Friday, June 28, 2013

Social Behavioral Branding


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Identity.  We all have one.  For me, I am a "Caucasian-Virginian-America-Protestant-Ice Creamer-Aftercare-Recovery-Coach-Bowler-ADHD-Musician"!  And that's only getting started.  I have a bunch of other terms I could use to further describe who I am.  Go ahead now and give it a try.  I like that...you're a 'Bored-At-Work-Reading-My-Blog-To-Pass-Time-On-Friday' kind of reader!  I kid.  ;)

In all seriousness, we all have an identity and are usually pretty quick to label ourselves in one way or another, good or bad, right or wrong.  This is especially true for those who suffer with addiction to chemical substances whether they are chronic pain users or recreational users.  Words such as 'addict' or 'chronic pain pill popper' get thrown around and make people reluctant to get honest about the nature of their problem for fear of rejection when people find out who they really are. 

Which leads to another important point in the detox and aftercare process for our patients, namely, is what I call 'Social Behavioral Branding'.  It means that we, "brand ourselves internally to fit in to social situations which then manifest themselves externally."  For example, the drug/alcohol culture sends the message that being sober is, 'boring, stupid and lame.'  Conversely, people who are sober and choose not to get into the alcohol/drug scene, often believe that the party scene is, "boring, stupid and lame."  It's all a matter of perspective.  

So, the question I ask to you today is do you have a 'Social Behavior Brand'?  Are you known as the 'party girl' or the 'frat guy kegger dude' or perhaps you're known as 'Debbie Downer The Chronic Pain Whiner'?  Our goal is to help you embrace the Social Behavior Branding that is authentic to you built on the foundation of total abstinence, avoids relapse and leads to quality long-term sobriety!

Take a few moments this week and do an inventory on your thoughts, attitude, and actions when you are (or were) in the midst of your addiction and how different that might be from the times you are sober.  We all want congruency in who feel like we are, who we present ourselves to be, and how we are actually perceived.  Part of recovery is choosing not to live under the tyranny of other people's opinions because you never make all the people happy all the time.  If you're reluctant to let go of your current 'Social Behavioral Brand', try and approach it with an open mind.  See what happens.  You might find that you are creating a whole new you based on sobriety and recovery and your life is about to be revolutionized, not just socially, but spiritually, mentally and physically.  Give it a try: You Get All The Benefits!!!

At The Coleman Institute, we want to help people get clean and stay clean from alcohol, opiates, benzos, prescription pills, chronic pain medicines, Suboxone or Methadone.. Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869 today.  You matter to us!
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Prescription Drug & Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Facts


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Millions of Americans take some sort of prescription pill and/or over-the-counter medication at some point in their lives. Prescription pill abuse and over-the-counter medication abuse rates are skyrocketing.  People are unaware of how powerful these drugs can be and how easily they can be abused and lead into a full-blown addiction.  What's even more disturbing is that rates are rising rapidly for the number of young adults who are abusing prescription pills!

At The Coleman Institute, we want to help inform and educate the general public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse as well as abuse of over-the-counter medicines. If you need to be on a certain medication, please be sure to explain any family history or pre-disposition to addiction to your doctor BEFORE he writes you a prescription.  He or she can be an added layer of protection for your from the potential to get addicted.

Please take a moment and click on the link under the graphic below and read this article on prescription drug abuse facts to educate yourself and then feel free to pass it on to anyone you know who could benefit from reading it.  




If you or someone you love struggles with alcohol, drugs, benzos, Methadone or Suboxone,  we can help!  Please do not hesitate to give Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart a call at 1-877-773-3869.  It's our privilege to help you get clean and stay clean!  


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Anonymous People: Helping Us Understand Them


By 
Joan Shepherd, FNP

Sometimes, you try to write an article that inspires.  You try to write one that motivates, educates and encourages.  However, there are times when you stumble upon an article written by someone else and it has the same effect you're trying to impart to others.  That was the case with the article linked below.  

