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A residential drug treatment center for men located in Pasadena, CA. The Gooden Center is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

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Treatment Establishes a Solid Relationship with God

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

One of the most important keys to any recovering addict’s success is the ability to establish a meaningful connection with God. Spirituality and treatment go hand in hand for a number of reasons. For one, having a spiritual relationship with God allows a recovering addict to truly understand that they are powerless against their addictions. This allows them to turn their lives over to God, which then gives them the answers to any obstacles that they may come up against in their journey toward sobriety. It is inevitable that with sobriety will come a number of challenges.

Recovering and achieving sobriety means coming to terms with realities that are sometimes difficult to process and facing emotions that had previously been muted or numbed by drugs or alcohol. As a recovering addict continues to move forward with their treatment, they will find that they are able to cultivate a much more meaningful and substantial relationship with God.

Overcoming Obstacles Shows A Person’s Strength

When a person is in treatment, they have an opportunity to become familiar or reacquainted with the most tenacious version of themselves. Ironically, the more difficult a situation is, the more of an opportunity there is for a person to make surprising and inspiring realizations about themselves. This is because in order to overcome major obstacles, a person must be in touch with the part of themselves that is a survivor: the part of themselves that is capable of achieving great things.

This is the part of themselves that is most connected to God and what his plan is for them. By understanding what God’s plan is, a recovering addict works their way toward the person that they were meant to be and finds that they have not only a better self image and a more substantial relationship with themselves, but also a more solid relationship with God.

Finding God in Troubling Times

In treatment, a recovering addict works with the counselors, therapists, and even other recovering addicts to get to the root of their addiction and to seek ways that triggers like stress, anger, and sadness can be addressed without drugs or alcohol. When this happens, a recovering addict must come to terms with even the parts of their personality and their history that they are not necessarily proud of or happy with.

This often means reflecting on times when drugs or alcohol led a person to behave in a way that they feel guilt or shame around. The good news is that this is the perfect opportunity for a recovering addict to cultivate his relationship with God. In the most troubling times of any person’s life, God is there with answers to tough questions, and guidance that will always help a recovering addict make the right choice.

Prayer in Treatment

Prayer is a big part of treatment, because it plays such an integral role in allowing an addict to find the peace and happiness they wish to attain in sobriety. Very often, a situation or an emotion will feel overwhelming or upsetting, but as a recovering addict becomes accustomed to engaging in frequent conversations with God, they see that no problem does not have an answer and that God is always there, even in the most dire of situations.

When God hears prayers, he has the chance to answer them. So often this means that a recovering addict finally has the people and support he needs to live a fulfilling and happy life. Prayer also works to quiet the mind and to slowly reduce the number of destructive and unhealthy negative thoughts that a recovering addict may be used to having.

Essentials of Spiritual Growth In Treatment

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Anyone who is familiar with the process of treatment and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction knows that as a person recovers, they begin to go on spiritual journey that allows them to evolve into a more thoughtful and spiritual person. There is a reason that God and recovery have such a close relationship: God wants us to be the healthiest we can be.

He wants us to be able to live our lives according to his plan for us, and as such, he will always be there to support us as we strive to be more self aware people who are willing to take whatever steps necessary to live a safe and sober life.

Because recovery is a rebirth or an evolution of sorts, it is always important to take the steps necessary to make sure that growth is at the heart of every decision made in treatment. Here are a few important steps to remember when it comes to growing as a person while in recovery.

Be Willing To Let Go

One thing that many addicts have in common is a certain discomfort around the notion of letting go. Letting go can be scary, especially for a person who has undergone some kind of trauma or who has been the victim of circumstances beyond their control.

Believing that one has some kind of control is a defense mechanism against the possibly difficult circumstances that may arise in any person’s life. This is why many addicts turn to drugs or alcohol: it is a way of tricking themselves into believing that they can control a situation by controlling whether they are under the influence.

By admitting that God has total control, a recovering addict can finally have a better sense of understanding about the things they do have control over: their outlook and whether they make the decision to use. This allows for the serenity that comes with accepting the things they don’t have control over and knowing that because God is in control, everything will work out the way that it is supposed to.

Challenge Old Ideas

A big part of growing is letting go of the beliefs and ideas that are no longer helpful to us. This is sometimes easier said than done, as many of the beliefs that we have long held have been with us since childhood, and maybe even given to us by our parents or other family members.

