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Can You Keep a Resolution?

The new year is seen as a new start, a fresh beginning that leaves the past behind and turns our attention to the future. For a lot of people in recovery from or suffering currently from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, this is a solemn vow to start anew, leaving the pain of addiction behind and focusing on a healthy future. Sure, you can see resolutions as a simple list of goals someone would like to keep, but if you truly want to change your life in some way, it’s important to come up with your list with the intention to actually work to achieve these goals. What you do after you’ve made your list is what’s key, and you should make your goals attainable, but something to strive for. Below are four resolutions that can help you pave a way to a better you, and they’re resolutions that you can actually keep.

  1. First things first, GET HELP: if you’re currently struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol or are someone who has relapsed, get help NOW. Don’t let the days slip away before you decide to take action. Make your number one priority for the new year getting into a treatment program that will truly work for you.
  2. Make new friends: We all know how important it is to have friends who don’t drink or use drugs when we’re working towards or trying to maintain sobriety, but really make an effort to try and meet new people who don’t participate in these things.
  3. Try a new hobby: Trying new things is good for the soul. Try out a painting or cooking class, or even just get your hands dirty in the garden with your family this spring. Don’t be afraid to branch out a little bit and it might just surprise you.
  4. Stay active: You don’t have to train for a marathon, but one of the best things you can do for yourself is to do something active for at least thirty minutes a day. It’ll keep you busy, and it’ll pay off physically when you’re in better health.

 

 

 

 

If you’re currently struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, take this opportunity of the new year and get the help you need. The Springboard Center has both outpatient and residential treatment programs available that can be tailored to address your life and your needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all program. Don’t let addiction control you another day, call and get help now: 432-620-0255.

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Learning to Cope with Cravings

Cravings are something a large majority of addicts will have to deal with, sometimes even decades after they get clean. Cravings are strong, almost overwhelming urges to use drugs or alcohol again, and at times, they can be triggered by the most unexpected things. Anything from seeing a lighter to smelling the kind of fast food you always binged on after drinking can set off these intense urges to use, and many people are triggered by extreme stress or other emotions.  While they’re more common in the months and early years following treatment, even people who have been clean for years and years can find themselves experiencing cravings. It’s during these cravings that a large portion of people relapse back into drug or alcohol use, especially for the newly sober, and it’s extremely important to learn how to cope with these cravings when they arise.

The good news is that for the most part, cravings only last 15-25 minutes, and many people find that if they can just stay busy or keep their mind or hands occupied, they’re able to withstand the urge to use. If you find yourself craving drug or alcohol use, don’t panic. The more you think about it, the harder it may feel to resist. Instead of fretting about it, do something that will keep your hands and your mind busy. Call a friend, do chores around the house, or get some fresh air. The endorphins released by a walk or jog will help your body relax naturally, and it can help you clear your head. By the time you’re done with whatever you set yourself to do, the craving will likely be reduced or gone altogether.

It’s also important to remember that you build a support system during treatment for a reason: use it when you need it. Don’t be afraid to call your sponsor or a friend if you find yourself facing a serious craving. Reaching out means you’re choosing your sobriety over giving in to that craving. If you’re really struggling, you should consider finding an AA or NA meeting in your area to attend in person. It’ll help get you through your craving by getting you out of the environment where the craving bubbled up, and it’ll get you surrounded by people who can help support you if the craving feels especially overwhelming.

 

 

 

At The Springboard Center, our programs are tailored to address your personal needs, which gives you the tools you need to best counter the cravings that are inevitable in recovery. Don’t let addiction control you for one more day. Make the call, and get clean: 432-620-0255.

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Are You Falling Behind on Resolutions in February?

One of the best things about ringing in the new year is the fact that it’s a brand new year. It’s as close to a fresh start as many people get in their life, and while it may be just another year for some people, others eagerly await having that new beginning. Some use it as a way to have a fresh starting point in a relationship that’s become rocky, others take the opportunity to change jobs or locations, and others still use it as a chance to let go of some of their past.

A fresh start, no matter what part of your life needs the new chance, is something you should take advantage of. Even if you’re not a fan of making resolutions for the new year, take the opportunity to really look at the past 365 days. Were you happy with your choices? Is your life heading in a direction you’re happy with? If so, keep on keeping on, but if not, why not make a fresh go of it in the next year?

The key to having a fresh start when the clock strikes midnight and 2018 arrives is this: let it go and let yourself grow. Nine times out of ten, the only thing holding you back is yourself, whether you realize it or not. Love yourself enough to let go of your past: the things you did and said while you were struggling with addiction are already said and done, literally. Nothing you do now can change your past, so embrace it, then let it go. Letting go makes room for you to grow, whether you change your job, your house, your city or even just what time you wake up in the morning. Letting go and giving yourself that fresh start gives you the opportunity to make a change for the better somewhere else in your life. It’s okay not to know exactly what you want to do or where you want to go from here, all that matters is that you keep going, one day after another, choosing to continue to work at your sobriety and always moving onward and upward.

