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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Transitional Living for Long-Term Recovery

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Early recovery is a challenging time for even the most committed individuals. There are many pitfalls that men and women must be cognizant of if they are going to avoid relapse. However, with a strong support network and a safe living environment, it’s possible to achieve a year of sobriety and beyond.

In treatment, counselors and clinicians equip clients with tools for protecting their recovery after treatment. Still, problems can arise after discharge, even if one has new skills for living life on life’s terms.

Choosing to begin the journey of addiction recovery in a treatment center is beneficial in several ways. It gets men and women out of their normal environments: places that they associate with their drug and alcohol use. In rehab, people escape the influences of their previous using partners. Instead they are in the company of others with whom they share common goals.

After 30, 60, or 90 days in the safety of an addiction treatment center, many individuals are trepidatious about returning to their homes. Previous living arrangements may not be safe, or one may not feel strong enough to resist the temptation to use if triggers arise. Fortunately, there are options for people who are ready to leave treatment but are not prepared to return home.

Transitional Living for Long-Term Recovery

The Haven at Pismo believes in providing clients with a full continuum of care, from detox to aftercare. The latter can be different from one person to the next, but many will decide that transitional living arrangements are the best course of action following discharge.

What is transitional living? Sometimes referred to as sober living, transitional living homes are safe spaces for people in early recovery. Individuals have much more freedom and less supervision than they had while in treatment, but they have a protective layer of support if problems are encountered.

Those who opt for transitional living reside with others who are new to recovery. Being around people who share your goals can boost and strengthen your recovery if you decide to go this route. Such environments are ideal for practicing accountability; you will have a schedule and will be inclined to stick to it. You are accountable to both your housemates and a house manager who will keep an eye on your progress.

In early recovery, it can be hard to tell if you are veering from the course. Being surrounded by others in recovery means you will get feedback that could prevent you from slipping back into old behaviors. During this time, you attend outside meetings and will forge bonds with like-minded people who may become life-long friends and allies as you travel the road to a happy destiny.

Transitional Living at The Haven

After residential treatment, many of our clients will step down to The Haven’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients who choose this route are provided the opportunity to live in our transitional living home. Residents are able to practice what they learn in treatment in a real-world environment and have the benefit of structured support along the way.

Please contact us today to learn more about the full continuum of care offered at The Haven. Our programs, services, and serene location make The Haven the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Group Therapy: The Bedrock of Long-Term Recovery

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Mutual support is the bedrock of 12 Step recovery. The prospect of overcoming addiction on your own is onerous, and it rarely results in long-term recovery. Those who manage to find lasting addiction recovery are people who have the help of others.

Beating addiction, if it could even be called that because it's both a mental and behavioral health disorder with no known cure, is not without significant challenges. Most people affected by alcohol and substance use disorders attempt to break the cycle of self-destructive and self-defeating behaviors on their own—at least, at first.

Some may find that they can abstain from drug and alcohol use for a length of time, but the vast majority will inevitably relapse without assistance. Men and women who drink and drug to excess are capable of convincing themselves that they can find a solution to their problem. However, those same individuals do not realize that drugs and alcohol are merely a symptom of a more severe issue, initially.

Underneath the surface of each case of addiction is the problem of self or, to put it differently, self-will run riot. Drugs and alcohol are a byproduct of a potentially fatal mental illness. In "The Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) there are numerous passages explaining how the disease is always accompanied by the delusion that you can control not only yourself but those around you as well.

The primary text of AA, now nearly a century old, lays out how the belief that one can control or change his or her behaviors without help is deadly. An individual trapped in the prison of addiction will try just about anything to avoid asking another for helping in breaking the cycle.

Asking for and Accepting Help is the Answer

Accepting help, to the alcoholic or addict, would require admitting to yourself and others that there is a problem beyond your capacity to contain. This cunning, baffling, and powerful disease is paradoxical in every meaning of the word. Reaching out for support is incredibly challenging even when you know, deep down, that you are unable to live life on life's terms.

For decades, people in the rooms of recovery have rightly pointed out that selfishness and self-centeredness is the root of their problem. So, to think that you might achieve recovery without both professional guidance and a support network is unlikely. The fact is that addiction is a complex mental health disorder marked by compulsive drug and alcohol seeking and continued use despite harmful consequences.

While some may find it possible to abstain for long periods on their own, nine times out of ten such people will revert to drugs and alcohol use. Why? Because the essential ingredients to long-term recovery are acceptance, accountability, and fellowship. A person may sink to the depths of despair on their own, but to put a life back together requires working with others.

Working with Others in Recovery

At The Haven, we strongly believe in the value of group therapy. Successful treatment outcomes and sustained recovery hinges on working with others. Our team of clinicians and counselors teaches men and women how to work with others to achieve a common goal.

If you hope to be free from the yoke of addiction, then you must understand that fellowship is the foundation for achieving long-term recovery. Our therapists bring together a group of people in early recovery and teach them how to work together constructively to discuss and process similar issues.

Learning how to work with others in a controlled, safe environment equips individuals with tools for working a program after discharge. It's intimidating to talk about one's self with unfamiliar faces; learning how to do so in treatment will make the task much easier following treatment.

Our evidence-based addiction treatment programs give men and women the ability to seamlessly transition into mutual-support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. When obstacles or triggers arise after leaving rehab, our clients know how to be open and honest with others to avoid relapse.

Long-term recovery is achievable by supporting others who will then assist you in turn. Together, the disease of addiction is kept at bay, and group therapy is one of the most effective methods of preventing relapse.