Beliefs that have been held for a very long time are not so easy to let go of because one can begin to accept them as truth or believe that these thoughts and beliefs are an integral part of who they are as a person.If a belief is harmful or preventing us from growing, it is essential that we be willing to challenge it and perhaps change the way we see the world and ourselves.

Listen to the Ideas and Experiences of Others

One of the best tools that a recovering addict in a faith-based program has available to them is the fellowship of other recovering addicts. Faith-based fellowship provides the chance to exchange spiritual insights and stories, as well as a opportunity to engage in acts of service.

It is very easy to get caught up in one’s own situation or the problems that one is going through, but truly listening to others in one’s own community opens up a chance to gain valuable tools based on the situations that others have gone through. Growing as a person, a Christian, and a recovering addict is truly a community affair.

Treatment Essentials for Spiritual Growth

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Anyone who is familiar with the process of treatment and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction knows that as a person recovers, they begin to go on spiritual journey that allows them to evolve into a more thoughtful and spiritual person.

There is a reason that God and recovery have such a close relationship: God wants us to be the healthiest we can be. He wants us to be able to live our lives according to his plan for us, and as such, he will always be there to support us as we strive to be more self aware people who are willing to take whatever steps necessary to live a safe and sober life.

Because recovery is a rebirth or an evolution of sorts, it is always important to take the steps necessary to make sure that growth is at the heart of every decision made in treatment. Here are a few important steps to remember when it comes to growing as a person while in recovery.

Be Willing To Let Go

One thing that many addicts have in common is a certain discomfort around the notion of letting go. Letting go can be scary, especially for a person who has undergone some kind of trauma or who has been the victim of circumstances beyond their control.

Believing that one has some kind of control is a defense mechanism against the possibly difficult circumstances that may arise in any person’s life. This is why many addicts turn to drugs or alcohol: it is a way of tricking themselves into believing that they can control a situation by controlling whether they are under the influence.

By admitting that God has total control, a recovering addict can finally have a better sense of understanding about the things they do have control over: their outlook and whether they make the decision to use. This allows for the serenity that comes with accepting the things they don’t have control over and knowing that because God is in control, everything will work out the way that it is supposed to.

Challenge Old Ideas

A big part of growing is letting go of the beliefs and ideas that are no longer helpful to us. This is sometimes easier said than done, as many of the beliefs that we have long held have been with us since childhood, and maybe even given to us by our parents or other family members.

Beliefs that have been held for a very long time are not so easy to let go of because one can begin to accept them as truth or believe that these thoughts and beliefs are an integral part of who they are as a person. If a belief is harmful or preventing us from growing, it is essential that we be willing to challenge it and perhaps change the way we see the world and ourselves.

Listen to the Ideas and Experiences of Others

One of the best tools that a recovering addict in a faith-based program has available to them is the fellowship of other recovering addicts. Faith-based fellowship provides the chance to exchange spiritual insights and stories, as well as a opportunity to engage in acts of service.

It is very easy to get caught up in one’s own situation or the problems that one is going through, but truly listening to others in one’s own community opens up a chance to gain valuable tools based on the situations that others have gone through. Growing as a person, a Christian, and a recovering addict is truly a community affair.

Recovery and a Relationship with God

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

One of the most important keys to any recovering addict’s success is the ability to establish a meaningful connection with God. Spirituality and treatment go hand in hand for a number of reasons. For one, having a spiritual relationship with God allows a recovering addict to truly understand that they are powerless against their addictions. This allows them to turn their lives over to God, which then gives them the answers to any obstacles that they may come up against in their journey toward sobriety.

It is inevitable that with sobriety will come a number of challenges. Recovering and achieving sobriety means coming to terms with realities that are sometimes difficult to process and facing emotions that had previously been muted or numbed by drugs or alcohol. As a recovering addict continues to move forward with their treatment, they will find that they are able to cultivate a much more meaningful and substantial relationship with God.

Overcoming Obstacles Shows A Person’s Strength

When a person is in treatment, they have an opportunity to become familiar or reacquainted with the most tenacious version of themselves. Ironically, the more difficult a situation is, the more of an opportunity there is for a person to make surprising and inspiring realizations about themselves. This is because in order to overcome major obstacles, a person must be in touch with the part of themselves that is a survivor: the part of themselves that is capable of achieving great things. This is the part of themselves that is most connected to God and what his plan is for them.

