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Relationships of all kinds are an important part of our life, especially when building a successful recovery. Codependency is something that is often found in relationships, some of which can work positively for our mental health and recovery, but frequently can create a situation that can be destructive and make our recovery journey even more challenging. 

Codependency is a term used to explain unbalanced relationships where one person enables another person’s self-destructive behavior such as addiction, poor mental health, and irresponsibility. 

It can be hard to identify, and admit, when relationships in your life are codependent, especially when you really care about the relationship.

How can you identify codependency? 

Here are just a few of the most common behaviors seen in codependent relationships: 

Keeping Secrets: Are your loved ones keeping secrets about you, or are you keeping secrets for someone else? Consider what would be best for them, sometimes we have to share those things and reach out for help. 

Lack of Boundaries: Do you feel like someone important to you doesn’t recognize personal boundaries? This can result in a controlling or manipulative relationship. 

Making Excuses: Are you making excuses for your partner or loved one’s behaviors? Is it negatively impacting your overall well being? 

Self-Image: Do you feel that you have your own self-image? Having your own hobbies and goals in life are important to maintaining your purpose in life and finding success in your recovery. 

These factors and many more all add an intense amount of stress on your relationships, which is something we hope to avoid in recovery. Working through your recovery to feel confident on your own will help you to avoid codependent relationships going forward. Knowing that you are there for yourself no matter what will help to create the necessary healthy boundaries in the future. This will also help your partner or loved ones to be able to identify where they may have enabled in the past, and where they can improve to honestly help you with your recovery.

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Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

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Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering support and tips to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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In July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline officially launched their new Suicide & Crisis lifeline under the simple phone number, 988. If you or anyone you know feel like you may be needing emergency help regarding mental health, substance use, or suicide-related behaviors, please call 988 to connect with someone who will provide compassionate care and support in navigating how you may be feeling.

988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis counselors.

Access is available through every land line, cell phone, and voice-over internet device in the United States and call services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 150 languages.

Please help spread awareness of this new phone number and lifesaving resource, help is now just 3 numbers away.

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Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering support and tips to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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Today you are stronger and healthier because of the choice to start your recovery journey and change your life for the better. Leaving the recovery center can be scary, but there are so many ways to maintain the support that you have felt during your time at Olalla Recovery Center. The four major components of a successful recovery, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, all surround the core objective of creating a recovery community. They are as follows:

1. Healthy lifestyle

2. Stable and supportive place to live

3. Purpose and participation in meaningful daily activities

4. Encouraging and uplifting relationships that provide support and love

Rebuilding a community that will help your new daily life starts with asking yourself a few questions – whether it be the first couple of months out of recovery, or years down the road there is always room for growth. Who in your life can you go to for support that encourages you to make healthy and informed decisions? Do you feel safe in the home environment you will be in after leaving your recovery center? What activities or hobbies will fill your day with purpose? These are just a few things to think about when choosing who will make you feel most supported in your recovery journey.

 

Creating a diverse group of people who will support you in recovery will help to ensure that you are considering all aspects of personal wellness and growth for yourself. You may have some people already in mind who you know will be a great support system in your recovery journey, and you’re sure to meet new people in the process. Here are few ideas, along with some activities, that may help you navigate this step in recovery:

  • Join a local gym to meet exercise partners or coaches for physical wellness
  • Spend time with friends or people who make you laugh
  • Connect with your sober companions, or people you met in recovery to support each other through this process
  • Schedule an appointment with a therapist or counselor
  • Consider your spiritual wellness whether that be through prayer and worship, meditation, volunteering, spending time outdoors
  • Talk with a life coach, mentor, or teacher to work toward setting and achieving your personal goals
  • Reach out to a financial coach, or friend who has good money habits for tips on maintaining financial wellness

Taking all of these aspects into consideration is sure to help you discover what you want in recovery for yourself, and the type of people you are wanting to surround yourself with. Remember to be open and honest with the people in your life if you feel like you are needing support from them. If you need any help with knowing where to start on creating a community, reach out to Olalla Recovery Center. We are here to help every step of the way.

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Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering support and tips to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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Recovery is a lifelong process, and there are going to be certain times in your life where it may seem harder to stick with your sobriety than it may seem at others. As time goes on you might want to adjust the coping mechanisms that work best for you in maintaining your sobriety, while others will always remain a part of your routine.

The following list provides a few options for coping mechanisms, some may be new, and some may be familiar to you.

