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Tips for Staying Positive, Grateful and Happy

Posted 
January 25, 2017
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Positive, happy couple at breakfastSometimes life happens. You spill coffee on your shirt right before a team meeting. Dinner accidently gets burnt to a crisp. It starts raining and your umbrella is nowhere in sight. Even with your best intentions, sometimes good days turn into, well, not so great days.

While you can’t control everyone and everything around you, you do have the power to control how you react. Do you get bent out of shape or do you take a deep breath, move on and try to stay positive? That decision is up to you.

If you’re on a journey from addiction to recovery, you can influence your success. By consciously choosing behaviors that support a more positive and grateful approach to life, you can continue to support a new sober lifestyle.

Want to protect this new chapter of your life? Here are a few ways you can start living a more fulfilling and happy life!

(1) Make time for friends and family. Multiple studies have shown that happy people focus on cultivating close, personal relationships. The emphasis here is quality over quantity. Given that, you don’t have to have a huge social network. Invest your time and energy into those close to you and think about how you can grow your relationship. Give them a call once a week or make plans to grab coffee together.

(2) Be kind to yourself. Your mental health and your physical well-being are tightly interconnected. If you neglect one, the other starts to suffer. That’s why it’s important to take care of your whole body. Get enough sleep. Eat balanced meals and stay hydrated. You might be surprised how those simple improvements in your lifestyle can really boost your mood.

(3) Challenge yourself personally. Those who report a high level of personal satisfaction with their life often spend time pursuing personal goals. Whether that’s training for a local 5K, learning how to speak a new language or spending more time volunteering in their community. According to multiple studies, happy people do a good job of balancing their schedule and make time for both professional and personal endeavors.

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Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: 877-310-9545.

Cultivating a Morning Routine to Start Your Day Off Right

Posted 
January 23, 2017
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Man walking his dogDo you have a morning routine? Or, do you hit the snooze button a few too many times and scramble to make some coffee before rushing out the door? If you don't have a regular routine, take a few minutes to plan out a more productive morning schedule.

By crafting your own morning routine (and really sticking to it!), you can use that positive momentum throughout your day. And, it can be especially beneficial if you’re starting a new path of sobriety. By getting more organized, you can reduce your risk of relapse by starting your day with less stress and anxiety.

Want to craft a healthier morning routine? Here are a few tips to help you get started!

(1) Get hydrated! Did you know that if you wait until you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated? Instead of grabbing a cup of joe, replenish your system with a large (16 ounce) glass of water first. The health benefits of staying properly hydrated are numerous. It can help you fight fatigue, reduce your blood pressure, improve your skin tone and keep your weight in check.

(2) Make your bed. Did you know that the simple act of making your bed every morning can help you stay focused throughout the day? When things are in disarray, it can subconsciously add to your stress levels. And, studies have shown that you can reduce your risk of depression by setting small goals for yourself throughout the day (like this) and working to check them off your to-do list.

(3) Walk your dog around the block. If you are fortunate enough to have a four-legged friend, they can be part of your new healthy routine too! Take a few minutes each morning to walk a few blocks with Fido. You can enjoy a wealth of health benefits by getting a dose of exercise and fresh air first thing in the morning.

(4) Eat a well-balanced breakfast. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, it’s important to fuel your body with a healthy breakfast. And, try to stick with unprocessed, whole foods like fruit and nuts.

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When in the grips of addiction, often we cry out for the Lord to save us, and with the guidance and aide provided by the Christian Rehab Network, those prayers can be answered using a combination of therapies and teachings from the Bible rather than a traditional 12-step program. Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal and start a new sober routine. Call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

3 Life Hacks to Boost Your Productivity at Work

Posted 
January 12, 2017
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Male office workerHave you ever looked down at your to-do list and wondered how you are going to be able to get everything done? If that sounds all too familiar, it’s important to remember two things. First, you’re not alone. And, second, there are ways you can tweak your routine to eke out a little more productivity in your day.

If you’re well into your journey of sobriety, you’re probably able to spend more time and energy focusing on your career while trying to work harder (and smarter) to reach your professionals goals.

And, you can do just that but simply making some micro-adjustments to your routine.

Looking to amp up your productivity game? Here are three simple strategies to feel more confident and get more done during your 9 to 5.

(1) Don’t let email become overly distracting.

