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.

Beaten Down By Life and Seeking Relief – The Truth Behind Many Addictions

image of pink flowers at sunsetWhen you’re beaten down by life, it’s easy to look just about anywhere for a break. Life gets hard, and it seems like almost everything we do can either be good or bad. We don’t have control over the things that other people do, and we don’t really get a say in many of the things that affect our day-to-day. So what’s a person supposed to do?

Why We Seek Relief

Many people try to do things to regain their control and feel like things are okay again, and some of this behavior can actually be a part of the reason why an addiction develops. Take the person seeking relief through the use of substances and going out to have a good time. At first, going out and cutting loose a little bit helps to ease stress and help to remind you that everything will be okay.

When we use substances, we often feel good. We feel good about life, good about ourselves, and just good in general. It’s a pretty quick fix for many problems that come up, and if you’ve been struggling for a long time, it’s going to sound appealing.

This is especially the case if our everyday lives leave us feeling like we don’t matter or are disliked, or if we feel like others are treating us badly and there is nothing we can do about it. You would be surprised the effect that the way others treat us can have on our emotional wellbeing.

While it might be harmless to go out once in a great while with a designated driver and have a couple drinks with friends, it’s not a good practice to get into. Especially if you’re trying to self-medicate and are drinking or abusing substances just to soothe your soul.

How Being Beaten Down by Life Can Cause Addictions

When life gives us a beating, we often don’t realize what it can really be doing to us. It’s so common to “let off steam,” in our society by partying, getting high or drunk, that many of us don’t think much of it. However, as the way we feel continues to grow, and our lack of control over situations keeps getting worse, we may find that we also struggle with depending on drinking or using more and more to cope with our negative feelings.

If you or a loved one has been beaten down by life and are now struggling with an addiction, you might want to consider the mind, body, spirit healing that a holistic rehab can offer you. It’s a fresh start, and a way to overcome your addiction that you can truly embrace and make a part of your life.

Can Total Wellness Really Help You Overcome Your Addiction?

image of pink flowers at sunsetWhen you think about total wellness, you might have certain things in your head. People have images of monks sitting in prayer all day when they think of being totally well, but this isn’t the case. Total wellness is something that many people can achieve, and it can be life-changing when you do. So, the question becomes, can it help you to overcome your addiction?

The short answer is that yes it absolutely can. In fact, more and more people are discovering that when they embrace total wellness and a holistic lifestyle, they are much more likely to get – and stay – clean and sober than if they tried to overcome their addiction on their own.

It’s Not a Magic Pill, But it is Effective

It’s important to note that total wellness is not a magic pill. This is partly due to the fact that it simply doesn’t happen overnight. Getting to be truly well in mind, body and spirit takes time – and work. However, for many, that focus is enough to keep them from wanting to use or drink, and at least helps them to fight through the difficult cravings that we all have.

The work isn’t without rewards, though, as with each new technique you try and practice, you will see results in so many different areas of your life. For example, when you eat healthy foods, you’ll notice that you feel good and have more energy. When you release the tension and toxins in your body, you’ll feel more relaxed and able to live without fear, anxiety, and worry.

You’ll also stop hurting, and start being able to enjoy being active.

Spiritual Healing Counts, too

One of the things that many people ignore when they work on their addiction recovery is their spirit. The spirit is essential because it helps you to feel like you’re where you belong in your life. Your spirit also helps you to connect with your world.

When you choose to attend a holistic rehab, you’re going to learn how to connect with your spirit through meditation and even Yoga, so you can face each day feeling like you are right where you belong, and stay calm and anxiety-free.

Total wellness can help you to get a long way toward achieving your addiction recovery goals, and we can help you to find a great holistic rehab that gives you an edge when it comes to mind, body and spiritual balance and wellness approaches. So why not give us a call and get started on your recovery journey today?

Holistic Rehab Doesn’t Have to Be Unaffordable

road under a thicket of treesFor many, the idea of holistic rehab sounds good, but it just feels too unaffordable. The idea of having a chance to start a healthy recovery with the help of a treatment program that works on total mind, body, and spiritual wellness is so appealing to so many who struggle with an addiction. Unfortunately, too many people don’t pursue attending a holistic treatment facility because they just think that they cannot afford to go.

When we think of holistic treatment, we have images of the uber-rich enjoying time beside a pool, looking glamorous, enjoying massages and gourmet meals. The average person believes that they are simply “not good enough,” to attend a holistic treatment program.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth, and there are many ways that holistic rehab can be made to be much more affordable.

