Change the way you think, do and feel; or DIE!!

Upon first glance of this title, you may be thinking to yourself that this is a really harsh statement. Unfortunately for the majority of most addicts, this heading is all too real as death becomes the only solution to their problems. Anxiety and fears only heightens for the addict as the pain of change freezes the addict like a deer in headlights. Besides the medical explanation of the “disease” model of addiction; this fear of changing is exactly what keeps the individual suffering from a life-threatening drug or alcohol problem…“STUCK”. Is doom and gloom the only possible outcome for the addict? If addiction is a disease and hope seems so far away, what is the solution to such a devastating situation? Beyond the absolute need for a higher power to become intimately involved; Zion Recovery Center offers a few life-saving tips to help every addict change the way they think, do and feel. First, it is really important to consider the approach of change itself:

If you focus on results, you will never change.
If you focus on change, you will get results.
– Jack Dixon

This means, you are whatever you think about most of the time. Or in other words, “as a man/woman thinketh, so is she/he”. However, this is only a part of the full equation as the fear and pain of change still exists. In fact, when the pain of status quo becomes greater than the pain of change, is the only time the addict will finally allow for both a revolutionary and radical change in their life to occur. Before any real and lasting change can be accomplished, you must be willing to sacrifice your old ways of “doing” things and start from scratch.

“If you want what you’ve never had, you have to do what you’ve never done.”
– Megan Miller

Another great quote here concisely explains exactly how the addict can truly find out if recovery based principles are indeed going to work.

“Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.”
-C.S. Lewis

What exactly constitutes a real risk? The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous continually urges the addict to be willing to experiment and see for themselves if God can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. So if only a real risk can test the reality of a belief, how far are you willing to go to discover the truth? When it comes to active addiction, the user fears no consequences of their substance abuse such as but not limited to: loss of finances and/or personal property, child custody battles, divorce, overdose and/or death, incarceration, DUI, involvement with the law, and so on. For whatever reason(s) the addict continually tests the truth about addiction and in true fashion, gets the same results but expecting a different outcome. Sound familiar? Well addiction is nothing short of insanity and new ways of thinking and doing and feeling must be implemented, or the addict will eventually and surely die. If they think they can moderately use or portion their use, they will spiritually die in the least and are slowly buying tickets to their grave. Therefore, the addict must admit they are powerless over their addiction and that they need to ask for help! They must be willing to try new things completely against their comfort zones! They must not always trust their initial feelings as they have become conditioned or pre-programmed like a knee-jerk reaction to provide a false sense of safety. When in all actuality, it is a maladaptive coping skill keeping them further away from the light and truth, making recovery nearly impossible!

“If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always gotten; and you will always feel the same way you have always felt. It’s time to change the way you think, do and feel or DIE!”

Author-Benjamin D. Jones, LCSW (Clinical Program Director for Zion Recovery Center)

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6 Things Your Loved One Needs to Hear During The Addiction Treatment & Recovery Process

Drug Rehab - Helping a Loved One

Understanding and supporting a loved one’s battle with addiction and path through treatment & rehab can be a difficult task. As much as you would like to relate, it’s simply impossible to feel the full gravity of their situation if you yourself have not battled addiction. Although at times it may seem like your support efforts are unwanted and ineffective, they mean more than you’d ever know.

If you’re a supporter who is lost in your attempts to show compassion and facilitate the recovery process, you’re not alone. This is something that proves difficult for almost every supporter. While every situation will require its own unique attention, there are several commonalities that can be identified in most drug rehab and recovery cases. These include phrases and words of support and kindness that move and motivate addiction sufferers toward a brighter future. Keep reading for a list of 6 things your loved one needs to hear during their battle with addiction.

  1. You’re Forgiven
    One of the most difficult initial steps in recovery is achieving self-forgiveness. Your loved one will be struggling to find self-forgiveness for the things they said or did while under the influence. Letting them know that you understand the circumstances and forgive them will help them find forgiveness for themselves.
  2. You’re Capable
    Confidence in their ability to achieve sobriety acts as a significant aid in your loved one’s journey. Reminding them that they are in fact capable of a happy, sober life is critical.
  3. You’re Loved
    You’re showing your support by writing and visiting when possible, but a gentle reminder of all of the loved ones who send their best wishes helps motivate a patient’s journey as well. When they understand that others are routing for them, they feel more desire to accomplish their goal of sober living.
  4. You’re on the Right Track
    Your loved one may feel lost even though they’re currently seeking addiction treatment. This is where it becomes important for you to remind them that they’re on the right track. They’re doing what they need to do to get better, and can pick up on achieving other goals once they’ve reached a point of sobriety.
  5. You Have Help
    Reaching out for help is difficult for most people. This is why it is important that you extend your offer for help on a consistent basis. Although it may be refused a time or two, your efforts will make it easier for them to reach out when they feel comfortable.
  6. You’re Worth it
    The future can seem so distant on the journey to sober living. Reminding your loved one that their future is worth working for is important. They may not realize their potential on the other side of recovery. Discussing potential aspirations and possible accomplishments will help them see the worth in working toward a brighter future.

