What to Expect from Nutrition-Based Recovery

What to Expect from Nutrition-Based Recovery

You’ve probably heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” This is true, to an extent. The foods we put into our bodies have a direct effect on both mental and physical health. Surprisingly, the term “comfort food” doesn’t actually refer to foods that are healthy and balanced. There are many times in life when stress, anxiety, or depression enables us to turn to unhealthy foods. They’re convenient; they’re inexpensive; they also just taste good.

When people think of addiction recovery, chances are they think of the medical side of things. That is certainly a big part of recovery; long-term substance abuse can wreak havoc on the body, which requires extensive medical care. As you move further along in recovery, you can start to focus on building up healthy habits, one of which includes food choices. At Enlightened Solutions, we use holistic methods as part of our treatment for complete mental and physical health. Proper nutrition goes a long way to restoring bodies that have been deprived of nutrients and proper care during years of drinking or drug use.

By learning how to make better nutrition choices, you have a much better chance of retaining a healthy, sober lifestyle. The healthier you are, the better you will feel, both mentally and physically: so much so that you can learn to stop craving toxic substances. Let’s learn more about how integral good nutrition is to addiction recovery, and what to expect from this treatment method at Enlightened Solutions.

What to Expect: Wellness and Nutrition-Based Recovery

No matter what treatment method is right for you, personalized therapy is available. Nutrition and wellness treatment, however, is done in a group setting. This is because the support that is found in a group environment, as everyone works toward one goal, is critical to the recovery process. After all, everyone has to eat, right? Nutrition groups at Enlightened Solutions allow people to share their experiences and build accountability to stay on track with recovery goals. Once these goals are made known to others, the better chance you have to follow through on them.

In nutrition and wellness groups, holistic and healthy living is one of those goals. No matter where our clients are in their recovery, good nutrition is important at every stage. Everyone is learning how to get rid of the toxic substances that have been habitually put into the body and replace bad habits with healthier ones. Healthy food by itself cannot cure the damage done by substance abuse, but it is true that consuming healthy food promotes clearer thinking, increased energy, and improved health in the long run.

Learning Healthy Nutrition Habits at Enlightened Solutions

Enlightened Solutions has an executive chef on-site who uses only the freshest and organic ingredients for meals. Along with our chef is a certified nutritionist who also assists in preparing menus for our residential clients that target parts of the body in need of healing. Those who have dietary restrictions will find their needs catered to as well.

As nice as it is to have a professional chef prepare your meals, eventually, you will return to your regular life, ready to put the skills you learned here into practice. That includes, among other things, learning how to cook. Nutrition and wellness groups will show you how to choose healthy ingredients, pay attention to portions, and engage in creativity when coming up with recipe ideas. You are doing far more than simply preparing meals, but learning important skills as far as impulse control, patience, responsibility, and more. Food also just tastes better when you know everything that goes into it.

As you work toward your recovery goals, you will learn about how each component of your meals interacts with your body. It is far more effective to create healthy meals for yourself outside of treatment when you understand how your body responds to specific foods. Because our treatment plans are customized to the unique needs of our clients, you can learn which specific nutrients your body is lacking and needs more. With time, you can begin to restore an upset balance by making wiser choices about what goes into your body. Every type of treatment offered at Enlightened Solutions has a built-in lesson about mind and body health, nutrition included.

Understanding the Relationship Between Wellness and Nutrition

Your body needs energy to function, and that energy is found in food. But the right kind of food can produce real energy, rather than a quick burst that wears off fast, making you feel more tired than before. That’s the effect you can expect from artificial, processed “fast” foods. The better you feel on the inside through cultivating good nutrition, the better able you will be to redirect and heal a brain affected by addiction. However, good nutrition alone does not lead to comprehensive wellness; regular exercise and good sleep habits are also important. And guess what? Enlightened Solutions can teach you about those, too.

Health and wellness practices at Enlightened Solutions provide the following benefits:

  • Mindfulness and self-awareness
  • Community and accountability
  • Physical strength
  • Self-control and reduced temptations or cravings
  • An improved ability to follow instructions, as well as take instructions and suggestions for improvement
  • A desire to try new things
  • Learn how to listen to your body
  • Healthy self-care
  • An improved immune system
  • Natural energy that is not dependent on caffeine

There's so much to re-learn when you decide to start a life of recovery: Every unhealthy habit must be replaced with a healthier one. At Enlightened Solutions, we can help get you started on a new, sober lifestyle. We can teach you not only better nutrition habits, but coping mechanisms for life's problems and much more. Our holistic treatment methods have helped many people successfully quit drinking and doing drugs and go on to live full, sober lives. With encouragement and support from our knowledgeable and compassionate staff and the accountability from group therapy, you, too, can start a new life of recovery. Call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to learn more.

What to Expect in Individual Therapy for Recovery

What to Expect in Individual Therapy for Recovery

Individual and group therapy are two of the treatment programs offered at Enlightened Recovery, a facility that helps people overcome the effects of substance addiction. Individual therapy, in particular, is one form of treatment provided to every client that walks through our doors, regardless of the additional services they seek. These sessions consist of working with a trained and licensed mental health professional – one who understands the science and nuances of addiction and the role it plays in your unique life and circumstances.

