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Breathe Deeply for a Better Recovery

Posted 
June 8, 2017
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Breathe Deeply Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. We take about half a billion breaths over the course of our life and yet many of us don’t fully pay attention to our breathing. But learning to breathe deeply and consciously can be a valuable tool in your recovery. It’s simple and it’s pretty powerful when it comes to bringing more mindfulness and peace in your life.

Some other health benefits of conscious, deep breathing include:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Lower/stabilized blood pressure
  • Increased energy levels
  • More relaxed muscles
  • Better sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Better ability to withstand pain
  • Greater productivity and learning
  • Better decision-making
  • Heightened self-awareness

How to Practice Breathing Deeply
It’s kind of funny to think that we need to practice something that is so core to survival, but most of us need to learn how to breathe deeply. Here are a few steps:

  • Sit or lie down in a quiet, comfortable place. Take a normal breath. Now, take a deep breath by breathing in slowly through your nose and hold it for a count of 7. Your chest and lower belly should rise as you fill your lungs.
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth (or nose, if that feels more natural) for a count of 8.
  • Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths.
  • Once you become comfortable with the above steps, you may consider blending deep breathing with imagery or a mantra or prayer to deepen relaxation.

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Bible Verses for Your Easter Weekend Celebration

Posted 
April 14, 2017
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Female hands in prayerEaster weekend is almost here and if you’re like most Christians, it represents an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Christ’s resurrection and his ultimate sacrifice for us.

For many Christians, Easter Sunday also represents an opportunity to spend the day with family and friends. If you plan on going to church this Sunday with your loved ones, why not make the day even more memorable by taking the time to study the Bible together as a group. By talking about the scripture and having an honest discussion about the meaning of the text, you can strengthen your relationship with Christ – and with your loved ones.

If you’re going to church this Sunday, considering hosting a group Bible study to explore God’s word with your family and friends.

To get started, you might consider pulling together some Bible verses that speak to you and ask your friends and family members to do the same. Here are a few of the most inspirational Bible verses that can help remind you of Christ’s love and miraculous resurrection.

Psalm 34:8: Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Isaiah 40:28-31: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 4:9-11: In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

However you choose to spend the day, the team at Christian Rehab Network wishes you a happy Easter weekend!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Saying a Prayer with Each Step: Your Spiritual Workout

Posted 
August 23, 2016
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A runner enjoying a physical and spiritual workout Dealing with addiction recovery is hard. It can wear you down mentally, spiritually and physically. But, you should remember that you always have someone on your side. God. He’s there. He’s listening. He’s a silent champion for your success. Remember that.

While life may look like a trail carved from a steep, uneven path at times, it’s important to know that your trek along each and every one of those cracks, walls and uphill climbs isn’t one surpassed alone. Even if your footprints are the only ones left on the trail behind you, it’s important to know that you have His strength by your side.

That’s why many of those on the path to recovery have realized that running is more than just exercise. It’s an opportunity to clear your mind, focus on nothing but the open road, and just, breathe. And, for many, the act of running is transformed into something more - a spiritual workout. It’s a chance to say a prayer with your running partner each day.

Is Christ your running partner? Here are ten prayers to strengthen your spiritual workouts.

  1. Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
  2. Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20
  3. The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8
  4. I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as the mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible. Matthew 17:20
  5. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. Luke 19:26
  6. I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
  7. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we can not see. Hebrews 11:1
  8. ‘I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11
  9. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Timothy 4:12
  10. We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

Helping You Discover God’s Recovery Plan for You

When you are a Christian who is grappling with substance abuse and addiction, you may feel that God has abandoned you. Remember, you may not always understand the plan He has for your life, but it will be revealed to you in surprising ways.

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.

 

 

Praising Your Gifts and Your Burdens: Find Strength in the Lord

Posted 
August 13, 2016
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Man praying to God

At times, you may encounter stressful events in your life. Sometimes your heart can feel heavy bearing the weight of the challenges you might be facing. You may even start to ask yourself, “Why me? Why have I been given this burden?” Though, the Bible says that these times of suffering can actually make us stronger Christians by becoming more resilient and learning to find strength in the Lord.

Romans 5:1-11: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Making Time to Praise His Gifts

In addition to learning to appreciate the challenges God has placed before us, it’s also important to devote your attention to praising the gifts He has given us as well. If you’re on a path to addiction recovery, you can strengthen your relationship with God and heal your mind, body and spirit by taking the time to praise the blessings in your life.

3 Reasons to Say a Prayer of Thanks Today

  1. The beauty of His creation. (Revelation 4:11): “Lord, as I see a golden sunrise filling the morning sky, watch a hummingbird outside my kitchen window, or gaze from the top of a mountain, I can’t help but praise You. How great You are! Thank You for the beauty of nature and the promise that the best is yet to come.”
  2. God’s unconditional love for us! (Exodus 14:14) “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  3. He has forgiven us for all of our sins. (John 1:9) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Helping You Discover God’s Recovery Plan for You

When you are a Christian who is grappling with substance abuse and addiction, you may feel that God has abandoned you. Remember, you may not always understand the plan He has for your life, but it will be revealed to you in surprising ways.

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.

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