Substance abuse affects people of all ages from all walks of life — and while 10 percent of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point in their lives, 75 percent do not receive any form of treatment. Addiction is a brain disease, one that is closely linked to poor trauma and poor mental health. Although each individual is unique, many addicts begin using substances as a coping mechanism
“Enabling is helping a person in a way that feeds the dysfunction. Helping is being there for someone in a way that does not support the dysfunction.” — Dr. Noelle Nelson Addiction is a family disease. If you have a loved one that is suffering from addiction, you know this all too well. Whether a family member or friend is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you know how challenging it
While addiction falls under the umbrella of mental health disorders, there is no avoiding the fact that it severely impacts the body as well as the brain. Drugs and alcohol can cause damage to multiple essential systems, from the heart and blood vessels to the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Individuals who struggle with addiction are also known to neglect their health and wellness as they become completely focused on the
As the year begins to fade and a new one draws near, we often worry about what we have completed but end up focusing on what we have not. We didn’t get the grade we wanted in that class we took. We didn’t get the promotion we had hoped for. We didn’t check off each and every goal we made for ourselves at the beginning of the year. But, what
“Mindfulness is not designed to take you away from the difficulties in your life, but to help you accommodate them more comfortably,” Planet Mindful reminds their readers in an article titled, “Learning to live with yourself.” We’ll reiterate that because it is just so extremely important: mindfulness doesn’t take away your problems, it helps you deal with them. If you’re going into mindfulness thinking you will be absolved of your problems, you’re
Stress is a tricky thing that we all deal with, especially during this time of year. There’s the hustle-bustle of the holiday season, then the stresses that the new year brings. During the holiday season, we struggle to get the family together and have a good time. We stress about these things more then we should. Then, once it’s over, there’s a vast, empty void. We try to fill that
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known type of talk therapy that can be beneficial for those with mental illnesses or substance use disorders. The goal of CBT is to help the individual understand how their thoughts impact their actions. There are three pillars of CBT, which are identification, recognition, and management. Read more below to learn more about the three pillars of CBT. Identification The first pillar of CBT
The Gottman Institute has developed four signs that signal the end of a relationship, which they call The Four Horsemen. Here is an excerpt from their website, stating where the name came from: “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a metaphor depicting the end of times in the New Testament. They describe conquest, war, hunger, and death, respectively. We use this metaphor to describe communication styles that, according to our
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance tip: ACCEPTS. To refresh your memory, ACCEPTS stands for Activities, Contributing, Comparisons, Emotions, Push away, Thoughts, and Sensation. You can use the ACCEPTS tip when you are struggling with managing your emotions at the moment and
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that gives individuals the skills to practice mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. Today, Pinnacle Recovery is going to focus on one specific distress tolerance skill: TIPP. To jog your memory, TIPP stands for Temperature, Intense exercise, Paced breathing, and Paired muscle relaxation. TIPP is meant to help you at your lowest and most emotional place. Here are some things you
Oftentimes there are things that you can do that will make a difference in many different areas of your life. You may be looking to increase your physical health, but you also end up bettering your relationships in the process. There are multiple areas where you can improve just by doing one thing. Here are different areas of your life that you can work on improving: Physical health Mental health
- I came into Pinnacle Recover broken and lost and so scared. I had no sense of hope or self love and I didn't know where my life was heading or what to even do with a day. From the first day to the last day at Pinnacle, I have received so much support and emotional help through the discovery of myself and life. The therapists gave me tools to help me better understand what it was like to be around me and gave me the space to hear myself speak. I have discovered so much about my being and soul and have found my passion again. I feel driven, alive, sober, hope, love, support, strength, self love, honest, and ready to hit the ground running. Thank you for giving me life! I will always hold everyone at Pinnacle in my heart. I could not have asked for anything better. THANK YOU!!
