Will New Opportunities Come My Way When I Get Sober?


As addicts and alcoholics, we are on the hunt to get everything we want and that still usually is not enough for us. Under the influence, our opportunities can be limited to what is offered to us because our substance abuse can make us act inappropriately without humility and graciousness. Once we get sober and get into recovery, a whole new world can open for us if we step back and get out of the way. The opportunity of a lifetime becomes ubiquitous for those who can see it and it want.


  • Opportunity for growth


Recovery is indicative to helping someone change into a sober member of society. With help of a 12-Step program & therapy, getting to the root of all our strife can be assessed by learning the causes and effects of our addiction. Letting go of all the burdens can free us up for better thoughts and actions.


  • Opportunities to be of service


We continue to take and take during our addiction. Although we might not be ready in early sobriety to give back, eventually we will be ready to give back what was so freely given to us. We must remember how wonderful it was to have someone put their hand out to us and return the favor.


  • Opportunity to be healthy


Drugs and alcohol tear our bodies up when we use and drink to the access. When we get sober, we can sometimes reverse the damage we may have done to harm our bodies. Sometimes it can be too late, but ultimately the body is resilient and can rejuvenate itself with the help of our changed diet, exercise, sleep, and water intake.


  • Opportunity to clean up


This may not necessarily be in the physical sense, even though we start looking better when we cut out the poison we have been putting in our bodies with drugs and alcohol. We really can clean up all the messes we have made with the wreckage of our past. We should work on mending relationships, paying back money that is owed, and rectifying situations where we have wronged people, so we can clear away much of our baggage that we have stowed for years that made us abuse drugs and alcohol.

Taking the opportunities that are offered to us can make us stronger in our recovery. Once those opportunities are upon us, we should be grateful that we have the opportunity to have better our thoughts and actions that keep us involved in our recovery.






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5 Ways to Put Roots into Recovery

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There may come a time when someone who has an addiction to drugs and alcohol must stop doing what they are doing. Most people do not come up with the idea to get sober on their own. Usually there will be a huge red flag that waves in front of them to let them know that they cannot keep going in this manner. Whether the court intervenes, a loved one threatens to leave, or an addict get sick, the time to halt in their addictive behaviors becomes apparent to keep their consequences from getting any worse. Considering putting roots into their recovery is one of the best ways they can remain sober.


  • Establish some solid ground


Addiction is like a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down with no solid ground to land on. This chaotic lifestyle can keep an addict out there doing the same thing over and over. Establish a foundation that you can build upon. Use your recovery tools to help you get your footing into early sobriety.


  • Construct your spiritual tool kit


Getting together your recovery tools to use in a time of need is important. You never know when a trigger or craving will catch you off guard. If you equip yourself to better fight off the nasty obsession, you will know what action you will need to take to stay sober and prevent relapse.


  • Get involved


Being part of a 12-Step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), can get you in the middle a support system to help you feel grounded in recovery. Being a part of a like-minded group can keep you accountable to others in the program.


  • Use the principles


Having newfound standards to live by will make it easier to keep on track. Conducting yourself with a moral compass can show you how to make better decisions and have improved relationships with others.


  • Self-care is vital


You probably did not take care of yourself during your addiction. Now that you are in recovery, you should participate in your self-care. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, drinking water, getting routine check-ups, taking time for physical activity, and enlarging your spirituality are all ways that you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul.

When your world gets shook up, the first thing you may think of is to let go of it despite everything you have worked so hard for. Having roots in recovery can be the very thing that can keep your sobriety going strong.





If you, or someone you know, has problems with drugs or alcohol we can help you to put roots into your sobriety by adorning your soul. Give our 5-week program a chance to assist you in learning how to stay sober one day at a time. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Why Do I Need Accountability?


Addiction keeps someone who is addicted flying by the seat of their pants. Normal responsibilities may fall by the wayside for drugs and alcohol. Active addicts tend to have no accountability which can keep them disconnected from life the way it was intended for them to live.  Getting on track to staying sober should involve some sort of influence from somebody that has had some success in maintaining sobriety. The odds to stay on the path of recovery are higher with the support of others. Finding accountability may just be the missing link in your recovery plan.


  • Helps you stay on track


Accountability can be found in a therapist or a sponsor that has been through a similar experience to guide you in the right direction. Learning right from wrong takes a turn for the better without being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and having a mentor to advise you what you should do.


