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Friday, September 27, 2019

Tips for Making Self-Care Part of Every Day

Self-care is a valuable component of mental health, especially for women in addiction recovery. Taking time for yourself, even if it’s only for a few minutes, can help you remain calmer and more collected. Keeping an even keel is critical if you hope to stay motivated and prevent a relapse. With that in mind, here are six easy ways you can incorporate self-care into your daily routine.

1. Eat Mindfully

Often, we eat our meals while we’re working or watching TV, thus denying ourselves the full sensory experience of food. Treat yourself with more respect, and allow yourself to indulge in a distraction-free meal where the food is the sole focus. The concept of mindful eating refers to a practice of eating slowly, engaging with the textures, flavors, colors and smells of what’s on your plate. As a bonus, becoming more consciously aware of your food helps you avoid overeating.

2. Celebrate Your Accomplishments

While most people benefit from keeping a to-do list – and the satisfying feeling of crossing things off when you’ve finished them – how often do you automatically move on to the next item on your list without stopping to congratulate yourself for your productivity? At the end of each day, make a list of all the productive things you’ve done. Whether you contributed creative ideas to a brainstorming meeting at work, or folded and put away all your laundry, pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

3. Be Thankful

Addiction causes you to lose things, from your friends to your health. Part of recovery means being grateful for what you have. Keep a notebook or writing pad by your bed, and every night before you go to sleep, jot down at least one thing you feel thankful to have.

4. Let Your Inner Child out to Play

You may tell yourself that you’ve outgrown childhood hobbies, but the joyous, adventurous little person you once were is still there somewhere inside you. Whether your favorite activity was wading in the creek and catching frogs or making necklaces out of wild clover, allow yourself to return to those happier days. If you have a child of your own, you can have extra fun introducing them to these hobbies.

5. Get Lost in a Good Book

Reading a book you love is a wonderful way to feel happy and escape from the world for a while. Whether you start a new book a friend recommended you, or fall into an old favorite, there is something inherently meditative about the act of reading.

6. Do a Digital Detox

There are many merits of social media. You can use it to keep up with the news, connect with relatives who live far away or even find a new job opportunity. However, there are also many advantages of unplugging and stepping away from the scroll for a day or two. After all, many social media sites are a source of negativity because people post hurtful comments or use it to brag about their accomplishments. If you take a break from social media, you can become more focused and in the moment.

Be Your Best Self

At Canyon Crossing, our unique programming helps women discover the joy that comes with being sober and free from drug and alcohol addictions. We are here for you when you’re ready to change your life for the better. Contact us today to learn more.

Friday, September 20, 2019

What Makes Gratitude an Essential Part of Recovery?

Addiction inherently leads to selfish thoughts and behavioral patterns. If you spent years abusing drugs or alcohol, you likely pushed others away in pursuit of your substances of choice. Once you get sober and learn new life priorities, you will have to reevaluate who you are without the presence of these substances affecting your mood, ideas and decisions. One of the ways you can do this is by developing a practice of gratitude.

Gratitude Makes the Difference

Being grateful in recovery reminds you that even when you have setbacks, you can still be proud of the progress you’ve made. Reframing your story as one of thankfulness for what you have been able to achieve allows you to see each challenge you face as an opportunity to improve. Practicing gratitude also gives you a greater sense of personal accomplishment and self-respect.

Like every other element of your addiction recovery, you’ll need to develop your gratitude over time. Learning to love and trust yourself and others doesn’t happen overnight, and you’ll also have to break out of the patterns of negative thinking that may have characterized your addiction.

Tips for Developing Gratitude in Recovery

If you need help learning how to feel grateful about your life, consider the following advice.

1. Think about something or someone you have now that you didn’t have in your addiction.

Addiction eventually robs you of your happiness, health and even those who care about you most. Taking stock of the positivity you have earned in recovery can serve as a reminder of how far you’ve progressed since the days of your active addiction. Looking back to the “bad old days” doesn’t have to be a source of shame or guilt. Instead, it can make you grateful for how far you’ve come in your sobriety.

2. Give back to others.

Generosity and gratitude go hand in hand. There are many ways you can pay it forward every day, from holding doors open for people, to buying a stranger’s coffee, to offering to help cook dinner or clean the house for someone from your 12-step group who is going through a difficult patch.

3. Focus on the positive things in life.

Gratitude is all about being thankful for what you have. If you constantly worry about things you lack, it creates negativity in your life that can get you off-track with your progress and make you feel lonely and unfulfilled.

4. Reflect on lessons you have learned.

Life is the best teacher you’ll ever have. In rehab, you probably learned many valuable lessons that have laid the groundwork for who you are today. Pushing through your obstacles can benefit you by helping you grow and change. Evaluating what you have learned over the past week, month or year can allow you to see how far you’ve come in your recovery.

5. Instead of dwelling on the worst, aim your attention at the best.

It’s easy to lose patience with other people when their worst qualities are the only thing you can see. Instead, try to see the best in others, even when it isn’t easy to maintain your positivity.

Begin Anew Here

Canyon Crossing is a unique women’s-only addiction treatment center that combines the traditional 12-step recovery approach with alternative options such as holistic care and spiritual retreats to create a well-rounded experience for our clients. If you are living with a substance misuse disorder, contact us today to begin the admissions process.

Friday, September 13, 2019

September Is National Recovery Month

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration commemorates National Recovery Month. 2019 marks the 30th annual such observance, which reminds Americans that it’s possible for people to learn to manage a substance addiction and go on to live a happy, healthy life. The goal of Recovery Month is to spread the positive message that addiction is a disease people can learn to overcome with the right tools.

