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Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Benefits of Transitional Living

Successful long-term addiction recovery doesn’t end when someone has completed a program such as outpatient treatment. Instead, it is a process that involves planning and goal-setting at every step of the way. Nobody should enter recovery without a strong support system in place. That’s why transitional living can be so essential for people to manage their addiction rehabilitation.

What Is Transitional Living?

Transitional living is a safe and structured environment that is designed specifically to remove distractions and provide people who are newly recovered with a foundation for sober living. These residences are set up specifically for people who are fresh out of recovery treatment, and they preserve hard-won sobriety by holding residents accountable. At Canyon Crossing, hallmarks of our transitional living program include:
  • Weekly house meetings and drug screenings
  • Coaching and counseling
  • 12-step meetings and events
  • Holistic care

Advantages of Transitional Living

Many people in early sobriety benefit from a great deal of structure and support as they rebuild their lives and mend damaged relationships. Also, some women may not be able to return to wherever they were living while they were in the depths of their addiction, often because it is not a safe place or it could jeopardize their recovery to go back to that environment.

Transitional housing provides a “bridge” from the routines of recovery treatment to independent life. Addiction puts people’s lives in total disarray, and transitional housing helps them regain a sense of order. If you are concerned about a loved one or are thinking of going into transitional housing yourself, here are some advantages:
  • Learning life skills – Residents hone essential abilities such as time management, communication skills, resume building and budgeting.
  • Surrounded by peers – Since everyone living in the house is in recovery as well, it creates a fellowship and instant support group of women who are all going through the journey together.
  • Sense of responsibility – An essential component of living in transitional housing is developing personal responsibility. Many women who struggle with addiction also fall into irresponsible habits that lead them to develop debt or have trouble holding a steady job. The transitional living environment encourages residents to become responsible adults by holding residents accountable for developing healthy habits.
  • Education – At Canyon Crossing, we help women learn about the nature of their addiction as they change their behaviors and thought processes and develop coping skills to prevent relapse.

Transitional Living at Canyon Crossing

Transitional living is an excellent way for women to embrace their newly sober lifestyle as they ease their way back into society. Instead of trying to go it alone and risking setbacks, there are many advantages for using this tool for your next step of recovery. At Canyon Crossing, we offer women’s-only addiction treatment in Prescott, Arizona. Learn more about our unique programming and reach out to us today.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Debunking Misconceptions About Rehab

If you’re considering seeking addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, you may be hesitant to do so because of the stigma associated with entering rehab, or the way the media portray people with substance misuse. Don’t let pervasive myths or a sense of shame hold you back from getting the life-saving help you need. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about rehab, and why they aren’t true.

Misconception 1: Addicts Must Hit Rock Bottom

It’s a common Hollywood trope that someone with a substance dependency has to reach a “rock-bottom” milestone before they can admit they have a problem and work toward recovery. In reality, anyone with a substance misuse disorder can benefit from seeking a qualified recovery program. You do not have to experience a turning point like losing your job or serving jail time to realize you need to turn your life around and quit using alcohol and drugs.

Misconception 2: Relapse Does Not Equal Failure

Though relapse isn’t always part of everyone’s recovery journey, it can and does happen to many people. For some, relapse is a natural part of the cycle of drug addiction, not a failure to manage it. Having a relapse does not make someone a “hopeless case,” or mean there’s no point in them continuing to try to break free of their addiction.

Misconception 3: People in Recovery Are “Less Than”

Often, there's a bias or stigma associated with people who choose to enter recovery. Many people automatically assume those who seek help are admitting a weakness, or that their lives are lacking in some way. This stereotype could not be more untrue. Science tells us addiction is a chronic disease, one that literally changes our brain chemistry. For someone who has developed a substance dependency, it’s not as simple as walking away from using drugs or alcohol. They need to get professional help to understand and overcome their problems.

Start Your Recovery at Canyon Crossing

Canyon Crossing Recovery is a qualified women’s-only transitional living program in Prescott, Arizona. Through our programming, we aim to help you grow as a person and develop healthy coping mechanisms that allow you to live up to your full potential. Reach out today to get a new lease on life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

How Pets Help Combat Depression

If you’re one of the more than 300 million people in the world who struggles with depression, you know how challenging the symptoms can be. Feeling constantly sad, lonely or even worthless takes a significant toll on you and leaves you drained. Some days, you might not want to get out of bed or leave the house. Many mental health specialists recommend adopting a pet to help stave off depressive episodes. Here are the top benefits of bringing a pet into your life.

Unconditional Love

Pets will always be happy to see you at the end of a long day, no matter what. Your pet is your only friend who will never judge you and will be there to accept you regardless of your perceived flaws or shortcomings. You can tell your pet anything and never have to worry about hearing a response that makes you feel uncomfortable. Spending time with a pet can also be a helpful break from negative self-talk. It’s hard to dwell on depressive feelings when you look into your pet’s eyes and only see love and affection reflecting back at you.

Personal Responsibility

Bringing a pet into your life entails accepting a great deal of responsibility. When another living creature depends on you for their health, happiness and well-being, it can help you reinforce to yourself that you are capable of caring for others. Taking care of a pet also provides structure in your life. For example, staying in bed all day isn’t an option if you have a dog who needs to go outside for potty breaks. Caring for a dog will also require you to get more exercise in the form of going on walks or jogs with your four-legged friend – and regular workouts are a natural mood-booster.

Improved Health

Touch has indisputable healing powers, and cuddling with a pet is no exception. When a cat curls up in your lap and starts purring, or a dog nudges your hand to ask for belly rubs, it naturally makes you feel good. Stroking your cat or dog and watching their eyes close in sheer bliss can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Research shows petting a dog for only 15 minutes can decrease your blood pressure by as much as 10 percent.

Find Your Way to Peace of Mind

At Canyon Crossing, our mission is to empower women to live with integrity and grace. We work to show all our clients that recovering from drug and alcohol dependency is not only possible, but well worth pursuing. To seek qualified help for yourself or someone you care about, contact us today.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Alumni Spotlight

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I graduated Canyon Crossing Recovery mid-July of 2017, and thanks to the tools I gathered and learned while I was there I have not had to pick up a drug or a drink since. This past year has been eventful. I have lost family members and good friends this past year. Not all of them have been drug or alcohol related, but I still struggled emotionally. Due to learning how to walk through grief at Canyon I was able to walk through it again and again without using. There were some other life changes and struggles that took place as well, but I was able to pick myself back up without using because of what I learned while I was in treatment. The basics they teach you at Canyon Crossing were like reflexes for me when I have stumbled in life. I also have been blessed beyond what I could have imagined for myself before coming into recovery. I have a solid emotional connection with a boyfriend who treats me with respect. I have a family who continues to support me and answer my phone calls. I have friends today who do not cosign my sick behaviors, and who call me out when it is needed. I still work with a sponsor, go to meetings, and work with sponsees. Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had have been working with these girls and taking them through the steps. The responsibility from being a sponsor helps me stay accountable as well as sober. The biggest thing that has happened for me since I have been out of Canyon has been going back to school. Going back to college has been a huge dream for me from the moment my head started clearing, and I realized that I did want to create a future for myself. As I am coming up on the end of my first semester, I feel very confident. I’m doing well in my classes and can devote time to my studies. I do work a full-time job, so I am only going part-time, but I’ve learned how much I can handle and what I need to cut out of my life in order to make this dream happen. I do not believe I’d be where I am at today if it was not for everything that Canyon Crossing taught me about life. 

-Jess Reynolds-
Canyon Crossing Recovery Alumni