  • Helps to gain more responsibility


By working with somebody that can direct you on how to stay sober, you will find yourself being responsible for the progress you are making on a daily basis. Calling every day or meeting every week with a sponsor or a therapist, can give you the practice you need for when triggers and cravings become present.  


  • Helps you to suite up and show up


Active addicts are typically missing in action because they want to do what they want to do when they want to do it. By being accountable to someone else, hopefully you are in a better place to not let others down with your absence any longer.


  • Helps to stay engaged


No matter what distractions turn up, being connected to others even when you feel weak, can help you to maintain your sobriety. Answering to someone else about your progress can reveal new reasons to keep going.


  • Helps to endorse your thoughts and ideas


An active addict does not usually display a good track record for their ideas and thoughts. Running what you are thinking by someone else can help you to make better decisions and get some clarity on what your true next indicated step is.


  • Helps to uncover your purpose


An active addict’s purpose during their addiction is to get high and stay high. You will discover that will change in sobriety. Finding your purpose will become more apparent with each sober breath that you take. Caring about others and being of service will become a new way of life for you.

Accountability is a sure-fire way to keep you relevant in your own recovery. Having the support from someone you aspire to be like, can help you measure your progress and keep you on your toes to prevent relapse.






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Tips to Disembarrass Your Alcohol Addiction

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Most people drink alcohol for the short-lived stimulant effect. Alcohol, however, is considered a depressant and slows a person’s nervous system causing slurred speech and loss of coordination. When somebody overindulges in alcohol, there could be a real chance that they could embarrass themselves when they get drunk or even buzzed by falling, saying the wrong thing, or doing something illegal. Alcohol addiction is no joke and can take someone down rather quickly.

Getting in recovery can give you the chance to disembarrass your alcohol addiction. Disembarrass is one of those funny sounding words that has a profound meaning especially when it comes to addiction. The definition of disembarrass literally means “to be free of” particularly of a nuisance or a burden. That sounds like the perfect word to use when an alcoholic gets sober. Addiction is definitely a nuisance and a burden. More importantly, there are some great tips to disembarrass your alcoholism.

Ask for help

Yes, there are people who can stop drinking on their own for a time, but they have a harder time staying sober than someone who gets help. There are inpatient treatment centers, outpatient treatment centers, and 12-Step program support that can help an alcoholic to maintain sobriety. The point is that you never have to feel the way you are feeling again, and you do not have to do it alone.

Get to a meeting

Being around people that are like you who are also trying to disembarrass their alcoholism is the key. You no longer must feel like an outcast because of your alcoholism. When you get to a meeting, your fellow alcoholics will be there with open arms to welcome you to keep coming back.

Get a Higher Power

Since your addiction has been your Higher Power for a while now. Find something else to replace your alcoholism with. If the word God makes your stomach turn, there are plenty of other things to gravitate towards in discovering what yours is.

Trust the process

Put some faith into trusting the process even if you do not put your faith into anything else. Alcoholics can relapse when they think they have all the answers to stay sober. To truly disembarrass yourself from your alcoholism, you must trust the process.

How wonderful it is to go from a recognized embarrassing situation to learning how to disembarrass from your alcoholism. Let yourself be set free to move on to conquer other things in your recovery. Go on. You are worth it.




If you a have a problem with alcohol, let us adorn your soul by helping you to disembarrass your alcoholism. Our well-trained staff can help you with your struggles in your addiction. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Reasons Why You Need to Go to Al-Anon

Reasons Why You Need to Go to Al-Anon

Alcoholics can shake loved ones to their core with all the things that they do during the tumultuous times that an addiction is sure to produce. You may think that only alcoholics have 12-Step programs to attend to resolve their issues, but family members, friends, or co-workers that are affected by addiction have a place to resort to as well. Al-Anon is way to teach people affected by a loved one’s addiction that there is a way out.


The program is designed to help you change your attitude and expectations of an addict’s behavior.

You should not let the effects of the addiction have a grip on your life anymore. Letting the addiction have all the power is unhealthy for you and for the addict.



The program can help you learn about addiction in its entirety.

Knowledge is power and knowing how an addict functions mentally and physically can give you some insight on how to successfully deal with them ongoing.



The program pushes you toward a solution instead of enabling the problem.

Struggling to stay positive can seem impossible at times, but Al-Anon can show you how to get into solution towards an addiction that you have no control over.



The program shows you that you are not alone.

