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How to Have Accountability in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” –   Sigmund Freud

Give a person freedom and see what they do with it. You can tell a lot about a person’s habits, beliefs, and priorities when you hand them freedom. This, of course, comes with great responsibility, especially for someone in addiction recovery.

Most people who have struggled with substance abuse related issues know how important it is to have someone help them be accountable for their actions so that they can stay on the right path. Accountability helps us reach our goals and be the successful individual we hope and work hard to be. Knowing that you have to show up for that meeting or appointment in the morning will help you be less tempted to get in trouble the night before. You will most likely be more motivated to have a relaxing, drug, and alcohol-free evening so you can wake up and feel healthy and energized in the morning.

For many people in recovery, the fear of going back to old ways, and unhealthy habits keep them pushing forward to grow and develop new and improved lifestyle choices they can feel happy about. Having a carefully laid out course of action to stay accountable is the best way to be clear and focused on your sobriety. Here are 7 helpful tips.

  1. Let your friends and family know about your sobriety.
  2. Find an accountability partner to check in with as often as you need.
  3. Keep a physical and mental list of what you have to lose.
  4. Stay closely connected to those who support your sobriety.
  5. Be consistent in your routine and responsibilities.
  6. Set weekly and daily goals for yourself and cross them off as you go.
  7. Schedule social, fitness, and business appointments for the morning to keep you from being tempted to stray off course in the evening hours.
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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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Journal Prompts for Addiction Recovery

Journal Prompts for Addiction Recovery

“People who believe they have bad luck create bad luck. Those who believe they are very fortunate, that the world is a generous place filled with trustworthy people, live in exactly that kind of world.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

Rehabilitation and recovery from substance abuse related issues are completely possible with the right techniques such as those used at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. At Passages, we focus on holistic non-12 Step addiction therapy. One of the effective tools that we suggest our clients exercise is journalling.

A journal prompt is a basic statement or question that encourages a person to write about. How is this relevant to the healing process for those struggling to break free from substance abuse related issues, trauma, and anxiety? Journal prompts provide encouragement to write and elaborate on a specific topic or idea. For those in recovery, writing can help with the expression of negative emotions which is crucial for the healing process. Writing is a powerful therapy with a profoundly potent effect on the mind and elevating consciousness. Many people struggle with journal writing, and that is why journal prompts are a great way to help you get started.

In the case of addiction recovery, journal prompts help to inspire writing and sustains the free flow of thoughts, emotions, experiences, and ideas which helps with mental recovery and processing a magnitude of provoking thoughts and experiences.

Anxiety, depression, stress and a myriad of other psychological upheavals are associated with addiction recovery.  The general idea behind journal prompts for addiction recovery is that it helps the writer through a purgation process that is fundamentally crucial for holistic healing.

When it comes to journal prompts for addiction recovery, there are typically four different categories.

One of the categories is the journal prompt that keeps track of emotions and feelings. This category helps with the assessment of emotional growth.

The second type of journal prompts for addiction recovery is the reflective journal prompt. This reflective journal prompt seeks to explore daily living and attitude towards life in general.

The third category of journal prompt is designed for the expression of appreciation. The road to recovery for most addicts is a tough one which often requires the support of many individuals. The appreciation journal prompt helps with the expression of thanks which helps create the feeling of being loved and wanted.

Fourthly, the goal journal prompt for addiction recovery is designed to focus the mind on milestones and goals.

Journalling is a great daily practice that offers a simplistic path to holistic healing during and after rehabilitation. Here are ten journal prompts to help provoke an idea or experience for you in your journal to get and stay sober.

1.      Who do you wish you could understand better?

2.      What are your goals for tomorrow?

3.   How do you feel about your progress in recovery so far?

4.     What are you most proud of?

5.     What do you want to say the past you?

6.     What do you want to say to the present you?

7.      What do you hope your future self is like?

8.      How well do you understand yourself and people?

9.      List three questions you want answers to.

10.    What would you like to learn more about?

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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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Refreshing Holiday Mocktails: Festive and Alcohol-Free

Refreshing Holiday Mocktails: Festive and Alcohol-Free

Get ready to spice up the holiday season with some festive alcohol-free mocktails! These delicious beverage options are fun and easy to make. Whether you’re at home or a party, it is always a good idea to have several alcohol-free beverage options available.

We wish you all a safe and sober holiday season! – Passages

Cranberry Spice

christmas mocktail cranberry

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Recipe:
1.5 oz sparkling water
2 oz cranberry juice
4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2.5 oz apple cider
10 cranberries (plus additional for garnish)
Orange wedge

Directions:
Muddle cranberries and orange wedge in cranberry juice, and then pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon. Garnish with cranberries and orange peel and serve on ice.

From the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Apple Cranberry Spritzer

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Recipe:
Apple juice
Cranberry juice
Sprite
Cranberries
Rosemary

Directions:

In a glass mix equal parts apple juice and cranberry juice. Add a dash of Sprite. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.

From Jekyll Island Club Resort, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Holiday Mule

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Recipe:
.75 oz cinnamon syrup
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz cranberry juice
Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Directions:
Combine the cinnamon syrup, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Pour into a collins glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar.

