Activities to Help You Feel Connected to Your Life and Your Recovery

When you’re in recovery from an addiction, finding activities to help you feel connected to your life and your recovery can make all the difference in how long you choose to stick with your journey, as well as how likely you are to relapse. That’s why it so important to find sogirl doing yoga at sunriseme amazing things that you can do now, and throughout your recovery journey to help you make the most of every single day in your new, addiction-free life.

Things You Can Do On Your Own

While we all love a sense of community, you’re not going to be spending all your time with others. Learning how to be by yourself, and what you can do to stay motivated on your journey when you’re spending time alone is essential. The great news is that you can turn time alone into much-needed downtime when you choose the right activities.

  • You would be so surprised what a few plants in pots can do for your overall sense of purpose and calm in your recovery. It feels good to have something lovely to look out the window at, and you might be surprised at how serene digging in the dirt, pruning, and weeding can make you feel.
  • We all need activity, and we all want to feel strong and comfortable. Yoga can help you to calm your mind, shut out the noise of the day, and feel stronger and less tense than if you choose to do no activities at all.
  • This is one activity that actually requires you to be alone, but it is so effective that many people, both those who are in recovery from an addiction, and those who aren’t, actually practice regularly. It eases stress, helps you to focus, and allows you to feel calm and shut out all the noise of your day no matter where you are.

Don’t Forget Your Friends and Family

You should also know that there are activities to help you feel connected to your recovery that involve others, too. In fact, when you’re feeling especially stressed or alone, you might find that some quality time with your recovering community or your friends and family can help you to remember that you do have people that care, and you do matter.

Even after rehab, you’re going to find that you want to find activities that can help you feel connected to your recovery, and your new life to help you stay confident in your ability to live clean and sober.

Back on Track with Recovery – Sometimes, We Need a Little Help

boat in the water before sunriseSometimes, you need to get back on track with recovery. Maybe you started out kicking your addiction with a passion that was unrivaled in anything you had ever done before. Or, maybe it took you a while to get fully committed, but once you did, you couldn’t be stopped. The point is, you did alright for a while, but now, you’re back to struggling with every moment of every day.

Maybe you’ve relapsed and now all you can do is think about using or drinking again. Maybe you just simply went back to using but are trying to control an uncontrollable situation. No matter what’s happening, sometimes we need a little – or a lot – of help to get us back on track.

Rehab Didn’t Work…

One of the things that many people like to say when they go back to their old ways after completing treatment is that rehab didn’t work. This couldn’t be further from the truth, but if you don’t understand how rehab is supposed to work, you can’t really say whether it worked or not.

It’s easy for people to say that rehab didn’t work because they believe that rehab is supposed to be a cure for their addiction. Rehab and addiction treatment of any kind is actually meant to provide you with skills and tools to make overcoming your addiction now, and for the long term, a manageable feat. It’s still up to you to do the tough work.

With that in mind, it’s also important to consider that many people wind up checking into a treatment program that they can’t really wrap their head around. Maybe they don’t agree with the way that others think, or maybe they simply don’t feel like they belong. Either way, this can make overcoming an addiction tough, and sometimes impossible.

Getting Back On Track in a New Way

When you need to get back on track with recovery, but you’re going through the motions and using all the tools you learned and it feels like nothing is helping, it might be time to get some different help. Maybe it’s time to consider a different type of rehab, like something holistic, that can help you to embrace total mind, body and spirit wellness.

We can help you when you need to get back on track with your recovery to find a different kind of treatment that will work for you. So, why not give us a call today and find out how we can help you get started living clean and sober again?

Making Changes – Finding Motivation When You Have None

image of pink flowers at sunsetMaking changes in any part of life is tough. It’s never easy to decide you’re going to do something different and stick with it, but for those who are able and do choose to, those changes can be the best thing they ever do for themselves.

For many, the hardest part is finding motivation when they really don’t seem to have any. How do you pick yourself up and make yourself change if you just don’t have the desire? Sometimes, you have to force yourself.

These tips can help you to stay motivated for making changes all the time, even when you don’t seem to have the motivation to keep at them:

  • One day at a time. Remember that you can look far ahead and imagine what will happen, but you’re not going to believe it or see any changes if you don’t start small. One day at a time. And sometimes, one hour at a time is the only way to get through the beginning stages of making changes to your old life. So, for now, just take it a day at a time.
  • You can’t see progress if you don’t at least start. This one is tough, and so many people complain that they can’t see any difference, but the thing is, they usually aren’t really trying, either. Ask anyone making changes to their lives and even taking small steps if they see a difference, and it’s likely that they are. Remember, even tiny steps add up to bigger steps and major changes in life.
  • If you don’t feel like tackling something big, just do something little. Okay, so maybe today isn’t the day to get started repairing all those damaged relationships. Maybe today is a therapy and nap day. Great. Just do it. Just make sure that you’re making some kind of progress each and every day. Remember, just staying clean and sober can add up to a big deal.
  • When you don’t have motivation, look back at what you’ve accomplished so far. Just as someone that is working to get healthy begins to look at how good they feel when they work out, your recovery is going to take some time for reflection, too. And that’s okay. Sometimes, when we need motivational help, just looking back at what you’ve accomplished can be enough to kick start your progress again.

