How Nature Helps Addiction

How Nature Helps Addiction

“I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.”

–John Burroughs

Rehabilitation programs can adapt almost any outdoor activity into a healing experience for individuals recovering from substance use disorder (SUD). According to Frontiers in Public Health, “Exposure to nature and outdoor activities can improve mental health.” You can use nature-based activities to improve your physical and mental health and enhance the effectiveness of prescription medication, psychotherapy, and other treatments. Guests at Twilight Recovery Center have access to numerous outdoor activities, including swimming, nature walks, and surfing. 

The Healing Power of Nature 

Holistic therapies that use natural healing techniques to promote mental and physical recovery have been used by societies around the world for millennia. Recently, alternative therapies have become more popular in mental health and substance use rehabilitation centers. Some treatments that incorporate nature include:

  • Adventure therapy
  • Nature therapy 
  • Play therapy 
  • Recreational therapy 
  • Experiential therapies 

Treatment programs like those offered at Twilight Recovery Center allow clients to take advantage of nearby locations like the beach, foothills, or parks where they can do outdoor activities in a space removed from the stress of everyday life. You can use that time to soak up the beauty and healing sights and sounds of nature while practicing mindfulness or other relaxation techniques. 

The Science of Nature Therapy

The brain reacts to natural environments in a positive way. Researchers have proven that mental health significantly improves when you regularly spend time in nature. According to Science Advances, “Research has shown that various types of nature experience are associated with mental health benefits in many ways,” and it “has been associated with improved sleep and reductions in stress.”

Studies have shown that the colors, sounds, and smells of nature can improve moods and enhance relaxation techniques. Nature is often a significant part of the treatment process at facilities where guests have access to surrounding natural areas. 

4 Common Types of Nature Therapy

Therapists use nature and animal-assisted therapy to promote healthier living. You can benefit from nature-based interventions even if you have no prior experience with outdoor activities. Below are brief descriptions of four popular types of natural therapies that anyone can use to strengthen the mind-body connection. 

#1. Adventure Therapy

Many rehabilitation facilities use adventure therapy to strengthen social bonds between peers. They often encourage participants to use problem-solving and communication skills to efficiently achieve goals or overcome obstacles in an outdoor setting. Activities are success-oriented and require teamwork and group involvement. Examples of adventure therapy include: 

  • Water-based activities like surfing, boating, or paddleboarding
  • Walking, hiking, or biking 
  • Horseback riding 
  • Rock climbing 

#2. Nature-Based Therapy 

Nature-based therapies, also called ecotherapy, are diverse and highly personalized to the individual needs of the person participating in treatment. Sessions might involve meditating outdoors or completing simple tasks in nature while practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises. Examples of nature-based therapies include:

  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy 
  • Gardening or farming 
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Outdoor yoga

#3. Equine and Animal-Assisted Therapy 

Equine therapy often takes place outside or in a stable and involves interacting with animals in a way that increases self-awareness, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. Interacting with animals for even a short period can improve mental and emotional health. You do not need any prior experience with horses or other animals to benefit from equine or animal-assisted therapy. 

#4. Recreational Therapy 

Recreational therapy teaches essential life skills using everyday recreational activities. Some of the most common forms of recreational therapy include: 

  • Art and music therapy 
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodrama 
  • Adventure therapy 
  • Nature therapy

Recovery allows people to broaden their horizons and try new things. Many find that participating in solo or group outdoor activities relieves symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. During nature therapy, you will have an opportunity to find healthy activities you enjoy that can become an integral part of your self-care routine.

Incorporating Nature Into Your Self-Care Routine

Facilities like Twilight Recovery Center can make it easy to incorporate nature into your self-care routine. Many outdoor activities can work as coping mechanisms for overcoming stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or fear. The following are a few ways to easily add outdoor activities to a daily schedule:

  • Go walking, jogging, or running along nature paths
  • Hiking, backpacking, or mountain biking along local trails 
  • Swimming, surfing, or paddle boarding at the local beach
  • Gardening or urban farming
  • Doing yoga or meditation in nature 
  • Spending time with animals 

You can use nature therapy as an opportunity to learn new healthy skills and hobbies that you can use during continuing care. Most hobbies have local groups that provide positive social interactions and peer support during ongoing recovery.

 

 

For thousands of years, healers and medical professionals around the world have used nature-based therapies to treat physical and mental health issues. Modern research has repeatedly proven that exposure to nature and outdoor activities can improve cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, and physical fitness. We encourage clients to take advantage of our natural resources to enhance the positive effects of traditional and alternative therapies. Twilight Recovery Center is a beachfront residential rehabilitation center where guests can meditate, surf, go on mindful walks, and soak in the healing power of nature every day. Spend quality time in nature and around therapy animals to improve your mental health. We offer holistic outdoor treatments, including adventure, recreational, and equine therapy. Guests participating in our programs can choose from a wide range of healthy activities. To learn more about our facility and how we incorporate nature into our treatments, call (888) 414-8183.

Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Mental health treatments can make it easier for individuals recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) to find acceptance and motivation for positive long-term changes. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2019, 1.4% of all adults in America had co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD.

People who struggle with SUD often experience depression and mental illnesses as side effects or symptoms of their conditions, making the diagnosis of a separate mental health disorder challenging. The expert clinicians at Twilight Recovery Center use a comprehensive admissions assessment to identify undiagnosed mental health issues and ensure guests get the treatment they need to heal.

What Is Mental Health Treatment?

Mental health treatment uses psychotherapy, behavioral modification, prescription medication, and psychiatry to help individuals manage symptoms and work through issues that cause them emotional and mental distress. Rehabilitation programs incorporate mental health treatment as a part of treatment for SUD and co-occurring conditions.

The mental health disorders we currently treat at Twilight Recovery Center include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Dissociative personality disorder (DPD)
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Other personality disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Social anxiety

Mental health can be affected by current and past physical or cognitive disorders. Mental health treatments usually focus on emotional health and safety. However, most rehabilitation facilities also offer dual diagnosis treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to manage detox and physical withdrawal symptoms.

