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At-Home Alternatives for AA and SMART Recovery

Being able to interact face-to-face during the recovery process has been the standard for as far back as most can remember. But times have changed, and the necessity to evolve with social adjustments is now more important than ever.

Finding alternative methods of interacting while social distancing may seem foreign to some, but it has quickly become the new norm. For anyone living with a substance use disorder, supporting your recovery through video meetings and other virtual-based interactive tools is essential to not only avoiding an unforeseen relapse, but also maintaining the progress you’ve made so far.

Learning to navigate this new landscape of alternative treatment options can take some getting used to, but making that initial effort is the best way to stay the course and continue improving your mental health and overall wellbeing.

Forge Ahead in Recovery Online with Virtual Recovery Meetings

The pandemic has done more than inflict sickness on the world. It has forced everyone to isolate themselves and avoid the people and places they knew best. For someone in recovery, this social distancing has forced a level of seclusion that can leave you feeling alone and potentially abandoned.

That is why finding support and camaraderie, even if it is virtually, is so important to maintaining all the progress you’ve made throughout your recovery journey. It also allows you to continue connecting with people who can encourage and support you to keep your focus and motivation during difficult times.

Online Recovery Meetings for AA and SMART Recovery

Finding the right at-home recovery option for yourself requires a bit of research. From SMART group settings to individual counseling, the available virtual-based treatment options offer varying degrees of clinical guidance and support.

Knowing what you need and the type of treatment you respond best to allows you to make an informed decision and continue making progress even if you’re social distancing from those around you.

Video sessions
This emerging treatment option allows those in recovery to interact face-to face in both individual and group settings. By offering people a way to communicate and receive therapeutic guidance from the safety of their homes, this treatment option has become a popular route for many during the stay-at-home orders taking place around the country.

Video-base treatment allows individuals to connect in group settings, as well as, individual counseling sessions, enabling you to choose which therapeutic approach you prefer to help you stay focused and sober during times of social distancing.

Secure phone line
This old-school method of communication has seen a resurgence during the pandemic due to its wide availability and the fact that it does not take any technical savvy to achieve.

While some people prefer the previously mentioned face-to-face option, therapeutic services provided over the phone allow people to connect with minimal setup, ensuring consistent lines of communication and minimal setback due to technical difficulties.

App-based therapy
The boom of the digital age has ushered in therapeutic options fully rooted in technology. App-based treatment asks you to download a specific application to your phone or computer in order to interact with your treatment provider.

These platforms offer treatment planning options, video and phone-based treatment sessions, group meetings and much more. While not every individual will be comfortable going this route, these mobile alternatives are growing in popularity around the country.

Where to Find Recovery Groups Online

Finding the right recovery group or treatment options online takes a bit of effort. There are so many choices available that reaching out to other people you know for recommendations and speaking to your current therapy provider is an essential first step.

This helps narrow down your search and points you in the direction of viable treatment options that are clinically sound and shown to be effective. Additional options include google searches and online reviews written by people who have gone through the program and posted their experiences.

While these routes can be helpful, being able to consult with people and treatment providers you know has the added benefit of being a bit more personalized.

Regardless of which choice you make, it is good to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to virtual-based treatment (or any treatment for that matter). You have to find a program that suits your needs and helps you grow as an individual, while also making consistent progress on your recovery journey.

If you start a program and simply do not feel comfortable, you can always find another. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends to help you look for potential treatment programs, and keep in mind that some of the best options may require you to step outside of your comfort zone in order to see the world from a different perspective.

Ranch Creek Recovery Remains OPEN During COVID-19 & Now Offers Virtual Outpatient Treatment

You are capable of so much, and we encourage you to forge ahead with your recovery, despite social distancing requirements.

Our life-changing services are now available virtually. Get in touch with us today to learn more about
our virtual IOP and how it can help you recover from addiction and achieve a new tomorrow.

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How Your Loved One Can Stay Socially Engaged During Social Distancing

The impact of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has been felt within every aspect of our lives. From the places we work to the people we interact with on a daily basis, it’s as if every part our of daily routine has been either significantly adjusted or completely shut off.