From XV Beacon, Boston

Blackberry Mocktail

christmas mocktail blackberry

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Recipe:
2 muddled blackberries
1.5 oz orange juice
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz Saigon cinnamon syrup*

Directions:
Build all ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass and top with soda water.

*Saigon Cinnamon Syrup:
2 tbsp Saigon cinnamon
1-quart water
1-quart white sugar

Directions:
Boil all ingredients while whisking periodically. Let simmer then strain through a chinois (or a fine strainer). Let cool.

From Matt Tocco at Pinewood Social in Nashville, Tennessee

7 Tips for Enjoying a Sober Thanksgiving

7 Tips for Enjoying a Sober Thanksgiving

“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” – Johannes A. Gaertner

  1. Let those who you are going to Thanksgiving Dinner with that you will not be drinking and ask them to please respect your wishes and not pressure you to drink.
  2. Bring your own alcohol-free beverage or recipe to make while you are at the dinner event to give you something to do
  3. Have a plan on what to do when a trigger or stressor arises (deep breathing for relaxation, go to a quiet room and stretch, repeat positive mantras, listen to a podcast, or text a friend for comfort)
  4. Focus on creating a new tradition such as making a new dish, learn a new game, get up early and workout, unwind with candlelight yoga, or a special mindful meditation
  5. Schedule a yoga session or massage within the next few days after Thanksgiving Day to have a reward to look forward to
  6. Choose your gathering carefully and don’t be afraid to throw your own Thanksgiving for friends and family or even to spend alone
  7. Get involved in your community by volunteering at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Invite friends and family members to join you as well.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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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Finding the Upside When You're Down

Finding the Upside When You’re Down

By Jennifer McDougall

It’s quite common for many people to get stuck in a rut from time to time; bored of the same routine, lacking excitement in day-to-day tasks. The trick is to recognize how you feel and start making some slight changes that can drastically improve how you feel which will then, in fact, improve the work you produce, your health, and relationships.

When someone is feeling down, they often times slide into unhealthy patterns and have little hope that things will get better. The truth is, in order to get out of this rut you must first begin looking on the bright side of every situation, point out the positive, and use it as a stepping stone to realizing there are changes in your life that need to be made.

If you’re feeling down, drained, or lacking motivation there are many things you can do to sort out what is making you feel this way and refuel your energy.

  1. Write it out by journaling
  2. Call a friend
  3. Get exercise
  4. Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol
  5. Meditation
  6. Clean your space
  7. Stay on top of your hygiene
  8. Make a list of what you are grateful for
  9. Turn on a funny movie
  10. Take part in more self-grooming

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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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Surprising Benefits of Sobriety

By Jennifer McDougall

Imagine for a second the perfect life. Imagine yourself living as your most healthy, stable, and spiritual self. This reality is possible when being healing from the underlying causes of your drug and alcohol addiction related issues. At Passages, we provide holistic therapy for substance abuse related issues that have helped save and change the lives of thousands of people from all over the world.

Getting sober is one of the best and healthiest choices you may ever make in your life. Many people don’t how much sobriety can help improve the quality of your life and your overall health. For those who are living in denial of a drug or alcohol addiction, it will take a lot of convincing but we have seen people of all walks of life finally come to their senses and decide to get the help they need. The transformations are incredible. You too can experience great transformation.

At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. When someone is addicted to substances, their destructive patterns deeply affect relationships, career, finances, physical appearance and so much more. If you have ever had to witness someone you love suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction you know how painful it is- to see someone you care about destroy their body and their life. If you are that person who is self-destructing through the use of drugs and alcohol, we want to encourage you to call Passages today at (888) 397-0112.

Rather than labeling you an addict or an alcoholic, at Passages we choose to encourage and empower you. Our team of professional addiction specialists are trained and certified in utilizing the most effective methods of therapy to help treat and heal the underlying conditions causing a person to use and abuse addictive substances.

Here are 10 of the biggest changes you may notice when you decide to get clean and sober:

  1. Ability to save more money and spend smarter without the disruption of intoxicated decision making and financial hangovers.
  2. Improved interpersonal relationships and the ability to make stronger connections to others on a deeper and more meaningful level than before.
  3. Stable career thanks to the lack of a physical, mental, and emotional hangover brought on previously from drugs and alcohol.
  4. Increased energy and motivation to take better care of yourself.
  5. Skin complexion drastically improves without the consumption of harmful chemicals found in drug and alcohol products.
  6. Cleaner and more respectable living spaces thanks to the lack of a mess that is typically created when a person is drunk or high. Also, when you are sober and living a healthy lifestyle, you may take up new decor or decide to rearrange your furniture.
  7. Enjoyment in things you are actually passionate about rather than going out and drinking and not making good use of your time and abilities. You may notice yourself having even more fun than you did before when you were drinking and using drugs.
  8. Discovery of mental clarity and inner peace.
  9. Get a better night sleep, every night.
  10. Long term health improvements that will have you living a healthy life without the use of drugs and alcohol.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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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5 Tips for Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

By Jennifer McDougall

Self-care is an essential practice in addiction recovery. When you don’t have a self-care routine, it can throw you off balance and make you feel a little uneasy at times. Many people who relapse in recovery lose focus on what’s important and forget to take care of the needs of their mind, body, and spirit. That is why we created this list of helpful tips for you to feel your best and treat yourself with nourishing care. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we want you to succeed and live a healthy life, free from drug and alcohol abuse.

