How Mindfulness Can Help in Addiction Recovery

How Mindfulness Can Help in Addiction Recovery

What is mindfulness, anyway? Mindfulness refers to being present in the moment. It means being aware of yourself and your surroundings at any given time. Mindfulness may come easily sometimes, but other times it might be a little more difficult.

Mindfulness requires quieting the mind and forgetting about any stressors or worries in order to focus only on the present moment. Although, this can be easier said than done. Drowning out life's everyday distractions can be challenging, but setting aside time each day to practice mindfulness can be very beneficial.

When it comes to treatment and recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, spending time meditating or practicing mindfulness each day can really enhance your quality of life and help you stay on track. While there are many benefits of mindfulness, a few advantages during treatment and recovery can include:

  • Promotes balance
  • Relieves stress
  • Helps combat cravings

Promotes Balance

Finding balance during treatment and recovery can be difficult. Learning to prioritize your health and wellness while still fulfilling other obligations and responsibilities can be difficult. For so long, your only focus, thought, and priority was likely your addiction. You likely became so fixated on substance use that everything else seemed less important or secondary. As you enter treatment, you learn to reconnect with yourself and what is truly meaningful in your life.

As you regain your awareness of who you are and what really matters, practicing mindfulness can help you balance your thoughts, feelings, and goals.

Relieves Stress

Mindfulness can be very beneficial when it comes to managing stress. It goes without saying that addiction recovery comes with a fair share of stress. It is normal to experience stress in your life at some point. When you are working hard each day to stay on track and make the right decisions to avoid relapse, there can be some added pressure.

Mindfulness can often afford you a temporary escape from the stressors of daily life. It encourages you to focus only on what you are feeling and experiencing in that moment. Your mind might tend to run a little wild sometimes, especially when there is something stressing you out. Spending some time reconnecting with your inner self and checking in about how you are feeling in the moment can be very calming and reassuring.

Combats Cravings

Cravings are something that you will experience when recovering from addiction. It is best to try to avoid any known triggers, but despite these efforts, cravings may still occur. Just as practicing mindfulness and meditating can help ease stress by temporarily taking your focus away from those worries, it can do the same thing for cravings. By re-centering yourself and focusing on your surroundings in the present moment, you can stop those thought patterns that can often lead to relapse.

Sometimes, one of the best ways to combat cravings is by distracting yourself. What could be a better distraction than taking some time to re-center, regroup, and connect with yourself?

How to Practice Mindfulness

How do you practice mindfulness? Mindfulness can look different for everyone. Many activities such as meditation and yoga can incorporate mindfulness into your life. However, mindfulness can even be practiced in your kitchen or while you are on a walk.

Practicing mindfulness can be done on a whim, or it could be planned as part of a structured activity. Usually, mindfulness is most beneficial in environments where there are fewer distractions. Finding a quiet place that does not offer too much sensory stimulation is usually best. This is because the focus is to connect with your inner thoughts and feelings and only focus on what you are feeling and experiencing in that present moment. Too many external stimuli can disrupt the process.

Enlightened Solutions offers a variety of yoga classes and programs to promote mindfulness. Yoga creates a mind and body connection that promotes healing during the treatment and recovery process. Our instructors will teach you how to create a yoga practice that works for you and encourages mindfulness on a regular basis.

Many other forms of therapy can also encourage mindfulness. Enlightened Solutions often incorporates things such as horticulture therapy or music therapy, both of which involve using the senses and focus on what you are experiencing, seeing, hearing, or smelling in that very moment.

Mindfulness has many benefits and can promote healing when it comes to treatment and addiction. As mentioned, practicing mindfulness can be done in many different ways and in many different settings. What is important, though, is to incorporate mindfulness into your daily and weekly routines.

Mindfulness can have many benefits for the average individual. These benefits can include everything from reduced blood pressure to improved sleep quality and focus. For those in the treatment process or in recovery, it can be exceptionally helpful. Practicing mindfulness regularly can help with things like finding balance in your life, managing and reducing stress, and combating cravings you may experience. Enlightened Solutions offers a variety of activities that are focused on mindfulness and encourage connecting the mind and body while being present in the moment. Our holistic approach to treatment encourages healing in every aspect of life to promote better health and long-term recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, we would love to help. To learn more about the ways in which mindfulness can benefit you in treatment and recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.


How to Find Your Community in Treatment and Recovery

How to Find Your Community in Treatment and Recovery

Everyone wants to feel like they belong. Feeling as though you are a part of something can be very encouraging and motivating. Having a close network of friends or supporters is so important when it comes to a good quality of life.

Finding and feeling a sense of community is critical when it comes to treatment and recovery. Typically, following addiction, you will have a very different group of friends with whom you spend your time. Many may find themselves feeling isolated and alone as they enter treatment and begin recovery. Enlightened Solutions facilitates many opportunities to meet like-minded people and integrate into the recovery community.

We understand how important it is to feel like you belong and serve as a part of something bigger than just yourself. We encourage you to make healthy connections and engage with other clients, alumni, and community members during treatment and your recovery.

Group Learning

One of the ways in which Enlightened Solutions creates a sense of community is by encouraging group learning when it comes to wellness and nutrition. We place a significant emphasis on health and wellness during the treatment process. We do this because we know the importance of holistic health and how feeling good physically and mentally aids in your recovery.

