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

Best Ways to Stay Sober During Football Season

Best Ways to Stay Sober During Football Season

Football season is notoriously known for partying on gameday. Fans will tailgate, meet up in a bar that display numerous big screens to watch each game, or have a game watching party at someone’s house. With each of these events, alcohol and drugs can run rampant with the excitement of the day. You might think about the impossibility of staying sober during your favorite time of the year. All you need to do is strap on your recovery shoulder pads and helmet and defend yourself against those offensive drugs and alcohol.

Get a game plan.

Strategy is how football games are won, so why not put strategy into how you plan to stay sober. Go to a 12-Step meeting before the game to get your sober face on. Have a team that you can you call when you feel triggers and cravings come forth. Putting some recovery action into play will not only help you maintain sobriety, but it just might push you to initiate some necessary changes in how you watch football going forward.

Have a Viewing Party.

Invite some sober football fans over on your turf to watch the game. Include some of the aspects of the stadium atmosphere by bringing them into your living room. Enjoy some root beer floats and lots of concession foods. Even if they have a favorite team that is different from yours, you will still be united on the same team in recovery.

Adjust Your Tailgate Style.

Start your own sober tailgate group and be of service to others that may have the same struggles. Take a non-alcoholic beverage for yourself and let the people that you tailgate with know that you are sober. If they judge you, then they were not really on your team in the first place.

Get a Sponsor to be your coach.

You need support and one of the best ways to do that in recovery is to get somebody that can point you in the right direction and that will inspire you to get that “W”. The “W” of course meaning willingness to do whatever it takes to stay sober even if it means putting the plug in the jug during football season.

Although you should stop drinking and using while watching your favorite sport, it does not mean you should sit on the bench entirely. Have a good time rooting for your team while rooting on your recovery.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a partial-care program that can aid somebody struggling with addiction. Our well-trained staff can get the ball rolling on your personalized recovery. Call us today: 855-652-2683

4 Reasons to Exercise in Recovery

4 Reasons to Exercise in Recovery

Recovery gives you aims to be healthy in all aspects of your life. When you were in your addiction, you probably let your health decline to take care of your withdrawals instead of focusing on your self-care which is extremely important to upkeep in recovery. One of the best things you can do for your physical health is exercise because there are reasons why it is beneficial.

Exercise is a great stress reliever.

Focusing on something other than the stressors of the job or stressful everyday occurrences, can help mitigate the stress if you add 30 minutes of exercise to your day regularly. Find something that you like whether it be lifting weights, or going on a hike with friends. Getting out and doing some physical activity will help relieve pent up tensions that can make you feel even better in your recovery.

Exercise can give you a natural high.

Endorphins are released in the brain to make you feel good and exercising can release them while or after you exercise. You were probably always chasing your next high while you were in your addiction. Now you can chase a new high in recovery that will keep you sober, but still make you feel naturally high.

Exercise can help put some structure in your life.

In recovery, it is important to fill up your time with events other than being under the influence or looking for the drug dealer. Exercise can be a filler for you to go and do something that is really good for the body, the mind, and the spirit. Staying on track in recovery can lead you to staying on track with exercise.

Exercise can give you a positive outlook on your recovery life.

Doing something for yourself like exercising, can give you the self-confidence and self-esteem you were probably lacking while you were drinking and using. Exercising not only makes you look good, but it can make you feel better too. Yoga and Pilates are types of exercises that not only help you physically, but can get you connected spiritually and mentally by freeing up the worry in your brain.

You do not have to spend that much time exercising, maybe enough to reap the benefits that exercising has to offer. Start with something small and work up to something bigger to get you back into shape.

Exercising is something that we promote here at Serenity Oaks Wellness Center in our 5-week partial care program. We also exercise 12-Step program aspects along with our holistic therapy exercises. We are here to help you get moving. Call us today! 855-652-2683

Why You Should Push Yourself to Find a Physical Activity You Enjoy

Physical Activity You Enjoy

Physical activity is a great prescription to result in positive health results. Longevity of life, raising metabolism for weight loss, and reducing stress to improve your mood are a couple of examples of how physical activity provides a positive outcome from exercise. Pushing yourself to discover the physical activities that you may enjoy, can be found.

Why You Should Push Yourself to Find a Physical Activity You Enjoy


Find out what your doctor thinks


Getting your doctor’s opinion for what your potential is with exercises can help to find ways to take pleasure in doing them, rather than despising them. You may think that you must do a certain type of exercise, but consulting a doctor can open a wide variety of physical activities that may be better in the long run for you.


Find out if you like exercise better alone or in a group


Being in a group of like-minded exercisers can be a good thing to get the results you that are looking for with physical activity. Group exercise promotes unity and lends support on days that you may seem less likely to be motivated. In a group setting, you can push yourself harder by being encouraged by others who are doing the same thing.