Addiction can be a lonely place for the loved one of an addict since the last thing you probably want to do is to broadcast to the world the extent of what is going on. Al-Anon is a group of people that you can relate to in the way of addiction.



The program teaches you to stop keeping the addict from having to deal with their consequences.

Human compassion can keep you from letting someone you love fall when they are suffering. Keeping an addict from reaching their bottom can keep the addiction going on longer than it needs to.



The program leads you to build hope through support and encouragement.

You will meet other people that are possibly going through many similar circumstances and feeling the same emotions as you. The group creates a fellowship where everyone can share open and honestly what is going on to build a rapport to comfort one another.



The program resets your life to find the appropriate focus which should no longer be the addict.

You may be addicted to enabling the addict. With the help of Al-Anon you can put the attention back on yourself again.


You must take care of yourself first before you can be available to help someone dealing with an addiction. Learning that you can live out of the shadow of an addiction will hopefully help you to move on to a life that can be more pleasurable and fulfilling.

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with drugs and alcohol, call Serenity Oaks Wellness Center to get them the help they need. Our program focuses on the clinical and medical aspects of treatment. Our staff is awaiting your call to assist you in starting the life you were meant to live. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Why is Sobriety the Best Gift?

Why is Sobriety the Best Gift?

The holidays seem to come faster and faster every year. Along with the quickness of the final months of the year, larger quantities of lights, decorations, and food are also purchased to emphasize the holidays. The multitude of gifts that are given and received over the holidays also seems to keep multiplying each year. There is much to celebrate during this normally joyful yuletide season, except where addiction is concerned.

Addiction can turn enjoyable occasions into a time of unpleasantness and regret. Instead of observing a holiday, the addiction will usually wreak havoc in some way to bring the festivities to a screeching halt. Changing the dynamics of the holidays, or really any given day, by getting sober is the best gift you can give to the people around you, as well as yourself.

Nobody walks around on eggshells as much.

Addicts are known to be entitled and belligerent while they are active in their addiction. This kind of behavior makes loved ones become cautious to what will happen next. Family and friends no longer have to be on high alert to keep an addict from getting easily offended once substance abuse ends.

Financial enabling can be halted.

Enabling keeps an addiction going while making the addict and everyone around them unhealthy. Giving addicts money to buy their mind-altering drugs, can put a damper on financial matters which can be resolved with cessation. Just because someone gets sober does not mean that financial woes will necessarily go away, but throwing money needlessly away on drugs and alcohol will have to stop in sobriety. Better use of money can be used for treatment, therapy, or a donation for a 12-Step Program.

Loved ones can finally get some sleep again.

Most everyone in the addict’s life worries about their safety and their well-being. Sleepless nights and consistent fear of what is happening to the addict ensues, making the stress levels higher than normal. Getting sober will eliminate many of these concerns making a full night of sleep become a possibility.

Relationships can begin to heal.

Addiction deteriorates relationships because of the negativity that develops overtime. A loved one’s sensitiveness along with the defensiveness of an addict, can be like pouring gasoline on a fire. Instead of productive growth, the trust is being continually broken. Sobriety can change a person making them more apt to being present in a relationship.

Sobriety is a precious gift that you can give to yourself and others, but you are the only person than can take your sobriety away. Make it last this holiday season to give the gift that keeps on giving.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has a 5-week program that can be designed especially for you or a loved one. Our partial-care program will adorn your soul by disarming your fears and reconnect you to the life you were meant to live. Call our staff today: 855-652-2683

Reasons Why a Sensory Diet is Important

Reasons Why a Sensory Diet is Important

Sensory issues can explain how you react to sensory stimuli. You are either over-sensitive or under-sensitive when it come to your senses. There are 8 senses that are deemed to be affected when somebody has sensory processing disorder (SPD).


  • Visual – responsible for sight
  • Auditory- responsible for hearing
  • Olfactory – responsible for smelling
  • Gustatory – responsible for taste
  • Tactile – responsible for touch
  • Vestibular – responsible for balance
  • Proprioception – responsible for muscle/joint movement
  • Interoception – responsible for internal sensors


When any of your senses are out of sort, you may need to engage in stabilizing and focus activities to help you with SPD. A sensory diet, which has nothing to do with hunger, may be what your occupational therapist can develop for you. Every person has a different sensory diet plan that must be customized to meet their own personal needs to handle their sensory processing disorder. This specialized sensory diet is designed to personalize a schedule of sensory exercises that will benefit you daily.