  • Insurance, insurance, insurance. If you have health insurance, you will probably find that it covers at least part of your stay at a holistic rehab facility. While it might not cover some of the extras, like your gourmet meals or your daily massage, you might find that these options can be tweaked to be made more affordable. However, you never know what you’ll wind up paying until you give us a call and let us check into it for you.
  • Payment plans. Many rehabs offer affordable payment plans, and believe it or not, you’ll probably find that many holistic rehabs do the same. This is great news because even if you find you wind up owing a little something beyond what your insurance will cover, you might not have all the funds at one time. A payment plan can make it affordable to attend holistic rehab.
  • You might qualify for government funding. Yes, government funding for addiction treatment does exist, and it’s becoming more and more available with time. So, consider looking into this option if you’re having a hard time coming up with the funding for your stay in holistic rehab.
  • A little help from friends and loved ones. Your parents might not be able to afford to pay the whole tab for your stay in a holistic treatment program, but you might find that they can afford to help with a few payments, and that can make a significant difference in how much rehab costs you. It’s scary, especially when you’ve probably burned a lot of bridges, but if you ask to help with a few payments after you’ve shown you’re committed to your recovery, you might find that your loved ones are receptive to the idea.

Holistic rehab is an excellent addiction treatment option for many who want to start kicking their addictions, and it doesn’t have to be out of reach financially when you know how many ways you can cover the cost of your stay.

Calm, Serene and Balanced – What a Holistic Addiction Treatment Program Can Do For You

stunning bridge made of woodDo you ever wish that you could appear as calm, serene and balanced as people who practice living a whole life wellness program? Do you look at these men and women who seem so Zen and feel a touch of jealousy at their amazing progress? You’re not alone. All of us what to feel balanced and calm.

When you’re overcoming an addiction, feeling calm and balanced can make all the difference in how you enjoy your recovery journey. It can make the difference between relapse, and help you to stay serene in even the most stressful situations.

If you’re wondering if you can really enjoy these benefits when you choose to attend a holistic addiction treatment program, you should consider some of the biggest benefits of this tool for addiction recovery.

  • The ability to take control of your feelings. You’re going to learn how to take control of the things you feel, and calm yourself so that you can enjoy a total body balance in your whole life. This is powerful because you won’t be at the mercy of the source of your addiction anymore, you will be equipped with tools and skills that can help you feel wonderful every day.
  • Overcoming an addiction without the need for medications. One of the things that many people aren’t excited about when it comes to addiction recovery is the fact that so many treatment facilities hand out medication that you might have to take for a long time in order to become clean and sober. Holistic rehab doesn’t use medications to help you get and stay clean, it uses natural, healthy practices to get you going.
  • Total body, mind and spirit balance. It is thought that when we are out of balance, we suffer. Those who struggle with addictions are out of balance in some way. Something is missing. Whether it’s your mind or the way you feel you connect socially, or you’re struggling with something like chronic pain, holistic addiction treatment addresses these issues and helps you get your whole life in balance.
  • Healthy life changes you can incorporate into all aspects of life. Holistic rehab gives you the knowledge, tools, and skills you’re going to need to live a healthy recovering lifestyle all the time. It starts with treatment, but you can carry it into all aspects of your life and a holistic treatment program can make it happen.

If you’re thinking that you would love to be calm, serene and balanced in your recovery journey, you should know that it can happen for you, too. Let us help you to enjoy a recovery journey that changes your life and gives you control of your total wellbeing. Give us a call today to find out how.

Massage in Rehab? How This Simple Practice Can Help Your Recovery

image of beach with birds flyingMany people think that massage in rehab is more of a luxury than an essential, but for those who have had the opportunity to use this type of healing, it has become one of the most important aspects of physical healing from an addiction. If you’ve ever enjoyed a massage, you know the benefits to your overall feelings of health and well-being.

What a Massage is Like

At first, when you get a massage, you might even think it hurts a little. Your back gets tense, and all this tension has to be worked out. It might not be that soothing back rub that you were anticipating, but no expert will knead harder than you can handle.

In fact, the goal is to get rid of all the knots in your muscles and rid your body of the toxins that build up in these knots. You might not want this to happen too quickly, as the toxins can make you feel sick. It’s part of the reason that drinking lots of water is recommended before and after your massages.

After your massage, it’s likely that you will feel relaxed, but maybe a little bit sore. You may even feel like you’ve been run over by a bus. This is normal, especially at first, but don’t worry, it doesn’t last.