Find your optimal location


Some people may find lifting weights and walking on treadmill dull, while others find it a way of life. Whether you like being within the walls of the gym or out in nature, figuring out which spot you thrive in makes a tremendous difference. Finding an optimal location can keep workouts from being boring or discouraging.


Find an activity that fits your lifestyle


People have a outlook on what exercising should be that may not actually fit their lifestyle. Time and fatigue are often big factors in preventing people from physical activity. You may travel for work or be the parent of young children. Whatever your circumstances may be, exploring different options of exercise can help decide on one that fits your lifestyle. Try a home workout, an outdoor workout, or even a hotel room workout to see what works out best for you.

Finding exercise that you enjoy, may be the answer that you are looking for. Life is too short to not do the things you enjoy and that includes doing physical activity. Pushing yourself to find exercise that you actually dig, can help you reap some really cool health benefits that you sow.


You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Call us today for information: 855.652.2683

5 Effective Holistic Therapies for Recovery

5 Effective Holistic Therapies for Recovery

Holistic treatments have been a healthy trend for many treatment programs in the last few decades. With holistic therapies, it has been proven to augment a person completely through their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being including addicts that are trying to maintain sobriety.

Addressing the underlying cause of the addiction that led an addict to exhibit destructive behaviors is the main focus of holistic therapy. If one of these parts of the person is out of balance, it can impact the way that the addict responds to substance abuse, triggers, and cravings. By treating the person as a whole through the mind, body, and soul, can be instrumental in achieving long-term recovery.




This age old Traditional Chinese Medicine works by stimulating the sensory nerves that lie under the skin and muscles. An ancient philosophy of the yin and yang represents the opposing powers between the universe and the body. This holistic technique can restore balance which is useful for better sleep patterns, improving digestive function, and pain management.




The health benefits that come from practicing yoga are innumerable. Connecting the mind, body, and soul becomes second nature with this holistic therapy. Research has shown that physiological, psychological, and spiritual growth can flourish through the therapeutic effects of Yoga.


Biochemical Restoration


The diet can play a factor with deficits that can cause stress, anxiety, cravings, and a shot at sustainable recovery. Eating foods that rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, healthy proteins, and antioxidants can fight off the symptoms that addiction produces such as depression and stress.




A session of Reiki uses the life force that flows through a person’s body as a form of healing. Reiki is administered by laying hands on an individual to create peace and well-being. This spiritual healing gets a person attuned with the mind, body, and soul.




This process can get a person to be able to influence their physiological functions at will by gaining understanding of these functions by using medical instruments that can show the person how to monitor within their body. Self-regulation can be useful for heart rate, muscle tension, and skin temperature, and blood pressure.


Equine Therapy


Interacting with horses can promote emotional growth. Horses behaviors are similar to human beings in their socialness and responsiveness making it easy for a person to connect to their horse especially since the horse can mirror the rider’s emotion.

Holistic therapies can be beneficial to help a person feel whole again. Here are Serenity Oaks Wellness Center our treatment is based off holistic therapy to aid in getting you or someone you love centered again. Our 5-week program can help you get the coping skills you need to stay sober.  Call us today: 855-652-2683

5 Healthy Habits to Help You in Recovery

Reasons Why a Sensory Diet is Important

Living a life in addiction most likely became an unhealthy environment over time. Addiction can make people form some harmful habits that can deteriorate their well-being. Substance abuse shatters self-esteem and robs addicts of their self-respect. Implementing a few healthy habits can make all the difference in how you view yourself in recovery.




Taking the time to write out how you are feeling on a regular basis can shed some light into what you are really going through and help you to work it out. Putting a pen to paper creates a magic that is unexplainable, but can provide some insight that cannot be resolved by simply thinking about it. Another good subject to write about it gratitude. Writing out a gratitude list can change a negative attitude rather quickly to one of thankfulness. Healing can be achieved by handwriting in a journal.


Reaching out


Sometimes we can be in the busiest place in town and still feel lonely. As an addict your natural tendency may be to isolate, but connecting with others will help you build a support group around you so that you do not have to feel alone ever again. Reaching out to others will help them just as much as it will help you.




Working out produces endorphins that can make you feel a natural high and a sense of accomplishment that is undeniable. There are many exercise for you to try to see which one helps you feel the healthiest. Yoga, lifting weights, running, or surfing are great ways to get into shape.




Learning to take things as they are, will open you up to seeing so many blind spots that you have been missing and that you have been accustomed to. You are no longer fighting anything or anyone when you enforce acceptance in your daily life.  


Eating Healthy


Addiction can take away your desire to nourish your body with things that are good for you. Eating healthy can be a great way to rejuvenate the body from abuse that you may have caused during your addiction. Food is energy for the body, so what you consume can make the difference in how your body will heal itself.

