Personal Interaction

Personal Interaction in a Recovery Center

Although recovery must be viewed as a personalized experience, it is also important to remember the need for personal interaction among fellow residents. Twilight Recovery Center will facilitate these interactions and show why they are so important to the process.

The Goal of a Recovery Center

People often believe the goal of a recovery center is to end a person’s substance abuse. This could not be further from the truth. When someone has a substance abuse issue, they will most likely struggle with it for the rest of their life. However, a recovery program aims to do two things:

  • Create a safe environment where a person can detox and accept their struggles
  • Facilitate a person’s successful journey into the post-rehab recovery world

This can be accomplished through a variety of different methods. However, one of the most important pieces of the process is creating positive personal interactions. These can be between individuals and staff or even between residents.

How Personal Interaction Promotes Positive Recovery

There are many ways a person can “come back” from substance abuse. Much of it involves individual therapy sessions with a medical professional. However, the majority of the time spent in a rehab facility involves interacting with fellow residents.

These interactions can bring about significant personal changes. For the most part, these are people who have been largely isolated due to their personal issues. They may have pushed aside family and friends in favor of their substance abuse. Unfortunately, this removes the caring people from their lives and forces them to interact with people who may be bad for them.

People are social creatures. For many, the idea of isolation is a frightening prospect. However, when a person has become lost on this path, it may be hard for them to reach out for assistance. They may feel personally responsible and guilty for their issues. It may even feel like a burden to ask for help or a kind word. That is why the idea of someone reaching for them and offering a kind word in the middle of their stormy life can lead to a more positive recovery.

What Is Personal Interaction in Residential Co-Habitation?

Once a person accepts recovery and joins a program, they are given the opportunity to interact in a safe environment.

Staff Interaction

One of the main things to remember is that the staff is not there to be hovering, judgmental overlords. They are involved and invested in the recovery program. These are well-trained individuals who want to interact on a personal level with each resident. This is also not simple lip service. When their goal is to create a safe space, this means making themselves accessible to each person who needs them.

The way this care shows itself is through daily interactions. Staff may assist with meals and groups and be available should residents require a chat. One thing that residents are told is that the staff is there to help. Therefore, it is not an imposition to ask for help. The staff is aware of what people are going through and that having a person to laugh and cry with who will not judge can be transformative.

Resident Interaction

With a variety of different people occupying a facility at any given time, it is important for residents to get to know each other. This is done in a monitored environment but does not mean it is heavily regulated. In fact, personal interaction is encouraged as it brings about a natural coaxing of information and emotion.

By this, we mean that through daily interactions with each other, residents will begin to realize what they have in common. People they may have viewed as strangers create common ground and begin to learn about each other. When this happens, the differences become exciting, and the ways in which they give and take advice begin to blossom in a healthy way.

Previously, they may have been upset and unable to control their emotions. However, in a closed environment where everyone is on the same level, there is zero judgment. Statements can be made, interests can be shared, and staff is available to help residents learn to make new friends.

How Does Personal Interaction Work in Group Therapy?

One of the main places that staff and residents interact with each other is through various types of group therapy. In these cases, the staff member will act as the facilitator. They will explain the rules of the group, which often involve the following:

  • Each person gets a chance to speak
  • Should they ask for advice, the group will give it one at a time
  • The group will be respectful of each other’s stories
  • Encouragement is greatly appreciated

With these rules in place, residents can feel free to tell their stories from their perspectives. It may come out in a way they did not expect. However, due to the rules set in place by the program, they don’t have to be perfect. They just need to be honest and know that their fellow residents are there to help, not hinder the process.

What This Means Post-Recovery

When people can interact in a safe space, the opportunity for healing increases exponentially. With staff and fellow residents cheering each other on, a recovery program becomes the best place to learn the skills of personal interaction. This only leads to better social and interpersonal skills going forward.

When someone enters a recovery center, they may feel antisocial or angry. This is to be expected. However, the staff at Twilight Recovery Center knows how to interact with these individuals and show them they can relax because they are safe. Once a resident understands their situation and can focus on their care, they will begin to interact with other residents and the happy, caring staff. This positivity is infectious and brings life to the program that very few programs can offer. When that is combined with our tropical environment, there is a sense of calm, peace, and togetherness that bubbles up within everyone involved in the program. Join us at Twilight Recovery Center by calling (888) 414-8183.

Undiagnosed Mental Health

Living With Undiagnosed Mental Health

For many people, mental health is often an overlooked topic. Regardless of personal health and internal thought processes, many assume that how they feel now is how they will feel forever. Sometimes this can be cultural, with people being told they must be strong in the face of adversity. Other times it may result from avoidance of certain traumas or a mental health disorder. Regardless of the reason, many people live with undiagnosed mental health issues.

What Does It Mean to Be Mentally Healthy?

The first thing to note is that everyone has their own baseline of what it means to be mentally healthy. It is also important to realize that not every day will be 100% perfect. In fact, most days will not. Unfortunately, the idea that every day should be perfect is one of the main reasons people feel imbalanced.

For a person to achieve a balanced state of mental health, they must understand who they are, what they need, and that they are content with how they feel mentally. This may be for a minute, or it may be for a few days. The goal is for this feeling to last as long as possible.

