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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Why You Should Practice Gratitude Daily

What are you most grateful for today? Whether you just started rehab or are already on the road toward lasting sobriety, taking the time to answer this question daily can do wonders for your recovery. Hence the AA recovery slogan: “Have an attitude of gratitude.” 

The great thing about gratitude is that it can help you become more aware of what truly makes you happy and it also serves as a great reminder of why you’ve committed to sobriety in the first place. 

In addition to helping prevent relapse, a daily dose of gratitude comes with a slew of big health payoffs, including: 
  • Improved slumber
  • Enhanced self-care
  • Fewer toxic emotions 
  • Greater willpower
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Better stress management
3 Ways to Practice Gratitude 
It’s OK if you don’t automatically have an “attitude of gratitude.” It may take a bit of practice before it becomes part of your every day.  Start with one of these helpful hints.


  1. Rise and shine with gratitude. Before you even get out of bed, take a few minutes to think about what you’re grateful for. This simple step can put you in the right frame of mind and set a happy, positive tone for the day ahead. 
  2. Jot it down. Start a “gratitude” journal and keep track of the things, events, and people to whom you are grateful. Try to list one or two things daily. 
  3. Watch your words. If you put positive energy out into the world, you’ll automatically feel more grateful in life. In other words, instead of complaining or focusing on regret or loss, talk up your blessings and good fortunes. And, similarly, don’t shy away from telling loved ones how much you care for them or expressing your passion about a new hobby or project. 

Making Mental Health Matter
The Haven at Pismo can help you achieve inner harmony. Our dual diagnosis programs are designed for those experiencing the doubly damaging effects of addiction and mental illness. To speak with a caring and understanding admissions counselor, call today: 805-202-3440.





Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Alcohol Abuse: Not Always Obvious

In a mere two months, Louise Delage racked up more than 48,000 Instagram followers who clicked on her smiles, sunsets, and spontaneous photos – but there’s a catch. Delage is just a model posing in each photo and her Instagram account was created by a Paris ad agency called BETC, which was hired by Addiction Aide to bring light to addiction.

The goal of the clever campaign was to show people how easy it is to “like” someone’s addiction on social media and how addiction isn’t always obvious. In every photo, the model was surrounded by at least one alcoholic drink – whether a cocktail, wine, or beer. If you look close enough, you’ll even notice that she’s holding an entire bottle of half drunken wine in one of the photos.  

Signs of Alcohol Abuse
Problem drinkers aren’t always who you’d think, and in fact, it’s actually the over-65 age set that drinks most often, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Perhaps what’s more alarming is that nearly one-third of American adults have an alcohol use disorder at some point in their life – and only 20 percent seek treatment, noted a recent report published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Are you or someone you love secretly battling with an alcohol problem? Here are some telltale signs, according to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence:
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability, depression, or mood swings
  • Use of alcohol to relax, cheer, sleep, deal with problems, or to feel "normal"
  • Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea when one stops drinking
  • Flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face; husky voice; trembling hands; chronic diarrhea
  • Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret
Alcohol Detox in Pismo Beach
Looking to stabilize your physical health, cleanse your body of toxins, and lay the groundwork for long-term sobriety success? Many of our residents start their stay at our residential detox home. To learn more, call: 805-202-3440.