  1. Surround Yourself With Positive Influences

Often times, it’s those closest to us that influence us the most. It’s important that you take a look at who is best influencing your life in a positive way and who is bringing you down. To stay healthy and maintain and stable lifestyle, you must be consciously aware of those you surround yourself with.

2. Practice Daily Meditation

There are many powerful benefits to mindful meditation. Some of which include: reduced stress, improved emotional health, the ability to break addictive patterns, control pain and anxiety, and decrease blood pressure. Meditating requires practice but there are many apps such as Headspace and Calm to help walk you through mastering this life-changing self-care tool.

3. Establish a Daily Exercise Routine

Get your body moving! Whether that is at the gym, outside, or at home. Physical fitness is key to looking and feeling your best. When we workout we are able to sweat out toxins our bodies have accumulated and can help improve our mental health as well. If you don’t currently have a solid exercise routine, start one today. Find something that you enjoy doing such as yoga, kick-boxing, swimming, hiking, or running and make it a habit to do every day. You will feel happier and improve your overall health!

4. Fuel Your Body With Nutritious Foods

This one I can’t emphasize enough! Our bodies react to what we consume and when we eat healthily, we are able to function at our optimal capabilities. If you are constantly eating junk food and loading up on unhealthy snacks or sugary beverages, you may notice how sluggish you feel. You may notice an increase in anxiety and depression related symptoms because you’re not giving your body the nutrition it needs to thrive. There are many healthy recipes we have listed on our Pinterest and invite you to try them out!

5. Weekly Deep Tissue Massage

Did you know that massage therapy can help strengthen your immune system and lower blood pressure? Massages are a great way to decompress and unwind from your busy week. There are many benefits to this therapy method and it is one that we utilize at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers. Those who have battled addiction and are focused on healing their mind, body, and spirit, massage therapy is exactly what you need for your self-care regiment. Studies have known it to help with anxiety, muscle tension, relieve headaches, and improve quality of sleep. Search your local guide to book a massage appointment near you today.

How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:

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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Classic Holiday Movies to Watch This Season

Classic Holiday Movies to Watch This Season

Gather around the fireplace with a big cozy blanket and a hot cup of herbal tea. This is the season to spend reflect on what we are most grateful for and spend time with those dearest in our lives. It’s also a wonderful time of year to enjoy your favorite classic holiday movies! Here is list of our favorites. 

A Christmas Story (1983)



Elf (2003)



Its a Wonderful Life (1946)



Miracle on 34th Street (1947)



The Santa Clause (1994) 



Polar Express (2004) 



Home Alone (1990)



How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) 



Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer (1964)

Happy Holidays from all of us at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers!

How to Contact Passages for Substance Abuse Therapy

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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How wellness led me to rehab and transformation

How Wellness Led Me to Rehab and Transformation

by Karin Burns

I took a less traditional path to rehab than most people and avoided the DUIs, legal issues and job losses we typically associate with alcohol addiction by embracing change early in the progression of the issue and healing myself proactively with wellness. Since 2015 I have been attending wellness festivals, practicing yoga and helping my younger brother recover from alcohol abuse.

Along the way, I learned a lot about addiction and the power to heal ourselves but thought the lessons of sobriety were only applicable to my brother because I didn’t have a drinking “problem.” As my brother recovered he rediscovered his artistic talent, we opened a small pet portrait business and soon found ourselves on The Today Show, being honored for our story!

Unfortunately, I felt unhealthy and unhappy with the appearance, and that fall committed to finally lose the weight I had gained since college. My brother who had lost 50 pounds easily when he got sober encouraged me to stop drinking to lose weight, but I refused, unwilling to give up my favorite vice.

It was easy for me to deny any issues, most people didn’t even know about my secret binge drinking. It was something I did alone and was manageable until it wasn’t. It was not manageable for a long time, but like many people, I was in denial of the issue. I was able to easily hide it with my flexible, work from home position and frequent travel and compared to my homeless and unemployed brother my drinking issues were nothing.

After a missed presentation at a conference after a night of drinking in fall 2016, I received a final written warning, and I knew something had to change. It was the second alcohol-related write-up and forced me to evaluate my drinking on a much deeper level.

I struggled with the decision to get help for months and eventually decided to walk the labyrinth at the Serra Retreat in Malibu for guidance and help. The night before was Thanksgiving, and I got into a huge fight with my family and felt lost, alone and scared. As I packed my suitcase, I found a small piece of paper with an image and the words “May the red thread of Ariadne guide you to your true path. May you be filled with purpose” and as I realized the image was labyrinth chills went down my spine. I wondered where it came from and what it meant. This written note made me take the meditative walk more seriously, and I pondered deeply what was wrong with me and if I would end up homeless like my brother. If I had another incident, I would be fired, and I didn’t want to risk everything, so I committed to a sober 2017 and planned to quit drinking on January 1 for one full year to determine if my drinking was a problem.