Mental health is about finding that balance and understanding that people are allowed to have days that skew in either direction. Everyone has bad days; some even have bad months. However, there are also ways of making oneself feel better and having great days. It is simply about finding that balance.

The Roots of Undiagnosed Mental Health

People have a way of disregarding the impact different events have on their mental health. Some people may have repressed childhood trauma whose long-standing effects are felt decades later. They may not recall what has caused their lifetime of phobias or strange habits. Therefore, due to their reticence to attend therapy, they have been unable to confront their childhood and reconcile those memories and events that are still affecting their present-day decisions.

Some people are well aware of what has caused their trauma. These individuals have often experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later in life due to specific events. Often, they simply do not wish to talk about their experiences. Due to this fact, they will usually live with the side effects of such an event. Until they are able to speak with someone openly and honestly, they will often live with undiagnosed issues.

The third group is individuals with mental health issues unrelated to trauma or PTSD. These are people who were born with a chemical imbalance that has led to upsetting circumstances. In many cases, these individuals believe that because they have felt a certain way for most of their lives, there is nothing to be done. They may have considered attending some program but have ultimately been misdiagnosed or never diagnosed at all. For these people, therapy can do wonders.

Undiagnosed Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse

One of the most insidious parts of undiagnosed mental illnesses is that it often leads to self-diagnosis and self-medicating. Often, this can lead to people resorting to substance abuse to tamp down the overwhelming feelings. This will inevitably lead to additional mental and physical problems.

Ways to Deal With These Issues

There are a variety of options depending on the severity of the mental health issues and any resulting negative behaviors. These can include the following:

  • Attending individual talk therapy sessions with a medical professional
  • Finding group therapy sessions focused on a particular issue (such as PTSD)
  • Work with a medical professional to properly utilize medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Getting outside opinions about your behavior from people you trust
  • Checking into a recovery center to allow professionals to help

There are other ways to attack the problem, but for some people, guidance is not available. Everyone wants someone else to swoop in and help, but many are afraid to ask for that very same help.

This can also be seen from the other side. When people notice that their loved ones are having difficulties, they may want to step up. Simply acknowledging the fact that there may be problems could allow the person to open up in ways they never have before.

How Twilight Recovery Center Can Help

For people attempting to get themselves mentally balanced, and for those who have found themselves in the grips of substance abuse, Twilight Recovery Center can help. The programs we offer can have a profound impact on how people look at themselves and the way they are living. They will also allow residents to self-examine in a safe space where our trained medical professionals can give solid advice and a helping hand.

For people going through these scenarios, it can be difficult to see the other side. However, there is a light of hope, and that hope can be rekindled at Twilight Recovery Center. Bring yourself to become your best self.

Many people go through life assuming that the way they feel is normal. However, most do not realize that mental pain and feelings of anguish are not typical. Twilight Recovery Center believes that everyone should have the chance to live a worry-free life. Often, this means finding a diagnosis as soon as possible. We offer medical staff that can administer care and counseling in a relaxed and caring environment. For people who are scared to learn their diagnosis, we can ease them onto the path and show them that a diagnosis opens doors they may never have considered. They will receive therapy and oftentimes medication to help with their symptoms. To learn more, call (888) 414-8183.

The Role of Detox

The Role of Detox in Recovery

Following acceptance of one’s substance abuse issues, the next and most difficult piece of the recovery process is detox. Often, this is the most frightening aspect of recovery for those unwilling to enter. That is why it is important for friends and family to reassure their loved ones about this aspect of care.

The Role of Detox

Detox plays an essential role in the recovery process. In fact, without detox, the rest of the process cannot move forward. Detox has various goals, the main one being to purge toxins from people with acute substance dependence.

The other main goal is to assist with any withdrawal symptoms. These can be severe, but detox must happen for a person to develop a clear mind. Without detox, a person cannot accomplish any goals of a recovery program.

What Is Involved?

When a person arrives at a treatment center, they will first undergo a full mental and physical assessment. This will determine the course of action necessary for an optimum healing experience. Part of this assessment will determine the types of substances in the individual’s system, how long they have been using them, and what course of action exists to help.

The first step in the recovery process is detox treatment. This step has several facets that can depend on the answers to the initial assessment.

Detox can last from a few days to a week and involves a complete cold-turkey approach to the addictive substances in a person’s system.

Depending on the severity of the substance abuse issues, a person may be given medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which can help to lessen some of the more difficult physical aspects of the detox process. Some of these side effects can include:

  • Anxiety/depression
  • Tremors
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts

The fact is that there are a number of side effects, none of them pleasant. Detox causes an imbalance in the brain as the toxins leave the body. At the end of the detox, the person will feel a shift back into balance.

What Is the Detox Environment?

A very important element of detox is that it is monitored 24/7. People are never alone during this process, as it can be overwhelming, frightening, and often painful. Trained medical staff will be with the individual to provide not only medical assistance but personal support.

The other thing to remember is that the physical environment is a comfortable room. Some people think they will be placed in a room until they “come down.” This could not be further from the truth. The bed will be comfortable, there is a private bathroom, and the room can be temperature-controlled depending on the needs of the resident. There is even ample fresh air and other healthy aspects to the surrounding environment to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

After years of research, recovery facilities have learned that people going through this process need to be made as comfortable as possible. This has informed every detox program and has even allowed luxury facilities to provide a level of unrivaled care and comfort.

