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How to Make Life More Exciting

By Jennifer McDougall

Sometimes we slip into a rut, where life feels less than exciting and maybe a bit too mundane. What can you do to turn up the wick and liven up your burnt-out routine? At Passages, we encourage you step out of your comfort zone and shake up your routine so that you can thrive in life—without the use of drugs and alcohol. If you are someone who feels their life is not all that exciting, this article is for you.

Getting started, let’s evaluate how you are spending your down time. When you get home from work, or have free time at any given point during the day, what are you doing during that time? Are you taking the opportunity to learn something new or pick up a gratifying hobby? Have you gone anywhere different; away from your standard day-to-today stomping ground?

These are some of the questions you need to first ask yourself if you’re feeling a bit grey, or that you’re in a bit of a rut.

Maybe you are lacking social interaction. Maybe your motivation is at an all-time low. Maybe you have way too much quiet time and not enough courage to put forth the effort in making a change. If so, don’t feel hopeless. There are many things you can do to spice up your life and drive fuel to your inner flame. All it takes are a few changes; maybe even a strong dose of bravery to shake things up. Trust me, this dullness you’re feeling is only temporary—it will pass when you choose to do something about it. Within only 24 hours, with the power you have within yourself, you can begin living a life that is fulfilling and way more exciting.

BUT HOW?

  1. Shake up your morning routine a couple days a week. Starting the day off differently every so often will help increase your flow of creativity and motivation. Start by planning ahead the night before with 3 major key things you would like to accomplish before lunch time the next day.
  2. Host an event. It could be at your house, at a park, or a venue nearby. Invite friends and family or get involved with com to schedule something to involve the community and like-minded people who would be interested in attending.
  3. Get a make-over or a fresh new look that will have you feeling bold and confident. We don’t recommend taking drastic measures as this could affect your mental and emotional wellbeing. DO make a few minor adjustments to improve your look.
  4. Get out of the house. If you work from home, go work from a coffee shop, library, or park where you are around other people. Sign up for a fitness class or local sporting team to be a part of. Step out of your comfort zone.
  5. Go someplace locally that you’ve never been before, such as an art gallery, museum, book store, animal shelter, or park.
  6. Plan a trip and explore this incredible planet we are so fortunate to live on.
  7. Try a new recipe and invite some friends over for a sober dinner party.
  8. Go to a rock concert.
  9. Move around your furniture to mix up your living space a bit. Maybe add some fun lighting or buy a new piece of art.
  10. Take time to forgive yourself when you’re feeling bored. This is a sign of depression in which you need to look at your current circumstances and adjust your outlook. Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have the life you do. Make changes when necessary, but don’t beat yourself down with negative feelings of regret.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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How to Find Inspiration When You Need It Most

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Often times we search for inspiration to stimulate our creative capabilities. Inspiration is what boosts our motivation to feel or do new things and helps push new ideas through the creative process. When we lack inspiration, the world may seem grey or dull; it’s not as colorful or exciting as it would be if we felt inspired.

At Passages, we recommend trying these 15 helpful tips for you to discover the inspiration you need.

1. Change up your daily routine and surroundings.

Take a different route to work. Clean and redecorate your home and office space. Add color and light to dark corners. Create a sticky note to put by your computer with an inspiration quote- change it out every couple weeks.  Turn up the music. Create a new playlist. These things help change your day to day view, which in turn expands creativity.

2. Do your best to avoid distractions.

Set your phone aside and turn the ringer off. Focus only on the task at hand.

3. Let go of doubt, regret, and pity.

Leave the past in the past. Try not to dwell on negative events or mistakes. Focus on this moment, right here, right now. Be grateful for your many blessings for there are others in the world who are far less fortunate. Open your heart and open your mind to forgiveness.

4. Meditate for 10-20 minutes at least once a day.

Meditation helps improve the way your brain processes information. Studies have shown  that meditation reduces blood pressure, anxiety, pain, symptoms of depression, and increases your mental strength and ability focus.

