Deciding that you are going to choose recovery is one of the hardest steps. What comes next isn’t all that easy, however. Some people decide to gradually taper off of their substance, while others decide to quit cold turkey. By quitting cold turkey, we mean that the individual stops all substance use at once. For some people, one method may be better than the other. In truth, there is no
Pinnacle Recovery has written previously about how addiction is not a choice — it’s a disease. Diseases have a genetic component to them. You may be asking, “Does addiction have a genetic component?” We have the answer for you. According to the National Institute of Health, “The phenomena characterize addiction: craving (preoccupation/anticipation), binge/intoxication, and withdrawal/negative affect.” They then go on to say that “Addictive drugs induce adaptive changes in gene
From when you were very young, your parents probably warned you about being careful who you spend your time with. “Choose your friends wisely,” they would say. Although what they were saying was probably annoying at the time, they were just trying to help. As you grew up, your friend group may have changed; for some people, your friend group may still be the same. What can be difficult, no
There are times during your recovery where you’ll feel like you’re in a plateau. You aren’t getting worse, but you don’t really feel like you’re moving forward either. It can be a tough place to be. You may feel a lack of motivation during this time. How can you help yourself to keep moving forward? Pinnacle Recovery has got those answers for you! Set a goal for the day You
There are all kinds of treatment and services that you can be a part of on your journey to sobriety and recovery. Support groups are a haven for many people struggling with an addiction. Support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are based on 12 steps. The 12 steps help people with addictions tackle them via these steps. Listed below are the 12 steps of Alcoholics
Recovery is tricky. Things can be going smoothly and then all of a sudden you’re slammed with stressors you weren’t expecting. You were probably feeling pretty comfortable before that, too. Life was going relatively well — you got comfortable. It always hits when you least expect it. Many people often fear the unknown. Uncomfortable situations are unavoidable, however; thus, it’s necessary to learn to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. Start
Risk taking among teenagers is relatively high. According to Center On Addiction: “The use of addictive substances during adolescence interferes with the brain development, reduces academic performance, and increases the risk of accidents, homicides, suicides, and serious health conditions, including addiction.” Teenagers brains are still developing, which is why it is even more dangerous for them to be using and abusing substances. There is a direct correlation between substance use
It can be hard to let go of things that are out of your control. For some people, control can be a defense mechanism that you use. Although this defense mechanism may seem like it is working for you, you are often left unhappy because it seems like there is more you cannot control than you can control. There is no sense in getting bent out of shape because of
Finding a therapist that you connect with is essential when you are in recovery. It can be hard to find someone trustworthy. The process of finding a therapist may be awkward, but it is necessary to find someone you genuinely connect with. There are also other things to look for in a therapist. Remember that a therapist isn’t supposed to be your friend. Instead of looking for someone who is
Like many things, alcohol is okay in moderation. For people with addictions, however, they may have trouble deciding where moderation is and sticking to it. For some people, avoiding alcohol as a whole is necessary. It’s important to set limits and define what “moderation” is. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines moderate drinking as: “Up to one (1) drink per day for women and up to
- 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.