Email has radically transformed the workplace. In an instant, you can communicate with clients and colleagues and brainstorm with peers. While it certainly makes it easier to stay in touch and get things done, it can actually drag your productivity down. Try logging out of your email provider for the last 30 minutes of the day so you can reassess your priorities.

(2) Say no to (some) meetings. Have you ever accepted a meeting invitation, only later to find out that you really didn’t need to attend? That’s why it’s important to be discerning about how much time you devote to business meetings that you didn’t schedule. If your workload is especially busy, ask the meeting organizer in advance what they hope to accomplish and your role during the discussion. This can help you better understand if you can skip the appointment and simply participate via email.

(3) Constantly reassess your priorities. In virtually every organization, employees collaborate and work together to achieve the collective goals of the business. But, it’s easy to get caught up in meeting the needs of other coworkers – which can put your own projects in jeopardy. Before you start firing off emails in the morning, take a few moments to think about what you are expected to accomplish as an individual contributor. Then, block off time on your calendar during the day to focus on meeting those goals.

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Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery. Call Christian Rehab Network at 877-310-9545 to learn more. In outpatient care, you can build upon the life skills training you established during inpatient treatment, to reach your professional and personal goals.

Sharing the Gift of God’s Love with Random Acts of Kindness

Posted 
January 3, 2017
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Neighbor buying groceriesDon’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.

Galatians 6:9

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is over but you can still celebrate the spirit of the season long after the decorations have been put away. Since you’ve been blessed with the love of Christ in your life, why not share your joy with others?

If you are on a path to addiction recovery and working on rebuilding your relationship with Him, consider practicing a few random acts of kindness throughout your day. By lifting up the hearts and minds of others, you can lead by example and give back to your community.

Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few ways you can share random acts of kindness!

(1) Help a neighbor in need.

The next time you get out the lawnmower or spend an afternoon raking leaves in your backyard, why not surprise your neighbor and tackle their yard too? Or, if you have elderly neighbors, offer to do their grocery shopping if they don’t feel comfortable driving.

(2) Protect someone from the elements.

If you like to spend your spare time knitting, you can actually transform your hobby into helping others. If you are fairly crafty, chances are you have a lot of yarn left over from other projects. Consider recycling those extra materials to knit an extra hat or scarf and donate that to a local homeless shelter. And, if you have some friends who like to knit too, ask them to donate some of their time to do the same!

(3) Pay it forward.

The next time you drive through a tollbooth, consider giving the attendant a few extra quarters for the car behind you. While it may not seem like much (monetarily), you’ll likely make someone’s day a little bit brighter! And, you might even inspire them to do the same.

(4) Surprise someone with a homemade treat!

Do you know someone at work or in your neighborhood that has been going through a lot lately? You can bring a little joy into their day simply by whipping something up in your kitchen. Bake a few cookies, write them a quick note and leave it for them as a surprise.

(5) Be kind behind the wheel.

One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply show your respect. The next time you’re in busy traffic, slow down a little bit and let fellow drivers merge into your lane if they need.

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Developing sober living life skills during outpatient care is an important part of addiction recovery.

When you need outpatient treatment services from a Christ-based facility, allow us to help you locate and secure those services, and ensure they are affordable to you. Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery. Call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

3 Ways We Can Walk Closer with Christ in the New Year

Posted 
December 30, 2016
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Woman holding a BibleYou’ve probably heard your family and friends talk about their resolutions for the New Year. Things like saving more money, losing weight, getting organized and taking time off from work to travel the world. While it’s always great to have personal and professional goals for yourself, you shouldn’t overlook opportunities for spiritual growth too.

Whether you’ve recently accepted Christ as your savior or grew up in the church since you were young, there are always new, humbling lessons to learn during your journey of faith and addiction recovery.

With the New Year almost here, take a few quiet moments for yourself today to consider making some faith-based resolutions. Things that can help you become closer with Christ and grow stronger in your faith.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started!

(1) Resolve to read the Bible more regularly.

You’ve probably read specific passages from time to time, but do you carve out time in your schedule to understand the scripture? If you would like to make this part of your spiritual journey in 2017, consider putting together a Bible study group with your friends and family. You can plan to read specific chapters separately, and then come together to talk about what you learned and the words that inspired you.

(2) Prioritize prayer.