SLO County Addiction Treatment Center

Please contact The Haven at Pismo to discover the benefits of residential addiction treatment. Our evidence-based, effective therapies can help you or a loved one lay a strong foundation for sustained recovery. After speaking with our admissions team, we are confident that you will find The Haven to be the perfect place to renew to your best today.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Yoga Helps People in Early Recovery

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Mainstream America is on board with yoga; people from all walks of life engage in the practice. There are good reasons for the traditions' popularity. In the technological, fast-paced world we live in, it's beneficial to find opportunities to look inward and prioritize balance. In recent years, people in addiction recovery have also discovered the benefits of this meditative and spiritual exercise.

Many individuals who are new to addiction recovery discover the value of yoga while they are in treatment. At The Haven, our clinicians and addiction experts have found that clients who take part in the yoga classes we offer are less susceptible to triggers. We find that those same clients report a reduction in their symptoms of anxiety and other co-occurring mental health disorders.

Early addiction recovery is a stressful experience for a myriad of reasons. Facing the world without the protective coating of drugs and alcohol is a lot to take on for the first time in years. As such, one must adopt new practices for coping with stress and symptoms of anxiety, depressive, bipolar, and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Naturally, there are several ways of achieving the goals above; those who are not interested in yoga might learn mindful meditation and breathing techniques. Some recovering from alcohol and substance use disorders may incorporate both yoga and meditation into their daily routine, seeing as the two disciplines have overlapping qualities that complement each other.

Yoga In Addiction Recovery

Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions, according to George Feuerstein. However, the group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices is no longer esoteric and has been adopted by Westerners. In every major city, you can find yoga studios; each adheres to one of a variety of yoga schools. Some are more orthodox in nature, while others are more reformed and modern.

Fortunately, yoga can help people, even if they have acute or chronic physical limitations. Most people – handicapped or not – will start with a beginner's program. As one becomes mentally and physically stronger, he or she may progress to taking intermediate and advanced classes.

One of the excellent qualities of yoga is that it can be done at your own pace. With a mat, comfortable clothes, and access to YouTube, you can do yoga at home, which is helpful if your financial resources are limited.

In addiction recovery, men and women must seek out opportunities to find balance and ground themselves regularly. Striving for serenity is essential for everyone in recovery and finding it will depend on slowing down and clearing the mind of negative thoughts. When you focus on promoting physical and mental well-being, it significantly improves your quality of life.

Yoga can help you find your equilibrium, shielding you from and helping you overcome relapse triggers. Moreover, introducing yoga into your daily recovery routine will fill your time in a healthy manner. Adopting the practice in early addiction recovery will lessen the amount of idle time in your days. Staying active both in and outside of treatment will assist you in staying focused on the present, which mitigates the risk of relapse.

A Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The Haven at Pismo emphasizes the importance of holistic therapies like yoga, along with evidence-based treatment techniques for each client. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about our Central California addiction treatment center for men and women.

We are always standing by to field questions for any prospective clients. After speaking with our recovery team, we are confident that you will find that The Haven is the ideal environment to renew to your best today.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Life Skills in Long-Term Recovery

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Addiction recovery is multifaceted; healing from an alcohol or substance use disorder depends on more than abstinence. While each person's story is a little different, years of chemical dependency leave most people without specific life skills. Part of the recovery process is learning or relearning how to function in the world.

When a person is in the grips of addiction, they have a singular focus: doing whatever it takes to fuel the fires of their disease. It's quite common for men and women to lose nearly everything before coming to terms with the fact that they need help.

Addiction cuts people off from society and hinders their ability to relate with others, hold down employment, and be a productive member of a community. By the time one enters treatment, they are hardly capable of managing even the simplest of tasks.

Achieving long-term recovery hinges on learning how to reconnect and interact with society. You must discover methods of managing stress in healthy ways to avoid relapse. What's more, it's necessary to hone your social skills because personal recovery is a collaborative effort. Nobody achieves lasting sobriety on their own.

Learning How to Lead a Life in Recovery

In treatment, clients learn about the value of establishing a routine. While each day presents new challenges, those who adhere to a schedule are better able to meet obstacles as they arise. At The Haven, we provide our clients with structure and routine, which reintroduces balance to their life, all of which proves to be invaluable for them after treatment.

Attending a meeting of recovery, working with a sponsor, and searching for opportunities to be of service every day is an example of a recovery routine. However, it's essential to also engage in positive activities on a daily basis outside the rooms of recovery.

A significant component of recovery is establishing new traditions; examples of these can include regular exercise and healthy eating. A healthy body strengthens the mind, which mitigates the risk of slipping back into old behaviors in turn. When you stick to a routine and prioritize positive activities, it reduces cravings and makes you less susceptible to triggers.

Fostering life skills is essential and enables you to continue making progress in recovery. After treatment, the vast majority of men and women will be seeking gainful employment. Having an understanding of the importance of punctuality, accountability, and responsibility will aid you in being effective in working a program of recovery and in the workplace.

You position yourself for success when you apply what you learn in treatment to your program of recovery, and then apply the principles of sobriety to your day to day life. Addiction recovery requires a paradigm shift in thinking and behavior, but the power to make such a change resides in everyone.

Addiction Recovery Life Skills Training Program

The Haven at Pismo gives men and women the tools to succeed inside the rooms of recovery and out. To that end, we offer a program that helps clients develop balance in their life. Our life enhancement skills team facilitates stress management and wellness group workshops, social skills development coaching, and classes on discovering personal strengths.

The Haven's Life Skills programming can help you or a loved one take the necessary steps for leading a thriving life in recovery. Please contact us at any time to learn more about our programs and services. We are standing by to provide you with the skills to renew to your best today.