With Affordable Care Act in Peril, Time for Treatment is Now
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, access to substance abuse treatment was extended to countless individuals who could not previously afford it. But the new political climate has created uncertainty about the future of healthcare benefits.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, we urge you to act now. Acknowledging that you have a problem — and wanting to do something about it — is a major first step.
Start the New Year by Giving Back
“We rise by lifting others.” —Robert Ingersoll
If you’re traveling the journey to recovery, you don’t need to wait for the New Year to make the most important resolution: maintain sobriety. But since we can’t help but love traditions, this is a good time to take stock. What do you want to achieve in 2017?
One of the best ways to stay on track is by sharing your story with others. How far have you come? What struggles have you overcome? How has that helped you grow?
Counting Your Blessings
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” — Neal A. Maxwell
When we meet a challenge, we’re much more likely to see the glass half-empty than half-full. We tend to focus on what we don’t have. The missed opportunities. The things that don’t go according to plan.
This is certainly true for those in recovery. As you face your daily struggles, it’s easy to forget that every day is part of a lifelong journey. And not every day on this journey will go smoothly.
Beating addiction is never easy. But gratitude — especially for the things and people you may be taking for granted — will give you the strength you need.
The Power of Simplicity
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tzu
This time of year, it’s far too easy to become caught up in the quest for more.
More gifts to be purchased for a never-ending list of relatives. More cleaning, cooking and baking to impress the guests. New obligations seem to be piling up each year — more visiting, more entertaining, more volunteering — yet there’s never more time for getting it all done.
In the midst of this chaos, there’s also no time left for what’s most important. Recharging. Reflecting on the true meaning of the season. Enjoying — truly enjoying, not hurriedly trying to make time for — the people who are most important in your life.
Even without the complications of the holiday season, life can become too complex if we don’t take the time to prioritize and simplify. Before we realize it, we can become so overwhelmed that even easy tasks become a burden.