Prayer often comes to us spontaneously throughout the day – usually when we are doing through a difficult time or searching for answers. But, it’s also important to make prayer your priority, regardless of what is going on in your life.

(3) Inspire others through your actions.

If you have worked hard to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you can serve as an inspiration to others who are still trying to find their way. By living a sober, Christian lifestyle you can motivate your friends and family to do the same!

If you do want to make your faith a priority in the New Year, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pastor and the rest of your church family for their guidance and help. Chances are, they’ll be honored to be part of your faith-based journey!

Discover Christ-based Addiction Rehab

We offer the Christian-based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your willpower is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

Cultivating the Most Fulfilling Life: 3 Sober Hobbies to Try in the New Year!

Posted 
December 26, 2016
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Man playing acoustic guitarThe week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the perfect time of year to start thinking about your future. You may have a few days off from work and you can finally take a few moments to relax. Winding down after a long year is certainly a good idea (think: movie marathons with the family). But, don’t forget to make time to think about your goals for the coming year too.

And, if one of those goals is to create a more satisfying and rewarding lifestyle, consider trying a few of these sober hobbies in 2017. By diversifying your routine, you’ll be less tempted to resort to drugs and alcohol as a crutch to fill those empty spaces on your calendar.

Want to protect your sobriety in 2017? Try one of these sober hobbies! (Don’t forget to ask your friends, you might inspire them to try something new too!)

(1) Join a book club, or start your own!

Reading is a great addition to your sober lifestyle. It can help you settle and soothe your mind as you relax with a good book at the end of a long day. If you’d like to get back into reading on a regular basis, book clubs are a great way to start. Book club meetings can help motivate you to finish the book and offer great opportunities to meet new people in your community.

(2) Learn how to plan an instrument.

Ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar or maybe even the piano? The good news is – it’s never too late to start! And, it doesn’t have to be expensive either. Chances are, you probably already have at least one friend or family member who is musically inclined. Most likely, they’d be glad to give you a few introductory lessons to get started.

(3) Study a new language.

One of the secrets to living a fulfilling and satisfying life is to make learning a priority. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, consider taking a few classes at a local learning annex. And, having that on your resume can even make you more valuable in the eyes of employers.

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Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, we offer comprehensive outpatient drug and alcohol and mental health support to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation. At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you learn valuable life skills to build a fulfilling life of sobriety and reduce your risk of relapse. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: When Winter Brings on the Blues

Posted 
December 14, 2016
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Woman with seasonal affective disorderEverybody has the occasional bad day when your computer crashes right in the middle of a big work assignment or your mechanic is the bearer of bad (and expensive) news. But, for some people, those bad days can stretch into weeks or even months during winter.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects up to 20 percent of the population causing symptoms including weight gain, overwhelming fatigue and a heightened sense of irritability.

If you are starting a new life of sobriety and think you might have seasonal affective disorder, it’s important to talk to your recovery team to get a professional diagnosis. They can put together a targeted treatment plan to help you avoid turning to drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating.

Though, similar to many other behavioral health issues, making healthy lifestyle choices can help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Here are a few you might consider.

(1) Keep your home and office light and BRIGHT.

Many researchers believe that the root cause of SAD is related to the limited hours of daylight during the winter months. While you can’t fast forward to spring, you can alter your environment. Keep the curtains open at home and put a lamp on your desk at the office.

(2) Get some fresh air.

When you don’t feel like yourself, you might be more inclined to stay inside and hibernate. But, that will likely only exacerbate your mood. Make a point of spending some time outside every day. Even just a brief walk around your block can help.

(3) Nourish yourself with walnuts, salmon and flaxseed.

They offer a good, natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat shown to boost brain health. It works by increasing the level of dopamine in your brain and facilitating neuronal growth in your frontal cortex.

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At Christian Rehab Network, our team of credentialed therapists and pastors specialize in treating co-occurring disorders that often accompany addiction. With Christ-based care, we can help you start a new life of sobriety and address other issues including depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

Leading a More Merciful Life: The Power of Forgiveness

Posted 
November 28, 2016
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Man praying“Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us.”

In this excerpt from The Lord’s Prayer, it touches on one of the most powerful pillars of Christianity. How critical it is to forgive yourself and others. Think about it. Would you want to live in a world where people held grudges indefinitely and constantly reminded you of the mistakes you’ve made along the way? Of course not.

