Having 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.
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.
Sometimes 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.
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.
Do 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.
(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.
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.
Have 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.
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.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is over but you can still celebrate the spirit of the season long after the decorations have been put away. Since you’ve been blessed with the love of Christ in your life, why not share your joy with others?
If you are on a path to addiction recovery and working on rebuilding your relationship with Him, consider practicing a few random acts of kindness throughout your day. By lifting up the hearts and minds of others, you can lead by example and give back to your community.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few ways you can share random acts of kindness!
The next time you get out the lawnmower or spend an afternoon raking leaves in your backyard, why not surprise your neighbor and tackle their yard too? Or, if you have elderly neighbors, offer to do their grocery shopping if they don’t feel comfortable driving.
If you like to spend your spare time knitting, you can actually transform your hobby into helping others. If you are fairly crafty, chances are you have a lot of yarn left over from other projects. Consider recycling those extra materials to knit an extra hat or scarf and donate that to a local homeless shelter. And, if you have some friends who like to knit too, ask them to donate some of their time to do the same!
The next time you drive through a tollbooth, consider giving the attendant a few extra quarters for the car behind you. While it may not seem like much (monetarily), you’ll likely make someone’s day a little bit brighter! And, you might even inspire them to do the same.
Do you know someone at work or in your neighborhood that has been going through a lot lately? You can bring a little joy into their day simply by whipping something up in your kitchen. Bake a few cookies, write them a quick note and leave it for them as a surprise.
One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply show your respect. The next time you’re in busy traffic, slow down a little bit and let fellow drivers merge into your lane if they need.
Developing sober living life skills during outpatient care is an important part of addiction recovery.
When you need outpatient treatment services from a Christ-based facility, allow us to help you locate and secure those services, and ensure they are affordable to you. Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery. Call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.
You’ve probably heard your family and friends talk about their resolutions for the New Year. Things like saving more money, losing weight, getting organized and taking time off from work to travel the world. While it’s always great to have personal and professional goals for yourself, you shouldn’t overlook opportunities for spiritual growth too.
Whether you’ve recently accepted Christ as your savior or grew up in the church since you were young, there are always new, humbling lessons to learn during your journey of faith and addiction recovery.
With the New Year almost here, take a few quiet moments for yourself today to consider making some faith-based resolutions. Things that can help you become closer with Christ and grow stronger in your faith.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
You’ve probably read specific passages from time to time, but do you carve out time in your schedule to understand the scripture? If you would like to make this part of your spiritual journey in 2017, consider putting together a Bible study group with your friends and family. You can plan to read specific chapters separately, and then come together to talk about what you learned and the words that inspired you.
Prayer often comes to us spontaneously throughout the day – usually when we are doing through a difficult time or searching for answers. But, it’s also important to make prayer your priority, regardless of what is going on in your life.
If you have worked hard to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you can serve as an inspiration to others who are still trying to find their way. By living a sober, Christian lifestyle you can motivate your friends and family to do the same!
If you do want to make your faith a priority in the New Year, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pastor and the rest of your church family for their guidance and help. Chances are, they’ll be honored to be part of your faith-based journey!
We offer the Christian-based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your willpower is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.