Finding a solid addiction treatment program can go a long way toward helping you while you’re making changes in your life, too. So, give us a call and let us help you get started with your recovery goals. You might be surprised at how easy it is once you get going.

Filling Your Time – Finding A Worthwhile Substitute for Your Addiction

girl at peace with her lifeFilling your time while you’re working on overcoming an addiction is essential. It’s what’s going to help you fight those cravings and make you feel like you’re doing something that matters. Boredom is a big problem for those in recovery, but so is loneliness. For this reason, finding something that works for you and your interests can make a huge difference in how you see your recovery journey.

The problem is, many people don’t know what they should really be looking for when they search for something to help them fill up all their extra time. These tips might help you when you’re looking for constructive ways to fill all the gaps in time that you have now.

  • Get into meditation. Meditation is not only good for eating up a few minutes of the day, it can also be a really wonderful way to help you decompress and soothe stress. As you get better at it, you might find that as much as a half hour goes by where you didn’t have any cravings or urges to use or drink at all.
  • Yoga, anyone? Yoga is a really wonderful overall healthy activity because it helps you to focus, build strength, flexibility, and although it’s not an aerobic activity, it can leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon (in a good way). Plus, it can help to ease sore muscles and reduce the tension that often comes with the stress of recovery.
  • Get involved. You will probably have some kind of job, but what about getting involved in community activities while you’re not working? It can help you to build friendships, feel like what you’re doing matters, and even keep you busy enough to avoid relapsing. If you’re not sure that just any activity will do, consider joining some recovering groups that you can get involved with.
  • Go to meetings. Yes, this one seems like it’s just more therapy and treatment, but going to meetings can actually be a way for you to socialize and feel connected. It can be hard to be the only one overcoming an addiction. Meetings help you connect with like-minded people.

Often, before you even consider filling your time, you need to be working on overcoming your addiction. This is where a holistic rehab might just be what you need to get you started living a healthy, happy recovery journey. Give us a call and let us help you find the right addiction treatment program for your needs.

Coping With Addiction By Using Love – Healing Family Members While Healing Addiction

pink water lillyCoping with addiction with love is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, and your addicted loved one. The trouble is that too often, we don’t know how, and we think that somehow, we don’t deserve to be caring and loving to ourselves while trying to love an addicted friend or family member through a tough situation.

That’s why it’s so important to learn how you can show love to your friend or family member, without damaging your life any further than it already has been. These tips can help you to heal yourself and the rest of your family while helping to heal a loved one’s addiction.

  • Know that you need treatment, too. Addictions cause trauma, frustration, hurt feelings and sometimes even physical harm to those that love the addicted person. For this reason, you need treatment, too. You can learn how to disengage from your loved one so you don’t feel like you’re a terrible person if you don’t offer to help him the way he wants. You can also learn that it’s okay for you to have your life, even though your loved one is struggling with his. You can, and should also learn how to process your feelings because there are a ton of them.
  • Offer to spend time with your addicted loved one, but don’t do anything to enable him. This means spending money on your loved one, taking him to get his drug of choice, or offering him anything that might make it easier to continue the addiction. It’s tempting to pay his bills or his rent. It’s heartbreaking to see him so hungry, but you also don’t have to offer him relief in the form of money. Instead, help him work through the worst of the emotional issues, and remind him that you are there and love him. This helps to protect your finances and gives you a feeling of power over what happens in your life as a result of your loved one’s addiction.
  • Set boundaries with love. Boundaries, setting them and successfully sticking to them is actually a skill. When you set a boundary, be rational about it, and don’t do it because you’re angry with your loved one, but because you and the rest of your family need relief from the pain of the addiction.

Coping with addiction with love will seem really hard at first. When you’re angry, sad or feeling heartbroken by the things that your loved one’s addiction causes her to say and do, you’re going to want to lash out, or worse, beg her to stop. It’s normal, but remember, you need help to process your emotions so that you can better help your loved one to make the right choice when it’s time.

