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Friday, April 19, 2019

Pitfalls to Avoid in Early Recovery

The disease of addiction presents many paradoxes, not the least of which is that recovery becomes easier when you begin to accept how challenging it can be. Managing your illness involves tremendous emotional fortitude as you recommit to the process every day. Because this new path presents so many challenges, you can expect to encounter speed bumps or periods where things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped. Here are four of the most common obstacles to avoid in the early stages of recovery, along with how you can avoid them.

Pitfall 1: You expect too much too soon.

Substance misuse disorders revolve around the idea of immediate gratification. People turn to drugs and alcohol because they believe it will help them solve problems and feel better about themselves right away. However, achieving long-lasting success takes time with any endeavor, and that is especially true of addiction recovery. Sobriety is a process that takes re-committing yourself with the dawning of each new day. You will need to make peace with the fact that it doesn’t happen automatically.

Pitfall 2: You constantly compare yourself to others.

According to social comparison theory, it’s human nature to use other people as a yardstick for your life. You may look at others, assume they’ve figured it all out and get frustrated when you can’t say the same about yourself. However, all you can see about those other people is the superficial details of what they are presenting to the world. You have no way to know what they are going through or what issues they may struggle with in their private lives. The most reliable way to judge your progress is by looking inward.

Pitfall 3: You aren’t living in the moment.

Focusing on the here and now – without dwelling on past mistakes or worrying about what might happen down the road – is an essential part of mental health. Think about what you can accomplish today to hold yourself accountable and make it easier for you to stay on track. It’s OK if the only thing you can do right now is something small. Those baby steps add up.

Pitfall 4: You take on too much, too soon.

You’ve finally started working on your health and happiness, and are starting to see the benefits, both mentally and physically. But just because you feel markedly better, that doesn’t mean you should bite off more than you can chew. Early recovery is a time to look after yourself and put your best interests first. De-prioritize anything that isn’t essential to your recovery. By doing so, you’ll take some of the pressure off your shoulders and have fewer burdens weighing on your mind.

You’re Worth the Effort

Every journey in life requires time and work to succeed. Giving it your best every day, especially in the earliest phases of recovery, will help you achieve significant results. Avoiding these four mistakes and continually committing to the process of recovery and self-improvement will help you reap the rewards.

If you are looking for a qualified, caring treatment facility where you can get your life back on track, contact us at Canyon Crossing. As Prescott, AZ’s leading women’s-only drug and alcohol rehab center, we help our clients rediscover their hope and sense of purpose.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Do You Need a Holistic Treatment Program?

Alternative therapies have become an increasingly popular and mainstream option in the medical community. According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults report using complementary therapies to treat illnesses, and the disease of addiction is no exception.

People develop addictions for a variety of reasons. Some people turn to drugs and alcohol to alleviate physical challenges, such as post-surgical pain. Others might use these substances to cope with difficult emotions or to self-medicate when they are feeling anxiety or depression. Many people seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol problem benefit from holistic rehabilitation programs that treat a full spectrum of issues. Holistic rehab differs from traditional therapy because it focuses on addressing the mind-body-spirit connection to heal people from addiction and provide a stronger foundation for long-term sobriety.

The Holistic Treatment Difference

People who struggle with substance abuse often have unique, complex needs. A treatment plan that focuses on improving all three areas of health and helps restore both mental and physical equilibrium has the best chance of helping you attain and preserve your sobriety.

No component of health is isolated from the others. For example, if your emotional health is suffering, it will begin to take a toll on you physically as well, and vice versa. Holistic drug and alcohol rehab will work to heal each of the three components of health and teach you smart strategies for managing stress and anxiety so you can prevent a relapse.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Holistic Treatment?

Almost anyone can benefit from getting help at a holistic or alternative rehab center. The only requirement for attending is a willingness to work on your recovery.

Holistic addiction programs are known for their calming and restorative qualities, which make them an excellent supplement to traditional 12-step recovery and cognitive behavioral therapy. Options in a holistic therapy program include yoga and mindfulness meditation, spiritual retreats, equine therapy and more.