We find that when it comes to health and wellness, people tend to learn better in groups. This allows for exchanging ideas, brainstorming, and providing encouragement to one another as you discover new strengths, interests, and ways of life.

Enlightened Solutions offers various health and wellness groups and activities, such as yoga and meditation in group settings. These activities can be very beneficial in establishing a mind and body connection that is essential to good mental and physical health.

We also offer food-based activities such as gardening in the form of horticulture therapy at our Enlightened Farm. This allows you to understand the value of organic, nutritious foods. It also allows you to explore the benefits of fresh herbs and fresh fruits and vegetables when it comes to healing.

Group Therapy

In addition to the food and exercise focus group activities, Enlightened Solutions offers many experiential therapies that promote teamwork and a sense of community among our clients. These activities often encourage sharing personal experiences, struggles, and feelings in the form of art, music, poetry, and more. Allowing you to express yourself in creative ways can be extremely healing and can encourage and facilitate peer connections.

We also offer a variety of therapy groups. We know that there are tremendous benefits when it comes to group therapy for substance-abuse treatment. We also understand that there are advantages to both coed and gender-specific environments. Often, gender-specific therapy can be beneficial in the beginning stages of treatment. This is a time when you are just learning to become comfortable sharing your experiences and struggles aloud. Creating a space of same-gender peers can often make you feel a little more comfortable sharing. This provides a sense of safety, belonging, and relatability within the group.

Community Involvement

Enlightened Solutions makes many efforts to remain connected to the community and allow alumni clients to continue to stay engaged. One of the ways in which we do this is through the Enlightened Farm. Our farm serves many functions, one of which is community engagement. The farm hosts volunteer days, which always pull in community members and provide opportunities to learn more about our recovery-based organization. This allows you to stay connected with Enlightened Solutions programs and helps other supportive community members to get involved.

Forming connections and building your community in treatment and recovery is essential. Having a good support network can help hold you accountable, keep you motivated, and allow you to stay on track and avoid relapse. In order to build relationships and connections, you have to know how to communicate and network within your community. Through our programs at Enlightened Solutions, you will learn how to communicate better, form quality relationships, and maintain those connections that are healthy and serve you well. We offer a variety of classes to help you develop these skills and facilitate daily opportunities to practice them during your time in treatment with us.

Surrounding yourself with other supportive, like-minded people is key to success in recovery from addiction long-term. At Enlightened Solutions, we create a safe and welcoming environment that encourages healing and growth for everyone. By beginning to build your connections and support network in treatment, you are sure to feel a sense of belonging and community in recovery.

Feeling a sense of community is critical for everyone. No one enjoys feeling isolated and alone. The truth is, recovery and treatment for drug or alcohol addiction can be a little isolating and leave you feeling like others may not understand or be able to relate. At Enlightened Solutions, we understand the importance of belonging. We help clients form positive relationships and learn to develop and maintain a good support network in and after treatment. We offer a variety of group therapy styles and learning experiences throughout treatment that will help you begin to build your community in recovery. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, we would love to help them heal and find their sense of community in recovery. If you need help, please call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE. Our caring team is here for you. 


How to Find Fulfillment in Recovery

How to Find Fulfillment in Recovery

So, you have completed treatment; now what? Immersing yourself back into life outside of treatment can be intimidating. Just as making the decision to seek treatment can be scary, so can leaving treatment. Both of these transitions come with major changes, many of which may be new.

Wondering what you are going to do to fill your time, make money, and live a fulfilling life after treatment is completely normal. At Enlightened Solutions, we aim to give you a clear direction and help you understand what you want to be and do after treatment. We offer a variety of transitional opportunities for work and residential accommodations. As you enter treatment, we begin working with you to establish goals, purpose, and a sense of community that you can carry with you after treatment and into recovery.

Good Health

Enlightened Solutions places a huge priority on helping you heal your body, mind, and spirit after addiction. One of the ways in which we promote this is by encouraging a healthy diet and active lifestyle. By eating organic, fresh foods, you are able to live a healthier life.

Through our programs at Enlightened Farm, we teach you how to grow and harvest organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs so that you are able to take these skills and apply them to your life after treatment.

Occupational Success

Work after treatment might be a huge concern and burden for you. You may have lost your job when you decided to enter treatment. This is a big sacrifice and can serve as a barrier to treatment for you. Perhaps you have a trade or specific skillset you can use to find employment relatively easily. Or maybe you feel lost and unsure of where to begin when it comes to finding a job after treatment. With employment gaps that may be tough to explain or legal charges as a result of addiction, securing a job in recovery can be difficult.

At Enlightened Solutions, we try to offer some relief when it comes to working in recovery. Our programs at Enlightened Farm teach job skills, build confidence, and help you transition back into the workforce after treatment. We provide opportunities for you to utilize your talents and develop new abilities through various activities. We also offer programs for volunteering and community service and provide opportunities for paid employment.

Residential Stability

After deciding to enter treatment, you may find that you do not have a stable, safe home environment to go back to. ?You may have been living with others who engage in substance abuse or may have even been homeless. Having a home that feels safe and stable in recovery is critical.