Mental health treatment has many long-term health benefits, including:

  • Lower stress levels
  • Decreased risk of developing additional mental health issues
  • Increased self-efficacy
  • Mood stabilization
  • Healthier interpersonal relationships
  • Better communication and social skills
  • Increased self-esteem, self-awareness, and self-confidence
  • Decreased impact of chronic symptoms like pain or anxiety
  • Increased positivity and happiness

8 Common Types of Mental Health Treatment

The therapeutic methods used to treat mental health disorders often focus on specific areas of improvement. However, in many cases, aspects of multiple therapies are combined to create a personalized treatment that accommodates personal preferences. Below are eight common types of mental health treatments used to help people recover from SUD.

#1. Behavioral Modification

Behavioral modification uses biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement to reduce or eliminate maladaptive thought patterns or behaviors, including substance misuse. Therapists tailor feedback and reinforcements to the individual, using personalized motivators to help you make positive changes. Examples of techniques used in behavioral modification include:

  • Positive and negative reinforcement
  • Systematic desensitization
  • Aversion therapy

#2. Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is the most common type of mental health treatment and involves guided discussions about motivations, goals, emotions, thoughts, past events, and current circumstances. Examples of psychotherapy methods include:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Behavior therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Humanistic therapy
  • Integrative and holistic therapy

#3. Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapies help people reprocess traumatic experiences, memories, and thoughts by reliving them using various expressive techniques. Common experiential therapies include:

  • Psychodrama
  • Gestalt
  • Adventure therapy
  • Eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Equine therapy
  • Art and music therapy
  • Nature-based therapies
  • Activity therapy

#4. Exposure and Response Prevention

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a therapeutic method that allows people to become comfortable with an item, object, or concept they fear through gradually increased exposure in a controlled and safe environment.

#5. Anger Management

Many people in rehabilitation programs struggle with anger and frustration. If left untreated, these feelings can interfere with recovery. Anger management teaches essential coping skills and avoidance strategies to help people maintain emotional stability in upsetting situations.

#6. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This therapy to long-term change are essential to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) uses various methods to motivate and inspire lasting change. Benefits of ACT include:

  • Acceptance of consequences related to substance misuse
  • Increased mindfulness and self-awareness
  • More focused commitment to change

#7. Equine Therapy

Equine therapy uses interactions with horses to encourage positive behavioral changes and self-growth. Typical activities include walking, grooming, and observing horses under the guidance of a trained equine therapist. Watching how horses react to various situations and interactions can increase self-awareness and help some people learn to identify, regulate, and process emotions.

#8. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Rational emotive behavior therapy reveals irrational beliefs that might cause maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns. REBT focuses on countering these irrational beliefs in safe and healthy ways.

Aftercare and Mental Health

Twilight Recovery Center includes comprehensive alumni and aftercare services for guests who complete our program. Your mental health is essential to long-term sobriety. Aftercare services you can use to maintain your mental health include:

  • Referrals to local doctors and therapists
  • Assistance in locating community-based resources
  • Information about online and in-person self-help groups

You have access to all the resources you need to create sustainable changes and heal from the effects of mental health disorders.

Mental health significantly affects a person’s outlook on life, how they treat themselves and others, and how well they respond to treatment during recovery. Maintaining positive mental health can be challenging for many people undergoing detox and withdrawal. The dedicated men and women at Twilight Recovery Center use evidence-based and alternative holistic therapies to ensure our guests have the tools they need to cope with daily stressors and build a healthier future. Co-occurring disorders can complicate mental health.
At Twighlight Recovery Center we offer dual diagnoses to ensure the best results for our guests. By working closely with the care team and doing the work required to make lasting changes, you can achieve a more peaceful and enlightened state of mind. To learn more about the mental health treatments and support services we offer at Twilight Recovery Center, call our office at (888) 414-8183.
How Dual Diagnosis

How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Works

Co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs) can complicate recovery and require additional therapeutic support. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Researchers have found that about half of individuals who experience a SUD during their lives will also experience a co-occurring mental disorder and vice versa.” Twilight Recovery Center uses evidence-based and alternative therapies to provide guests with the tools they need to heal from dual diagnoses and underlying issues.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

An individual with a dual diagnosis has two or more diagnosed conditions. In most cases, individuals with SUD will have a dual diagnosis related to the symptoms or side effects of substance use. However, sometimes multiple disorders develop spontaneously, and their symptoms overlap, making it challenging to recognize undiagnosed conditions.

Additional mental health issues may cause more severe or longer-lasting symptoms during treatment. A whole-person approach to care that addresses underlying issues can make it easier to stabilize mental health and relieve symptoms. Twilight Recovery Center uses holistic care to ensure mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Our treatments include group and individual trauma therapy, psychotherapy, holistic healing, and peer support.

Possible Risk Factors

Anyone can develop co-occurring disorders. A few of the most common risk factors include:

  • Family history of addiction or mental health issues
  • Chronic stress
  • Witnessing or experiencing trauma
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors

Chronic pain and other disabilities are also common among individuals who abuse substances. Some people self-medicate mental or physical illnesses using alcohol or drugs, while others have mental illnesses caused by substance abuse. Cognitive and physical disabilities increase the risk of developing mental health issues. Therapists often use integrative treatments to address dual diagnoses.

What to Expect From Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis can significantly increase the severity of symptoms experienced during detox, withdrawal, and early recovery. Mood shifts may be more severe, and some people have difficulty focusing on recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment aims to reduce the adverse effects of multiple conditions by using evidence-based and complementary therapies.

Every case is unique and requires tailored care. Most people collaborate closely with their clinical team to create a comprehensive treatment plan that gives them essential tools for recovery. A few common treatments for dual diagnosis include:

  • Peer support and group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Holistic therapies

Recovery is not linear, and often in the case of co-occurring disorders, the process can take a little longer and require additional treatments to address all active, underlying, and complicating health issues. Psychotherapy is an essential part of rehabilitation for individuals with dual diagnoses. Talk therapy gives them a safe and judgment-free space to discuss their fears, doubts, goals, and hopes for the future.

