On our last Q&A post, Pinnacle Recovery discussed how addiction is not a choice. Is recovery, however, a choice? Pinnacle Recovery has got the answer for you. Unlike an addiction, recovery is most definitely a choice. Just like people who like to hurl out stigma regarding addictions, people also hurl stigma regarding recovery from those addictions. What they do not know, however, is how much time and energy goes into
Your lifestyle dictates a lot in your life. For many of those with an addiction, you build your lifestyle around your addiction. Thus, when you are attempting to recover, you then build your recovery around your lifestyle and addiction. This, however, should not be the case. You must begin to put recovery first. If your recovery does not become the most important thing in your life, you will find yourself
There are many misconceptions regarding addiction and recovery, mostly from people who are not struggling with recovering from an addiction. They, knowingly or unknowingly, spew stigma because they are unfamiliar with what someone suffering is going through. There is a common myth that goes around that says addiction is a choice. This myth is just that: a myth. It is the farthest thing from the truth. Be careful who you
Once you decide that you need treatment, it can be hard to decide exactly which treatment is right for you. Luckily, Pinnacle Recovery offers a multitude of services. Below are some characteristics of inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient Treatment Inpatient, or residential treatment, is characterized by the patient living on the premises of where they are receiving treatment, while they are receiving treatment. 24/7 care is provided for the patient
Treatment is all relative to the individual receiving treatment. Treatment should be tailored to you. Typically, however, inpatient treatment lasts between 30 and 90 days. “Studies have shown that it takes about 30 days to break the habit of addiction and regain firm footing in sobriety.” “The more time you can commit to this first stage of recovery, the better.” Depending on the length and severity of your addiction, is
Identifying an addiction in a loved one can be harder than it seems. You may feel some denial when thinking that a loved one has a problem. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a choice. The first step to getting your loved one help is recognizing the signs. According to HealthLine, here are some of the general signs of addiction: Lack of control, or inability to
A withdrawal occurs when you stop using the substance your body has become dependent on Long-term drug and alcohol use means your body very likely becomes dependent on the substance. A withdrawal may occur when you begin to taper off of the drug, or if you stop the use of the drug immediately. A withdrawal includes the physical and psychological symptoms that you may feel as your body detoxifies itself.
Your addiction is not the same as the person’s next to you. Addiction vary from person to person. No addiction is created equal. According to HelpGuide.org: “Addiction exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.” These three ways are different for everyone, depending
When dealing with someone that you love, there can often be some unintentional blindness. You may not want admit that they have an issue that they need to work through. They probably don’t want to acknowledge their struggles either. Denial is a strong feeling that all parties involved struggle with. The first step for you, the caregiver, is acknowledge that there is an issue. This issue is bigger than you
Oftentimes when someone is dealing with a substance use disorder, they may very well be dealing with another mental health disorder. Mood and anxiety disorders are common in people dealing with substance use. Having a substance use disorder while also having depression or anxiety would qualify as having a co-occurring disorder. These dual diagnoses are intertwined. Someone may have started using a substance to mask the symptoms of another illness
- 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.