By the time the new year rolls around, a lot of people are already sick of hearing about how great the new year will be, and why you should make this resolution or that. It can be easy to just shrug off, but you shouldn’t underestimate the benefit of a fresh start. If you’re someone who is currently or has struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol in the past,
Yoga has long been touted for its health and fitness benefits, and to help people manage their stress and anxiety. It’s an ancient practice that has become popular all over the world, but mostly has its roots in India. There’s several different styles of yoga, and different ways to practice it, making it a workout of choice for people looking for something that may not always be the same. Yoga
When we have completed an addiction treatment program, we still have significant work to do to stay aligned with our recovery goals. We have started the process, but we still have a long way to go. Treatment gives us the foundation we need to get started. How we do after treatment depends on multiple factors, including our emotional readiness to keep up with our recovery program. One of the best
Many people find that once they’re in recovery and they’ve been sober for some time that they feel like they should be doing more to help other people who are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Part of the gift of choosing life over addiction is that, when you’re ready, you’ll be alive to help somebody through their struggle. Addiction is a disease that thrives on keeping people isolated,
Analyzing our mental, emotional and behavioral patterns can teach us a lot about ourselves and how to heal from our addictions and mental health issues. Oftentimes we fall into and continue our patterns unconsciously, and we repeat them by default without being consciously aware of them. We attract the same kinds of relationships but don’t know why. We have recurring life cycles of depression, financial instability or dependence. Our patterns
When we’re working to rejoin society and return to our former lives, there are some specific challenges we’re often confronted with. These can threaten to derail our progress and take us off course. Our goal in recovery is to stay clean and avoid relapse, and these challenges can test our resolve and our strength. What are some of the obstacles we face when reintegrating? Perhaps the first that would come
When we are ready to do the work needed for our recovery, one of the most challenging but important elements of our work is the process of self-discovery. When we have been living with addiction and mental health issues, we can feel as though we’ve forgotten who we are. We lose sight of the person we used to be. Many of us have isolated ourselves and been completely alone with
When we are in recovery, especially after we’ve finished a treatment program, returning to our former lives can be a huge challenge for us. We’re confronted with all kinds of things that threaten our sobriety. We’re faced with addictive urges and compulsions. We have to interact with people who themselves are not sober. We’re presented with things that trigger us and that automatically make us want to resort to our
Addiction is so pervasive and all-consuming that it dominates our thoughts, emotions and behaviors until our lives are totally overtaken. One of the most destructive effects it can have is eradicating our sense of compassion and empathy. We become so consumed, obsessed even, with the subject of our addictions that we lose our connection to our souls, to our sense of morality, to other people. We’re only concerned with how
Working to break the cycle of addiction in our own lives, our families and our communities, is some of the hardest work we’ll ever do. We’re put to the ultimate test – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There are some ways in which we can help ourselves, and each other, break the toxic and destructive cycles of addiction. Removing the shame Shame is one of the most debilitating and paralyzing
- 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.