After relapsing twice in the first ten days, both times drinking alone till I blacked out and threw up, I checked myself into Passages determined to change once and for all. I had tried to do it alone many times, the last time with support from a therapist, lots of books, a solid plan and still I had failed twice. I had never failed at something I put all my effort into and felt lost and hopeless.

Always a high achiever I never expected to be in rehab and felt embarrassed, ashamed and confused but fearful of what would happen if I didn’t get help. I had seen how much alcohol had taken from my younger brother and was terrified the same would happen to me. I also saw my brother’s remarkable transformation, so I was intrigued by the potential of sobriety, inspired by my sibling and the celebrities who had used rehab to transform and propel them to their best lives, like Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Elton John.

I researched the Passages website in detail and much to my surprise my fear slowly became excitement, and when I arrived in February 2017, I had reframed the experience in my mind as a “wellness retreat with a focus on addiction” rather than something to be ashamed or scared of. I wasn’t sure what to expect and spent most of the first days in detox alone, writing in my journal and keeping to myself. Eventually, I allowed myself to open up and relax and the next ninety days were the most important of my entire life.

I learned so much about how to find peace with the past, manage my anxiety about the future and uncover the issues that were driving my drinking in the first place. It truly was a wellness retreat with a focus on addiction. Every day I got to participate in various wellness activities like sound therapy or guided meditation and work on my issues in a peaceful and safe environment with people who shared the same struggle and talented and compassionate therapists.

Like myself, everyone in treatment had painful pasts that needed to be brought to light to heal. Ten years earlier I had gotten married right down the road at Our Lady of Malibu, but my marriage ended abruptly while I was pregnant after an incident of domestic violence.

Sadly I lost my baby ten days later and had to manage the loss of my home, marriage, husband, and baby all at the same time. I never had the time and place to heal from the losses and escaped over the years with alcohol, slowly needing more and more until it became unmanageable. Additionally, I had been a victim of a verbal, sexual and physical assault at earlier points in my life and had never had proper therapy to work through my pain. I had been escaping with alcohol since I was a teenager, but my work at Passages allowed me to let it go and taught me healthier coping skills to use in the future.

The most ironic thing about rehab is that it is full of life-changing ancient wisdom and healing rituals that would benefit everyone yet people refuse to go and would rather die than admit they need help. Instead, we spend our time and money at yoga, meditation, and retreats searching for wellness but then head to happy hour and numb ourselves with wine. Much to my surprise, I learned alcohol inhibits connection and destroys the mind, body and spirit connection we all are searching for.

For years I struggled to understand the place of alcohol in wellness and my yoga practice and Passages helped me understand the truth, that alcohol is toxic to the spirit and has no place in true wellness. This made so much more sense to me than the idea that I had some incurable invisible disease that can’t be tested for or cured. That story was just too hopeless for me.

We desperately need to change the way we treat addiction and substance abuse in our country so more people like myself get help early in the progression of the issue and no one has to suffer in silence while they continue a downward spiral deeper into addiction.

Life is inherently painful, and our world is getting more stressful every day, we are all trying to escape with something whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex or food. We all could benefit from learning healthier coping skills to manage stress and anxiety. We would all benefit from having a trusted therapist to help us come to peace with the past. At nineteen months sober I have no desire to drink and haven’t since the day I arrived in Malibu. There is no need to wait for a rock bottom or be ashamed to get help for addiction of any kind. There is hope.

How I Transformed My Body, Mind, and Spirit

After working on myself for three months, I returned home and set large goals for myself, as is my personality. I sell complex enterprise level software solutions and focus on transformational change so I am well versed in the steps of change and my years of technology implementation taught me how to implement change effectively for long-term success. I found the current process of addiction after-care to be inefficient so I set out to create a better system for myself.  What resulted is The Dry Diet – a daily wellness tool that can be used by anyone that wants to lose weight, save money and find true wellness with a more focused and effective approach than traditional diets. There is no need to declare yourself an alcoholic or feel that you will forever be an addict, we can all choose sobriety for wellness. I used it to lose 65 pounds, pay off 95K in debt, get promoted and become a yoga teacher in my first year of sobriety!

www.TheDryDiet.com

I love simplicity and minimalism as well as shapes and symbols. As you can see above the logo of The Dry Diet represents the plan. The 5 Core Pillars are all free, anyone can do them at any age, and they ensure that I am sober, well rested, hydrated and not abusing sugar as is common in recovery. The Three Extra Credits are individual and keep me balanced and connected as well as ensures that I only do things I enjoy for my sobriety. The inner triangle can be modified and used to achieve any goal – when I wanted to pay off debt an extra credit was not purchasing an expensive latte or selling an item to pay down debt.  