It is common to transition into a corresponding sober living facility following inpatient treatment. This allows you to stay connected with our program and provides support as needed. Of course, you will not be supervised around the clock as you were during treatment, but this can serve as an excellent next step prior to living completely independently again.

Healthy Relationships and Connections

Social circles and friend groups are bound to change for you after treatment. Usually, the people you spent your time with before entering treatment engage in similar behaviors that would not benefit you to be around in recovery. In fact, spending time with the same people or in the same environments can be triggering and lead to destructive thinking and even relapse.

It is crucial to have a solid and reliable support network around you in recovery. Enlightened Solutions makes every effort to establish a sense of community for our clients. We do this through our wellness and nutrition groups, group therapy sessions, and our various community events that are open to the public. This allows existing clients, past clients, and other like-minded community members to come together in fellowship.

Finding your purpose in life after treatment and in recovery can be hard. In a sense, you may feel like you are starting over completely. Whether your addiction lasted months, years, or even decades, the sensation of starting fresh is the same, which is not a bad thing. It is important to embrace the changes you have gone through and appreciate your progress.

Whether you find great fulfillment in having a remarkable career, having close friendships and supportive networks, or simply having a safe and stable home you are proud of, we can help you. The person you become after going through the treatment process is full of potential. You deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life in recovery.

Finding fulfillment in life after treatment is possible. Consider what is most important to you. Examples could include a stable home, a good career, a healthy lifestyle, and positive connections and relationships. These things are very attainable in recovery. You have worked hard to overcome your battle with addiction and can now pursue your goals in recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we support clients in discovering and becoming the best, healthiest version of themselves. We facilitate activities to promote personal growth and healing and provide clients with the tools they need to succeed in recovery. We help you identify what a fulfilling life might look like for you, and support you in achieving it. If you or someone you care about could benefit from our holistic treatment approach, we would love to hear from you. To begin your journey to fulfillment in recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.


How to Take Recovery One Step at a Time

How to Take Recovery One Step at a Time

You have likely heard a million different phrases that imply that taking things one step at a time is often best. Some of these phrases include:

  • Slow and steady wins the race.
  • Put one foot in front of the other.
  • Rome was not built in a day.

The list goes on and on. When it comes to recovering from addiction, this could not be more true.

When you enter treatment and begin your recovery journey, it is important to focus on your progress. You may want to strive for perfection, but that is just not reality. You are bound to have setbacks and hiccups along the way. Taking treatment and recovery one day at a time helps you focus on your successes and how far you have come.

Staying motivated during treatment and recovery can sometimes be difficult. Focusing on small goals and achievements can motivate and help you stay encouraged. Many facilities, such as Enlightened Solutions, utilize the 12-Step process to encourage you to take your recovery one step at a time. This allows you to focus on making changes to one area and building upon that.

It is important to practice and make a habit of viewing your recovery as a process. While the end goal is long-term sobriety, it takes work each and every day to stay on track. A few tips for maintaining the one step at a time perspective could include:

  • Set small goals
  • Acknowledge each success
  • Learn from mistakes
  • View each day as a new opportunity

Set Small Goals

Anytime you have a large task to tackle, it is a good idea to break it into smaller, more manageable tasks. This can keep you from feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. This also allows you to see and acknowledge progress each step of the way.

Some small goals that you could set during treatment and recovery could include;

  • Making time for meditation each morning
  • Choosing healthy foods throughout the day
  • Trying something new
  • Focusing on your water intake

Setting small goals can help hold you accountable. It gives you little opportunities throughout your day to feel proud and accomplished. Staying motivated and encouraged to push through another day during treatment and recovery can benefit your long-term success.

Acknowledge Each Success

Just as it is important to set small goals for yourself, it is also important to celebrate each little victory. Having a support system around you to help you celebrate can be even more powerful. Sometimes, writing down your goals and being able to actually check them off as you achieve them each day can be very gratifying and empowering.

Acknowledging and giving yourself credit for progress can be especially helpful on tough days. Say you are experiencing cravings or just feeling a little off one day. Despite the way you are feeling, you might make the decision to go on a walk outdoors after lunch. Giving yourself credit for deciding to do something for your mental health by getting outside and moving your body should be acknowledged and praised. Allowing yourself to be proud and feel some sense of accomplishment even on tough days is beneficial.

Learn From Mistakes

During treatment and in recovery, you are bound to make mistakes. This is completely normal. What is most important is how you respond when you make mistakes. It is important to process what led to the mistake and learn from that. For example, maybe you put yourself in an environment or a situation that you knew could be triggering. Perhaps this leads to relapse or resurfacing of trauma. Learn from that experience and avoid those triggers moving forward.

Learning from mistakes can be very powerful. Sometimes, mistakes have to happen in order for you to learn or for information to actually sink in. By taking knowledge and information gathered as a result of missteps during treatment and recovery, you can feel empowered and enlightened moving forward.

Each day provides a new opportunity for growth, learning, and progress. Sometimes, you might just have an off day. This is completely normal. It is important to reassure yourself and find comfort in knowing that tomorrow is a brand new day full of opportunities to redeem yourself and go to bed even healthier, stronger, and better.