Together, you and your therapist will develop a “plan of action" to deal with triggers or cravings outside of the treatment center in a healthy way.

Common Topics Addressed in Individual Therapy

There are no official “rules” about what is addressed in therapy, especially when using techniques that are client-driven. However, it is common to see the following issues raised during individual therapy sessions:

  • Knowledge about the science and psychology of addiction
  • Recognizing and changing codependent habits
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
  • Addressing mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, and discussing past traumas that may have influenced addiction
  • Introduction to the 12-Step program

Therapeutic Methods and Models

Individual therapy encompasses a wide range of different techniques and models, depending on whether substance addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring condition, such as depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD, etc.

The following methods and models are used at Enlightened Recovery:

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic method that helps people who are perhaps ambivalent or apathetic find the motivation they need to change their lives. Notably, motivational interviewing does recognize that it is incredibly difficult for some people to find the motivation to change long-term negative behaviors, especially if the reason for that lack of motivation is rooted in depression. However, with motivational interviewing, it is possible to overcome this barrier with the right support.

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered approach that helps an individual find the solutions on their own as much as possible, rather than giving unsolicited advice or other “encouragements” that could feel patronizing. The therapist’s role is essentially to come alongside the client to help them see how they can make necessary changes.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is highly successful and used by many therapists for a variety of issues, including addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, marital problems, and much more. CBT involves redirecting or reframing negative thoughts or behaviors to see changed behaviors and different results. As such, it is highly adaptable to many different issues or ailments.

CBT is guided by core principles, which include:

  • The belief that many psychological issues are based, in part, on negative thinking patterns
  • The belief that many negative circumstances can be changed or avoided by unlearning negative behavior patterns
  • Negative core beliefs about how the self and the world influence negative behaviors (to change behaviors, these negative beliefs must be reframed)
  • People who are struggling mentally can learn healthier coping mechanisms to improve their mental and emotional health

Gestalt Therapy

The word “gestalt” is German and doesn’t have a clear English equivalent. However, it is generally used to mean “whole.” The idea behind this therapeutic technique is to consider the whole person: the body, mind, and emotions, not just the addiction itself. This form of therapy helps clients focus on what is happening in their lives at present, emphasizing the here and now, rather than the past. Gestalt therapy strongly emphasizes the belief that people are influenced and shaped by their present environments.

Rogerian Therapy

Rogerian therapy is an approach that allows the client to direct the course of each session. The therapist may have expert knowledge of psychology and addiction, but the client is the expert on their own life and experiences. By verbally processing the problems, it is common for the client to eventually arrive at their own solution with minimal intervention from the therapist at all.

Solution-Focused Techniques

Change is a natural and expected part of getting sober. In many cases, it requires a complete overhaul of one’s lifestyle habits. Solution-focused techniques are necessary to help clients move closer to achieving their recovery goals. These could be learning healthier coping mechanisms in place of drinking or doing drugs in response to stress. It can also include learning how to eat well and exercise regularly, which plays a vital role in overall wellness.

Individual Therapy with Enlightened Recovery

Every client is matched with a therapist who is both qualified and compatible. We understand that the client/therapist relationship depends on building up a rapport, so it’s paramount that clients feel comfortable disclosing their true feelings and experiences in that space. Whatever additional issues a person struggles with that perhaps fueled or enabled substance abuse, we can find someone who is equipped to understand and guide them.

Therapy appointments are recommended at least once a week, depending on the goals outlined in a client's treatment plan. It’s important for clients to develop a list of goals they want to achieve, both in and out of treatment. A therapist can help each client get started if they struggle to come up with ideas at first.

We believe that having a safe, judgment-free environment is critical for developing the confidence and encouragement needed in order to help clients develop confidence in both themselves and in the future, outside of treatment. No matter how challenging it may seem at first, a healthier life is possible.

Recovering from substance addiction is a hard thing to do on your own. That's why Enlightened Recovery exists: to help people struggling with the abuse of drugs or alcohol get started on the overwhelming process of recovery. Our staff is uniquely equipped to understand the nuances of both addiction and mental health. We understand how both types of conditions often go together, feeding each other in a destructive cycle. If you're struggling with addiction and turn to substances as a form of self-medicating for such things as depression or PTSD, we are here to help. Please reach out to us today at (833) 801-LIVE to learn more about how individual therapy and our other treatment programs can help you. 

How Do I Choose the Best IOP Care?

How Do I Choose the Best IOP Care?

Many people struggling with substance abuse need help to get sober, some more than others. An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is for people who require some medical and therapeutic assistance but whose condition is not severe enough to require full-time care. But any kind of rehabilitation process can be intimidating at first. Getting sober isn’t easy, and it can feel overwhelming. An IOP is a good place to start, but how can you know if it’s right for you? What can you expect from this type of outpatient care?

The staff at Enlightened Solutions is here to offer a glimpse into our IOP program to help you answer those questions.

How to Choose the Best IOP Care

One of the great things about Enlightened Solutions is the way we can customize our treatment options to fit the unique needs of each client. By “unique needs,” we are referring to your current physical and mental health status, your history of substance abuse, how far along you are in achieving your sobriety goals, and so on. The staff will want to know whether you are taking any medications for any additional physical and mental health concerns, as this may affect the type of treatment methods used. Your history is kept thoroughly confidential.