The movie The Anonymous People, released just a few weeks ago, is a very important movie helping to dispel the unhealthy and incorrect assumptions and labels many people carry towards those who struggle with chemical dependency.  Won't you join us as we join them?  



Monday, June 24, 2013

Stereotypes: Addicts, Alcoholics, & Prescription Drug Abusers


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Lonely.  Loser.  Good-for-nothing.  Lazy.  Apathetic.  Stupid.  Ignorant.  No good such-and-such.  Selfish.   Uneducated.  Poor.  Black.  White-Trash.  Failure.  Sound familiar?  That is the sound of harsh words that hurt broken people.  

Stereotypes are not a new issue for us humans to deal with on a day-to-day basis.  People are judged based on all sorts of criteria:  height, weight, hair color, sexual orientation, nationality, race, gender, religion, non-religion, education, lack thereof, and the list goes on.  None, of course, hit quite as hard though as ones associated with being an addict or an alcoholic.  

To be sure, society has made great strides from the 1930's when Alcoholics Anonymous first began it's meetings often in clandestine places so as to not be 'exposed' by the 'prim and proper' people of the time.  Now, it is much more common for people to admit they have a substance abuse problem and to go get help for it much like they would if they had pneumonia or chicken pox.  

However, stereotypes still abound.  One of the most common stereotypes about addicts and alcoholics is that they are just plain stupid because of their destructive choices.  What is often misunderstood is the fact that most addicts are longing to be free from their addiction and hate what it has done, is doing, and will do if they continue down the path they are on.  

Another common misconception and stereotype is often applied to people struggling with  prescription drug abuse and chronic pain medications.  When people hear that someone has gotten hooked on pain pills, they usually assume the worst and think the person is using just because they're like all recreational drug users and the pain is just an excuse.  The truth is people do not set out to use drugs and/or alcohol to destroy their lives.  It just isn't what people plan on doing.  To be sure, there are outliers for everything and exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, people do not choose self-destruction just for fun.  This does not mean that when people use drugs and alcohol and act in harmful ways that it is ok or less of an issue because they are addicted.  As a matter of fact, the opposite is true, because they are addicted, they're behavior must change for all involved. 

At The Coleman Institute, everyone matters to us.  While our primary objective is to help people get clean and stay clean from drugs and alcohol, we also want to change society's perceptions and stereotypes about alcoholics, drug addicts, and those addicted to chronic pain medications.  If you or someone you love is struggling to get clean and stay clean, you're not alone.  We're here for you.  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  Our goal is make you feel at home in a safe, secure, and non-judgmental environment while you detox and begin your new life clean and sober! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chronic Pain: 'Eye to Eye'

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Recently, I was in a rush to an appointment.  As I came upon a traffic light, I noticed two men crossing the street very slowly.  The light was red on my side necessitating a brief stop.  As I watched the two men, I noticed they both had long, white sticks with red ends touching the street.  They were blind. 

My previous foul mood just got a little worse.  I wasn't mad at the blind men, rather, I was angry at their 'chronic pain' of being blind and not being able to find the sidewalk.  It was pitiful to watch as they swung their sticks back and forth, to and fro, vainly searching for the sidewalk that was all of about 5 inches away.  I wished my car was closer so I could have rolled down the window and instructed them where to step so they could get onto the sidewalk safely. 

As the light turned green and I drove past the two men who still hadn't found the sidewalk, I was struck by how annoying that must be for them.  Perhaps they were born that way and never knew any different.  Or, perhaps more tragically, they lost their eyesight in an accident or due to a disease they could not cure.  Either way, it is safe to say that being blind in a 'sighted community' is a challenge to say the least. 

Most would not consider being blind 'chronic pain' and perhaps it isn't from a physical standpoint.  But, it begs the question, what exactly is 'chronic pain'?  It seems that chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than 3 months and is impervious to standard medical care.  This can be everything from Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, sports injuries, and genetically-inherited diseases, etc.  While the symptoms look different from person to person, the problem is the same: the pain.  It won't go away.  It won't come back another day because it never leaves in the first place. 

