About Michele Lavigne

Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

Exercise Might Help Treating Addiction

Drug addiction is something that affects both the mind and the body. While the drugs affect the body, the addictions and cravings are controlled by the mind. Yes, the body’s need for the drug is a physical reaction, but it’s how you deal with that reaction that leads to signs and symptoms of addiction. Addictive drugs create feelings of euphoria that make a person feel good. The feelings only last for a short period of time resulting in increased cravings to get more of the drug and reproduce those happy feelings.

Exercise can also create a feeling of euphoria similar to those of addiction, only not as intense and without the additional, ever-increasing desire for more. Exercise causes endorphins to be produced that elevate a person’s mood and bring about feelings of happiness and contentment. It also increases the amount of oxygen taken into the body. Exercise improves circulation and carries the extra oxygen through body. This creates several responses that work to elevate a person’s mood and make them feel better.

Benefits of exercising are listed below:

• Clears the mind
• Improves concentration
• Creates short term feelings of euphoria similar to that caused by certain drugs, a so called “natural high”
• Increases the amount of oxygen to the brain improving brain function and increasing the production of chemicals that help to fight depression

Regular exercise can reduce the cravings attributed to drug addiction and replace them with natural feelings of elation and contentment. Chemical reactions in the body that arise from a healthy workout not only work to improve your mood, but also make you feel better physically.

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

Drug Addiction Treatment: A Preventive Measure Against HIV

As the war on the AIDS pandemic continues, there is rising concern over other forms of social vices apart from promiscuity that could also be fueling the spread of HIV/AIDS. The use of drugs puts one at a high risk of getting infected with the HIV virus. Drug addicts- even the non-injecting ones- are at this risk.This is because the sharing of injections and other equipment’s used in drugs may pass infected blood from one person to the other. When you are high on substance abuse, your thinking ability is very limited which often leads to engaging in risky sexual behavior. HIV prevention thus includes also treatment of drug abuse individuals.

Effective treatment educates the drug abusers on the danger of sharing instruments and engaging in careless sexual behavior

Effective treatment educates the drug abusers on the danger of sharing instruments and engaging in careless sexual behavior. It is vital to attend counseling in order to get useful information on how to increase chances of diseases prevention. Participation in the treatment program will help you have less chances of getting infected while at the same time present you with opportunities available for early HIV treatment in case you are infected.

If you are using drugs, you and your partner should get the necessary assistance. Research has proved that brutal drug law enforcement practices, force drug users into hidden environments where there is even greater risk of infection. Incarceration of drug addicts who have not shown any signs of violence also plays a major role in spreading the AIDS pandemic. Therefore, get the necessary guidance from counseling on how to effectively get drug addiction treatment and educate yourself and your partner on the dangers of being immersed in drugs. The treatment uses a comprehensive approach in which your addiction is viewed more as a psychological problem rather than a crime.

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

5 Hollywood Stars Who Admitted to Drug Usage

Hollywood stars often look glamorous and like their lives are perfect, but a surprising amount of celebrities battled drug abuse and addiction in the past. In fact, some stars you may not have suspected or heard about have gone through dark periods of self-destructive behavior and serious drug abuse.

George Clooney
He might seem like the perfect male lead but George Clooney has admitted to a somewhat checkered past. In fact, Clooney claims to have loved psychedelic drugs like acid and mushrooms in his early years before graduating to drugs like cocaine.

Angelina Jolie
Like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie is a highly sought-after actress who gets paid millions of dollars per role. That didn’t stop her from trying drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and even heroin. Apparently Jolie had enough of a habit to abmit to one reporter that she was lucky that she didn’t die young like some of her peers.

Nicholas Cage
Starred in literally dozens of movies, Nicholas Cageonce claimed to have taken a considerable amount of psychedelic drugs like mushrooms at one point in his life. While Cage didn’t comment on any other drugs, he did claim to have a bag of mushrooms on hand in his refrigerator at one point – which points to rather serious use.

Johnny Depp
Having portrayed drugged-out characters in his films, Johnny Depp seems to have had some real-life experience with hard drugs. While he didn’t comment on specific drugs, he did cop to some rather heavy and dark times with drugs and alcohol in his past.

