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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

4 Ways to Practice Gratitude

A daily dose of gratitude can do wonders for your recovery as well as for your overall mental and physical wellbeing. Studies have linked gratitude to a number of health benefits, including improved self-care, fewer toxic emotions, sounder sleep, stronger willpower, and increased self-esteem. 

People who are able to be thankful for what they have rather than complain about all the things they think they deserve – not only handle stress better but they can also overcome trauma easier, according to researchers. 

If you attend an AA meeting, you may even hear the recovery slogan: “Have an attitude of gratitude.” The gist is that feeling grateful for your recovery will prevent you from relapsing. In other words, not taking your recovery for granted will ensure that sobriety remains something worth fighting for. 

Being Grateful Every Day
Like any worthy skill, having “an attitude of gratitude” takes a fair amount of practice. Here are four everyday tricks to get you started:  

  1. Keep a gratitude journal. Try listing three things for which you are thankful and three people to whom you are grateful. 
  2. Say “thank you” with thoughtfulness. The next time someone helps you, be sure to acknowledge the effort behind his or her actions as well as what the actions mean to you personally. This will help others feel more valued and you feel better about yourself and your life.
  3. Designate a no-complain day. Pick one day of the week and vow not to complain on that day. Better still: Use this time to note the positive side of any negative thoughts. 
  4. Perform a daily act of kindness. This can range from complimenting a friend to volunteering for an organization to writing a nice note to someone you haven’t seen in a while.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

10 Inspirational Quotes for Recovery

Addiction recovery is a long, hard road and we can all use a little inspiration and motivation at times. Sometimes a simple quote is all it takes to reset your negative thoughts, lift your spirits, and keep you on the recovery path. Inspiration quotes can also help you feel less isolated, as they’re great reminders that you’re not alone in your addiction battle. 

Here are a few of our favorites – some about addiction and others about hope and gratitude – all of which can  help you get out of a rut or reignite your fighting spirit. 

Go ahead and print out the ones you like best and tape them where you'll be sure to see them: on the fridge, your mirror, by your computer.

  1. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” –Henry David Thoreau
  2. “He who has hope has everything.” –Arabian Proverb
  3. “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now – and do it.” –William Durant
  4. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. “We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.” Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” –Maria Robinson
  7. “It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” –Russell Brand
  8. “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen it before.” –Maya Angelou
  9. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” –Willie Nelson
  10. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar
Inspiring You to Stay Sober
Customizing care to your personal objectives, religious beliefs, and health considerations, the staff at Complete Harmony can help you stay motivated as you begin your journey toward sobriety. To find out more, call today: 866-930-4673.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Power of Saying “No”

Do you find yourself trying to fill every gap in your recovery schedule with an activity, volunteer opportunity, or social engagement?

While keeping busy is important – especially in early recovery when you’re trying to fill the void left by your addiction – it’s also critical to give yourself time to heal and re-prioritize your life.

The key is to strike a healthy balance – and that will mean being intentional about your commitments and learning to say “no.” Don’t feel guilty about turning down invitations; part of your recovery journey is getting to know what brings you joy and relaxation and what causes stress and drains your reserves.

Learning to say “no” will also help when trying to determine healthy relationships. Now is the time to choose friends and loved ones carefully. This way, you surround yourself with people who support and encourage you – not those who urge you to give in and give up.

We know that saying “no” is never easy – but it is a powerful recovery tool. In the words of singer-actor-investor Jared Leto: “With the power of no comes focus and engagement." And being able to focus on your recovery is vital for lasting sobriety and long-term health!

Four Easy Ways to Say No 

Here are a few explanations/workarounds you may want to give a whirl:

  • “I can’t this time.” 
  • “Sorry — not today.” 
  • “That doesn’t work for me right now — but I’ll get back to you if something changes.” 
  • “Thanks for thinking of me, but I need to focus on my recovery now.
Saying Yes to Relapse Prevention
From identifying high-risk situations to learning mindfulness techniques that center you, our relapse prevention and aftercare planning at Complete Harmony will empower you and slowly eliminate the dangerous urge to self-medicate. Call today: 866-930-4673.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Are You Hooked on Caffeine?