For some, the adjustment to a slower, more isolated lifestyle has not been significant. But for others, the forced social distancing has been life altering. For your loved one, it is important to understand how this new phase of life has impacted them.

Having to distance from support groups and meaningful relationships can have a tremendous effect on an individual’s ability to maintain their sobriety. It can induce overwhelming feelings of loneliness and drive them back to the old habits that ruined their life to begin with.

So, how can you help your loved one stay socially engaged during a time where social distancing is required? Taking the time to understand their perspective and what you can do to provide support from a distance is an excellent place to start.

What Social Distancing Means for People in Addiction Recovery

Having to stay apart from every social support in your life can prove devastating for people in addiction recovery. Losing that social connectivity and accountability can leave your loved one feeling abandoned and hopeless.

For many people in this scenario, implementing substance use as a means of coping is common, which in turn drives them deeper into their feelings of hopelessness and farther back in their journey to recovery.

That is why having a solid sober support network during times like these is imperative. It not only provides your loved one with a safety net to help them if they fall, but it also creates a network of encouragement and accountability that keeps them focused on their sobriety.

How to Stay Busy During Social Distancing

While a person cannot always control the world around them, they have the ability to control their own life. Working with your loved one to understand what is within their control and what is not is critical.

Accomplishing this requires the creation of a plan and social support in order to help your loved one establish some beneficial habits and stick to them throughout their time of social distancing.

Use the following tips to start a conversation with your loved one when discussing how to stay busy during social distancing:

Create a routine – Taking the time to really reflect on daily activities and create a consistent routine is the first step in staying busy when your loved one is forced to distance themselves from those around them. It helps avoid unstructured down time and establishes a schedule that provides guidance and motivation when it is needed most.

Stay active – Establishing a routine is where your loved one needs to start; implementing consistent physical activity is how they can maintain their focus. Incorporating regular physical activity into your day provides a natural remedy to feelings of stress and anxiety. It allows your loved one’s body to better manage the negative emotions associated with social distancing while also improving physical health and overall wellbeing – which is essential during times of increased stress.

Try something new – Activities ranging from cooking lessons and gardening to yoga classes and art tutorials can help your loved one expand their knowledge during times of social distancing. These activities are an excellent way to keep the creative juices flowing and the desire to relapse at bay. Your loved one challenging themselves to learn something new can push them to achieve new skills and sustained personal success.

How to Connect During Social Distancing

Staying connected and engaged during times when you are expected to remain socially distant may seem contradictory. However, with all the technology currently at our fingertips, staying socially connected while you are apart from your loved ones has never been easier.

You can discuss the following options with your loved one:

Video conferencing – From Zoom and Google Meet to Skype and Facebook, the endless options for video conferencing with friends and loved ones is only a click away. Don’t forget that as a loved one to someone struggling with recovery, communicating through video allows you to see them and helps you monitor their physical wellbeing and nonverbal cues.

Communicating through the phone – Whether calling friends or a loved one to check in or sending a daily text, maintaining a constant line of communication is as easy as pushing a button. This method of communication can be easiest for your loved one, as it doesn’t require excessive time out of their day.

Writing a letter – While not the quickest method of communicating, the value of sending a handwritten letter is as meaningful today as it was 50 years ago. Writing a letter serves other purposes for your loved one, too, as writing can be artistic, healing, meditative and so on. It can also fill chunks of unused time during your loved one’s day.

Why Connecting with Loved Ones During COVID-19 is Key

Whichever method your loved one chooses, all that matters is they mindfully take the time to establish consistent communication with you, their other loved ones and friends. Connecting virtually during social distancing is an essential component to their continued personal success and sobriety.

It provides them with a sense of support and reminds them that they are not alone no matter how far apart they may feel from the people they love. Remember, during times of high stress and uncertainty, your loved one needs you the most.

When you take the time to guide or help them in establishing a routine of consistent communication, you are undoubtedly helping them stay optimistic and avoid a relapse.

Ranch Creek Recovery Is Open to Help Your Loved One Recover from Addiction

As an essential healthcare provider committed to helping people overcome addiction, we remain
open during this time. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we remain steadfast in ensuring our facility delivers health and safety for all our clients and staff members. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, taking precautions and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Beyond that, we are taking additional measures within our own treatment facility.

