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Stop Being Your Own Worst Critic and Start Using Positive Self-Talk

Posted 
November 8, 2016
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Smiling woman

“Uh, I can’t believe I lost my car keys. Again.”

“Why can’t I lose these last 10 pounds?”

“All of my friends are married and I'm still single. Of course.”

Does any of this sound like the running commentary that you tell yourself? Do you do a really great job of reminding yourself of every mistake, perceived inadequacy and missed opportunity? If this sounds all too familiar, you are not doing yourself any favors. And, you are actually chipping away at your self-esteem, one negative thought at a time.

So why is building up your confidence so important? Using positive self-talk is good for your mental health –  and it is even more critical for those on a path to addiction recovery. By maintaining a more positive self-image, you’ll be less likely to return to a life of drug and alcohol abuse.

Want to start boosting your self-esteem? Here are a few tips to stop your inner critic.

(1) Don’t put a label on yourself. Putting a label on yourself (like “Lazy” of “Fat”) is self-defeating and it doesn’t articulate who you are as a person. The next time you find yourself trying to define yourself negatively, make a mental list of your positive traits instead.

(2) Take a self-appreciation break every day. While you may not be able to completely banish negative self-talk, you can fight it using a positive approach. Carve five minutes out of your daily schedule to think about three things that make you proud of yourself. And, it can just be little things like cooking a healthy meal the night before.

(3) Ask yourself if you would talk that way to a friend. It’s unfortunate that sometimes we as human beings are comfortable emotionally abusing ourselves but would never treat anyone else that same way. The next time you start berating yourself, ask yourself if you would judge a friend or family member like that.

Supporting a Lifetime of Sobriety

Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, our outpatient treatment and sober living arrangements can help you build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation and maintain a new sober lifestyle. Call (877) 310-9545 to learn more today.

3 Reasons Why Sober Living Arrangements Are Incredibly Effective

Posted 
November 1, 2016
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Group enjoying breakfast in a sober living arrangementHalfway houses. Dry houses. Sober living homes. While they may go by a variety of different names, the common denominator remains the same – they offer an extremely effective tool for preventing relapse.

Typically, residents who choose sober living arrangements do so after completing an intensive inpatient treatment program and still need some additional support. Sober living facilities are similar to rehab centers in that they offer in-residence addiction recovery support. Though, clients have a greater level of independence and can leave the facility throughout the day to go to work and visit friends and family members – as long as they follow “house rules” like curfew and pass drug and alcohol tests.

If you (or someone you love) is about to graduate from an inpatient drug rehab facility, it’s a good idea to research sober living arrangements in his or her community. Still on the fence?

Here are three reasons why sober living homes are highly recommended by so many addiction recovery specialists.

  1. They offer support during the most critical time. Many addiction recovery professionals note that the risk of relapse is the most pronounced during first 30 to 90 days after inpatient treatment. By sheltering residents with continued support during this sensitive transitional period, clients can prevent a lapse in their sobriety.
  2. Access to support, 24/7. One of the most profound benefits of choosing a sober living arrangement is that you can still access support from sober coaches and house managers who are also living on-site – day or night.
  3. Get back into a regular routine. While every facility is different in their approach, most sober living homes allow residents to get back into a regular routine – simple things like grocery shopping, cooking dinner and helping with basic housework. While it may seem like a small step towards last sobriety, these types of activities can help residents regain a sense of normalcy, independence and confidence to fuel lasting sobriety.

Want to build on the recovery you gained during inpatient rehabilitation?

At Christian Rehab Network, we offer highly affordable sober living arrangements for those seeking a safe place to continue their recovery and rebuild their life. A stay in one of these group homes will allow you to bridge the gap between rehab and the real world, surrounded by other followers of Christ who are committed to their sobriety. Call (877) 310-9545 to learn more today.

