One of the emotions we’re most trying to escape with our addictions is sadness. Many of us have yet to heal from the grief over the losses we’ve endured. We still have layers of unhealed pain from the traumas we’ve experienced. We find ourselves deeply sad and depressed most of our days. Sometimes our instincts when living with addiction are to avoid feeling our sadness. Our grief is so formidable
When starting the recovery journey and undertaking everything that comes with it, sometimes we don’t stop to think about all the changes that might come with our sobriety. Often we are unaware of all the different ways in which our sobriety will impact us. We’re focused on getting sober, we know we want to get better, but we often don’t know all the changes that are a part of the
Bipolar disorder affects about 5.7 million Americans every year. It is a condition characterized by both depressive episodes and manic episodes. The depressive episodes are just like unipolar major depression. You feel sad, lethargic, unmotivated, and achy. You lose interest in things you used to enjoy. You can’t sleep or you sleep too much. You may have thoughts of death or suicide. Manic episodes, on the other hand may make
A healing tool we can easily implement in our recovery is including time in nature as part of our regular routines. When we incorporate nature into our healing work, we give ourselves an even greater chance of being successful in our recovery. When we were depressed and actively embroiled in our addictions, we most likely didn’t spend much time in nature. We didn’t get outdoors much or exercise outside. We
We’ve long known that depression and addiction often go together. About a third of people with a substance use disorder also suffer from depression. This is is because depression and substance use make each other worse. This is particularly true of alcohol, which is widely available, addictive, and a depressant. Men who suffer from depression are especially likely to self-medicate with alcohol and other drugs rather than seek help. A
There’s a lot that goes into addiction recovery. Treatment involves therapy, learning new ways of thinking and relating to others, as well as life skills and strategies for regulating emotions. Lifestyle changes are also important. Getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy, and getting regular exercise are all important for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. Once you leave treatment, you have to apply all these changes to your regular life. Having
Every once in a while a new study comes about claiming that alcohol, when consumed in moderation can be good for you. Red wine is most often touted as having health benefits, especially when it’s part of a Mediterranean diet. These positive headlines are more than enough for many people to justify having a drink or two with dinner, even if they know they shouldn’t. Are there actual health benefits
As awareness of the opioid epidemic grows, more people are demanding action, and governments are responding. In the past 10 years or so, more addiction treatment centers have been opening, more insurers have been covering addiction treatment, and recently, public insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare have expanded their addiction treatment coverage. This is excellent news for anyone who struggles with addiction or has a loved one who struggles
Going back to work might be your first major challenge after treatment. Work is often the biggest source of stress for people and therefore has a high risk of triggering a craving. You may also feel a little self-conscious, whether or not your coworkers were aware that you were gone for addiction treatment. Whatever your situation, here are some tips for making your return to work a little easier. Take
Every phase of recovery has different challenges. In the very beginning, the big challenge is just making it through withdrawal without relapsing. Then the challenge becomes dealing with cravings. Then you have to learn to adjust to living without drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with stress. Although these challenges are all daunting when you encounter therm, once you have a bit of practice, they don’t seem like
- 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.