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Friday, February 21, 2020

Having Fun Helps Prevent Relapse

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If you are new to addiction recovery, then you need to do everything in your power to prevent relapse. In treatment, your counselors and therapists taught you effective methods for coping with stress and emotions. You likely learned valuable tools for managing cravings and avoiding risky situations that can cause triggers.

Now that you are back in the world, either living in a sober living or at home, you are putting the tools you learned to use. Hopefully, you are attending 12 Step meetings, have found a homegroup, and are working with a sponsor already. If you are not, then we strongly encourage you to act immediately.

Addiction is a chronic mental and behavioral health disorder. Recovery depends on daily maintenance to keep your disease in remission. Those who think that they can take what they learned in treatment and go it alone usually end up relapsing in the first year of recovery.

Long-term addiction recovery requires fellowship; working with others is essential to continued progress. Without a support network, men and women fall back to being accountable to themselves only. Support groups, on the other hand, help you stay on track and are essential to preventing relapse.

Please do not discount the importance of bonding with others in recovery. People who you meet at 12 Step groups will both support your recovery and become life-long friends. Clean and sober friends take the place of old using buddies. Such individuals are who you will have clean and sober fun with when you're not in meetings or doing step work.

Clean and Sober Fun in Recovery

While addiction recovery is a serious matter, it’s vital to make time to have a good time. Men and women in sobriety are not sticks in the mud, and they know how to have fun in recovery.

If you are new to the program, then you may not know how to have fun without drugs and alcohol yet. Making friends with people in your support network is an essential ingredient in learning healthy methods of entertaining yourself.

It’s worth pointing out that having fun distracts you from thinking about the past or future too much. Getting outdoors and being active with your sober friends will help you stay present. Staying focused on the 'here and now' is crucial to achieving long-term progress.

Some individuals in early recovery are inclined to isolate, which is not healthy. Those who spend time with others outside of meetings strengthen their recovery significantly. Here in Southern California, we are fortunate to have mountains and the ocean as our playgrounds. People in recovery take advantage of the great outdoors, some ski and snowboard, while others go hiking or surfing.

Another excellent way of learning how to have fun in recovery is taking part in recovery retreats organized by Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous members or groups. There are also yearly conventions; thousands of young and older adults come together to have a blast in recovery. It can be a lot of fun to meet people from across the country and globe who share the same goal as you.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Understanding Spirituality in Recovery

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Individuals who battle addiction are said to be spiritually bankrupt. You hear the expression quite frequently in the rooms of 12 Step recovery. Since programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are spiritual programs, one of the primary goals is to embrace spirituality.

Unfortunately, the word spirituality – the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things – is one that many people get hung up on in early recovery. One could even argue that the term is intimidating for some as it smacks of the pulpit.

Many people in the grips of addiction do not have fond memories of their time with organized religion. Each person has their reasons, but it's essential to distinguish the difference between religion and spirituality; the latter is often referred to as the glue that holds one's recovery together.

Religion is a personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs, and practices shared by a community that worships a common God. Spirituality is an individual practice involving a connection to something more substantial or greater than you (a Higher Power).

"Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred," says Christina Puchalski, MD.

At Celebrate Hope, we help clients reconnect with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as they forge a path toward long-term recovery. It's a spiritual process that combines the principles of the 12 Steps with the teachings of Jesus. Many people find it helpful to follow the example of Jesus as they work to maintain a program of recovery.

Spiritual Solvency in Recovery

We should point out that religion is spiritual, but there isn't religion in spirituality. It is for that reason that newcomers shouldn't be intimidated by the higher power business of recovery. While millions of Christians work a program, countless other people believe in a different higher power.

There are no mandates on who or what you must connect with as you trudge the road of happy destiny. Find what works for you and go with it, whether it be Jesus, Buddha, or Nature. The lesson to be learned is that in recovery, you no longer maintain a delusion that you are calling the shots. Those who believe they are in complete control of every aspect of life are usually the people with the least control over their own life.

Working a program is an opportunity to break free from self-will and accepting that you cannot carry the load of life alone. People succeed in 12 Step recovery because they work together in selfless ways to achieve the goal of lasting sobriety. Each person's program is strengthened when they form a relationship with the spiritual realm.

Each person has the right to pray to whichever God they choose, and that is between them and their higher power. However, there are a significant number of people seeking recovery who once had a connection with Jesus and would like to have His guidance once more. Such individuals can benefit significantly from choosing a faith-based addiction treatment center. Such programs were designed to utilize evidence-based therapies in conjunction with Christian teaching to promote lasting recovery.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Friends Who are Good for Recovery

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Accepting that you have an addiction means that you will have to make a number of changes if long-term recovery is to be achieved. If you have attended an addiction treatment program or meeting of recovery, then you have learned that life is different now that you are clean and sober.