If you have successfully finished a medical detoxification process and are physically stable enough not to require full-time care, an IOP may be a good fit for you. The hours per week that you receive care are flexible, depending on your responsibilities in daily life as well as your overall health and progress. Some people require multiple types of therapy, while others may do fine with just one. Others may want to put in a day's worth of treatment once or twice a week, while others may be able to do an hour or so at a time, a few days a week. No matter which treatments you receive, counseling is always available to you.

Choose the Most Appropriate Support

Community is vital for recovering from addiction. For the times when you are struggling to believe in yourself and keep working toward a sobriety goal, having a support network can keep you from giving up – or even relapsing. The people in your network can help remind you that the outcome you’re working toward is worth the present challenges. Whether it’s group therapy or individual therapy (we recommend both), people who are further along in their sobriety journey can share the wisdom they’ve gleaned, as they’ve been right where you currently are.

Some of the support programs we offer include:

  • Codependency groups
  • Anger management and grief groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Body image disorder groups
  • Sober living preparation groups

Learning New Coping Strategies

There are all kinds of reasons people turn to substance abuse. It can be a mix of genetic and environmental factors, making certain groups of people more vulnerable than others. However, our experience is that many people turn to substances as a coping mechanism for life’s challenges, be they tragic circumstances or as a means of self-medicating depression or anxiety.

A critical part of recovery is developing the skills needed to cope in healthy ways that don’t involve healthy substances. This doesn’t look exactly the same for everyone. Some people may benefit from breathing exercises or keeping a recovery journal, while others may need a prescription for antidepressants and regular meetings with a therapist or 12-Step group. Whatever coping strategies work best, Enlightened Solutions specializes in a holistic approach to overall wellness. This includes eating a healthy diet (which you can learn to prepare yourself), getting regular exercise and sleep, developing healthy boundaries, learning new life skills for home and the workplace, and more.

These strategies are meant to be taken with you whenever your treatment ends. Treatment never fully ends when the program does; it’s a lifelong practice to help you build a healthier future. These skills can teach you how to avoid triggers or cope with them if they can’t be avoided. They can also teach you how to stay clean during peak moments of difficulty (perhaps around certain holidays or grief anniversaries) or when you’re alone and bored. Figuring out answers to these questions and developing a plan of action can help keep you on the sober path for the rest of your life.

IOP Care at Enlightened Solutions

There’s no doubt about it: Overcoming addiction is hard, and few people achieve it without taking a few backward steps before successfully moving forward. We are all about progress over perfection. An IOP allows you to address problem areas without judgment in order to live free of chemical dependency in a safe, supportive environment.

Our team is here to offer assistance wherever you need it, helping you connect with people in your community or connect you with resources to start building a new one. Treatment plans are flexible, so in the event that you feel you are not thriving in the one you are currently in, we can make necessary changes to ensure you are getting the care you need.

Our goal is to not only treat the substance addiction itself but to uncover the reasons it developed in the first place. Our approach is all about the whole person, not just physical health. We believe proper health includes mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well. The programs at Enlightened Solutions are geared to help you in those areas.

Getting sober is hard work, but it's a lot easier when you have the right care and emotional support system. Fortunately, Enlightened Solutions offers both. From medical detox, residential, and outpatient care programs, including an IOP, to group and individual therapy, all rooted in a holistic approach to wellness, we have helped many people overcome the effects of addiction. With outpatient care and support, you can achieve sobriety and experience wellness in all aspects of your life. To learn more about our comprehensive, whole-person approach, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE to speak with our staff and learn which treatment program is right for you. Sobriety is well within your reach.

Can I Rebuild Trust After Addiction?

Can I Rebuild Trust After Addiction?

Trust is a fundamental component of relationships of all types - whether they are friends, co-workers, loved ones, peers, or other relationships. Without trust, what do you have? Bonds are built on trust, and it can be very difficult to rebuild trust once it is broken.

Substance abuse tends to leave a trail of destruction regarding trust and relationships. Drugs and alcohol can lead you to behave in ways that may be out of character, leading to a lot of wreckage, including broken trust. The great news is that with time and a lot of work, trust can be rebuilt if both or all parties are open to it.

Re-establishing trust within a relationship can take weeks, months, or even years. It is essential to be patient, communicative, and understanding as you and those you care about move through the healing process. Following a few steps for rebuilding trust can help guide things in the right direction and make navigating things a little easier.

#1. Take Responsibility

Owning up to your mistakes is never easy. Addiction can lead us to do and say things that we may regret. These things can include lying and deceiving those we care about most. Losing the trust of someone you love can be very detrimental, and if left unresolved, it can ruin the relationship.

Facing your wrongs and admitting your fault in things is the first step toward mending a relationship with broken trust. If you have been struggling with addiction, it is likely that your loved ones have watched you spiral and lose control as a result of drugs or alcohol. While this doesn't lessen the blow when it comes to the things that damaged their trust, it does provide an explanation.

By taking responsibility for your actions, you are allowing space for understanding and empathy. Communicating about the things you remember doing wrong and even listening and acknowledging things you may not recall can help your loved ones begin to heal.

#2. Allow Time and Space

When you first come clean about your struggle with addiction and the consequences it has brought to your life, your loved ones may need some time to process the information. You can expect to receive some feedback that may be difficult to receive. They might share how your behavior or actions made them feel. You may learn of the sacrifices they have made to try to help you or hear about the many excuses they have made for you in your absence.