 

 

 

 

Stop being your own biggest obstacle, whether you’re wanting to give yourself a clean, fresh start for the new year or you’re thinking about trying to get clean for the first time. Drug and alcohol addiction can feel like it controls your life, but there’s hope. The Springboard Center has outpatient and residential treatment programs that can be tailored to your needs. Don’t stand in your own way one more day, make the call and get help: 432-620-0255

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Why Heroin is so Dangerous

Across the United States, opioid addiction is a widespread addiction. A large portion of the people suffering from opioid addiction are addicted to prescription painkillers, but as the laws and procedures for prescribing and distributing these drugs change, it’s becoming harder and harder for people to get enough of these drugs to fulfill their addiction. This is one of the leading causes in a spike in heroin use. Heroin is an extremely powerful opioid that has a reputation for being a ‘one hit hook’, meaning all it takes for many people to become addicted is just one hit. The drug is incredibly dangerous for a variety of reasons.

For starters, when compared to prescription drugs, heroin is much easier to afford, making it easier to access for many people. When a person is cut off from their prescription pills for any number of reasons, they’re also going to be more inclined to turn to an illicit substance, and most often, it’s heroin that they try.  Heroin is also known to give users an extremely powerful euphoric rush, and it’s most often because of this rush of sensation that a majority of users become addicted so quickly. When a drug is known for being more affordable than other common drugs and offers such an addicting rush of sensation, it becomes an extremely dangerous substance.

Heroin also has a massive impact on the human body. Euphoria, drowsiness, slowed breathing and a slowed heart rate are all common short term health effects related to heroin use, and as a person uses more and more, these often develop into any number of serious health complications. Arthritis and skin infections due to collapsed veins are possible, and for people who share drug paraphernalia, there’s a huge risk of contracting serious diseases and infections, anything from Hepatitis C to HIV.  Overtime, continued use often leads to serious issues with the brain’s health as well, and in women, heroin abuse has been linked to infertility and premature birth.

 

 

 

 

Heroin addiction is an extremely serious condition that is helping to fuel the even more widespread opioid epidemic across the country. While some steps have been taken to start changing how we approach treatment for heroin addiction, we still have a long way to go before we make it more accessible to the people who need it the most. If you’re struggling with an addiction to heroin, the time to get help is now, before you spiral further into its grip. The people at The Springboard Center are ready to help you get clean with a program that’s tailored to fit your needs. Make the call today: 432-620-0255.

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Why is Learning to Let Go So Important?

If you’ve been around the internet, TV or movies since 2013, chances are you’ve heard the song Let It Go, from the Disney movie Frozen, and you’ve probably heard it more than once, especially if you have kids. The song can grind on a person’s nerves after the first fifty times, but learning to let go of things is actually an extremely crucial part of life, especially if you’ve ever struggled with drug or alcohol addiction.

Letting go of things, whether it’s your own choices and actions, events from your past or things said, is one of the biggest obstacles many people face when it comes to getting sober. Addiction is a terrible disease and when we’re under its grasp, we often say and do horrible things, often to the people that mean the most to us. When you’re facing these actions and the things we’ve said in the cold light of sobriety, it can be extremely embarrassing or painful, which is a big reason learning to let those things go is important. The past is the past, and as much as we may wish otherwise, nothing that we do now can undo or change what we’ve done or said in that past.

When you learn to let go of those things, or let go of what others have done to you, you’re giving yourself the chance to do better in the future. If we hold on to mistakes or the things that shame us, we’re dwelling on them, not learning from them. It’s important to learn to acknowledge your actions and how you feel, but then you have to let it go to make room for bettering yourself. Learning from those mistakes and then pushing them out of mind will go a long way in helping you have a more steady sobriety, and by letting it go, you’re loving yourself enough to let go rather than just let it fester in your mind.

Learning to let go of your past and your past mistakes is one of the best things you can do for your future and your recovery, and you may feel a physical release of tension once you truly begin to let go. Letting go makes room for the life you want to live in the future, not the one you left behind in addiction.

