Spirit Lodge is a luxury rehab center that provides holistic rehabilitation with spa and concierge services, an executive chef, acupuncture, recovery fitness programs, and more. Guests feel welcome and rested after the hard work of recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
The Spirit Lodge alcohol rehab and drug rehab facility is scenic and woodsy, creating a sense of relaxation. The tranquility and sense of comfort experienced within the addiction treatment environment allows each guest to focus solely on recovery from chemical dependency and encourages him or her to build a strong foundation for recovery and positive change. When a guest first walks through the door, he or she is greeted by a concierge prepared to organize a variety of activities from airport transportation and family week to amenity services and specialized menu.
The Right Step Houston Central recently hosted a “The Right Step Country Fair” for the clients, their families, and the staff. Everyone had a blast during the event-packed afternoon. Grant Perry, Ashley Tamburine, and the rest of the planning committee made sure there were lots of different carnival games for the attendees to enjoy, including water balloon toss, ladder ball, bean bag toss, and watermelon eating contest, just to name a few.
Doc Talk: Identifying and Treating Alcoholism
By: Dr. Jason Powers
Title: Chief Medical Officer, The Right Step and Spirit Lodge
Info: Among the first doctors certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). H Magazine Texas’ “Top Doc” in Addiction Medicine, 2007-2009. 2008 winner of Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving, Compassion Award.
Dr. Powers, The Right Step Chief Medical Officer, has worked in addiction recovery for over eight years and has helped The Right Step’s inpatient detoxification program reach out to, and reform, hundreds of addicts over the years. We asked him to share some information on detoxification for addiction victims and their loved ones.
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.
When dealing with a loved one’s addiction illness, this question is inevitable: why did my loved one become addicted, when I didn’t? What made them become an addict, when their coworkers, spouse, or other family members haven’t succumbed to the same disease?
The answer is complex and multi-layered, as a variety of factors can come into play throughout someone’s life. These factors include genetics, upbringing, age of introduction to their addiction, social pressure, and overall mental state. There are millions of adults affected by the disease of addiction and each person’s situation is different.
The first of these factors, genetics, is the one that is under the least control, wildly unpredictable, and hard to pin down, especially because it usually overlaps with the issue of upbringing; the people from whom you get your genetics usually raise you. The son of an alcoholic may never touch a drop of liquor in his life, while the same alcoholic’s daughter may suffer the same illness as her father. This could stem from a genetic predisposition or the impact of their experiences in that environment (the son rebels against alcoholism, while the daughter incorporates it into her own life). More than likely, it’s both.
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.
Cocaine, undisputedly, is one of the most addictive street drugs, is derived from the coca plant. The addictive power of cocaine can be illustrated by the fact that nearly 25 million Americans report having used cocaine at least once. While one of the most commonly abused drugs, the myths about cocaine abuse are varied.
Below are five of the most common myths surrounding cocaine addiction and the facts that refute these myths.
How much money would you say you spend on something like coffee? My boyfriend used to be an ardent coffee drinker. One day, we were talking about ways in which to save money and I brought up the fact that he consumed so much coffee. Whether or not it was the direct result of our conversation about saving money or simply the fact that he wanted to cut back, he stopped drinking coffee. We estimated that since he’s curbed his coffee drinking habits, he’s saved himself a heck of a lot of money. Now compare this to someone who drinks alcohol. How much do you think it costs to support an alcoholic lifestyle?
Addiction, alcoholism and rehab are three words that most people don’t want to hear, especially if they are drug addicts or relatives of someone who is struggling with addiction.
When we go out to bars or restaurants, we usually don’t think too much about the possible consequences when we order an alcoholic beverage. For many people, having just one or two alcoholic beverages isn’t a big deal. But for an alcoholic, the mere sight of a glass of wine or a can of beer is enough to send them into a tailspin of disaster.Perhaps part of the problem with drug and alcohol addiction is that we don’t take it seriously enough.
Creating a Sober Living Environment