Disabilities and Dual Diagnosis

Many people who struggle with addiction live with cognitive and physical disabilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Adults with disabilities experience higher levels of mental health conditions and substance use than do adults without disabilities.” Facilities like Twilight Recovery Center use a holistic approach to ensure all clients can access accommodations that meet their unique needs during detox, withdrawal, and continuing recovery.

According to the CDC, “One in 4 U.S. adults–61 million Americans–have a disability that impacts major life activities.” Some of the most common disabilities include:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Mobility-related disabilities
  • Severe illnesses including cancers and heart disease
  • Cognitive impairment

Any comorbid disability that interferes with mental or emotional stability can affect recovery. Dual diagnosis treatment programs can provide additional support and accommodations to ensure clients with co-occurring mental, substance use, or physical disorders have the tools they need to achieve personal growth and manage symptoms.

The Importance of Holistic Care for Dual Diagnosis

Holistic care provides tailored care that treats all issues related to recovery, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Twilight Recovery Center looks at each client as a whole, not a single diagnosis or set of symptoms. Holistic treatments for dual diagnosis can include:

  • Mindfulness-based techniques
  • Breathwork
  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Art and music therapy

Learn the Skills You Need to Manage Dual Diagnosis

Learning essential life skills can make dual diagnosis easier to treat during continuing care. Your therapist will help you learn how to do the following during dual diagnosis treatment:

  • Decrease stress using mindfulness and coping techniques
  • Problem-solve and create preventative strategies
  • Recognize, regulate, and process emotions in a healthy way
  • Communicate effectively and actively listen to others
  • Construct and maintain healthy social boundaries
  • Develop healthy relationships

Dual diagnosis treatment prepares you for challenges related to recovery and stress management. Long-term sobriety is easier to manage when you have the tools to identify and cope with daily stressors related to your mental and physical health.

Experiencing two or more simultaneous disorders can complicate treatment for substance use disorder and related mental health issues. Dual diagnosis treatment is the best way to get high-quality care for multiple active disorders. The experts at Twilight Recovery Center have your best interest in mind and offer comprehensive dual diagnosis services to guests who need additional support. You will have access to various forms of evidence-based treatment, including psychotherapy, peer support, and prescription medication. We believe everyone deserves compassionate care that meets their needs. You can recover from the damaging effects of SUDs and related conditions with the help of our compassionate team. We provide our guests with the tools they need to achieve and maintain sobriety long-term. Our programs treat all concurrent and underlying conditions to reduce the risk of relapse. To learn more about our facility and the services we offer, call us today at (888) 414-8183.
Red Flags

Red Flags and Your Recovery

Everyone in recovery faces the temptation of backsliding into unhealthy behaviors. Relapse can be incredibly dangerous for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorder (SUD). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 40-60% of individuals diagnosed with SUD will experience relapse.

At Twilight Recovery Center, we believe that every guest has the potential to achieve long-term recovery without relapsing. The potential for relapse should be acknowledged, prepared for, and overcome. However, we understand that no one is perfect, and we will never judge anyone who needs additional support to maintain sobriety.

Risk Factors for Relapse

The risk factors for relapse will vary from person to person and can include:

  • Genetics
  • Co-occurring mental or physical disorders
  • Lack of support
  • Toxic home environment
  • History of relapse
  • Experiencing or witnessing a traumatic or distressing event
  • Chronic stress

Relapse has three distinct stages. Any of them could re-trigger substance abuse. You can experience one or all of the following during treatment and long-term recovery:

Emotional Relapse: This stage involves an emotional trigger to re-engage with substances.

Mental Relapse: During a mental relapse, you may talk yourself into believing substance use isn’t as dangerous as it is and may feel comfortable re-engaging.

Physical Relapse: Accepting the idea of relapse and physically re-engaging with substances.

Managing Stress and Other Risk Factors

Red flags are often related to overwhelming feelings like anger, depression, anxiety, and stress. You can manage risk factors. Use the tools you learn in individual and group therapy. A few common ways people manage their red flags include:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness-based techniques
  • Relaxation and breathing exercises
  • Journaling
  • Speaking with loved ones about their problems
  • Confiding in a mentor or sponsor

You and your therapist can work together. We’ll find activities and coping mechanisms that lower your stress and keep you feeling motivated and positive. For some people, prescription medications like antidepressants can provide relief from more severe symptoms and decrease the risk that red flags will trigger a relapse.

Recognizing the Signs of a Relapse

Red flags work as warnings to help you recognize the signs of potential imminent relapse. You can use them to track your recovery progress. Determine when you might need additional support, including:

  • More frequent self-help meetings
  • Physical or verbal check-ins with members of your support system
  • More frequent individual therapy sessions
  • Additional daily self-care

Using the resources and tools you have available will decrease your risk of relapse and help you maintain emotional stability.

Preventative Strategies and Crisis Management

A primary part of treatment at facilities like Twilight Recovery Center includes teaching guests preventative strategies and crisis management skills to ensure they feel confident about using healthy coping techniques during moments of crisis. Some of the relapse prevention strategies you can use include:

  • Practicing mindfulness and self-care every day
  • Understanding your triggers and avoiding them
  • Using grounding techniques to decrease or eliminate intrusive thoughts and cravings
  • Having emergency contact details for crisis lines and people you trust
  • Developing a safety plan

5 Ways to Avoid Relapse

There are many ways to stop yourself from relapsing during early and ongoing recovery. Below are 5 practical preventative coping measures to help you avoid relapse.

#1. Learn to Recognize Your Physical Triggers and Remain Mindful

Part of rehabilitation involves learning how to identify and cope with triggers that you cannot avoid, including:

  • Memories
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Environmental factors
  • Physical sensations or behavioral routines
  • Items, people, or places in your community

Once you know how to recognize them be mindful of situations when you may encounter them and plan ways to minimize their effect on your mental health.