 

 

 

 

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, don’t let another day go by before you take your life back into your own hands. The Springboard Center is ready to help, with caring people who are there to help you, not judge you. Make the call today: 432-620-0255

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How to Let go of the Past When Family Won’t

Addiction’s impact extends far beyond the immediate impacts to your life and health. Even though you’re the one who’s struggling with alcoholism, or an addiction to drugs, the people around you are heavily affected by these actions and your choices. A large majority of people who struggle with addiction find that their families members often struggle with any of the same issues, including depression, anxiety and more. These issues, along with other problems that commonly accompany addiction like financial, legal and work difficulties, can cause serious damage to your long term relationships with your friends, family and coworkers alike. Many of these problems can make life extremely difficult for them, and all of this commonly leads to resentment, bitterness and fractured families. When you leave treatment, you’re often eager to start mending fences and rebuilding those relationships, but in some cases, the family members, even if they supported you throughout treatment, may have difficulty letting go of what happened before treatment, even years after the fact.

As much as we wish otherwise, you can’t force someone to let go of something when they’re not ready, and attempting to do so will likely only cause further damage to your relationship with that person. Instead, sit down with your loved one and talk to them openly; tell them point blank that you’re trying to move forward with your sober life, and that you’re wanting to make amends over whatever it is that they’re holding bitterly onto.  If they’re willing to talk it through with you, then great. If not, that’s their burden to bear. How do you let go of this?

You love yourself, and them, enough to just drop it. Don’t continually push them for their forgiveness, and instead focus your efforts on living a honest, sober life that leaves room for healing, not more resentment and anger. Make an effort every day to truly change the way you live and really leave the past behind you. By showing that you’re actually making the effort and changes, over time, your family members may find themselves able to let go of some of their own feelings.  Don’t allow them to constantly bring up past mistakes to use against you, and if it continues, you may consider reducing your contact with this loved one until you’re both in a position to communicate better.

 

 

 

 

Learning to let go, even when family may be holding on to past mistakes, is extremely important, but making sure your family has the support they need while you’re going through treatment can help alleviate some of these issues before they start. The Springboard Center has both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs, and they also offer family support programs to help your family members through it. Don’t wait another day, call today if you have an addiction and get help before it’s too late: 432-620-0255.

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Seven Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

February is the month of love, with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and while we’re constantly searching for new ways to take care of the people we love and to show them how we feel, we’re often overlooking one of the people who needs our love the most: ourselves! You are either your biggest fan or your greatest enemy, and when you take the time to show your mind, body and soul a little love, you’re investing that time and energy into a better you. When you take care of yourself, you’re going to feel better, physically and emotionally. Listed below are seven ways you can show yourself some love this month.

  1. Eat better – the months following the holidays are the perfect time to keep a closer eye on your diet. November and December are often filled with heavy, rich meals, so if you’re feeling a little worn down, try eating a little healthier this month.
  2. Turn your phone off for a while – or at least get rid of some of the social media apps. We’ve become a society of people so tied in with everyone else that we’re forgetting to take time for us and the things we enjoy, and the people that are with us.
  3. Take that extra five minutes of sleep – It’s not ideal to hit the snooze button constantly….but it’s okay to give yourself five extra minutes of sleep here and there. Go to bed just a little earlier, or turn that alarm off and just rest, instead of waiting for the alarm.
  4. Get some air – Whether you start getting your yard and garden ready for spring or you simply walk to do errands instead of driving, getting some fresh air will help you start to shake off that winter gloom and lift your spirits.
  5. Say no – A majority of people today have jam-packed schedules. It’s okay to say no to some things, to avoid stretching yourself thin over too many things going on at once.
  6. Do something you really enjoy – Has it been too long since you watched that guilty pleasure movie or show? Do you really love to cook? Whatever makes you truly happy, do it, especially if you don’t often get to.
  7. Forgive – If you’re holding on to the things people have done to wrong you, or carrying resentment about what’s past, think about the weight that puts on your soul. Choose to let go instead, and lighten the load.

 

 

 

 

If you’re struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, the best way to show yourself a little love is to get the help you need today. Don’t wait another day, the The Springboard Center at 432-620-0255 and get clean.

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Why Does Your Family Need Support Too?

Something that you should consider as you start taking the steps you need to get clean and take back control of your life is the impact your addiction has had on your family. Chances are, you’ve already thought about this, and depending on your situation, you may have even had a falling out or argument with your loved ones about your addiction. Perhaps they tried to get you to get help at a time when you weren’t ready to take that step, or maybe there’s been no major problem like that, but your family has simply struggled in one way or another directly related to your addiction. It could be financial problems, legal issues, marital problems or anything else related to the disease, and even if you think you’re the only one that’s been affected, or that you’ve hid it well enough, it’s very likely that you’re wrong.

From day one, our family is usually our biggest support system. We lean on them, and they lean on us, even when we don’t realize that we are. When we struggle with an addiction, our behaviors and moods tend to change dramatically, and our family members can often see it in us before we can see it in ourselves. As we slide further and further into addiction, they’re the ones there first hand, witnessing something that they can’t fix for you, and watching the loved one they’ve known slowly disappear into drugs or alcohol. They’re our biggest supporters, and they’re also often the first people we lash out at while we’re battling addiction. Family members steal from family members to further their addictions, they lie and cheat and over time, our once strong family unit is as battered and weary as we are.