How to Find the Right Holistic Rehab Program

Many drug and alcohol rehab centers offer some form of holistic treatment options. The key to finding the right one for you is to look for one that will tailor your rehab experience to your specific needs and addiction history.

Once you find holistic addiction rehab programs whose offerings and philosophy align with the approach that makes you feel comfortable, try to visit the centers in person if possible. The more comfortable the environment makes you feel, the higher the likelihood you will be motivated to complete your recovery there.

Holistic Recovery in Prescott, AZ

Because effective addiction treatment should address the entire individual and not just the behavioral component of the addiction, finding a program that focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection for addiction rehab can be a life-changing way to begin your path to wellness.

At Canyon Crossing, we believe in helping women with addiction problems rediscover their possibilities in life by treating the root of the issue with programming that addresses each client’s particular needs. You have the potential to heal from your addiction and make the most of your life. Reach out to us today to learn more about starting your recovery here.

Friday, April 5, 2019

When Trauma Leads to Addiction

When someone has an addiction, the most common question their friends and loved ones ask is, “Why did you let this happen?” Many people incorrectly assume addiction is the result of a character flaw or a moral failing. However, the truth is that nobody starts using drugs or alcohol with the goal of developing a substance misuse disorder.

Addiction is a chronic disease, and just like no one would choose to get diabetes or cancer, people who become addicted didn’t consciously decide to develop a drug or drinking problem. A series of circumstances outside their control had to occur, including experiencing traumatic events.

Trauma and Substance Misuse Disorders

Unsurprisingly, trauma is one of the leading causes of substance use disorders. Study after study has shown the vast majority of women who become addicted have suffered violence, abuse and other forms of trauma. The underlying reasons behind the link between trauma and addiction are complex and still in need of more research, but understanding this connection and treating addiction and trauma as co-occurring disorders can help restore normalcy to a life that has become derailed by both.

What Causes Trauma?

Trauma is a psychologically fascinating diagnosis because there are multiple causes, and it affects each person differently. For example, some combat veterans return from the battlefield with sound emotional health, while others struggle with PTSD for years. Or, you and your friend could both be victim to a mugging that deeply affects you, but rolls right off your companion’s back.

That’s why it is crucial to understand the causes of trauma, some of which include:
  • Sexual abuse
  • Participating in, witnessing or being the victim of violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • Near-death experiences
  • Severe weather events
  • Childhood abuse
Just as everyone reacts differently to potentially traumatic events, everyone uses different coping mechanisms – including drug and alcohol abuse – to process complex emotions, which explains some of the varied connections between trauma and addiction.

Addiction and Trauma as Co-Occurring Disorders

If you are struggling with the dual burdens of addiction and trauma, the first priority is to reclaim your life with an accredited treatment program that provides the full continuum of care. Treating the addiction or the trauma as if they are isolated problems will not be productive in the long run. You need to address the roots of both to deal with how trauma affected your mind and body. Substance misuse isn’t an add-on to trauma; the two disorders are intertwined.

People who suffer from both addiction and trauma should come to terms with the fact that healing is not a quick fix. You need to work toward overcoming your addiction and addressing the problems that led you to start misusing drugs and alcohol, which doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a holistic and compassionate approach to understand and treat both challenges simultaneously.

