The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. The year is winding down, and people start to think about all that they have accomplished — or have not accomplished — over the past year. The holidays are a time for joy, except many people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble finding that joy. The holidays are also a time for celebration. This can be a tricky
Social anxiety plagues 15 million American adults (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Social anxiety can be extremely difficult to live with. Many people, 36% of those with social anxiety, did not reach out for help for at least 10 years of experiencing symptoms. It’s more than just being shy; social anxiety disrupts a person’s daily functioning. There are ways you can manage social anxiety, though. Read below to find
Anxiety is more common than you think — 40 million American adults are impacted (Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Of course, not all stress is an anxiety disorder, but many people who think their stress is “normal” are actually suffering from a diagnosable condition. We know that diagnoses are not always clear cut. It can be difficult to understand a diagnosis, which is why it’s important to reach out
Events that trigger a response in a person can send someone back to relapse if they are trying to stay sober. Recovery is a long and winding road and triggers are as common as a passing car. We want to help you avoid relapsing. To do this, you must be aware of things that trigger you so you can avoid them or deal with them in healthy ways. Here are
Stigmatizing words and phrases are all over. In coffee shops and on t-shirts, everywhere we look, there are stigmatizing mental health phrases. From an “OCD: Obsessive Coffee Disorder” sign to a “cute but psycho” t-shirt, mental health is widely misunderstood. This misunderstanding surrounding mental health translates into the clichés we use in our daily conversations. These overused words and phrases help no one. They actually hurt. They perpetuate the misunderstanding
Recovery from an addiction can be a turbulent ride. It’s not easy to stop using when it’s something you’ve seemingly always known. Recovery isn’t linear, either. You’re going to have setbacks every now and then. You’ve got to do your best to stay on the right track and have a good mindset so, when those setbacks occur, you’ll be able to move on in a timely fashion. Stopping your patterns
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: self-soothing. Self-soothing can be done by using any of your senses to calm down. This is also commonly referred to as a grounding technique. You can ask yourself about the things around you that you
The mornings can be a difficult time for many people with anxiety. You can wake up and feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities. If you already feel down in the morning, you may need help bouncing back to jump-start your day. Being resilient is an important trait to have. Here are some self-care tools you can use in the morning to be more resilient. Why do we get anxious first thing
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: IMPROVE. To remind you, IMPROVE stands for Imagery, Meaning, Prayer, Relaxation, One thing in the moment, Vacation, and Encouragement. The IMPROVE skills help when you don’t have control over your situation. A lack of control
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
- 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.