Naturally, it’s vital to stay away from environments that can jeopardize your recovery. Moreover, and this part is harder, you must stay away from many people with whom you once spent time. This is especially true when it comes to old using friends.

It’s challenging to say goodbye or cut off ties with individuals even when you know that they are not beneficial to your recovery. Still, your progress depends on altering the people you keep in your circle of friends.

If you attend meetings on a regular basis, then you have already begun fostering relationships with like-minded individuals. These people are replacing the individuals you once associated with; what’s more, such men and women care about your well-being and continued progress.

Making Friends in Recovery

Hopefully, you have already said goodbye to the people from your past. If not, there is no time like the present. Put all your energy into making new friends who do not use drugs and alcohol. Meetings are the best place to find the caliber of individuals who are suitable for your program.

The people that you attend meetings with share similarities with you, and understand what you have been through; you have a lot in common with such men and women. These individuals will not just help you stay the course of recovery; they will become lifelong friends.

Prioritize your relationships with others in sobriety, especially in early recovery. Ask people to get together after the meeting so you can get to know them better. In time, you will look forward to seeing the people in your support network. They will also invite you to do things with them in their free time.

Again, we understand that it’s hard to break ties with people who were your friends for years. However, anyone who is not supportive of your recovery is probably not that great of a friend at the end of the day. Acknowledging that reality will help you make hard choices that hugely benefit your recovery.

Please do not despair if you have trouble making friends in early recovery. It may take time for you to feel comfortable confiding and opening up with new people in your life.

Trust and believe that it will become easier the longer you stick around the rooms of recovery. Do not lose hope, and you will have a friend group before you know it. That's guaranteed!

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Recovery 2020: Keep What Works

Celebrate Hope would like to wish everyone working a program of addiction recovery a safe, sober, and productive New Year. Naturally, we are hopeful that all of you were able to utilize your recovery toolbox to get through both Christmas and New Year’s Eve without an incident, i.e., relapse.

If you read our most recent post, then perhaps you gleaned some tips that helped you navigate the 12th hour of 2019? If you put the information to use, then it’s likely you made it into 2020 with your sobriety intact. Now, you can look ahead toward a productive 365 strengthening your recovery so that you have many more fruitful years to come.

At the start of a New Year, it can be beneficial to take a look back on what helped and hindered your recovery last year. There is a saying in rooms that is both simple and salient: keep what works and leave the rest behind.

While there is a formula to follow in the hopes of achieving long-term recovery, no two programs are exactly the same. What works well for you may not be as helpful for one of your peers and vice versa. Naturally, you will want to model your program on your sponsors; but there may be things that you do that he or she doesn’t, which is more than OK.

Perhaps you meditate and your sponsor prays, or maybe it’s the other way around? You might find speaker meetings more beneficial than open discussion meetings; on this subject, it is helpful to have some variance. Sharing is one of the cornerstones of 12 Step recovery. The point is that each member of the program has to find what works best for them; you have the freedom to choose what your daily regimen of recovery looks like as you trudge the road of happy destiny.

Reading and Writing in Recovery

We each learn about ourselves and find perspective in different ways. Some people read the approved literature voraciously, even after going through the Steps. Others place significant emphasis on daily journaling; they find that it helps them gain clarity on a myriad of subjects.

Naturally, working a program of 12 Step recovery requires that you do a fair amount of reading, especially early on in your journey. As your program strengthens, you are afforded more time to choose the ways and means of maintaining your sobriety. Do you journal or make gratitude lists regularly? Both writing tasks can be of great benefit.

Gratitude lists help you remember all that is excellent and helpful in your life. Such inventories can pull you out of a funk when you are feeling down or remind you of who you want to express gratitude towards. Journaling, on the other hand, is a practice you may want to look into if you haven’t already incorporated it into your program.

There are times when you may not feel ready to share your thoughts about something at a meeting. Making a practice of journaling can help you formulate and process your thoughts more cohesively. It will enable you to return to your homegroup in a better position to share what you are dealing with or about subjects where you may need some guidance.

This year, please consider taking the time to do some writing. You might find it challenging at first, but you will more than likely find it is beneficial in the end. An excellent starting point is journaling about what worked for you in 2019 and what didn’t; keep what works and leave the rest behind.

