpless and allow us to care for your child. We provide continuous education on life skills, meditation, relationships, peer pressure, anger and stress management, counseling and unconditional love and support for the children. We also provide the children a family style environment in which the children go to the community, college and high school events. The children are encouraged to address their feeling and to explore the world conflicts with an open mind. We also provide Equine therapy, music therapy, ropes course and spiritual healing.

Listen to me; calling them children: the adolescents always remind me they are young adults. I remind them they are children and they are a blessing. “Don’t be so ready to be an adult,” is what I always tell them. Again I thank you for your time and would appreciate you considering our facility.

Sincerely,

Flora Guevara

Adolescent Unit Supervisor BSW, LCDC

2/24/2010

Mark Houston  


Leaders are not born they are developed and with the passing of Mark Houston, the field of addiction treatment and recovery has suffered a loss. Every field has leaders that emerge, some become innovators and visionaries of the addiction recovery field. Mark Houston was no stranger to impacting those whom suffered from drug and alcohol addictions. Mark Houston was a man of vision and strength, who knew exactly where his strength came from and was not afraid to let it be known. Giving credit to God was a daily affair for Mark Houston and inspiring others to move forward was a constant theme of his life. This man built one of the best relapse prevention facilities in the United States and many people have benefited from Mark Houston and his addiction recovery center.  Summer Sky has worked with Mark and his staff and witnessed the world-class recovery center in action. We want the world to know about what this great man brought us all in the addiction field and most of all that his spirit will live on in our hearts at Summer Sky. We will miss you my friend.

                                                                                -Scott Kelley & Summer Sky Staff

12/10/2009

An Attitude of Gratitude

 

I struggled with addiction for 20 years.  I knew that someday I wanted to be a counselor and help others to recover from this seemingly hopeless disease.  I was in and out of AA for several years.  I had this idea that AA didn’t work.  The problem was I was unwilling to go to any lengths to stay sober.

 

On February 15, 2007, I crawled back into AA and I was willing.  I had to be!  I had found that I couldn’t drink and use; yet I couldn’t quit either.  They said if you want what we have, go do what we did. 

 

That was almost three years ago and I haven’t had to pick up a drink or drug since.  I went to school and set out to fulfill my dreams of being a counselor.  After graduation, I came to Summer Sky to apply for a counselor position.  The moment I walked through the front door, I felt a sense of home.  I knew this was where I belonged.  The welcome I got from our staff here was comforting and sincere. 

 

I have been working at Summer Sky for six months counseling alcoholics and drug addicts from every walk of life.  My passion for those suffering from this disease is as strong today as it was the minute I walked through the doors.  The staff and patients here at Summer Sky keep my passion alive.  I have a life today that is indescribably wonderful!  Thank you Summer Sky, you have blessed my life and recovery in so many ways.

 

                                                                                                ---With Deep Sincerity & Gratitude


Adolescent Development

2009 - October

“the process of developing a substance use disorder”

by Philip Ward MSW --- Patricia Corbett Ward MA

Adolescent substance abuse must be considered within the developmental context in which it occurs. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of adolescent substance use requires the use of a multi-dimensional biological, psychological, social and spiritual frame of reference. Adolescence is a time of dramatic change and transition in all of the above areas. Adolescents differ from adults in that they are in a period of multi-leveled transition. As such, adolescents are vulnerable to negative long term consequences of substance use.

Adolescence is a time of transition and chaos. This transition includes the following identifiable behaviors and goals:

  • Adolescents are moving from dependence to independence.
  • Their identity and sense of self is being explored.
  • The inner experience of the adolescent is reflected upon their relationships .
  • It is normal for adolescents to move away from their parents and toward their peers.
  • The movement away is a biologically driven process.
  • The expected goal of the process is adulthood and autonomy.

Why do “good kids” get involved with bad behaviors; the answer is simple as bad behaviors most often do not feel bad. The answer also involves whose definition of bad you are using. For parents anything that has the potential to harm their child is considered to fall within the bad category. For adolescents who want to: fit in, explore their sexuality, try on different identities and lifestyles and separate from their parents bad behaviors are often perceived as helping to facilitate these events. As well, society has “pro social norms”; which dictate legal and allowable versus illegal and harmful behaviors.

Process of addiction

Introduction to the high

For a young adult who has less than a positive self esteem, a goal at a party is to appear cool and to connect with peers. Consider the following scenario: at this party someone starts smoking marijuana and offers marijuana to the child. After smoking the marijuana the juvenile has an experience of feeling “cool” (uninhibited). Smoking the marijuana is reinforced by the fact that it neutralized anxiety. As such, the adolescent felt a connection to theirs peers which is a critical aspect of adolescent development. If an adolescent’s peers use, then the behavior is even more reinforced by their social acceptance. This experience when reenacted becomes the filter, through which all of the adolescent’s social experiences are viewed.

The idea is that an initial use may produce a perceived positive experience; which would be reinforcing for a repeat of the behavior. The adolescent may put “two and two together” and say this is not the evil experience that my parents described. This is when the adolescent is introduced to the high and experiences a “high” much like the first days of romantic involvement.