How to Assuage Fears

It is often difficult to describe the recovery process to potential residents without them drawing the wrong conclusions. For many, the idea of what they will endure can seem like too much. This is especially true of the detox process.

Therefore, what can family, friends, and even the facilities themselves do to ease the person’s mind? It is often a matter of education. As discussed, there are plenty of misconceptions about the detox process. For people attempting to help a loved one enter a program, it is about giving them the proper information. Often, a facility can give quite a bit of information and, if necessary, can speak directly with the individual to answer their questions.

The other piece is to make sure the individual understands why the process is so important. Remind them of all the good things that are waiting for them on the other side of recovery. The idea of healthy living and being a functioning member of society may help them establish goals and come around to the idea of treatment.

How Twilight Recovery Can Help

Twilight Recovery Center is dedicated to assisting people with their recovery journey. The staff is well aware of the anxiety that comes with entering a rehab facility. In fact, due to the fact that so many people have these fears, the program is dedicated to calming these fears.

The tropical location and luxury surroundings serve to bolster the inviting nature of the program. People that have never been through the rehab and recovery process will find immediate refuge in the state-of-the-art facility.

For Twilight Recovery Center, the only real reason for existing is the well-being of its residents. People are allowed to be scared. But it is the facility’s job to make the process as easy and painless as possible.

Detox is one of the most important but frightening pieces of the recovery process. It is also the first hurdle to leap after entering a rehab facility. The goal is to start the recovery process as cleanly as possible. This means purging all substances from the system. At Twilight Recovery Center, we not only administer this treatment, but we understand how hard it can be. Our staff is with the resident around the clock to monitor their condition, administer medication, and provide counsel. It is our goal to create an environment where no unnecessary time is spent in detox. We want people to be ready for the next steps. Learn more about our detox process at (888) 414-8183.

Healthy Diet Can Aid

How a Healthy Diet Can Aid Recovery

There are many factors that contribute to a successful recovery. However, one of the most important pieces is developing a healthy diet. At Twilight Recovery Center, one of the top focus areas is the physical aspect of treatment. As people begin to understand the physical benefits alongside the mental benefits, better overall recovery is guaranteed.

When People Neglect Their Physical Health

The truth is that many people with substance abuse issues begin exhibiting counter-intuitive behavior. This means that they make decisions based on want instead of need. There are some basic physical needs everyone has:

These are the three most basic needs, and someone with a substance abuse issue may neglect all three.

When a person begins neglecting their physical health, they begin to experience a breakdown of basic functions. For example, a lack of sleep may end up putting them in situations where they are not prepared to handle certain tasks. Add certain substances to the mix, and there is a recipe for disaster.

The same is true for people who do not have access to clean water. With so many different microbes living in contaminated areas, people may exacerbate an already troubled physical balance.

On some level, a person suffering from substance abuse may understand that they require mental health assistance. However, they are in need of physical help as well.

Why a Healthy Diet Is Important

When an individual can make the right dietary choices, they will begin to feel better both mentally and physically. With the right direction, they will be able to self-regulate, learn to cook for themselves, and feel confident in their choices.

One thing to note is that “diet” does not refer to weight loss. It simply means the type of food that a person is ingesting. This may mean weight loss for some people. However, others will experience much-needed weight gain.

The goal is to create an environment where a person understands that a healthy body can be just as important as a healthy mind. When one cleanses the toxins from their body, they will find they have a clearer mind. Upon beginning to feel physically better, people will have a level of clarity they may not have felt for quite some time.

How to Choose the Right Foods

The idea of a healthy diet has existed for hundreds of years. However, as we have gained a better understanding of food and its effects, we have also begun to look at what constitutes the “best” diets.

What has been found is that there are many different ways to look at healthy diets. Much like the care provided to people in recovery, diets must be individualized in order to work successfully. Each person has their own wants and needs. However, there are four guidelines that the National Institutes of Health recommend people follow for healthy living.

  • Follow a healthy eating pattern throughout life
  • Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount
  • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices

These may seem like simple concepts, but to some people, they can be quite difficult. Consider the space that people with substance abuse issues may find themselves in prior to treatment:

  • Living in a food desert
  • Unable to pay for better-quality foods
  • Reliance on the convenience of fast food
  • Unsure of how to receive benefits such as SNAP
  • Inability to leave the house due to mental or physical fatigue
  • Embarrassment at extreme weight loss/weight gain

These are all reasons why someone may not have been able to follow a better dietary path.

How Twilight Recovery Can Assist With Managing a Post-treatment Healthy Diet

When a person spends time as a resident at Twilight Recovery Center, the individual assessment will spotlight their various needs. One of these will be their dietary wants and needs. With individualized, chef-inspired meals, residents will begin to realize what constitutes healthy eating.

Part of the luxury program involves understanding healthy meal preparation. It also discusses the variety of ways that people can take charge of their eating habits to create a more healthy environment for themselves.

Thanks to this portion of the program, when residents are ready to continue their recovery post-rehab, they will be well-equipped. This means being able to take part in healthy activities and coupling those activities with a diet that is beneficial but not constrained. The goal is to start great habits during rehab so that they are not brand new when a person starts the next phase of their recovery.