Using this system helped me incorporate wellness into my daily life and make it as important as my job and not just something that I can do “when I have the time.” Without this system that ensures that I am taking care of my mind, body, and spirit on a daily basis I will find myself back in the addictive cycle, as we will always be drawn to what is familiar or the temptation of an easy escape. Change happens one day at a time so every day I keep myself focused on the future rather than stuck in the past.

I celebrated my first year of sobriety by having professional photographs taken so I could look back on them in years to come when I feel tempted to drink to remember how happy and healthy sobriety is for me. I also splurged on a week at the beach in a fancy hotel, spa treatments and a shopping spree for new clothes to mark the occasion as special and important; Having this celebration trip to look forward to kept me very motivated. My goal is to get back on The Today Show with my transformation body!

My brother and I on the Today Show! He looked healthy and sober and I looked heavy and unhealthy.
Before and after getting sober 
The photo to the left was taken the last night I binged drank at home, the after pic in Venice during my one-year sober celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Healing Through Writing at Passages Addiction Treatment Centers

By Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC

 

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”              -Ernest Hemingway

Writing can be a healing process for those struggling with substance use and addiction. By reflecting on and reframing life events, the act of writing can assist in a more positive outlook and overall enlightenment.

5 Ways to Use Written Expression:

  1. Journaling—Set aside a time each day to quietly reflect in your journal. You will want to include any significant or memorial aspects of your day. Write freely and without hesitation. Be sure to include at least 1 positive interaction, good deed, change in perspective, or otherwise successful task completed each day. Keeping a balanced perspective is a large part of addiction treatment. Date your entries. Some individuals find healing comfort in reviewing previous entries.

 

  1. Keep a Running Log or Bullet Journal—Have a journal with you at all times and you can easily jot down your thoughts and feelings anywhere. Sometimes getting those nagging, repetitive thoughts out of your head and onto paper does the trick. In addition, when a brilliant idea or noteworthy occurrence takes place, jot that down as well. Date your entries so you can easily keep track of patterns, growth, and changes.

 

  1. Gratitude Lists—be creative here. Do not limit yourself to the obvious. By looking deeply within ourselves, we learn to see and appreciate the little gifts in our everyday lives. This will assist in keeping a healthy perspective and outlook on the day and overall future. If gratitude lists are new for you, begin with at least 3 things you are grateful for each day. You may choose to do this in the morning, or at night reflecting on the day’s events.

 

  1. Write a short story—This is a fun way to imagine different scenarios. We control the setting, characters, and outcome. You may choose to write about a past event that occurred in your life or rewrite/create the details and outcome of an event entirely. There is no standard for how long your story should be. Beginning with 1 page is a good place to start.

 

  1. Write a poem—Poetry is also an excellent way to focus our thoughts and feelings on specific topics. Begin by choosing one topic or subject and explore everything that comes to mind when writing about this topic. Poems range from haiku (3 phrases 17 syllables) to many pages. There is no standard for length. Begin with shorter poems and work your way up.

 

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Susan Finley, Ed.D., NCC is an educator, published researcher, and social media consultant. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) (e-therapy) and Suicide Prevention Instructor (QPR) under the National Board for Certified Counselors.

5 Tips to Staying Sober at Music Festivals

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you preparing for a Spring or Summer music festival, but want to stay sober? At Passages, we have these 5 helpful tips to keep you from straying the course in your sobriety and staying sober while at these heavily drug and alcohol infused music festivals.

How to Stay Sober at Music Festivals

1. Have a Plan

Before attending the upcoming music festival, we recommend you create an effective and reliable plan you can go by during your time at the festival so you feel at ease and are prepared for any triggers or temptations to use drugs and alcohol. Have this plan written down and accessible (in your notes on your phone). A couple ideas to include in your plan are:

  • What to say when someone offers you drugs or alcohol at the festival and how to end the peer pressure of persistence when they won’t let up and continue to tell you, “It will be fun, just have a little.” – Decline with a smile and confidence. Ask them to please respect that fact that you are not interested and would appreciate it if they do not ask you again as you are trying to maintain absolute sobriety. You could also mention how hard you have worked to get to this place in your life and would like to just enjoy the festival fully aware and sober.
  • These festivals can be dangerous for those who are trying to sober so be prepared to have to deal with a lot of intoxicated people and temptations to partake. Create a schedule for yourself so when you start the day you have a plan to wake up, meditate, have breakfast, check in with your sober friends back home, and maybe fit in a small workout (yoga) and stick to your initial goals you showed up with so you can stay focused.

2. Go with a Sober Friend

It’s going to be a lot easier and more fun for you to attend this music festival with a sober friend who has a similar lifestyle and outlook as you do. Stick together and keep each other in check throughout the week/weekend.

3. Camp Where Drugs and Alcohol Are Not Permitted (Family Section)

Many festivals have family sections which don’t allow any drugs or alcohol. This would be a great section to camp in. When booking your tickets and reservations, check to make sure your section is one where drugs and alcohol are not permitted.

4. Bring Plenty of Food and Water

It’s important you come with plenty of food and water during your time at the festival. Pack plenty of nutritional goodies so you don’t get dehydrated from the heat and long days.