At Enlightened Solutions, we encourage you to focus heavily on the progress you make each day. Through each experience, we help you process and appreciate what each specific activity may help you gain or learn. This allows you to focus more on progress over perfection and encourages you to take treatment and recovery one step at a time. This is the perspective that will keep you motivated and encouraged to push forward.

Recovery is a process. There is no quick fix when it comes to healing and recovering from substance abuse. It is critical to take things one step at a time during treatment and throughout recovery. You will have good days and you will have bad days. Find encouragement from the good days and learn from the bad days. Recognize that each day brings promise and opportunity. At Enlightened Solutions, we encourage our clients to focus on progress over perfection. Perfection is not reality, but progress is something we strive for. We help clients recognize their progress and find hope and encouragement in what they do and learn each day. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, we would love to help. To begin the journey to recovery, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE.


Benefits of Holistic Healing

Benefits of Holistic Healing

What does holistic mean, anyway? The term "holistic" refers to the whole person. This means addressing the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of someone as part of their lifestyle or, in this case, treatment experience. Think of it as a mind-body-spirit approach.

Someone who lives a holistic lifestyle sees the big picture. Instead of focusing on one area of weakness or striving to improve just one portion of their life, those who live holistically focus on all areas of wellness. For example, someone with a holistic lifestyle may begin their day by meditating, and they may follow a strictly organic diet. Holistic living can include prioritizing therapy or forms of self-care. Living a holistic lifestyle is not a one-size-fits-all practice. What is important is incorporating things that benefit the overall health and well-being of the whole person.

What Are Holistic Treatment Modalities?

Holistic treatment modalities can be beneficial to those experiencing a variety of ailments. When it comes to addiction treatment and recovery, holistic healing can be especially advantageous. Substance abuse impacts so many things. Addiction takes a huge toll on the physical body, impacting organ function, appetite, and immunity. Substance use also can induce mental health challenges by increasing stress and anxiety, symptoms of depression, and impacting sleep patterns. Addiction often results in loss or strained social and emotional relationships and can leave someone feeling disconnected or lost spiritually.

A holistic approach to treatment allows a person to address the disease from every angle and ensure healing in each of the above-mentioned areas. Poor physical health results in poor mental health. Poor spiritual health results in poor emotional health. Poor emotional health can lead to poor physical health. Do you see a pattern emerging? By understanding that each of these dimensions of wellness directly affects the others, a whole-person approach to healing and health can be implemented.

Examples of Holistic Treatment Modalities

Holistic healing can encompass many different forms of therapy and experiences. Some may be offered in a group setting, while others may be more intimate. A few examples of holistic treatments can include art therapy, music therapy, chiropractic, yoga and meditation, and nutrient-rich organic food. While each of these treatment methods may serve a different purpose, all work together to improve the health and well-being of the whole person.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is used in many different settings and can help heal those struggling with various challenges. This form of therapy encourages self-expression through painting, drawing, or other art forms and can be helpful in processing and understanding feelings and emotions. Sometimes, words can be difficult to use when it comes to processing grief, trauma, or even addiction. Art therapy provides an outlet for expression and promotes processing tough things in a freeing and non-verbal way.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is another treatment method used to release, process, or understand feelings and emotions. Music has a way of helping people connect and remember and can sometimes serve as a calming technique when needed. A music therapy session could involve singing, listening to music, or even playing an instrument. Music therapy can be used to improve social skills, coordination, and motor function, along with helping many with self-expression.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care uses a mind and body approach to help heal. People tend to store tension, stress, and anxiety in their bodies resulting in stiff or sore muscles, headaches, etc. Chiropractic therapy can help release these negative emotions by targeting specific areas of need. For those who experience chronic pain, chiropractic care can sometimes be a healthy alternative to opioids.

Yoga and Meditation

Practicing yoga and meditation can benefit anyone. The physical practice of yoga has many advantages, such as reduced stress, better digestion, increased strength, and so on. Meditation allows for connecting with one's inner self. During treatment and throughout recovery, the ability to self-reflect and self-regulate is incredibly important. Yoga and meditation encourage a mind and body connection that is invaluable throughout the journey to recovery.

Organic Food

Eating organic, nutrient-rich food is an excellent way to boost your immunity and ensure your physical body is at its best. In addition, a healthy diet can be beneficial to mental health by balancing mood, improving focus, and encouraging good sleep.

Each of these treatment modalities addresses and improves various parts of the whole person. When combined, all areas are restored. By choosing holistic treatment for addiction, healing from the inside out can be possible. Making more whole-person-focused lifestyle changes can not only be beneficial during treatment but can also make for a longer, healthier, and happier life throughout recovery.

Holistic living is something that is becoming more recognized and practiced in today’s society – and for good reason. Treating the whole person is always a good idea, regardless of the issue. When it comes to addiction, holistic treatment is the best practice. Substance abuse affects physical health, mental health, socialization, emotional well-being and regulation, and spiritual health. By addressing each of these areas, recovery is not only more attainable but becomes more sustainable with the lifestyle changes adopted during treatment. Enlightened Solutions utilizes various holistic treatment modalities and teaches clients to make long-lasting lifestyle changes to best support them in recovery. We develop an individualized treatment plan to address your specific needs, making alterations as you progress through treatment to ensure your success. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, give Enlightened solutions a call today at (833) 801-LIVE.


