Monday, May 2, 2011

Bullying and Intimidation has No place in Treatment

If there is such a thing and a place for a "jail house mentality" we believe it would be in jail or at least in primary treatment.

As alcoholics and drug addicts most all of us suffer from a 100 forms of fear and self-delusion.

Addicts and Alcoholics fear their past and fear the future. We are riddled with fear.

We are a Extended care facility not a primary treatment center

By the time people get to us they have been to detox or come door to door from a primary facility.

It is essential that a client feels safe in the present, to be able to deal with fears of the past and or future.

 Here at our treatment center, we try hard each day to prevent possible speed bumps for our clients through education and also streamlining an environment that is conducive to recovery in every conceivable area in their lives. Bullying or intimidation and or any type of violence has zero tolerance here. We are hyper sensitive in this area for numerous different reasons, we are hyper sensitive in other areas as well separating our level of care. Though few are near as important as a client feeling safe.

We want everything to be in their favor from the minute they wake up to the second they fall asleep. We want our clients to feel safe enough so that they can communicate honestly without ego or pride destorting things, so they can learn who they are and stay clean and sober long enough to build a foundation and pure self awareness they can take anywhere anytime in the world.

The fears real or imagined that patients or clients have worldwide are sometimes an excuse to try something different.. these fears are minimized through SLBTS ability to foresee possible challenges we have learn from in the past 25 years.

Having a treatment center with so much freedom in a vacation. Paradise is a delicate balance..with  a whole lot of testing. UA and otherwise.

The combination is unique and special and hard fought.

To recover in a vacation paradise and learn to take that feeling of hope and selfworth after time any where in the world.

Is like being "rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence."

It is what most of us have dreamed that life could be.

It is truly a wonderful recovery recipe.

Peace (at mind) and Pure Love. – Bam!
- Kelly K

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Monday, April 11, 2011

From Entitled Brats to Ladies and Gentlemen

How long do you think it will take a spoiled brat to become a lady or a gentlemen?

Before you answer that question... I would also like to add in the equation that he or she is now hopelessly addicted to drugs or alcohol.

I know for myself it was a rude awakening to realize at 38 years old, I was nothing more then a spoiled rotten little brat with huge entitlement issues (and yes, hopelessly addicted to drugs and alcohol).

Although "they" had been recommending long term rehab (or extended care) "for over 20 years, I was able to "figure out another plan" that allowed me to stay sick. Whether I did it intentionally or not - that is what I did.

I will spare you the details of my sordid [ast up until 10/5/03 and just assure you I lost everything- and I mean everything.

My message to you is simple: if you or a loved one comes to the conclusion that you may have a problem with alcohol or drugs, please consider my first question very seriously.

As alcoholics and addicts we suffer from childlike emotions, If we really knew how to live life,  we would have grown up a long time ago.

The longer people stay in treatment, the better their chances are they will get to grow. I have seen miracles.

The process requires taking part in contrary action - call it "tough love" if you want. Loved ones who "co-sign" the sick decisions of an addict in need of recovery cause the problem to get worse, not better.

I had been doing band-aid jobs on a gaping cut my whole life. I almost died.

Please, as painful as it may be, ask yourself if question number one applies.

And if it does, be rigorously honest when you answer it.


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Saturday, January 1, 2011

HOPE for the New Year - Daily Reflections Quote from Alcoholics Anonymous

     "Hope is the key that unlocks the
door of discouragement.  The program
promises me that if I do not pick up
the first drink today, I will always
have hope.  Having come to believe that
I keep what I share, every time I
encourage, I receive courage.  It is
with others that, with the grace of God
and the Fellowship of A.A., I trudge the
road of happy destiny.  May I always
remember that the power within me is far
greater than any fear before me.  May I
always have patience, for I am on the
right road.".

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life on Life's Terms

AA Thought for the Day

“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done."

Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous [First Edition], p. 100

Thought to Ponder...

Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Todays Tool Don't Drink, Just for Today!

Don't Take A Drink, No Matter What, Just for Today.

I have seen many people relapse, including myself, in the rooms. I had 7 years, and then drank for 7 more before coming back. I just celebrated my year June 7th.

I have seen people relapse with all different stories - went to meetings all the time and still drank, stopped going to meetings and drank. Drank because it was a sunny/not sunny day. Had/didn't have money. Was/wasn't a secretary of a meeting. Had a resentment against a friend/meeting/coffee maker/ dog/cat/ car/leaf. Had 89 days/ 30 years/13 years.

The one common denominator in all the people that have relapsed -myself included - is the day they drank, they had not asked their higher power for help staying sober all day that day, no matter what.

So if you haven't yet, thank God for letting you stay sober today, and ask for help staying sober the rest of the day NO MATTER WHAT.

- Happy holidays from our treatment center to your home.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Sobriety for a Day

Just For Today! -- Daily Reprieve

"How do I maintain my spiritual condition? For me it's quite simple: on
a daily basis I ask my Higher Power to grant me the gift of sobriety for that
day! I have talked to many alcoholics who have gone back to drinking and I
always ask them: "Did you pray for sobriety the day you took your first
drink?" Not one of them said yes. As I practice Step Ten and try to keep my
house in order on a daily basis, I have the knowledge that if I
ask for a daily reprieve, it will be granted."

From "A Daily Tune-up:"

Thought to Ponder . . .
Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tool for Recovery - Walk in Dry Places

Walk In Dry Places
Different routes to alcoholism
Understanding powerlessness

While alcoholics have much in common, the personal stories heard at AA open meetings show that we took different routes to alcoholism. Some became out-of-control drinkers almost from the beginning. Others lost control slowly after years of seemingly moderate drinking.

These differences are underscored by the fact that we also differ in physical and emotional traits. Some alcoholics, for example, were so emotionally disturbed that they became problem drinkers from the very start. Some appeared to "have it all together," yet became alcoholics after retirement or some other change in life patterns.

Whatever the route taken, we share in common our individual powerlessness at the time we knocked on AA's door. And the solution for each of us was the same: sobriety in AA.

The risk in listening to such different personal accounts is that some of us twist these differences into "proof" that we are not alcoholics.  The reward of such sharing , however, is learning that we do have a common problem and that there is a solution that fits everyone, in spite of our differences.

I'll remember today that I came to AA because I was powerless over alcohol.  That has not changed.

- Happy Holidays from  our Treatment Center to Your Home!

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