Accredited Women’s-Only Treatment in Prescott, AZ

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy is a proven approach to trauma recovery that forms an essential foundation of Canyon Crossing’s dual-diagnosis program. To learn more about the benefits of treating women’s trauma and addiction simultaneously, reach out to us to verify your insurance coverage and put your health and happiness first.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Personal Thoughts, Stories & Reflections From People In Early Recovery: Part 15

recovery When I first came into the program, I would have said that being perfect and what others thought about me were the most important things. I was on the “isn’t-it-impressive” path; focused solely on making others proud and ensuring that I had their admiration. As far as appearances went, my life looked great and right on track; I had the corporate job, the boyfriend, the downtown apartment, etc. But in reality, I was miserable; the more I got and achieved, the most lost and alone I felt. I was so focused on becoming who I thought I was supposed to be that I never gave my authentic self a chance to shine. Being in recovery has given me the opportunity to embrace my true self. It has helped me let go of the “impressive” path and embrace my own, curvy, winding, bumpy road. Recovery has showed me that I don’t have to become one thing; that life isn’t a matter of “what do you want to be when you grow up.” I have come to realize that in my life, I want to continue to grow and become many things. I want to be sober, healthy, happy, a mother, a friend, a traveler, an adventurer, a reader, a professional, a student of life, a runner, etc. The beauty of life and of my future is that the list is never-ending.

Client J

Every day I grow stronger in my spirituality and in my sobriety. I grow more grateful each day of where I am now and for all of the small things in my life, which helps me to open my heart to embrace myself, others and life on life’s terms. Walking a path of aligning my morals and values with my behaviors has allowed me to become my best self. I feel a sense of true freedom remembering the true person I am inside without trying to fill myself up with external things and distractions. I am so grateful that I do not have to live the way I was before in order to feel good. I have realized that I have every ounce of strength and comfort that I need right inside of me and I don’t need to run away from anything anymore. I have felt happiness, belonging and love for the first time and it was as simple as working on myself from the inside and taking positive actions. Now I can contribute to life rather than take from it.

Client K

Sobriety has taught me the importance of love. Without love, connection, and community life has no meaning. Love makes sobriety enjoyable. Having people to share your experience strength and hope with helps us to know who we are. I learned that even though it can be really scary to love people, it is scarier to live a life of loneliness and disconnection. It is scarier to live my life behind a wall of sadness then it is to put myself out there and be vulnerable. Vulnerability creates connection. Connection creates community.

Client M

I just started working again and I have really been reflecting on what type of employee I was in my addiction. I would always show up to work loaded or hung over. I would sneak off to the bathroom every shift so I could maintain my high so I would be able to just sit through work. I would call out and lie about what I was doing. I really didn’t show up for my employers and the people that counted on me. I wasn’t taking care of my financial responsibilities and that caused a lot of suffering because addiction is pricey and when I wasn’t able to pay for the goods I would get them other ways. I’ve been reflecting on the struggles I had when I was an employee and I’m really grateful for way I show up for myself and for my responsibilities. Its been stressful and really scary being the new kid at work, but I have constant support and love from everyone here to help me and guide me to success. 

Client P

The best thing I’ve experienced in my time here at Canyon is the community. The girls here are all very caring and supportive which really helped me adjust and feel more at home. The staff truly cares about my recovery and help in ways I never thought possible. I’ve only been here a few weeks and I absolutely love it and I wouldn’t want to work on my recovery anywhere else nor with anyone else.

Client S

My first rehab I didn’t plan on getting sober. For the past 3 years it had been me and my brother against the world. I didn’t know who I was without him and my all my validation came from him. My addiction started to branch off from his and I dug my hole a little a deeper as time went on. I was in the middle of my senior year in high school. I either didn’t show up to school or I was late. I was spending all my time and money on my addiction and my brother. For a long time they filled that void that I could not do myself. But one day it just stopped working. My depression got severe, I couldn’t get out of bed, I fantasized about suicide everyday, I couldn’t stop hurting myself. I just couldn’t live my life. Not many people knew about my using. My therapist suggested treatment for my depression and I agreed. I thought “this is gonna be great, I get to work on myself and all the crazy thoughts will go away.” I didn’t know it was treatment for substance abuse until my roommate told me she was an addict. AA meetings were mandatory and I found myself relating to a lot of what people said but I still didn’t want give up the life I had. I didn’t realize that my depression was made worse by my using but when I figured that out I was more than willing to stop. I left treatment happy and full of life. I was so eager to change. I started going to IOP and participating, I felt good. But then my depression came back. I was still stuffing my feelings and my cravings to use. Even though I wasn’t active in my addiction I was still riding along drug deals, acting out in my process addictions, hanging around my brother and our friends while they were using and drinking. I wasn’t working a program and I didn’t have any kind of spirituality. I couldn’t understand that these were the causes of my depression. I thought I was at the choice of getting high or killing myself. I knew I wasn’t okay and that I had to get help but I didn’t know how to ask. I went back to my pretending that I could handle everything on my own. The excuses of this is my recovery and my parents should let me do it on my own, only I know what’s best for me. But soon I couldn’t fake it anymore. Asking for help saved my life.

