Celebrate Your Hard Work – Sober and Mindfully
It is Possible to Enjoy Holidays Without Alcohol or Drugs
For recovering alcoholics and those in addiction recovery, maintaining sobriety on holidays is challenging.
It can be difficult to stay sober when surrounded by those who drink; or drink to excess.
Being drunk on Labor Day is often presented as ‘having fun.’ In reality, getting drunk on holidays leads to losing friends in drunken arguments – and losing liberty if stopped while driving drunk.
Sobriety often means re-assessing what was previously experienced as ‘fun.’ And that can be very positive.
3 Top Tips for Staying Sober on Labor Day
- Strong INTENT to stay sober.
- Especially in early recovery – avoid gatherings with former drinking buddies.
- Assertive and on-going MINDFULNESS.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the action of being fully present and aware of people, the surrounding environment and body sensations. And at the same time, not instantly reactive or overwhelmed by the input.
Learning mindfulness is a little like riding a bicycle: it takes practice in the beginning.
Once learned, mindfulness can become automatic with motivation and resolve.
Why is Mindfulness Important to Addiction Recovery?
Mindfulness decreases anxiety and increases positive thoughts and personal interactions. And, mindfulness practice assists in re-training the brain for sobriety and helps prevent relapse.
Addictive substances totally overwhelm the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Mindfulness meditation helps return the brain to normal functioning and restore sobriety.
Mindfulness in addiction treatment is more than just a good idea. As more individuals and corporations are beginning to practice mindfulness meditation – the question of meditation effectiveness is important. A Harvard study on mindfulness completed in 2011, Eight Weeks to a Better Brain, is now getting a second look.
“Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.” (Harvard)
Chronic Pain Reduction with Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation has also been proven to reduce pain. At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we also treat underlying chronic pain in our addiction recovery clients.
Learning to Live Joyfully with Reality
Addiction recovery, among other things, involves carefully examining our life choices and reactions to situations.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery clients learn how to meditate in a style that works for each individual. Meditation brings a deep sense of calm and serenity. Meditation has been used as an effective tool in our addiction recovery programs for years.
Restoring the Joy in Living
Mindfulness is invaluable in creating an inner calm, sense of spaciousness and peace.
And mindfulness begins to restore actual joy in living – sober.
Questions About Addiction and Recovery?
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is a residential-only gender specific rehab for men, baby boomers and older. Our treatment facility is located in the beautiful mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We have chosen to keep our facility small – and staff to client ratio large.
At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we treat mature men who are addicted to alcohol and opioid-based prescription painkillers. When indicated, we also provide suboxone treatment for opioid dependence. A critical component of our addiction recovery program is treatment for chronic pain.
We treat boomer and older adult opioid addiction on two fronts: addiction and chronic pain.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Rehab for Men
The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery experienced, licensed and accredited staff allows us to help men for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed. Thorough medical, psycho-social, addiction and trauma assessments inform medical interventions, medication management needs. Our licensed and credentialed team approach to treating addiction and trauma is individual to each client.
Our Professional Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment provides detailed information and treatment solutions for “C” level executives, upper-level managers, airline pilots, law enforcement, licensed professionals, physicians and medical professionals, legal professionals and more. Our addiction rehab for professionals program satisfies licensing requirements and gives licensed professionals a new life filled with inner peace – without using drugs or alcohol.
We use a multi-disciplinary evidence-informed addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an Addiction Nutritionist.
Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and education, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.
Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing
At our mountain retreat facility near Prescott, Arizona – mature men find and strengthen inner peace, discover a connection with their spirituality and experience tranquility.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the Rocky Mountain pines of Northern Arizona; in Prescott National Forest. It is a man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Our clients feel safe here and are therefore able to open up and work on tough emotional issues around addiction and trauma.
There is something to be said about recovering in a natural setting where the deer graze, coyotes howl, and hawks and eagles soar that helps men reconnect with nature, their spirituality and personal authenticity.
It’s difficult to describe just how peaceful it is – you need to be here to experience it firsthand.
Addiction and Recovery Questions?
For confidential addiction rehab and recovery inquiries, please feel welcome to contact Ken Chance at Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, 888-654-2800.
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