Addiction is a tricky monster and people get addicted for all sorts of reasons.  At The Coleman Institute, we treat all addicts and alcoholics with compassion and non-judgment.  If yours is a chronic pain issue for which you followed the doctor's orders and got stuck on pain pills, we can help you.  If you are in great health but decided to stay at the party a little too long and got hooked via 'chemical recreation', we can help you too.  We try to help people see that addiction is addiction is addiction whether you are introduced to it after your torn ACL surgery, the annual Christmas party at your job, or after too many nights at the local Frat House during your college years.  The 'how' is not as important as the 'how-to'.  That is, 'how-to-fix the issue' you suffer from.  That's where you come in! 

If you or someone you love has had enough of dealing with chronic pain via prescription pills or have reached the limits of recreational drugs use, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart.  Regardless of the reason(s) for your use, we can assure your full anonymity and confidentiality in a safe, non-judgmental environment as you seek freedom from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone.  Our number is 1-877-773-3869.  We're here for you! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Cycle of Chronic Pain!


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div. 


One of the most common experiences for all human beings is feeling pain.  Remember when you fell down and skinned your knee as a child and your mother rushed over and kissed it to make it feel better?  Or maybe your father was there and he kindly told you to, "stand up and brush it off"?  Fun memories, huh?  

If you've ever had chronic pain, you would do anything to go back to that one-time skinned knee for sure!  Chronic pain is a whole different experience all together.  It can wear down the strongest man and leave the toughest woman gasping for help.  That is not an over-exaggeration!

As the picture above illustrates, chronic pain occurs in a cycle, albeit, a vicious one.  Chronic pain creates, among other things, psychological anxiety about the potential for more chronic pain.  Often times, this can keep a person who suffers with chronic pain up at night worrying about the future.  This, in turn, leads to a lack of restful sleep.  Now the patient has chronic pain AND sleep deficit to attend too on top of anxiety.  As time moves forward, other problems arise like rising medical costs, strained relationships with family or friends who tell you to, "just get over it already" or that it's, "all in your head"!  

As if chronic pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, medical bills, and lack of familial/friend support isn't enough, now the chronic pain sufferer's quality of life has shrunk to an all-new low with the additive ingredients of fear and loneliness conjuring up images of dying alone in excruciating pain without any visitors or medical help because they can't afford it.  Scared yet?  As they say in A.A., "but by the Grace of God go I!"

Sadly, on top of the aforementioned afflictions, chronic pain sufferers take their pain medication as they are directed and many get addicted to it accidentally.  In fact, chronic pain sufferers are a doctors dream because they are so compliant.  Why?  Because they're tired of feeling awful all day every day.  It is that compliance and a faulty pleasure center that set them up for addiction without them even knowing it.  

I have seen countless patients who came to detox off their prescription pain relievers (think oxycontin, percocet, vicodin, etc.) because they could not do it on their own.  All of them feel a sense of shame as if they are the worst drug addict in the world because they weren't even TRYING to get addicted and they ended up that way.  Fortunately, there is hope!

At The Coleman Institute, we help chronic pain patients detox off their prescription medications, direct them to other modalities of pain management, and help patients reclaim their health.  It is very common for us to hear a chronic pain patient report after their detox that their pain is not as bad as they remembered it to be.  This brings them us great joy!  For the patients that do have a pain issue after detox, we do all that we can to find other ways to deal with that pain in a healthy and balanced way that is addiction-free!  

If you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs due to chronic pain, you matter to us!  We know you feel alone and uncertain about your future.  If you want to experience a different kind of drug detox treatment that is safe and effective, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  We're just a phone call away! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

14 Reasons to Stay Sober


By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
 
Every day I talk with people who are exiting the drug and alcohol scene via medical detox.  All of them swear they don’t want to go back to ‘that lifestyle’.  Yet, as the conversation progesses, they inevitably say that being sober is ‘boring, stupid, and lame.’  Kindly, I tell them that perhaps it’s just a matter of perspective because those who don’t participate in the drug/alcohol scene usually find it boring, stupid, and lame.  At this point, they usually look at me like I am a mascot for purple popsicles trying to sell them all before the end of the world.  After all, sobriety is dumb right?!?  I don’t think so.  Here’s 14 reasons to stay sober.  Read them and make some up of your own.  Then put them into practice for 6 weeks and honestly see if your life isn’t any better at the end of that time!  