5. Exercise at least 5 times a week.

Exercise helps you look and feel better. It also helps with mental clarity and the relief of stress.

6. Wake up with the sun and get an early start to your day.

Get to bed at a decent hour (9:30pm- 10:30pm) and plan to wake up fifteen to thirty minutes earlier than normal. As you make these gradual changes you will find that you have more energy throughout the day.

7. Distance yourself from negative and toxic energy.

Who we surround ourselves with can have a major impact on the way we feel and the decisions we make. It is important to keep a positive circle of people who contribute only good to the world around us. Negative influences and energy will leave you feeling drained, and unmotivated.

8. Avoid the use of all drugs and alcohol.

Drugs and alcohol cloud our minds and alter our conciousness. By avoiding these substances we can discover clarity and a healthy flow of energy.

9. Work on building self-confidence.

This can be a tricky one. We are all a little hard on ourselves sometimes. Too often we compare our lives to those on social media and think less of what we have and who we are. Don’t. Remind yourself how much you have to offer. Think nothing less of yourself, but remember to always stay humble!

10. Talk to those around you and be sure to ask plenty of questions- be curious.

Asking questions helps broaden your horizons on other possible perspectives. It helps open your mind to learn new things and adds depth to your thinking process. Never underestimate the power in being curious.

11. Watch a Movie based on a true story. 

There is something so inspirational than a good movie based on a true story.

12. Change up your playlist. 

Maybe its time to listen to something new or something you haven’t heard in a while. Browse around on Spotify or Apple Music and see what else might appeal to you.

13. Detox- Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally

It may be time to detox for a few days and rid your body of any harsh toxins.

14. Read a book. 

Stop by the Passages Wellness Store and pick up a new book today.

15. Take a vacation. 

Broaden your horizons by exploring new territories. Get out of your comfort zone and travel to places less familiar. This will allow you to think outside of the box. Unwind and relax for a few days without any distractions. Recharge your energy and refocus your mind.

 

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Delicious and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Recipes

Sparkling Rosemary Limeade

Makes eight 5-ounce servings — or more, depending on dilution

1 cup lime juice (from about 6 limes)
3/4 cup sugar
Peel of 2 limes
Two 4-inch sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more to serve
4 to 6 cups chilled sparkling water

Stir the lime juice with the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the lime peel and the rosemary sprigs. Simmer for another minute, then turn off the heat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Strain out the lime peel and rosemary and mix with the chilled sparkling water in a sealed jar or bottle. Taste and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.

Serve over ice with a small sprig of rosemary muddled into the drink.

 

Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Soda

Makes about 6 drinks

1/2 cup pink or red grapefruit juice (from about 1 small grapefruit)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice (from about 1 medium pomegranate)
1 cup sugar
2 star anise pods
Ice
Soda water
Pomegranate arils for garnish (optional)

Combine grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, sugar, and star anise in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugars.

Remove from heat and let sit 30 minutes. Strain and discard solids. Let syrup cool completely.

To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 3 tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water, and stir. Add more syrup for a sweeter or stronger flavor. Garnish with pomegranate arils.

 

Iced Green Tea with Ginger, Mint and Honey

Serves 6 to 8

6 cups water
1/4 cup ginger, peeled and sliced
3 to 6 bags green tea (depending on how strong you like your tea)
1/2 cup mint leaves, tightly packed, plus extra to serve
1/3 cup honey
1 lemon, divided

In a medium-sized pot, combine the water and ginger slices. Bring to a boil. Once the water boils, remove from heat and add the tea bags and mint leaves. Cover the pot and steep for about 15 minutes.

Strain the brewed tea; separating the liquid from the mint leaves and tea bags. Mix in the honey and juice from half of the lemon into the tea. Transfer to a pitcher and cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

Slice the second half of the lemon. When ready to serve, add 1 to 2 lemon slices into each glass, along with a few mint leaves and ice cubes. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into the glasses and serve.