It is important for you to give your loved ones time and space to understand, grieve, and process the situation. If they knew of your struggle with addiction, they might find some peace in your decision to try to make amends. Maybe they were unsure of why things unfolded the way they did and are now learning that substance abuse led to the breaking of their trust.

Be prepared to be patient and try your best to show empathy for your loved one's feelings. Understand that if they are close to you, they, too, have been significantly impacted by your addiction and need time to heal before rebuilding trust.

#3. Commit to Making a Change

This is where things can really begin to take a turn. Admitting your faults and accepting whatever the response may be is essentially preliminary work. After having these initial tough conversations, it is time to make a change.

One of the best ways to show your loved ones that you are working to make a change and rebuild trust is by seeking help for your addiction. Making the call to enter treatment displays that you are self-aware and recognize the weight of your problem.

Committing not only to mending the relationship but also to living a life of sobriety speaks volumes. This decision gives your loved ones confidence in you and hopes for mending the relationship.

Enlightened Solutions offers many opportunities for family members and loved ones to get involved in the treatment and healing process. We understand how addiction can affect the whole family and seek to establish understanding and help facilitate healthy relationships moving forward. Through our family program, loved ones can learn more about substance abuse, develop tools for coping and support, and find comfort among others who are navigating similar situations.

Trust is a hard thing to build and can be even more challenging to rebuild once it is broken. Unfortunately, substance abuse tends to lead to broken trust and strained relationships. By following the tips listed above and making the commitment to change, you can rebuild trust after addiction. Getting family members involved in the treatment process can promote healing for everyone and provide you and your loved ones with the support needed to move forward.

Trust is essential when it comes to forming and maintaining personal and professional relationships. If you are struggling with substance abuse, you may have experienced or caused trust to be broken. Trust can be a difficult thing to get back once it is lost. Sometimes, by following a few steps and putting in some work, over time, you can successfully rebuild trust in recovery. Enlightened Solutions can help guide you every step of the way. If you or someone you know could benefit from our holistic approach to treatment for substance abuse, we would love to hear from you. To start mending relationships through recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.

How Do I Avoid Feeling Isolated in Recovery?

How Do I Avoid Feeling Isolated in Recovery?

Addiction can be isolating. You often lose friends, create distance between yourself and family members, and tend to lose interest in the things that used to bring you joy and fulfillment. You become so focused on seeking and using substances that everything and everyone else often becomes secondary.

Recovery can also be isolating. You might think that once you give up using drugs and alcohol, things will fall back into place. Unfortunately, it is not usually that easy. If you have lost friends and burned a few bridges with family members or loved ones, it might take some time to rebuild these relationships.

While addiction and recovery can lead to loneliness, there are a few ways you can reconnect and get engaged with others and in a community of peers.

Meetings and Groups

Typically, attending 12-Step meetings or therapy groups is a requirement as part of your treatment program. This allows you to build bonds and receive support from others who can relate and are going through the same thing.

It is important to continue attending meetings and groups even after completing your treatment program. You will continue to build stronger relationships with others who are also working to stay sober.

Attending therapy groups and meetings also helps you establish accountability. Having accountability in treatment and recovery is crucial. You will have good days and bad days. Having support on the days when you aren't feeling your best can make all the difference. Group members can give you that support.

Community Involvement

Getting involved and serving your community is a great way to combat isolation during recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we work to stay very connected with the community. We show clients how they can give back and the value in doing so. Through our various programs and events, we help facilitate positive connections between those in treatment and community members.

Staying busy and filling your days with healthy and positive activities is critical in treatment and recovery. Scheduling some time to volunteer or serve your community can be very beneficial to you and others. Sometimes, the people you meet while completing acts of service can lead to future opportunities for employment or spark new friendships.

Social Gatherings

With the holidays approaching, feelings of isolation can really escalate. If you are struggling with addiction or are new to recovery, you might be hesitant to participate in some of the festivities. While this is understandable, and it is wise to be considerate of the environment, there are some strategies for socializing safely while in recovery.

It is important to set appropriate boundaries when it comes to attending parties or gatherings that you suspect could involve things or people who might be triggering. A few good examples are planning to leave early or bringing an accountability partner with you.

Building Bonds in Treatment

At Enlightened Solutions, we recognize the importance of feeling like you belong and have a community of support. Many of our activities take place in a group setting. This is intentional as it offers opportunities for clients to socialize, bond, and support one another.

Wellness Groups

Our wellness and nutrition groups allow individuals to learn new skills and share experiences in a group setting. We find that people learn better in groups when they work together to accomplish a common goal. We teach cooking skills and offer classes on nutrition and the benefit of organic eating, exercise classes and activities, and more.

Allowing clients the opportunity to explore and learn new things among others who are going through similar struggles creates a sense of camaraderie and establishes a natural support system. This support system often extends beyond treatment and into recovery.

Alumni Program

Our Alumni Program offers an opportunity for those who have completed treatment to remain involved and give back to others who are following in their footsteps. This provides a sense of purpose and extends that sense of belonging first discovered in treatment.