If it Hurts at First, Why do it?

So, you’re probably wondering – if it hurts at first, why do it? Why go back for a second, and even third massage session? Basically, when you choose to embrace massage as a healing practice in your recovery, you’re actually looking for the cumulative benefits it can have. When all those knots of tension are worked out, you won’t have all the toxins in your body, which can help you to feel better overall.

When you aren’t struggling with physical tension, it’s likely that a lot of your back pain, which can radiate and make you miserable, you’re probably going to find that you feel pretty darn good.

Massage has a cumulative effect on your physical health. It also can help your emotional health by removing stress. When you’re always tense, the nerves in your back only know to tell your brain that something is wrong. When your brain gets those signals, it can go overboard trying to convince you that something has not been taken care of. This is where a lot of anxiety comes from.

Massage might seem like a luxury, but when you discover the benefits it can have for your health and well-being, you’ll probably decide that you aren’t willing to do without this part of your recovery.

Non-12 Step Holistic Treatment

Holistic Rehab Facilities FaviconNon-12 Step treatment is often a phrase used to describe holistic addiction treatment. It simply indicates that other approaches, philosophies, and methods are used besides the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) concepts alone. For many years, the principles of AA or NA were the primary concepts upon which addiction treatment programs were built. Now, we have many more options. This is fortunate because not everyone resonates with the concepts of a 12 Step program. A greater variety of treatment philosophies has made treatment and recovery more accessible to many others.

Non-12 Step Does Not Mean Anti-12 Step

People often mistakenly think that if a treatment program is not clearly focused on the 12 Step principles of AA or NA, that program does not see value in the 12 Steps. This is not true. A holistic treatment philosophy is by its very nature open to a large range of things. A holistic view embraces a variety of things as helpful, seeking to blend them into a cohesive and practical plan of action. So, for example, if you find value in a 12 Step program, that can be easily incorporated into your overall recovery plan and should be. Your holistic plan of action must suit your own individual needs, values, and preferences.

Non-12 Step Programs and Foundational Concepts

Holistic addiction treatment programs, not centered on the 12 Steps entirely, are very different than more traditional programs. More traditionally, addiction treatment philosophies have adopted the 12 Step notion that addiction is an incurable disease and can only be managed, for example. Other key concepts have been that one is powerless over addiction and that the remedy for active addiction is spiritual in nature.

Holistic programs tend to define addiction differently and to consider issues of personal power and recovery differently. In fact, personal empowerment, rather than powerlessness, is a common emphasis in holistic treatment. That one can take charge and dramatically improve one’s life is a core characteristic of a holistic view. Also, that addiction has underlying causes in body, mind, and spirit is a more holistic view.

If You Need Help

If you are struggling with an addiction and need something different than more traditional philosophies, a holistic treatment program may be your answer. You may have tried traditional methods previously, or have found that 12 Step programs are not for you, for example. Or, you may have had good results with alternative health care… or simply be interested in pursuing alternative approaches… However, you become interested in holistic care, get more information. It is the answer for countless people.

 

 

Affirmative Thought and Prayer – Resources for Holistic Recovery

beach sceneAffirmative thought and prayer are powerful resources for addiction recovery. They both have a positive focus and work with positive expectation. They are affirming, or affirmative because they acknowledge the healing power of positive thinking, disciplined thinking, and proactive action.

The Power of Affirmation in Thought and Prayer

When we are in distress, or simply facing a problem, we have a choice of focus. We may focus on the dilemma and the disruption of it, or we may focus on solutions and the hope of them. This is always a choice, and where we focus our energies, we will find increase.

If we focus on fear, fear rises. If we focus on solutions, solutions arise. It is a matter of consciousness and perception. Affirmation thought and prayer takes this another level, adding creative intent. We focus on affirming the solution and add the intent to receive the solution in our awareness now. Instead of wanting and wishing, we affirm that our prayers are answered now.

With regard to using affirmative thought, the same dynamics are at work. We replace negative thoughts with affirmations of the positive instead. For example, instead of thinking I am lonely. An affirmative thought would be I am surrounded by love and support. Affirmations work as they mobilize the deeper layers of your mind. If you are fearful through and through, you will find more fear. If you let positive messages filter through to deep levels of the mind, you will see positive results.

