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Learn to Love Yourself Before You Can Share Love with Others

Love Yourself

Did you feel overwhelmed, perhaps even blue, during the “season of love” we recently had? You can’t escape thinking about love and relationships in February, as Valentine’s Day merchandise and messaging is in your face every time you go to the grocery store.

Many recovering addicts feel they’re not worthy of love, ashamed of some of things they’ve done to their loved ones. But be honest — do you even love yourself? If you don’t, how can others?

Why the Adolescent Brain Can’t Resist the Increased Access to Illicit Substances

adolescent brain

Learning through experimentation is a rite of passage for the developing adolescent and young adult. Unfortunately, when that experimentation includes risky behavior, this young demographic doesn’t have the advantage of an adult’s executive-decision-making process.

Parents of teenagers will certainty relate to the scenario of trying to appeal to their child’s senses. Doesn’t it feel like an uphill battle most of the time? Long-term thinking and weighing consequences is simply not on the young people’s agenda.

Making the Right Decisions During Recovery

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” —Alexander Graham Bell

right choices

In recovery, all doors are open to you and there are opportunities waiting everywhere. Some of those opportunities will take you down the wrong path. When the wrong opportunity knocks on your door, will you answer? Or are you ready to stay strong and make the right choice?

One of the biggest challenges for the recovering addict is letting go of the past. When that happens, decisions are colored by guilt and regret.


Medication-Assisted Treatment Can Be Effective Part of Your Recovery

medication assisted treatment

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction can be a controversial topic in the recovery community, as some believe that treatment and recovery should be based on abstinence.

At Olalla Recovery Centers, we embrace medication-assisted treatment (MAT) because we want our patients to focus on building the skill set they need for lifelong recovery. For some individuals, MAT can be highly effective in treating addiction — and we want to be part of that dialogue.

Finding Inspiration for New Goals in the New Year

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
— Tony Robbins


Can you believe that another year is coming to a close? I’m a “glass half-full” kind of person, so instead of thinking of all the things left undone, I’m looking at the incoming new year as a new opportunity to accomplish all those things and then some.

How about you? Are you taking time to reflect on your achievements for 2017?

Don’t worry about the goals you didn’t meet. This is a time to think about all the right decisions you made and how they helped you get closer to your goals. It’s those accomplishments that can inspire your actions in 2018.

You may think that setting goals for the new year sounds just like making New Year’s resolutions. There’s one major difference.

Turn the Season of Giving Thanks into Year-Round Habit

Thank You

Gratitude, blessings, appreciation — these are words we hear often this time of year. For the recovering addict, expressing those feelings is not easy. Especially if you’re just starting on the path to a new life.

Did you have a family dinner this Thanksgiving? Did you have a chance to give thanks to the people and things important in your life? Or did you feel ashamed, hurt, resentful even?

Those are normal feelings. If you’re like many others in recovery, you’ve no doubt made many mistakes and ruined many relationships on your way to hitting rock bottom. It’s not an easy place to come back from.

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