 

Blackberry & Sage Spritzers

Makes 10

1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of water
3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
1 pound fresh blackberries
Ice
Sparkling water
Extra blackberries and sage leaves for garnish (optional)

Combine the honey and the water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir it together as it heats up. Once it reaches the point just before boiling, shut off the burner and remove the mixture from the heat.

Add the whole sage leaves and the blackberries to the hot honey mixture and stir. Allow the berries to macerate in the honey syrup until the mixture has cooled significantly and the berries have broken down a bit.

Pour the blackberries and the syrup into a blender. Blend the entire mixture (including the sage leaves) on high until it is well combined and looks uniform in color and texture. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the blackberry seeds. You should have about 2 cups of smooth, thick syrup.

To make the spritzers, fill a cup with ice and add some of the blackberry and sage syrup. Use two tablespoons for a mild spritzer, or a quarter cup for a sweeter one. You can play around with a ratio to suit your taste.

Add sparkling water to top, stir, and garnish with extra blackberries and a bit of sage.

 

All recipes were provided by: The Kitchn

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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21 Ways to Manage Emotional, Mental and Physical Pain

By Jennifer McDougall

We know by now that drugs and alcohol are not the answers to our problems. In fact, they just complicate things and make us feel worse than we did before. So here are 21 alternative ways to help manage the pain you’re feeling:

  1. Acupuncture treatment by a professional
  2. Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol.
  3. Learn to take control of stress.
  4. Low impact exercises 30-60 minutes a day such as yoga, Tai Chi, walking, swimming or scenic hiking
  5. Write in a private journal every day.
  6. Avoid cigarettes and nicotine.
  7. Take a scenic drive.
  8. Eat healthy foods regularly (lots of omega-3, and whole grains)
  9. Drink plenty of water every day.
  10. Watch a funny movie and allow yourself to laugh
  11. Read an insightful and thought-provoking book or novel
  12. Listen to relaxing music.
  13. Talk to close friends and family members over a meal or cup of tea.
  14. Indulge in a 20-30 minute warm lavender infused bath with soft lights and music before bedtime.
  15. Hypnosis and guided imagery
  16. Guided Meditation or meditation of your choice twice a day
  17. 20 seconds deep breathing exercises
  18. Herbal remedies and supplements
  19. Massage therapy
  20. Hydrotherapy
  21. Rest and be sure you’re getting enough sleep (listen to your body).

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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20 Ways to Create a Healthy and Sober Lifestyle

By Jennifer McDougall

If you are someone who just completed treatment and are looking to get back home and resituated into the comfort of your own surroundings you may be wondering what to do when you get there. First off, it’s important for friends and family to know that you are sober now and ready to focus on creating a lifestyle that reflects your good choices and healthy habits. If you are lucky, they will be supportive.

In some cases, family and friends have pushed back and said things like, “No you don’t need to eliminate certain things entirely. You just need to learn to use in moderation.” If you are someone who has a track record of addiction and abuse this may not be the best advice for you to hear.

You must feel comfortable and confident with your choices. They are only yours to make and when the influence of other people weighs in too deep it’s easy to get sidetracked. Don’t let this happen. Know who your true friends are and lean on those who support your choices to better yourself. This is the best possible way for people to respect you and your new lifestyle.

