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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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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

 

 

4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

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


4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

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.

Employment During and After Rehab

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
4 Essential Rules for Addiction Recovery

Having a job can be a crucial factor in a person’s ability to recover from a drug addiction. Gainful employment gives people a sense of purpose and makes it easier for them to stay focused on sobriety. However, in rehab, there can be certain challenges that need to be overcome in order to find a steady job.

People who were regularly employed before entering residential drug rehabilitation can focus on keeping their jobs. It is important to have a discussion with your boss before rehab and tell them about the situation so they know when you are leaving and when you will return. You have legal rights to remain employed while you take medical leave to resolve illnesses, including addiction.

For those that are unemployed at the time of entering a detox program, they can work towards being employed by the time they complete their rehab treatment. It can be very beneficial to have a job lined up before leaving treatment because it can ease some of the anxiety about living sober and coping with life’s daily challenges. Many rehab programs offer counseling and career services to help patients seek employment once they complete their time in treatment.

There are many reasons why working is crucial to recovery and each patient needs to find a steady job before returning home. Working provides financial stability, a daily routine, a sense of purpose, a structured schedule and many other benefits that create a healthier lifestyle. Someone who is working regularly will be in better shape mentally and emotionally to handle the daily challenges of being sober.

Recovery is a long process with many ups and downs so it is important to be prepared for sober living by having a set routine with work hours and a stable paycheck.

The Newest Sober App – a Smartphone Breathalyzer

Posted on: April 21st, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
The Newest Sober App - a Smartphone Breathalyzer

Technological advances are making it possible to stay accountable while you are in recovery.  A new smartphone app allows people to take a breathalyzer test that will help ensure that their blood alcohol level is at a safe level. The new app called BACtrack can be useful for people who have quit drinking alcohol and need their sponsors or family members to check their sobriety level.

When people are struggling with an addiction they can get wrapped up in a lot of lies and deception that becomes a habit for them. In order for friends,sponsors and family members to know for sure that someone is sober they can periodically take a breathalyzer using the app to hold themselves accountable. Someone who is monitoring an addict in recovery can set a testing schedule using the app to check in on how the person is doing.

The app can be helpful for people in treatment that need to be able to prove to others in their sober living program that they are staying sober. Knowing that they have to take a breathalyzer test can also help motivate them to stay sober and keep them in check throughout their recovery. It can be helpful for peace of mind especially for spouses or other loved ones that are concerned about the addict’s ability to remain sober.

Those using the app will breathe into a device connected to the app which will measure their blood alcohol level. They can also take a photo of themselves to prove that it is really them taking the test. They can send both the photo and the results to the person monitoring them so they can evaluate it.

The use of these kinds of apps can help make the process of recovery smoother and also build trust among the people in an addict’s life.