Your family needs support while you’re in treatment and recovery because while it may not have been their addiction, it was still their struggle too. Their lives were impacted, often in awful and extreme ways, by the choices made in addiction, and sometimes, the damage done isn’t simply wiped away with time. It’s important to make sure you’re open with your family members, and that they’re open with you.

 

 

 

A majority of treatment programs and centers are now offering programs focusing on helping families cope with and rebuild after addiction rocks the household, and The Springboard Center is no different because they understand how important it is for not only you to heal, but the family you have behind you to heal as well. If you’re struggling with an addiction and your family needs support as well, don’t let another day go by. Call and get help today: 432-620-0255.

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Why a Good Outlook Matters so Much

You are what you eat. You reap what you sow. What you give is what you get. Chances are, you’ve probably heard one of these phrases used before to explain that the attitude with which you approach life, and the choices you make, play a major part in determining how you not only treat yourself, but how you treat others and how you react to the stresses and events that come with life. When you’re someone who’s faced an addiction in the past, this is exceedingly important; a large majority of people who battle an addiction to drugs or alcohol suffer from low self esteem or self confidence, and often struggle with other issues as well.

What’s important to remember is that no matter how positive you are, and how much good you pour out of and into yourself, there are always going to be times when life is hard. There are going to be things that happen that make you just want to give up, and unfortunately, all the good vibes in the world can’t change that fact. What having that positive attitude CAN do, however, is change how you react to those things that happen, and how you let them affect you.

If you’re constantly beating yourself up and tearing yourself down, or sharing negativity with the people around you, if something life-altering were to happen, chances are you would probably react strongly and feel extremely overwhelmed, even if it turns out that the situation is relatively minor. Being positive and having a good outlook on life keeps things in perspective for you. It helps you look at the things you say, do or think more objectively, meaning you’re not going to be as hard on yourself as you normally might have been. Most likely, it’s just a bad situation, not a bad life, and when your outlook on life is a good one, you’ll remember that.

Most of all, having a good, positive outlook on life reminds you to appreciate how far you’ve come, especially if you’ve struggled with addiction in the past. You can’t change what happened before, but with that good outlook of yours, you know that what matters is the choice you make from that day on. Everyday is a fresh start, rather than another day trapped in negativity.

 

 

 

 

If you’re currently struggling with addiction, don’t let it cloud how you see life. No matter where you’re at now, there IS hope for a healthy, bright future ahead of you. The Springboard Center has both inpatient and outpatient programs that are custom fit to address your needs, and they’re ready to help guide you out of addiction into recovery. It’s never too late to change your outlook on life. Call and get help today: 432-620-0255

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Why is Denial Dangerous?

The first step to getting help with drug or alcohol addiction is admitting that you have a problem with a substance. You have to be willing to come to terms with having an addiction before anyone, even you, can help you. Denying that a problem exists is one of the top reasons people delay getting help; they just don’t think they actually have a problem, or if they do think they have a problem, they keep telling themselves and the people around them otherwise.

Denial can be extremely dangerous for people struggling with addiction. By continually denying to yourself or others that you have a problem, you don’t allow yourself to get the help that you need to beat your addiction. The people around you most likely want to help you desperately, but denial blocks them from doing so. The longer you stay in denial, the longer it will take for you to get help, and the greater the risk of doing serious damage to your body or mind from long term substance abuse, even death, and the harder it can be to overcome a deeply rooted addiction.

Being in denial also means you’re ignoring the signs of health problems developing from drug or alcohol use, and the longer you use, the greater the impact on your health. Denial also often causes rifts between the addicted person and their family and friends. The person struggling with addiction may get wildly defensive when their loved ones bring up their addiction, and may even be prone to violent outbursts. These make it increasingly likely that family may be less inclined to try and help.

People who struggle with denial also often find that through the course of their addiction and substance use, they’ve developed the frame of mind that they can stop using any time they want, even when there’s a serious addiction problem.  They blind themselves to the truth and simply hinder their own recovery by sinking further and further into denial, even when their loved ones see the truth.

For both the addicted and their loved ones, denial can be the final obstacle to them seeking help for their addiction, but it can also be one of the hardest to overcome. For loved ones, they should gently point out worrisome behaviors or actions to their family member, showing them specific actions that suggest they really do have a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

Addiction can rob you of your health and your dignity. Our 5-week program at The Springboard Center treats the whole person, creating healing in mind, body, and spirit. Bringing together evidence-based treatments and trusted 12-step principles, our best practices create a quality, accessible treatment program serving the Permian Basin and beyond. Call us today for information on our availability: (432) 620-0255