One of the many factors that influence addiction and recovery is whether you have a partner who also struggles with substance use. Having a partner with a substance use issue is a common reason many people, especially women, develop addictions in the first place. When two people with substance use disorders live together, the behavior of each influences the other. One may decide she needs to drink less but then
Your job may increase your risk of depression. This shouldn’t be too surprising, given that most of the stress people experience comes from work. Factors like stress, dangerous or toxic work environment, lack of social support, irregular hours, long hours, too little sleep, and lack of control are all major contributors to depression. Some jobs are infamous for high levels of depression. Healthcare workers, for example, often get depressed and
Self-acceptance is important for recovery. Many addictions are driven by shame, self-criticism, and feelings of worthlessness. Many feel like they deserve to be miserable to pay for their many mistakes. Some people feel like have to be critical of themselves in order to change for the better. However, this attitude is a trap. If you want something better for yourself, you have to feel like you deserve it. That means
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is currently considered the gold standard for opioid use disorder. MAT combines the use of FDA-approved medications–typically methadone or buprenorphine, but sometimes naltrexone–with a holistic program that includes psychotherapy, life skills development, and positive lifestyle changes. Studies have shown that patients receiving MAT have significantly better outcomes, including longer recovery and fewer overdoses, than patients receiving psychotherapy alone. The primary reason for this appears to be
Setting goals is a useful strategy for maintaining recovery. Most people have fairly straightforward big goals for recovery, including staying sober, repairing relationships, getting their career back on track, or having more stability in life. While these are all worthy aspirations, they are also open-ended. You want to stay sober indefinitely. You want your relationships and career to continue improving, rather than just improving a little, then stopping. It can
The human cost of the opioid epidemic has been huge in the last 20 years. Despite increasing efforts by federal, state, and local governments, opioid-related deaths continue to rise. In 2017, nearly 50,000 people died of an opioid-involved overdose in the US. Each one of these deaths is a tragedy and there have been many highly publicized accounts describing the pain of losing a loved one to opioids. However, there
Many studies have found that spending time in nature has many benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mood, and boosting your immune system. These are all important to anyone just starting out in recovery, or really, anyone who values her mental health and wellbeing. It may be easy for you to spend time in nature, or difficult, depending on where you live and mobile you are. However, any
March 28th is opening day for Major League Baseball. Baseball games are a staple of summer fun for many Americans. A day at the ballpark typically includes hotdogs, peanuts, pretzels, nachos, and beer. If you’re in recovery, the beer may be a problem. People around you may be drinking, you can smell the beer, and you might even have to pass a beer to someone in your row. All of
Anhedonia, or loss of the ability to feel pleasure, is one of the less appreciated symptoms of depression. While sadness, hopelessness, irritability, disturbed sleep, and thoughts of suicide are hard to ignore, not finding pleasure in things you used to enjoy is a more insidious symptom of depression. It gradually drains your motivation to the point where you ask, “Why bother?” Anhedonia is also not well understood. Like depression, anhedonia
Depression is complicated and we don’t fully understand why people get depressed. We know that genes play a part. We also know that lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, and sleep play a role, as do your thinking patterns. Your job may play a significant role as well. Most people spend at least half of their waking hours at work, which means their work environment has a significant impact on their
- 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.