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Posted on May 3, 2013 in Alcohol and Drug News

New Enzymes May Be the Key to Treatment for Cocaine Addiction, Overdose

Enzymes are specialized proteins that power a vast array of chemical reactions that keep us alive and functioning properly. One of the chief responsibilities of these proteins is the molecular breakdown of various substances such as drugs and medications; without the actions of enzymes, these substances would stay in the body indefinitely. In recent years, researchers have begun developing enzyme-based therapies designed to address issues surrounding the use of cocaine, including a therapy that could potentially prevent cocaine addiction and another that could potentially reverse the effects of a cocaine overdose.

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Posted on December 10, 2012 in Addiction Recovery

Continuing Education

How Both Subtraction and Addition Can Equal a Better Life

Here’s a math quiz, courtesy of Dr. Phil McGraw – who is MUCH better known without his last name: What does 3 plus 10 plus 7 plus 5 equal?

The answer, believe it or not, is you.

Indeed, Dr. Phil opines in his book, “Self Matters,” a person can trace who he or she has become to three types of external factors: 10 defining moments, seven critical choices, and five pivotal people.

It’s a simple formula, for sure. But how can a recovering alcohol or drug addict plug in the proper variables to make it work in a positive way? Learning to understand the terms is a good place to start.

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Posted on May 9, 2012 in Addiction

Drug Addiction: Know the Symptoms of Different Drugs Part II

Addiction is a disease, and those who suffer from this deadly disease use a variety of different substances. People generally separate these into drugs and alcohol, which we’ve already discussed and which is the most common and accessible drug. What follows is information on different drug types that can help identify what substance may be in use.

In addition to the long-term effects listed below, each of these drugs is addictive and an addict will show signs of use and possible dependence on the substance. These include major life changes, such as job loss and a shift in social circles, rearranging one’s life to gain more frequent access to the substance(s), and a diminished interest in hygiene and appearance.

If you believe a loved one is addicted to or abusing any of the following substances, The Right Step strongly urges you to seek help, support, and guidance. You did not cause the addiction, you cannot cure the addiction and you cannot control the addiction. If you choose to contact us, we can help begin the healing process for you and your loved one. Addiction affects the one who is using and those around him or her.

Click here for part one of this article.

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Posted on May 7, 2012 in Addiction

Drug Addiction: Know the Symptoms of Different Drugs Part I

Addiction is a disease, and those who suffer from this deadly disease use a variety of different substances. People generally separate these into drugs and alcohol, which we’ve already discussed and which is the most common and accessible drug. What follows is information on different drug types that can help identify what substance may be in use.

In addition to the long-term effects listed below, each of these drugs is addictive and an addict will show signs of use and possible dependence on the substance. These include major life changes, such as job loss and a shift in social circles, rearranging one’s life to gain more frequent access to the substance(s), and a diminished interest in hygiene and appearance.

If you believe a loved one is addicted to or abusing any of the following substances, The Right Step strongly urges you to seek help, support, and guidance. You did not cause the addiction, you cannot cure the addiction and you cannot control the addiction. If you choose to contact us, we can help begin the healing process for you and your loved one. Addiction affects the one who is using and those around him or her.

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Posted on March 15, 2012 in Interviews of Right Step Alumni

Next Step: Right Step Alumnus Inspired to Help Others

Name: Lewis
Addiction: Alcohol, opiates, and cocaine
Program: Residential Inpatient
Facility: Hill Country, Wimberley TX

“I am sober today because I’ve had a spiritual experience,” says Lewis, a graduate of The Right Step inpatient addiction treatment. Lewis is coming up on his third anniversary of sobriety— in fact, it’s this Thursday, March 15. He generously agrees to share his The Right Step experience with the public.

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Posted on January 13, 2012 in Fitness

Step Into Fitness (Part II)

Part II – FITNESS & EXERCISE  (following Part I – Food-Nutrition)

“Walking at least half an hour, six days a week, can cut mortality rates from heart disease in half”. (Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research).

 

Cardiovascular disease is a serious health threat. Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from it.  One of the safest and most effective ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness is by walking.
Walking is an ideal, low-impact aerobic exercise. When done regularly, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, lower total cholesterol, raise healthy HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.  It can help maintain healthy bones and muscles, stabilize blood sugar, improve immunity, and relieve some of the stress in your life.  Thousands have realized the physical and psychological benefits of walking. That’s why walking has become one of the most popular ways to stay fit.  Another reason is because it is inexpensive––all it takes is a little motivation and a comfortable pair of shoes.

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Posted on January 13, 2012 in Fitness

Step Into Fitness (Part I)

Regardless of your age, do you find yourself joking around and saying, “I’m falling apart,” or “I’m not in the shape I used to be?” With all the business of family, job, hobbies, and commitments, how does one commit to a healthy lifestyle? That’s just it – desire and commitment. If you have the desire, then make the time for your health. Here are some easy steps to begin your fitness routine and be on the road to a healthy lifestyle.

Part I – FOOD – NUTRITION
Food is classified into three main groups: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Each is important and has multiple functions in your body.

1- Protein
Approximately 20% of your body weight is protein and 2/3 of a pound is replaced daily. One-fourth of the replaced protein comes from one’s diet.  Protein builds and repairs muscle damage, sustains the immune system, manufactures hormones and enzymes, replaces red blood cells that carry oxygen to muscles, and produces perhaps 10% of the energy needed for long or intense workouts.  It helps allow the body to use fat for fuel more efficiently.

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Posted on November 16, 2010 in Addiction Recovery, alcohol and drug addiction, Alcohol and Drug News, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, Teen Drinking, Teen Drug Addiction

The Top Five Reasons to Never Touch Alcohol or Drugs

 

The Top Five Reasons to Never Touch Alcohol or Drugs

Everyone knows that living as a drug addict or an alcoholic is not a desirable, positive lifestyle. However, many people believe  using drugs and drinking alcohol is fine as long as you don’t take it to the extreme.

Having a balanced view of life and all that is involved in it is an important part of living a healthy life. However, you might want to ask yourself whether or not you need to partake in drug use and whether or not it is in your best interest to drink alcohol at all.

If you don’t use drugs, you never have to worry about becoming addicted to drugs, you never have to deal with the consequences of drug use and you never have to disappoint yourself or any of your family and friends by behaving in ways that are inappropriate due to intoxication.

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