For those who remain fearful about whether treatment will force them into a specific mold, it is important to remember the mantra that each person is an individual, and each individual deserves to be themselves. Twilight Recovery Center is built on this concept and believes it applies to all areas of a person’s life, including their dietary habits, both in treatment and throughout their ongoing recovery.

One of the first things people learn at Twilight Recovery Center is that healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand. For many, giving thought to what they eat has never been a top priority. Our program aims to challenge that mindset. We propose that through chef-inspired meals and meal planning, our residents will not only feel better, but they will learn how to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves. When our residents have purged the substances from their bodies and are ready to step into healthy living and a clean mindset, their food intake should mirror that journey. For more information about our program, call Twilight Recovery Center today at (888) 414-8183.

Loved One Is Scared

Loved One Is Scared to Enter Recovery

Addiction is a scary concept. However, for those with substance abuse issues, as well as their loved ones, recovery may seem just as daunting. There are many reasons for this, and Twilight Recovery Center is ready to assuage any of these fears. If your loved one is scared about seeking help for their addiction, we understand how overwhelming this can be for both of you. Our team of compassionate professionals is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for your loved one to begin their journey towards recovery.

Fear of Recovery/Fear of the Unknown

Individuals with substance abuse issues often become ensconced in their own lives to such a degree that everything else comes second. For these people, the idea of anything but the life they lead while succumbing to addiction is unbelievable. Much like anyone else, they believe the life they are living is permanently in place.

When a person admits to having a problem and agrees to seek help, they are taking a fantastic personal leap. Consider that everything they know (and may have known for years) is being taken from them and replaced. They may realize that their lives are in trouble, but the idea of a full spectrum shift is far beyond daunting.

Loved ones must understand the level of fear that comes with the idea of recovery. It should not be viewed as a fear of getting better. Rather, it is a fear of the unknown coupled with unfounded stories from other addicts.

There are also people who are under the impression that there is no reason to enter recovery due to the high incidence of relapse. Though relapse is something that happens, it should not preclude people from attempting the recovery process. This is especially true if they have a viable community of family and friends backing them up.

Questions About What to Expect From Recovery

This then leads to other questions that loved ones may need to answer in an effort to bring the individual around to their point of view and agree to enter a recovery program.

What Will I Encounter in Rehab?

Rehab has many different facets, but the main thing to remind people is that rehab is the safest place for them. They will go through difficult steps in a recovery facility, such as detox. However, they will come out the other side feeling better than they have in a long time. They will also be involved in individual and group therapy. While these may seem difficult to take in, there are also other pieces to rehab.

Luxury rehabs offer a variety of alternative therapies and activities that serve to elevate a resident’s experience. These are often meant to soothe and finesse emotions that individual and group therapies may have brought to the surface.

The individual can be told that rehab is not a dark hallway filled with locked doors. In fact, it is an open, airy place with personal suites, chef-inspired meals, and fresh air.

Who Will I Be Surrounded By?

If a person is nervous about who else will be in a rehab facility, their fears can be alleviated by pointing out that they will be around fellow recovering addicts. This may seem daunting, or even worrisome. Individuals may believe it to be counterintuitive to be around people who may only serve to remind them of their own issues.

The fact is that there is nobody better to be with than people going through the same experience. These folks are nonjudgmental and are also asking not to be judged. The safe space dictates that everyone has time to talk and focus on their individual issues while having time to interact with each other.

Will I Be Just Another Number?

There are many concerns that people have when they enter the recovery process. This question may be the most important. When asking this question, people want to know if they are going to be forced into a mold of some kind. As if every person with a substance or mental health issue fits the same description. This could not be further from the truth.

One of the core tenets of recovery is individualized care. This means that each person comes to a program with their own positive and negative traits and issues. Nobody can be treated the same, as no two people are the same. Although similar issues exist, and thus recovery can follow a plan, the details depend on the individual.

For anyone that needs coaxing into recovery, make it known that they will not be left behind. Each moment of their day will be spent knowing that the staff wants nothing but to help them as an individual. While every person in the program is important, they are important in their own way. Every medical professional knows that people deserve to be treated in a way that suits their particular case. A person will find this in recovery.

Overall Concepts to Remember

The fear of entering a recovery program is nothing new. Most people with substance abuse issues fear the idea of recovery for a variety of reasons. Therefore, if a loved one needs help finding their way, it is up to their family and friends to seek out this information and quell any concerns they might have. Twilight Recovery Center understands these concerns and is ready to offer any information necessary to take a person from fear of recovery to being free of their substance abuse.

There are many reasons why someone with addiction or mental health issues is scared to enter recovery. For many, the concept of confronting one’s demons can seem daunting. Twilight Recovery Center is well aware of these issues and is prepared to help. We can speak with you and send you information and even speak with your loved one about our facility and program. Our goal is to reassure people that they will be treated in a kind, warm environment where there is no judgment. Our staff is available and accessible when a person is only steps from agreeing to enter a facility. For more information, call Twilight Recovery Center at (888) 414-8183.

Individualized Care

The Importance of Individualized Care For Addiction

People often assume that recovery is a catch-all for anyone with addiction issues. However, recovery is based on the concept of individualized care. Each person must be treated as a separate entity. Twilight Recovery Center understands this and provides top-notch, individualized care for all residents.