14 Reasons to Stay Sober:
1. You keep your money.
2. You don’t throw up. 
3. You don’t have diarrhea. 
4. You don’t pass out and get marked up with a sharpie by your ‘drunk friends’.
5. You don’t get arrested
6. You don’t get robbed.
7. You don’t get murdered.
8. You don’t get a DUI. 
9. You get to keep your health.
10. Your waist doesn’t expand. 
11. You don't get pregnant.
12. You don't get an STD. 
13. You don’t regret the stupid things you said and/or did last night. 
14. You  realize that life is so much more beautiful, enticing, exciting, and exhilarating when you are in your right mind!!!  

At The Coleman Institute, we are very interested in your health and well-being, particularly your sobriety.  If you or someone you love needs to detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer or Amy at 1-877-773-3869. 

"The 12 Days of Sobriety...in June!?!"



By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

As a little child, my grandfather used to sit me on his lap and sing Christmas carols to me.  I am told I really enjoyed it every time he put me on his knee and sang "Jingle Bells" to me...in June!  So, as I was writing today, I began to imagine that popular Christmas song 'The12 Days of Christmas' re-imagined as a song about the 12 steps.  Enjoy!

"On the first day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Am I going to be powerless forever? Why the heck am I doing this?  I’ve tried and I just can’t beat it.  Help me, please?!?"

On the second day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This has to be a dream! Who can help me with this 800lb gorilla because I’m not strong enough!”

On the third day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “So this is what change is like!  Thank you, Higher Power, for helping me!”

On the fourth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “It’s been so long since I looked at all these skeletons in my closet.  Time to clean up!”

On the fifth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Confession is good for the soul!!”

On the sixth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “I’m ready to change and get rid of these habits that hurt! “

On the seventh day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Higher Power, please remove these habits that hurt me and others!”

On the eighth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “There are many I have wronged.  Let me make a list of those I harmed.”

On the ninth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “Let me go make amends to those I’ve wronged.  I will use caution so that I don’t cause further damage with my amends.”

On the tenth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This living clean idea takes a daily check-in to make sure I stay on track and that I fix any mistakes I make each day.”

On the eleventh day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “I need to stay in touch with my Higher Power so I know my marching orders every day.”

On the twelfth day of sobriety, I thought to myself, “This new life is so great!  I need to help others so they can learn to help themselves.  I will spread the word that sobriety is a great thing!”

At The Coleman Institute, you are our #1 priority!  We know that life-long change takes longer than 12 days.  We also understand that powerful change can take place in just one day that starts with a decision to get clean and stay clean.   If you or one of your loved ones is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer or Amy at  1-877-773-3869.  

Are You Having Fun in Recovery?

By 
Peter R. Coleman, M.D.


We recently had a visit from Gary Fisher. He is the Director of Cirque Lodge a wonderful treatment program in Utah. We have had a number of patients go there for rehab and they have all had a great experience and done well.  The gorgeous, natural surroundings combined with a caring staff and superb treatment modalities make it one of the premier In-Patient facilities in the nation!

One of the things Gary said stuck with me. He said that, at Cirque Lodge, “we try to show our patients that recovery is fun”. Their program is in the beautiful mountains of Utah, so the patients have lots of opportunities to explore and enjoy nature. Cirque Lodge makes sure they add a lot of other fun activities for all of their patients. One of their core beliefs is that if recovery is not fun people will not stick with it.

As I was thinking about this idea, I was chatting with some people from Alcoholics Anonymous. One of the guys asked whether going to meetings and working a program was still a chore or whether it had become fun. It is an interesting question that fits in with this whole idea of whether you are having more fun in recovery than you did when using drugs and alcohol.

