Salt Water Therapy

Salt Water Therapy

Sea air & salt water are charged with healthy negative ions that builds our body’s capacity to absorb more oxygen. The use of modern technology exposes us to unhealthy free radicals which erodes our body’s natural energy, but when we are by the sea, we feel energized and relaxed at the same time.  People with sleep disorders are usually asked to be around the sea as often as possible because it induces good sleep. Even walking barefoot on sand neutralizes the impact of free radicals in our body as sand contains minerals required by humans. This induces favorable physiological changes that promote good health, boosts our immune system, reduces inflammation and enhances circulation.  Playing in the sand & salt water is highly beneficial for children as it stretches their imagination, gives them a medium to artistically express themselves, promotes cognitive development and enhances their creativity skills.

Seawater is useful in more ways than one, it is used in modern medicine on a large scale.  Salt water and our blood plasma are 98% identical. Our blood has an extra molecule of iron whereas seawater has an extra molecule of magnesium, and apart from this all the molecules are identical. When immersed in warm saltwater the body absorbs the minerals it needs through the skin. Among the many minerals found in the sea is iodine which helps the body fight infection while boosting thyroid function.  Seawater increases elasticity of skin and also improves circulation, helping the body to carry blood to all its vital organs.  Salt water is the cure for several diseases like asthma, osteoporosis, depression, skin diseases like dermatitis, eczema, post pregnancy disorders and fatal infections.
Salt Water Therapy is a therapeutic use of the seawater, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed, and alluvial mud. Therapists around the world encourage using seawater as an alternative medicine therapy to treat eczema and psoriasis, joint problems, arthritis, poor circulation, immobility and post-operative conditions.  Swimming in the sea also impacts your muscles and nerve cells – it increases blood circulation and is a great boost to your emotional health.  Along with multiple other benefits, swimming in the sea can add years to your life.  Oceans & salt water can bring a mental shift in the way we perceive our lives; teaching us about calmness, depth, intensity, harmony and open-mindedness.

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How What You Think Affects What You Do

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Lots of attention has been paid to the physical factors that influence
addiction such as tolerance and withdrawal effects. Far less attention
has been devoted to understanding the psychological influences that
get people stuck. Here is a discussion of some of the most common factors
that can keep people stuck in addictive behavior.

Disturbing, confusing, troubling events occur to everyone in the
course of living, even those who have had relatively protected lives.
Let’s think of a traumatic event as one whose memory continues
to be troubling even though the event is long finished. Just recalling
the event triggers painful emotions that affect thinking and behavior.
Life begins to go off track and the person is stuck in pain and despair.
Addictive behavior often begins as the solution to the hurt. When the
painful memories are neutralized by effective psychological treatment,
energy is released that automatically fuels positive behavior change.

The human mind, because it is protective, will remember all the
details of a disturbing event and be on the alert for any detail that
looks similar. The problem is that what is noticed as similar is
perceived as the same. This explains why the firecracker outside
causes the decorated Army combat veteran to dive behind the couch
shaking with fear. Even though this similar-same confusion operates
on a subconscious level it can be corrected with effective treatment.

Painful emotions are often the legacy of traumatic experiences.
Anger, grief, fear and guilt consume huge amounts of energy and
drain a person of enthusiasm and motivation. These emotions are
almost always worse than useless and contribute in a major way
to stuckness. Although many people may not realize it, painful
emotions can be eliminated rapidly with effective treatment.

How we think about who we really are is a big deal. A negative
identity almost always contributes to unwanted behavior. Traumatic
events often lead to a distorted and negative perceived identity,
the person’s takeaway being ‘I’m just a worthless piece of crap’ or
something similar. When behavior is confused with identity positive
change becomes difficult or even impossible. Even experiences
intended to be therapeutic can cause harmful distortions in perceived
identity. For example, the time honored requirement to own the
behavior and state ‘I am an addict’can have disastrous unintended
consequences. The key phrase is of course ‘I am’. Identity is usually
perceived as unchanging and permanent. So if one ‘is’ something,
how does one not be it? Confusing identity with behavior is a huge
contributor to being stuck.