Faith-Based Recovery in 2020

If your or a loved one’s life is negatively affected by drugs and alcohol, then we invite you to reach out to Celebrate Hope. Our faith-based addiction treatment program is the ideal recovery launching point for people who adhere or for people who subscribe to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Our team of highly trained addiction professionals combines evidence-based therapies with Christian principles. We help our clients reconnect and foster meaningful therapeutic relationships with Jesus Christ, as they work toward leading a life in addiction recovery.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Focus On Your Recovery This Christmas

Celebrate Hope is a faith-based addiction treatment center for adult men and women. At our facility, we rely on cutting edge, evidence-based therapies and Christian counseling to help clients embrace sobriety and transform their existence. Under our care, men and women grow closer to the Creator by learning to apply the teachings of Jesus to everyday life.

Being a faith-based addiction treatment center, it should come as no surprise that this is a salient time of the year. Christmas – annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ – is just one week from today.

Billions of people around the globe, including millions of men and women working programs of addiction recovery, observe next week’s religious and cultural celebration.

For most individuals, Christmastime is about coming together with friends and family to exchange gifts and be merry. However, Christmas can be a challenging test for men and women in recovery, especially for those in early sobriety.

Many people in early recovery have yet to address the wreckage of their addictive past, which can include making amends for the heartache caused by protracted bouts of drug and alcohol use. As such, a significant number of men and women will not be joining their biological families next Wednesday.

You can probably imagine that such a reality will be painful for some. A large number of individuals in recovery will experience uncomfortable emotions in the coming days. If such people do not prioritize their recovery in the days to come, then they put themselves at a high risk of relapse. Each year, many people fall victim to the desire to escape their feelings and use drugs and alcohol to cope during this time.

Fortunately, you can get through this challenging time without making relapse a part of your story. However, it will require that you take steps now to ensure that you can avoid the recovery pitfalls during Christmas.

A Safe and Sober Noel

If you are a regular reader of Celebrate Hope articles, then you probably read our recent post about Thanksgiving in Recovery. What’s more, if you put some of the suggestions in that post into practice, then you already have some tools at your disposal for navigating Christmas clean and sober.

Hopefully, you will be spending Christmas at church and with your family, provided that you are not in treatment currently. If the former is the case, please remember that attending meetings and keeping in contact with your sponsor are of vital importance. Since your disease will not break for the holiday, neither can your recovery.

If you are not spending Christmas in the company of your loved ones, then please make plans to surround yourself with peers from your support group. Attend meetings, much like you normally would, but also make plans to spend time with your program friends for after the meeting. Having a support network is the best gift you can receive this Christmas.

We mentioned the temptation that some people have to isolate during holidays when we wrote about Thanksgiving. Again, it’s is just as essential to avoid keeping to yourself during Christmastime. You may find it beneficial to attend more meetings than average in the next seven days. Moreover, meetings will be happening at the top of every hour during Christmas, visit more than one meeting next Wednesday.

Please be sure to share with your peers if you find yourself struggling in the coming days. Addiction recovery is about fellowship, and you are welcome to lean on your peers for support. Welcome the suggestions from individuals who have more time than you, especially from those who have experience navigating Christmas clean and sober.

Whatever your current circumstances are in life, start making a plan for a safe and sober holiday today. If you do, then you will be able to enjoy your holiday and avoid jeopardizing all your hard work. At Celebrate Hope, we would like to wish everyone in recovery a merry, recovery-focused Christmas.

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Please contact Celebrate Hope if drugs and alcohol are negatively affecting your life. With Christmas and the New Year around the corner, this might be the perfect time to take steps toward a life in recovery. Our Christian alcohol and drug rehab programs can help you restore your connection with Jesus and go on to lead a life in lasting recovery.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Relapse Prevention Study Shows Promise

Did you relapse during Thanksgiving? If so, we implore you to get back up from your fall immediately. A relapse does not have to be the end of your recovery; it can actually be the beginning of an even stronger commitment to sobriety.

When a relapse occurs, men and women feel a significant amount of shame; they may think that they have let down everyone who was pulling for their success. While shame and guilt are natural reactions to a relapse, it is imperative not to let the incident stand in the way of progress.

Sure, one must admit to their support group that an incident occurred; identifying as a newcomer is, again, a humbling experience that requires tremendous courage. Even though your peers will not judge you for what happened, one can’t help but feel like a failure. Resist such emotions will all your might because you are in good company. Please remember that relapse is a part of the story of many people in recovery.

Use the experience to determine where you let up on your program and then double down in those areas. Maybe you didn’t go to enough meetings, or perhaps you stopped working closely with your sponsor. Continued interaction with one’s support network is a preemptive strike against triggers and cravings, thus preventing a relapse.

At Celebrate Hope, we are hopeful that you were able to abstain from drugs and alcohol during Thanksgiving. If you did, please recognize the accomplishment and then continue your efforts toward achieving lasting recovery. If the opposite is the case, then reinvest yourself into the program with all your energy.