 

 

3 Myths about Talk Therapy, Debunked

Posted 
October 24, 2016
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Woman in a talk therapy sessionIt’s a staggering statistic. 17.5 million adults currently suffer from a serious mental illness according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). And, among those with behavioral health issues, four million adults also have a co-occurring addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Given the fact that so many individuals need help for both substance abuse issues and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, more addiction recovery specialists recommend treatments, like talk therapy, that can help patients address both conditions concurrently.

If you are seeking help for a co-occurring condition, your addiction recovery team may recommend that you participate in psychotherapy (a.k.a. talk therapy) to help you process your feelings and find healthier alternatives to destructive behaviors.

But, if you have reservations about participating in talk therapy, you shouldn’t. By taking the time to learn more about this therapeutic option, you can ease your fears.

3 Things You Need to Know about Talk Therapy

  1. MYTH: Therapy is just about talking about your problems.

FACT: One of the biggest misconceptions about talk therapy is that it only focuses on what is wrong. In contrast, the focus of talk therapy is all about helping the client seek out and implement solutions for their problems.

  1. MYTH: Only psychiatrists offer therapy sessions.

FACT: In reality, there are a wide range of professionals you can see to participate in therapy sessions including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors.

  1. MYTH: Only crazy people go to therapy.

FACT: Over the past few decades, thousands of people have benefitted from going to therapy to help them work through challenging periods of their lives including divorce, starting a new career or the loss of a loved one. In fact, when individuals seek help for addiction or behavioral health issues, it is a positive sign that the individual is strong enough to prioritize their well-being.

Find Comprehensive Treatment Services for Co-Occurring Disorders

Are you coping with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and suffering from a behavioral health issue like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder? At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you get the comprehensive help you need to make you whole again – while also strengthening your relationship with Christ. Learn more about our mental health services for Christians by calling (877) 310-9545.

3 Reasons Why the Great Outdoors is So Good for You: Holistic Addiction Treatment

Posted 
October 17, 2016
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Woman enjoying being outdoorsHave you ever wondered why you sometimes crave spending time outside? What is it about fresh air and a little sunshine that have such a powerful effect on our mood? Multiple research studies have actually proven that the simple act of being outdoors can have a positive impact on virtually every aspect of our physical health and mental well-being – everything from anxiety and stress reduction to increased brain function.

And, the health benefits of the great outdoors can be especially beneficial for those on a journey to addiction recovery. Living through years of drug and alcohol abuse may have drained you of energy and left you feeling less than your best. Though, there are many holistic addiction treatments available – including spending more time outside - that can support your sobriety by helping you recharge.

3 Reasons Why You Should Spend More Time Outside

(1) It can give you a boost of creativity. The next time you are trying to figure out the answer to a problem at work, trying taking a short walk outside. In a research study published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants experienced a greater degree of creative decision making after taking a short walk on a treadmill and a greater benefit when taking a walk outside.

(2) Being outside can help you beat the blues. Researchers at the University of Michigan explored the mental health benefits of walking outdoors and found that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower rates of depression and an improvement in mental health and overall well-being.

(3) You might be able to ward off the flu. In one study conducted by Japanese scientists, research participants spent several days camping and at the end of the study, most were found to have a stronger immune system and less susceptibility to catching a cold or the flu.

The simple act of spending time in the great outdoors has a multitude of physical, mental and spiritual benefits which can benefit everyone – especially those recovering from a life of addiction. If you are building a new life of sobriety, consider ways you can tweak your daily routine to spend a few minutes outside each day. By spending a little more time outdoors each day, you can reduce your risk of relapse and feel more energized about a life free from addiction.

Helping You Heal

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. Call Christian Rehab Network today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

 

 

 

Are You Living with Intention?

Posted 
October 10, 2016
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Woman praying with intentionYou probably woke up with a mental “to-do” list of things you need to accomplish today or maybe this week. Things like picking up the dry cleaning, scheduling a few meetings at work or paying the electric bill that’s due in a few days. But, are you too caught up in the day-to-day to see the bigger picture? Are you actively working towards the future you want or simply just getting by?