Should your loved one need expert addiction help, we are here for them. As a luxury, non-12-step rehab in California, we deliver an alternative approach to addiction rehab. We focus on tailor-fitting each recovery program to address every client’s unique needs.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help your loved one achieve a new tomorrow.

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Staying Sober After a Friend or Loved One’s Relapse

Every person’s recovery journey is fundamentally different. Some may struggle to avoid people who trigger their desire to use, while others find staying away from places that encourage or trigger substance use difficult to accomplish. Some find the initial detox phase to be the most challenging stage of rehab, while others feel like the pressures of achieving sustained substance abstinence to be the hardest part of their recovery journey.

That’s why it is so important to understand that each person’s individual path to sobriety is a unique occurrence, built upon individual experiences and personally identified goals. Being able to avoid unforeseen relapse incidents is no small task, and it becomes even more difficult when those around you find themselves experiencing a relapse of their own.

But, if you prepare your mind and spirit to face the challenges you see, and the potential challenges that are yet to occur, you will be better capable of not only avoiding personal setbacks, but also thriving when those around you stumble and fall.

Keep in Mind: Relapse is Common

Being able to achieve sobriety and never waiver from that accomplishment is the ultimate goal of every person in recovery. For some, this goal is realistic. But for others, experiencing setbacks is a normal part of the overall recovery journey.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse identified that, while in recovery, 40 to 60 percent of individuals will experience a relapse incident. While these numbers may frighten some, it is more important to simply understand that having a setback during your journey to sustained sobriety is not unheard of.

The plain fact is that overcoming the disease of addiction is no easy achievement but a constant work in progress. Being able to accept yourself and embrace your flaws is not only healthy, but it’s also incredibly necessary to maintain your resolve during the difficult times you may encounter.

How to Manage a Loved One’s Relapse

Being able to manage your expectations and accept yourself if you experience a relapse is one thing. But how can you process your feelings if a loved one experiences a relapse when they were supposed to be walking the road of recovery with you and providing you equal support and guidance?

Having a plan in place to face this possibility and overcome the emotional toll associated with this scenario is essential to maintaining your own progress in recovery.

A few key concepts that can help you stay emotionally strong and self-aware during difficult times include:

Develop a Structured Schedule and Stick to It

Having no plan for your day-to-day activities is a recipe for disaster. That’s why it’s important to develop a structured daily and weekly schedule and stick to it.

A structured schedule will help you achieve your established goals and provide you with a plan when things around you potentially faulter. Staying sober is a high priority, for sure, but developing and pursuing other goals, like going back to school or changing careers, can help you maintain that sobriety.

Find that Inner Balance

In order to maintain your sobriety, you need to examine your old patterns of behaviors and make the necessary adjustments to avoid past mistakes.

Substituting negative decision patterns with healthier options enables you to not only prevent missteps, but also improve your health and wellbeing along the way.

Activities like yoga and meditation are excellent for achieving inner balance and improved self-control. Staying sober in the long-term is about breaking old habits and creating new, healthier routines.

Make Efforts to Create a Supportive Sober Network

Having to deal with a loved one’s relapse is difficult, but facing it with a strong sober support network makes the task a bit more manageable.

While starting your recovery journey is a process of self-actualization and personal discovery, establishing a support network of friends and family who genuinely love you and encourage your continued sobriety is essential. They function as a safety net to protect you if you fall and provide you with an added level of accountability when you face personal difficulties and potential setbacks.

By taking the time to identify people in your life who love you for who you are and support your efforts to better yourself, you are improving your ability to face any challenge that comes along your path.

How to Prevent Relapse

Preventing your own relapse requires planning and preparation. Being positive and optimistic are great tools to implement throughout your recovery journey, but having a plan in place that provides you guidance and direction if you do experience an unforeseen setback in your sobriety is essential.

First and foremost, it is important to identify a treatment facility that you trust and can contact immediately if you find yourself sliding back into your addictive behaviors.