How Can I Find My Path of Enlightenment?

How Can I Find My Path of Enlightenment?

According to Thich Nhat Hanh, “Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive – that you can touch the miracle of being alive – then that is a kind of enlightenment.”

Part of the process of recovery is recognizing you are alive and permitting yourself to live as you were meant to live. You must believe that your enlightenment and best life are waiting.

Recovery happens in small steps, and it's important for a treatment facility to accept you where you are, treat you as an individual, and provide comprehensive care for all aspects of a person's recovery.

Person-First Care Can Help You Find Your Way

When you begin seeking your truth and your path to recovery, you need guidance in as many aspects of your life as possible. At Enlightened Solutions, we offer that support. We know you are an individual with a unique experience and struggle. We do not expect you to achieve recovery in the same way as everyone else.

You are a person first. Your diagnosis does not define you. Success and enlightenment come when you see yourself as capable of change and of doing remarkable things. Vic Braden, a professional tennis player and doctor of psychology, said, “The moment of enlightenment is when a person`s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.”

You deserve the future you have always wanted, and at Enlightened Solutions, we want you to achieve that best life, which is why we see you as a person who has a diagnosis, not as a diagnosis. Your addiction does not define you. The behaviors may have shaped your past, but they do not have to define your future.

Growth Means Listening to the Stories of Others

Group therapy can impact one’s recovery journey in a positive way. Listening to others share their stories of overcoming life’s difficulties can be empowering. Comparison can be beneficial and negative, but in treatment at Enlightened Solutions, we believe comparison can be fruitful as you realize you are not alone in your struggle and can begin to see the hope of a life in recovery.

Through group therapy, you will begin to see the possibilities for growth. As you listen to others share their stories, you will learn diverse ways of coping and how to communicate your own story with others. You will grow in a community focused on recovery and learn how to live your best-enlightened life.

Enlightenment Requires a Healthy Mind

You have struggled long enough within the miserable confines of addiction. Often in addiction, which is a disease of the mind, we find that there are co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, and other mental health conditions. While not always the case, many who have addictive behaviors have turned to these behaviors as a means of coping with mental illness or emotions and stressors they do not have the skills to manage.

At Enlightened Solutions, we want to see you have a healthy and thriving mental state. We offer traditional group therapy, as well as individual therapy. We will assess you for mental health problems when you enter our facility. We know you have suffered long enough and want to see you have complete well-being. Most often, complete well-being begins with mental health. A healthy mind helps you develop the skills and resilience to maintain a healthy body.

A Healthy Body Means Healthy Self

When you detox from substances, your body starts to feel better. Going through withdrawal can be a terrifying experience but is necessary to help your body heal from the effects of harmful substances. You have abused your body long enough. Your body deserves exceptional care as you pursue recovery.

Your body is your temple. You are only given one body, and you must take the best care of it as is possible. At Enlightened Solutions, we know true health comes from the earth and the many nutrients it provides. We cannot achieve growth without essential nutrients for our bodies and brains. You also must pursue movement as part of your physical health. When your body is healthy in your gut and in your movement, you are better able to cope with various stressors and pursue recovery with your whole being.

A healthy body means a healthy pursuit of recovery and an improved likelihood of success as you move from treatment back into your home. We know you can achieve total health and enlightenment. We are willing and able to teach you the skills to get there. You deserve your best life.

You deserve your best enlightened life and complete recovery from the disease of addiction. You have struggled long enough with addiction; the time has come to pursue change. You have reached the point where a new path can be blazed into whole-life living. At Enlightened Solutions, we are ready to help. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to alcohol and/or other substances or behaviors, we are ready and able to help. Choosing the path to wellness is not easy, but an opportunity for growth into a recovered life comes with that first step, asking for help. Reach out and ask for help today. Call Enlightened Solutions at (833) 801-LIVE and learn how we can help you achieve whole health and enlightenment. Your best life is waiting. Choose recovery today. We are waiting for your call. 


You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Feeling a sense of community and togetherness is important for everyone. While there may be times in our lives when we prefer more alone time, it’s critical to make an attempt to surround yourself with people who can support and uplift you, especially in recovery.

Addiction can be very isolating, especially in the midst of your struggle. As you enter into treatment and throughout recovery, it’s very important to rebuild healthy relationships and connect with those around you who can be of support.

Equally as important as actually getting out there and attempting to make connections is selecting the right people and groups to connect with. Throughout treatment and recovery, you’ll be supported in identifying like-minded people who can offer support and encouragement throughout your recovery journey.

Benefits of Group Therapy

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool for treating substance abuse, one that is as helpful as individual therapy, and sometimes more successful."

Group therapy is something that is widely utilized throughout treatment and recovery programs – and for good reason. These programs offer many benefits that individual therapy sessions cannot. These benefits can include feeling a sense of connectedness to others who may be experiencing similar struggles. Additionally, group therapy can establish a sense of accountability with other individuals seeking treatment or in recovery. Information shared within groups can also be very enlightening and lead to self-discovery and confidence.