Sensory activities help the brain to explore natural ways of encouraging you to expand or diminish your capabilities for processing sensory information. The brain may be instrumental in generating a connection for stronger conversion. The effects of a sensory diet will help in a variety of different ways.

  • Endure sensations that may be challenging.
  • Launch a less stressful way to handle sensations.
  • Reduce the need for sensory-seeking and sensory-avoiding practices.
  • Adjust how to react to emotions.
  • Decrease hyperactivity.
  • Increase calmness.

Therapists use SPD to not only stimulate sensory processing, but to stimulate without overwhelming you or attaching your sensation activity to a failure. Some of the therapies that are used can really establish an appropriate response to ease sensations.

  • Physical Therapy helps with sensory integration.
  • Vision therapy helps with improving motor skills.
  • Speech therapy helps with language modifications.
  • Listening therapy helps with sound frequencies in the brain.
  • Psychotherapy helps with overcoming anxiety that is produced by sensations.

Being flexible to a sensory diet is useful for helping you cope better to the stimulus around you that is causing you stress. When an uncomfortable situation arises, it is a good idea to have something to resolve the sensations like some specific tasks that are laid out in a sensory diet. You may still be hungry, but you can better manage sensitivity to the catalyst of your 8 senses and get them back to the levels that you need them to be.

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with drugs and alcohol, call Serenity Oaks Wellness Center to get them the help they need. Our program focuses on the clinical and medical aspects of treatment. Our staff is awaiting your call to assist you in starting the life you were meant to live. Call us today: 855-652-2683

Why do Addicts Celebrate Their Sobriety Milestones?

Wh do Addicts Celebrate Their Sobriety Milestones?y

As a society we love to hail life’s victories. There are celebrations for job promotions, baby showers, bumper stickers that acknowledge a child’s progress and behavior at school, and trophies for winning sporting events. Special events like these promote support for one another which is a healthy. Not only does it pump up the person or persons being celebrated, but it also gets everyone else around them pumped up to be a part of the festivities.

Addiction recovery is a process that takes personal effort to get successful results. Being willing is what it takes in the beginning of recovery and can be considered a great achievement. The work that must take place in recovery is really something incredible to celebrate when all is said and done. 12-Step programs are known to be supportive of the progress that addicts make as well as celebrate the lengths of sobriety that they achieve.   

When you attend a 12-Step meeting, you may see a common custom that takes place amongst its members when they take chips or tokens for their sobriety milestones. Observing the anniversary of the day of an addict’s last drink, is a momentous occasion because it takes courage and a desire to stop drinking.

The history of the sobriety coin goes back to the 1930’s when a nun, Sister Ignatia of Akron, would pass out a Sacred Heart Medallion to alcoholics trying to inspire them to stop drinking alcohol. She would give an addict the medallion asking only for them to return it before they took another drink. Once Alcoholic Anonymous was formed, an AA group in Indianapolis was thought to have started the ritual of giving tokens in 1942. Over the next 30 years, the evolution of the sobriety chip would eventually turn into the most common of them all, a bronze coin with a raised center.

From time to time there may be controversy on why these medallions are given to people that “should have just stayed sober all long”. If a celebration is what helps continue the cessation of an addiction, then bring on the chips. Sometimes this may be the missing link to becoming attached to the day that shows the progress that an addict has made. Generating gratitude for a certain day also makes addicts thank the ones around them that have lifted them up every step of the way.

Today in sobriety, there are all types of mementos that are given to celebrate a person’s recovery besides a sobriety chip. Rocks, necklaces, keychains, bracelets, or anything that reminds the addict of their daily goal – to stay sober one day at a time.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has a 5-week program that can be designed especially for you or a loved one. Our partial-care program will adorn your soul by disarming your fears and reconnect you to the life you were meant to live. Call our staff today: 855-652-2683

When Do I Stop Going to Therapy?

When Do I Stop Going to Therapy?

You may have gone to therapy kicking and screaming as a way to get somebody off your back. Once you got there, you might have had a realization that what was happening during your therapy session was actually working and thankful for the relief you were getting. All the positive feelings you were experiencing could come to a screeching halt one day when you think you are ready to stop going to therapy. There are a couple of reasons that you may feel inclined to end your therapeutic means.


  • You have done all the work that you can to better yourself in the area that brought you to therapy in the first place.
  • You really need a break from the growing pains that you are feeling from therapy sessions.
  • You may not feel connected to your therapist which can make you feel like the therapy is not working and a waste of your time.
  • You just do not feel like going anymore.


