Partying the Sober Way
Most of us look forward to summer’s arrival. The longer days, the nice weather, the get-togethers, the outdoor activities, the extra time off — all these make summer one of the best times of the year.
But summer is not easy for those in recovery. The outdoor parties and celebrations like weddings and graduations often entail alcohol. Not to mention they can make you feel nostalgic about all the “fun” you had at those kinds of parties when you were addicted.
Personalized Care Through Holistic Approach to Therapy
Addiction is a complex issue and as such, it doesn’t have a “one-size-fits-all” solution. At Olalla Recovery Centers, we take a holistic approach that’s personalized to the individual. Our clinicians use strategies based on what may be most successful for each patient.
One of the key components of effective treatment is behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy helps individuals understand why they turn to drugs and alcohol and reinforces positive behaviors.
Becoming More Resilient in Your Recovery Journey
“Do not judge me by my success; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” — Nelson Mandela
In recovery, we teach about being mindful and living in the moment. You know that it’s important to let go of the past and focus on the present. But there’s also something to be said about preparedness — you must be ready to bounce back when the tough times come.
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we know all about being prepared. We have to be ready when “the big one” hits, right? So we stock up on nonperishable foods and emergency supplies. At the very least, this gives us peace of mind that in a major disaster, we can be self-sufficient for a few days.
The Importance of Community Recovery Support After Addiction Treatment
As a chronic disease, addiction must be managed like any other chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. In the past, treatment focused on clinical modalities, but a new understanding is emerging about the importance of social support for long-term recovery.
This cultural shift is based on new research showing that as part of a chronic care model, social supports improve recovery outcomes.
Learn to Love Yourself Before You Can Share Love with Others
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?