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Monday, April 29, 2019

A Client’s Perspective on a Women’s Only Treatment Program

client perspective women treatmentBeing in a woman's only treatment center has really made my connection to my womanhood and girl power stronger. Being alongside women who have conquered death essentially and have also been given a chance to fight for their lives has been such an empowering experience. Women are bad ass! Sometimes it is a challenge, when you put 20 girls into a confined space, but it really gives you a chance to embrace all it means to be a woman and a woman in recovery!

- Client A

Men were a great distraction for me - so when my mom told me in the car that I was on my way to an all women’s treatment center I was not very happy about it. When I first arrived I was not very comfortable with being around so much feminine energy, but now that I've been here for a couple of months - I can honestly say it is the best thing that's ever happened for me. I've been given the opportunity to really heal in an environment that allows it. I have been to other co-ed centers and I didn't get half the amount focus on my inner issues as I am here. I'm becoming an empowering woman who holds herself with grace... and I never knew that person was inside me all along.

- Client B

Canyon Crossing has done miracles in my life. When I first heard that Canyon was only women - I was not a fan. "I don't get along with girls that well," was the first and only thing I said for a little. After getting here and meeting all the girls I was still a little weary about it. As time went on I learned to tolerate it, then like it, then absolutely love and appreciate all the women here. They have been through all the laughs, smiles, tears, breakdowns, and even the snotty cries. I actually trust these women. Being in an all women’s treatment center has been the best choice for me. I have been in co-ed treatment centers before and I just wasn't comfortable letting all my emotions out in front of males and females in a mixed setting. Being here also teaches that we as women don't need men all the time. I love these women and I know they love me too. These women will always have my back and I will always have theirs. Canyon Crossing is full of women with integrity and grace, will help pick you up when you fall, and will love you till the end. Lets just say that I am more than happy with the decision that I made to come to an all women's treatment center.

- Client C

I have enjoyed being in an all women's program because I have learned how much I have in common with every women I meet. I have learned to focus on our similarities and not our differences. I have learned how to have safe and loving relationships with women when in the past I have been afraid to start relationships with women. The benefits of this program are learning that women are kind, safe, and loving.

- Client D

Friday, April 26, 2019

Letting Go of Shame in Recovery

Guilt and shame are normal human emotions – nobody’s perfect, and everyone has regrets in life. How you react and respond to shame is key, however, because if you can’t learn to let go, these feelings will weigh you down, preventing you from realizing your true potential.

We don’t get a chance to go back in time and do things differently. That’s why the best thing you can do to stay healthy is to accept that fact and keep moving forward. Doing so is vital to your growth as a person. With that in mind, here are some ideas for getting past guilt and shame in recovery.

Moving Past the Shame Cycle

Recovering from an addiction often involves feeling guilt for what how you behaved in active addiction, and shame for allowing yourself to make decisions that harmed yourself or others. If you try not to think about these mistakes, it can lead to a shame cycle that traps you in feelings of worthlessness.

The first step to breaking out of this downward spiral is to make a written list of all the mistakes you believe you made. Then, go back over the list, and next to each item, write down at least one lesson you can learn from them. Next, do at least one positive thing each day to cancel out negativity from your past. The antidote to shame is pride. If you do things that make you feel good about who you are today and who you will become in the future, your pride will gradually chip away at your shame.


You can’t heal and rebuild your life if you don’t learn how to forgive yourself. Most of us are our own worst critic, so the process of self-forgiveness isn’t something you can accomplish overnight. However, there are steps you can take to help it go more smoothly.
  • Take ownership of your actions: Your addictive behavior probably hurt some of the people who care most about you. Hold yourself accountable and apologize. You’re not the same person today as you were when you were letting your addiction control your life. There’s still time to make things right with your family members and friends.
  • Seek therapy: A therapist can help you learn to understand and process your emotions. Identifying the root cause of your addiction can help you understand why you behaved the way you did, and unlearn the unhealthy coping mechanisms you developed as someone with an addiction.

How to Get Over Guilt

As hard as it may be for you to accept, guilty feelings represent a step in the right direction. They mean you are aware of the times you did something wrong. Now that you are admitting to yourself where you went astray, learn to embrace those mistakes as learning experiences that are shaping you into a better person. Yes, it can be difficult to learn from your mistakes, but that is not an excuse to stop trying.

Like learning self-forgiveness, getting over guilt takes time. Start by exploring what is making you feel guilty, and whether there is a logical reason for you to feel guilt over it. Maybe the guilt is valid, but it’s also possible for it to be all in your mind, and something you’re beating yourself up over for no reason. Write it down or talk through it with your therapist. Once you scrutinize your guilty feelings, you’ll be able to decide how to put them behind you and take the appropriate steps to heal.

Your New Life Is Ready to Begin

At Canyon Crossing, we believe there are always reasons to be hopeful about what tomorrow will bring. When you choose to start your recovery at our women’s-only drug and alcohol rehab facility, you will discover the benefits of holistic therapy in a serene desert location that gives you time and space to grow as a person. Contact us to learn more about admissions.

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