If you have questions about the drug rehab process or are looking for an inpatient or outpatient rehab center in Utah, please visit our homepage to learn more about our programs. 385-207-2029

Another Relapse! Why Should I Forgive Them Again?

Feelings of depression, shame, self pity, and apathy constantly plague an addict leading them to live in very dark and miserable places. Using seems to temporarily alleviate these feeling, but as the high fades out, it is quickly replaced with negative emotions that creep deeper into their heart and soul causing the darkness to be intensified and stronger than before. This often causes addicts to go on destructive benders and binges in order to chase a high for another temporary relief in order to  feel normal or some kind of happiness.This dangerous cycle is usually followed by feelings of intense guilt that is potent enough to make an addict never want to go down that path again. This is usually the time when your loved one has said “I need help”, “That is the last time I will ever use”, or “I never want to do that again”. After a few days of nearly unbearable withdrawals symptoms, the addicts starts to feel joy and happiness. Their bodies feel regenerated and healthy again. Their emotions make a drastic improvement and the future looks bright. However, in an instant, conditions take a turn for the worst and before you know it, your loved one has another relapse.

After going through this process over and over, resentment and bitterness quickly consumes individuals, families, and relationships. Loved ones question why addicts would chose to hurt themselves and others. Blaming and arguing runs rampant while communication and understanding is restrained. The destruction caused by addiction quickly spreads and wedges itself between the addict and their family, friends, and support groups. The family and loved ones of an addict begin to ask themselves… Do they even care about the ones they are hurting? Why are they so selfish? Why should I forgive them again and again?

The answer can be surprisingly simple and is expressed beautifully in a quote by C.S Lewis. He teaches that “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” We all have imperfection and short comings. God has already forgiven us of all our trespasses and those of your loved one and He asks that we do the same. Addicts do not purposely hurt themselves or others. They are unfortunately stricken by a chronic disease of the brain that causes good people to do bad things.

Like many of us, the apostle Peter in the New Testament wondered how often we are to forgive each other. He ask Jesus saying “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22). As you practice the divine principle of forgiveness, you will quickly enjoy peace and comfort that will lead to solutions and support for the addict. You will immediately see your situation and that of your loved one improve. However, if you fail to forgive and chose to hold on to bitterness and resentment you end up hurting yourself and others. Nelson Mandela, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and former South Africa President reminds us that “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Resentment and grudges will not improve your situation but will likely make it worse. Addicts have a hard enough time forgiving themselves so it is advised that you do your best to help pull them out of their dark places by forgiving them and supporting them though their trials.

-MJ

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Fight or Flight

As I think about times I have faced fear in my life a number of things come to mind. The fear I had the first time I pointed my skis down a snow covered hill, fear I felt standing on top of a red covered cliff above the water just before jumping, the fear I had as I walked up to ask a beautiful girl to dance, and the fear I had as I drove my first son home from the hospital.

There are many fears we face in life on a daily basis. Fear is something that most people dread. The feeling that comes over our whole body that makes the hair on our neck stand and a lump in our throat form, is something that most people want to run from. It is even something that is programed into our body to save us from danger and teaches us to fight or flight. There are many aspects of fear both good and bad. I believe fear is natures way to call us into action (fight or flight). It’s up to us how we react to fear.

Do we face our fears (fight) or do we run from them (flight)? Fear can paralyze our progress or it can accelerate it depending on what we chose to do with it. If I would have never pointed my skis down the hill, I wouldn’t enjoy the exhilarating feeling of racing down a snow covered hill. If I would have never jumped off the red covered cliff into the water, I would have never felt the thrill of flying through the air before landing safely in the water. If I never asked that beautiful girl to dance, I would never have known the joy and excitement she brought into my life. If I was too scared to drive my son home from the hospital, I would have never felt the blessings of fatherhood and the joy from seeing his smile everyday.

