Gooden Center
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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191 North El Molino Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 US

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Just How Big is the Recovery Community?

Posted on: March 16th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Recovery Community

When someone is in recovery from an addiction, it is important not to feel isolated or disconnected from others. Fortunately it can be easy to connect with a recovery community in your city no matter where you are. Twelve step meetings and other kinds of recovery groups are available everywhere.

People struggling with addiction need to talk about what they are going through with others in recovery so that they can feel they are not alone. Having other people who can give you support, guidance and advice is necessary in order to get through the difficult times that you experience with addiction. A community can prevent you from feeling alone or being tempted to relapse.

The recovery community is not just in big cities or in specific areas, it is a worldwide network of people that can provide support anywhere. You can look up listings for AA meetings or other type of recovery groups in any city if you are traveling and need to be able to talk to someone about what you are going through. Having a group to help you anywhere can make it easier to stay sober when you are on vacation or traveling for work.

Knowing that there is a recovery community to help you anywhere you are can give you an idea of how big the community really is. There are people working to maintain their sobriety all over the world and you can always find someone willing to give you support and advice no matter what you are going through. Staying connected to this recovery community can make sobriety a more rewarding and personal experience.

If you need to connect to a recovery community then look for local AA meetings, other twelve step groups or non-twelve step support meetings in your area.

Can You Recover if You’re Constantly Blaming Others?

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Can You Recover if You’re Constantly Blaming Others?

Addiction can often cloud a person’s judgement and they may find it hard to be fully aware of their own illness. They can live in very deep denial for a long time and fail to see how their actions are hurting other people. Some may even find it easier to blame other people for their problems instead of taking responsibility for their own choices.

Shifting blame onto others is a common problem for people in recovery because it can be painful to confront your own mistakes. There are a lot of feelings of shame and failure surrounding addiction and it becomes much easier to blame other people or life circumstances instead of facing reality. It is important for people in recovery to stop placing blame on others and take ownership of their actions as difficult as it may be.

Accepting that you have made all your own choices can be painful but it helps addicts to finally acknowledge their disease. When they understand that some of their problems are related to their own choices they will have to start taking steps to change. Those who are shifting the blame elsewhere are finding a way to avoid changing their actions.

Understanding that you need to make changes and that your addiction is the problem can help people get through their state of denial. When they see that their own actions are to blame they can finally accept that they need help to quit their addiction. Getting through denial is one of the first and most important steps to starting a recovery journey.

It may take time for an addict to stop blaming others as it is a habit they have developed to shield themselves from embarrassment and pain. Accepting blame for their own actions, however, is a crucial part of recovery.  

Having a Dry (Alcohol-Free) Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Having a Dry (Alcohol-Free) Home

Whenever someone goes through recovery for an alcohol addiction, it is important for them to be very cautious about the possibility of relapse. This includes minimizing possible triggers and avoiding situations where they might be tempted to drink. It then goes without saying that it is crucial to live in a completely alcohol-free home.

Having alcohol around in the refrigerator or seeing other people drink it at home can be a very strong temptation and very dangerous for sobriety. For people in recovery who live with roommates, family members or spouses who still drink they will need to talk to them about keeping a dry home. It is an important conversation to have to ensure that everyone is on the same page and they will not jeopardize an alcoholic’s progress that they have made.

Keeping a dry home doesn’t mean that your roommates or spouse can never drink but they should never have alcohol in the house. Having beers in the fridge or a bottle of wine in the cabinet can be too much and is not respectful to you and your needs. You should be able to come to an agreement with the people you live with about how to maintain an alcohol-free home and what boundaries need to be in place.

When it comes to entertaining guests it is still crucial to keep your home alcohol-free. If friends come over and want to drink you will need to be straightforward and honest about your policy to keep a sober home. Make sure to tell people in advance that they should not bring alcohol so that you don’t end up in a complicated situation.

Keeping an alcohol-free home can be simple as long as your friends and the people living in your home support your decision.

Suffering a Setback in Recovery

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Suffering a Setback in Recovery

Quitting an addiction can be a different journey for everyone that goes through the process. It will never be perfect or the ideal scenario as each person will have to cope with their own ups and downs. There are bound to be setbacks that come up and learning to handle those experiences will become an essential part of sobriety.

Of course no one wants to fail in recovery but mistakes and setbacks do happen. Understanding how to get back on track after a setback and continue to persevere is crucial when you have an addiction. Many people can fall into self-defeating thoughts when they have a setback but this can be dangerous and lead to relapse.

It is important not to fall into negative thinking such as believing that it’s not the right time for you to recover or that you can’t handle recovery. Although it may be natural to feel upset and afraid during a setback you need to understand that you and millions of other people are capable of recovery. There is never going to be a better time to recover and it is something that you can accomplish now.

When a setback happens it is also helpful not to blame others or blame a certain situation. You need to take responsibility and learn from the experience so that you can handle it better next time. You can see it as an opportunity to learn and gain clarity without viewing it as a failure on your part.

If you are faced with a setback your highest priority should be to get back on track by talking to your sponsor or counselor and going to meetings. Get input from other people on how to handle it so that you feel supported and don’t allow a mistake to derail your recovery.

Is Moving Away Helpful in the Recovery Journey?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Is Moving Away Helpful in the Recovery Journey?

Quitting an addiction is a time of great change for people as they learn to navigate a whole new lifestyle and way of being. It may seem like relocating would add too much stress to the process but it can actually be a great way to start over and avoid many of the triggers and pitfalls associated with recovery. Moving away from your old life both literally and figuratively can be a useful way to get through some of the obstacles preventing you from becoming sober.

Attending rehab in a new city or moving to a new place after completing treatment can have its challenges but there are many important benefits. Relocating gives you a fresh start so that you can be in different surroundings with new people, a new job, and new activities to keep you occupied. No one will know about your past so you can have a clean slate without anyone knowing about your past.

Moving can also be helpful for people that are currently in a negative situation and need to create a new and more positive life. If they are surrounded by friends or even family members that abuse drugs or alcohol or toxic relationships that bring them down then moving can give them a better recovery experience. Steering clear of the triggers that could lead to relapse is much easier when you are in a completely new place.

Of course moving may not be the answer for everyone especially if they have a more supportive group of friends in their home town or a group meeting where they are making progress. Moving is only the right choice if you feel that your current situation will hold you back from fully recovering. Relocation is something important to consider as a first or final step of recovery.