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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018: A Year for Recovery

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It’s always the right time to begin a life-changing journey of addiction recovery. While it’s easy to make excuses for continuing down the dark road of the disease, any justification to keep using that one comes up with can easily be refuted. If your life is unmanageable and you are powerless over drugs and alcohol, please give recovery serious thought; those who stay the course of addiction find that life only gets harder—or worse.

The United States has been in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic for roughly two decades. Around a hundred Americans die from opiate overdoses every day, and a higher number of people nearly succumb to drug toxicity. It isn’t a secret, people who experience an overdose are at high risk of overdosing again, such people may not be so lucky the next time. If you have survived an overdose, please consider going into substance use disorder treatment.

At Celebrate Drug Rehab, we know the power of one’s disease; we know that it does not let go of its host without putting up a fight. Due to the compelling nature of mental illness, it’s critical that individuals seek assistance; typically, those who attempt to recover on their own do not last long. Once the symptoms of withdrawal and the pressure to use from the outside world set in, it’s usually only a matter of time before one uses again. The good news is that when people seek assistance and follow a few simple recommendations, addiction recovery is possible.


2018: A Year for Recovery

Maybe you’ve decided that 2018 is the year that everything changes? Having come to terms with the fact that your condition is a progressive illness, perhaps you are ready to take specific steps for bringing about recovery? If so, please do not hesitate and strike while the iron for progress is hot. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of making a change. So, let 2018 be a year for addiction recovery.

You have probably heard that working a program of recovery involves a spiritual element. With that in mind, maybe you grew up with Christianity in your life and would like to follow His teaching once again? If that’s the case, our faith-based addiction treatment program is precisely what you’re seeking. Along with evidence-based therapies, we emphasize Christ-centered values into every aspect of the healing process. People who learn how to live life on life’s terms at our center, do so in the company of other Christians who’ve lost their way. Together, you will learn how to walk the road of recovery.

With the help of your God and adherence to the principles of addiction recovery, you can lead a fulfilling and productive existence. What better time to start fresh than January 1, 2018? With the New Year, you can get a new lease on life.


We Can Help

Please contact Celebrate Drug Rehab for a free consultation. Our experienced staff can help you break the cycle of addiction, teach you how to rekindle your relationship with God, and show you that living life one day at a time is possible. The beginning of your recovery is just a phone call away!

To everyone currently working a program of recovery, we hope that you have a safe and sober New Year’s Eve.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Recovery: Keep It Simple This Christmas

You are not alone this Christmas; the fellowship of addiction recovery has your back. However, the group can’t help you with issues you are dealing with unless you share in a meeting or voice your concerns to a sponsor or mentor. In some ways, attending meetings during the holidays is more important than your average day of the year. Given people in recovery struggle with emotions at times, it makes sense that the feelings that arise during Christmas can present some problems. With that in mind, it's critical you make a point of getting to at least one meeting on both Christmas Eve and Day.

If you decide to open up about the emotions you're dealing with, you not only help yourself—you help others too. Something what you give to the group may assist others in warding off cravings that could lead to a relapse. The feedback you receive from your peers could be the catalyst for maintaining your sobriety during these trying times. The point is that we all keep our sobriety intact by working together. It’s called a fellowship for a reason; we’re all in this together.


Keep It Simple This Christmas

It’s vital that you do not bite off more than you can chew in the coming days. Remember to keep it simple, and stick to your usual routine as much is allowed. You may have committed to being present at a holiday party or dinner with friends and family; which means that you are at risk of being pulled in different directions. You might feel obligated to attend an event that could jeopardize your recovery. It’s critical you discuss the pros and cons of attending with your sponsor or another peer in recovery. Together, you might decide that skipping an event is the right thing for one’s program.

If you feel you must attend something where alcohol will be present, go to a meeting before and after; if you can have a plus one, maybe you can have a friend in recovery accompany you for support. No matter what you decide to do during the holiday, be sure that the event is secondary to your recovery. Schedule things around your program, not the other way around; your recovery must come first, always.

People in recovery must also consider self-care during major holidays. If you exercise regularly and eat healthily, make a point of adhering to your exercise schedule and eating well. Our physical well-eing is of the utmost importance, and it has a direct effect on our emotional state. Staying balanced is key to surviving the holidays. Don’t forget “HALT:” Hungry; Angry; Lonely; Tired. One must do everything in their power to avoid any one or more of those things from occurring this weekend. Simply put, you must avoid anything that could potentially weaken one’s program, at all costs.


Recovery Must Go On

One’s program is the most valuable thing in one's life, and if you follow the lead of your peers this weekend, there is no reason why it can't continue to be after the holiday. If you stay close to your support network, everything will be fine come Tuesday. Please keep in mind that making it through the holiday without drinking or drugging is a remarkable achievement of which to be proud. After all, holidays are hard for people with significant lengths of sobriety time; people in early recovery that can traverse the holidays without relapse show remarkable strength and commitment to something greater than themselves.

Celebrate Hope at Hope by The Sea would like to wish everyone a merry, safe, and sober Christmas.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Legal Cannabis On The Horizon

Early recovery is a difficult time, and some would argue that getting sober was the hardest thing they have ever done. It makes sense; years of abusing drugs and alcohol takes a severe toll on one’s mind and body. Recovering from the damage takes enormous commitment and courage. Those working a program must confront aspects of their life that are difficult to process; the wreckage of one’s past is not something people want to face, but face it they must.