When you get back home, try to avoid all the people, places, and things that would encourage drug or alcohol use before you went into treatment. Remind yourself that this is a new path you are walking down and the only time you need to look back is to see how far you have come.  Here are a few ideas to keep yourself on course:

  1. Go to bed (9-10pm) and wake up early (6-7am).
  2. Sign up for a local gym and attend 3-4 times a week.
  3. Take weekly lessons for a sport you enjoy.
  4. Fill your bookshelf with new reading material.
  5. Stock up on delicious and non-processed food and beverage items (no sodas).
  6. Plan your meals each week without overdoing it.
  7. Attend local events (art shows, sporting events, live music).
  8. Travel to places you’ve never been before.
  9. Buy an assortment of herbal teas.
  10. Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  11. Distance yourself from toxic people who make you feel less than amazing.
  12. Pick up a new hobby such as photography, drawing, reading, writing, golf, tennis, or basketball.
  13. Utilize a daily planner and to-do lists to make the most of your day.
  14. Spend time outdoors and in the sun to get vitamin D and fresh air.
  15. Keep track of your goals and aspirations.
  16. Learn new skills to better your career.
  17. Spend quality one on one time with those you love and who make you laugh.
  18. Let go of regrets from the past.
  19. Maintain stable relationships.
  20. Keep a level head and learn patience when necessary so that anxiety does not get the best of you.

Creating a productive routine for yourself will help broaden your perspective on life and what you are capable of achieving. The best way to create this routine is by practicing a set of tasks every day that makes you feel good about yourself and ensure absolute peace of mind. Crossing things off your list as you go and doing your best not to procrastinate on difficult tasks will help keep you motivated.

When you spend 30-45 minutes at the gym 3-4 times a week will not only help transform your body and release anxiety and tension, it will help you focus at work, at home, and on yourself. Exercise is essential to getting and staying healthy.

For other sober lifestyle tips, please read our other articles on the Passages Blog site and share them with friends, family, and co-workers. You are not alone in your journey to get and stay sober.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Sober Super Bowl Sunday

By Jennifer McDougall

Grab the nachos and prepare to enjoy the game of all games. It’s almost kickoff time for the most watched sporting event of the year. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will go head to head this Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the city of Santa Clara at the Levi’s Stadium to compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl 50 can be watched on CBS at 3:30PM Pacific Standard Time.

Super Bowl Sunday is also one of the biggest days in advertising, and sales for alcoholic beverages, not to mention the second largest day of food consumption besides Thanksgiving. According to 247WallSt.com, on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014, “roughly 325 million gallons of beer were consumed.”

If at a super bowl party this weekend and alcohol is available, do not let temptation get the best of you. The best thing to do is decline any offers and bring your own non-alcoholic beverages to the party with you. Just remember these 5 Simple Tips for a Safe and Sober Holiday Weekend.

Here at Passages Addiction Treatment Center, we will be watching the game with a variety of gourmet snacks and a healthy beverage selection for the enjoyment of all of our clients. Stay updated with us on Instagram and Twitter by following us today.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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20 Fun Sober Date Ideas

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you and your sweetheart looking for something fun to do, and would prefer not to be in an alcohol or drug infused environment? Well, that’s simple. Here are 20 ideas for the two of you love birds to enjoy some precious time together.

1. Take a hike

Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors together. Hiking is a wonderful form of exercise that the two of you can enjoy together and take photos along the way. Just don’t forget to bring a bottle of water with you!

2. Grab a cup of coffee together 

Find a unique little coffee shop nearby to sit down at, and enjoy a nice cup of coffee together. This is a good way to talk about what is on your mind and share a few good laughs.

3.  Lunch or Dinner Date

Who doesn’t love to eat? Go grab a bite somewhere neither of you have ever been before. This will be a fun experience for both of you and when you think about the place again you will think of each other, and remember the great time you shared, hopefully. Visit Eater to see all the best places to check out near you.

 4. Be tourists for a day 

Who cares if you’ve lived in the same city for the past 5 years; you probably have not explored everything the city has to offer! This is the time to go roam around and check out some of the places on your list you’ve been wanting to visit, but “haven’t had the time.” Visit Things To Do to see what there is to see and do in your city.

5. Go bowling 

You may be surprised to see how much better your game is without blurred vision and feeling off-balanced. There’s a much less chance you’ll slip and fall on the alley too. #ThanksSobriety

6. Dance Lessons

Whether you are a beginner or a skilled dancer, check out your local dance studios for you and your honey to swing in some fun on the dance floor. Don’t be shy! Get out there.