5. Stay in Touch With Your Sober Community

While at the festival, stay in touch with your sober community back home to hold you accountable during your time away. They will help you stay focused on your sobriety and remind you of how important it is to stay on track without getting out of line during your time at the festival. This is going to help you a great deal because you need to surround yourself with those who support your sobriety and want to see you stay sober.

 

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The Best 5 Ways to Reduce Stress From Your Life Today

By Jennifer McDougall

Are you ready to eliminate stress from your life and become more at ease without fear and doubt? At Passages, we are here to help you achieve and maintain a stressfree lifestyle to help avoid from straying the course in your sobriety. Here are 5 of the best ways to eliminate stress from your life.

At Passages, we want to help you live a stress-free lifestyle with these helpful remedies.

1. Exercise and Meditation

If you want to boost your mood, improve your energy levels, and release stress and tensions, one of the best ways to do this is by exercising. You just need to block out 30-45 minutes of your day and dedicate this time to working out either outside or at a local gym. When we workout, our body’s stress hormone, known as cortisol, is lowered helping to reduce stress. A few other benefits of exercise include improved sleep patterns, increased level of confidence, and overall a better sense of wellbeing.

Remember to take deep breaths as you cool down from your workout to circulate oxygen to your muscles and help the flow of blood to your brain, which helps stimulate mental clarity and relaxation.

2. Laughter

Ever notice how much better you feel after a good laugh? That’s because laughter delivers more oxygen to your organs and brain helping to relieve stress and tension. When you laugh, your muscles become more relaxed and a sense of joy can be felt rather than worrying or stressing about something going on in your life at that time. Finding a reason to laugh can be easy when you just let go of whats dragging you down. Try simply laughing at the one particular thing that’s weighing on you. Another idea is to call a friend you can count on to make you laugh. You can also listen to a comedy podcast or watch a funny show on TV to help stimulate some laughter.

As you are walking around throughout the day, turn up that smile. There doesn’t always have to be a reason to do smile, but it always helps make you feel better and worry less.

3. Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is an important part of lowering levels of stress in your body. Fueling yourself with proper nutrition can make a huge difference in how you feel overall. If you’re eating too much sugar and processed food, you will notice feeling sluggish and tired, which is not something you need if you’re trying to feel your best. It’s almost important to stay hydrated and avoid using drugs and alcohol as these substances deplete your body of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function in its healthiest state. You could also incorporate vitamins and supplements into your daily diet, such as the following.

  • Multivitamin (specific for a man or a woman for the necessary needs)
  • Ashwagandha
  • Rhodiola
  • B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12) – B Complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic Acid
  • Omega-3
  • Valerian Root
  • Kava Kava

4. Time with Friends and Family

Get social with those who make you feel good about yourself and provide a positive influence in your life. These people are gems and care about you. They are there for you to support and love you no matter what it is you’re going through. They are the ones you can talk to about anything without any judgment. They help point you in the right direction and give you the reassurance and confidence you need to go out there and conquer your greatest fears. It could be a friend, family member, mentor, or co-worker, but it’s important to talk to those you trust and feel good about leaning on in times of trouble or despair.

Don’t isolate yourself when you’re feeling stressed. It is recommended you go out there and be social, even if you feel absolutely lousy. Being with loved ones with help you feel relaxed and will give you a chance to get some perspective on whatever it is you’re stressed out about.

5. Incorporate Aromatherapy While You Work, Sleep, and Unwind

Whether you dab essential oils on your skin or put it in a discussion, you will be surprised how much aromatherapy can help improve your mood and stress levels. Add essential oils to your bath, in your car, or even use a spray bottle with a combination of your favorite scents and water to spray around your home or office space so you can enjoy it all throughout the day and night. Here are some essential oils we recommend you try.

  • Lavender
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Frankincense
  • Orange Blossom
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Jasmine
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Cedarwood

Also read, Zen and the Art of Happiness

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How to be authentic with the help of Passages Malibu

10 Ways to Live As Your Most Authentic Self

By: Jennifer McDougall

There is a weight that is carried when you know you are not being true to yourself or living a life that is not aligned with what your core beliefs are. The cost of wearing a mask and hiding behind who you truly are can be not only exhausting, it will eventually backfire when tested costing you the good fortune of trust. No one appreciates being lied to. No one likes to be played a fool. No one wants to be loved for something they are not. No one wants to have to put up a front to impress other people. So why do it to yourself? Life is short.

Why live your life in disguise as something you’re not when you can be living a righteous story that can help inspire others while providing a positive contribution to a world in need of people who are pure and honest?

When you decide to be authentic in the way you carry yourself, present yourself, and share things about your life on social media, you will discover a newfound freedom, especially through self-expression. Before you begin living authentically, you must have the courage to get to know who you really are, what you truly believe in, your strengths and weaknesses, as well as understanding compassion and self-respect. Perhaps the best way to discover all of the above is to look at who you are when you are alone and take that with you no matter where you go or who you are with– never losing sight of your true colors.

