Improving Your Communication in Recovery

Communication in recovery

Recovery depends on communication. Being able to express yourself openly and honestly and to have real conversations can make a significant difference in the quality of your recovery efforts. Improving your communication in recovery is necessary to ensure that you are conveying your messages effectively so that others truly understand you. Words are powerful. Body language and tone of voice are powerful. All of these combine to provide you the opportunity to improve your communication, to engage in a positive manner with friends and family throughout your recovery. COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES Fear is a huge challenge when attempting to communicate with […]

Alumni Involvement | How to Stay Connected After Treatment

alumni staying connected after treatment

Community-driven treatment is a key element in recovery for addiction program participants. Recovery, which is a process, does not end after the treatment is complete. Alumni involvement is vital to a permanent recovery, providing the opportunity for everyone involved to experience continuous connection and recovery renewal. WHY STAYING CONNECTED IS IMPORTANT Relapse is a serious concern for most addicts. When you have completed your addiction treatment program, you are equipped with the tools necessary to stay sober but many temptations still await you. The end of treatment is not the end of recovery. One strategy that has been found to […]

Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

understanding post-acute withdrawal syndrome

Once detox is complete, a person begins the real work of recovery. It’s in the weeks and months following initial treatment that you identify challenges to your recovery and find the tools to overcome them. Better understanding post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) helps position people to more easily navigate this important time in the recovery process. PAWS is the stage of withdrawal that follows the initial detoxification period. During this time, a person’s brain is adjusting to substance deficiencies. It can last for several weeks, months or perhaps even longer, depending on the extent and duration of substance use. Research continues […]

What is Aftercare Monitoring in Addiction Treatment?

aftercare monitoring in addiction treatment

Aftercare monitoring in addiction treatment is a bridge from residential programs to a substance-free life. After months of learning the tools you’ll need in recovery, aftercare monitoring teaches you to integrate these lessons into your daily routine. The longer a person with a substance use disorder has access to help, the greater their chances of staying the path. Aftercare monitoring gives you the resources you’ll need to stay accountable to your program and stay true to your mission of living substance-free. What Does Aftercare Monitoring Mean? Aftercare monitoring is a program designed to help you thrive in recovery after completing […]

How to Keep Your Recovery Fresh

Keep Your Recovery Fresh

When you first begin your journey into addiction recovery, you may be overwhelmed by the amount of support and information that floods in. By receiving treatment at a qualified facility, a new world opens up before you. You’ll quickly learn an entirely new language of helpful maxims, key words, acronyms, and conversation topics. A flurry of 12-Step meetings, counseling sessions, and group therapy gatherings will overtake your schedule. Once all of this excitement subsides, it’s easy to fall into a rut after your first year post-treatment. As you settle into a new life free of drugs and alcohol, you may […]

Manic Mondays and Such

Manic Monday Have you ever heard the expression “Manic Monday“? I swear it must have been coined by someone who works in the field of addiction treatment. Sometimes I walk into Monday morning staffing with what seems like “umpteen” issues coming at me like rapid fire. Bam, bam, bam! Last week Monday seemed to roll into Tuesday which bled into Wednesday. Problems and issues ranging from easily solved to 911, and in no particular order. A resident wants to leave AMA, a family is upset about a development note web portal glitch, an alumni relapsed and is unwilling to reengage […]

Suit Up and Show Up

During the 2015 Fourth of July weekend, thousands of sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous headed to Atlanta to participate in the 65th Annual International Convention. I wasn’t there. I wanted to be, of course. In fact I had made hotel and flight arrangements way in advance for this momentous occasion! Tons of friends from all over the world would be in attendance. And then a couple of months beforehand, looking at my calendar I realized I had an issue…my youngest son has attended Laity Lodge Youth Camp since he was old enough to go! As did his father and aunt […]

SpirMal

Overheard from a friend a few weeks ago, “My SpirMal went shopping today!” That caught my attention…SpirMal? What is that? I was quickly educated… SpirMal, as in, short for Spiritual Malady. Got it. I might not have known the term but I sure know something about spiritual malady. Restless, irritable, discontented. Not quite sure where I want to be but certain it isn’t where I currently am, and moreover, just generally annoyed. An old friend of mine described the untreated alcoholic personality as ‘slightly unhappy all the time.’ Kind of describes me the last few days… Seriously, has anyone else […]