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How to Give Back in Recovery

Posted 
February 17, 2020
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giving backGiving back is a perfect way to kickoff the holiday season and it’s great for your recovery, too.  For one, it simply feels good to give. Beyond that, acts of altruism have been linked with lower levels of depression, greater positivity, increased confidence and self-worth and better overall life satisfaction.

Depending on how you choose to be charitable, it may also help you to meet new like-minded people and gain new skills and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it feeds the soul and spirit.

Ready to get back as much (if not more) than you give? In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, here are few ways to give back during recovery:

  • Become an advocate for recovery. You can become an advocate of alcohol and/or drug addiction recovery by simply sharing your story. This is a great service to help reduce the stigma of addiction and its treatment, to encourage someone who is struggling and to strengthen your own sobriety. When you do meaningful work, you have more to lose and less reason to relapse.
  • Volunteer in the local community. Many addiction specialists consider volunteering a cornerstone of recovery. Find out if your local church has any volunteer initiatives, like soup kitchens or clothes drive, that need an extra hand this season.
  • Work with pets. If you’re not yet secure around others, volunteering with animals can be a good fit. Working with pets is both a learning experience and a healing experience for people in recovery. Check with your local animal shelter about any volunteer opportunities.

Continual Growth at Christian Rehab
At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you explore your own recovery journey while learning to heal relationships and build a sober social network. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call today: 877-310-9545.

Encouraging Self-Esteem in Loved Ones

Posted 
January 21, 2020
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Self-esteem plays a big part in your loved oneself-esteem’s recovery. After all, high self-esteem will help your loved one to:

  • Act independently and responsibly
  • Take pride in his/her accomplishments
  • Attempt new tasks and challenges
  • Better handle positive and negative emotions
  • And more...

Conversely, low self-esteem can prevent your loved one from working toward personal recovery goals and can even lead to relapse, if your loved one feels so badly about himself that he gives up and starts drinking or drugging again.

You can play a positive part in helping your loved one build or rebuild his or her self-esteem. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Exercise with your loved one. Whether you go for a morning walk together or sign up for a yoga class, this will help encourage self-care, which is key to self-esteem.
  • Help your loved one find a hobby. Whether writing a poem, playing a musical instrument, or going for a hike, identifying an enjoyable hobby/activity is the perfect way to help your loved one feel more confident and happy.
  • Laugh with your loved one and encourage him to laugh at himself. People who take themselves very seriously are undoubtedly decreasing their enjoyment in life. A good sense of humor and the ability to make light of life are important ingredients for handling the ups and downs of sobriety.
  • Remind him that mistakes are okay. Especially when you go outside your comfort zone, you’re bound to stumble along the way.

Healing Families at Christian Rehab
If you or someone you care about is caught in the bondage of drugs or alcoholism, Christian Rehab Network can help. We help families to find faith-based drug rehab programs based in Biblical truth. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

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.

Christian-Based Addiction Rehab
Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, we can help you get the Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. Call today to learn more about our addiction treatment services for Christians: 877-310-9545.

Smart Morning Habits to Start Today

Posted 
June 2, 2017
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You already know that good sleep habits are an important part of your overall health and recovery plan – shutterstock_640787614 (1)but what you do in those first seconds, minutes and hours after you wake up counts, too. In fact, the right morning routine can help provide you with the energy and self-control to stay the sober path. Try these tips to set a positive tone that lasts the entire day.

  • Drink a tall glass of water. This is a great health habit to make part of your a.m. routine. Water hydrates you, of course, but it also helps to fire up your metabolism, flush out any toxins and give your brain fuel.
  • Stretch your extremities. Before jumping out of bed, take a few minutes to limber up your muscles and joints for the day. Start with your fingers, wrists and arms and then move to each body part.
  • Say a morning prayer. A morning prayer will help you focus your time and attention on seeking God's plan for the day ahead.
  • Get moving. There’s a bunch of benefits to working out first thing in the morning. For one, people who exercise regularly in the morning are more likely to stick with the routine. Plus, beginning your day with movement will inspire you to stay active throughout the rest of the day.
  • Enjoy a healthy breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day and for good reason. Fueling your body with the right a.m. foods can give you energy, boost brain activity and help you stave off cravings.
  • Listen to music. Spending just 10 to 15 minutes listening to music is a great way to get in a good mood for the day ahead. Music has been touted for its ability to relieve stress, reduce pain and even make you smarter.
  • Read a motivational quote. The right quote can help give you the energy and inspiration needed to get going and go to work toward your short- and long-term recovery goals.