If you’ve dealt with drug and alcohol use and abuse in the past, you may have been too drained emotionally and physically to envision a brighter future and take the steps towards making your personal and professional dreams a reality. One of the many benefits of pursuing a life free of addiction is that you have more time, money and emotional resources to actually plan for the future. If you’ve graduated from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, you’ve likely learned new life skills that you can finally put to good use.

Creating a life plan is an excellent way to start living life with intention – one where you map out your long-term goals and actually do the work to make them happen. If you are ready to start living a more focused life and start pursuing your dreams, here are few tips to get help you get started.

Living with Purpose & Creating a Life Plan

  1. Think about your spiritual goals. It’s easy to get caught up in a secular lifestyle that’s focused on accumulating wealth, power and status. But, if you are prioritizing things that aren’t serving Christ, ask yourself if that is really your calling. Take a few minutes to consider some of the spiritual goals that are important to you and your family such as reading the Bible together on a daily basis or participating more regularly in a Bible study group. What kind of Christian are you striving to become?
  2. Consider how you want to improve your health. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, the scripture says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” Are you taking care of your physical body in a way that honors the Lord and the gifts that he has given to you?
  3. Visualize where you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years. It may seem overwhelming at first to develop a comprehensive life plan that encompasses all of your priorities. One easy way to get started is to take a few minutes to visualize how you want to live and where you want to be on your life journey. Where are you living? What is a meaningful profession you’d like to pursue? Once you’re able to visualize the life you want, make a few notes in a journal or notebook that describes the Christian that you want to become.

One of the most powerful aspects of addiction recovery is that you’ll no longer be shrouded in a cloud of despair or self-doubt. Take this opportunity to finally identify where you want to go in life – and work with an addiction recovery specialist to map out how you can get there.

A Christian Partner to Guide Recovery

As a Christian in recovery, you must find your way back to the Lord before you can achieve a truly lasting recovery. The founding principle of Christian Rehab Network is that you should never have to walk that journey alone. Call (877) 310-9545 to begin the process today—or to learn more about the distinct advantages of faith-based sobriety programs.

Like David and Goliath: Your Battle with Addiction

Posted 
October 4, 2016
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David and GoliathTowering over the Israelites and casting a long, dark shadow at nearly nine feet tall, Goliath was most certainly an imposing figure and a formidable foe. For forty days and forty nights, the Philistine giant brazenly taunted his enemies while clothed in full armor and challenged them to fight. With hollow taunts and spiteful insults, he stood against the men of Israel and cast fear in the many among him.

Though, he didn’t realize the power of one young man in the crowd. Plainly dressed in a simple tunic stood David in defiance as he confronted the giant. "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

Emboldened with determination and faith, David slung a small stone at the giant’s head – which remarkably landed on Goliath’s head by way of a chink in his armor. With this simple act of courage, the plain shepherd was able to slay the giant and protect his camp of Christians.

This story from the bible has many applications in life – especially for those working to overcome challenges with substance abuse. In life, you will most certainly face challenges that seem at first to be insurmountable. Though, if you learn to rely on your faith and turn to the power of Christ during trying times, you can overcome your challenges with addiction and, like David, slay your enemy.

Addiction may seem to be an intimidating giant, but with the help of your friends, family and a team of experienced addiction recovery specialists, you too can conquer it.

DISCOVER CHRISTIAN-BASED ADDICTION OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AND SOBER LIVING

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 today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Family Addiction Services: When Your Spouse is an Addict

Posted 
September 26, 2016
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Married couple holding hands outside working through family addiction treatment

If you are married and your spouse is battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can drive a wedge between you and your loved one. They may become emotionally withdrawn as they spend more time using and abusing to fuel their addiction and the trust between you may start to fade as they fail to follow through on their promises of sobriety.

Though, individuals battling addiction can find lasting recovery. And, with the right help from family addiction rehab specialists, you can work towards saving your marriage while helping them heal.

