Addiction has a grip unlike any other. There are times when it feels like your addiction has more power over your thoughts and actions than you do. It can be challenging to face your demons and battle the monster within you. Addiction, however, doesn’t have to win. You can tell it “no.” You can have power over it. You don’t have to let it rule you. There’s a saying that
Stress can hit anywhere, at any time. You can be hanging out with friends or family, having a good time, and then that little voice in your head begins to remind you of all of the things you have to do at home, for work, or for school. Everyone has a little voice in their head that stresses them out sometimes. Everyone also struggles with managing the stress that little
We know that recovery is difficult. When there are added layers, however, recovery can be even harder to navigate. One of these added layers can be going on vacation. Your daily routine provides a sense of structure for your days. Without work, along with going away, you can feel a bit lost. Vacation can also bring back memories of good times, or even bad, when you were using. Recovery changes
When someone famous dies, there is often shock and confusion, especially when the person was young and seemingly healthy. People wonder how it happened. They want the inside details. Often, however, when they receive those inside details, they are devastated to learn the celebrity died in a way they didn’t expect. This is often true of deaths by suicide or those caused by a substance. Although they may be well-intentioned,
Self-care doesn’t have to be a big event. There are small things you can do to help yourself feel better throughout the day, every day. See what you need from yourself to feel better and pick an activity from the list. You can do this! I need rest and relaxation: Try doing something to help take your mind off of things. Rest and relaxation are supposed to be beneficial—but to
It can be challenging to differentiate between normal, everyday anxiety, and an actual anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be distressing for someone who has never dealt with it before. They may question if they are going crazy. They may even consider seeking help — this is a positive thing. Even if someone does not have a diagnosed disorder, seeking help can be beneficial. It can be tricky to recognize what the
The way we talk to ourselves is crucial. Self-talk can be positive and motivating or negative and critical. This positive type of self-talk can be regarded as our “inner coach” while the negative kind of self-talk can be referenced as our “inner critic.” Pinnacle Recovery wants to go over the differences below and talk about how this relates to our recovery of substance use. Inner coach Your inner coach is
There are some surefire ways to sabotage your mental health. You may be doing some of these things unconsciously. To nurture your mental health, you must get to a space where you are making choices that will impact your mental health and recovery in a positive way. Of course, this is difficult if you are currently in a negative mindset. Pinnacle Recovery wants to help you get to that positive
The 12 Rewards of Sobriety have become a staple of 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The bonds that members make in their 12-Step meetings are positive and long-lasting. Alcoholics Anonymous describes their meetings as “non-professional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere” (AA.org). The goal of AA is to help anyone with a drinking problem that wants to change. The same is for NA, but with
Substance use triggers are very real and, if in recovery, often put the individual back in a mindset where they want to use the substance again. Triggers can be social, environmental, or emotional situations. Whatever the trigger may be, the likelihood of using the substance increases. Cravings may become too much to bear, and the individual may give in to using the substance they have been avoiding for so long.
- 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.