Bonds and Connections that Keep Us Clean and Sober

people talking about recoveryWhen it comes to bonds and connections that keep us clean and sober, we might not realize how much of an effect they can have on our everyday lives. Even more, we might not notice how much they really matter to our recovery journey, until we don’t have them anymore.

However, research is finding that those bonds and connections that so many of us claim are annoying are exactly what we need to lead a strong meaningful life in recovery. Why? Turns out, there are many reasons.

  • They give us purpose. Some experts suggest that those who don’t feel like they have a purpose struggle more with addiction recovery and relapse than those who feel like the things they do on a day to day basis really matter.
  • They show us that we matter. There is nothing better than feeling like you matter to someone, and not just because they are telling you what you want to hear. When you’re connected to someone, you’ll see how much you matter when a face lights up when you come around, or when they call just to have a meaningful conversation with you and nobody else. When we matter, it makes us feel important, and being connected in this way can give us the confidence we need to keep living clean and sober.
  • They are who we share our thoughts and feelings with. When you’re going through life, it’s nice to know that you have someone you can talk to. Someone you can tell about your day. It might be your mom, your brother, your son or daughter, or that friend who never seems to go away even though you’ve told her to a million times. These are the people that we celebrate our victories with, and who share our heartaches. These are the bonds and connections that carry us through.
  • They sometimes help when we don’t know we need it. When it comes to addiction recovery, there can be some really tough times, and this is when our bonds and connections with friends and family members really make the difference. Often, we find that these are the ones who help us to avoid relapsing and that really force us to see what’s happening so that we can get the help we need in staying strong in recovery.

While our bonds and connections can help us to stay clean and sober for the long term, it’s also important to start the process by seeking addiction treatment that we can relate to and feel a part of. If you’re thinking that a holistic treatment program would be a good option for you, why not give us a call and see how we can help you find a rehab that gets you started on a healthy recovery journey?

Holistic Recovery – An Option When You Think Nothing Will Work

Holistic recovery might be an option when you think that you have run out of them, as is common in cases of addiction. Unfortunately, too many people who struggle with addictions think that a one-size-fits-all approach is better than nothing so they try it, but when it doesn’t work, they find that they feel like nothing will.

Did you know that there are lots of people who struggle with addictions out there that have gone through every kind of treatment program they can imagine and are still struggling with using or drinking? It’s true, but studies now find that it might just be a matter of the type of treatment that you go for, and if it works well for you and your needs.

Holistic is Different

You might not realize how different holistic recovery is, and that’s okay. No, you don’t have to sit and meditate all day long, but if that’s what you like to do and it’s helping you to heal your total mind, body, and spirit, then go ahead. You’re also not going to have to have a ton of acupuncture if you don’t like it, and your days aren’t filled up with wraps and massages like if you were at a spa retreat.

Massages have a purpose, as does every other method that you’ll experience in holistic rehab, of helping you to reduce toxins and tension, calm your mind and help to heal your body. Holistic treatment is different than other addiction treatment methods, and it might just be what you really need to help you start enjoying your recovery journey and stick to it.

When You’re Ready….

When you’re ready to give holistic recovery a try, or if it just sounds interesting and you want to know more, give us a call. We specialize in helping people just like you find the right holistic rehab to meet their needs. From making the most of your insurance coverage to helping you find a place where you can really feel confident that you’re going to enjoy and connect with, our caring staff knows about living total wellness and overcoming addiction.

So why not give us a call today? We’re eager to help you because we know how wonderful overcoming your addiction can be, and we want to give you the best start in your new life as possible!

Addiction Recovery that Feels Good – Holistic Treatment Helps

girl in white dress staring into oceanWouldn’t it be nice to find addiction recovery that actually feels good? Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to stop using or drinking and actually be able to enjoy the benefits of it? Now you can, because holistic treatment actually makes this happen for you.

Okay, so it’s still rehab. It’s still addiction treatment, and you’re still going to be going through recovery from your addiction, which isn’t fun. But, if you’re going to choose to attend rehab, you might as well choose a program that focuses on helping you to feel good while you’re getting clean and sober.

What Makes Holistic Treatment Different?

For people who want to find addiction recovery that feels good, holistic rehab might be the answer to their prayers. Through different, holistic methods, your body is attended in an effort to stop many of the aches, pains and physical symptoms that often accompany overcoming an addiction.

Massages are common in this type of addiction treatment. The idea is to help speed the removal of toxins from the body and help ease the painful tension that can build up.

Acupuncture is another common holistic treatment method that many report is quite helpful. It targets parts of the body that help to reduce cravings and urges for your substance of choice.

Nutrition and yoga and exercise are also a significant focus in holistic rehab. This is because the foods you eat help your body to heal and repair and staying active helps to ease stress, and stimulate circulation, among other things. Yoga helps to keep you flexible and strong, which is often lacking when you’re in active addiction.