7. Ice Skating

Many cities have an indoor ice skating rink where you and your sweetheart can go ice skating all year round.

8. Go out for brunch

Switch things up and take your loved one out to a nice brunch. Get dressed up and take photos of one another while you dive into your favorite breakfast or lunch item.

9. Take a fitness class together

Break a sweat and shed some calories by getting involved in a fun fitness class. Look at available classes at the gym or local fitness studios. Groupon is a great place to find some local fitness deals.

10. Photography adventure

Plan a day for you and your sweetheart to get out visit a variety of fun and beautiful places in your city. Bring your camera and begin capturing priceless moments together.

11. Go for a boat ride

If you don’t have a boat of your own, visit a local marina and inquire information on renting a small boat for a couple hours. Get out on the open water and enjoy the tranquil scenery.

12. Improv show

Laugh the night away at a local improv show. These shows are usually inexpensive and a lot of fun.

13. Wander a bookstore

Go into a local bookstore and wander around. Browse through the store and pick out the books that spark your interest. Take about the different book titles, covers, and content with your loved one.

14. Visit a local fair or amusement park

Connect with your inner-child and ride some of  your favorite childhood rides.

15. Take a cooking class together

Those who cook together, stay together. Right? Well, maybe, but its certainly worth trying.

16. Take a mini vacation or road trip

Nothing like the feeling of freedom out on the open road. Enjoy some time away from your day to day routine and explore new places and new horizons with the one you love. Don’t forget the music and of course your camera too.

17. Have a nature picnic

Plan a nice little picnic lunch out in the fresh air. Go to a local park, beach, or even your backyard.

18. Get out the old board games

Who doesn’t love a game of Monopoly, or Life? How about Guess Who? There are so many fun board games we might have forgotten about over the years. Maybe its time to break them out and have a game night.

19. Spa day

Spa days are not just for women. Men deserve a spa day from time to time too. Call up a local day spa and reserve a spot for 2, where you and your boo can relax, de-stress, and recharge.

20. Stargaze

Grab a blanket and head outside when the sky is perfectly dark and the stars twinkle bright. Watch for shooting stars and  point out the Big Dipper. Men: don’t forget to bring an extra jacket for your lady in case its chilly outside!

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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10 Ideas for a Fun and Sober New Year’s Eve

By Jennifer McDougall

New Year’s Eve is a time when friends and family gather together to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. Many of those who make plans to go celebrate out on the town are bound to be surrounded with heavy drug and alcohol intake. For those of us who are sober, it could be uncomfortable and more of a headache to be in that type of a toxic environment.

So what do you do if you are sober and would prefer not to go out to a night club or be around people who are using drugs and alcohol? Well, don’t worry. Here at Passages Malibu, we have 10 fun ideas for you to enjoy the most perfect sober New Year’s Eve yet!

  1. Enjoy a nice dinner out on the town and finish off with coffee and a delicious dessert.
  2. Have some laughs at a local comedy show.
  3. Pamper yourself with a spa night in the comfort of your own home.
  4. Volunteer your time to serve others in your community.
  5. Ice skating after dark with a couple friends.
  6. Become a designated Uber driver  and make some extra cash.
  7. Take an afternoon hike with a friend or two. Enjoy the fresh air and take fun photos of your adventures.
  8. Meditate on your New Year’s Resolutions and think about the positive changes you wish to make in the coming year.
  9. Stay at home or go to a friend’s house to have a movie marathon accompanied with hot tea or sparkling cider.
  10. Host a game night with tasty appetizers and a few non-alcoholic beverage selections for your guests to enjoy.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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How Yoga Can Help in Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

Whether it is Bikram, Hatha, Power, or Yin yoga there are several benefits you should know. Starting or ending the day with any type of yoga practice is one of the best ways to be sure your body receives the proper amount of daily exercise. Yoga consists of a variety of poses that promote relaxation, full body circulation, flexibility, weight loss, and helps to increase muscle tone and strength.