The process is even more complicated by the fact that one is conditioned to do certain things on a daily basis when they are using. Then, having to flip the script to do the complete opposite in many situations. Much of recovery has to do with reprogramming oneself to live by a new set of principles. People have to make a conscious commitment to abstain from any form of mind-altering substance ever again, not an easy task by anyone’s standards.

One area that people new to recovery get hung up on is total abstinence. Some people have a hard time grasping why they can’t enjoy substances that they don't have a history abusing. People who identify as a drug addict wonder why they can’t drink anymore; those with an alcohol use disorder question the suggestion to stay away from drugs. It would be easy to answer such musings by merely saying, “because!” However, it’s unlikely that that will suffice; the ever-questioning addict will desire a more concise explanation.

So, please consider this, addiction is an addiction; if you have an alcohol use disorder, then you are at risks of developing problems with another substance. What’s more, using a drug that you’ve never abused can be a quick trip back to one’s drug of choice.


Legal Weed Is A Breach In Sobriety

The New Year is around the corner, which means that adults over the age of 21 can legally smoke marijuana in the State of California. While those who regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings are aware that marijuana is not an option, some people attending Alcoholics Anonymous might convince them self that a little weed couldn’t hurt. It’s a regular line of thinking, but one that should be squashed, immediately.

It doesn’t matter if you have an alcohol use disorder or a substance use disorder, anything that causes feelings of euphoria when introduced into your bloodstream is harmful. Legal or illegal, mind-altering substances are a recipe for disaster and will jeopardize all the hard work you have put into recovery. Marijuana's benign reputation is not justification for taking the risk, the drug is habit-forming, and cannabis use disorder is a genuine condition. Many people have gone back to treatment because they convinced themselves that pot was OK for their recovery. If you got sober in treatment, then you made a significant investment in breaking the cycle of addiction and learning how to live a life in recovery. A little bit of marijuana could make all your hard work be for naught.

Toying with the idea of smoking cannabis is natural, but if you are seriously considering the action, please discuss it with your sponsor. Those of you who don’t have a sponsor (yet) can merely pose the question to the group at a local meeting. In no time, people with share how their thinking on marijuana cost them much. Meeting the criteria for addiction means that any drug can impact your life; people in recovery should avoid "grass," at any cost.


Faith-based Addiction Treatment

Even though marijuana is now legal, millions of Americans meet the criteria for cannabis use disorder. Perhaps pot is having a negative impact on your or a loved one's life? Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea is a faith-based addiction treatment program that utilizes the teachings of Jesus Christ in conjunction with evidence-based addiction recovery modalities. Please contact us today to see how we can help you experience the miracles of recovery.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Addiction Treatment That's Right for You

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Drugs and alcohol take everything from you, and can even steal one’s life if a decision to seek recovery is put off. Time is rarely on the side of alcoholics and addicts, especially for the latter using drugs like OxyContin or heroin. If your life has become unmanageable and you are powerless over mind-altering substances, the good news is that help is available and recovery is possible. However, deciding to seek treatment is often the hardest choice men and women ever make; despite the fact that one can see their own life spiraling out of control right before their eyes.

Knowing that help might be right around the corner doesn’t mean that everyone is going to utilize it. Addiction, after all, is cunning, baffling, and powerful; even with one’s life in pieces, the will to carry on using drugs and alcohol is particularly compelling. What’s more, people who use drugs and alcohol for decades tend to convince them self that recovery isn’t possible.

The truth is the exact opposite, but choosing treatment over continued use requires one to summon enormous amounts of courage. Like the bravery to say, ‘this is not the life I want to lead, anymore,” the audacity to set one’s pride aside and ask another human being for help. The realization that you can’t carry on like this anymore is perhaps your first lesson in humility; being humble is a vital part of working a program of lasting recovery.


Recovery Requires Help

So, you know you need help, how do you go about asking for assistance? Naturally, everyone finds their way into treatment by a different path. Some people’s families hold interventions; they contact an addiction treatment center for guidance and an interventionist is enlisted to help encourage a family member into treatment. Others, people who have no illusions about the severity of their problem, will browse the Internet in search of the right fit. If you fall into the latter camp, you’ve realized by now that there is a plethora of options to choose from, i.e., 12 Step, Smart Recovery, and faith-based addiction treatment.

Maybe you grew up in a household that went to church regularly and had a family that adheres to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you had a relationship with God and communicated via prayer. As you got older, and substance use became more of a priority in your life, you probably found that you could no longer talk with your higher power. You're not alone; substance use shades everyone from the sunshine of the Spirit.

You may have learned already that spirituality will be a critical component of working a program of recovery, which means you will have to ask for guidance from a power greater than yourself at some point. If you are leaning toward a faith-based treatment center, such as Celebrate Hope, you will be happy to learn that you will be in the company of other people with similar spiritual histories. Together, you will draw strength from one another, enabling you to reconnect with Him; you’ll learn how to let go, and let God guide you in all your endeavors. We cannot overemphasize the importance, of understanding that God never turned His back on you, instead, he could no longer serve as a guide for people in the fog of addiction. Take the drugs and alcohol away, and one’s connection with Him can resume.


Christian-based Addiction Treatment

If you would like to learn how to live a life in recovery among peers who share similar spiritual beliefs, Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea is an ideal starting point. Please contact us today; we are happy to help you break the cycle of addiction and assist you in re-adhering to His teachings.
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