Client S

Friday, March 29, 2019

A Web of Deceit: Why Addicts Lie

If you love someone who is struggling with a substance misuse disorder, you may be shocked when you catch them lying to you. Even family members you thought could feel comfortable being honest with you about anything will lie and manipulate to hide their drug or alcohol misuse and the resulting cascade of problems it creates. Why do addicts lie, and how does the dishonesty help the addiction thrive?

Addiction Changes the Brain

Nobody starts drinking or using drugs with the intention of ruining their lives. But the potential for addiction lies within us all, and for many, it becomes a trap they cannot escape on their own. But why do so many addicts refuse help? Why would your loving sister, wife or best friend engage in such self-destructive behavior that allows their addiction to deepen?

Think of it like this: Her need for drugs has become an all-consuming factor in their life. If she tries to go cold turkey, the intense cravings or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming enough to blot out all rational thought. When someone is physically and psychologically dependent on drugs, they lose sight of other things they once enjoyed doing.

Drugs also lead to poor decision-making ability and a lack of critical thinking skills. Someone who uses opioids every day can become so focused on achieving the euphoric feelings that she eventually forgets about her goals to get a new job or finish a college degree. Likewise, a sober alcoholic may have committed to spend her money more wisely, but after giving in and having one drink, it may feel acceptable to buy a round for the whole bar.

Guilt and Denial Play a Role, Too

If you ask your loved one about her behavior while she is sober, she will probably say she feels ashamed or regretful about the things she has done when drinking or using drugs, and she may even admit she is embarrassed about the addiction itself. These negative feelings will often cause addicts to spiral further into their addiction by turning to their substance of choice to dull the pain, escape from their feelings and help them cover up any regrets in a haze of intoxication.

Recovery Means Peeling Away the Lies

For an addicted person to seek recovery, she must first stop lying to herself and to others about the extent of her disease and the damage it has been causing. This process may take time, and learning to be honest and owning up to the pain and guilt can be one of the most challenging components of healing. At Canyon Crossing, our women’s-only treatment plan includes teaching clients how to take full responsibility for all their actions, as well as how to develop healthy coping mechanisms that will enable them to avoid relapse and live a life of sustained recovery.

When you choose Canyon Crossing for a woman in your life who needs help, she will have the full support of our compassionate team in working through the harm her deceitful behavior has done to herself and others she loves. However, she will eventually feel this burden lifting from her spirit as she recovers her self-respect and integrity.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Gender Differences in Addiction and Recovery

The disease of addiction is a great equalizer. It makes no distinction between race, age, background or gender identity. While the consequences of drug and alcohol misuse are equally devastating to both women and men, studies show there are various factors at play in determining how women and men become addicted, as well as how they respond to treatment.

Drug Abuse in Women vs. Men

The idea that gender could play a role in addiction and recovery is a fairly recent one. As Dr. Tammy Anderson pointed out in her landmark study, Drug Use and Gender, the field of addiction medicine viewed the disease through the lens of male abuse patterns until the 1980s, when researchers began to look into the specific ways drug abuse affected women.

Though men tend to have their first experience with drug and alcohol use at an earlier age than women, after their introduction to these substances, women tend to become addicted more quickly — a phenomenon called “telescoping.” Women also respond to substances differently: their drug cravings can be more intense, which can also make them more prone to relapse, even after they have sought treatment.