We host regular events and activities that focus on fun and encourage friendship. Feeling isolated and alone at times can be common in recovery. Our programs help eliminate these feelings by offering a welcoming and warm environment for clients to heal and connect with other like-minded individuals.

Staying on track during treatment and recovery isn't always easy. It is important to create a healthy balance between social time and alone time. Being alone sometimes is okay as long as you have plenty of interaction with others who can support you and have your best interest in mind.

By following the tips listed above, you can avoid feeling isolated and alone during recovery. Staying involved in your treatment program and connecting with others through social engagement and community involvement can give you the sense of belonging we all crave.

Feeling isolated can come with substance abuse as well as addiction recovery. In the throes of addiction, it can become a habit to avoid and push people away. In recovery, it can be hard for others to relate, and setting healthy boundaries can sometimes lead to more time spent alone. By staying engaged and active in your program even after completing treatment, you can continue to build bonds with others who can empathize with you. Enlightened Solutions provides many opportunities for clients to make friends, connect with their community, and develop a strong support system. To learn more about our programs and services and how we can help, call us today at (833) 801-LIVE.

How Can Forgiveness Help Me Heal?

How Can Forgiveness Help Me Heal?

Forgiveness can be difficult. We often put off forgiving others by holding a grudge or clinging to feelings of resentment. However, forgiveness can offer a genuine sense of peace. Sometimes, holding on to feelings of anger, bitterness, shame, or guilt can prevent a person from healing.

If you are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, chances are good that you may be feeling some or all of these feelings. Substance abuse creates tension in relationships and can cause you to behave and respond in ways that may be hurtful to others. You might say things you don't mean. Your priorities might shift, leaving loved ones questioning your loyalty and care for them and yourself.

Behaving in ways that are out of character can leave you feeling regretful and ashamed. Substances can lead you to do and say things that you usually would not. Addiction strips you of your control, resulting in loss, hurt, and more.

Forgiveness is something that you may need to offer to yourself. It's also something you may need to receive from others. For everyone involved to heal and take steps to move forward, mutual forgiveness must occur.

Forgiving Yourself

As mentioned, addiction almost always comes with feelings of shame and guilt. Often, these feelings can be so strong that they cause a delay in seeking treatment. You may feel disappointed in yourself for allowing things to get this far.

Forgiving yourself and offering a little grace can help you overcome your feelings of guilt and move forward with seeking help. The first step is often accepting responsibility. Acknowledging your mistakes and the decisions that may have led to your addiction is essential.

Assigning blame is something that can be very common among those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). However, when it comes to forgiving yourself and others, blaming is not helpful. Making excuses can also be very common. You might have been making excuses for yourself or a loved one may have been making them for you.

By assuming responsibility and owning up to your missteps, you can learn from them and work to develop strategies for avoiding making the same mistakes again. This is critical when it comes to staying on track and avoiding relapse.

Receiving Forgiveness

While you may not be in control of this piece, you can help support your loved ones and encourage their forgiveness. Addiction really is a family disease, meaning it has a significant impact on those who love you.

One of the best ways to promote healing and receive forgiveness from loved ones is by getting them involved in the treatment and recovery process along with you. Sometimes, this can take a little convincing. Other times, family members may be open and willing to participate. Often, a lack of understanding can lead to a lack of empathy. This serves as a barrier to healing and moving forward.

Family Program

Enlightened Solutions offers a family program that provides support for those who have loved ones going through treatment. Getting loved ones involved in the treatment process allows them to feel included and offers the opportunity to establish understanding and find some common ground.

We begin by providing information about addiction, as many family members may be unfamiliar with the experience and how powerful it can be. Our family program offers opportunities for loved ones to receive support, advice, and encouragement from other family members who are going through something similar. Creating this sense of community among families can be very comforting and even empowering.

Forgiveness and Healing

Forgiveness is essential when it comes to healing yourself and creating an opportunity for your loved ones to heal. Holding a grudge regarding behavior, choices, or actions that took place as a result of addiction can be common. Substance abuse often leads to lying, risk-taking, avoidance, and other things that can be tough to forgive and overcome.

While some of these things may be hard to forgive, it can be more burdensome to hold onto them and allow resentment to build. Forgiveness can be freeing, both for the forgiver and the one being forgiven. Many times, tough conversations have to be had in order for forgiveness to occur.

Therapists can help you and your loved ones navigate tough conversations. They can also help you learn to process your feelings of shame or regret and work toward forgiving and loving yourself again. Moving forward requires work. Learning to forgive others, forgiving yourself, and being open to forgiveness from others are important pieces of the puzzle.

Recovering from SUD takes time and cannot be done overnight. Taking small steps each day toward forgiveness will instill hope and motivation for moving forward in recovery.

Forgiveness is an important component of addiction recovery. It is critical to forgive yourself for your past mistakes and the things you may have done or said while under the stronghold of addiction. Receiving forgiveness from your loved ones is also essential. By giving and receiving forgiveness, you can mend relationships with yourself and those you care about. This allows you to move forward and find hope in starting fresh in recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we work to help clients rebuild relationships with their inner selves and loved ones. Our family program creates an opportunity for loved ones to get in involved in the treatment process and begin healing too. To learn more, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.

Why You Should Stay Active After Addiction

Why You Should Stay Active After Addiction

Living an active lifestyle has many benefits. Being active can involve sports, exercise, or even hobbies. Keeping yourself busy by doing things that add value to your life and improve your overall wellness can be very advantageous.