Drew Barrymore
The child star turned superstar adult,Drew Barrymoreentered rehab at 14 for the first time after smoking marijuana, drinking and moving on to hard drugs like cocaine before her 12th birthday rolled around. Luckily, Barrymore survived and is sober today.

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

How Self-Confidence Contributes to Recovery from Addiction

Addiction deeply affects the way that you view life and yourself, so it stands to reason that you need to change the way you view yourself and your life in order to manage your addiction. Studies have shown that one of the most powerful tools recovering addicts have is a positive outlook and sense of self-confidence. Simply stated, if you believe that you can beat your addiction, you are much more likely to do so.

Abstinence Self-Efficacy, or ASE, is the term that describes an addict’s confidence in their ability to resist using a substance again. Recovering addicts with a higher ASE are much less likely to relapse into addiction. Having a positive outlook on recovery seems to have a huge impact on actually staying clean and sober, and although it seems like a simple theory, it is one that is effective for most addicts:

  • Low self-confidence leads to substance abuse

  • The cycle repeats as you feel bad about abusing

  • Achieving sobriety promotes self-confidence

  • Self-confidence leads to prolonged sobriety

  • Addiction is commonly a result of low self-confidence in certain areas of your life. You don’t feel confident enough to cope with your problems without drugs or alcohol. The act of overcoming addiction can seem extremely daunting, yet once you achieve sobriety, the pride you feel is tremendous. This new self-confidence helps you because the longer you stay in abstinence, the better you feel about yourself, leading you to want to continue the cycle.

    The simple act of achieving sobriety makes you more likely to remain clean and self-controlled because you want to keep feeling good about yourself and your life. Adopt a positive outlook and boost up your self-confidence when dealing with addiction. It is a simple and an effective way to remain in control of your life and sobriety every day.

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    Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

10 Must-Watch Films for Drug Addicts

Drug addiction has been a theme in films since the 1950s, but it hasn’t always been portrayed in a way to steer people from its path. Some films have glamorized drugs, but the following ten are examples of films that show the damage that addiction can cause.

Less Than Zero (1987)–Robert Downey Jr. plays a drug addict mixed in a culture of other wealthy college students in Los Angeles who are surround by drugs, leading to death and despair.

Requiem for a Dream (2000) –A variety of drugs from weight loss pills to heroin are abused, leading to unhappy lives full of delusions.

Traffic (2000)–This film surveys the underworld of the drug trade, presenting different perspectives on both sides of the law.

Basketball Diaries (1995)–Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jim, who wants to be a basketball star but is impaired by heroin and cocaine addiction.

Trainspotting (1996)–Crime, frustration, trauma and death surround heroin addicts in this film that deals with a painful quest for sobriety.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)–This film is based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. It’s about losing touch with reality through psychoactive drugs.

Blow (2001) –This true story is about a cocaine smuggler involved with a Mexican cartel until a heart attack gives him a serious wake-up call.

Drugstore Cowboy (1989)–This film is based on James Fogle, who went to prison for dealing drugs that were stolen from pharmacies and hospitals.

Bright Lights, Big City (1988) –Michael J. Fox stars as a magazine investigator who falls into cocaine addiction, which threatens to wreck his career.

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)–Frank Sinatra plays an ex-con gambler who kicks his heroin addiction in prison, but finds it difficult to stay clean once he’s released.

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

The Effects of Drug Addiction Are Different on Adults and Teens

,p>Both teenagers and adults turn to drugs in order to deal with difficult aspects of their lives. It is easy to assume that drug addiction is the same for everyone, regardless of age. However, the issues that teenage drug addicts have are very different from the issues of adult addicts.

Physical effects: Teenage drug addiction can lead to significant internal organ degeneration including the lungs, liver, kidney, blood vessels, heart, and brain. Much of this damage is permanent and causes numerous health issues throughout a person’s life.

Psychological ramifications: Teenagers often get stressed out about seemingly trivial problems, such as a crush who is ignoring them or a fight about clothing with a close friend. When teens start turning to drugs for their problems, they are much more prone to keep turning to them for equally trivial issues well into adulthood. Adults who have had drug problems since their teenage years are more likely to struggle with anxiety, depression, guilt, social alienation, and aggression.