Healthy habits can be easy to form with some dedication and willingness. Making the effort to do some esteemable acts, can push you into loving yourself once again.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can show you how to take some steps into learning how to heal. Our holistic therapy can put you on the right path to start some healthy habits in your life. If you are struggling with drugs and alcohol, please call us right away: 855-652-2683

Best Yoga Poses for Regulating Anxiety

What Can Meditation Do for Your Addicted Brain?

The scientific study of yoga has shown that mental and physical health can be benefited through the exercise and relaxation methods that enhance a person’s mood. Symptoms of anxiety can be better managed through the practice of yoga. Classes can range from moderate to more challenging based off physical and personal preferences. Physical tension is released by reassigning attention to the body and breathing techniques during yoga.

Hatha yoga is the most common yoga application that is used in the United States. Three elements that Hatha yoga merges together are regulated breathing, a brief period of meditation, and physical poses.

Regulated Breathing

Pranayama is disciplined breathing through yoga. “Prana” means vital energy of the body or breath and “yama” means controlled. Using the rhythms of pranayama facilitates a healthy mind and body.


Dhyana reflects on profound meditation which is the penultimate stage of yoga after engaging in the preparatory exercises.

Physical Poses

Asanas represent the physical postures for every body part which can be referred to as yoga poses. These physical exercises focus on curing specific parts of the body through strengthening them.

Best Yoga Poses for Regulating Anxiety


Child’s Pose


Hitting this pose can helps relax the back, neck, and shoulders which is where most people hold their stress. Child’s pose calms the nervous system through continuous breathing leading to relaxation.

Tree Pose


The Tree Pose takes away anxiety by using focus and concentration through a basic standing balance. Distracts the mind from anxiety and puts it onto the physical side of the body.

Upside Down

Viparita Karani

Getting into this pose also known as “legs up the wall” can relieve anxiety symptoms including high blood pressure. Stress and tension are relieved within the upside down pose and does not require much flexibility.

Warrior III

Virabhadrasana III

The abdominal region is stimulated by this pose to enhance better digestion. Anxiety can cause the stomach to become upset linking the brain to the bowels.  This pose also calms the mind through shifting attention to coordination.

Corpse Pose


A physically easy pose that takes some practice to accomplish the meditation and relaxation of the mind while simultaneously stimulating the body. The point is to expel out the stressors of life with breathing while connecting mind, body, and spirit.


Breathing and focusing on the movements of yoga are the key components that are useful for anxiety because yoga helps to clear the mind. Yoga poses are instrumental in managing calmness and contentedness to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.

You deserve to be ADORNED in your recovery. Life skills, coping tools, education, holistic healing, and a sober support system will help you gain long term sobriety. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Call us today for information: 855.652.2683

What Skills Do I Need For Maintaining Healthy Diet and Nutrition in Recovery?

Do You Have an Eating Disorder If You are not Underweight?

A healthy diet with sound nutrition is a foundation for wellness. Those in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction don’t always know where to begin to create healthy habits. After years of drugs and alcohol being the only priority, knowing where to start to maintain healthy diet and nutrition can be a challenge.

As you gain more health in your recovery journey, you may wonder how to learn some of the basics of self-care. One great area to expand your knowledge is with cultivating a healthy diet and nutrition. The basics are simple. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and legumes (peas, beans, and lentils). Here are 5 specific skills for maintaining healthy diet and nutrition everyone needs in recovery:

  1. Learn to read product labels. There are many great tutorials available on youtube and online to teach you how to read labels. There are two key ideas you can keep in mind when reading ingredients. If you don’t know what something is or can’t pronounce it, it most likely isn’t going to aid in sound nutrition. Another idea is to stick with products that have 5 or less ingredients. As food processing increases, nutritional value decreases. Stay away from super processed, chemically laden foods.
  2. Shop the perimeter of the store. In the perimeter of the store you usually find fresh fruits, vegetables, lean dairy, and lean meats. In the center you find sugar cereal, top ramen, and other highly processed foods with little to no nutritional value.
  3. Plan meals. Planning meals helps you plan your time, reduce spending because you won’t be throwing food away, and eases stress when you are driving home with a growling stomach. You can start small by just planning dinner.
  4. Eat the rainbow. Vitamins and minerals that our bodies need are found in a wide variety of food. See how many colors of food you can get in each meal. You might make a chicken stir-fry with broccoli, carrots, red chard, red bell pepper, corn, and spinach. Make sure you are getting plenty of green leafy vegetables
  5. Prep food one day of the week. You can make a batch of brown rice, chop veggies, and roast a chicken. Having some of your food already prepped and cooked increases the likelihood of making healthy choices. You can try making a large batch of chili for lunch for the week.