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With our faith-based approach to addiction recovery, we can help you build a new, sober life while also rebuilding your relationship with Christ. Take that first step today. Call: 877-310-9545.

How to Make Time for Quiet Time

Posted 
May 19, 2017
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quiet timePsalm 46:10: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Quiet time, or making an effort to unplug and remove yourself from such distractions as phones, electronics, social obligations, etc., can do wonders for your long-term sobriety. For one, you’ll be better able to process the lessons of recovery. In addition, a little stillness among the daily chaos of life can give you time to reflect on short- and long-term recovery goals. And, perhaps the best part, it’s not that hard to do. Try one (or all) of these quiet-time strategies this weekend:

  • Take a mindful walk. While sweat inducing speed walking is great for your body and mind, so is slowing the pace once in a while so you can breathe in your surroundings. Stroll through the park this weekend and really take notice of the flowers, trees, birds – you’ll be surprised how quickly it helps quiet your mind.
  • Make room for meditation. You can meditate before you begin your day or as part of your bedtime ritual to help you wind down. Either way, this calming practice is sure to help quiet your mind from the constant chatter of daily life.
  • Start a journal – and stick with it. You’ve likely heard the many health perks of journaling and for good reason: Using writing (or typing) to unleash your feelings is the perfect exercise to clear, quiet and focus your mind during recovery.

A Christian Partner in Your Recovery Journey
Part of being a Christian in recovery is finding your way back to the Lord before you can achieve truly lasting sobriety. At Christian Rehab Network, we make sure that you never have to walk that journey alone. To learn about our faith-based programs, call today: 877-310-9545. 

Time to Spring Clean Your Mind

Posted 
May 12, 2017
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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to open the windows, lspring clean your mindet the sun shine in and clear all the clutter from your mind! These steps will help you get started.

  • Make a list. Write down everything you need to do to free up your mental space for thinking.
  • Prioritize your top 3. This can help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed or frustrated while tackling your to-do list.
  • Seek serenity in nature. Spend some time in the fresh air and open space to calm and soothe your mind. Inhale deeply and take in all the beauty.
  • Clear the clutter. A messy desk, room, kitchen or counter top – this type of physical mess can make it more difficult to concentrate and relax – and it may even lead to fatigue.
  • Be thankful for each day’s blessings. Remember, you have been given what you need for today so focus on the present and take one day at a time.
  • Go on a tech diet. Anxiety and depression have been linked to smartphone overuse, so give your brain a break and separate yourself from your mobile device.
  • Enjoy the Sabbath. You deserve a brake – and this includes chores.
  • Take a positive spin. Negative thoughts weigh the mind and heart and eat up a ton of mental space. So let go of any feelings of resentment, bitterness, jealousy, regret and hatred.

Mental Health Treatment for Christians
Similar to an addiction to drugs or alcohol, mental illness can feel like a dark room with no windows. At Christian Rehab Network, we work with pastors and credentialed therapists to help our clients and their families lift the veil of darkness and start to feel hopeful again. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

5 Strategies for Better Sleep

Posted 
April 10, 2017
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Woman sleeping soundlyDo you sometimes find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night? If so, you’re not alone. It’s actually common to experience insomnia during the early stages of addiction recovery.

Though, there are proven strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your sleep as your body adjusts to the absence of drugs and alcohol.

Getting enough rest is important for everyone and especially for those working on their sobriety. It can help reduce your risk of relapse by easing the symptoms of withdrawal and it can even boost your mood too.

If you’d like to feel more rested and alert during the day, here are a few tips for getting more restorative sleep at night.

(1) Stick to a regular schedule.

Many addiction recovery specialists emphasize the importance of creating a new sober routine and your sleep schedule is an important part of maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. Set a daily alert on your phone to help remind you when to go to bed and when to get up in the morning.

(2) Be mindful of what you eat and when.

What you eat can have a profound effect on the quality of your sleep. Try to eat dinner at the same time every day and be sure to fuel your body with lean meat, fish and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

(3) Spend some time outside every day.