#2. Use Coping Techniques for Cravings and Intrusive Thoughts

Use the coping skills you learned in therapy to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed when you encounter triggers that leave you with cravings or intrusive thoughts. Popular coping techniques include:

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Reaching out to a friend to talk
  • Focusing on your senses to ground yourself
  • Leaving the area if possible
  • Being Mindful

#3. Maintain Regular Self-Care

Take care of your body to keep your mind healthy. Maintain regular self-care by doing the following:

  • Eating regular nutritional meals
  • Getting enough quality sleep each night
  • Taking time to meditate and relax
  • Creating a healthy work-life balance

#4. Use Your Support System

When you reach a crisis moment, use your support system to keep yourself from following through on the temptations presented by intrusive thoughts or cravings. You can call, text, email, or visit someone from your support system when you feel alone, overwhelmed, or tempted to relapse.

#5. Stay Grounded When You Cannot Avoid Triggers

Red flags are not always easy to avoid. For example, you may encounter triggers at work where you have a limited ability to adjust your routines or create preventative measures. Mindfulness-based techniques and exercises are an excellent way to continue functioning and avoid relapse during these moments. Engage your five senses and connect your mind and body to the moment. Doing this will lower stress and decrease the risk of being triggered.

Individuals who struggle with addictive behaviors should keep an eye out for red flags and warning signs of relapse during ongoing recovery. Staying aware and mindful of your mental and physical well-being and maintaining healthy routines will go a long way toward protecting you against the temptation of relapse.
You need to be capable of recognizing potential issues before they reach a crisis point. At Twilight Recovery Center, we educate guests on how to recognize and avoid possible relapse triggers to lower the risk of returning to maladaptive behaviors. We understand that relapse is part of the process for some people. However, our clinicians believe that with the right tools, you can find healthy ways to cope without backsliding into old behaviors. You can develop the necessary skills to avoid relapse. To learn more about our facility’s services and programs, reach out today by calling (888) 414-8183.
Spiritual Condition

Maintenance of Spiritual Condition

“More smiling, less worrying, more compassion, less judgment, more blessed, less stressed, more love, less hate.”

—Roy T. Bennett

Spiritual Condition

Many people recovering from substance use disorders (SUDs) experience feelings of defeat, isolation, and uncertainty about the future. If you feel emotionally and spiritually drained, you can use mental health tools and other resources to find hope again and repair your damaged spirit. You are more than a diagnosis. Your future does not have to be dictated by the past. The rehabilitation programs at Twilight Recovery Center can help you heal from the effects of addiction.

Spirituality Looks Different for Everyone

Everyone understands spirituality in their own way. There are no right or wrong ways to feel about your spiritual life. According to Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, “There is overwhelming evidence that persons receiving mental health services, including addiction services, view spirituality as essential to recovery.” Basically, spirituality is a primary motivator for many in the recovery community, including members of 12-Step support groups.

5 Ways to Recognizing if You Are Spiritually “Fit”

Being spiritually fit means prioritizing the health and wellness of your spirit. The definition of spirit varies depending on who you ask. However, most people agree that it gives humans the capacity for hope and emotional healing. Many people in recovery have been beaten down by life, and their spirit is hurting and damaged. The spirit is resilient. If you do the hard work, you can restore it and find acceptance and contentment in your new sober life. Below are five ways to recognize if you are spiritually “fit.”

#1. Remain Aware of Your Mental Health

Monitoring your mental and emotional health is the only way to notice if something has gone wrong. If you notice yourself feeling less forgiving, more on edge, or angrier with yourself and others, it may indicate that your soul is hurting and needs nurturing. Maintain self-awareness and find healthy ways to replace negativity with hope, inspiration, and positivity.

#2. Daily Spiritual Check-Ins

Self-care needs to be a part of your routine. If you do not look after your emotional, physical, and mental well-being, you increase the risk of relapse. Self-care involves doing things to improve your circumstances or mental health.

You can use these activities to check in on your spiritual health. Do you feel sad, tired, anxious, ashamed, or guilty? Negative feelings about yourself can inhibit recovery. You will need to address them using techniques you learned in treatment or by talking about them with someone from your support system. Spiritual check-ins and daily self-care can improve your mental health and give you the emotional fortitude to continue progressing in recovery.

#3. Allow Yourself to Rely on a Higher Power

A higher power can be anything that brings meaning to your life and helps you look at yourself and others in a more loving and hopeful way. Recovery from SUD requires dedication, hard work, and the ability to forgive yourself for the past while building a better future. You will face difficult moments and temptations. Rely on the higher power in your life. You will feel less stressed and anxious. You will feel more compassionate toward others. Give yourself grace in moments of crisis. Allow yourself to connect more fully with a higher power.

#4. Take One Day at a Time

Every day is an opportunity for growth and spiritual healing. You will have access to support services, including individual and group therapy, during the rehabilitation process. Use the tools you learn in those sessions. Take one day at a time and objectively look at situations that might appear overwhelming. You can decrease stress and anxiety by taking a step back and being mindful of the moment.

#5. Find What Makes You Happy

Spiritual renewal occurs when you allow yourself to pursue activities, goals, and relationships that leave you feeling fulfilled and happy. Recovery gives you a chance to make better choices and surround yourself with positivity and people who have your best interest at heart. Pursue things that leave you with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. Experiencing everyday moments of happiness is a sign that your spirit has started to heal.

Find Support in Your Community

Community and peer support is an essential part of the recovery process. Anyone who identifies with specific rituals or practices can be supported. Spiritual leaders and fellow believers can be part of that support system. You do not have to believe in a god or a religion to find comfort in spiritual healing. You can find spiritual support if you reach out to like-minded people. Becoming part of a supportive community can facilitate spiritual healing.

Self-Care and Spiritual Growth

Self-care is essential to a healthy life and can strengthen the mind-body connection. When you feel more connected to your body, it can improve how you feel emotionally and spiritually. A few common forms of self-care include:

  • Attending regular therapy sessions
  • Using medical interventions like prescription medication to manage symptoms
  • Taking advantage of peer support
  • Spending time in nature
  • Practicing relaxation techniques

There are many ways to incorporate spirituality into your recovery journey. Certainly, finding the right spiritual support for you will help as you find hope and resilience in your new life free of substances.