You can emerge from this unfortunate event with unique knowledge about avoiding relapse in the future. You will also be able to advise newcomers on the subject down the road.

The Science of Preventing Relapse

While scientists have yet to find a cure for addiction, researchers continue working tirelessly to help people find long-term recovery. A new study, appearing in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, found that substance use disorder relapse may be preventable, NNR reports. The researchers used animal models and were able to control cells in a brain region called the nucleus accumbens.  

JNeurosci reports that the nucleus accumbens plays a central role in the brain’s reward circuit network, along with the ventral tegmental area and the medial prefrontal cortex. It deals with two essential neurotransmitters that play a role in behavioral health disorders; dopamine, which promotes desire, and serotonin, which deals with satiety and inhibition.

The new study was conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and involved the use of 90 genetic diverse Sprague Dawley rats, according to the article. Susan Ferguson, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UW’s School of Medicine, says a new process could prevent relapse for any addiction.

“We used a tool called chemogenetic receptors to act as a light switch on the cells,” said Ferguson. “When we changed activity of neurons in the nucleus accumbens, we were able to control relapse behavior.” 

While further research is necessary, Professor Ferguson and her colleagues believe that chemogenetic receptors could lead to the creation of a medication that decreases relapse but still keeps people motivated for other activities.

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At Celebrate Hope, we combine the teachings of Jesus Christ with evidence-based therapies to help clients begin a journey of long-term recovery. We create treatment plans for each client that cater to one’s unique needs. Those who seek our help are taught useful relapse prevention tools, so they handle the stressors of life without resorting to drugs and alcohol. Please contact us today to learn more about our faith-based addiction treatment program.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving in Recovery: Gratitude Matters

If you are like many individuals in early recovery, then you may be dreading the coming week. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means a good many men and women are about to have their recovery tested.

It’s an unfortunate fact that higher rates of relapse accompany significant holidays. Select days of the year bring out many undesired emotions; left unchecked, they can put people on a path toward drugs and alcohol.

During the holiday season, one must keep their finger on the pulse of his or her emotions. They must be willing to be open and honestly talk about their feelings with their support network. Bottling up how you feel is a recipe for disaster in recovery.

Perhaps this is your first Thanksgiving in recovery. If so, then Celebrate Hope is happy to report to you that keeping your sobriety intact is possible. However, preventing a relapse will require extra effort on your part.

You may find that you have to double up on meetings in the coming days. Even if you feel a desire to isolate, you must resist the temptation. Stick close to those who help you continue down the road of recovery each day. You are not alone; you have allies who are committed to supporting you, and they need your help too. Men and women recover together!

Thanksgiving in Recovery

The holiday season demands much of men and women in recovery. You will find that maintaining a positive attitude is of significant benefit. Everything may not be right in your life, but remember this path you are on is a process. It’s probably fair to say that your things are starting to look up when compared to where things stood just a short time ago.

Thanksgiving is about more than merely sitting down with friends and family to eat turkey and pumpkin pie. This time of year is an opportunity to exercise an attitude of gratitude. Each day in sobriety is both a gift and an accomplishment worthy of recognition.

Taking the time to make a gratitude list will help you stay grounded, especially if you find yourself having difficulty during the holiday. In recovery, men and women have so much to be thankful for, as it is a blessing to no longer be in the grips of addiction. You have real friends in your life today; people who care about your progress and well-being.

Take stock of all the individuals who have accompanied you on this remarkable journey of healing. Let them know how vital they are to your continued progress. Doing so will not only brighten their spirits; it will make you feel better too.

Perhaps you are working a program of the 12 Step variety; if so, then you probably have a sponsor. Take a moment to share with him or her your sincerest gratitude; it’s worth remembering that their guidance has been instrumental, day in and day out. It costs nothing to be grateful, but being the opposite can be costly.

Again, you must remain close to your support network in the following days. Be sure to attend your regular meetings and then some. You may find that going to several meetings on Thanksgiving is beneficial, as well. Share with your support network how you are feeling, especially if you find yourself experiencing cravings. It’s always easier to call before you fall; never hesitate to reach out for help if you are in a situation that can jeopardize your program.

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

Celebrate Hope is here for men and women who require assistance with alcohol or substance use disorders. Our highly qualified team is also equipped to treat men and women who meet the criteria for co-occurring mental illnesses.

At Celebrate Hope, we combine evidence-based therapies with the teachings of Jesus Christ to help individuals get on a path toward healing. Please reach out at your earliest convenience to learn more about the programs we offer and to begin the life-changing journey of recovery.
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