The Purpose of Recovery

When a person enters a rehab facility, they will often find that the process laid out before them seems difficult. They are told about the hurdles they will need to overcome before seeing the other side of rehab.

However, this process is made easier by the fact that each person can be treated within the overarching program. That is to say, each person requires certain overall help, but that help can be tailored to the individual.

Who Benefits From Individualized Care?

When we look into the actual purpose of individualized care, it becomes necessary to see it from two perspectives: that of the individual and that of the medical professionals caring for them.


It is helpful for the people going through care to know that they are not simply another number. The fear of a cookie-cutter system often frightens people away. However, when a person receives their initial assessment, it will become obvious that their care could never be the same as anyone else’s. They may be similar, but they have their own emotions, weaknesses, and definitive strengths.

This will all become even more ingrained when they begin individualized therapy and start exploring their disorders and trauma. The details of their lives are theirs alone. To have someone look at them and tell them, they matter and that they are special may be one of the best things for them to hear.

Medical Professionals

From the outside, it may seem that having a cookie-cutter mentality when it comes to group care is a good idea. It may even seem like a simpler way of doing things. This could not be further from the truth. Medical professionals exist to assist in the healing process in a way that leaves a person better off than they were prior to care.

The only way to do this is to focus on the needs of the individual. Even though two people may have been through trauma, this does not mean that their trauma is in any way linked. For example, if two people have childhood trauma, they will not share the same people, location, or details as the other.

A medical professional must only see the individual. This applies to group settings as well. Each person brings their own story, and through interaction, they will begin to exhibit behaviors based on their background. The behaviors impact the rest of the group, and that dynamic is controlled by the medical professional. If they are unable to differentiate between individuals, the dynamic will never balance out. This will lead to a decrease in the quality of care being offered.

Individualized Care in Phases of Recovery

Due to the many phases of recovery, there are a variety of ways that individual care presents itself. In a luxury rehab, there are overarching programs that each have their own need for the presence of individuality.


In detox, a person must be treated in a 1-1 scenario. This is largely due to the overwhelming mental and physical stress that detox puts on the body. Depending on a variety of factors, a person may require certain medications, more time, or even specialized equipment to monitor their progress.

Individual Therapy

Each person that speaks with a therapist must be able to focus on themselves. In individual therapy, they are given this opportunity. For people that have never partaken in this process, there is comfort in knowing that the medical professional is there just to talk about you. In this safe space, a person can discuss things about themselves they may not have shared with anyone prior to entering recovery.

Group Therapy

It may seem counterintuitive to consider individuality in group therapy. However, each person brings their own experiences and knowledge to the group. As they discuss each other’s cases, it becomes clear that they each have something to offer the others. Without this combined knowledge, the group would be useless. Therefore, a person must be seen as a collection of their life stories and experiences in order to be a valued member of the group.


In the post-recovery process, people will continue to be involved in individual therapy and group. However, they will also come to realize that their friends and family see them as an individual with their own wants and needs. This also means that the person has unique insight into the people and world around them. Thus, their care must continue to focus on their inner, personal struggles to continue making headway.

Why a Luxury Rehab Provides the Best Individualized Care

When a person requires individual care, it helps to be in a place where every need is taken care of. At a luxury rehab like Twilight Recovery Center, not only is care molded to each specific resident, but so are the modalities of living. Each person has their own suite, meals that are created with their specific diets in mind, and a variety of activities offered nowhere else.

This is not just a luxury individualized rehab program. It is an individualized lifestyle surrounding a rehab program. With the understanding of this type of care, a person is able to find true relaxation. This allows them ample time to think about themselves and make sure that they are doing all they can to focus on their recovery.

People are often put into groups based on different criteria. However, their individuality is often sacrificed for the greater needs of this group. At Twilight Recovery Center, we believe that the resident, first and foremost, should be treated as an individual. We understand that no case is the same and that everyone comes to us with their own background and specific sets of trauma. Due to this fact, we assess the person’s condition and situation both when they arrive and then continuously throughout their stay. This means that their care is aimed at them and them alone. Learn more about our program and facility by calling Twilight Recovery Center at (888) 414-8183.

Family Member

Five Things to Help a Family Member in Recovery

People often enter recovery at the behest of family and rely on them following treatment. The problem is that families may not always know what to do in order to help. However, there are five main areas they can focus on.

Identifying Substance Abuse in a Family Member

One of the hardest parts of helping an individual in their recovery process is simply identifying their substance abuse. Family members may be reticent to point out irregular behavior. This could be for a multitude of reasons. However, some of these may include:

  • Fear of misdiagnosing
  • Previously wrong assumptions
  • Different past behavior (with similar results)
  • Misreading signs

Many of these become an issue due to the fact that family members would rather the person be treated properly and fairly. They may see their thoughts as coming across as accusations rather than caring.

The problem is that if these problems are not identified, pointed out, or questioned, they will continue to get worse. Therefore, there are telltale signs that could mean a loved one is involved in some kind of substance abuse. These may include:

  • Decreased appetite and noticeable weight loss
  • Bloodshot eyes and poor skin tone
  • Tired or run-down appearance
  • Drastic changes to personal relationships
  • Altered or erratic behaviors
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Lack of interest in grooming
  • Defensiveness about personal issues

There are a number of other possible signs that add to this list. It is important to remember that taken separately, these items may mean something other than addiction. However, when people begin showing more than one, it may be time to have a discussion.