Wait to Respond, Don’t Act Impulsively. It can be hard to separate yourself from the reactive mindset when something happens in your life to trigger your mind. If you are feeling reactionary, take a step back and consider one of your other coping mechanisms like calling a sober companion or going out for a walk. Remind yourself to learn from these situations and work on avoiding those triggers in the future.

Be Honest. Lying to yourself and others when you are struggling with your sobriety will always lead to negative consequences in your recovery. Frustration and temptation are normal, but you should remember and discuss why you are grateful for being in recovery through conversations with others, or through keeping a journal to express your thoughts.

Help Others. If you are feeling stable and secure in your sobriety, consider helping others who are starting out in their recovery journey. Seeing others make the decision to make a change in their life and reminding them why they made that decision can act as a reinforcer for yourself as well.

Consider Meditation. Staying relaxed is another key factor to maintaining sobriety, but relaxation can look different from person to person. Meditation is a very common form of mindful relaxation that can be done anywhere. There are many ways to practice depending on what works best for you.

Find New Hobbies or Activities. Finding something other than addiction to fill your time can seem like a daunting task, but there are so many activities to explore. Living an active and social lifestyle helps with your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. What new hobbies or activities can you join in on in your community?

Build a Recovery Community. Having a supportive network of people who are there to help in recovery is crucial to your success. For more tips on how to build your community and where to start, see our blog post here on community.

Remember that the steps you have taken through your recovery journey have given you the opportunity to change your life. While this can be extremely difficult, it is also a major accomplishment and a rewarding feeling to maintain your sobriety day after day.

If you feel like you are needing some extra help or support with recovering from your addiction, please reach out to us here at Olalla Recovery Centers. We are always here to help.

Get Help Now

Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering support and tips to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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Your insurance has been sorted out, an arrival date has been picked, and you’re getting ready to start your journey through recovery. This is a huge step, and an exciting time for you and what the future holds. Now, what do you need to do to get ready for your stay?

When packing, stick to the essentials, this will help you avoid any distraction. Bring a few things that remind you of home but remember to check that everything you are packing is an approved item in the recovery center you are attending. It is important that you read the instruction packet and understand what items are allowed and what you are provided to know how to best prepare yourself. Remember to call your recovery center with any questions and they can answer anything that is not covered in the materials provided.

The list below are some common items that could help you think about what you want to pack, and hopefully alleviate some of the stress or anxiety that you may be feeling in anticipation.

  • List of phone numbers or addresses for people you might want to contact
  • Stamps or envelopes if you want to mail any letters during your stay
  • Alarm clock
  • Insurance cards and forms of identification
  • Notebooks or journals

Take this time before leaving to not only pack and plan, but also to enjoy those people in life who are cheering you on and supporting you through this next chapter. Let them know how much they mean to you and how grateful you are for their support through it all.

No matter where you are on your recovery journey, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for you when you need it. Call us anytime, 24/7.

Get Help Now

Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering support and tips to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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Spring is one of my all-time favorite seasons. Keeping busy and staying sober can go hand in hand. Here are 5 spring quotes to inspire and help you stay sober from Olalla Recovery Centers.

1.”Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” -The Beatles

Living in the Northwest, we are no stranger to the gray days that fall and winter provide. Spring is marching on our doorstep, and we all can benefit from vitamin D. This essential vitamin is produced naturally in our bodies when we are in the sun and helps fight depression, boosts our moods, and has even been linked to fighting diseases. Get outside and redeem the benefits!

2. “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” -Lady Bird Johnson

When our life feels out of control, it is refreshing to have something to look forward to; planning and planting a garden does just that. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. The average cost of garden seeds only costs a dollar or two and can bring a lot of happiness.

3. “She was a bit like spring; wild as the wind and fickle as the weather, but her love ran deep like tree roots.”  -Unknown

Stay true to yourself and let the rest come naturally. You are unique, celebrate who you are.

4. “Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter. I discovered within myself an invincible spring.”  -Albert Camus

Hope. Spring is unanimous with this feeling, and for a good reason. Throughout history, this time of year represents new beginnings. From the celebration of the equinox at Stonehenge to celebrating Easter. New beginnings and rising from the ashes are a part of history. 

The Mirriam-Webster dictionary says it best, “[Spring is] to come up or out of something into existence, spring implies rapid or sudden emerging.” Appreciate the invincible spring within you.