If you have struggled with substance abuse, you may know the importance of developing new hobbies and routines. Staying busy can help you avoid triggering situations and can help you fight cravings. It can also help improve your mental and physical health, which substances can take a considerable toll on.

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Let's talk a bit more about the benefits of physical activity. Many things need work as your body begins to detox from drugs and alcohol. For instance, your sleep patterns may be disrupted, and getting quality sleep may become a challenge. Your appetite may be affected, along with your digestive and metabolic function. Additionally, you are bound to experience some highs and lows when it comes to mood and motivation.

Exercise and staying active can improve your health in each of the areas mentioned above. Regular exercise can significantly increase the amount of quality sleep you get each night. The more active you are during the day, the more energy you expend and the more tension you release. This allows your mind and body to relax when it is time for bed.

Living an active lifestyle also helps improve your appetite and metabolism. Physical activity, along with eating healthy and nutritious foods, helps improve insulin and blood sugar levels. This is important because these levels can affect your mood, focus, and overall functioning.

Physical Activity During Treatment

The lifestyle changes that occur following active addiction really begin during treatment. You will be introduced to a variety of new activities that promote wellness and healing throughout the program. One of the activities Enlightened Solutions introduces to clients is yoga. Through activities like yoga and meditation, we encourage a mind, body, and spiritual connection, which promotes better self-understanding and self-expression. Learn more about our yoga classes here.

At Enlightened Solutions, we also incorporate various outdoor activities through our experiential therapy program. These activities include surfing, fishing, paddle boarding, and more. We find that clients often discover new hobbies and strengths by participating in our programs. The hope is for clients to continue to participate in similar activities throughout recovery.

Our staff at Enlightened Solutions helps clients create new, healthy routines and habits during treatment. This might include daily walks or time spent meditating each morning. It could involve time spent working in the garden or making music. All of our programs and activities are geared toward healing and growth. We understand the importance of staying busy and active following treatment and make efforts to instill this value in our clients.

Tips for Staying Active in Recovery

Following treatment, you are likely to regain a sense of freedom and flexibility regarding your schedule and routine. You are also likely to resume some of your daily activities and responsibilities, such as work or school. It can be easy to push things aside and allow your priorities to shift a bit after treatment. It is important, however, to remember the value of staying active and involved in activities that enhance your mental and physical health throughout recovery. Below are a few tips for staying active and on track.

Join a Class

Creating some accountability when it comes to staying focused on your goals is always a good idea. In order to remain active and involved during recovery, you could choose to join a group or class. This could be a yoga class, running club, cycle class, or even a social group. Connecting with others who share a common goal can help you continue to prioritize your health and happiness.

Try New Things

You are likely to explore new activities and hobbies during treatment. Don't let it end when you complete your program. Continue to try new, healthy activities that promote wellness. By adding some variety to your methods of physical activity, you are less likely to feel burdened or obligated to participate.

Set Goals

Goal setting is so valuable when it comes to treatment and recovery. Goals not only provide guidance but also create opportunities for giving yourself credit for your success. Setting realistic goals when it comes to your lifestyle and activity level can help keep you motivated. You are more likely to follow through when you have set a goal to do so.

Staying active and occupied during recovery is essential to long-term success. Whether you enjoy outdoor adventures or are more of an indoor kind of person, make sure to squeeze in some time for your preferred physical activities. This will improve your mental and physical health and help you maintain sobriety.

Staying active is extremely valuable for everyone. It enhances one's quality of life by improving mental and physical health, reducing illness, boosting mood, and more. For those in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD), physical activity can be helpful in many different ways. At Enlightened Solutions, we engage clients with many different activities to promote health and wellness. We understand the benefits activities such as yoga, paddle boarding, or hiking can have when it comes to healing from SUD. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, we would love to hear from you. To get help and begin your journey to recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.

Is My Social Life Fueling My Addiction?

Is My Social Life Fueling My Addiction?

Have you ever heard people say, "You are the company you keep"? There is some truth to this. The people you surround yourself with can have a significant influence on the way you think and behave. They can also contribute to determining what you spend your time doing.

You are likely to hang around people who share your interests and hobbies. For instance, if you enjoy surfing or yoga, you might have friends who also like to participate in these activities. If you enjoy art or music, you may have friends who share these passions.

Sometimes, you may end up spending time around certain groups of people as a result of other factors. One example could include your job. Depending on your occupation, your role may require you to work closely with others. Often, friendships and relationships can form as a result of the time spent with coworkers.

When you meet new people and begin to spend more time with them, you may find yourself conforming to some of their habits and lifestyle choices. If you spend a lot of time with people who drink alcohol or use substances, you are more likely to do so yourself.

Assessing Your Social Circles

If you are battling addiction, it can be common to hang around others who are living with similar struggles. This often makes obtaining alcohol, benzos, opioids, or other substances more convenient. It also reduces the fear of judgment or rejection.

With addiction often comes some distance or strain on relationships with family members and loved ones. If you know they would not support your substance abuse, you will likely spend less time with them. This being the case, you are probably spending most of your time with people who also use drugs or drink alcohol and less time with those who do not. You may even be avoiding those who care for you the most.