Those who live authentically radiant a different glow. They shine in a different light. Their efforts are pure and their heart is one with great integrity. A person who chooses to live this way is also one who is respected as a confident risk taker who has little to no-self doubt because they truly believe in who they are as a person and not who the world tells them to be. Many of the characteristics of an authentic person are as follows:

  • Mindful

  • Compassionate

  • Focused on their goals

  • Good listeners

  • Self-Reflective

  • Consistent

  • Honest

  • Not materialistic

  • Confident in their own skin

  • Acknowledge their own faults

  • Not out to please everyone

  • Consciously aware of how they feel

  • Value the art of giving to others

  • Connected to their intuition

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Living authentically will help you build trust not only with others but with yourself. This new lifestyle you’re creating will lead you to stable relationships, confident business negotiations, and clear boundaries when dealing with people who tend to push your buttons. Learning to be open and honest can be difficult and it certainly requires some practice but the pay off is well worth it! If you are ready to take the leap and begin living your life in most authentic way possible, here are 10 astonishing tips to help you transform your life from being in the dark to living purely in the light, fearlessly.

  1. Spend time alone doing things you enjoy that are of course aligned with your sobriety and increase your awareness of who you are as a spiritual being. A few ideas of things to do alone include: meditating, swimming, reading, painting, writing, going for a therapeutic drive on outskirts of town where it is calm mellow, roam around a record store, collect moments at the beach, see a movie, volunteer in your local community, visit a bookstore, or go on a photo adventure where you take all kinds of fun photos to share on social media or to have printed and hung in your home.
  2. Pay attention to people. Whether they are speaking to you, walking across a busy intersection, admiring a view they find intriguing, or even if they are consuming your energy and you need to limit the space they take up in your life. Pay attention to how they treat one another, what they tell you, what they confide in you about, and see if there is anything you can do to help them.
  3. Be genuinely kind. Even if you don’t particularly like someone or agree with the choices they make, always revert back to kindness and keep your ego out of it.
  4. Keep a journal and write in it daily. First thing in the morning or before going to sleep, are two of the best times to sit down and write out your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and experiences. Doing this will help you reflect on your ambitions, beliefs, traumas, adventures. Getting all these things down on paper is a wonderful form of therapy to help you heal from the past and blossom into your most authentic self.
  5. Ask yourself more questions such as, “If I wasn’t afraid, what would I actually do or say?” Be in tune with how your internal and external pressures affect the way you act and the hesitation stopping you from getting out there and being the person you truly are– unafraid and full of courage.
  6. Take long walks outdoors in nature. Walking can inspire mindfulness as you obverse animals, plants, and other people. This is also a great form of light exercise which is stimulating for the mind and releases endorphins to relieve stress.
  7. Visit your family. Observe who you are when they are around. Our families remind us where we come from and even though they can be challenging to see eye to eye with and raise frustration at times, they help us understand love too.
  8. Reflect back on want you wanted to be as a child. Take some time to think back on what you were like as a kid to better understand what shaped to be the person you wanted to be as an adult. This is always a good way to notice what might be missing from your life today.
  9. Learn something new. Take up a class either online or at your local community college to challenge yourself in a subject matter you’re interested in.
  10. Get involved in a workout routine that helps you express your authentic nature. Do you like to play basketball but afraid to get out there and shoot some hoops? Have you been wanting to try yoga but that afraid you’re not flexible enough? Are you anxious to try that hot new dance studio in town but scared you don’t have what it takes move with rhythm and grace? Now is your chance to exercise your truest passions while getting in shape and toning up.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown

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Welcome to Passages Santa Monica – Luxury Sober Living Home

Since December of 2014, Passages Santa Monica Sober Living has helped many people recovering from addiction-related issues transition into their newly found sober lifestyle. With more than 16 years of addiction healing experience, Passages Addiction Treatment Centers (founded in 2001) is the leading resource in the field of addiction treatment. Our team of medical professionals and sober living coaches are here to help you thrive in while you expand your horizons and blossom into the incredible human being you are capable of becoming.

If you’re looking for a safe and supportive place to call home, where you will not be judged or labeled, Passages Santa Monica Sober Living is the place for you. Follow us on Instagram to stay connected and learn more about what we have to offer here at our lovely home.

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How to Cope with Stress during the Holidays

By Jennifer McDougall

When the holidays arrive, many of us begin to feel quite a bit of stress due to the impending cost of gift giving, highly pressurized time with relatives, and travel arrangements to be with loved ones during this special time of year. For many people, the holidays are joyous and a time filled with big meals, lots of laughter, and precious moments creating memories with those we love. For others, the holidays are a dreadful and lonely season. It doesn’t have to be this way though. This year, if you are someone who feels alone or is dreading having to spend time with family, we encourage you to open yourself up to a more positive perspective during this holiday season. Try to make it fun.

Here are several ideas to relieve you from stress or symptoms of loneliness.