Offers A Sense of Connectedness

The term connectedness can mean many different things depending on the situation and setting. In treatment and recovery, connectedness usually means relationships with similar people and integration into your community. It’s important to establish a good network of supporters and maintain consistent engagement in activities to keep you involved and on track.

Group therapy offers connectedness by bringing individuals together who are facing similar struggles and have potentially overcome similar obstacles in life. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people by participating in group programs can keep you from feeling isolated and alone.

Encourages Accountability and Feedback

Another huge benefit to group therapy is the establishment of accountability. As you form relationships with others within your group, a natural sense of responsibility for your actions is created. As you share information and open up to others within your group, they are better able to support you and offer encouragement in times of need.

This accountability can be effective within the group and even exist outside of treatment. For example, as you maintain a consistent presence within the group, your attendance becomes expected. Should you be absent, it wouldn’t be unusual for another group member to reach out. Because relationships and bonds are formed within the group, you are able to reach out to other group members when you need encouragement or advice.

Promotes Self-Discovery and Confidence

Group therapy sessions often involve quite an abundance of sharing of information, experiences, struggles, fears, and even successes and goals. As a result, being present and hearing about others' experiences and ways of coping with similar obstacles can be very helpful. It’s not uncommon to have blind spots when it comes to your own treatment and recovery journey. Listening to others share information about their own treatment and recovery experiences can be relatable and often enlightening.

The more you know about yourself and what you need to be successful, the more confident you become. Group sessions allow for presenting ideas and sharing feedback, brainstorming, and sharing what has worked and what hasn’t worked for group members. Group treatment is often thought of as being about expressing and sharing, but it can also be very informative. Studies show that the more confident you are in yourself and your ability to maintain sobriety leaving treatment, the lower your chances of relapse.

While this article has focused heavily on the benefits of group therapy and treatment sessions, it’s important to know that there are other avenues for feeling connected and supported outside of treatment. Such places to find connections in the recovery community can include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups. As mentioned, in the midst of addiction, it’s common for you to feel distanced from family members, friends, and other social groups. As you progress through treatment and recovery, you will have the opportunity to reconnect and rebuild relationships and will be encouraged to find your new place in society through meetings such as these.

Remembering that you are not alone in your treatment and recovery journey is very important. Lean on those who are there to support you, and prioritize participation in group therapy and programs. By engaging fully in the process and trusting your plan for treatment, you can set yourself up for success and remain motivated to stay on track.

Addiction can leave you feeling disconnected and isolated; remember that you are not alone. Treatment and recovery programs often implement group therapy to provide reassurance of this. Group therapy and programs can be beneficial in many ways. By creating a sense of connectedness, these programs can serve as a safe place for sharing and learning among peers. Hearing the stories, failures, and successes of others can be very motivating and comforting. Group programs also offer accountability among group members. Enlightened Solutions provides group programs and activities to promote whole-person treatment and encourage holistic living. We complete a thorough assessment at intake to understand your situation completely, then consider what treatment programs and activities are most appropriate. Let us create an individualized treatment plan to address your unique needs. If you or someone you care about is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE


Gardening: A Little Dirt Won't Hurt

Gardening: A Little Dirt Won't Hurt

Do you have a green thumb? It is the time of year for planting and growing. Maybe you look forward to this season, or perhaps you would rather do anything other than spend time weeding, planting, and harvesting. It does get a little dirty, after all.

You may feel intimidated by gardening, having little experience or exposure to plants. The truth is, anyone can reap the benefits of gardening and caring for plants, green thumb or not. It just requires a willingness to dedicate a little time to interact with nature and the desire to learn.

Gardening, while it seems simple, can actually be very therapeutic. Believe it or not, this theory dates back to the late 1700s, which is when gardening was first considered to be a form of therapy used to benefit individuals suffering from mental illness. Since then, horticultural therapy has evolved and become more widely utilized in various clinical and treatment settings.

Horticultural Therapy Defined

Horticultural therapy is defined as the use of gardening or plants to improve one's mental or physical health. Methods can vary depending on the population being served and for what purpose. Strategies could include caring for plants, viewing plants or nature, or harvesting food from plants. This form of therapy can be used in many different settings such as hospitals, treatment facilities, and even prison systems. Studies have shown vast improvements in both mental and physical health of individuals who were exposed to or engaged with gardens or green spaces during times of need.

Benefits of Horticultural Therapy

The therapeutic effects of gardening result from several different components of the activity. In summary,  gardening combines physical activity with social interaction and exposure to nature and sunlight. Gardening typically takes place outdoors in an esthetically pleasing setting. Various studies have been conducted on the benefits of spending time in a green space, and what could be greener than a garden? Regular interaction with nature has been shown to improve healing and reduce stress and anxiety. Even viewing trees or plants can help improve your mood and promote positive change. Engaging with nature results in even better outcomes.

Maintaining a garden requires care and attention. This level of dedication has tremendous benefits for those experiencing hardships. Gardening can serve as an outlet, something positive to focus on during treatment. Many battling drug or alcohol addiction feel as though they have lost control of their lives. Maintaining a garden offers a sense of control and responsibility for something that feels manageable.