Your spiritual condition determines how prepared you are to cope with trauma, emotions, and daily stressors. Everyone has thoughts and feelings that either weigh down or uplift their spirit. You get to choose which ones you focus on every day. At Twilight Recovery Center, we believe that guests need to address shame, guilt, anger, fear, or other negative emotions.
Everyone needs to heal from the damaging effects of substance abuse. Every stage of recovery can benefit from further spiritual healing and development. We offer a wide range of holistic alternative treatments. In addition evidence-based modalities to create a personalized rehabilitation experience. Firstly, our treatment ensures your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
To learn more about our programs. Learn how we incorporate spiritual healing into our treatments and services. Call us today at (888) 414-8183. Our dedicated intake specialists are here to answer your questions.
Approach to Recovery

12-Step Approach to Recovery

Addiction is a disease that affects the soul. Spiritual maintenance is essential to recovery. Many people recovering from substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring conditions use spiritual motivation to heal. Positive social interactions and peer support can lower the risk of relapse. Clients at rehabilitation facilities like Twilight Recovery Center often use 12-Step groups to ease the transition between residential and outpatient treatment programs. Attending therapy, serving others, and showing yourself compassion are a few ways to follow the 12-Step philosophy of holistic self-care.

What Is the 12-Step Philosophy?

According to Social Work in Public Health, the 12-Steps “specify that substance abusers must admit their powerlessness over alcohol and drugs. They take a moral inventory of themselves, admit the nature of their wrongs, make a list of individuals whom they have harmed, and make amends to those people.” Other beliefs shared by 12-Step groups include:

  • Service to others improves mental and emotional health
  • Finding healthy routines during recovery can ensure sustainable change
  • You can learn to manage and control intrusive thoughts and cravings
  • Everyone has worth and deserves compassion
  • Hope and faith in a higher power are essential to recovery

The 12-Step philosophy looks at recovery as a journey toward self-acceptance and self-accountability. Attending self-help groups can encourage you to embrace your truth and use it to fuel lifelong positive changes that reduce your risk of relapse.

Popular 12-Step Groups

Thousands of self-help meetings patterned off the 12-Step method occur in cities worldwide. Most important, you can find a self-help group for almost every disorder, including:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
  • Emotions Anonymous (EA): for individuals who struggle with mental health issues
  • Heroin Anonymous (HA)
  • Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Families and friends of people experiencing active addiction or undergoing treatment for SUD can attend support meetings, including Al-Anon/Alateen, Nar-Anon, and Families Anonymous (FA).

12-Step Meetings During Rehabilitation

The detox portion of rehabilitation is mostly spent recovering physically from the side effects of withdrawal and undergoing one-on-one individual therapy. At facilities like Twilight Recovery Center, you have access to a nurse and other support staff 24/7 during detox. After the first few weeks of treatment, peer support and community-based recovery options become more important as you prepare to transition out of residential care.

Self-accountability is essential to continued sobriety, and attending local 12-Step meetings ensures accountability and motivates further positive lifestyle changes. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two of the most common types of 12-Step groups attended by people in rehabilitation and continuing care.

Alcoholics Anonymous

It is an international group that helps people abstain from alcohol. The group use their twelve spiritually motivated steps of recovery. Meetings are often held weekly or bi-weekly.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous provides the same sense of fellowship. You can use NA as a support resource for recovering from the use of narcotics and other substances. Many other drug-specific groups exist, and you can choose whichever one best fits your circumstances.

Benefits of Attending Meetings

Guests at Twilight Recovery Center are encouraged to attend support group meets, group therapy, and individual therapy to ensure they have the necessary tools to cope with daily challenges related to recovery. For most clients, 12-Step meetings play a significant role in treatment. The benefits of attending meetings include:

  • Improved communication and social skills
  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • A sense of fellowship
  • Reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation

You can use the experiences and advice of peers to get through moments of crisis. Simultaneously, you will also have an opportunity to be a role model or mentor to others who want to stop addictive behaviors.

Removing Ego From the Equation

Twilight Recovery Center uses personalized treatment plans. In our center we combine psychotherapy, support groups, and other therapies like anger management. We help guests overcome challenging emotions like ambivalence or resentment. The spiritual recovery offered by 12-Step meetings can enhance the effectiveness of these evidence-based treatments.

People who join 12-Step groups adopt the following 12 life-changing principles:

  • Acceptance
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Courage
  • Honesty
  • Patience
  • Humility
  • Willingness
  • Brotherly-love
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Service to self and others

The 12-Step principles provide a healthy blueprint for reclaiming your life. In general, people find it easier to maintain sobriety by removing ego from the equation and embracing acceptance and commitment to recovery.

Lean on a Higher Power for Emotional Support

12-Step groups like AA and NA show you how to live a spiritually fit life. They show how to live without the need for maladaptive behaviors like substance abuse. After all, peer groups allow you to gain insight and guidance from individuals who have moved past your stage of recovery. The personal experiences and spiritual support they offer can inspire change in your life.

12-Step groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous have been helping people recover from substance abuse for decades. Allied groups also exist for the friends and loved ones of people who struggle with addiction. You can find support, mutual respect, and a sense of fellowship at 12-Step meetings. The benefits of attending groups like AA include increased self-accountability. In addition, you will gain confidence in your ability to remain sober regardless of what life sends your way. You can achieve and maintain sobriety alongside others who share similar life experiences. Some people feel uncertain about attending 12-Step meetings because they may feel uncomfortable with spirituality in some contexts. Many modern 12-Step groups adopt neutral wording and urge members to rely on whatever they understand as a higher power. Twilight Recovery Center ensures our guests have access to 12-Step meetings during rehabilitation and aftercare. To learn more, call us today at (888) 414-8183.
Dual Diagnosis

Benefits of a Dual Diagnosis Facility

A dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder can profoundly impact mental and physical health. Also, dual diagnosis with more severe symptoms can complicate the recovery process for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) “people with SUDs are more likely than those without SUDs to have co-occurring mental disorders”. For this reason, facilities like Twilight Recovery Center have programs designed to treat multiple co-occurring conditions and provide essential support.

What Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

If someone has two or more disorders active at the same time, they have what is considered a dual diagnosis. Basically, co-occurring disorders can have multiple overlapping symptoms and side effects. This makes dual diagnoses difficult to identify in some instances.

