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Find Healing and Self-Forgiveness on the Road to Recovery

“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” – Maya Angelou.

No one is perfect. We all make mistakes—it’s part of being human. Yet, despite this universal truth, why is it often so challenging to forgive ourselves? As we explore the concept of self-forgiveness, you discover why it matters and how to navigate this pivotal aspect of the recovery journey.


7 Tips To Support Your Well-Being

“Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got.” – Anonymous.

The holiday season is considered a time of joy, connection, and celebration, but it often marks a particularly challenging period for individuals in or just beginning their recovery journey.

Sometimes, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for the season of celebrations. It can also be a period of stress, sadness, and loneliness for others—and sometimes can be particularly difficult for people living with mental health and substance use conditions. Major holidays, particularly those centered around family and social bonds, can trigger deep feelings of disappointment and emotional turmoil, often stemming from unfulfilled expectations, significant losses, or other life shifts.


The Art of Building Healthy Relationships

In the journey of recovery, one crucial skill that requires practice and commitment is setting and sustaining boundaries. While the concept of negotiating boundaries might not be unfamiliar in the context of recovery, what sets this stage of Recovery apart is the emphasis on learning to identify, communicate and maintain mindful boundaries in order to move forward. While essential for nurturing and maintaining healthy relationships, it’s a tricky skill that ultimately becomes a bedrock for you and your path to sobriety.


The Power of Purpose

“Purpose provides you with an inner compass that guides every decision and leads you to the experiences that will light up your soul.” – Maggie Wooll

Finding purpose can be crucial on the road of recovery and the journey toward living a fulfilling life.

  • What gets you up in the morning?
  • What inspires you to make good choices? 
  • What pulls you back into the desire to be present, to be alive?


Build routine and purpose into your sobriety.

Mindfulness can take many forms but can be very helpful to adopt into your daily life to step up your recovery journey. We encourage trying many different things and finding what works best for you as everybody’s journey looks different. 

Mindfulness is defined as focusing on one’s awareness of the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings and thoughts.


Over the last few years, we have consistently heard about the Fentanyl and Opioid crisis in America. You might be wondering, how can this or does this affect me? It’s important to be aware of the gateway between prescription opioids and drugs like fentanyl which are the most common cause of overdose in America right now.

Illegally made fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid is often mixed in with other illicit drugs and counterfeit pills, leading to an increased chance of overdose. A fatal dose of fentanyl can be as small as 3 grains of salt. Educating ourselves on the dangers of fentanyl and what it is that makes it so dangerous can be lifesaving information and aid in overdose prevention.


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.


The leaves outside glow and radiate colors of gold, orange, and red. The crisp air greets me as I start my day. And the fog softens the noise and enhances the beauty of nature all around me. These can only mean one thing; Fall is finally here.

Celebrations, spending time with friends and family – is what this season is all about. And wanting to make up for lost time and celebrate being together again can allow temptations to creep back in. At Olalla Recovery Center, we are here to help you succeed in your sobriety journey. So we have curated eight key strategies that will support you in your recovery, all while still enjoying the season.