Reduces Stress

Gardening has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, which, in turn, reduces stress. What about gardening specifically reduces stress, you may ask? Spending time caring for plants or even pulling weeds distracts your mind from other, more burdensome thoughts and directs your attention to the immediate task you are completing. Spending between 20-30 minutes in nature or caring for a garden significantly reduces levels of the stress hormone, resulting in a more calm and peaceful mood.

Encourages Productivity

There is nothing quite like getting to watch and enjoy the fruits of your labor. By growing your own food, herbs, or even flowers, you are able to see the product of your hard work. Caring for plants and feeling responsible for them can create a sense of purpose. This can be very rewarding and even empowering during a time when you may feel powerless in many aspects of your life.

Promotes Physical Activity

If you have ever worked in a garden, you know it can be hard work! There is quite a bit of bending, digging, and movement involved. Gardening is a great way to squeeze in a little physical activity that feels less like exercise and more like a hobby. Growing your own food also encourages healthier eating. You are more likely to eat healthy foods when they are easily accessible. What area is more accessible than your backyard?

Gardening During Treatment and Recovery

Spending time caring for plants or a garden during treatment and throughout recovery can serve as an excellent therapeutic outlet. As mentioned, gardening can help ease the negative thoughts and burdens you may be carrying by directing your focus to the present. The environment alone can be uplifting, and feeling the responsibility to care for something and succeed in that task can be very rewarding.

Health and wellness are incredibly important during treatment and throughout recovery. Gardening promotes healthy eating and physical activity and encourages frequent exposure to nature. Each of these components is important to good mental and physical health. Experiencing nature is encouraged throughout treatment and recovery, so time spent getting your hands a little dirty in a garden is time well spent.

Gardening is a hobby for many, but for others, it can also be very therapeutic. Caring for plants or a garden produces a sense of purpose, pride, and responsibility. When these efforts are successful, and you are able to see the outcomes of your work, it can be very rewarding and empowering. Spending time in nature has been proven to have healing benefits and improve mental and physical health. Gardening encourages physical activity, outdoor exposure, and healthy eating, all of which work together to promote overall well-being. Enlightened Solutions incorporates gardening as part of the treatment experience and encourages frequent interaction with nature. Allow us to help you discover a more fulfilling life by offering programs designed to give you a healthy and fulfilled life. If you or someone you care about is battling substance abuse, call Enlightened Solutions today at (833) 801-LIVE


How to Process Grief in Addiction Recovery

Grief is something we all experience at some point in our lives. Some may experience this feeling more than others. Grieving during addiction recovery comes with an additional set of struggles. Grief can tend to leave us more vulnerable to temptation as a fix to ease the pain we are feeling. This being the case, it is imperative to seek help in the form of therapy and accept support from addiction recovery communities during this time.

5 Stages of Grief

Grief, as we experience it, comes in five separate stages. Each stage encompasses its own perspective, symptoms, thought patterns, and reactions. These five stages include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages may be experienced in no particular order and the length of time spent in each stage can vary from person to person.

#1. Denial

The denial stage is one most spend the first few days, or even weeks, experiencing after the onset of grieving. This stage involves living in a state of preferred reality as opposed to actual reality. Instead of processing what is really occurring, you may be thinking and responding as if circumstances were different. Many describe a feeling of numbness during this stage. This can sometimes serve as the body's first line of defense, allowing for a less impactful reaction to the situation.

#2. Anger

The feeling of anger and rage tend to follow the denial stage. At this point, reality has set in, and you may be feeling extremely angry at the reality of the situation. You may be wondering why this has happened to you or feel as though you have been dealt a bad hand in life. Blaming others can be a common response during this phase, as you may be desperate to assign responsibility to someone. It is important to allow yourself time to feel angry and accept these emotions. Anger opens space for coping and healing to begin.

#3. Bargaining

The next stage involves the “what if” scenario. If this one little detail had been different, would the outcome have been the same? While there may be a million different if/then scenarios, the reality does not change. During this phase, you might find yourself trying to negotiate with God or a higher power to reverse what has occurred.

#4. Depression

After throwing in all of your chips and coming to terms with the inefficacy of your negotiations, you may begin to feel empty, hopeless, or withdrawn. The symptoms commonly associated with depression creep in once you have exhausted every effort to avoid, assign blame, or change the outcome of the situation. This may leave you feeling very overwhelmed by life in general or even numb.

#5. Acceptance

The final stage of grief is acceptance. This involves re-entering reality and facing it head-on. While you are not OK with the circumstances, you understand that life will go on, and you will be OK. The stage can include good days and bad days and some days that fall somewhere in between. This is a period of transitioning and adjusting to life as it is now.

Grief and Addiction

Unfortunately, studies have shown a correlation between grief and addiction. Grief can often serve as the trigger for the onset of substance abuse or can be the reason for relapse. As a result, experiencing grief during treatment or in recovery can be especially devastating.

Seeking support during a time of grief is important for everyone. If you are or have battled with addiction, feeling supported and receiving guidance throughout the grieving process is vital. Grief can bring about intense negative emotions, some of which you may feel the need to avoid or escape. This can make it tempting to fall back into bad habits or look for a temporary fix to help ease the pain. Seeking and participating in various forms of therapy, support groups, and engaging with the addiction recovery community can be very beneficial.