Examples of Affirmative Prayer

With some practice, affirmative prayer and affirmative thought come more easily, and you will find their impact on you far different than that of your ordinary thinking. For example, let’s say you are overcome with feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence. An affirmative prayer would ‘affirm’ that you have what you need already. For instance: I am strong in the realization of my worth and my abilities. Returning to the affirmative thought that you are strong, know your worth and affirm your abilities is a powerful prayer or meditation to use whenever feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy come.

If You Are Interested in a Holistic Program

You may find that you are drawn to such methods and that you are excited about trying other such techniques to help you overcome your addiction. If that is the case, know that a holistic addiction treatment program offers many more powerful strategies to help you recover. We will be glad to talk with you about what such a program can do for you. Give us a call today.

What Makes Holistic Addiction Treatment Special?

Many people often ask what makes holistic addiction treatment so special. Why would anyone want to eat lettuce and do yoga all day long in hopes of overcoming their addiction? Is this really what an alternative addiction treatment program is like? These are just a couple of the questions that so many people have, but if you don’t know the answers or the benefits of choosing an alternative rehab, you might be missing out on a tremendous opportunity.

Holistic Rehab’s Many Benefits

So, you might have met some people that have attended rehab in a holistic facility. They probably come out looking refreshed, radiant, and ready to take on the world. You might be thinking that you’d love to have a rehab experience that leaves you feeling so calm and good in general. This is usually especially true when so many of us see how rehab can really take a toll on how we feel, look and cope with life in general.

Holistic rehab, on the other hand, can have some really incredible benefits for those who choose to attend.

3 Benefits of holistic rehab include:

  • Traditional addiction treatment methods. Even at an alternative addiction treatment facility, you’re going to experience some of the most successful recovery methods. These often include individual and group treatment programs that have a proven success rate.
  • Tools to help you live a healthy life during and after rehab. Living a healthy life when you’re working to overcome an addiction can be tough. It’s often really hard to figure out the right foods to eat, the right vitamins to take, and even the right activities to take on. When you choose to attend an alternative addiction treatment facility, you’re going to learn the many necessary aspects of healing so you can live the healthiest, happiest life possible.
  • You learn how to achieve total body balance. One of the major elements of living a truly healthy life is having total body balance. In other words, your body is healthy, your mentally and emotionally healthy, and you’re spiritually strong and calm. It can help to reduce your stress levels and keep you feeling strong and determined even during the toughest times.

Finding the Right One for You

When you’re looking for a great holistic addiction treatment facility, you’re going to need to know what to look for and how to find it. You can do a simple search, or you can find an amazing addiction rehab placement program that will help you to locate a great treatment program that works for your needs.

No matter how you find a holistic rehab, if you’re thinking of going, there is no time to get started like right now. Your new, healthy life is waiting, so why not get started making it happen?

Does Insurance Cover Holistic Rehab?

If you’re looking to attend holistic rehab, one of the big questions you might have is if your insurance will cover it like it usually does with other types of addiction treatment. It’s important that you know if you do have coverage to attend rehab before you get started because rehab can be very expensive.

It’s an essential, though, because addiction treatment has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to get, and stay, clean and sober for the long term.

Will Insurance Offer Holistic Rehab Coverage?

Your addiction treatment choices can largely be based on whether or not your insurance helps to cover some of the cost, and it’s important to know that different types of health insurance offer different types of coverage. While someone who has chosen the most expensive insurance might experience almost a complete rehab coverage, someone who didn’t want to pay as much for their insurance coverage might have less rehab coverage.

No matter what type of insurance coverage you have, you might find that you do get to enjoy some amount of holistic rehab coverage. The key is to talk to an insurance specialist so you can have a clear idea of what you’ll have to pay out of pocket before you even begin looking for treatment.

How do you Know What’s Covered?

So, how can you know what’s covered when it comes to your rehab choices? You can call your insurance company, or go online for coverage guidelines. You should also remember that other factors, such as how much your deductible is, and how much you have already paid out of pocket, that will affect how much you wind up paying to attend holistic rehab.

You should also keep in mind that many insurance companies work with a network of service providers. When you stay in network, you will enjoy a greater number of benefits than if you choose a facility that is out of network for you.

You should also make sure that any holistic rehab you’re considering works with your insurance company. This will ensure that you don’t have to pay for the whole rehab bill on your own.

Choosing a great rehab is often a personal choice, and if you love the idea of embracing a holistic recovery, you’re probably going to want to start with a holistic rehab. So, explore your options, and start your new addiction-free life in a way that will make you feel truly balanced and great.