Many addicts get stuck in some area of life. The human mind, especially
the more primitive subconscious mind, doesn’t deal well with negation.
It’s sort of like asking your server in a restaurant to not bring you
chicken. It’s a good start but needs to be followed with what you do want.
Speaking and thinking only in negation keeps people stuck.

The only animal on the planet that attaches meaning to events is the
human animal. We’re really good at it and we do it all the time. When
the meaning is positive there’s usually no problem. But when the
meaning is negative it can be a big problem that causes even more
painful emotion. The meaning the human mind attaches to events is,
of course, a major source of false beliefs.

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Unhealthy Eating Habits & Addiction

Malibu Food Addiction Treatment


Any of us can be affected by unhealthy eating habits.  Making things worse, we must eat to live. While food addiction makes us feel that we live to eat, there are ways to break free from food addiction. The first step is to acknowledge that a problem exists. We also need to understand that food addiction is just like any other addiction: cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, etc. While moderation is the key here, it is also the problem faced in most addictions.  For those who suffer from food addiction, an all or nothing approach tips the balance into deeper addictive patterns. All or nothing thinking is a hallmark of addictive behavior regardless of the addiction.

Trigger foods can be those foods which are highly processed or refined: potato chips, candy, cookies, ice cream, chips, and the like. If you find it hard to stop eating these foods and feel a loss of control on a regular basis, you may be beginning to struggle with food addiction. These types of processed foods are so addictive because they are loaded with refined starches, sugars, fats and chemicals that our bodies cannot process well. These products deliver chemicals that affect the brain in much the same way as cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. The resulting toxification that comes from over ingesting these types of chemicals can leave a food addict feeling sick, yet coming back for more.

Food addicts often have low self-esteem and use food to stuff emotions. Therefore, an important part of dealing with food addiction is to also work with self-esteem and connect with the underlying emotions. In addition, many food addicts have a general feeling of unworthiness. It is very important to recognize, acknowledge and address the emotions behind these feelings. This awareness can be a powerful tool that can help aid recovery from food addiction. Connecting with and identifying the feelings present just prior to or during a moment when one may reach for trigger foods may help prevent self-sabotage.

It can seem perfectly natural to take comfort in food.  Many cultures celebrate around food and often times our eating habits can be strongly influenced by the families we grow up in. Food can also become the one thing someone can control, particularly if raised in a traumatic, chaotic or dysfunctional environment. Taking refuge in or rewarding oneself with an overindulgence of ice cream, fast food, chips and the like, becomes a way to both disassociate and self-soothe when faced with even nuanced feelings of unworthiness. While the resulting effect may be immediate to blunt emotional disturbances, the end result often leaves the food addict feeling sick, shameful and empty. This may be a cycle, but it’s not a prison, you can free yourself.

Like all addictions, healing from food addiction is an ongoing process, recovery is a work in progress, and perfection is rarely the aim. There are free support groups such as Overeaters Anonymous (OA), Food Addicts Anonymous (FA), treatment centers, individual therapy with specialists in eating disorders, nutritionists, group therapy, many books and literature on the internet which can help guide a person who is struggling alone with food addiction on their path from isolation to recovery.

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Are You A Potential Addict?

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Most people are partial to the odd guilty pleasure, whether it’s a
sugary treat or an occasional glass of wine.  Perhaps your secret
vice is to peep at Facebook while you’re at work, or maybe you
indulge in retail therapy?  Many times it’s probably harmless, but
for some people life’s small indulgences can easily escalate into a
full-blown addiction.

