A vintage illustration of the holiday season’s end depicts a wizened old man alongside a diapered baby. These are classic representations of the year almost gone and the new year aborning: Out with the old, in with the new. Painful memories can make the holidays a time of despair, but we shouldn’t allow the past to
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebuhr Change is the first part of the serenity prayer and the first expected outcome when a patient enters treatment for addiction. Patients can talk about change, consider
You have used again. You have longed for the escape from your life, your problems and the over stimulation of the world. You take that one drink or that one hit and then you feel the hot sweat of shame making it’s way into your stomach, your chest, and your knees. You want to hide.
The doors open and after thirty days in a treatment center, away from family, work and life it is no wonder most patients simply want to get on with life in sobriety. Patients longing to begin a fresh start. But many begin in the unreliable pink cloud of recovery. But there is another cloud waiting
Being in the present moment can be terrifying for many. Especially when the brain is used to artificial stimulation from substances. Yet, mindfulness practices, such as acupuncture, can be the balm to the weary soul of an addict. Research on mindfulness-based relapse prevention, offers hope even for addictions with the lowest recovery rates, such as opiate
Let me tell you a story… Once upon a time, in a beautiful land of 182 acres of prairie located just south of the Twin Cities, stood a young man ready to return to his world. After a few months of treatment he was going home to his family, his job, and his restored health.
Thanksgiving is a time for saying, “Thank you!” Colonists offered the holiday as a time to celebrate thankfulness for their survival and good harvest. Today, the tradition continues in the celebrated Thanksgiving, where turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin are served. While it is one day dedicated to this giving of thanks, research shows that gratitude
Halloween opens the door to a stream of holidays that can be potential quicksand for anyone in recovery. Routines are interrupted, family gathering overflow with the abundance of food and drink, and stress levels rise. Holidays Can Be Relapse Triggers “Alcohol and drug use are often exacerbated during the holidays, especially on Christmas and New
Addiction recovery can be a complicated and overwhelming process. It can be slow process that can have just as many ups and it has downs. Relapsing can be a part of this process, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the recovery journey, it’s a point to pause and make adjustments. Risk Factors for