Most people who I’ve asked this question have answered by saying that, in their experience, the early days of working a program was just that – work. It takes time and effort to work a recovery program. There is a lot to learn and a lot to absorb. There are new people to get to know and a new language to learn. You have to give up doing some things in order to spend the time to get clean and sober. It was not so much fun. Yet, it was a necessary thing to do in order to achieve a sober life, but it sure wasn’t fun. 

I tell my patients it is a lot like an insurance policy that pays long-term dividends. You have to pay into the plan in the early days but you reap fabulous benefits for the rest of your life. At some point being clean and sober stops being work and actually becomes fun. Recovery allows people to do things that they could never do if they were still using. Some people develop a new career or business. People meet new friends and partners. It allows people to travel and learn about the world, to experience new cultures and new ideas. Recovery often instills a desire to love more and to learn more. It encourages people to become more sensitive, more understanding, and more compassionate. Many people in long term recovery say that they would not go back to using drugs and alcohol even if they could do so safely – they love their new life so much.

Of course, working a program is still work – that is the paradox. But maybe it is a bit like the work that people do even when they don’t need to. Some people volunteer when they don’t need to. Some people work in businesses long after they have enough money to retire – they just like doing it. 

So, here’s the question - Is your recovery work, or have you got it to the stage where it is has become fun? Sometimes it is all in the way you look at it! 

At The Coleman Institute, you are of utmost importance to us!  We believe that living in recovery is lots of fun.  Let's us help you or someone you love start the process to wholeness.  We are here with our suite of detox treatments to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!  Please do not hesitate to call Jennifer or Amy at 1-877-773-3869.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

5 Things to Do When You're Bored

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

 Many patients tell me on a daily basis that their number one fear of getting clean is because they fear feeling bored.  It amazes me to write that sentence because boredom, to me, is such a tiny enemy that it is to be mocked more than feared.  However, that is not the case for everyone.  

The truth is getting high or drunk or stoned or tweaked or whatever you want to call it is an activity that keeps you occupied, and thus, not bored.  And that is a good thing if you are in active addiction because those who struggle with addiction hate boredom. 

People who do not abuse alcohol or drugs also experience boredom.  However, the difference is, they usually go and do something about it.  The problem with boredom, for those stuck in addiction is that, it is a wide-open space that leaves room for emotions that are not pleasant to surface and rear their ugly head.  Addiction is a feelings disease and feelings are the one thing that most, if not all addicts, are running from in the first place! 

So, here is the way to deal with boredom.  Do something about it!  I know.  I know.  It's earth shattering isn't it?!?  While you're probably not that impressed with my answer, allow me to explain.

Boredom operates and succeeds only when you are unwilling to do something about it to make it go away.  It is the chief 'time-killer' and 'dream-stealer' in people's lives but it must have an active participant in order to work its magic.  Therefore, if you decide that whenever you feel bored you are going to immediately do something about it, you have just defeated boredom with an uppercut to the chin.  So, take a look at these suggestions below and come up with some of your own too!

Here are 5 things to do when you're bored:

1.  Go outside:  Talk a walk.  Ride your bike.  Do push-ups.  Swim in a lake.  Have a picnic lunch.  Smell the proverbial roses.
2.  www.stumbleupon.com:  This website is great for finding new, cool, and random websites for you under just about any topic you can imagine.
3.  Take a nap:  It's not avoiding bordeom.  It's re-charging so you can live to fight boredom again at another time.  A re-charged brain is a happy brain. 
4.  Call a friend:  Conversation and connection are key in recovery.  You can start by telling your friend that you are bored.  Let them know ahead of time that one day you may call them in the midst of a 'boredom spell'.  You will be surprised how receptive your fellow addicts and alcoholics will be to help you with your boredom struggles.
5.  Listen to music:  Music is great for the heart, the mind, and the soul.  Sometimes, it even helps in healing with the body.  Check out a band or style of music you've never heard before and then share it with a friend.  Search for new music on iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify. 

Bored yet?