Interestingly, the urge to consume more, whether it’s food, sex, or
alcohol and drugs , affects everybody from time to time.  Very few
people are completely immune, all of us exist somewhere on the
addictive spectrum, but for most of the population it doesn’t cause
serious problems.  However, for a sizable proportion, addiction has the
potential to become a serious affliction. These are the people we call
‘addicts’, even if they may not currently be in the throes of an active
addiction. Instead, the condition might be dormant.

Most of us have the potential to become addicted to almost anything
with the power to alter our moods and this can include ‘processes’ such
as shopping or exercise as well as substances.  People become
addicted to something because they are trying to change the way
they feel.  Some things one might want to consider in estimating whether
or not a tendency towards addictive behavior is present might include the

Sensitivity:  If deep down inside you are emotionally sensitive it can
open the door to addiction. Addicts seem to have a pre-disposition to
being hyper-sensitive to life’s trials and tribulations.

Vigilance:  Addicts are often highly intelligent people who work in the
creative spheres of life. They have a gift for watching what’s going on
around them and they are super-attuned to danger, but they struggle
with the feelings this creates.

Perfectionism:  Many addicts are high achievers. This may be because their
self-esteem is reliant on being seen to do well in order to feel good, instead
of having an inherent sense of self-worth.

Childhood Trauma:  If you experienced emotional trauma during childhood,
overt, hidden or seemingly minor, then it can become locked in your brain’s
limbic system and make you highly susceptible to addiction in later life.

A sure way to find out if you’re using something in an addictive fashion
is to ask yourself a very simple question: does it cause you consequences
you’d rather avoid? If the true cost includes damage to your health, or to your
relationships or to your self-esteem (or to your work or anything else), then
it might be time for a wake-up call.

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Starter Drugs

Teen Drug Abuse Malibu

With nеw аnd dіffеrеnt drugѕ еmеrgіng еvеrу уеаr, gеttіng the fасtѕ ѕtrаіght саn ѕееm overwhelming. Wееd, pot, grаѕѕ, etc, is thе ѕаmе common drug frоm раѕt gеnеrаtіоnѕ; perhaps thаt іѕ whу Mаrіjuаnа is thе most commonly used drug tоdау. Tоdау’ѕ Marijuana іѕ muсh mоrе роtеnt thаn іt wаѕ іn the 60ѕ аnd 70ѕ аnd the fасt that mаnу kids аrе trуіng роt аt a уоungеr аgе mеаnѕ thаt thеу may be more likely tо аdvаnсе tо mоrе роwеrful substances as thеу gеt оldеr.

An estimated twenty percent оf tееnѕ hаvе used рrеѕсrірtіоn drugѕ tо gеt high. Prescription ріllѕ аrе еаѕу fоr kids tо obtain, because mаnу tіmеѕ thеу саn bе found in thе mеdісіnе cabinets within their оwn hоmеѕ. Hоwеvеr, parents hаvе been ѕlоw to саtсh on аnd nоw рrеѕсrірtіоn drug abuse іѕ a ѕеrіоuѕ рrоblеm іn schools.

Vaping is quickly replacing traditional tobacco use among young people. A new generation is being introduced to nicotine use via electronic mods & cigarette devices. Wheras analog cigarette use may be on the decline, vaping has recently become a multi-billion dollar a year business. The FDA is currently seeking to crack down on the industry in part due to product flavors they feel are developed to directly target young adults.

Alcohol continues tо bе a substance of choice among adolescents and teens, duе in раrt tо іtѕ аbіlіtу to ѕtrір аwау іnhіbіtіоn, feel relaxed іn social ѕеttіngѕ аnd be part of a group. Bіngе drіnkіng оn a regular bаѕіѕ іѕ nеvеr hеаlthу, but durіng thіѕ tіmе еѕресіаllу, whеn thе brain іѕ still developing, соuld lеаd tо реrmаnеnt dаmаgе. Millions оf аdоlеѕсеntѕ drink аlсоhоl. Mаnу binge drіnk, having fіvе or more drіnkѕ аt а tіmе. Some rеѕеаrсh suggests boys usually tаkе their fіrѕt drіnk around аgе eleven and girls around аgе thirteen.