The most common co-occurring disorders people experience alongside SUD include:

    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Mood disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Schizophrenia

Rehabilitation programs that address all current and underlying disorders provide the best outcome. They ensure individuals have the tools, skills, and resources they need to cope with symptoms and make progress in treatment. At the same time, many people benefit from integrative treatment that involves combining various aspects of psychotherapy, prescription medication, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and other treatments.

How Dual Diagnosis Affects Recovery

Long-term recovery requires focus, dedication to change, and the ability to cope with daily stressors. After all, treatment programs capable of accommodating co-occurring conditions can give you access to a range of useful therapeutic tools, including:

    • Holistic alternative treatments
    • Trauma therapy
    • Psychotherapy
    • Essential skill development
    • Peer support
    • Experiential therapy

Some people attend multiple types of therapy sessions throughout the week to address independent disorders. Nevertheless, other people may be given treatment plans that include integrative techniques addressing all active conditions in a single session. The clinicians at Twilight Recovery Center collaborate with clients to determine how best to incorporate treatment for co-occurring disorders.

Risk Factors for Dual Diagnosis

Anyone can have a dual diagnosis. However, certain factors increase the risk of substance use or mental health disorders. You are more likely to experience mental and emotional issues if you meet some or all of the following criteria:

    • Have a family history of SUD or severe mental illness
    • Experience chronic stress
    • Socially isolate from others
    • Live with toxic family dynamics
    • Have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event
    • Live with chronic illness or pain

Risk factors do not indicate that someone will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder or SUD. However, the likelihood does increase substantially. In other words, individuals with close family members who have been diagnosed with SUD or other issues have an even higher likelihood of developing co-occurring issues.

Signs of Dual Diagnosis

Without a doubt, it is essential that people with SUD know how to recognize changes in their mood, behavior, and physical health. Certainly, any unexpected or unusual changes could indicate an undiagnosed co-occurring disorder. Some of the signs of possible dual diagnosis include:

  • Memory issues and difficulty focusing
  • Unexplained changes to sleep or eating patterns
  • Unusual isolation and withdrawal from social groups
  • Out-of-character risk-taking behaviors
  • Mood changes, including unusual aggression
  • Anger or physical violence out of proportion to the situation
  • Extreme anxiety, depression, or worry
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Difficulty keeping up with professional and personal responsibilities
  • Unexplained changes to energy levels
  • Extreme mood shifts over a short period of time
  • Changes in personal hygiene

Some people have no outward indications of mental health disorders until they reach a critical point. Knowing what to look for and how to get support in a crisis can make it easier to cope with undiagnosed co-occurring conditions.

Treatment Options for Co-Occurring Disorders

Many treatment options exist for dual diagnoses. However, most people end up using multiple therapeutic techniques and modalities. They work to find the right combination to help them avoid, eliminate, or cope with the symptoms and side effects of mental health disorders. With this in mind, treatments offered at Twilight Recovery Center include:

    • Adventure therapy
    • Activity therapy
    • Anger management
    • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
    • Art therapy
    • Equine therapy
    • Psychotherapy
    • Play therapy
    • Relapse prevention
    • Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
    • Motivational interviewing (MI)
    • Exposure and response prevention
    • Yoga
    • Breathwork
    • Meditation
    • Acupuncture
    • Massage therapy
    • Energy healing
    • Mindfulness
    • Music therapy
    • Crystal therapy

Personalized Treatment Plan

During dual diagnosis treatment, the Twilight Recovery Center clinical team will create a personalized treatment plan. Above all, we respect the personal, cultural, and religious preferences of our guests. We give them as individualized a treatment plan as possible. Dual diagnosis can significantly affect long-term recovery if the symptoms are left untreated. We help our clients build a toolbox of essential coping skills during rehabilitation. They can use this skills when they transition out of residential treatment.

Co-occurring conditions can complicate recovery. The symptoms become worse or prolong of detox and withdrawal. Don’t put off treatment that can be essential to your healing. After all, the specialized treatments offered at Twilight Recovery Center ensure you receive high-quality holistic care. Our service will addresses all mental and physical issues that could impact your treatment outcome.
Definitely, you will benefit from attending programs that offer trauma-informed personalized care. Certainly, the rehabilitation programs we offer will provide you with the tools you need to heal and manage dual diagnoses. After all, you don’t have to keep living with the pain and emotional distress. Do not suffer from concurrent disorders.
Reach out and get expert treatment from the compassionate team at Twilight Recovery Center. What’s more, you are not alone. To learn more about the services and treatments at our residential facility, call us today at (888) 414-8183. Without a doubt, our dedicated intake specialist can answer your questions or set up an admissions interview.
Don't Leave Before the Miracle Happens

Don’t Leave Before the Miracle Happens

When we start things, it’s crucial to finish them. Like cleaning your space or following through with a commitment to someone else. The road to recovery works the same way: living a life outside of substance use is a lifelong process. The results are well worth it if you see your way through to the end.

A Life of Recovery

Like everything in life, there is a beginning to the journey of recovery. The beginning of a life of sobriety looks different for everyone. Steps you can take to begin your journey to recovery include: asking loved ones for help, using Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) resources to sober up, or entering a treatment center. The thing that all of these have in common is asking for help and then taking action.

A common phrase used among recovering individuals is “recovery is not linear”. Similar to the steps of asking for help looking different for everyone, the road itself is also distinct. Recovery not being linear is the comforting notion that things will be difficult at times, and that is okay.

Not one person who has traveled this road has experienced an effortless and unfaltering journey. Recovering from addiction and living a clean and sober life is about “progress, not perfection.” This is a principle emphasized throughout the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Even in 1935, when AA was established, the two founders of this now-global program knew that living a recovered life was not an easy task.

Trust the Process

Why not quit when the going gets tough? If there are hardships and roadblocks to overcome, why go forward knowing that it won’t be as easy as walking away from the substance itself? Many people living a life of recovery will tell you that they would gladly take their most arduous day in sobriety over their most manageable day in addiction. There is proof that sobriety is well worth the effort.