What Causes Gender Differences?

While it will require more research to determine the exact root of why women experience addiction differently, one hypothesis is that sex hormones like estrogen can make some women more susceptible to the effects of drugs. The way an addiction affects brain chemistry can also vary between women and men. Finally, the incidence of mood disorders like depression and anxiety is higher in women than in men, which may make women more predisposed to develop addiction.

Specialized Approaches to Treatment

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, women are less likely to seek adequate treatment for substance abuse than men, and they also face more barriers to treatment, such as social stigma, the need for childcare or losing custody of their children.

Many women who enter addiction recovery find gender-specific treatment programs are more comfortable and less stressful because these programs allow them to focus exclusively on their healing. Within the setting of group therapy, women may feel more open about sharing their feelings regarding delicate issues like mood disorders, sexuality and trauma in a single-gender setting.

In treating drug addiction, women can benefit from comprehensive options that include transitional living, outpatient treatment, family therapy and long-term care. At Canyon Crossing, we also offer a full spectrum of holistic care with features such as:
If you need to seek help in managing drug or alcohol misuse for yourself or someone you care about, contact our admissions team today. As an accredited rehab facility in Prescott, AZ, Canyon Crossing accepts most insurance plans and is dedicated to addressing the specific treatment needs of women.

Friday, March 15, 2019

It’s Time to Spring-Clean Your Recovery Routine

The first day of spring is just around the corner, and you’ve probably already started spring-cleaning your home by clearing the clutter and making a fresh start to the new season. Spring represents a time of rebirth and awakening, which makes it the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your recovery as well.

Spring is the best time of year to take inventory of your recovery routine and assess progress on your goals. It’s also your chance to address any challenges or weaknesses that have come to your attention so you can avoid relapse triggers and stay committed to your sobriety.

Identify Problems

Whether you’re dealing with a loss of motivation, increased stress or a lapse in focus, your first task is realizing where you’ve started to get off-track. Once you’ve done that, you can devote your attention and dedication to fixing it. Here are some examples of the most common areas that tend to trip us up.
  • Mental messes: Failing to set or keep up with personal recovery goals can cause you to lose sight of why you wanted to get and stay sober in the first place.
  • Lack of effort: Not paying attention to your nutrition, fitness plan or sleep schedule can affect your mood and cause you to lapse back into unhealthy habits.
  • Overlooking the essentials: People in recovery need a lot of extra help and support. You’re not alone in your challenges. Ask for help from your friends, therapist or sponsor when you feel yourself slipping.
Many of us are dealing with one or several of these small struggles at any given point. Fortunately, as with most spring-cleaning tasks, you can make incredible progress in a short period by taking them on one at a time.

Assess Your Behavior Over Time

Keeping a recovery journal is one of the most useful things you can do. Not only does journaling have a therapeutic benefit, but it also enables you to look back at past entries and see if you can spot patterns in your behavior or thought processes.

It’s normal to have a difficult day every once in a while, but if you can tell from your journal that the low points far outweigh the high ones, it’s time for a reset. For example, could you meet with your sponsor more often, or begin practicing mindfulness meditation?

As you assess your behavior, your goal shouldn’t be to focus exclusively on weaknesses. Celebrate the areas where you’re doing well, and use them as an opportunity to treat yourself to something like a relaxing massage or a visit to a local art museum or botanical garden.

Choose Healthy New Ways to Reinvigorate Your Recovery

Whether you’ve been sober for two months or two decades, spring has a wonderful way of bringing increased verve and motivation. If it’s time for a breath of fresh air, don’t be afraid to take inventory of your recovery and do a little spring-cleaning. You’ll discover the rewards that come with a renewed commitment to your sobriety.

If you are seeking help for drug or alcohol misuse or co-occurring disorders, reach out to us at Canyon Crossing Recovery. We specialize in helping women in all stages of life rediscover their passion and joy with our variety of therapeutic programs.