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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.

Friday, August 30, 2019

When Is the Right Time to Get Help?

People begin drinking and using drugs for a variety of reasons, whether it is out of curiosity, peer pressure or to relieve stress and anxiety. These effects may seem positive at first, which makes it more challenging to recognize when substance use crosses the line from casual to problematic.

Understanding Addiction as a Chronic Disease

The progression of addiction as an illness means that, at some point, you will lose control of the ability to moderate your use, and lose sight of when your destructive behavior has begun disrupting your life. Seeking help can save your life and prevent severe ramifications like legal and financial problems or damaged relationships.

Though there is a persistent belief that people who fall prey to addiction do so because they lack willpower or moral fiber, this stigma is outdated. Because prolonged drug and alcohol use changes the brain, people who have a substance misuse disorder can’t walk away on their own, no matter how motivated they are to quit. Powerful cravings and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms keep users coming back, despite the adverse consequences.

How to Tell If You Should Seek Help

Usually, there is not one defining, “rock-bottom” moment that will cause someone to admit they have a problem with substance abuse. Even if you seem to have your life together in public, you can still be falling apart in private.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself if you are wondering whether you should consider seeking treatment at an addiction rehab facility.
  • When you run out of drugs or alcohol, do you find yourself thinking obsessively about how to get more?
  • Have you ever experienced consequences such as bankruptcy, arrest or the loss of a job because of your substance misuse?
  • Do you spend an excessive amount of time trying to obtain drugs?
  • Have you ever committed to quitting, only to realize you can’t?
  • Have drugs and alcohol become a priority in your life, taking the place of your relationships or career?
  • Do you often try to justify your “need” for drugs or alcohol to those around you?
  • Do you find yourself lying about the extent of your substance misuse?
  • Have you ever stolen drugs or the money to pay for them?
  • Have the people closest to you ever expressed worries about your behavior?
If you answered “yes” to most or all these questions, it’s likely your substance use is adversely affecting your life or the lives of others around you, and you could benefit from seeking immediate treatment.

A Life of Freedom Can Be Yours

Admitting you have an addiction problem is the beginning of your healing process. If you are ready to accept help and make significant changes in your behavior, you can learn skills to help you manage your illness and go on to reclaim your life. At a qualified treatment facility like Canyon Crossing, our state-licensed clinicians provide individualized treatment plans that address the unique needs of women in addiction recovery. To learn more about the unique features and amenities of our Arizona women’s rehab center, reach out today.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Explaining Ecotherapy

explaining eco therapy Ecotherapy is not a new concept but the defining of the approach as a specific therapeutic intervention may seem like a new and outrageous idea. The purpose of “Ecotherapy” is to simply allow nature and our interactions with nature to sooth the soul. I base my Ecotherapy approach upon the foundations of Shinrin-yoku or Japanese forest bathing. Forest bathing, simply “being in the presence of trees” became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982. As a member of the National Association of Forest Therapy and a longtime outdoor adventurer and “tree hugger”, nature has always played a large part in my philosophical approach to healing both myself and others. This evidence-based practice not only promotes physical health but allows space for mental and emotional healing as well as meditative practice. We live in a time of great technological innovation. As a consequence of this gift, we have forgotten how to slow down and spend time with ourselves as we bustle through our ever-increasing daily responsibilities. Ecotherapy allows for this time while utilizing the natural offerings of our beautiful planet.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Benefits of Napping in Addiction Recovery

Taking time for a refreshing nap can turn your entire day around, especially if you are having trouble fitting in your recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. On days when you feel overtaxed or are having trouble getting your thoughts together, a nap can enhance your focus and mental acuity, and give you a much-needed mood boost.

Despite all the well-documented benefits of napping, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it. For example, too much shut-eye in the middle of the afternoon can rob you of the sleep you need at night. That’s why learning to nap correctly could become a secret weapon in your recovery arsenal.