  • Don’t abandon your healthy habits and use self-control to stay the course of your sober lifestyle (good hygiene, exercise, self-respect, nutritious diet, 8-9 hours of sleep, etc.)
  • Set a spending budget that is realistic and create a plan to stick to it
  • Put out festive decorations and holiday scented candles
  • Learn to say no and maintain your personal boundaries without feeling obligated to do anything you know would not be good for you
  • Remind yourself of what you are grateful for every day
  • Tell your loved ones how much you care about them without hesitation and avoid confrontation when possible. No arguments. If a situation begins to get ugly, hold back from using any hurtful language.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day for personal care (this can even be done at home)
  • Watch fun holidays movies with a cup of herbal tea or your favorite non-alcoholic beverage
  • Bake cookies or your favorite kind of pie and invite friends and family over to enjoy together

Whether you are planning to spend the holidays alone or with family, we hope you choose to enjoy this time doing festive things such as ice skating, fill up on delicious comfort food, reminiscing on happy memories from past years, and reminding yourself of what you are grateful for in life. The holidays are a great time to evaluate the year behind you and look forward to what the future has in store.

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How to Get and Stay Sober with the Help of Passages Treatment

How to Get and Stay Sober with the Help of Passages Treatment

By Jennifer McDougall

 

What do you do when you’re ready to get sober and change your life for the better? Well, it’s a lot easier than you may think. At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we make getting sober a tranquil and safe process that will have you thriving in absolute harmony in all areas of your life—that is if you are willing to use the proper tools provided to you through our comprehensive holistic therapy methods. Many people come to Passages feeling broken, wounded, damaged, hopeless, unbalanced, and sick. If you are one of those people who have spent the last several days, weeks, months, maybe even years feeling remotely similar—it could be time to contact Passages.

When was the last time you felt motivated, fulfilled, inspired, and satisfied in life? Do you continue reaching to achieve a better level of health and happiness, but your self-destructive habits and poor choices keep dragging you back down the road of a toxic lifestyle? Are you ready to try something different?

The first thing you should do if you want to get sober is to reach out to Passages for addiction treatment options. We offer several programs that can help you get back on your feet, stronger than before. One of the things most people don’t realize is that Passages Addiction Treatment Centers accepts most insurance policies that cover a large percentage of treatment.

If you have already gone through addiction treatment and are looking for support or ideas to stay sober, please take a moment to read the following 20 tips that will help you throughout your sober journey.

  1. Sober Living or transitional living homes with a stable environment
  2. Begin a healthy workout routine
  3. Create goals for yourself
  4. Pick up a new hobby or two
  5. Live in the present
  6. Practice mindful meditation
  7. Surround yourself with positive influences
  8. Travel more frequently
  9. Keep yourself in check with self-care
  10. Ongoing forgiveness and let go of resentment
  11. Maintain a clean home and living area (including your car)
  12. Learn to be stern about not going down a dangerous road that could lead to relapse
  13. Embrace your skills and talents
  14. Repair broken relationships
  15. Spend time surrounded by nature
  16. Remind yourself constantly of what you’re grateful for
  17. Continuing education
  18. Resist temptations and triggers
  19. Read more books
  20. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

 

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Making Life More Exciting in Addiction Recovery

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.

 

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30 Simple Tips for Self-Care

By Jennifer McDougall

 

Do you ever get so busy you forget to take care of yourself? You get so caught up in the day-to-day motions of work, family, and all the plans you set out for yourself, therefore, you unfortunately forget to leave time practice self-care. This happens to all of us from time to time because we aren’t always careful to pay attention to when we need to slow down and focus on treating ourselves. When life gets busy, remind yourself that you need to slow down and take a break. Don’t exhaust yourself. Stay connected to your mind, body, and soul. As a result, you to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

Here are 30 tips or suggestions for you to stay in tune with yourself, making sure you feel great, look great, and take the best care of yourself so you can be productive in all areas of your life.

  1. Practice good hygiene every single day
  2. Eat healthy meals and stay properly fueled
  3. Surround yourself with positive people
  4. Forgive yourself wholeheartedly
  5. Be gentle with your thoughts- your mind is a powerful thing
  6. Keep your home clean and organized
  7. Get outside and soak up the sun
  8. Take a nap
  9. Go to sleep early & wake up early
  10. Stop beating yourself up for not adding up to your own standards
  11. Avoid drugs and alcohol
  12. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated everyday
  13. Avoid negative influences and interactions
  14. Stop comparing yourself to others—we are all on our path, respect that
  15. Do something nice for someone else
  16. Think things out before making any rational decisions—feel it out
  17. Pay attention to how you’re feeling. Listen to your body.
  18. Exercise for at least 30 minutes’ daily
  19. Journal your thoughts and daily experiences
  20. Build strong relationships with friends, family, and co-workers
  21. Allow yourself to have new experiences
  22. Step outside of your comfort zone with fearlessness and confidence
  23. Read for 20 minutes a day
  24. Mediate at least once a day
  25. If it doesn’t feel right or doesn’t suit you, say “NO” and don’t feel bad about it
  26. Pay your bills on time
  27. Spend less. Save more.
  28. Treat yourself to fresh flowers and desserts
  29. Turn up the music—sway to the rhythm
  30. Take the proper vitamins and supplements your body needs to thrive

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Best Ways to Find Inspiration

How to Find Inspiration

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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