After the detoxing process has ended and the efforts to move toward a recovered life have begun, the body adjusts to find its baseline. The word baseline refers to our mood stabilization. When we take away the substances often used as coping mechanisms in moments of emotional dysregulation, we are left to find new ways to deal with discomfort.

Alcohol itself is a depressant

While it sends dopamine to the brain’s receptors when consumed, it simultaneously reduces the body’s natural production of dopamine, leading to feelings of depression. As recovery ensues, the body’s chemicals restore themselves, thus leveling one’s emotions over time. Because of this, being in a safe and monitored environment like a rehab center is vital in beginning the recovery process.

Over time, euphoria won’t feel as high, and depression won’t feel as low. This is a person’s baseline without substances. As individuals move through recovery, they will begin to find themselves. The things that bring them joy, and new ways in which to handle the inevitable disappointments that happen in life.

What a Recovered Life Could Look Like

Recovery looks different for everyone–how they got there, their process through recovery, and what they’re doing now in sobriety. The success story of recovery is that there is hope and beauty in living a life without substances.

There is growth that comes with getting sober:

  •  Learning how to manage stress and anger without using
  •  Being able to establish boundaries with oneself and others
  •  Learning how to ask for unmet needs
  •  Being able to communicate in healthy ways
  •  Letting go of the ego that controlled toxic behaviors

Hope in recovery. There is hope in knowing there’s an opportunity to form a better relationship with yourself. A new life is just ahead with taking the first steps to recovery and seeing it through to the end.

Keep Going

No matter what it looks like for someone to live a sober life, it is vital to see it through to the end. In the beginning, the motivation to recover may be outside oneself. Perhaps family members are pleading for sobriety. A child’s well-being is at stake, a relationship hangs in the balance, or the “gift of desperation” leads to recovery. It may take a long time to realize that they want a clean and sober life for themselves, and that’s okay, so long as they keep going.

Some days, there will be triggers and cravings that feel unbearable. Those moments will feel almost natural to want to give in or ease or ignore the feelings of discomfort. There will be moments that the thoughts feel too loud and the temptation of “taking the edge off” will sound much more appealing than listening to intrusive thoughts. There may be days when sobriety doesn’t feel worth the effort anymore. Those are the days that it is critical to keep moving forward in the recovery process.

24 hours at a time

In the beginning, 24 hours at a time might be the only way to make it through. The program of Alcoholics Anonymous is a big fan of the phrase “just for today”. It encourages individuals struggling with addiction to persist in their sobriety. If the day feels impossible and relapse is within grasp, try putting it off for another 24 hours. The idea is that even though the desire to give in is right there, if the action is prolonged, then that will be another day sober, and another day sober gets people that much closer to a recovered life.

Recovery is a lifelong process, so don’t leave before the miracle happens. It takes hard work, unconditional dedication, and being willing to ask for help to see our way through to the other side of addiction. A life of recovery gives us a chance to change–change how we live for ourselves, for those we love, and how we choose to show up in this world. Through a 12-Step program, various forms of therapy, or holistic practices such as spending time in nature, wellness is just around the corner. Let the clinicians of Twilight Recovery Center show you that recovery is well worth the fight. You or a loved one is experiencing a substance use disorder or other mental health illnesses? Twilight Recovery Center is here to help you begin your journey to a recovered life. Call (800) 414-8183 today.
Yoga and Mental Wellness

Yoga and Mental Wellness in Recovery

Holistic approaches have become a common practice among people in recovery. Things like yoga, meditation, and art or music therapy are being incorporated more and more into treatment. It’s known that yoga offers physical wellness with its practice, but did you know it elevates mental wellness, too? Practicing yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, can be used for mindful movement and meditation, and can help your body feel more relaxed.

Holistic Approaches to Wellness and Recovery

In reference to medicine and treatment, is the incorporation of treatment for the whole person. Holistic practices incorporate therapies that enhance the wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. We are not merely our ailments; we have passions that we enjoy practicing, we need to nurture deep emotions and heal traumas.. It should be no surprise that our mental health and substance use disorders tie together the way they do.

When we focus on the entirety of a person rather than the most obvious problem at hand, we set ourselves up for a more successful route to recovery. Holistic therapies cover a broad range of activities, some of which include art and music therapy, crystal therapy, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. Using these modalities in your recovery can help build communication and coping skills, as well as emotional or trauma processing.

Incorporating practices like meditation, breathwork, or yoga into your recovery routine could bring benefits like lowered stress levels, an increase in endorphin and dopamine levels, and a closer connection to your higher power or your spiritual side. These physical and emotional benefits can bring peace amongst the chaos, even just for a moment, and help guide you through the ups and downs of pursuing a sober life.

Mindfulness

It is the state of consciousness or awareness while acknowledging one’s thoughts, feelings, or bodily sensations. The practice of mindfulness in recovery is used to aid our intrusive thoughts. Having the ability to recognize our thoughts and emotions gives us the ability to move forward from that moment with the next right action.

We want to respond to a situation rather than react. The act of mindfulness is a useful coping tool when we’re feeling emotionally dysregulated. For example, a common exercise used when experiencing anxiety is the five, four, three, two, one grounding exercise. For each number, we associate a sense with it: five things we feel, four things we see, three things we hear, two things we smell, and one thing we taste.

By using this exercise as a grounding technique, we’re able to be in the present moment. Practicing mindfulness by bringing awareness to our surroundings and current state of being allows us to find a sense of calm.

Mindfulness and Yoga

Similarly, yoga uses mindfulness to keep us in a state of relaxation by staying in the present moment. Relaxing background noise, the soothing guidance of the instructor’s voice, practicing breathing techniques, and deep stretching that relaxes the muscles of the body and the mind allow for a sense of calmness and control.

Engaging in yoga connects our minds and our bodies, helping us feel more centered. Some people take the time to engage in meditation while practicing yoga. Whether it’s emptying their heads of all thoughts to stay present or connecting with a higher power or spiritual side, they are in a state where they are opening themselves up to what’s around them.

Other Practices Used in Yoga

Engaging in yoga brings forth some skills we might not use on a daily basis. Practicing breathwork also brings us to a more centered state of being, along with the mindful movement of stretching.