With clinical guidance provided by trained professionals, you can address your relapse and overcome the isolated incident. Your recovery journey does not need to be walked alone, so don’t be afraid to seek help from a treatment facility that specializes in individual addiction help and relapse prevention.

Comprehensive Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention at Ranch Creek Recovery

Relapse can happen to anyone, but your rehabilitation route can mean all the difference and better prepare you for the challenges ahead. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we address addiction recovery and relapse prevention head on through our non-12-step, individualized, holistic addiction treatment programs.

Our team of treatment experts will work one-on-one with you to create a custom treatment and recovery plan that will help you feel confident and ready to enter (or re-enter) your new, sober life.

Learn more about Ranch Creek Recovery, including what we offer and what we treat.

Contact us today to get your questions answered. We are here for you every step of the way.

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How to Manage Triggers to Prevent Relapse in Recovery

When someone is living with alcohol addiction, successful completion of a program at an alcohol treatment center does not guarantee a life of sobriety. An important part of an alcoholism treatment program is to prepare patients for their return to daily lives, which includes how to deal with the triggers and stressors they will face without relapsing into using alcohol.

Untreated alcoholism forms negative cycles in a person’s behavior that include the following stages:

  • Heavy drinking while in the addiction phase
  • Withdrawal when a decision is taken to refrain from drinking
  • Relapse when something triggers old negative behaviors

The main reason people who have not received specialist treatment at an alcohol rehab center invariably relapse is because once they have decided to refrain from drinking, it becomes the focus of all their thoughts. A preoccupation with alcohol can lead to a particular vulnerability to stressors and a rapid response of reverting to using it when faced with an uncomfortable situation.

There are several key elements at play when it comes to the propensity someone has for relapse including:

  • A compulsion to find and use alcohol
  • An inability to limit or restrict use and manage cravings
  • Feelings of depression and anxiety can often lead to self-medicating with alcohol
  • The severity of psychological and physical symptoms during withdrawal

What Exactly Is a Relapse?

Relapse is incorrectly viewed as being an isolated event outside of recovery. However, single events like this are not classed as relapse because relapse is a process that has a direct connection with recovery from alcoholism.

There are three ways relapse can be triggered, as follows:

  • Relapse through thoughts:  “I’ve not had a drink for a while and I feel in control of my addiction. I deserve to ‘treat’ myself with a drink – just the one”.
  • Relapse through behavior: “I don’t feel as though I have control of my thoughts and feelings without alcohol and it’s impacting my relationships with others”.
  • Relapse through ‘controlled’ use: “I think that if I control the amount of alcohol I drink that I can cope better with everyday problems, without any risk of hitting bottom again.”

In essence, triggers are situations, circumstances or events that start a train of thought, where reasons and justifications are made by a person to ‘allow’ them to use again. However, this is just another form of denial that can lead to a very high risk of relapse.

What Are the Types of Triggers of Relapse?

Everyone is different and has their personal challenges to face when seeking to overcome alcoholism. The benefit of specialist alcohol treatment centers is that clinicians are able to make a thorough evaluation of each patient’s case history and create the most appropriate and effective course of treatment for their specific needs.

An important part of alcohol rehab is learning new techniques and skills that can act as coping mechanisms after treatment. Mindfulness practices and therapy arm patients with the best tools to protect them from cravings and prevent negative responses to any triggers they may experience when they have left the treatment facility.

There are two types of triggers generally faced by people leaving inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab:

  • Emotional triggers: Frustration, fear, anxiety, stress, depression.
  • Environmental triggers: peer pressure from people still using, parties where drink is available.