Getting a daily dose of sunshine can help reset your body’s natural rhythm. Consider taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day.

(4) Wind down at the end of the day.

Do something relaxing every evening to help you get ready for bed. Take a warm bath, meditate or do some light stretches.

(5) Turn down the thermostat.

Research has shown that you can actually sleep more soundly by keeping the temperature in your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees. Scientists theorize that a slight drop in temperature sends a signal to your body that it’s time for bed.

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If you are tired of struggling with an addiction to drugs to alcohol, we can help you finally find relief. With our faith-based approach to addiction recovery, we can help you build a new, sober life while also rebuilding your relationship with Christ. Take that first step today. Please contact us at (877) 310-9545. At Christian Rehab Network, our addiction recovery specialists are standing by to help you.

3 Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together During Recovery

Posted 
March 17, 2017
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Woman cooking with her daughterHaving a strong, close-knit family is truly a blessing. With the help of their support and love, you can help each other weather the ups and downs of life. And, this is especially important for individuals working on their recovery. By having a positive support system in place, you can reduce your risk of relapse while building a new, sober lifestyle.

If you’d like to build stronger ties with members of your family, here are a few strategies that can help you grow closer together.

(1) Spend time around the dinner table.

Take a few moments out of your busy schedule to spend time together. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to spend quality time with family members. Schedule time during the week to have dinner together as a family. And, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Each person can help by bringing a dish so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed cooking for a large group. You can wind down during the evening, share stories and have a chance to catch up.

(2) Give your spouse your undivided attention.

With smart phones and the ability to access work email virtually everywhere, it’s easy to blur the lines between your personal and professional life. Though, if you’re constantly checking your phone every five minutes, it’s hard to truly connect with your significant other. Try turning your phone on silent or putting it out of sight when you are spending time with loved ones. They’ll appreciate that you are making them a priority and focusing on what they have to say.

(3) Be proactive about calling your family.

With the rise of social media, it’s easy to feel connected without really connecting. To show your family that you care, why not pick up the phone and give them a call? They’ll appreciate that you made time for them and it can give you both the opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your life and develop a more meaningful relationship.

When you're using and abusing drugs and alcohol, it has a way of isolating you from the people that you love and those who truly care about you. Though, you can learn how to rebuild those relationships as part of a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery.

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery

At Christian Rehab Network, we offer an alternative to the traditional 12-step approach to addiction treatment. We understand the power of prayer and church-based guidance for those in search of relief from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. We’re here to help match you with the right provider to address behavioral health issues, inpatient addiction treatment or a supervised drug detox. If you want to start a new, sober chapter of your life while also rebuilding your faith, please contact us today at (877) 310-9545.

3 Ways You Can Prioritize Self-Care

Posted 
February 11, 2017
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Woman drinking teaTake a look at your current to-do list. Chances are, it includes errands and chores – things that keep your life running well and take care of those around you. But, have you thought about also prioritizing things to take care of you?

While “self-care” may sound a little abstract, it’s really very simple. It’s all about rejuvenating your spirit and nourishing your soul. Making a choice to reconnect with your spirit on a daily basis.

Practicing self-care each day can help give you the emotional and physical strength to pursue your personal and professional goals. And, for those working on their sobriety, it can help you cultivate a fulfilling life – one free from addiction.

3 Small Doses of Self-Care

(1) Set aside 15 minutes of reflection before bedtime. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. But, it’s important to take a step back and press pause on life once in a while. Before you go to bed, turn off your phone and the TV for a few minutes and spend some quality time with yourself. Think about what you accomplished during the day and the moments that you cherish. Focusing on your achievements today can help fuel your dreams for tomorrow.

(2) Indulge in some fresh air. Carve out a few minutes in your calendar to spend time outside each day. Instead of eating your breakfast in the car on the way to work, take your bagel and cappuccino outside. Spending a few minutes on your patio in the morning can help set you up for a great day.

(3) Make your sleep a priority. If you want to take care of your emotional and physical well-being, start prioritizing the amount of sleep you get each night. Getting a full night of rest can help regulate your mood throughout the day and boost your productivity at work.

If you’re like most people, you likely have a busy schedule – filled with personal and work obligations. But, it’s also important to schedule activities that are designed to keep you well balanced and feel good about your journey in life.

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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. Contact us today: 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.

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