Addiction in the family: Adult drug addiction has a negative effect on children and teenagers in a family. They are often susceptible to abuse and neglect and go through a significant amount of trauma before they reach adulthood. As children look up to their parents as role models, they are much more likely to turn to drugs themselves when one or both of their parents are addicted.

Family’s role in the treatment process:It is not uncommon for adults to seek drug rehabilitation treatment on their own. Teenagers almost always have to go into rehab on the recommendation of close family. Family plays a critical role in the detoxification and rehabilitation process for teenagers. Family support is still extremely important for adults in rehab, but it is not as critical for full rehabilitation.

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

The Drugs That Killed Hollywood Stars

It is not uncommon for people to lead seemingly normal lives during the week and engage in recreational drug or alcohol use on weekends without giving a second thought about the consequences. Many of these individuals spend much of their lives in denial, refusing to believe that they are addicted.

We often don’t take the time to understand alcohol and drug related deaths until a celebrity dies. The following list includes some of the most common Hollywood drug overdoses.

  1. Chloral hydrate and benzodiazepine overdose.
  2. Chloral hydrate overdose symptoms can include blood vessel dilation, deep stupor, slowed respiration, and decrease in body temperature and blood pressure. A benzodiazepine overdose rarely results in death unless it is combined with another drug overdose. Anna Nicole Smith died at age 40 from an overdose of this drug combination.

  3. Drug intoxication with a serious disease.
  4. Any drug overdose becomes substantially more serious when a person is also suffering from a severe illness. Brittany Murphy died at age 32 from pneumonia, with secondary factors of multiple drug intoxication and iron-deficiency anemia.

  5. Combined drug toxicity.
  6. A combination drug toxicity is almost always more serious than a single drug overdose. When a drug is taken in combination with other substances, it is not uncommon for there to be new symptoms or heightened existing symptoms. Heath Ledger died at age 28 from a combined toxicity due to alprazolam, diazepam, doxylamine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and temazepam.

  7. Barbiturate overdose.
  8. Symptoms of a barbiturate overdose include severe drowsiness and sluggishness and an altered level of consciousness. Judy Garland died from this overdose at age 47.

  9. Alcohol poisoning.
  10. When a person consumes excessive quantities of alcohol over a short period of time, body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and gag reflex can all be affected. Amy Winehouse died at age 27 from fatal alcohol poisoning.

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    Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +

Regulating and Handling Anger amid Drug Rehab Treatment

Anger management is a key factor when dealing with drug rehabilitation. The likelihood of relapse increases significantly when anger is not properly treated.

Most of us forget that anger is a normal emotion, and it certainly strikes everyone at some point in our lives; but teenagers trying to recover from addiction typically experiences intense emotions and this can lead to relapse. All the more reason drug rehab treatments must include psychological healing.

Why Addicts Experience Anger and Resentment

There are many reasons addicts will experience anger and it becomes even more challenging when dealing with a teenage addict. Teenagers do not possess the maturity or reasoning skills required to regulate and handle their anger. At that age, trying to dominate everything in life can be overwhelming; as a result, teens experience anger which can facilitate relapse.

While rehabilitation is necessary, it is not a walk in the park. Addiction is hard on the body. All the chemical changes and stress to cope with the transformation the body experiences are traumatic. These stressors will manifest itself in different ways.

For many, anger is also a way the body naturally reacts to detoxification. As addicts purge alcohol from their body, the reaction typically involves anger; however, knowing how to deal with anger and release those emotions require help from experienced rehab counselors.

What happens in a rehabilitation program for alcohol?

Exactly what happens in an alcohol rehabilitation program depends on what kind of program it is, but there are some elements that are common to all;

There is always an initial assessment when a person is first admitted to a rehabilitation program for alcohol. The assessment is then used to help determine the best approach for treatment, including help for any apparent anger issues.

At the initial assessment counselors question the addict about:

  • The number of daily alcoholic drinks teen consumes
  • Time person has consumed alcohol
  • Effects alcohol had on the life of the person and their family
  • Medical history
  • Medications taken
  • Mental health or behavioral problems
  • Problems with family

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Michele Lavigne is the Owner of Wellminded Center,a drug rehab treatment center located in Irvine, CA. For over 20 years Wellminded Center has been providing effective rehab treatment that focuses on the mind, body and spirit, and has helped scores of teenagers and adults overcome drug and alcohol dependence. Google +