If your husband or wife is currently battling addiction issues, it’s important to find support from experienced professionals and learn how to cope during this challenging time.

5 Ways to Support Your Husband or Wife with Addiction Issues

1. Empower yourself with information. If your spouse is battling drug or alcohol dependency, you may start to feel powerless as they fall deeper into a life of addiction. While you can’t control the situation, or their behavior, you can control how you respond to the situation. By researching the typical signs and symptoms of addiction and the treatment options available, you can better understand the nature of their condition and what to expect.

2. Take care of yourself. When a loved one is battling an addiction issue, it’s normal to want to do everything in your power to take care of them and help them on their journey to recovery. Though, it’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself to have the mental and physical energy to help others. Be sure to stick to a reliable sleep routine, avoid fast food and processed foods and take time for yourself. Your health is important too!

3. Explore Christian-based rehab counseling. If you and your partner are committed to living a Christian-based life, you can find help from addiction recovery specialists who are well-versed in helping you both strengthen your relationships with Christ. Faith-based addiction recovery programs often combine evidence-based addition treatment programs with pastoral care for a holistic approach to recovery.

4. Keep a prayer journal. During challenging times, you can find hope and support by turning to prayer and teachings from the bible. Keep a journal of inspirational bible verses and spiritual passages with you so you can refer to them during challenging times.

5. Find addiction rehab facilities that offer family addiction services. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It affects the addict and their entire network of friends and family members. Many addiction rehab facilities offer a comprehensive program of addiction treatment services that provide Christian-based marriage counseling and family therapy services to help everyone heal.

Healing Families – Mind, Body and Spirit

If you or someone you care about is caught in the bondage of drugs or alcoholism, there is no better time to seek help than today. Christian Rehab Network enables families to find faith-based drug rehab programs based in Biblical truth and staffed by credentialed therapists and experienced pastors. Contact our team of Christian admissions specialists by dialing (877) 310.9545. Our team is happy to pray with you or discuss your concerns, 24/7.

Your Recovery Plan: Have You Mapped Out Your Addiction Triggers?

Posted 
September 19, 2016
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Addict developing a list of addiction triggersIf you’re on a path to addiction recovery and leading a life of sobriety, it takes a lot of inner strength, grit and determination to acknowledge that you need help and get the support you need to start a new life. To continue that positive momentum, it’s also important to put a plan in place to avoid relapse as you carve out a healthier lifestyle that is free from an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

While the cause of addiction is complex, many addiction recovery researchers suggest that it’s fueled by a combination of genetics, and in many instances, environmental and cultural triggers that prompt the addict to use and abuse as a result.

What Is an Addition Trigger?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is characterized by the power of external cues to trigger cravings and addictive behaviors. These triggers can include a wide range of influences including: exposure to drugs and alcohol, other addicts, toxic relationships and stressful situations.

Though, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be held hostage by your addiction triggers to continue a life of sobriety. By creating a plan that identifies that situations and emotions that you associate with alcohol and drug abuse, you can become more proactive about maintaining a sober lifestyle.

Create an Action Plan to Overcome Addiction Triggers

Don’t wait until you are at risk of relapse. Take a few moments today to identify your personal addiction triggers and make a plan that outlines how you can counteract those influences in healthier ways.

Step 1: Think about your past substance abuse and what caused those cravings?

  • What were you feeling?
  • What were you doing?
  • Who were you with?

Step 2: Consider why those situations or emotions triggered your alcohol or drug abuse.

  • Were you trying to numb uncomfortable feelings?
  • Did you feel pressured by others?

Step 3: Make a list of healthier ways you can react to those influences.

  • If your trigger is stress-related, what can you do to overcome feelings of anxiety?
  • If social situations where drugs and alcohol spark your cravings, how can you avoid those high-risk situations?

Addiction recovery is a lifelong process of learning about your personal addiction triggers and developing healthier coping skills. But, if you’re armed with the right support and a relapse prevention plan, you can protect your newfound sobriety and celebrate your Christ-centered life - free from addiction.