Ways to Manage Cravings and Triggers After Alcohol Rehab

  • While in rehab, patients get the opportunity to build a solid support network that includes their own friends and family as well as medical professionals and others in recovery. A well-rounded group of contacts allows someone to feel more confident in sobriety; having someone on the other end of the phone can provide significant peace of mind in difficult situations.
  • Regularly attending meetings and support groups allow people in recovery a platform from which they can gain a better understanding of how to manage triggers. Discussing issues with people who have been through exactly the same situations and circumstances is hugely beneficial for those in recovery from alcoholism.
  • Frequent exercise acts as a good distraction and prevents people from obsessing about alcohol when they are trying to live without it. Physical exercise also instills a sense of discipline in people and is very beneficial in increasing confidence and self-esteem.
  • Using some of the techniques and practices taught during alcohol rehab like yoga, for example, can give patients a positive process to put in place when they are confronted with stressful situations or triggers for relapse.
Choosing Treatment Center

What You Need to Know When Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center

An out-of-control addiction may reach a point where the substance abuser is so completely dependent on the drugs that even his normal day to day activities become impossible. That is where addiction treatment centers come in. Enrolling in a treatment center is one of the most efficient ways of helping addicts move past their dependencies.

If you realize that you or your loved one is suffering from drug addiction, it is important to seek help. There are several types of drug rehab facilities that focus on various aspects of substance abuse treatment, all with the aim of helping addicts kick their addictive habits and get back to their normal lives. Some facilities conduct therapy on a general level while others narrow down on a particular drug, gender or age with the aim of making the treatment more efficient.

With the many addiction treatment centers available, it is imperative to choose one that will offer quality and holistic rehabilitation. Below are some aspects that you should keep in mind:

Types of drug rehab facilities

There are two types of drug and alcohol treatment centers—inpatient and outpatient. The inpatient facilities offer treatment for severe cases of drug dependency that have left one’s life at risk, or that threaten to damage the addict’s health irreparably. Drug rehab facilities have in recent years opted for residential-type infrastructure which helps users feel more comfortable. The outpatient services, on the other hand, require one to attend a certain number of hours of therapy where recovery programs are offered after which the patients can return home. These facilities offer both group and individual sessions. When selecting an inpatient drug rehab facility, it is important to consider the distance from family and friends, flexibility regarding rules and regulations, cost and support during the treatment period.

Drug rehab treatment approach

Some facilities, for instance, while treating alcohol dependence can allow patients to smoke cigarettes, while others place a complete ban on any drugs during the treatment period. Treatment at drug rehab facilities depends on the particular institution and the condition of the addict. Most drug rehab facilities, however, take between one and three months to help addicts kick their habits and return to society.

Drug rehab nutrition

For one to fully recover from addiction, one needs to have proper nutrition so that the drug rehabilitation is a success and the patient does not relapse. If a healthy diet is not adhered to when one is in a drug rehab, there are chances of the patient suffering from different deficiencies that may lead to longer recovery periods or even depression.

Ensure that the drug rehab offers enough life skills for one to be able to lead a sober life after the integration. Also, ensure that you support the patient during the process. Substance abuse may be difficult to stop, but your unconditional love and understanding will help the patient recover much faster. Choose a drug rehab that’s known for its excellent reputation, such as Ranch Creek Recovery. Do a thorough research on those facilities that offer comprehensive care so that you get the best out of the facility.

Holistic Therapy Treatment

Why You Need Holistic Therapy Treatment

The term “holistic” is obtained from the word “holos” which is a Greek word meaning “whole.” During holistic therapy treatment, a therapist looks at the underlying cause of your current state rather than addressing the immediate symptom. After discovering the underlying cause, the therapist then works to restore the natural balance of your body leading to a more rewarding and sustained quality of life. This type of treatment has been used for many centuries, and the current scientific world is embracing the treatment since it plays an important role in maintaining a good health and overall well-being. Below are reasons why you need holistic therapy treatment.

It restores body balance and improves longevity

If you wish to find harmony and balance within yourself, holistic therapy will help you a lot. This therapy treatment has gained popularity amongst those trying to manage chronic stress with studies showing that reserving time for holistic therapy will reduce stress levels which aid in relaxation and improves longevity. Other psychological and physical concerns such as hormonal imbalances, muscular pains and aches, sleep disorders, and mental vagueness can also be corrected using holistic treatment. Other than being used to correct disorders, holistic therapy can also be done as a form of fun if you love pampering yourself.

It helps the body to self-heal naturally

You might be dissatisfied with the results or experience of using conventional medicine due to limited success rates or adverse side effects associated with prescription drugs. In such scenarios, you should opt for holistic therapy which is a natural and non-invasive treatment that can be used at any age. The treatment effectively works to restore the natural balance of your body by encouraging the body to self-heal. This treatment method offers a more natural approach towards the body healing but can also be used alongside other orthodox medicines.

