6 Ways to Let Go & Get Out of a Recovery Rut

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In recovery, “letting go” doesn’t mean you have to stop caring. It means you have to let go of the things that don’t positively serve you and your recovery. When people take this 12-Step principle to heart and find true happiness and fulfillment, they’re more likely to hold onto sobriety. Those who can’t find happiness in sobriety are more likely to relapse. Ruts in recovery are inevitable, and sometimes they can be tough to get out of. These tips will help you get back in touch with yourself, your recovery and push through. 1. Be kind. In life and especially […]

The Role of Spirituality in Addiction Treatment

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In the treatment community, we often define addiction as an emotional, physical and spiritual problem. While countless studies can back the emotional and physical aspects of the disease of addiction, as well as the evidence-based therapeutic modalities that are used to treat them, spirituality is often overlooked–at least within the scientific community. Unlike other therapeutic approaches, spirituality is not easily quantified, but many addiction treatment professionals believe it is an extremely important tool throughout the continuum of care. Of course, effective addiction treatment that delivers positive, measurable outcomes comprises evidence-based methods, but more holistic practices like spirituality should not be […]

The Four Agreements: Recovery From Addiction the Toltec Way

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At BRC Recovery, we take a holistic approach to recovery from addiction by implementing a number of traditional and non-traditional practices to better connect our residents to the principles of living life in recovery. That’s why we incorporate “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruíz into our programming. Ruíz was inspired to write “The Four Agreements” after a near-fatal car accident changed his life forever. He sought an apprenticeship with a healer and shaman in his native Mexico and decided to spend his life teaching what he has learned to others. “The Four Agreements” is based on ancient Toltec wisdom […]

You Are What You Eat: The Role of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

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In life, and especially in recovery, you are what you eat. When a person is dealing with substance abuse, it permeates every part of their life. Relationships, work and health don’t matter. If unhealthy eating and exercise habits can have a negative impact on a seemingly healthy person, just imagine what they do to someone who is also abusing drugs or alcohol. When a person is active in addiction, they usually aren’t concerned about eating balanced meals and living a healthy lifestyle. Even when a person is in recovery and wants to restore their health and vitality, there’s a lot […]

Beautiful Bumpy Roads

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BRC Recovery Recently, my family and I went on vacation to Nosara, Costa Rica. What a glorious week of sun and fun mixed with the rains and mud of the “green season”. Swimming, surfing, ATV tour, horseback riding, and lots of good food and fellowship with our family and the local recovery community all made for a wondrously eventful and action packed week. On our last morning there, on the way to the airport, we decided to have a final breakfast at a beautiful, boutique hotel called La Garta Lodge. Outside the restaurant was a sign that read, “Bad roads […]

What Good Are Those Slogans, Anyway? (Part 3)

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If you’ve spent any time around Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, or other recovery-oriented groups, you’ve heard at least a few slogans and acronyms. Most of them seem to fall into one of three categories, and they include our relationship with: Our addicted loved one. Ourselves. Our Higher Power. This month, we’ll look at a few of my favorites that can help us accept events as they occur and allow natural consequences to take their course. Trust the process. Trusting the process can be particularly difficult when your addicted loved one enters a rehabilitation facility. Fear of the future can feel overwhelming. […]

In Sickness and In Health

The Great Flu of 2017 Ten days in now, and the Great Flu of 2017 is finally releasing me from it gnarly grips. I have never experienced this type of bodily sickness before in my life. The typical flu symptoms  of course- coughing, sneezing, congestion were aplenty. But, the part that really dug in was the pure, unadulterated exhaustion. The “I cannot get out of bed” kind. And so in the bed I stayed. And stayed, and stayed. For people that know me, I am an action girl. Constantly on the go, excited about work and life, always looking for […]

Kind of Courageous

Dave the Horse Whisperer Last week I had the privilege to travel to Sundance, Utah, to visit the world renowned Cirque Lodge. What a glorious place of beauty and healing, all rolled up into snow covered majesty. Among the offerings of cozy lodge sleeps, delicious fireside meals, and an exhilarating helicopter ride, was nestled an opportunity to work with the horses and the legendary Dave the Horse Whisperer. My long time friend and co-worker Caitlin Stowell traveled with me. When we were asked about doing some “horse work” we both immediately thought- equine therapy. We eagerly agreed! But we soon […]