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Staying Sober During Self-Quarantine

How to Stay Sober While Social Distancing

By Jennifer McDougall

“Patience is not the ability to wait. Patience is to be calm no matter what happens, constantly take action to turn it to positive growth opportunities, and have faith to believe that it will all work out in the end while you are waiting.”
― Roy T. Bennett

For those of you who are now having to work from home, recently got laid off, trying to homeschool your children, or are still going to work every day and coping with the stress from the current economic and health pandemic, this one is for you.

We understand that this is a difficult time, and there may be days you feel a wave of temptation to reach for substances to cope with the discomfort and dreaded sense of boredom. Every one of you has the power within yourself to conquer even the most challenging obstacles, even staying sober while social distancing. We don’t want you to slip back into old habits, to relapse, or lose hope in your goals, future, and purpose for your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse-related issue, please call Passages today at (888) 397-0112.

If you are currently away from friends and family, it’s important to stay connected through texting, emailing, FaceTiming, social media so that you don’t feel so lonely. Communicating daily with loved ones is a great way to share laugher in times of difficulty and talk about your day and what you’re up to. This is also helpful in keeping you accountable and on track in sobriety.

To properly self-quarantine, you must practice social distancing, take bigger measures to stay healthy, and change your normal lifestyle so that you can safely protect yourself from illnesses. This requires a new level of isolation you might not be used to. If you’re now working from home, you may find that you have a lot more time on your hands. The best way to make the most out of this time during self-quarantine is to spend more time on things that help you grow, learn, and become an even better version of yourself than you are right now.

This is a great time to start reading a new book, practice some fun recipes, FaceTime with your friends and family, do a puzzle, or write that book you’ve been talking about writing. Investing your downtime into things that are productive but that also provides your mind, body, and spirit with the uplifting healing it needs can be a great way to benefit from this time of change.

Here are several things you can do during self-quarantine while stuck inside.

  1. Start a journal or blog about a specific interest.
  2. Pick up that guitar sitting in your living room that’s been decor for years; dust it off and start playing.
  3. Complete a puzzle after your workday to help you relax and ease anxiety.
  4. Make TikTok videos and jump on the dance bandwagon.
  5. Have a daily workout routine such as yoga, free weights, or shadowboxing.
  6. Evening meditation with calming background music to help you unwind from the day.
  7. Spend more time on your skincare routine.
  8. Declutter and organize your closet and living spaces.
  9. Clean your house as you have never cleaned it before. Disinfect your surfaces, floors, door handles, etc.
  10. Learn new skills with the help of Skillshare or MasterClass.
  11. Create a vision board on Pinterest.
  12. Get crafty and pick up knitting, painting, pottery, or gardening.
  13. Interview your parents or Grandparents. Record the audio and save it or make a little documentary out of the storylines.
  14. Go through your camera roll and create a photo book for the coffee table or as a gift to give when you get out of self-quarantine.
  15. Make a list of everything you are grateful for.
  16. Review your budget and finances and eliminate any subscriptions you don’t need so you can save money.
  17. Make a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do when things reopen.
  18. Rearrange your furniture to mix things up and change your indoor scenery. This could also shake up some static energy that has been stuck in place for a while.
  19. Watch a documentary.
  20. Deep condition your hair and put a face mask on.
  21. Whiten your teeth.
  22. Add content to Hootsuite or Buffer to automate your social media posts.
  23. Try on makeup you don’t usually wear.
  24. Dress up for yourself and have a mini photoshoot.
  25. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases.
  26. Fill up your to-do list for the next day.
  27. Write a letter to your younger self.
  28. Write a letter to your future self.
  29. Listen to a podcast.
  30. Create a new playlist.

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and 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 Things You Should Do in Santa Monica

By Jennifer McDougall

While staying at our luxurious sober living home in the vibrant city of Santa Monica, California, there are so many fun sober things to do that you can choose from. At Passages, we give you the freedom to live your newfound sober life as free as possible so that as you transition from rehab and into the day to day grind of life.  You will feel confident and secure to make fully-conscious decisions that best reflect the newfound clarity you have discovered through our remarkable program.

At Passages, we do require that you participate in drug screenings to ensure you are an active participant in our sober environment. It is important we take careful precaution with all members of the house to keep the grounds safe and drug-free. With that being said, here are ten fun and sober things you should check out during your time in Santa Monica.

  1. Exercise on the boardwalk (ride bicycles, run, walk, jog, skateboard or rollerblade)

  2. Dine out on the end of the Santa Monica Pier

  3. Surfing Lessons (House Manager will provide you with contact information)

  4. Climb the Santa Monica Stairs (located on 4th Street and Adelaide Drive)

  5. Visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

  6. Connect with your inner child at Pacific Park and ride the

    ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other exciting rides available

  7. Walk around Third Street Promenade where you can shop, eat, and watch street performers

  8. Chill at the beach during the day or catch the evening sunset (right outside of our sober living home)

  9. Explore the historic walking areas of Ocean Avenue

  10. Catch a movie at the ArcLight Cinemas in Santa Monica

How to Contact Passages Malibu

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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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.

 

For information about receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol related addiction please call us today at (888) 397-0112.

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30 Fun Sober Activities

30 Fun Sober Activities

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you looking for something fun to do that doesn’t involve drinking or getting high? Instead of escaping from reality, dive in and enjoy just living life. Here are 30 fun activities you can to start living a fulfilling and exciting life.

1. Throw a Sober Dinner Party.

Invite your closest friends over for dinner and dessert. Substitute alcoholic beverages for delicious and refreshing fruit-infused cocktails. Pick a playlist with piano or classical tones to keep the vibe classy and elegant. (Check out Spotify’s already made playlists according to the mood or genre)

2. Rejuvenating Spa Day at home, solo or with friends.

Invite a few girlfriends over for herbal tea. Watch movies, and give each other manicure and pedicures. Don’t forget the face masques and hair conditioning treatments too!  This is a fun way to pamper yourself and help improve your appearance at the same time.