And, learning how to adopt a more forgiving attitude is especially important for those casting off a lifestyle of addiction. By freeing yourself from negativity and choosing to embrace yourself and others in a more positive light, you can reduce your risk relapse and protect your hard-earned sobriety.

If you’d like to cultivate a more sympathetic mindset, consider adopting some of these strategies of forgiveness – to open your mind and your heart.

(1) Stop keeping score.

When you see a friend or family member, do you really see the whole person? Or, do you immediately recall each and every grievance you have against them? People are human and everyone makes mistakes. The next time you start to mentally run through a list of past missteps, pause and ask yourself if you would like to be judged in the same critical way.

(2) Be discreet.

A big part of addiction recovery is all about taking responsibility for your actions. If you want to apologize to a friend or family member for something you did as a result of living with an addiction, pull them aside and talk to them privately. Initially, they may not be comfortable talking about it in a public setting. And, they’ll be more likely to pay attention to what you’re saying without being distracted.

(3) Be kind to yourself.

If you know that forgiving others for prior mistakes is the Christian thing to do, you also need to extend that same courtesy to yourself. Use what you have learned as a stepping stone towards the future. Beating yourself up over and over again doesn’t support your journey to sobriety.

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At Christian Rehab Network, we believe in the healing power of Christ-centered addiction recovery rehabilitation. Using a comprehensive approach to treatment, our unique programming is centered around prayer, scripture study and teachings from the Bible. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.

Incorporating Gratitude into Your Prayer Journal

Posted 
November 23, 2016
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Bible with silver cross necklaceKeeping a prayer journal is a great way to strengthen your relationship with Christ. It offers a unique opportunity to quietly reflect on your journey of faith while keeping friends and family members in your thoughts and prayers.

Writing down your daily conversations with Christ should also be more than simply an exercise in asking for His help. Your journal should also include messages of appreciation – especially if you are recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Taking the time to focus on your blessings can help reduce your risk of relapse by warding off depression. And, you can use that positive momentum to keep moving forward.

Given that Thanksgiving is tomorrow, why not take this opportunity to start incorporating messages of gratitude from the Bible into your prayer journal each day? Incorporating this small change into your daily routine can help you grow spiritually and continue to walk in the footsteps of Christ.

To help you get inspired, here are a few verses you can use to start adding gratitude into your daily dialogue with Christ.

Cultivating a Routine of Gratitude

(1) Psalm 100:1-5 ESV

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!

(2) Psalm 118:28-29 ESV

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

(3) Psalm 136:1-26 ESV

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Leaving behind a life of addiction leaves room in your heart for more love, more hope, more joy and more gratitude. If you are feeling blessed in this season of thanks, take a few moments to acknowledge the prayers that have already been answered.

Christ-Based Addiction Rehab

Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life.

Learn more about our addiction treatment services for Christians by calling 877-310-9545.

Become More Resilient and Find Your Inner Strength

Posted 
November 14, 2016
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Mountain ClimberA lot of people talk about things like “grit” and “determination” these days - and for good reason. Having a resilient attitude is an invaluable skill to possess. With it, you can navigate life with more confidence, maintain a positive outlook and reduce your risk of turning to drugs and alcohol during stressful situations.

No matter where you are on your journey in life, you can learn to become more resilient and get back up when life seems to (temporarily) knock you down. If you want to tap into your own inner strength during a journey of addiction recovery, consider adopting some the following strategies to become more emotionally resilient in the face of adversity.

3 Ways to Become more Resilient

(1) Develop a strong social network. In a 1624 work, English poet John Donne wrote ‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,’ and that description still holds true today. By having the support of a wider group of friends and family to lean on, you can weather the emotional storms of life with the support of those around you.

(2) Cultivate a sense of purpose. An important part of becoming more resilient is finding a connection between your life and a higher calling. By finding a sense of purpose in your life - teaching others about Christ or supporting a non-profit in your community – you can leverage a more holistic and long-term outlook to inform your perspective.

(3) Shift your focus from the problem to a solution. If your car breaks down on the highway, your immediate instinct might be to call a friend to complain or talk about your woes on social media. But, how does that improve your current situation? Instead of focusing on the problem at hand, shift your focus and start brain-storming solutions, you’ll feel more empowered and positive about your outlook in life.

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