Savannah, 2020 Alumni
- Pinnacle changed my life. I voluntarily came into Pinnacle as a broken alcoholic woman. I was depressed, hated myself, full of guilt, and had pushed many friends and family away. I had Joel as a therapist and he had so much knowledge, compassion, and understanding. The entire staff including the amazing food Lee cooked were some of the best people I have ever met in my life. The classes, therapy sessions, activities, group sessions were so healing, and I gained so many skills to help me in my sobriety. I am a new person, and full of self-love, confidence, strength, and commitment to living my authentic sober life. I gained many friends here, as even the clients were so welcoming, and we became support as well for each other. I would highly recommend Pinnacle to anyone who is struggling with addiction and wants to commit to a new and wonderful life. Thank you to everyone at Pinnacle, I truly love you all.
Brenda, 2020 Alumni
- This place saved my life. The program is amazing. The staff are 100% committed to the clients. The clients mental health, well-being and sobriety are considered and placed as the top priority at all times. The therapists and clinical staff are well educated and super caring about each and every client. The house is amazing. The Dr is kind and super supportive and helpful. The professional chef is awesome. I loved every day I was there.
Matthew, 2021 Alumni
- Pinnacle was more than these words or stars can ever describe when talking about my recovery/sobriety. My wife found Pinnacle on google reviews and I took a leap of faith and called MK. She was welcoming throughout the entire process from day one. The staff is very accommodating to our needs and is very personable. The house is like a family per say and everyone that works here is very passionate about the work that they do.The therapists really care about their clients as they are recovering themselves and encourage us to be vulnerable with our peers and ourselves. I learned to change my behaviors and thinking through spirituality, meditation, therapy, group sessions, and philosophy that Pinnacle believes in.It is up to you to give it 110% every day even on the hard days if you want your life to be the best it can possibly be. Pinnacle has saved my life and I found a new life that I didn't even know was possible before.
Scott, 2021 Alumni
- Before coming to Pinnacle my life was hopeless as well as less meaningful. Here I was able to focus on core issues and learn how to manage. Pinnacle helped save my life. I am so grateful for the clinical staff and day and night staff. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
- Food was great! I loved Natalie. She was a lifesaver literally. Loved the activities and felt they were a big part of seeing I could have sober fun. Staff was amazing, loved them all. Brad was very helpful to my recovery and talked me off the ledge several times. Joel helped me out a lot and was crucial to my recovery. Pinnacle is the best place ever. Pinnacle gave me hope again or at least a glimmer of it in the darkness of my life at the time I entered treatment. I felt very loved and welcomed by staff and clients and never once felt judged. I was scared of entering a rehab after a bad experience at my first treatment center. Upon arrival at Pinnacle that fear quickly melted away. If I had a friend or family member who needed treatment I would ONLY recommend Pinnacle.
- Pinnacle Recovery gave me another chance at life. A chance to create and find a better life for me, so that I could create and find the life I always wanted for myself. I owe my life to this program and the amazing people involved in it. Words cannot express how grateful I am and how blessed I feel to have been given this opportunity. Pinnacle allowed me the opportunity to become a better person and a better man. I've grown not only in recovery from my addiction, but I can confidently say that I left Pinnacle a better person and am continuing to grow each and every day. Change is inevitable, Growth is optional and that's exactly what pinnacle enabled me to do, grow.
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for all you have done for me. I really do owe my life to you. I was swallowed up in the depths of depression when I got to pinnacle. My will to live life was nonexistent. I did not have any hope for the future and you carried me out of the depths through self discovery. Thank you for being so understanding of my shortcomings. I sincerely apologize for breaking the rules and causing you additional stress and problems. You helped me learn from my mistakes and come to a better knowledge of my many addictions and gave me tools to cope with them. The harshest reality I've had to come to terms with is, the monstrous disease of addiction and mental illness will never leave me. It will be an ongoing battle to keep my sobriety and sanity and the work does not end when I leave the safety of the gates of Pinnacle. Thank you for giving me a firm stable foundation to build on and showing me I do not need to let it cripple me and that it is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life. I thank my heavenly father every night for the opportunity I had to come to Pinnacle. You are doing a marvelous work in this world and I appreciate your efforts.