Helping a Family Member Understand Why They Should Enter Treatment

Once a loved one’s issues have been identified, it needs to be discussed. This discussion may come in the form of an intervention, or it may be as simple as a conversation between two people. No matter what happens, the end result must be that the individual understands the severity of their situation.

Whether the person becomes angry or combatant, it is important to remind them that intervening is not meant as a punishment. In fact, the entire idea of them entering treatment is based on love. Family members stick up for each other and help each other when they are in a bad spot. Therefore, when the family is ready to have this discussion, it helps to have a treatment facility ready. This is especially true if a person is ready to say yes. That way, there is no time for them to change their mind, and they will be able to go directly to the facility without any wait or hesitation.

As for convincing them to go into treatment? There are various reasons to put in front of them, but some of the main reasons can include the following:

  • Being able to detox in a safe environment
  • Finding support that family may not be able to provide
  • Learning about their condition
  • Meeting, interacting, and healing with others like them

There are numerous positive aspects to entering a treatment program. However, the person must be willing to accept that they need to change. When they are able to reach this realization, their family will be able to rest easier. The fact is that the person will be safe and taken care of, possibly for the first time in a long time.

Supporting a Family Member While They Are in Treatment

When a family member has agreed to enter treatment, they will enter a secure facility where they will be taken care of. During this time, it is important for families to work with the facility and other professionals to understand what the individual is experiencing.

It can also be helpful to begin meeting with medical professionals to get a jump on the post-treatment process. It may benefit family members to enter therapy on their own in order to begin understanding their own thoughts and emotions.

Individuals with substance abuse disorders are not the only ones affected. In fact, families often feel deep emotions about the situation that may be dormant. The goal is to deal with them as soon as possible so that the individual does not bear the brunt of these emotions.

Depending on the individual and the recovery center, contact may be encouraged. This may involve visitation, letters, phone calls, or other communication methods. If these are offered, and the individual will benefit from them, the family should decide how they want to utilize the system.

Recovery centers will have guidelines for communication, but it should be an encouraging back-and-forth. The individual needs to know that there are people out there rooting for them. Family is often the first group asked to step forward to help.

Assisting in Post-treatment and Through Possible Relapse

When a loved one enters the post-rehab recovery phase of their journey, they will need the support of their family and community. A recovery center such as Twilight Recovery will be sure to assist in planning this phase.

The individual may require temporary housing and financial support as well as someone to assist them in attending meetings and doctor appointments. Family members may wish to develop a schedule in order to assist not only the individual but each other as well.

Should a relapse occur, the family should not feel discouraged. In the case of a relapse, recovery centers are happy to bring people back into the fold as needed. At any point in the recovery process, it is important for the family to remember that help is available. Twilight Recovery Center is simply a call away.

With so many people confused about addiction and mental health, it is important to know that there are ways to assist loved ones on their journey.  At Twilight Recovery Center, we are keenly aware of not only our role in the rehab portion of the process but the ways in which a family can get involved.  For people unsure about how to help, we offer a supportive structure of care that allows for families to take part in aspects of the program.  We also provide consultations to determine plans of care for the post-rehab recovery process.  To learn more about our program and how we can help you and your loved one, call us at (888) 414-8183.

Post-recovery Care

Planning for Post-recovery Care

There are many components to the rehab and recovery process. Most individuals and families concentrate on the rehab aspect of recovery, but that is only the beginning. The second step is planning for post-recovery care. Twilight Recovery can help with this process.

What Is Involved in Post-recovery Care Planning?

Post-recovery care can seem just as insurmountable as the concept of rehab. Individuals and families may find themselves overwhelmed with the various aspects that need to be covered. However, the process can be made easier by breaking it down into its separate parts.

Community Outreach

There are few things more important in recovery than community. This can include:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Fellow recovering addiction

There may even be other people that can be of assistance following rehab. The goal is to surround oneself with a security network that is willing to support them during the good and bad times ahead. People may believe that since they were able to get through rehab, they can do the rest on their own. This could not be further from the truth.

A recovery center will make sure that individuals are aware that nobody can exist in a vacuum. The purpose is to show people that their go-it-alone mindset may have contributed to their ongoing substance abuse due to rejecting the assistance of others.

Finding Groups Post-recovery

While having a social community is important, it is also necessary to continue attending groups post-rehab. While in rehab, residents benefit from group therapies, where they have the opportunity to interact for the first time with others about their shared condition.

The benefits of these programs cannot be overstated. Therefore, it is only natural that they continue in the post-rehab world. Much like developing a community, some people do not see the benefit in joining groups because they feel they have “done their time” in rehab.

Without these continuing groups, people have a higher propensity for relapse due to losing that connection with others going through the same issues. For example, they may find it difficult to talk to family and friends about their addiction issues because they feel they’ll be judged. However, there is no judgment in these groups, as people understand the pain and conflicting emotions that come with recovery.

