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June 2017

Rehab – Making addiction recovery work for you

Addiction is something that can be part of a complex set of issues. ‘Rehab’ or recovery from something so complex takes time.

Many people have looked back on their recovery treatments and found that a major difficulty was recovery that rehabilitation program sometimes last less than two weeks.
Recovery from addiction can be a difficult thing.

Many people need to plan a long-term recovery. At Retreat South, our treatment programmes are designed with your special needs in mind. We develop a treatment plan for you where our multi-disciplinary team bring their particular skills to help you on your path to recovery.

Because addiction can damage us emotionally and mentally as well as physically our multi-disciplinary approach helps strengthen you emotionally and mentally and physically.

Physical therapy is increasingly beneficial as a compliment to traditional psychology. The negative effects of addiction on bodies, physical therapy and exercise helps you feel stronger during recovering. It’s the same as the psychotherapy is making you mentally stronger.

Yoga and meditation teach you skills to relax and use the power of your mind to address stress and other things that act as ‘triggers’ which may have been treated with harmful alcohol and other substances. Another aspect of your physical recovery is diet. Your well-planned, nutritious meals feed your recovering body.

Taking time-out and committing to a longer recovery period. Learning healthy living practices, along with your traditional therapy can make you stronger, healthier and more in touch with yourself as you move through recovery.

Understanding men’s mental health issues

Mental health is one of the major health issues for men nowadays. One of the best ways to get a conversation stated about a difficult subject is to open it up with a community awareness campaign.

Some of the best community awareness has been achieved through a week where the media and specialists have engaged with the wider community to highlight a particular issue. This past week was one of them, ‘Men’s Health Week. Men’s health, like every group of people’s is complex and, the past few years, a great deal has been learned and put into the public arena.

There are so many things about mens’s mental health that we are learning and making better known through events like Men’s Health Week and through health and mental health awareness organisations.

The past week was a great time to encourage a better under understanding of one those things, the stigma surrounding mental health problems.

Statistics have never been good when it comes to men’s mental health. Even now, with stigma surrounding it is lessening, little more than 10 per cent of young men seek professional help.

Men, particularly younger men keep quiet if they have depression, anxiety or other issues. One of the most valuable supports they can have is being allowed know it’s OK to talk about it.

Exercise is good for mental health

Just as diet can have an important effect on mental health, so can exercise.

Decades ago it was understood that exercise and physical activity are associated with better results in health treatment. The benefits of exercise began to be known to imporove mental health as well. In fact, some experts claim exercise is as effective as medication and convention psychological therapy in treating Depression. Some even argue it is even more effective!

This can be seen by Australian statistics which show that people with with poor mental health are more likely to have poor physical health, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Physical therapy has been an important part of treatment for these conditions.

Physical activity has also shown to be a helpful compliment to to treatment for addiction. Other benefits of exercise are reducing symptoms of anxiety and better brain functioning.

The awareness of good digestive health on physical health has also been shown to promote good mental health. The same is true with good physical health. It leads to improved mental health as well.

At Retreat South we bring together mental health professionals to for your treatments. Your physical health is looked after too with professionals like an exercise therapist, who form part of your treatment team.

That way the combination of a treatment plan for your mental health, physical health and dietary needs can be be arranged for your recovery.

Call us today to discuss how we can plan a mental,physical and dietary plan that will start you on your path to recovery.

A good diet improves mental health

The importance of diet and the link between the right types of food land our mental health is becoming a big concern.

What we eat has always been an important factor in our general health but what we eat is just as important to our mental health.

Food and mental health has been under the spotlight since evidence emerged two years ago showing that food and diet was as important to our mental health as it is to our heart health.

Just recently honey has emerged as a potential source of improving our mental health.

Honey has a long history of use as a remedy and become a popular alternative to sugar as a sweetener. We were really interested by new Australian research that shows how honey benefits the bacteria in our digestive systems.

The research studied the microbiome, the microorganisms in in our gut. A healthy gut benefits the microbiome which, in turn, keeps us healthier. Some of the work he microbiome does is influence obesity, allergies, illnesses like cancer. It even has an influence on our mental health.

Our gut microbiome sends signals to our brain and influence also serotonin production. serotonin is associated with our mood and feelings of happiness. Honey has been proven in the research to a great prebiotic effect, that is to promote growth of beneficial intestinal microorganisms.
We are so happy to see all this positive research into diet and good mental and physical health. Your diet is an important part of your treatment plan at Retreat South. We believe diet plays an important part of your recovery and is planned as carefully as your treatments.