Napping Pros and Cons

The advantages of napping include the following:
  • Naps can make you more alert and improve your productivity.
  • Napping helps replenish your energy and regulate your emotions.
  • An afternoon nap can be like a mini-getaway in the middle of your day.
  • After years of depriving your body of what it needs to be well, napping in recovery can be rewarding and healing.
The downsides of napping include:
  • Naps can leave you feeling groggy and disoriented, especially if you nap for longer periods. That means you could have trouble concentrating on any tasks you try to take on immediately after waking up.
  • Catching shut-eye too late in the day might make you have trouble getting the good-quality sleep you need at night. If you are already struggling with insomnia, napping can make that problem worse.

How to Make Naps Part of Your Recovery Routine

If you think you don’t have time to take daily naps, think again. The “sweet spot” for adult napping is a 10- to 20-minute power nap, which is just enough time to give your brain a break without going into a deep sleep. You will wake up well-rested and ready to take on the challenges of the rest of your day. On days when you feel like you need more than 20 minutes of rest, you should still limit your snooze to less than 90 minutes to avoid disrupting your nighttime sleep schedule.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not possible to catch up on sleep. That means if your regular sleep schedule gets disrupted, a nap will not fix it. Instead, the goal of napping is to recharge and give yourself an energy boost.

Tips for Maximizing Your Naps

Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your afternoon rest.
  • Approach it with the right mindset. Trying too hard to fall asleep can make you feel stressed and frustrated, which is the opposite of what you are trying to achieve with a nap. If you aren’t feeling sleepy, close your eyes and meditate for a little while.
  • Set the mood. A comfortable place with minimal light and no interruptions will take you to the most restful sleep stage faster.
  • Don’t overdo it. Twenty minutes of quality time is enough to leave you feeling well-rested.

Get Your Zzz On

Instead of hitting the snooze button over and over again each morning, devote those minutes toward an afternoon power nap instead. You’ll be glad you did. And, if you’re looking for more strategies for your holistic addiction recovery, contact us at Canyon Crossing. As a unique women’s-only rehabilitation facility, we provide a range of unique features that help our clients discover their best and most satisfying lives in a caring environment.

Friday, August 16, 2019

What Does It Mean to Set Healthy Boundaries in Recovery?

Drug and alcohol misuse exact a heavy toll on relationships, as addicts begin to prioritize substance use above all other activities. Along the way, you may have hurt the people who cared most about you by sending the message that drugs and alcohol were more important to you than spending time with them. Now, in recovery, you will have to focus on healing those damaged relationships. Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries is one place to begin.

How Do Boundaries Work?

Boundaries are the rules you set to define your space and determine what is acceptable in your relationships. Effective boundaries help build trust and strengthen relationships. You can determine the consequences for any behavior that is unacceptable. That way, nobody can fall back on the excuse of, “I didn’t know that wasn’t OK with you.”

You cannot dictate other people’s behavior, but you can be clear about what you do not want them to do. For example, if seeing others drinking or using drugs is a trigger for you, you can politely request that they not bring over a bottle of wine when they come to your home for dinner. In that way, a boundary can help you and everyone in your orbit.

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

When you start to set healthy boundaries in recovery, you may need to start almost totally from scratch. In your years of active addiction, you may have had little to no boundaries, which resulted in relationships characterized by co-dependency, enabling and similar challenges.

Creating boundaries, then, represents an essential milestone on your pathway to recovery, since you and those around you are so used to the status quo you established with your addictive behaviors. If you want to help create positive boundaries in your family and friendships, you can start by considering a few things:
  • Not all your relationships will remain the same. Change is never easy, but your health and happiness are your biggest priority now. If others don’t understand – or can’t accept – your need to protect your sobriety, you may need to move forward without them.
  • Say what you mean. Defining boundaries requires you to stick to your guns. That means you can’t be noncommittal. If someone challenges the rules you’ve set, you have every right to tell them no without feeling bad or ashamed about it.
  • Word choice matters. Reframe your language and use “I” statements instead of “you” statements, which can make the other person feel as if you’re blaming them. You are only responsible for your feelings, and vice versa. Honesty is the best policy.