Recovery programs will aim to instill these ideas in their residents as they proceed through the rehab process. They will be shown how helpful and necessary group therapy can be and why groups are so beneficial post-rehab. Since this has been proven to be one of the best ways to stay sober, recovery programs will stress groups not as an option, but as a necessity.

Finding Continuing Post-recovery Care From Trustworthy Professionals

Recovery centers have three things they will attempt to do as thoroughly as possible:

  • Help a person through detox
  • Engage individuals in dialogue about their disorders and allow them to confront their issues in a safe and engaging environment
  • Assist in post-recovery planning to prevent relapse

Part of this process, which begins in the recovery facility, is finding medical professionals that the person trusts and that can be trusted. These professionals must be ready for whatever the post-recovery process brings to those attempting to heal. People leave rehab with many questions and need people to help them find answers.

recovery center can assist residents in finding these caring professionals. This gives people a better chance of attending regular sessions. Without guidance to find professionals, people may choose the first option that appears or abandon their search altogether. This can lead to disastrous results.

A recovery center that can include assistance in finding professionals for residents to partner with can see a lower relapse rate. They can also ensure that residents feel more comfortable starting different forms of therapy within the facility to prepare them for dealing with medical professionals post-recovery.

How Twilight Recovery Can Help

Twilight Recovery Center offers a robust program that can start people on the most important path of their lives. This is the path that will take them through the rest of their lives. It all starts with their facility and the various therapies they can present to their residents. However, Twilight Recovery understands that their job does not stop when a person leaves the facility.

In fact, the individual’s journey has only just begun at that stage. Twilight Recovery is proud to show residents that their commitment begins in rehab. That can prepare them for what comes next.

When a person engages in the programs at Twilight Recovery Center, they will be shown how important they are and how much they are valued by those around them. In this way, Twilight Recovery Center can explain why post-recovery care is important and how to prepare oneself for the journey.

One of the core tenets of a remarkable recovery program is its ability to assist with post-recovery care. Twilight Recovery Center is proud to offer a program whose mission does not end in rehab. In fact, we are dedicated to our residents and their ability to further their recovery process past their time in our facility. That is why we make sure that there is a plan that has been created with them and their loved ones to make sure they know what steps come next. To learn more about the Twilight Recovery Center program and what it can offer you or your loved one, call us today at (888) 414-8183.


Depression Linked to Substance Abuse?

Depression affects many people in a variety of settings. However, it can be even more detrimental to those with substance abuse issues. If it is not the direct cause of these problems, what role does it play? And how can it be dealt with and mitigated?

What Is Depression?

Depression is a common mental health issue. However, clinical depression is characterized by a severe and persistently depressed mood and a loss of interest in activities. This mood will often lead to a significant impairment in a person’s daily life. Though there are a variety of reasons for a person to suffer from clinical depression. The most persistent causes include the following:

When a person suffers from depression due to one or both of these reasons, they may also have other added issues that create lasting problems within the brain. These may need specific treatment, which may include prescribed medication. There may also be other side effects that can introduce a litany of issues to the person, both mentally and physically.

  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Decreased energy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Low self-esteem

In some of the worst cases, there may even be a prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. However, dealing with these issues is possible, especially when they are linked to other problems.

Trauma, Depression, and Substance Abuse

Untreated trauma can often be linked to depression. A person who has been unable to deal with trauma may experience a variety of different side effects, one of the most prevalent being depression.

When a person tries to avoid dealing with trauma, bouts of depression will occur, even if they are not extensive. This depression may seem so overwhelming that they believe themselves to have two options. They may resort to physical self-harm or utilize illicit substances in an effort to dull their senses and push away their mental anguish.

More often than not, these people will turn to substance abuse as a way of self-medicating. This is often a double-edged solution as many substances can lead to decreased mood and, therefore, an increase in depression. People may find that their addictions have become too ingrained to stop, and at the same time, their depression has worsened, which creates a challenging situation.

When Depression Worsens Substance Abuse.

Substance abuse is a spiral. Once a person has started abusing illicit substances, they are most likely going to continue using. Not only that, but their addictions will get worse as they require more in an attempt to get the same effects. This tolerance will only build until the person is able to confront their problem or they reach a level where they overdose.

When you add depression to the mix, things can worsen much more quickly. In fact, a person’s realization that they need to rely on these substances to numb themselves can lead to depressive thoughts. These will work alongside the existing substance abuse spiral to bring a person further into their problems.

They may see how substances have helped numb certain thoughts and assume they will work to combat their depression. Unfortunately, this does not happen, and substances that do provide momentary highs often leave people in even lower lows than they were in before using.

It is important for people to not only understand that they have a substance abuse issue but for them also to realize the cause and effect of their depression. Once they are aware of how things are linked, they may have more of a drive to seek assistance from the self-perpetuating problems caused by their substance abuse issues.

Twilight Recovery Center’s Approach

When an individual arrives at Twilight Recovery Center, the staff will conduct an initial assessment on them. This assessment will determine their initial issues and what the facility can do to help. A person entering with a substance abuse problem will often be experiencing side effects such as depression. With this in mind, the individual may be provided with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in an effort to help combat this type of oppressive side effect.

Often, when someone presents this option to a person, it may look like they would rather not have another substance in their body when they are already trying to get rid of others. However, in this case, it is a prescribed medication from a medical professional. They have either administered or spoken with the individual who has administered the assessment, and are acting accordingly.