Discover Christian-based Addiction Outpatient Treatment and Sober Living

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 today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: 4 Warning Signs You Need to Know

Posted 
September 9, 2016
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Man with post-traumatic stress disorderAccording to the National Center for PTSD, eight percent of the population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. And, it doesn’t discriminate. PTSD can happen to anyone - at any age - as a result of experiencing an extremely stressful or dangerous event including war, physical or sexual assault, prolonged emotional abuse, a car accident or a natural disaster.

While it is normal to react to painful events in life with feelings of anger, nervousness, fear, or even guilt, PTSD is characterized by symptoms so severe that they substantially interfere with your everyday routine such as going to work, maintaining personal relationships and even simple tasks like grocery shopping.

Given the fact that the symptoms of PTSD can mirror many other common behavioral disorders including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder, it is important to consult a mental health professional in order to get an accurate diagnosis.

Though, there are several characteristics that are unique to PTSD. If you are currently experiencing some of all of the symptoms listed below, contact a local facility that specializes in diagnosing and treating behavioral health disorders.

  1. Reliving the event

If you do have PTSD, you may repeatedly relive unpleasant memories or flashbacks about the traumatic event. In these situations, you may start to experience the same feelings and negative emotions that you felt during the initial trauma.

  1. Avoiding situations that remind you of the traumatic event.

You may find yourself consciously avoiding situations that remind you of your previous traumatic event. For example, if you suffered a traumatic experience like a car crash, you may find yourself avoiding places that trigger traumatic memories of the original event.

  1. Finding it hard to own and express your feelings.

Individuals with PTSD often find it hard to express interest in activities that they once found enjoyable. At times, they might find it hard to communicate their feelings to others and may seem emotionally distant.

  1. Constantly looking out for danger around you.

One of the most profound symptoms of PTSD is a sense of impending doom. Those suffering from the disorder often find themselves in a constant state of “high alert” – searching for signs of danger in their environment.

Post-traumatic stress disorder can severely disrupt the life of those suffering from the condition and those around them. If you, or someone you love may be suffering from PTSD, contact an experienced behavioral health provider for help.

Helping You Discover God’s Recovery Plan for You

The addiction specialists at Christian Rehab Network believe that God has employed us to make sure affordable rehab is readily available for all of Christ’s followers, including you. Our Christian-based addiction treatment centers provide the best recovery care available. Our partners address more than your physical and mental needs. They also offer spiritual guidance to help you regain your closeness to Jesus. Call us now at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Strengthen Your Spiritual Journey During Addiction Recovery

Posted 
August 26, 2016
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Woman on a spiritual journey to recovery prayingLife isn’t always easy during addiction recovery. It’s stressful at times dealing with financial concerns, striking the right work-life balance and carving out time for everything else.

Though, it doesn’t always have to be that hard. As a child of Christ, you were placed on this earth to live a simple life. You were created to lead a mission-driven life, to serve and minister to others and celebrate the gifts that He has bestowed upon you and your family.

If you are dealing with addiction issues, it doesn’t have to derail your faith. By making prayers of gratitude a constant priority in your daily routine, you can continue to grow on your spiritual journey while, at the same time, making strides in substance abuse recovery.

By saying prayers of thanks, you can recharge and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul to fuel your long-term sobriety.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few prayers of gratitude you can use to grow stronger in your faith and your recovery.

  1. Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
  3. Psalm 100:1–5: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
  4. Psalm 107:1: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
  5. Psalm 118:28–29: You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  7. 1 Chronicles 16:34: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Rejoice in Him During Your Spiritual Journey at Christian Rehab Network

At Christian Rehab Network, our philosophy targets the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Our addiction specialists are here to help with your insurance needs, and we specialize in providing affordable, faith-based treatment for drug and alcohol dependency. Help is available 24 hours a day by dialing 877.310.9545, and forgiveness is just one of the tenets we teach as you begin your journey toward health and freedom.

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