5 Strategies for Better Sleep

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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3 Ways to Build Fellowship with Gratitude and Respect

March 4, 2017
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A family group pictureIn our busy lives, it’s easy to let fellowship fall by the wayside. But, it’s important to carve out time for friends and family - and other members of your church.

But, why is Christian fellowship so important? It offers a rare opportunity to connect with others who share your same spiritual values and belief system.

You might be surprised to learn that you can also cultivate those Christian relationships by simply fostering a more mindful approach in how you treat others with respect. In some ways, you might think of fellowship as the amount of time you spend with others. It’s also important to think about the quality of time spent, too.

If you’re thinking about building a stronger family unit and Christian community, here are a few strategies you might consider.

(1) Don’t judge their past.

Help them build a brighter future. No one is perfect and that is a given. You can demonstrate your respect by simply supporting their journey. During challenging times, don’t turn away. Instead, stand by their side. Show them that you have confidence in where they want to go. That is a powerful form of respect.

(2) Acknowledge their story by listening.

Sometimes the most powerful form of respect is delivered through active listening. Throughout the day, most people work hard to simply be heard. The next time you have a few minutes to chat with a loved one, simply be present. Don’t try to chime in at every pause in the conversation. Often times, you can demonstrate your respect by keeping an open mind and an open heart.

(3) Treat everyone with kindness.

You may not realize it, but you can touch the lives of so many people by offering the simple act of kindness and respect. You might not realize it, but the person in line at the grocery store or even a neighbor might be going through a personal challenge in their life. By offering a simple smile or a warm embrace, it just might make a profound difference in their day.

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Fighting Addiction with the Positive Power of Friends and Family

February 17, 2017
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Happy teenagersIn the late nineties, the Nordic island country of Iceland was facing a serious public health crisis. Alcohol and drug abuse among younger residents had escalated to an increasingly worrisome level. 42% of teens (not even old enough to drive) were abusing alcohol and nearly 1 in 5 smoked marijuana on a regular basis.

In an effort to better understand the root cause, Icelandic officials conducted a survey asking 15- and 16-year-olds how much time they spent with friends and family members in their community. What did they do after school? Who did they hang out with? Did they participate in sports and other organized activities?

The results of the survey showed a strong correlation between social isolation and substance abuse. Armed with this information, community leaders decided the tackle the issue in a variety of ways.

  • A substantial investment was made to increase the number of extracurricular activities available to young residents. Everything from life skills training to team sports leagues.
  • In addition to that, they passed new laws making it illegal to sell tobacco to individuals under 18 and officials raised the drinking age to 20.
  • Communities also hosted a variety of events designed to help parents better understand how to spend quality time with their children and become more involved in their lives.
  • A curfew was also put into effect banning teens from staying out past 10 p.m. during the winter and midnight in the summer.

And the results were profound. Rates of alcohol abuse fell from 42 to 5 percent. Marijuana use dropped from 17 to just 7 percent.

By offering teens more opportunities to socialize and spend time with friends and family members, they were able to reduce the risk of addiction among their most vulnerable residents.

While there are many proven therapies available to treat substance abuse, prevention is truly the most powerful. Which begs the question. Given the current opioid epidemic, is there an opportunity to reapply some of these best practices to stop the spread of addiction among our youth?

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For adolescents, the path to recovery can be very different than an adult. That’s why Christian Rehab Network offers a faith-based rehab for adolescents. We offer group and individual therapy, Bible study, pastoral care, and recreational recovery activities that give adolescents age-appropriate strategies for coping with issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance use disorders, and social difficulties. To inquire about insurance and private payment options for adolescent drug rehabilitation, call (877) 310-9545 or submit a secure online inquiry today.




Tips for Staying Positive, Grateful and Happy

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.

3 Life Hacks to Boost Your Productivity at Work

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.

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

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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Become More Resilient and Find Your Inner Strength

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?

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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