There is a huge array of treatment options to choose from

A holistic therapist can implement and execute an individualized treatment plan drawing from a wide array of options. This means that you are not limited to the traditional therapy treatment options such as individual and group therapies but rather, you can draw from various holistic therapy techniques to ensure your satisfaction. Some of the treatment options you can choose from including equine therapy, garden therapy, meditation, yoga, and acupuncture. By utilizing these options, your entire body will be brought into balance and will be restored to its proper functioning. These options will help to treat your body, mind, and spirit thus offering ancillary help to the traditional treatment methods.

You will get professional help from experienced staff

Professional staff employed at holistic therapy treatment centers are highly qualified and experienced to ensure that your body is restored to its normal functioning abilities in the shortest duration possible. In case you are new to the recovery program, you will not have to struggle while choosing the right therapy option since the staff members will professionally evaluate your condition and recommend the most suitable and effective option. Having spent many years honing their craft and learning on how to improve their services such as yoga and acupuncture you have no reason to doubt the staff members. In the treatment center, you will also get balanced individual and group therapies which help you understand that you are not alone in your struggle with fighting addiction.

It gives comprehensive aftercare

Holistic therapy treatment doesn’t end after you have recovered since the staff understands that it is easy to revert to addiction. After leaving the treatment center, you will continue enjoying the lessons learned from the treatment staff during the recovery period. Also, your peers will be encouraged to reach out to you and offer guidance and company to ease and quicken the process of recovery.

Without a doubt, holistic therapy treatment is very effective in handling disorders such as stress, emotional trauma, and addiction. This treatment ensures that you revert to your normal life within a short duration of time. It is high time you considered holistic therapy treatment to manage your troubles.

Acupuncture Reduce Cravings

How Acupuncture Can Help Reduce Addiction Cravings

It’s easier to make lifestyle changes when you’re feeling better. It’s so easy for medical practitioners to tell a patient, ‘stop doing this’ or ‘don’t eat that anymore’. You may even be ready to change certain behaviors but sometimes you get that old craving. This is where acupuncture can enter your life. Almost everyone who has tried acupuncture will say it’s great for pain. Acupuncture is also one of the best treatments for insomnia, stress, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, cravings, and addiction. Acupuncture calms the nervous system, restores homeostasis, relaxes the muscles and promotes an over-all sense of well-being. Now that you’re feeling better you can start to think about doing things a little differently – and it’s easier.

But I know – you hate needles! However, these needles are fine like thread but made of flexible stainless steel. You may feel them going in, but once they are in you should not feel any more discomfort. If you have never tried acupuncture before, just ask your practitioner to do a calming point first.

The beneficial effects of acupuncture treatments typically last about 3-4 days. During those days you’ll sleep better, your emotions will be in control, your cravings may decrease if not completely disappear for a while. The acupuncture treatments can be immediately effective and relaxing enough to make you feel spiritually and physically well. In other words, the beast sleeps tonight!
The World Health Organization recognized acupuncture for the treatment of addictions in 1996. Since then researchers have been able to verify its pain relieving and anxiety reduction abilities. Acupuncture is currently offered in more than 700 addiction treatment centers across the country. It’s recognized for helping with secondary symptoms associated with addiction such as sleep disorders, changes in bowel movements, increased frequency of headaches or migraines and various digestive issues.

Addiction eventually affects every part of the body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine use a variety of modalities including cupping, massage and herbal medicine to achieve desired effects. For example, acupuncture can help clear phlegm from the lungs and regulate breathing. It can brighten the eyes, reduce the sensation of ringing in the ears and clear nasal congestion. Herbal medicine can strengthen the digestive system, help regulate bowel movements and blood circulation. It can also help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Massage with cupping is one of the best remedies for relieving muscle tension. Acupuncture with electric stimulation can reduce pain, inflammation, edema, and ascites. Acupuncture needles can be manipulated to bring heat to an area or reduce heat from an area.

Acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all type of treatment. Every treatment is customized and points are selected according to the current needs of the patient. This technique is more than 2000 years old and practitioners have had a lot of time to prove the functions of the points and how they interact with one another to achieve a specific result. This means each treatment can be different and effective.

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Ranch Creek Recovery Guest Blog Featured on Smart Recovery

Smart Recovery Features Ranch Creek Recovery’s Guest Blog

We are excited to share that Ranch Creek Recovery was a recent Guest Blogger on the Smart Recovery website. Smart Recovery founded addiction recovery support groups that are non 12 step based and are founded on scientifically researched treatment. Smart Recovery groups are offered world-wide free free to the general public.

Ranch Creek Recovery is a non 12 step based rehab and treatment program that has incorporated the use of Smart Recovery rehab groups as an option for their patients to utilize while in treatment. Receiving an additional layer of support from others in the recovery community can make a significant difference in long-term sobriety.

The featured guest blog “Dopamine and its Effect on the Brain” provides a general overview of the role that the chemical dopamine plays in addiction and recovery. Read the full article on Smart Recovery’s website: Click Here

Alcoholic Rehab Centers

Non 12-Step Treatment Center for Alcohol Addiction

Evidence-Based Treatment Center for Alcohol Addiction

As the number of adults who struggle with alcoholism increases, so do the options for treatment programs. Addiction is not a one-size-fits-all disease, so what might be an effective treatment program for one person may not work for another. It is critical that the fit between the individual battling alcoholism and the treatment environment/philosophy they receive is appropriate.

When the fundamental treatment elements of an alcoholic rehab center matches the individual seeking help great things happen. The connection made at the outset resonates with the person in treatment, leading them to own their own recovery—becoming a stakeholder in it. Where 12-step treatment programs are a good match for many people suffering from alcoholism, others may not buy the basic assumptions behind A.A. For those people, non AA rehab centers will offer a better alignment of values and worldview.

Differences Between 12-Step and Non 12-Step Programs

12-Step Program
The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program, which originated in the 1930s, is a structured set of steps that have a spiritual basis at the core. 12 step programs require the acceptance of a belief that their addiction is a lifelong disease with no cure, and that their only hope of survival rests on a Higher Power to bring about a spiritual awakening. 12 step programs feature a strong emphasis on group counseling and group meetings.

Non 12-Step Program
A variety of non 12-step programs offer different models, but most are centered on self-empowerment. The use of evidence-based therapies along with steps or benchmarks that enhance self-awareness and accountability are common components of non 12-step programs. Most non 12-step programs are more individual-based, but some also include group counseling sessions.

Holistic Therapies at Non 12-Step Alcoholic Rehab Centers

Many non 12-step alcoholic rehab centers offer a holistic approach to treatment that includes all aspects of the individual: the mind, body, and spirit. To elevate the results from individual therapy sessions, these holistic programs provide experiential therapies such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, art therapy, meditation, and mindfulness exercises.

With self-empowerment as the ultimate goal of a non AA rehab program, these holistic therapies promote a deeper understanding of the issues, such as trauma, grief, loss, physical or sexual abuse that may underlie the alcohol addiction. By coming to grips with these contributing factors, the client is more equipped to process the emotional impact of past traumatic events and begin to heal.

As the healing process proceeds, assisted by qualified therapists, the individual becomes emotionally stronger, culminating in an increased ability to be in control of their behaviors related to not only addiction, but all life stressors. Impulse control, conflict resolution, and relaxation techniques are all important tools that the client will gain during non 12-step treatment.

Ranch Creek Recovery Offers Non 12-Step Program for Alcohol Addiction

Ranch Creek Recovery is a holistic non 12-step addiction treatment program for alcoholism. Central to the treatment program is the belief that each client has unique needs, with differing factors that led to the disease of alcoholism. This results in a highly individualized treatment program at RCR, with a small number of residents and high level of attention to each one. Each client’s treatment is customized for optimal results, ensuring that the client is an active participant in their recovery.