3. Guys Night Out/Girls Night Out

Plan a weekend to go camping, fishing, or to a sporting event in town.

4. Exercise

Run, box, do yoga, hot yoga, hike, swim, anything. Just get out there, stretch it out, and break a sweat!

5. Bubble baths are NOT just for women!

A nice, relaxing bath with soothing music is a great way for anyone to unwind and let go. To enhance your bath experience, light a few candles, add pure lavender oil and Epson salt to warm water. Dim the lights for an even more calming experience.

6. Play a game of golf or practice your swing at the driving range.

Golf is a great sport you can play solo. If you do not already have your own set of clubs and don’t know someone you can borrow them from, some ranges allow you to rent them to use for a small charge.

7. Go for a drive.

Take the back roads through your local community. Turn up the music and roll down the windows. Don’t look at your phone or let anything distract your mind from unwinding and focusing solely on the road and your own thoughts.

8. Meditate

Find a quiet place to sit or lay down for 10-20 minutes, close your eyes, and meditate.

9. Read a book.

Visit a local book store and walk around. Explore the many difference titles and subjects that maybe you wouldn’t normally explore.

10. Go see a movie.

Get out of the house and check out a new movie in the theater. Buy your tickets ahead of time, online to save time.

11. Volunteer your time and services.

Pick a cause that is near and dear to your heart (animal rescue, homeless shelters, etc.) and find time in your busy week to lend a hand.

12. Play basketball.

Most local parks and schools have basketball courts you are welcome to play on. Invite some friends out and play a game of 21 or practice your layups and free throws solo.

13. Go swimming.

Don’t hesitate to dive into the water and swim around.

14. Go for a walk and smile at every person you pass by.

Take a walk around the park, at the beach, the mall, or around your neighborhood.

15. Write in your journal.

When you can’t sleep, or you have a lot on your mind, sit down and write. Release your inner most thoughts and put them down on paper.

16. Create a new playlist for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Music is therapy within itself.

17. Plant a garden.

Connect with the earth and plant a garden. Men and women both use this as a relaxing hobby that not only helps relax the mind and boost creative abilities, it will make your landscaping look nice!

18. Organize and clean out your closet and donate at least ten items.

Sometimes we buy, buy, buy, without stopping to look at what we already have. Giving to others can feel very rewarding and we should all do it more often.

19. Call your parents or grandparents.

If it was not for our parents and grandparents we would not be here so whether or not you have a great relationship with them, call them. They love you and want to hear from you.

20. Meet a friend for lunch and sit outside.

Lunch dates with a good friend are a luxury. Most restaurants offer outdoor seating, so if it’s available, sit outside.

21. Go on a hike

Don’t forget a backpack with water, cell phone, snacks, and a camera!

22. Visit a museum.

Learn more about the history and art at local museums.

23. Invite a friend to play tennis with you.

Tennis is a fun activity you can do outside with a friend and break a sweat.

24. Stress relieving coloring books

Coloring books are no longer just for kids! Those with anxiety and high-stress levels need a way to relax and unwind. Research has shown many benefits to this fun activity.

25. Redecorate a room in your home or office. 

Freshen up a room with new decor, brighter colors, area rugs, throw pillows, paint, etc.

26. Host a sober game night with a group of friends.

Invite your friends over for trivia.

27. Plan an adventure day with a friend and take countless random and fun photos of your day.

Don’t forget to pitch in gas money if you’re not the one wheeling.

28. Host a sober karaoke night with a group of your fun and sober friends. 

Sign along to your favorite songs without alcohol and complete embarrassment. No one’s judging your singing abilities.

29. Organize your life. 

Clean up files on your phone and computer. Wash the inside and outside of your car. Make your bed every morning. Do your laundry when the basket is full. Stay on top of these chores and your life will seem simple, organized, and less chaotic.

30. Have a date night with your love bird.

Read our blog: 5 Great Sober Date Ideas for some wonderful suggestions you and your sweetheart can do together and help keep that romance alive!

 

HOW TO CONTACT PASSAGES REHAB: 

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Center 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 dialing our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Passages Malibu, fall, recipes

Two Tasty, Clean Food Recipes for the Fall Season

The frost is not quite on the pumpkin here in Malibu (is it ever?), but the weather has been cooler lately and the feel of fall, however slight, is in the air.  Below are two seasonal recipes to inspire a delicious and healthy trip to the kitchen. Bon appétit!

 

Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

Original Ingredients / Clean Alternative

1C Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt / 1C 0% Greek Yogurt (+ Vanilla Extract to taste)

1 C. Pumpkin Puree

1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar / 1/3 tbsp or 12 drops organic stevia

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice

 

Directions:

Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl until completely combined. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker for a few minutes until it is a smooth, cool consistency. Alternatively, place the bowl in the freezer and stir mixture every half hour until it reaches desired consistency.

 

Chickpea Ratatoullie

1 lb small eggplant

1 lb Roma tomatoes, cored and chopped or 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes drained and chopped

3/4 lb zucchini, cut into large chunks

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

2 red or yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and sliced

5 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or rosemary or 1/2 C. chopped fresh basil or parsley

 

Directions:

1: Preheat Oven to 425F. Combine eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, bell peppers, garlic, salt and oil in large roasting pan.

2: Roast 30-40 Minutes, or until vegetables are lightly browned and tenter, and some water has released from tomatoes to creat sauce, stirring occasionally.

3: Stir in chickpeas, and roast 5-10 minutes more, or until chickpeas are heated through. Stir in Thyme, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.