What Aspects of Holistic Treatment Stay the Same?

Keep in mind that some parts of holistic addiction treatment stay the same. The features that are proven effective throughout the addiction treatment industry are still prevalent in holistic rehab. You’ll enjoy individual therapy, as well as group therapy. This helps you to get to the heart of your addiction, and also build a strong support system in group treatment.

Mindfulness and meditation are also common in holistic rehab, just as they are common in traditional addiction treatment programs, simply because they work. When it comes to meditation, however, holistic treatment focuses on incorporating it into your whole life.

If you’re looking for addiction recovery that feels good, holistic rehab might be a great fit for you. Give us a call today, and we can help you to explore your treatment options and find an addiction treatment program that you can really feel great about. Since you need to do it anyway, why not consider addiction treatment that feels good?

Kicking Your Addiction – How Will You Do It?

girl doing yoga at sunriseNo matter how you choose to get started kicking your addiction, there is no denying it’s really hard to do. It’s not easy to overcome something that has become such a huge part of you, and for most of us, there is true fear associated with choosing to start living clean and sober. Luckily, you have choices when it comes to the how you will get to your new life, and those choices can make all the difference.

Understanding the Difference in Types of Addiction Treatment

There are different types of addiction treatment that you can choose from, and it’s caused many different treatment models to emerge over the years. These programs are essential in helping you to feel like you’re living a healthy, addiction-free life.

As you go through your recovery journey, you’ll discover that by feeling connected and part of something, you can boost your success tremendously, so finding a rehab option that really works for you is essential in overcoming your addiction.

Take a look at the different treatment options available to you before you decide to go to the first choice that someone throws out there for you. Decide what you want, and what will be most beneficial to you and your personal journey before you choose just any rehab.

Making a Solid Treatment Choice

You’ll also want to consider things like insurance coverage because having your treatment covered by your insurance can cause a big drop in what you’ll have to pay out of pocket. This can make your rehab stay affordable.

Once you know what your insurance will cover, you should think about all the other choices you have. Kicking your addiction is much easier when you’re in line with the treatment program that works for you. It’s also much more effective when you feel like you belong and are able to really connect with others in your treatment program.

You should think about whether or not you feel like you’re able to make strong connections during this time. Building a strong sobriety network will help you to feel less alone during your recovery journey. If you can, make a visit to the treatment facility you’re considering, and if not, a phone call can help you get a feel for the counselors and staff that you’ll be working with.

Keep in mind that you can’t waste time thinking about where you’ll go to rehab. Sometimes, you have to make the choice to just go and trust that you have done all the research you can, and you’ve made a great choice. When you’re ready, we can help.

Holistic Living – It Feels Good to Feel Good

If you’re thinking about holistic living, you might not realize how good it can feel to feel good in your life. You might be thinking that the concept of living holistically is too “new-agey,” for you. Maybe it’s too “weird.” Or, maybe it’s right on for what you need and you just haven’t discovered the benefits yet.

So, why do so many people choose to attend this type of rehab and embrace holistic living in their recovery and their lives? Well, there are lots of benefits to choosing this type of lifestyle, but for those who are working on overcoming their addiction in this way, the recovery benefits can’t be underestimated.

  • It gives you a feeling of calm during difficult times. When you’re embracing holistic living, you’re working on trying to help your whole body, mind, and spirit. This usually means that you get to do some meditating, deep breathing, practice some Yoga and focus on mindfulness. This helps to give many a sense of calm and serenity with both their recovery and their place in life. This added calm can really make a difference when you’re feeling tired and overwhelmed with the journey.
  • It boosts your total health. When you’re feeling mentally stressed, it can make your body feel stressed and tense. When you’re struggling with both mental and physical stress, you’re also likely to notice that you’re dispirited. You’re feeling… Down. When you’re focused on holistic living, you’re not only taking care of your physical body and getting rest, you’re also focusing on strong mental health, and spiritual health, which gives you peace, balance, and even spiritual joy.
  • The focus on living naturally helps you to feel in control. Holistic living often allows those that embrace it to finally be in control of things they might not have had control over in the past. From making informed decisions regarding the foods you eat to having the ability to push down fear and worry and control where you are in your emotional life, the ability for many to be able to control many aspects of your life can make you want to enjoy your journey more.

Living holistically isn’t about being different, or strange. It’s not hard, and it doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. You don’t have to feel like you’re struggling with your recovery, or like you’re drowning in your journey anymore. Let us help you find the right holistic rehab so you can begin a healthy, well-balanced recovery journey.