People will find that with the overarching depression taken care of, they are able to relax more and focus on the larger issues that may be causing the depression. Following detox and intensive group and individual therapy, they will learn to understand their condition, what has caused it, and ways to deal with it going forward.

There are a number of factors that contribute to substance abuse.

In fact, each person has a variety of personal issues that can lead them to engage in dangerous habits. One of the main causes can be depression. This depression does not need to come from one particular source but often stems from previous trauma. At Twilight Recovery Center, we are well aware of these connections. We are prepared to use a variety of techniques to assist our residents. For people who are just discovering their mental health issues, our program can bring things to light that may not have been previously understood. To learn more about our program, call us at (888) 414-8183.

Mediterranean Location

Why a Mediterranean Location Can Help With Recovery

The purpose of a recovery program is to help individuals understand their issues and find ways to deal with them. This process can be done in any location, but to truly experience all it can offer, there is no place more accepting than a Mediterranean locale.

For many people, the idea of going to rehab can be frightening. That is why the location should be as inviting as possible. When someone is ready to begin working on themselves, it will be easier to do so when ensconced in subtropical luxury.

What Does a Mediterranean Location Offer?

In a world with many environments, a recovery center can be placed anywhere. However, that does not always mean it is in the right place. That is why becoming a resident in a Mediterranean location can be far more beneficial than in other areas.

Consider what the word Mediterranean evokes.

  • Sun with cool breezes
  • The sound of waves at night

These are all highly relaxing concepts. Each of them would be fine on their own, but they are far beyond satisfying when put together. In fact, a Mediterranean location evokes one word in almost every person: Vacation.

And what does a vacation bring to mind but beach activities? A recovery center in a Mediterranean space can offer a variety of activities:

Not only are they offered, but unlike other places, they are offered either in or beside the ocean. These are activities that belong in this environment. It was made for them and is therefore ideal for someone who is looking for a place to deal with their personal issues. The importance of relaxation and extra activities or non-traditional therapies in the recovery process cannot be overstated.

How Can a Location Make a Difference?

This relaxing locale brings people into a different state of mind. There is a freedom that a typical rehab facility may not seem to have. For people who can wake up and see the ocean from their window, the world seems a bit brighter. This is the mentality that a Mediterranean location fosters in people and one that all recovery centers hope their residents have while at their facilities.

Health and Overall Wellness

People not only have a better outlook when it comes to Mediterranean locations, but they also have the added benefit of physical benefits as well. Consider that when individuals feel a sense of relaxation and have access to fresh weather and ample sunlight, they are also treated to these benefits:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Increased blood flow
  • Lower joint pain

These are all benefits that a person going through substance abuse recovery can use on their path to wellness. Part of the difficulty of getting through treatment is the physical aspect wherein individuals must train their bodies for a healthier style of living. In any location, this begins as an uphill struggle, but in a Mediterranean  location, the environment is assisting the person on their journey.

When a person is attempting to overcome both substance abuse and mental health issues, it is important that they be in the best possible state of body and mind. Any facility will do whatever it can to bring a person to a better baseline and beyond, but the more help they can get, the better. That is why a facility located in a Mediterranean environment may have better odds of preparing a person for recovery.

Twilight Recovery Center’s Promise

At Twilight Recovery Center, the location has always been key. The founders had the ability to choose where to put the facility, and they chose this beachside area in an effort to give their residents all the possible benefits.

It takes an innately brave and strong person to confront their substance abuse issues. Twilight Recovery Center believes that the more that can be done to boost these already strong people, the better. That is why they have taken into account the health and wellness aspects of a Mediterranean location. Medically, mentally, and physically this is the best place for those willing to confront their issues head-on. The recovery process is not easy, but it can be made easier.

Twilight Recovery Center not only boasts a fabulous location but has amenities that only add to the overall experience. Consider:

  • Private suites
  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Family-style dining
  • Spacious communal spaces
  • Rooftop lounge

These are just a few of the wonderful amenities that come with a stay at the facility. Not only that, but the staff is also highly regarded, well-trained, and prepared to assist residents with whatever they need to make their stay more comfortable. When people approach the program with the power to commit, they leave prepared for what comes next.

There are a number of well-known rehab facilities, but none compare to the Twilight Recovery Center. One of the main reasons for this is our spectacular location. We have the pure joy of being located directly on a subtropical beach. In this place, the waters are warm and clear, the air is sweet with a slight tinge of salt, and the sun shines on everyone. The recovery process feels easier here, as if the beachside location itself allows a person to breathe deeper than ever and in a way that takes in the positive vibes. We want to share that luxury experience with you. Learn more by calling us today at (888) 414-8183.




Twilight Recovery Center

Receive the highest level of care at our upscale recovery center. We offer world class treatments to ensure the finest road to recovery.





Farallon #9751, San Antonio del Mar, Baja California Mexico CP 22560


(1)888-414 81 83
+52 664 80 58 882 


Receive the highest level of care at our upscale recovery center. We offer world class treatments to ensure the finest road to recovery.



Farallon #9751, San Antonio del Mar, Baja California Mexico CP 22560


(1)888-414 81 83
+52 664 80 58 882 


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