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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Employment During and After Rehab

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Employment During and After Rehab

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.

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.  

Parenting an Adult Addict

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Parenting an Adult Addict

The responsibility of being a parent may never completely end, even after children reach adulthood and leave home to lead their own lives. Being a parent means always trying to lead your son or daughter in the right direction especially when they are making very dangerous or unhealthy choices. When your adult child develops an addiction, it is often your responsibility as well as your desire as a parent to try to help them.

Parenting an adult addict can be difficult because you no longer can control their actions or tell them what to do. Some parents may worry too much for their child’s well being and end up enabling them by getting them out of financial problems caused by their addiction. As a parent you need to learn the lines between stepping to help them and enabling them to continue their addictive behavior.

One problem that parents might experience is the feeling of guilt that can go along with having a child who is an addict. Their child might blame them for what they have become and the parent might feel ashamed of mistakes they made while raising them. It is important to understand that once a child reaches adulthood, their decisions are their own and it is not your fault that they have an addiction.

As a parent you need to avoid enabling your child but also be able to offer them love and support while encouraging them to get help. If possible, stage an intervention with other family members and loved ones who are concerned about their addiction. You need to try your best to still remain in their life but also protect yourself and others in the family from their misdeeds.

Having a child who is an addict is never easy, no matter what their age but with the right approach you can help motivate them to become sober.