Contrast the aforementioned scenario with the following:

The following weekend the same adolescent attends another party where there is no marijuana. Immediately the young person is struck by the stark dissimilarity in that s/he is dramatically aware of each and every one of their perceived flaws. More so, the adolescent may well believe that everyone else at the party recognizes these deficits as well. The pairing is supported by the contrast of using “I feel good” and not using “I am overly self conscious”.

At this point the adolescent will shift from being introduced to the high to seeking the high. All of this occurs over time and is a process not an event. Adolescents do not begin smoking by saying my goal is to develop emphysema and lung cancer. The neuro chemical changes brought on by using substances are powerfully reinforcing. Being high is not a cognitive process; it is an experience that engulfs ones entire being. Add to this the perceived benefits of having a secret language, rituals, knowledge of how to use, and drug use becomes even more rewarding for the developing teen. S/he now belongs to a culture of like-minded and seemingly accepting peers. They are now part of the American subculture of drug using adolescents.

Learning the high

At this stage in the process adolescents will spend a great deal of time thinking about the high. Here they are learning the high. They are learning all of the particulars of how to get the drug, use the drug, handle the high, and conceal the drug use. All of these activities involve the indoctrination to this subculture. Think of the subculture from a developmental perspective in that the adolescent is separating from their parents, trying on a new identity, and is fitting in with their peers. All of these activities require energy, effort, and secrecy from those “who do not understand”. Adolescents are not neuro-physiologically wired to recognize the dangers of drug use or to accurately perceive the long term negative consequences of use. Consequently all involved in this subculture are unaware of the potential harm and danger. The child and h/her peers are not aware of the synergistic build up of negative affects of the substance use. Overtime the potential for dangerous consequences increases as the group and individual awareness decreases.

Awareness decreases as a defense mechanism and harm increases without the awareness necessary to make healthy decisions. The process of addiction occurs mainly on a covert and unconscious level.

Abuse is defined by the negative consequences of use

The next phase in the process is when the adolescent experiences negative consequences of use. The negative consequences are when they turn the corner from experimentation to officially “joining the club”. When confronted by negative consequences the adolescent will either turn away from or toward the substance. Turning toward the substance requires the youth to neutralize the negative consequences.

Substance use is recognized

At this stage those not involved in the drug use may notice signs of use. Signs may involve a decrease in activities, secretiveness, mood swings, etc. What is occurring is that the child is withdrawing from “normal life” as they are developing an illness. This withdrawal is often masked by the normal developmental process of moving away from ones parents and toward ones peers. Adolescents are also allowed greater autonomy and freedom as they are normally developing their independence.

Thus, normal adolescent development complicates the ability to accurately differentiate between normal adolescent tiredness, moodiness, secretiveness, irritability, and addictive behavior. Adolescents are also bombarded by mixed messages regarding drug and or alcohol use. An example of this is viewing alcohol consumption as an adult activity and thus a right of passage into adulthood.

Recognition is a process and not an event

As a parent recognizing that h/her child is abusing substances is often a process that occurs over time. Many times this process is impeded by: a lack of understanding the signs and symptoms of use, and most importantly, feelings of responsibility and guilt. Realizing that your child is using drugs often brings up feelings of fear, anger, and confusion. The process of realization is often initiated when the consequences of use become so great that they demand to be recognized. Consider the following example: when a caregiver realizes that s/he is enabling h/her child to kill h/herself. As this is the antithesis of what good parenting looks like, the parent must now take action to save h/her child; at all costs. Most parents do not have the skills required to adequately address the disease and they are left to seek assistance from treatment providers who often lack adolescent specific addictions treatment training and experience.

Focus on the process and not the content
The objective is to change the parent child dynamic.

The details are not as important as the recognition that a problem exists. Energy is best spent addressing the concern rather than dissecting the: who, what, when, where, and why.

Parents often get caught in the detail during the recognition phase. Involvement in the detail often masks the parent’s process of coming to terms with the reality of the addiction.

Adolescent Addiction within the context of the family system

Oftentimes the outcome of a substance use disorder for an adolescent is that the juvenile unknowingly becomes the symptom bearer for the family. As such, behaviors cause that; which is covert within the family structure, to present to the outside as overt (e.g.; the dysfunction within the family). Addiction manifests pervasive anxiety within the family system and is demonstrated through conflicted interpersonal relations. If the child is sick, then the family system will present symptoms of the illness. Typically relational conflict is a displacement of internal emotional conflict. Second to this disarticulation is the illness of co-dependency or attempting to control ones insides by attempting to control another’s outsides. It is critical that the care givers separate their own process/beliefs/ideas from that of the child. In my experience, the best thing that a parent can do for their addicted adolescent is to firstly get help for h/herself as in “secure your own oxygen mask first”.

Those who are out of control on the inside are into control on the outside.

About the Author

Philip Ward is the Chairman of the Curriculum development and oversight committee at the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies (ICDS).

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