Your Happiness Awaits

When setting boundaries, having a support network is paramount. The people you choose to be in your corner can include your sobriety sponsor, a parent, a sibling or anyone else who can help you navigate challenging situations. Finding people to be on your team can be invaluable as you seek ways to change your lifestyle and set clear boundaries for a healthier recovery.

At Canyon Crossing, our mission is to help women rediscover how to break free of addictions and start on the road to wellness. We are a premier residential drug and alcohol rehab facility in beautiful Prescott, AZ, offering a range of programs that provide structure and teach positive life skills. For more information, contact our staff today.

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Client's Perspective Of Long Term Treatment

client perspective long term treatment
1.  They say that if you stay in a safe place for an elongated period of time that symptoms of PTSD will diminish.
That has been my experience here at Canyon Crossing.
A constant state of anxiety.
That’s what I was in
“It’s like there’s an elephant on my chest.”
That’s what I would say.
And it was like was a hummingbird’s heart lived inside of me.
Constant panic, fear.
Will I have a panic attack today? Will I be able to breathe?
I had crippling anxiety.
Debilitatingly so.

But it’s not like that today.
Through being here, I would say I found peace. But truly, peace found me.
I didn’t expect it to come,
and now that it’s here, I can’t imagine it would leave.
Whereas, when I got here, I couldn’t sit with myself. Today, I feel good inside of me.
Today I am strong. I am healing.
I am lucky. I am blessed. 

I’ve gotten past surviving to where I can truly live.  

2. I’ve been in treatment for eleven months now. When I came in my fears were missing out on what’s going on with the people in my life and the unknown that comes along with being in a long term treatment center. My fears are still the same, but I have more acceptance around them now. Something that helps me a lot with my fear is my relationships with the women around me and the love that I share with them. It makes the time more enjoyable and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on life as much. 

3. At first I was absolutely terrified to come to a long term treatment center. I did not want to leave my life and my friends for this long. When I got here I was very scared and my first month went by so slow. I didn’t get comfortable because I didn’t plan on staying longer than 90 days. And now here I am 6 months later, calling this place my home, and the girls here family. Treatment is like a time warp. I’ve been here 6 months and it feels like I just got here. I still have fears sometimes about being here forever, but then I look at how short it is compared to the rest of my life and I know I’m doing the right thing. I can sit here and honestly say that if I wasn’t in a long term program I wouldn’t be sober. If you are willing to save your life then in my opinion you need to be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that, even if it’s a hard, long term, treatment program. 

4.  I never really had too many fears about long term treatment except for the fact that I knew I was going to have to really take a look at my past and be done with the life I was used to. I knew coming here meant that I was done for good with my destructive coping skills. And that was extremely terrifying. I knew I had to do something different. Short term treatment programs just didn’t work for me to get me back on my feet. If I wanted to make it, I had to really put in the time and work on things I didn’t want to look at. I had to give my brain the time it needed to balance out in a safe environment. Long term treatment has saved my life. That is a hard fact. I didn’t know how to leave short term treatment and survive in society afterwards. I now feel prepared and confident in my recovery. I am leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the reasons I did drugs. I had to dig deep and compost my entire soul. I can honestly say that I do not fear relapsing anymore or even have the desire to. I have learned to love myself and heal and grow here. I have learned to connect and be there for others and let them be there for me. I feel like a person again. A strong woman at that. Seven months ago, this was not the case. I have had the willingness the whole time, but long term support is what I needed to get up off my knees and on my own two feet. Life is not scary anymore and I have found peace and acceptance. I am so grateful and it has not been easy but was been worth it. I wish that every addict had this opportunity in the beginning of their fight to get clean. It is the best gift I have ever been given and I would strongly recommend it to anyone considering or in need of desperate help. It’s the best decision I ever made.