By understanding what God’s plan is, a recovering addict works their way toward the person that they were meant to be and finds that they have not only a better self image and a more substantial relationship with themselves, but also a more solid relationship with God.

Finding God in Troubling Times

In treatment, a recovering addict works with the counselors, therapists, and even other recovering addicts to get to the root of their addiction and to seek ways that triggers like stress, anger, and sadness can be addressed without drugs or alcohol. When this happens, a recovering addict must come to terms with even the parts of their personality and their history that they are not necessarily proud of or happy with. This often means reflecting on times when drugs or alcohol led a person to behave in a way that they feel guilt or shame around.

The good news is that this is the perfect opportunity for a recovering addict to cultivate his relationship with God. In the most troubling times of any person’s life, God is there with answers to tough questions, and guidance that will always help a recovering addict make the right choice.

Prayer in Treatment

Prayer is a big part of treatment , because it plays such an integral role in allowing an addict to find the peace and happiness they wish to attain in sobriety. Very often, a situation or an emotion will feel overwhelming or upsetting, but as a recovering addict becomes accustomed to engaging in frequent conversations with God, they see that no problem does not have an answer and that God is always there, even in the most dire of situations.

When God hears prayers, he has the chance to answer them. So often this means that a recovering addict finally has the people and support he needs to live a fulfilling and happy life. Prayer also works to quiet the mind and to slowly reduce the number of destructive and unhealthy negative thoughts that a recovering addict may be used to having.

Encouraging Fellowship and Recovery

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Recovery and faith have long gone hand in hand. When a person is ready to get sober and finally end the vicious cycle of drug dependency and use, they must admit that they are powerless against their addiction and that it is time for them to turn their lives over to God.

This is why Christian recovery is such an effective and life-changing means of recovering for so many people. Faith based treatment offers tools for sobriety that make it possible for a recovering addict to find the strength and focus to stay safe and sober for life.

Faith Based Fellowship

One of the biggest advantages of a faith based recovery program is that it offers recovering addicts a chance at the kind of treatment that will include a community of other recovering addicts who can be available as a resource for one another as they continue on the life-long journey that is recovery. Part of faith based treatment often includes engaging in acts of community service, and there are many benefits to this.

When a recovering addict commits acts of kindness to others, they are in a position to feel much better about themselves. This heightened sense of self worth greatly decreases the chances that they will relapse. Acts of service are also a great way to meet other like-minded recovering addicts.

Community Offers Support In Troubling Times

One of the best tools that any recovering addict has at his disposal is the support of a recovery community that is sensitive to the needs and challenges that are specific to recovery. When a recovering addict faces triggers to use, such as stress, anger, depression, or a trying life event, they can turn to the fellow recovering addicts in their community for guidance and support. This community will be able to offer their own experiences and insights they have gained on their own journey in sobriety. As such, they will be able to help any struggling addict to realize that there is no trigger and no moment of weakness that is truly insurmountable in the eyes of God.

Using the Bible to Find Answers

The Bible is the best tools available when it comes to seeking guidance in anyone’s life, and this is certainly evident in few places more clearly than in the world of recovery. It is inevitable that a person who is recovering from addiction will face moments of struggle, and the wonderful thing about faith-based recovery is that it offers the best type of life guidance available to anyone who is undergoing a struggle of any kind: The Bible.

The Bible offers words of guidance and wisdom that can be used by anyone, no matter what the situation is that they are going through. Faith-based treatment uses the wisdom and inspiration in The Bible to help a recovering addict forge their own private path to sobriety. This allows for a way of thinking and living that makes it possible for a recovering addict to face sobriety with faith and confidence.

Faith, Community, and Life After Treatment

When a person is in treatment, they have certain protections afforded to them. A person in treatment may be surrounded by far less triggers than they would outside of treatment, and in the protected space of treatment, procuring drugs or alcohol will not be possible at all. A faith-based community offers support for a recovering addict long after they have left treatment. This community will keep them motivated to continue to work at their sobriety and to live their life in accordance with the teachings of The Bible.