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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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Reasons to Attend AA Meetings and How Often to Go

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Reasons to Attend AA Meetings and How Often to Go

 

For those who have never dealt with addiction or are still in the early stages of recovery, they may not understand the importance of twelve step meetings. People can feel resistant to going to meetings at first but over time they will start to appreciate the benefits of having group support. They can start to work toward their sobriety goals and structure their day around the meetings to keep them motivated.

 

In the early stages of recovery it can be useful to go to meetings as often as possible to help deal with more intense cravings. The first few months of sobriety can be the hardest in terms of cravings and having people to talk to about what you are going through can help you make it through. Many people attend meetings everyday when they are starting their recovery because they find it so helpful.

 

People find AA meetings useful because it gives them a safe space to discuss their addiction where they won’t be judged. Everyone in the room has been through many of the same things and it can be a very grounding and healing experience to listen and talk about some of your painful secrets. Meetings keep people connected to others in recovery so that they have support when they are going through difficult times.

 

The longer a person is in recovery, they might start to go to meetings less often when they feel stronger. However, many still attend a few meetings a week even long after they have become completely sober. The connections that they make in the meetings can help them manage what is a lifelong illness that is never fully cured.

 

AA meetings are easy to find and provide a good support system that can be beneficial even after many years of sobriety.

 

References

https://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/Organizations/Organization.aspx?code=HR0148

Stay-Busy Activities in Recovery

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Reasons to Attend AA Meetings and How Often to Go

 

Everyone who is going through recovery from an addiction must find ways to keep themselves busy. When a person has too much free time they can experience boredom, depression, loneliness and other feelings that can trigger them to engage in substance abuse again. Preventing relapse can depend a lot on a person’s ability to find activities that keep them focused and healthy.

 

At some point in recovery, an individual must brainstorm and think of a list of activities that can keep them busy when they are experiencing cravings or simply have too much empty time. It can help to write down ideas and reference them whenever you are not sure what to do to stay busy. Make sure to focus on activities that you know from past experience are helpful in making you feel calm and happy.

 

Stay-busy activities can be anything that helps keep your mind off of triggering feelings. It can be things like calling a friend, going to a movie, exercising, playing sports or games, cooking a healthy meal, listening to music, writing in a journal, meditating, taking a bath or even going for a walk. The possibilities for activities are unlimited and can include anything that helps motivate you to improve your health.

 

These kinds of activities can be useful whenever you are feeling stressed, anxious, upset or depressed. Focusing too much on negative feelings and not being active can be dangerous for people with addictions. Over time you will find new and effective ways to deal with triggers and stay busy whenever problems come up.

 

For those in recovery, talking to your therapist can help give you ideas on how to stay busy and cope with your feelings when they come up. Having a plan and a strategy for triggers can be crucial to preventing relapse.

 

References

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery

4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

Posted on: July 4th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

 

Recovering from an addiction can be a different experience for everyone but there are certain guidelines that can be helpful to the process. Understanding the most crucial tools the use in recovery can allow the journey to become easier and more defined. Here are some of the most essential rules to follow throughout recovery.

Stay Connected to a Sober Community

When you are recovering from an addiction it is very important to stay in contact and surround yourself with other people who are also committed to being sober. It can be hard to find any existing friends that don’t drink or use drugs so make sure to be connected to people in your program or support meetings that are on the same page as you.

Maintain Honesty

People struggling with addictions develop a habit of lying and hiding the truth that can be difficult to break. As a sober person you must be honest at all times even if it can be painful to tell the truth. Being honest can help improve your relationships and help you develop more responsibility.

Be Open Minded and Willing

During recovery, it is important to keep an open mind and be willing to explore new things and be involved in new experiences. People with addictions can be set in certain ways of thinking and certain habits. Being open minded can help change your perspective and allow you to learn new things.

Believe in Yourself

One of the most important parts of being sober is believing that you can do it. If you believe that your life will get better and know you can stay committed then it can help maintain your motivation. Negative or self-defeating thoughts can become problematic in recovery.

Following these and other guidelines provided by your recovery program can make it possible to stay sober permanently.

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Is Rock Bottom Always Necessary for Recovery?

Posted on: June 17th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

 

Reasons to Attend AA Meetings and How Often to Go

The concept of hitting rock bottom is a traditional view of addiction that many people believe is a crucial part of the process of quitting. The idea behind rock bottom is that the person with an addiction will finally reach a point where they have experienced so many negative consequences from their behavior that they decide they need to get help. Rock bottom is essentially reaching the lowest point of your disease so that the only way to move forward is to admit you have a problem.

Even though rock bottom can be a useful idea in framing the narrative of addiction and understanding people’s motivation to quit, it is not how every addiction story occurs. In fact, believing that hitting rock bottom is the only way that someone can recover can sometimes be dangerous. If loved ones take no action and avoid helping an addict because they are waiting for them to hit rock bottom then they are leaving them alone to cause more damage.

For some people it may take years to finally hit rock bottom and during that time they can cause a lot of problems in their relationships, their physical and mental health and their finances. The gradual changes that they go through as a result of their addiction may become complicated to resolve once they finally do get help. Allowing those issues to build up over many years can take its toll on their lives and make recovery even more challenging.

Getting help as early as possible is usually preferable to hitting rock bottom so that addicts will not have to suffer for a long time. It is important to see if there is anything you can do to help an addict feel motivated to recover before they hit rock bottom.

Choosing Inpatient or Outpatient for Detox

Posted on: May 25th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments


Reasons to Attend AA Meetings and How Often to Go

Before entering a detox program, there are plenty of things to consider when it comes to the type of treatment you are receiving. Some people may be interested in enrolling in an outpatient detox program but you must be cautious weigh the pros and cons. Detox is different for everyone so you need to be sure that you are evaluated for the severity of your addiction and potential withdrawal symptoms.

An inpatient detox is often the safest choice, regardless of how serious your addiction is because it provides patients with round the clock care. An inpatient detox center also prevents the possibility of relapsing during the detox process. Patients have no substances available to them and they are in the safety of a medical facility where they can be cared for should anything go wrong.

In some cases though, people might feel they need outpatient treatment because they need to be at home to care for young children or attend their regular work schedule. For these situations it is important for the individual to receive a physical exam to ensure that their health is in good enough condition to go through detox. They will also need to be evaluated for the severity of their addiction because that can influence their ability to get through detox safely.

In order to prepare for detox in an outpatient program you will need to make sure that you have a solid support system and a loved one who can help monitor you through the process. Keep in mind that there will be times when you are in an unsupervised environment so you will need help from someone you trust to prevent temptation and relapse. If you have any worries or misgivings about the possibility of relapse then the safest choice may be to choose inpatient treatment for detox.