After years of negligence, cultivating healthy choices in recovery takes practice. You do it one step at a time. Pick one to start with and practice for 3 weeks. You will find new habits form much quicker than you think.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center provides a 5 week long rehab program to men and women seeking to make their lives more beautiful through recovery. Let treatment at Serenity Oaks be the beginning of your beautiful life of recovery. Start today by calling us for information: 855.652.2683

What Are Small Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness Everyday?

How Do I Know if I Had a Spiritual Awakening?

Mindfulness is defined as “a technique in which one focuses one’s full attention only on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings, and sensations but not judging them.” Anyone who has ever had the experience of arriving at their destination only to realize they don’t remember any of the trip knows mindfulness can be a challenge.
If you could benefit from being more present and reducing judgment, practicing mindfulness can help. Here are 8 ways you can practice mindfulness everyday:

  1. Breathe. Our bodies intuitively know how to do this life affirming practice. Allowing yourself to actually experience your breath. Notice the feeling of the air coming into your nostrils and the sensation on your upper lip as you exhale. You can simply start by doing this for 10 breaths. Restroom breaks are a good reminder to focus on your breath.
  2. Be present. Pick one task you do daily and commit to being fully present for it. Allow yourself to really hear the water run as you wash your dishes. Feel the suds on your hands. Listen to the sound of the clean plate when you move your finger across it.
  3. Practice Acceptance. Accepting life on life’s terms can ease stress and tension. Your car is broken, try accepting it. Rejecting the notion that your car is broken doesn’t magically make it work. Accepting it and then taking action from that place can lead to mindfulness.
  4. Eat mindfully. Eat when you are hungry. Sit at the table free from distractions like phones, books, or TV. Notice the sensation of chewing your food. Notice the subtle flavors.
  5. Write a gratitude list. Each day make a list of 5 things you have to be grateful for. This helps you focus on the present day.
  6. Slow down. Challenge yourself to slow your pace down. If you usually open your eyes and start checking email, try setting a timer for 10 minutes before you pick up your phone. If you tend to ignore traffic laws, try driving the speed limit for an entire week.
  7. Have fun. Laugh. Play. Enjoy.
  8. Put Your Phone Down. Take a break from technology. This might be an entire day or if you are just starting just 60 minutes.

Mindfulness has many benefits. Try practicing these simple steps. Mindfulness can become a habit. It just takes practice.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center provides a 5 week long rehab program to men and women seeking to make their lives more beautiful through recovery. Let treatment at Serenity Oaks be the beginning of your beautiful life of recovery. Start today by calling us for information: 855.652.2683

How Can I Use Aromatherapy Every Day?

How Can I Use Aromatherapy Every Day?

Aromatherapy is defined as “the use of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants as a treatment in complementary medicine to relieve tension and cure certain minor ailments.” Aromatherapy can be used medicinally as in many traditional cultures, used to simply make your house smell yummy, or used to increase health and wellbeing.

Here are 4 ways to use Aromatherapy in everyday life

  • Massage or body oil. Oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. 15 drops per ounce of oil is a good place to start. Using essential oils in massage is known to help: stress/anxiety, headaches, insomnia, chronic pain, reducing inflammation, enhancing immune system, and relaxation.
  • Baths. Adding essential oils to your bath can increase circulation, reduce stress/anxiety, aid detoxification, and alleviate muscular aches. Popular oils for baths are lavender for relaxation and eucalyptus for muscle aches. Apply approximately 7 drops of oil onto a bath gel or Epsom salts.
  • Steam inhalation. Inhaling oil infused steam can aid in congestion or sinus infections. Popular oils are eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, and thyme. Apply a few drops to the boiling water, cover your head with a towel and breathe in steam. Keep eyes closed.
  • Diffusion. You can purchase good quality diffusers on Amazon. They produce a mist into the air with the aromas of the chosen oils. Diffusers are commonly used for insomnia, mood enhancement, stress reduction, and purifying air. If you are new to oils, go to a local store that sells oils and smell the testers. Use the ones you are drawn to. Make sure to clean your diffuser as directed.

    Proponents of essential oils have large collections of oils. If you are just starting out make sure to test oils on a patch of skin before using on larger areas. Here are 5 recommended oils to start with:

  1. Eucalyptus. Use diluted for muscle aches and sinus congestion.
  2. Lavender. Use in a diffuser, in your bath, or in body oil to enhance relaxation. You can also try applying one drop to the bottom of your feet before bed.
  3. Peppermint. This oil is often used to treat headaches and increase alertness.
  4. Tea Tree. It can be used in cleaning, air purification, and for blemishes.
  5. Frankincense. It is known to be calming and grounding. A drop can also be added to face lotion.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center provides a 5 week long rehab program to men and women seeking to make their lives more beautiful through recovery. Let treatment at Serenity Oaks be the beginning of your beautiful life of recovery. Start today by calling us for information: 855.652.2683