Whatever the reason might be, being honest with your therapist about your apprehensions will be better than just stopping cold turkey. There is a reason why you went in the first place and honoring that intuition can make a difference in your future happiness. Your therapist is a professional and has a sense of duty to help anybody who is compliant and in need.

Take your reasons and concerns straight to your therapist in person to exercise the communication techniques that you may have learned while in session since leaving a message or not showing up can set you back in your growth. When conversing with your therapist try to stick to the reasons for putting an end to therapy by being direct and honest. Although the intent for therapy is to help you work through your problems, you may inadvertently help the therapist to assist their future clients with your feedback.  

It is fair to say that all relationships come to an end at some point, including with your therapist. Keeping your side of the street clean is one of the main reasons in seeking therapy, so you should do the same with your therapist. Try to part ways, if you can help it, in a subtle and calm manner. Thank the therapist for their time and advice and get on with your life. You may need to find somebody else, and if you do, there are plenty of couches out there to crash onto.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has a 5-week program that can be designed especially for you or a loved one. Our partial-care program will adorn your soul by disarming your fears and reconnect you to the life you were meant to live. Call our staff today: 855-652-2683

Anxiety Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Anxiety Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Anxiety is high in many people and breaking it down through your zodiac sign might be more helpful to see your patterns of stress.

ARIES (March 21-April19)

Being the first of the 12 zodiac signs, this fire sign is a trailblazer. Being full of energy and competitive makes for a somebody who is constantly on the go. Slow down, Aries. You may like the challenge, but you can still be fierce while having some down time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 21)

Calm is usually associated with the sign, but do not mess with the Bull. Change can set them off causing great stress and worry. People under the sign of Taurus do not open up to others very easily which keeps their emotions locked in. Taurus, try talking to someone sooner than later to let go of your worry.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21)

Worrying about small problems lead to bigger problems for this air sign. Fault-finding for other people and themselves are the things that drive them to stress out and then lash out. Get some new perspective and learn to accept other’s weaknesses as something you can learn from.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

On the outside Cancers may seem tough, but on the inside, they can be really sensitive people. Nothing is more important than the family so their insecurities come from making sure they are taken care of financially and being able to provide for their families. Try not to get too far into the future because not being present can affect the time with your loved one’s right now.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

This protective, generous fire sign is also charming which makes others take notice. Leos get stressed when they are unable to be in control the situation. Go with the flow and learn to stop worrying about things that are out of your control. You will feel a huge weight off your shoulders, Leo.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Organizing their lives becomes the focal point along with practicality. When things are out of place, so is the Virgo making for high-stress. Stop trying to make every detail perfect by overthinking it. Virgo, strategies are good, but action is better.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

This zodiac sign of scales is true to form. When a Libra feels out of balance, their stress level plummets through the roof. Tip your scales back into place by not taking on so much duty.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 22)

Privacy is desired by Scorpios. If they do not get the consideration that they strive for, it will cause more stress than is needed. Set your boundaries, Scorpio, so that others can be aware of what is required.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23-December 21)

Being confined is uncomfortable with this sun sign. Sagittarians want to do everything they can to experience living life to fullest and tend to burnout. Try to do some relaxing things to make up for the go-go-go you live your life by.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

Putting too much pressure is a commonality with Capricorns. Thinking that failure is a possibility can make a them get into a tailspin to meet deadlines and personal goals. While it is good to have ambitions, but lower the bar a bit to relieve unnecessary stress.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Although Aquarians do not usually impose their ideas on anyone else, they do want things the way they want them. If they feel like they have fallen short of their way, they will stress over every tiny mistake. You do not have to be high strung, Aquarius. Relax, let go of all the control, and reap the rewards.

PISCES (February 19-March 20)

Getting overexposed and having their personal space invaded can make a Pisces up in arms. Crowds and public speaking fills them with stress. Have confidence in yourself because you are smart and people like you.

Life is stressful and not surprising at all why so many people have high levels of anxiety. Find something to curb your anxiety through adopting a less-stressful lifestyle. Mediation, exercise, and therapy are ways to dismantle anxiety.

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with drugs and alcohol, call Serenity Oaks Wellness Center to get them the help they need. Our program focuses on the clinical and medical aspects of treatment. Our staff is awaiting your call to assist you in starting the life you were meant to live. Call us today: 855-652-2683