Can’t seem to function without a daily fix of coffee – maybe even three cups (or more) to get through your day?

In the right doses, caffeine has a host of health benefits, including improving cognitive function, fatigue, mood, and athletic performance. But drink too much and you’ll likely be dealing with disrupted heart rhythms, jitters, anxiety, headaches, and insomnia – all which can be detrimental to your recovery success.

Perhaps the biggest danger with caffeine addiction is how little it takes to get hooked. If you abruptly cut out caffeine after drinking just 100 milligrams a day (five to eight ounces of coffee, two cans of diet soda, or two or three cups of tea) you’ll likely experience the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain 
Caffeine withdrawal is even recognized in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), the handbook of psychiatric disorders used by mental health professionals.

5 Ways to Kick Your Caffeine Habit

It’s a hard habit to break, but overcoming caffeine addiction is possible. Start with these simple strategies.

  1. Establish your baseline for consumption. Count the number of caffeinated drinks you drink ordinarily – and then try to reduce that by two cups per week. 
  2. Taper off slowly. Quitting cold turkey is tough, so you’re best bet is to start by replacing one of your cups of coffee or soda or tea (however you get your fix) with an alternative – say decaf or water. You can even mix half calf with half decaf to ease the transition. 

  3. Load up on H2o. Consuming more water, whether it's hot or cold, can help keep your hands and mouth busy when you feel the urge to reach for another cup of Joe. Plus, staying hydrated will help minimize pesky withdrawal symptoms like low alertness and difficulty concentrating. 
  4. Get moving. Exercise can rev your energy just as much (if not more) than caffeine. It also helps beat the fatigue and irritability you’ll likely experience when trying to cut back your consumption. 
  5. Replace the ritual. Instead of waking up and b-lining it to the coffee maker, take some time to mediate or do a few yoga poses. These relaxation techniques will work double-duty: They’ll serve as a replacement activity and minimize the classical caffeine withdrawal symptoms of crankiness and lack of concentration. And they’ll do wonders for your recovery, too!

Healthy Living for Lasting Recovery
Have you beaten one addiction, only to find your life disrupted by a new compulsive behavior? At Complete Harmony, we utilize cutting-edge addiction treatment and holistic therapies to offer you the best chance for a lasting recovery. To learn more, call: 866-930-4673.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Meditate Your Way To a Better Recovery

Meditation, which has already been recognized as a means to reduce stress, blood pressure, and fatigue, is also an important part of an addiction recovery plan.

An integral part of Buddhist tradition, mindfulness meditation focuses on bringing your attention to the present moment — whether you’re cooking dinner or taking a shower. Having a heightened awareness of the here and now allows you to put aside thoughts of past and future.

It makes sense then that this type of meditation can help keep you more centered and motivated so you can focus on your present task at hand – to overcome your addiction and stay sober for the long haul. It has been shown to help with decision-making, impulse-control, and self care, among other recovery essentials.

How Mindfulness Helps Overcome Addiction
Here we take a closer look at how practicing mindfulness meditation can help your recovery:

Stress: You’ll learn to slow breathing, calm anxiety, and relieve tension – and better cope with the inevitable stressors that threaten sobriety.

Cravings: You’ll learn to respond to any cravings with awareness, not to react automatically.

Triggers: You’ll learn to better recognize any patterns in your behavior, including triggers for relapse. Mindfulness will also help you improve the part of your short-term memory responsible for managing information and controlling emotions.

Self-criticism and blame: You’ll learn how to practice nonjudgmental acceptance of moment-to-moment thoughts.

And, perhaps, the best part: Making meditation part of your recovery plan doesn’t require a huge time commitment — studies show that as little as 15 minutes per day has big health payoffs.

Holistic Addiction Treatment  
Complete Harmony offers an evidence-based blend of holistic modalities, alternative rehab approaches, and mindfulness practices. We customizing care to your personal objectives, religious beliefs, and health considerations, and help you achieve personal sobriety goals within the safe, beautiful confines of our seaside retreat. To learn more, call 866-930-4673.
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