The Role of Your Environment

When you consider your social life and the places you frequent, what do those places look like? If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may be spending a lot of your time going to bars, parties, or attending other social events that have substances present. Or, you may be spending time alone in isolated areas that allow for more open substance use.

The unfortunate truth is that being in these environments will likely encourage your substance abuse to continue. Despite your efforts to try to stop drinking or using drugs, being around alcohol or substances can make it very difficult to stick to your goals.

Further, continuing to attend the same parties, venues, or locations once in recovery can lead to relapse. Amid your efforts to refrain from substance use, it is best to avoid places that could be tempting or triggering.

Making a Change and Seeking Help

Friends are important, and most people want to have some sort of social life. When it comes to socializing, people tend to be creatures of habit. We often spend our time with a handful of the same people, going to the same places and doing many of the same things. This applies to substance use and spending time with people and in places that cater to this habit. Breaking this cycle can be difficult.

Fear of change can often serve as a deterrent for some when it comes to seeking treatment. Leaving behind friends and activities and avoiding places you have grown accustomed to can be a little unsettling.

The fact is that when you decide to enter treatment, you are making a choice to walk away from the things that nurtured and encouraged your addiction. Often, this includes people and places you may have grown fond of.

Finding a New Community of Peers

In order to really start fresh and begin to heal, you need new friends, hobbies, and environments. At Enlightened Solutions, we offer a variety of group activities to encourage relationship-building. This promotes peer-to-peer support and can lead to strong bonds with others that can carry into recovery.

We understand the value of a good support system and connectedness within the community. We encourage you to get involved and build your network through our programs at our Enlightened Farm and other community outreach opportunities.

Leaving your old life behind to enter recovery can be hard and even a little sad for some. Eliminating certain people or activities and substances can leave a void. The key is to fill the void with people and things that serve your new lifestyle. You can turn your life around by seeking treatment for your addiction. Through our programs at Enlightened Solutions, you can have a fulfilling social life in recovery.

Having a social life is important for most people. When it comes to addiction and recovering from substance abuse, it is essential to consider the ways in which your social life and those around you contribute to your drinking or drug use. Making the decision to seek treatment often means cutting some people and places out of your life. While this can be difficult, it is often best. At Enlightened Solutions, we help clients form new habits, friendships, and routines that support their sobriety and goals in recovery. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, we would love to help. To begin your journey to recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.

How to Self-Advocate in Recovery

How to Self-Advocate in Recovery

The ability to self-advocate is essential. Recognizing and communicating your needs, preferences, and even strengths can be very valuable. As an adult, you are likely to face many situations where you may need to advocate for yourself or others. For those in recovery, self-advocacy becomes even more important.

What Is Self-Advocacy and Why Is It Important?

Before we dive in too deep, let's define what self-advocacy means. Self-advocacy refers to the ability to speak up for yourself by asking for what you need and want. It involves expressing your thoughts and feelings, even when difficult.

If you are someone who has struggled with substance abuse, being able to identify and advocate for your needs in recovery is critical. There are many reasons for this. The more comfortable and effective you are when it comes to expressing your needs and asking for support, the more likely you are to avoid relapse. Typically, those who make an effort to advocate and ask for help can either avoid triggering situations or receive the support they need to stay on track.

In order to successfully convey this information, you must be able to recognize and identify your needs, wants, and feelings. The first step toward advocating for yourself is engaging in some self-reflection. This can include thinking about what is important to you, what you need to be successful, and who needs to know this information to best support you.

In addiction recovery, it is very important to have a strong support system. These are the people who can encourage you when you are feeling down. They can motivate you and help you stay focused on your goals. Your support system may include friends and family, coworkers, clinical professionals, or other community members.

At one point or another, you may need to advocate for yourself in a situation involving any of the above-mentioned parties. This is what often helps build and maintain your support network.

You want the people around you and close to you to be aware of your needs, wants, goals, etc. Without this knowledge, they cannot support you fully. Below are a few tips for self-advocating in recovery.

Identify Your Needs

As mentioned, step one when it comes to advocating for yourself is to first identify what your needs are. While this sounds simple, it can actually take some digging. You may need to spend some time alone diving deep. At Enlightened Solutions, clients are encouraged to practice mindfulness, which helps promote a connection with their inner selves. This relationship with oneself will allow individuals to recognize what they need to communicate and when.

Our program also includes individual therapy sessions which encourage self-discovery. There may be underlying challenges or co-occurring disorders contributing to your addiction. These contributing factors may require some accommodations or support as you exit treatment and enter recovery.

Therapists at Enlightened Solutions will also help you determine where your strengths and weaknesses lie. This is a very important component of self-advocacy. It is critical to be aware of your weaknesses, especially when it comes to those relating to triggers for substance use. Awareness of your strengths is beneficial, too, as this knowledge can help you build new relationships, secure employment, and find overall success in recovery.

Communicate Effectively

The next step in self-advocacy is verbally expressing your wants and needs to others. This can be a selective process, as not everyone needs to know everything. For example, you might need to disclose your history of substance abuse to a new partner, but it may not be something an acquaintance or coworker needs to be aware of. That is unless you feel compelled to share.