The chemical MDMA is a рорulаr drug among thе dance, party and сlub scene. Eсѕtаѕу has been marketed to kids uѕіng cartoon characters. Utilizing ѕtуlіѕtіс dеѕіgnѕ аnd сhеар prices, thіѕ stimulant has tragically bесоmе a popular раѕtіmе аmоng tееnѕ. Excessive use of this drug in young adults can precipitate long-term struggles with depression and anxiety.

The рrеѕеnсе оf іnhаlаntѕ has long been аnоthеr danger іn mоѕt homes wіth tееnаgеrѕ. Tееnѕ аnd рrеtееnѕ hаvе been  sniffing or huffіng certain chemicals оr household іtеmѕ іn оrdеr tо gеt high for years. Oftentimes, young people don’t ѕее this аѕ bеіng аnуthіng mоrе thаn having a bit of fun and certainly dоn’t see іt аѕ being hаrmful. Unfortunately, a ѕіnglе first-time use can lead tо dеаth and frequent use can actually cause brain damage.

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Addiction Treatment Program Accreditation

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Addiction trеаtmеnt programs often hаvе one оf two types оf vеrіfісаtіоn tо еnѕurе thе ѕеrvісеѕ thеу рrоvіdе are lеgіtіmаtе. Cеntеrѕ саn сhооѕе tо gо the route оf gеttіng a state license, or they саn choose tо obtain ассrеdіtаtіоn through a thіrd party. Sоmе асԛuіrе bоth tо рrоvе tо their clients thеу аrе trulу dedicated tо helping thоѕе іn need. But whаt dоеѕ hаvіng аn ассrеdіtаtіоn mеаn? Sіmрlу рut, ассrеdіtаtіоn іѕ a certification аwаrdеd tо рrоgrаmѕ thаt have verified their willingness tо commit to аnd рrоvіdе exceptional trеаtmеnt fоr drug rеhаbіlіtаtіоn.

Thеrе аrе twо mаіn institutions thаt provide thіѕ certification to addiction rеhаbіlіtаtіоn рrоgrаmѕ. One is CARF or Commission of Aссrеdіtаtіоn of Rehabilitation Fасіlіtіеѕ, a nоnрrоfіt, іndереndеnt company that іѕ an accreditor оf dual diagnosis and addiction programs. Another, perhaps more prominent certification is The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which is the lаrgеѕt ассrеdіtоr оf hеаlth care in thе U. S. аnd thе ѕесоnd largest fоr addiction treatment рrоgrаmѕ. Their ассrеdіtаtіоn оf a рrоgrаm mеаnѕ іt has undеrgоnе a thоrоugh іnvеѕtіgаtіоn of рrасtісеѕ, ѕtruсturе, рrоgrаmmіng and outcomes. Bесаuѕе оf this, these ѕtаndаrdѕ аrе considered to be muсh hіghеr thаn those nееdеd to acquire a ѕtаtе license.

These рrоgrаmѕ аrе also guаrаntееd to bе fосuѕеd muсh more hеаvіlу оn the trеаtmеnt оf іndіvіduаl саѕеѕ. Whіlе accreditation uѕuаllу means there wіll bе ԛuаlіtу саrе рrоvіdеd, in thеоrу, it іѕ bеlіеvеd thаt thе рrоgrаmѕ that make enough mоnеу tо apply fоr ассrеdіtаtіоn also have the mеаnѕ tо continually uрgrаdе thеіr ԛuаlіtу оf care fаіrlу еаѕіlу, mаkіng іt еаѕіеr for them tо transition tо nеw, evidence-based trеаtmеntѕ. If уоu have questions аbоut ассrеdіtаtіоn, contact Oceanside Malibu Addiction Treatment Center