By celebrating the triumphs of the millions of Americans living in recovery, Recovery Month goes a step beyond educating the nation on the benefits of addiction treatment. The path to sobriety is not easy or straight, and those who walk it every day deserve well-earned recognition for their accomplishments, both large and small.

Why Should We Spotlight Addiction and Recovery?

From coast to coast, millions of people struggle with addiction. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 21.5 million people aged 12 or older have suffered from a substance use disorder. Drug overdose – particularly from opioids – is now the top cause of accidental death in the United States.

Tragically, these are only two of the many sobering statistics regarding addiction that have come to light in recent years. Recovery Month sparks the public conversation around addiction and recovery. Crucially, Recovery Month drives home the understanding that recovery is possible through qualified treatment, and that the battle against addictive behavior is winnable.

The Importance of National Recovery Month

Unfortunately, addiction is an illness surrounded by stigma. People often assume addicts are weak-willed or immoral, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The lack of understanding surrounding addiction and what treatment entails can, sadly, discourage people from seeking the treatment they so desperately need.

To make recovery attainable, we must first be able to talk candidly about addiction, treatment and recovery. National Recovery Month is the ideal opportunity to break through the shame surrounding addiction with your family, friends, co-workers and anyone else you can think of. By starting the conversation free of stereotypes or prejudice, you might even encourage people who have been silently struggling with an addiction to move toward getting help.

The hope and promise of National Recovery Month don’t end on Sept. 30. Through educational resources, SAMHSA aims to provide our nation with a supply of knowledge we can use to increase public awareness and help reshape the conversation surrounding addiction and treatment all year long.

Explore Your Long-Term Treatment Options

At Canyon Crossing, we love seeing our clients and their families celebrating National Recovery Month. Though their stories can be a sad reminder of how devastating addiction can be, they also serve as uplifting examples of the healing that can occur with substance misuse treatment and recovery. Because of this, we invite our alumni to share their successes with others.

If we want to put an end to the tragedies addiction can cause, we must flip the script on the way we talk about treatment and recovery. This Recovery Month, take the opportunity to celebrate your successes in sobriety. Learn more about addiction as a disease and how treatment can be beneficial. Don’t be ashamed to speak up about your experiences with addiction – you never know who may need to hear your story.

Are you ready to seek treatment for your substance misuse disorder and get your life moving in a positive direction? At Canyon Crossing, we offer programs designed to help you break free from your addiction. Take the first step in your new life and contact us today.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Celebrate Your Sobriety Successes

Milestones are part of life, whether you are observing a graduation, marriage, a birthday or accomplishing a significant goal such as a promotion at work. While you were in active addiction, you probably used drugs and alcohol as an integral part of these celebrations, and now that you’re sober, you may find you don’t know how to commemorate happy events without them. However, making time to congratulate yourself for accomplishments you achieve in sobriety is essential.

With that in mind, here are some reasons to be proud of yourself, as well as suggestions of drug-free ways to pat yourself on the back for all the progress you’ve made.

Why You Should Congratulate Yourself

Don’t be shy about claiming your victories, even the small ones. Even if you’ve been sober for a year or more, celebrating helps you reflect on how far you’ve come. It also reminds you about all the times you prevailed when the odds seemed to be stacked against you.

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs traditionally use different-colored chips or coins to help recovering addicts track their progress and honor milestones such as number of years in sobriety. These can serve as a motivational tool that discourages you from slipping up and drinking or using “just one more time.” Especially in early recovery, tokens like these provide a concrete reminder that every day you spend sober is a significant accomplishment.

Sober Celebration Ideas

If you’re struggling to come up with ways to congratulate yourself on your sobriety milestones, here are some suggestions you can use to get started.

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal

If you’ve never heard of a gratitude journal, it’s exactly what it sounds like -- a notebook where you write down things you’re grateful for. If you don’t consider yourself a writer, don’t worry. The entries in your journal can stay private if you want them to, and a best practice is to keep them short and sweet. A single sentence can be enough to go on. There are some surprising benefits of this style of journaling, including stress relief and improved sleep quality, and getting in this habit will also help you appreciate the value of things you normally wouldn’t notice.

2. Treat Yourself

It’s OK to reward yourself with small gifts occasionally. Your indulgence might be going out to a gourmet restaurant and ordering a four-course meal, or getting a salon or spa service you’ve been wanting to try for a while. Or, maybe it’s something smaller, such as taking an evening bubble bath or buying yourself a flattering new outfit. It can be whatever you want, as long as it’s something that motivates you to keep making progress.

3. Give Back to the Community

Every success you achieve in sobriety represents an opportunity to acknowledge all the hard work you’ve put in, as well those who have helped you along the way. You can “pay it forward” by volunteering at a local nonprofit or becoming a recovery sponsor for someone who is newly sober. Your volunteerism doesn’t have to be recovery-related, though many recovering addicts find this type of service profoundly rewarding and therapeutic.

Honor Your New Beginning

Life can be unpredictable, and perhaps nobody understands this better than a recovering addict. The low points you have experienced due to your addiction can make the positive moments in life feel even sweeter. Take time to be thankful for what you have, and your sobriety will be better for it.

At Canyon Crossing, women who struggle with the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction can find a place to rediscover their potential and their joy. Our innovative women’s-only treatment facility in Arizona takes a variety of approaches to treating the root causes of addictive behaviors. If you are ready to learn how to manage your addiction, our admissions specialists are waiting to hear from you.