Years of prolonged drug and alcohol abuse will cause your body to deteriorate. Lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, and the constant bombardment of toxins cause a multitude of health problems. Passages Malibu offers many indoor and outdoor exercise programs to combat the effects of drug use on the body.

One of the many holistic methods that we offer is yoga. This treatment is a positive, calming technique to begin steadily reversing the negative effects of drug and alcohol use. When combined with our nutrition counseling and physical training, yoga is sure to place you back on the path to healing. As one of the many substance abuse treatment methods we utilize at Passages Malibu, yoga stretches the muscles and soft tissues in your body and releases the lactic acids that build up in the joints and cause stiffness, pain, and fatigue.

After several yoga sessions you will start to experience a better range of motion, giving you a sense of ease and fluidity. Your muscles will start to strengthen, including your heart, and you will also notice an improvement in your cardio performance. Here are just some of the benefits to practicing yoga.

 

  1. Helps you be more self aware
  2. Improves your inner strength
  3. Decreases your blood pressure
  4. Increases your blood flow
  5. Give you a more positive perspective on life
  6. Helps you gain focus
  7. Improves your balance
  8. Relaxes your racing mind
  9. Clears and strengthens your lungs and respiratory system
  10. Releases tension through your entire body
  11. Strengthens your immune system
  12. Boosts your confidence and self esteem
  13. Reliefs your body of aches and pains
  14. Improves your quality of sleep
  15. Decreases your level of stress
  16. Improves your posture
  17. Aligns your spine and gives your back more support
  18. Eases headaches and migraines

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Are you the Enabler? Here’s How to Change That

By Jennifer McDougall

When someone you know is battling an addiction and desperately needs help changing their current conditions and lifestyle the last thing they need is to be influenced by an enabler. If you are not careful, that enabler could be you.

Do you have a loved one who wants to quit drinking or using drugs, but on the weekends you try to persuade them to loosen up and have some fun by encouraging them to indulge?  If so, you are not helping this person get to where they want and need to be. You are enabling them.

Sometimes a person who is trying to come off drugs or alcohol has a difficult time communicating the problem. They may even have difficulty saying no to you. Maybe they have not realized yet why they are using drugs and alcohol; all they know is they want to stop, because it is creating a mess out of their life.

If someone you know has talked to you about making a positive change such as quitting smoking, drinking, or using drugs please listen to them carefully. In many cases, there is a lot more to it than the substance abuse itself. Persuading them to do something they actually don’t want to do could reside in anger quickly down the road. They may wake up with a hangover the next morning and yell at you asking you why you don’t take the situation seriously and respect their wishes to get sober. Surprisingly enough this happens a lot within families, circles of friends, even co-workers who do not understand the sincerity of one’s wishes.

Here are 10 ways to stop being an enabler to a friend or loved one battling an addition:

  1. Remove all temptation. Do not encourage or provoke drug or alcohol use at any time.
  2. Motivate and support the positive changes the person is making.
  3. Allow them to take responsibility for their daily life (finances, job, rent, etc.) while offering help when things become too overwhelming.
  4. Help provide the skills and resources needed for the abuser to become the best version of themselves that they can reasonably achieve.
  5. Do not try to sugarcoat the truth. Be real with them, but be ready to listen to their confessions and questions.
  6. Keep a close watch on what you say around your loved one. Don’t entice them of stories about partying and reminiscing of times when you would get wasted.
  7. Make sobriety fun (see: 23 Fun Sober Activities).
  8. Stop coming to the person’s rescue every single time they fail. Failure can actually be a good thing if you allow it to work in the way that teaches the abuser a valuable lesson. Coming to their every call with a solution of your own does not actually help this person.
  9. Do not punish the person for their actions. Be open to listening to them. Be there to hear them express themselves without you getting angry at them.
  10. Do not be ashamed of your loved one for their behaviors. Do not tell them how they have embarrassed you or made you look bad in some way. It is important to be stable and compassionate in any disheartening situation your love one may endure with you. Your shame towards your loved one will leave them feeling depressed and withdrawn.
  11. Reward them sporadically with gifts, notes, and a listening ear.