The practice of breathwork in yoga or meditation aids in centering our conscious mind to feel more present in the moment. The conscious control of breathing influences one’s mental, emotional, and physical state of being. The benefits can be therapeutic by slowing down one’s breathing. This cause a sense of calm and a sense of control over our emotions.

Mindful movement is the same as mindfulness, except it’s specific to “exercise”. People get advantage of mindful movement to bring awareness to the body while moving. Checking in and asking yourself what sensations come up for you is a good way to stay in touch and stay present while performing physical activity. Mindful movement is less goal-oriented like exercise and more about doing something that makes you feel good mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Practicing Yoga in Recovery

Recovery isn’t just about putting down the substance we’ve been abusing as a way to escape. In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), or any 12-Step recovery program, the focus is on changing ourselves and turning away from our old behaviors. AA is holistic because it encourages a deeper connection with ourselves, a spiritual side, and our overall wellness.

Yoga as AA, encourages a relationship with something greater than ourselves by connecting our inner thoughts with our surroundings. Deep stretching or meditation allows us to be present and focus on what’s right in front of us. By slowing our thoughts and our breathing, we open ourselves up to the possibility of a more positive state of being. A calm, positive, centered state of mind makes for a significant advantage in recovery.

Practicing yoga in recovery can bring many benefits. Yoga connects our minds and our bodies, helping us feel more centered. Some people take the time to engage in meditation while practicing yoga. Whether it’s emptying their heads of all thoughts to stay present or connecting with a spiritual side, they are in a state where they are opening themselves up to what’s around them. Yoga is a good tool to get in touch with your physical body. Get also in touch with your thoughts and emotions. When recovering from a substance use disorder, we must discover ourselves all over again. Mindful movement and mindful meditation are great practices to help us achieve our goal. Living substance-free and being connected with ourselves once more. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, let Twilight Recovery Center help lead the way. Call (888) 414-8183 for information.
Finding Yourself in Recovery

ACT: Finding Yourself in Recovery

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic practice that encourages individuals to accept unpleasant thoughts or feelings rather than attempting to control them. ACT uses both acceptance and mindfulness strategies to enhance being in contact with the present moment. A life of sobriety isn’t merely about finding life without substances, but also about finding ourselves along the way.

Acceptance

It is a process through which we receive our present experience without judgment. Acceptance is finding yourself in recovery. The purpose of acceptance is to practice full awareness of ourselves in our thoughts and sensations to help better regulate our behaviors in relation to our emotions.

We cannot control things outside of ourselves. We can, however, control how we react to things that occur. In that regard, acceptance can be many things:

  • Accepting what we cannot change
  • Accepting the emotions we experience
  • Accepting what is out of our control
  • Accepting the changes that we must make to live a recovered life

Having the ability to accept situations for the way that they happen is one of the more challenging things in life. Often we want to control the outcome of situations to be more favorable to us. Unfortunately, that is not the way that life works. The sooner we learn to regulate ourselves in unfavorable moments, the better off we will be in the long run.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is similar to acceptance because it requires awareness of yourself and the feelings you experience. Emotions are to be approached objectively, looking at them as thoughts and then not getting caught up in them.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) uses practices like mindfulness and acceptance to help one acknowledge their thoughts and feelings. The therapeutic practice of CBT works to help a person change the thoughts that they’re experiencing, while ACT uses mindfulness and acceptance to encourage people to simply notice what they’re thinking and then move on.

Feelings are not facts and should not be treated as such. While CBT focuses on changing the thought pattern, which then changes the behavior, ACT emphasizes the importance of all feelings we experience without reacting directly to them.

ACT in Recovery

ACT in recovery is accepting the thoughts, emotions, and hardships we experience in life and then committing to taking the necessary actions to address and change the behavior to resolve the stress or problem, rather than avoiding it.

Life does not stop moving once we enter recovery. Everyday stressors continue to persist, as do feelings like anxiety or depression. Treatment for mental disorders is not always a matter of changing your thought pattern. As we know, sometimes we just are depressed or anxious without reason because of chemicals and biology. However, having the ability to re-frame certain intrusive thoughts can be all it takes to turn your day around.

Recognizing when an intrusive thought pops up and being able to analyze it further can be very useful. Where did this thought come from; why am I experiencing this feeling; is this thought really true, or is that my anxiety? This list of critical thinking questions could make all the difference in being able to move forward with your day or being stuck in an anxious or depressed mindset.

ACT can help treat many mental health conditions, some of which include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder (SUD)

Why Practice ACT

Admitting and accepting that we have a problem with drinking–or abusing substances–is the very first step to receiving help. “We admitted we are powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable,” states the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on page 59. Once we accept our powerlessness over our substance use, then we are able to dig in and start our recovery journey.

Not being able to accept the hard truths can be the thing that holds us back from changing. If our perception of our peers is that they’re constantly thinking negative thoughts about us, and we live our lives based solely on those perceptions, what kind of life are we really living? Recognizing the negative thoughts as just that and not allowing them to have any power over us can be the mindset that helps keep our mind and body regulated.

Every thought and emotion that we experience is valid

There is no categorizing them between negative or positive; they simply are. CBT and ACT both validate us in our experiences and challenge us to challenge the thoughts or emotions that occur. Feelings are not facts, and our perception of the world around us is not always correct. We start by acknowledging and embracing the totality of our emotions rather than avoiding or denying them, and then we take the necessary steps to incorporate changes representative of our values, all in hopes of creating a positive change within.

ACT, acceptance and commitment therapy, is a therapeutic practice that encourages individuals to accept unpleasant thoughts or feelings rather than attempting to control them. ACT uses both acceptance and mindfulness strategies to enhance contact with the present moment. A life of sobriety isn’t merely about finding life without substances but finding ourselves along the way. Every thought and emotion that we experience is valid; there is no categorizing them between negative or positive. It is counterintuitive to attempt to control any negative thoughts or emotions that we may experience. Rather, we want to hold space for those things as they are, but not allow them to control us. If we can change the thought then we can change the behavior. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, let Twilight Recovery Center help guide you through sobriety. Call (888) 414-8183 today for more information.

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