Therapy

There are various forms of therapy that can be helpful in coping with times of grief. These can include group therapy specific to your situation or individual grief counseling. Additionally, holistic therapies such as sound or art therapy can be very beneficial to the healing process.

Community

During treatment, you learn to lean on your community in times of need. If you are grieving, this qualifies. Engaging with others who may have a similar background and are going through or have been through similar situations can be an excellent tool for healing. Feeling understood and supported by others during such a difficult time can promote healing and help you move forward.

Grief can be very difficult to cope with for anyone but can be especially tricky for those in treatment or recovering from substance use disorders. Grief comes in five stages, and most experience some form of each stage before they are able to move forward and carry on with some version of life as usual. Seeking support during each stage of grief and learning how to cope with the feelings that may accompany each stage can be vital to remaining on track with treatment and in recovery. You do not have to experience and cope with grief alone. At Enlightened Solutions, we offer a variety of therapeutic options to promote healing and teach coping strategies. We provide a recovery-focused community and take pride in our whole-person treatment approach. If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, give Enlightened Solutions a call today at (833) 801-LIVE


Why Is Community Building In Recovery Important?

Why Is Community Building In Recovery Important?

We are our best selves when we surround ourselves with people who care about us and desire for us to achieve our goals. Recovery is challenging work and is best managed when we have the loving support of others in our lives. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains that there are ten components in recovery for mental health and addiction issues. Of those components, three are focused on community: relational, peer support, and person-driven. These three aspects of recovery signify the importance of community and force the recognition of recovery requiring a community of support.

Recovery Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

Our recovery impacts more than our own lives, just as our disease impacted more than ourselves. The beauty of recovery is not only in our ability to focus on living our best lives for ourselves but also in our willingness to invite others into our lives and help them as they help us.

Recovery happens best when we allow others to help us. Most recovery programs involve the development of a support system, whether it be from friends and family or from others who are also striving for their own recovery. One important thing to remember as we push toward recovery is that we need help, and we cannot recover on our own.

Why Have Community?

Having a community or a healthy support system enables people to live their best lives and be their best selves. Having a healthy support system is having a healthy community. While every member of the support system may be struggling with different problems on different days, there remains the possibility of support for that person and for yourself through the different members and allies in your support system.

When you are struggling in recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or other substances or behaviors, having a friend who can hold you accountable can enable you to succeed in recovery.

Finding Community

The most beneficial aspect of community as you press into recovery is the solid realization that you are not alone.
Addiction robs us of our dignity and our lives. As we progressed in our disease, we felt increasingly alone, escaping from our support systems and hiding our behaviors. Choosing recovery means choosing life and choosing to engage with those we love, opening ourselves up to being loved.

Recovery involves choosing people over behaviors. This choice suddenly helps us find community and the impressive knowledge that we are no longer alone.

Why Is Recovery Relational?

As SAMHSA explains, “Recovery is supported through relationships and social networks. A crucial factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover.” Support systems are essential to recovery. Having a support system can be a defining factor in the success or failure of one’s recovery. Having people who believe in your ability to overcome addiction to alcohol and/or other substances and behaviors can be the catalyst for change in your life.

Your support system needs to have people who do not stigmatize you based on your disease. You are not your disease, and having a support system consisting of people who see you beyond your diagnosis and past behaviors is critical to your success.

Many people care about you. You may not realize that, but as you progress in your recovery, you will find yourself surrounded by people who care about you and want to see you succeed.

What Does Peer Support Mean?

Peer support involves your allies in recovery. While there are people who think support comes best from those who understand the disease, such as health professionals and/or others who have struggled, in truth, support can come from anyone. Your allies in support are your friends, neighbors, family, faith leaders, and community members – those with whom you are willing to share your struggle and ask for help.

Another valued aspect of peer support is your helping others. Do not believe any internal dialogue suggesting you are incapable of helping others because of your own struggles. Instead, recognize how, because of your life experiences, you can offer unique insights into the struggles of other people. You play a role in your support system. You can help others too. By helping others, you are helping yourself.

Quality of Support

You have the right to recover. A diagnosis does not define you. You have the right to live your best life. As such, you need to be surrounded by people who believe in you and are willing to help you engage yourself to your highest potential.

As an individual navigating recovery, you have the right to choose your support system. You are empowered to know what you need and who is best able to support you as you push into a life of recovery. Developing a support system is not just about having a certain number of people ready to support you. Remember that quantity of persons able to support you does not equate to the quality of support.

Your Community Is Vital

As an individual, you have the right to recover in your own way, choose those in your support system, and ask for help. Asking for help is critical to your recovery, which is why a support system is so vital for your recovery and overall wellbeing.

Understanding that you are not alone in your pursuit of recovery is the basic building block of a successful recovery. At Enlightened Solutions, we recognize your need to have a solid support system, which is why we have an integrated approach to recovery in all of our clinical settings. As you pursue recovery, Enlightened Solutions provides resources for you and your family to help ensure your success. Our clinicians come alongside you as your allies in recovery. The most important thing we want you to realize as you pursue recovery is that you are not alone. We are ready and willing to help you take the next steps toward your recovery. Contact Enlightened Solutions and learn how we can help you begin building your best life and become your best self. Call us at (833) 801-LIVE and choose a life of community and growth.