‘Makeovers’ Used To Help Those In Recovery

They say that sometimes you need to “look good to feel good.” And if that’s the case, more power to those people. Interestingly enough, one recovery facility in Cincinnati is seeing some clear results from that philosophy by offering special beauty makeovers for clients who are overcoming addiction.


The city’s Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (also known as UMADAOP) was recently profiled on the local news for their inspiring “beautification” techniques. Offering everything from haircuts, to facials, to manicures and pedicures, stylists working in conjunction with UMADAOP have offered free touch ups to help encourage recovery and boost confidence.


“It’s important to build self-esteem and to allow other people to see that treatment really does work,” Dr. Kamaria Tyehimba, the president and CEO of UMADAOP of Cincinnati told the local ABC outlet. “We want to turn around perceptions and show our clients that there really is hope.”


Recovering opioid abuser Deborah Corey was also profiled in the segment and allowed cameras to showcase some glamorous “before” and “after” shots. She admitted that once her addiction took hold, she lost interest in keeping up her appearance and hadn’t even used makeup in over a decade.


After getting spruced up, Deborah was shown to be happy and optimistic about her drug-free future.


“This whole makeover felt kind of good, really,” she told the reporter. “I feel like I’ve been given a second chance.”


And Dr. Tyehimba was quick to point out that although the news segment featured women, they have happily offering makeovers to male clients too. The results have been just as promising, with men finding new confidence in their improved appearance. One other interesting note was that Dr. Tyehimba’s clientele was primarily African-American. That is something she openly acknowledged and vowed to turn around. She said she was hopeful that tactics like these makeovers will help other minorities see the hope that recovery can provide.


“We do have a lot African-Americans using opioid-based drugs in this community,” Dr. Tyehimba said. “And we’re not necessarily proud of that. It just is.”


We were definitely inspired by Dr. Tyehimba’s optimism and the shining happiness coming from Deborah after her stint in the makeup chair. To get a full glimpse of this interesting treatment tactic, we encourage you to watch the full ABC segment below. And please feel free share it with anyone looking for a little positive encouragement.



‘Wrestling’ With Sobriety

It’s no secret that addiction has run rampant in the professional wrestling community. Painkiller dependency and alcoholism are commonplace and have even led to some untimely deaths. But on the flipside, several stars of the WWE and other organizations have become sobriety success stories. One particular example is legendary ring king Jake “The Snake” Roberts.


Roberts spent five decades as a professional wrestler, gaining international stardom and the adoration of millions. But behind-the-scenes, he was hiding a painful alcoholism addiction that nearly took his life. The recent documentary, Resurrection of Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, delved into his abuse problems and his journey to sobriety.


One year after its release, Roberts is still happily clean and spoke with Fox Sports about his new life as a recovery advocate.


“The feedback from the movie was awesome,” he explained. “I’m going into bars and speaking in bars and watching people push their drink back because I’m hitting home on them. We’ve been able to help a few people on their way to sobriety. We pull people out the bar scene, sit down with them and have a serious talk about addiction. It’s awesome. That’s what I’m here for. These are my people, man. These are the ones I was supposed to be here for.”


To learn more about Robert’s journey to sobriety, check out his amazing 2015 doc.



Watching A Loved One Battle Addiction

There is no denying that drug abuse is hard on everyone. It can be devastating for the person battling the addiction and it can be just as bad for their parents, children and spouses. We’ve seen this kind of pain firsthand and, in response, were pleased to run across a new program being instated in South New Jersey.


The Salem County Police Department recently started a community outreach program specifically geared towards loved ones of drug abusers. Once a month, they open their doors for group discussions about addiction and guidance on how to combat a struggling family member.


“This is for the family to support those who watched their kids, brothers, sisters, who’ve battled this increasing epidemic,” Officer Joe Racite told NJ.com. “You see a lot of addicts steal from relatives — it affects everyone differently. These parents what wants best for their kids, but they see them relapse over, and over, again.”


Indeed, addictive behavior can lead to theft, violence, deception and outbursts between family members. It is important to understand that this isn’t the relative you know and love…it’s their habit getting the best of them. Forgiveness can be a difficult thing in these situations, especially if the behavior does not change. But it is important to not give up on the person struggling and to see them through a proper treatment program.


At Valley Recovery Center, we are happy to counsel family members (particularly if it has to do with resistance to treatment). If someone you love is struggling, reach out to us at 866-986-2486. Because happy families is what we’re all about.

Hard Truths About Teenage Drug Use

It’s no surprise to hear about teens and drug experimentation. Often times, it’s during the high school years when people are first exposed to narcotics like marijuana, alcohol and ecstasy. But according to a new study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, that experimentation is going much further in 2016.


This may be shocking to hear, but currently 8% of all eighth graders are using illicit drugs. And that number nearly triples when they reach the 12th grade. Narcotics like cocaine and acid garnered high percentages among high school seniors, with marijuana topping the list. Apparently 35% of the 44,000 students surveyed admitted to smoking it regularly.


And in today’s world, prescription drugs are playing a big part in teenage addictions as well. Currently, amphetamines are the most popular over-the-counter-pills for 12th graders, followed by Adderall and opioids.


There actually is somewhat of a silver lining in the conclusion of the study. Though drug abuse is still commonplace in high school and middle schools, it has actually lessened since the peak years of the mid-1990’s. Nevertheless, it always important to keep the communication lines open if you have a teenager in your household. If there’s a problem going on, help is available and your teen shouldn’t be afraid to talk to you about it.


We recommend taking a close look at this latest infographic and a closer look at those around you who may be impacted by it. (Click below for a full-sized version)



Santa Clarita Named “Top U.S. City To Live In”

This past November, The Wall Street Journal rated our own Santa Clarita as one of the Top 20 U.S. Cities To Live In.” Of course, that comes to no surprise to the team at Valley Recovery Center. We chose our location very carefully, selecting an area that would be accommodating, nurturing and safe for every resident.


Located just north of busy Los Angeles, our vicinity offers a beautiful blend of mountains, parks and friendly upscale neighborhoods. We are also within walking distance of several amazing restaurants, movie theaters and shopping outlets; which, coincidentally, are some of the exact factors that put our city at the top of WSJ’s list.


And for the record, this list was not something that the Journal took lightly. Using material from the U.S. Census Bureau, WSJ ranked a total of 550 cities across the United States (each with populations of 65,000 or more). Of those, our own Santa Clarita came in at #20; making it the ONLY California city to reach the Top 30. Factors that went into the study included safety, entertainment, education and economics (elements we searched for as well when selecting a Valley Recovery Center location).


We couldn’t be more proud of our city and happily do our part to boost the local economy, with continued employment opportunities and support for local Santa Clarita businesses. If you’d like to learn more about our area and what makes it so special, we recommend visiting the official city website. It’s a fantastic resource and will give you a taste of life in our home town.