5. “When you feel like stopping, think about why you started.” -John Di Lemme

Never give up! Remember why you started this journey, and always keep that close to your heart. At Olalla Recovery Centers, we help you heal your whole self with our holistic programs and philosophy. You are not alone, and we are here to help you get through your addiction recovery.

No matter where you are on your recovery journey, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for you when you need it. Call us anytime, 24/7.

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Get Help Now

Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering solutions to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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Self-love and care are so important. Not just for your sobriety journey but also for your overall health and wellness.

According to a study from studyfinds.org, they discovered that nearly two out of three people felt more confident, happier, and productive after they participated in some form of a self-care routine. 

Here at Olalla Recovery Centers, we believe in a holistic approach to healing oneself during recovery. And we are right beside you on becoming and staying sober.

Why not try something new or tried and true on your self-care today. Your body and mind will thank you in the long run.

Self-love and Care Ideas:
  • Get out and go for a walk- this releases endorphins which are the feel-good hormones.
  • Create something-Spring is right around the corner, and the time is now for getting some seeds planted in the ground or containers.
  • Clean up your space.
  • Make a healthy meal or snack.

What self-care items do you plan on adding to your routine this month? Let us know below and share this with anyone you think could benefit. Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is always here for you. If you ever need someone to talk to, we are always happy to help. 

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Get Help Now

Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime.

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering solutions to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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The Christmas decorations are down, holiday music is no longer on the radio, and leftovers are in the trash. Finally, a crisp, fresh start is in the air – and I am more than ready for the new beginning that January always welcomes. Including – adding some new things to my bucket list this winter. Check out the details here.

On our journey to sobriety or staying sober, it is vital to establish healthy habits. So why not have some of these activities be bucket list-worthy? We’ve done the research, now all you have to do is choose which one (or many) you would like to add to your new sobriety routine.

Check out your winter bucket list, share it with your friends, and comment on what you would like to try out the most.

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Snow Tubing at The Summit at Snoqualmie Pass

Have you ever gone snow tubing or thought about flying down a mountain in a tube? Well, if this sounds interesting and something you want to try- then I highly recommend adding this to your winter bucket list.

This sobriety-friendly adventure is available at The Summit at Snoqualmie Pass, they are open Friday-Sunday through April, and tickets are affordable at $15/person. With almost two dedicated hours and everything you need on-site, prepare to delight while making new memories on your sobriety journey.

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Get Outdoors

Living in the Pacific Northwest has its perks. One of them is having a plethora of things to do in our backyards. And you don’t have to spend money to have a good time. From checking out a local trail in McCormick Woods to feeling like a kid again and heading down the slides at Point Ruston in Tacoma. All of which are free and great activities to do while staying and becoming sober.

Take a Cooking Class

When you sign up for a class, anticipate discovering a new skill, making new friends, and deepening relationships with a night filled with laughter and good food. A must-have on your winter bucket list.

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Head to Leavenworth

Less than a two-hour drive from the city, Leavenworth has so much to offer. From hiking to sightseeing, Bavarian-inspired culture and food. This charming little town is a must-do year-round, but especially in winter. Book a cabin in the woods, sit by the fire and read a good book. Go for a sleigh ride in town, stop by a local Bavarian food favorite, and make sure to get some shopping done, too. Or check out the sites on a snowmobile or try Nordic skiing. Either way, your cup will be filled when visiting here.

Razor Clamming at the Ocean

Winter is prime time to dig razor clams. The Pacific Northwest has some of the best local and accessible seafood around. If you are a seafood lover, adventure seeker, then this is the activity for you.

Before you head out, make sure to get a clamming license from Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. Important dates and sites for razor clamming this season are listed below.

Dates: December-February
Permits/Licensing

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Get Help Now

Remember, Olalla Recovery Centers is here for your addiction recovery journey. If you or a loved one is ready to seek assistance for an addiction, the first step is to seek a professional who can help. Call or contact us anytime, 24/7.

 

CALL ANYTIME: 1-800-882-6201 to talk to someone 24/7

FIND A MEETINGGo here to search for an AA meeting near you or a virtual meeting.

Stay Connected

Whether you are just starting your addiction recovery journey or have been sober for decades, we are here for you. Our mission at Olalla Recovery Centers is to change the lives of people affected by alcoholism and other addictions.

Follow us on social media and subscribe to our monthly blog. We will be offering solutions to staying sober, encouragement to stay strong, and information on our programs that can help you holistically heal.

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