Ranch Creek Recovery is located in a beautiful private estate nestled in the hills of Temecula, California—a perfect serene setting for the healing of body, mind, and spirit. A diverse menu of holistic activities augments the clinical therapy sessions, such as the pool, spa, and sauna, meditation and yoga, equine therapy, garden therapy, exercise, and massage. For the very best in alcohol rehab, contact us today at (877) 997-8931.

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Families of Addicts: How to Deal and Get Help

6 Tips to Help Family Members Cope with the Stresses of Addiction

The oft-used phrase, that addiction is a family disease, is absolutely true.  Drug and alcohol addictions do not develop in a vacuum.  Addicts are sons and daughters, they are husbands and wives, and they are sisters and brothers.  When a family member is drawn into drug or alcohol dependency, it isn’t only their world that is shattered—the damage reverberates through the entire family.

With the majority of the attention and energy swept up in the turbulence surrounding the addict, families of addicts simply don’t know how to deal with the fallout from the addiction that has impacted their world in every way.  As the family member’s addiction spins out of control, family members are left coping with anxiety over the financial impact, worry about their loved one not surviving the addiction, and the loss of trust as a result of being lied to, robbed by, or even threatened by the addict in the family.

Here are 6 tips suggested for the families of addicts how to deal with their disease:

  1. Get educated.  Before you can be of any help to the addicted family member, or yourself, you must learn all you can about the addict’s drug of choice.  Knowledge truly is power for the families of addicts, teaching them how to deal. Acquiring a clear understanding of the effects of the drug on the mind and body, the trajectory of the disease, and the treatment options is key to empowering the family and reducing fear of the unknown.  
  2. Find support.  As the stress and anxiety ratchet upward, family members may feel utterly alone with the challenges that accompany an addict in the family.  Seek out a local Al-anon group and listen to others share their own experiences with their addicted loved one.  Soon you will not feel so utterly alone, and you can benefit from the helpful materials available at the meetings.  Not a meeting kinda person?  Consider family therapy, with or without the addict present, where professional guidance can provide the tools family members will need to access while on this painful journey.
  3. Get exercise.  Getting regular daily exercise is an effective way to release stress and increase the “happy hormones,” the endorphins that elevate mood during exercise.  It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose, just so you do it regularly.  Studies show that cardio workouts, particularly, are excellent stress-reducers:  running, walking, hiking, dance cardio (Zumba, U-Jam), cycling, and swimming all improve overall fitness while reducing stress.
  4. Embrace your passions.  Being emotionally drained on a daily basis depletes not only your physical health, but trashes your spirit as well.  Make it a weekly priority to engage in a beloved hobby or passion to counterbalance the negative energy that addiction has brought into your home.  With so much energy and time demanded by the addicted family member, it is easy to lose yourself in the process.  Force some you-time into your schedule—be it reading, gardening, participating in a sport, taking a class, photography, playing a musical instrument, or going to the movies—and find a healthier mind-spirit balance amid the turmoil.
  5. See friends.  As your focus becomes centered more and more on your addicted loved one it is easy to become isolated.  Some family members might experience feelings of shame or guilt due to their loved one’s disease, and sense that they might be judged or shunned.  The path of least resistance, to hide at home, must be resisted!  Connect with trusted, loyal friends and relatives who won’t cast judgment, desiring instead to be a caring support source for you and your family.  Addiction touches most families in some way, and genuine friends will want to share their own stories and be there for you.
  6. Family sessions.  While your family member is in treatment, make every effort to participate in the family program offered there.  Family groups are a powerful place to uncover issues in the family dynamic that may have contributed either directly or indirectly with the substance abuse.  Even if there is no issue related at all, the family group work helps foster empathy among the family members, as well as providing tools to access in subsequent recovery.

Ranch Creek Recovery Offers Hope and Healing for Families and Addicts

Ranch Creek Recovery is an intimate, private drug and alcohol rehab located in the beautiful hills of Temecula, California.  The serene, natural setting is a perfect backdrop for the holistic treatment program that helps heal mind, body and spirit.  A core element of the program is family education and group work.  Believing that families of addicts need guidance in how to deal with the stresses and challenges associated with the disease of addiction, the certified counselors are there to provide this important direction.  For more information on our program, including the family component, please call us today at (877) 997-8931.