I didn't think so!  ;)

At The Coleman Institute, we believe in you!  We want to help you get clean and stay clean so you can experience all the beautiful, wonderful and interesting things this world has to offer.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Truth Hurts

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

Has anyone ever told you something about yourself that just made you cringe inside but you also knew that it was actually true?  That is never a fun feeling to be called out on something about yourself and have no comeback except, "uh, yeah, I guess that's true"!  Sadly, not many of us are willing to sign up for a truth session to find out exactly where we need to change. 

Isn't that what recovery is, though?  In recovery, we have come to believe that life had gotten out of control.  We came to believe that things had gone awry due to our continual participation in self-defeating actions such as abusing alcohol and/or drugs.  That was the initial truth we had to accept in order to stop using and start living.

However, that is just the beginning.  Often, in recovery circles, people use the metaphor of 'peeling the onion' in regards to uncovering the various ways we deceive ourselves about ourselves.  That process, while not always fun, can be the beginning of a beautiful journey into health, happiness and wholeness.  

Why does the truth hurt?  Simply put: it hurts our egos.  It hurts that prideful place inside that says, "I'm ok.  I don't need help.  I've got it all under control".  If we're honest with ourselves, we really do want to have it all under control and most of us don't have it all under control.  We don't want to have to ask for help.  We don't want to admit defeat and we don't want to admit that we can't do it alone.  It's these very ideas that often lead people into addiction.  

When was the last time someone told you the truth about yourself and you were able to receive it with humility and openness?  Are you open to learning more about what makes you tick so you can move forward in your life?  If you are, then you are already half way there to a better understanding of yourself, which is priceless!

If you are actively using drugs and alcohol, I encourage to consider stopping ASAP!  There is more to life than a drink or a drug.  Be open to the process of abstinence, sobriety and full recovery.  And yes, you may have to hear the truth about yourself but chances are you already know it and now you can do something about it.  It's never too late to change!

At The Coleman Institute, we really care about your well-being!  Our hope is for you to get clean and stay clean for the rest of your life.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thank You!

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

I woke up groggy this morning but ready to attack the day.  After all, today is Friday!  I can take on the world when the weekend is looming before me.  I picked up my cellphone and turned off the alarm.  The thought hit me, "hey, why don't you lay here for a second and listen to Spotify"?  For those of you non-tech savvy people reading this article, Spotify is an app (short for application) made for smart phones (as opposed to dumb ones?) to allow the user to 'stream' music through their phone.  It's like walking around with Virgin Record Store in your pocket with millions of song titles to listen to anytime and anywhere!

I cued up a song I hadn't heard in years by a Canadian songwriter named Alanis Morissette called 'Thank You'.  The song was released in 1998 after her trip to India and was a worldwide hit.  I love the simplicity of the melody and the great lyrics.  It's also a great way to start your day.  

How do you start your day?  Do you immediately run through your top 10 list of things that have to get done before you brush your teeth?  Do you think about important people in your life that you need to connect with before the weekend to make plans for fun after a hard week of work?  While none of these activities are bad, in and of themselves, I might suggest an even better way to start your day: saying 'Thank You'.

"Who am I saying 'thank you' too," you might ask?  That's a great question.  If you're religious or spiritual, speak a word of thanks in the language you understand that is parallel to your beliefs and convictions.  If you are a non-religious/non spiritual person, perhaps saying 'thank you' is just a way to acknowledge to yourself the absolute gift you have of being alive at that very moment.  

There is great benefit to being thankful.  It shifts your perspective in a more positive direction.  It increases happiness and decreases unhappiness.  It has health benefits because it lowers stress which lowers blood pressure which is always a good thing for long-term health.  

What are you thankful for?  Who are you thankful for?  If you're not sure, why not take a few moments and make a list on paper for all the things in life that you can be thankful for?  

Recovery requires gratitude.  If we are not grateful for being clean and sober, we can be sure that relapse is on the way at some point.  Think of thankfulness as insurance against relapse.  And you might find that it improves your mood too!  

Thanks for reading!  ;)

At The Coleman Institute, we are thankful for the opportunity to help people get clean and stay clean!  If you or someone you love is in need of detox off of alcohol, opiates, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869