 

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

By Jennifer McDougall

 

1. PLAN THE DAY/NIGHT

There is no need to feel obligated to attend every party that you’re invited to. Find the crowd who is most sympathetic to the healthier choices you’ve made and stick with those friends. Attend the party with someone you trust.

2. CONNECT WITH FAMILY

Supportive family members can offer positive reinforcement at difficult times. Remember that just because someone is related to you, doesn’t necessarily make them supportive.  Surround yourself with people who bring out your best self and never judge you for the choices you’ve made.

3. PRACTICE THE PHRASE, “NO, THANK YOU.”

Sometimes those who are unaware of our sobriety put pressure on us to use addictive substances, thinking it will help us “have more fun”. You already know that you don’t need drugs or alcohol to have a better time. The best way to feel more comfortable in these types of situations is to practice saying, “No, thank you.” Don’t think twice about what anyone is going to think of you or say about you for turning down an offer to use addictive substances. Choosing to live a life free of addictive substances is a wise choice and you will feel stronger the more comfortable you feel saying “No, thank you.”

4. HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY

It helps to drive yourself to wherever it is that you’re going. If you are going to attend an event with a friend or family member be sure to talk to them beforehand and agree to leave if and when the other person is ready to leave.  You will need a backup plan just in case the other person bails on you. Keep a clever excuse, or escape route in your back pocket to get out of an escalating situation. Talk to a close friend who is not attending that event and will be nearby and let them know where you will be in case you need a close contact to come to your rescue. Also, keep your phone and phone charger on you throughout the night.

5. START A NEW TRADITION

Allow yourself to celebrate the holidays in ways that distance you from your old habits. It’s your life, remember that. Live it in a way that allows you to thrive, grow, and feel free of anything and everything holding you back from living the life you’ve always imagined.

 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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10 Creative Ideas for a Fun Sober Nightlife

By Jennifer McDougall

It is possible to still have a nightlife even though you are sober. When the sun goes down and the night sky begins to settle in you may start to wonder, though, what in the world could you possibly do now that you’re clean and sober?

We have 10 ideas right here for you to help bring some excitement to your sober nightlife.

1. Bowling

You may find that you are a terrific bowler without drugs and alcohol messing up your game.

 2. Coffee & dessert with friends

Did someone say cheesecake and a latte under the stars? Count me in!

 3. Throw a dinner party

Invite your closest sober friends over for a fun-filled night of food, games, and music at your house.

 4. Live music

Check www.livenation.com to see the upcoming events and live shows that are coming to a venue near you and invite some of your sober friends to join you.

 5. Movie night

Either go out to see a movie or enjoy a night in with your friends and family, or that special someone in your life.

 6. Meetup.com

This website provides a great way to help you connect with people in your area who share the same interests as you. There are also several (non-12 Step) sober groups and activities you can join in on.

 7. Take dance lessons

Get your groove on at a local dance studio! Drag one of your friends or romantic partner to join you.

 8. Attend a fitness class

Most gyms hold classes in the evening so check their schedule and pick a class that best interests you and GO! Grab a smoothie with a pal after class.

 9. Play a game of cards with friends

Put a stack of cards in front of me and I will have you locked into a game of Swedish Rummy in no time. There are so many fun card games you can play with your sober friends, and hey you might even win a few games thanks to a toxic-free mind that is no longer polluted with drugs and alcohol!

 10. Miniature golf

Remember how much fun you used to have to play miniature golf as a kid? Well, you can relive those fun times by getting a couple of your sober buddies together and putt-putting the night away.

 

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