Communicating your needs clearly and directly can send a powerful message. For those who need to hear this information, it can allow them to better support and understand you. Self-advocacy is not always an easy process. You may have to advocate for yourself in situations with family or friends. Fear of rejection, causing conflict, or creating tension is normal. The truth is that expressing yourself and communicating what you need in order to stay on track in recovery is most important.

At Enlightened Solutions, we offer many group therapy and learning experiences that allow clients to develop and improve communication skills. Often, skills learned in individual therapy sessions are put into practice with peers during group activities. This provides an opportunity to fine-tune communication techniques and build confidence when it comes to communicating with others in recovery.

As you navigate your recovery journey, you will likely need to self-advocate more than once. In fact, you may need to advocate for yourself in some way each day. Finding comfort and feeling confident in your ability to express what you need to be successful in recovery is critical.

Self-advocating is an important part of life. We all find ourselves in situations that require us to express what we need or want. For those recovering from a substance use disorder, self-advocacy is critical. When it comes to avoiding relapse and staying on track, being able to identify your triggers, weaknesses, and even strengths can make all the difference. At Enlightened Solutions, we help clients learn to maintain self-awareness, which helps with identifying and understanding personal needs, wants, thoughts, and feelings. Our staff and therapists also work with clients to improve and strengthen communication skills so they are able to effectively convey this information. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, call Enlightened Solutions at (833) 801-LIVE.

How to Listen to Your Body To Promote Wellness

How to Listen to Your Body to Promote Wellness

What does it mean to listen to your body? When you do so, what are you actually listening for? Listening to your body refers to honoring the connection between your mental and physical self. This connection allows you to maintain awareness of how your body feels. Awareness enlightens you about what your body needs.

Why is this important? Listening to your body is one of the best methods to maintain overall wellness. Your body sends messages and provides little clues that can indicate what it needs. For instance, when you notice a rumble in your stomach, you can assume that you are probably hungry. While this is a simple, more obvious example, it is one most people can relate to.

Your body also indicates when it is tired, tense, thirsty, and anxious. To help maintain balance, it is up to you to understand your body's signals and act upon them. Below are a few examples of how your body communicates different needs.

Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety is something that many of us face. For some, it may be brief and circumstantial. It may linger for weeks, months, or even years for others. Anxiety affects people differently, and some are more impacted than others. It is important to note that anxiety can commonly co-occur with addiction. Sometimes it causes substance abuse, and other times it is a side effect of it.

While anxiety occurs in the mind, the body also displays some symptoms. One common indicator of anxiety is tight muscles in the neck and back. When you are anxious, you tend to hold tension in these areas. Increased heart rate can also accompany anxiety. This is a natural reaction to feeling nervous, worried, or unsettled.

Anxiety can also affect your breathing. Have you ever paid attention to your breathing? When you really make an effort to relax, you might notice that your breathing slows down and becomes very steady. The opposite is true when you are experiencing anxiety. You tend to breathe heavier and at a faster or more irregular pace.

Signs of Hunger

We have all felt that stomach rumble previously referenced. Aside from that, though, our bodies have other ways of letting us know that it isn't getting the nutrients it needs. If this is the case, you might experience a dull headache that seems to worsen with time. This could indicate your body needs nutrition.

Another way your body may communicate being undernourished is dizziness or feeling lightheaded. When your body lacks nutrients, your blood sugar levels can be affected. If your blood sugar drops too much, it can leave you feeling a bit faint.

Lastly, when your body needs nourishment, you will likely experience low energy levels. Have you heard the phrase "food is fuel"? It's true! Your body needs food in order to function. Without proper nutrition and water intake, your body cannot work as it should.

Signs of Exhaustion

Sleep deprivation is something we can all relate to. Regardless of the reason, you have likely been a little low on hours of sleep at one time or another. Sleep is essential for our bodies to function properly. It allows our bodies to heal, recharge, and store energy for the day ahead. Addiction can take a significant toll on sleep, making it very important for those in recovery to listen when the body needs rest.

Learn more about how substance use affects sleep here

When you are overtired, your muscles may feel weak. In extreme situations, they may even ache or feel sore. This is because sleep allows our muscles time to recover and heal. Without it, they have no opportunity to do so.

A lack of sleep can also lead to impaired decision-making as well as a lack of focus. Your brain, just like your muscles, relies on sleep to recharge and recover. You may find yourself struggling to think clearly or devote attention to a specific task if you haven't slept well.

Checking In With Yourself

In addiction recovery, your body has a lot of healing to do. Drugs and alcohol affect your body, mind, and spirit. As a result, each of these areas needs healing. To address the wellness of each of these areas, it is essential to establish a strong connection with them. This allows you to check in with yourself regularly and work to improve in any way necessary.

At Enlightened Solutions, many of our activities encourage the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. We understand the importance of this connection as it relates to healing. By learning to listen to your body through this connection, you can give your body what it needs to experience long-lasting recovery from addiction.

Having the ability to listen to your body is a skill. Like any other skill, you can practice tuning in and paying attention to what your body is telling you in order to get better at it. Through activities like meditation, you can improve your ability to connect the mind and body. It is important to take good care of your health as you recover from addiction. Listening to what your body needs to heal is key. At Enlightened Solutions, we help clients establish a strong connection within themselves through activities that encourage mindfulness. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, we would love to help. To get started, call Enlightened Solutions at (833) 801-LIVE.