If you have felt natures call to action whether it be fear to stop an addiction, fear of living your dreams, fear to start that business, fear of money, fear of making a better life for yourself, or fear of the unknown. Whatever it may be have the strength, courage, and confidence to look fear in the face and FIGHT! Don’t run from your fear. Embrace it and let it accelerate your progress. Don’t miss the chance to race down that hill or jump off that cliff. Behind the fear you face are some of the greatest moments you may ever experience just waiting for you. By facing your fear you can learn what it really means to live and be all the better for it.

-AL

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10 Benefits of Attending an Outpatient Program

outpatient rehab group discussing addiction

Outpatient treatment is a fantastic choice for those who are seeking their first source of help, as well as for those who have already completed an inpatient program. Typically, if you are ready for outpatient treatment, you are cognizant of the reality of your addiction, and have the motivation to learn, and correct it. There are many benefits to choosing outpatient treatment as you journey to your new, addiction-free life. Some of these include:

1)    Increased freedom of movement

The first, and most salient, benefit of an outpatient program is the freedom it allows you.  The freedom to come and go can play a large role in your willingness to seek or continue effective care.  This is because you are not required to stay in one place. You can attend meetings and therapy sessions scheduled around your regular activities.

2)    Maintain commitments (Family, work, education)

The road to recovery requires kept commitments, and progress in life is continued.  Going to work to earn a wage/salary, attending school to achieve an education, or striving to be a good parent or spouse are all made possible and encouraged in an outpatient program.

3)    Privacy and Anonymity

Addiction has never been and never will be, something bragged out or publicized by those who suffer from it.  Many times it can be stigmatized, and become a detriment to further progress in life and career.  Thus, outpatient programs let you keep the exposure to a minimum, without the need to explain extended absences.

4)    Activity Variety

The variety of activities that are part of a recovery process are vastly expanded in an outpatient program.  Achieving long-lasting, and permanent, sobriety often involves more than simply treating the physical aspects and consequences of addiction. Outpatient treatment allows you to get out and enjoy a variety of fun, sober activities with friends and family. Your treatment sessions will be scheduled at convenient times, allowing you work your plans around them.

5)    Ease of Transition for Former Inpatients

At the close of an inpatient treatment program, the adjustment of returning back to normal life can be difficult.  Outpatient programs can provide stability, resources, and support to prevent possible relapse from the stress of transition.

6)    Support network of non-using peers

Outpatient programs are unique in that they can mobilize and arrange permanent, real-life support. Outpatient programs allow you to create a structurally sound support system of peers who understand and support your efforts toward sobriety.

7)    Focus of family involvement

Part of your support system can be, and usually is, family members.  When your family is supportive and creates a productive environment, there are few parts of a recovery program that are more effective.  Your outpatient treatment will allow you to be at home at night with your family.

8)    Immediate application of lessons

Outpatient care can be challenging, but the education received in treatment can immediately be applied before dulled by memory or inactivity.  These lessons, when applied in the real world, can radically improve your rate of recovery.

9)    Lower costs

Outpatient treatment is almost always inexpensive when compared with inpatient treatment.  This is because an outpatient program avoids the costs of paying staff to be present, housing, and meals. Although inpatient treatment may be necessary depending on your specific case, outpatient care is certainly a great first option to discuss with us.

10) More valid assessment of antecedents

When you are in the more freeing, but ultimately more vulnerable, situation of an outpatient program it is easier to identify the severity and validity of antecedents and triggers to behavior.  The environment is not stable or sterile, allowing you to confront and conquer the pressures involved in addiction.

Starting Your Journey

Hopefully these listed benefits have helped you gain better understanding of how outpatient treatment can help you. If you’re interested in either outpatient or inpatient treatment, we encourage you to call us at 385-207-2029 to discuss your needs with a trained center representative. Here, we can determine your care needs and help you select the best treatment option for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Personal Inventories

Taking Inventory and Keeping Fit
Step 10 from Alcoholic Anonymous states, “We took moral inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it”. It is important that we evaluate whether we are “Staying Fit” in our recovery on a daily basis. One simple tool that we can use to gauge how we are doing is to do a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual inventory each night.
Physical: What am I doing to take care of myself physically?  Am I eating healthy? Am I exercising regularly?  Am I practicing good hygiene?  How do I feel about myself physically?  What can I do to improve tomorrow?
Emotional:  What am I doing to take care of myself emotionally?  Am I sharing my emotions with someone who is healthy and safe?  Am I taking time doing something for myself that I enjoy doing? What am I doing to manage my emotions such as stress, anxiety, and depression?  What can I do to improve tomorrow?
Mental:  What am I doing to stay mentally fit?  Am I getting adequate sleep?  Am I participating in positive self talk?  Am I setting life goals and striving to achieve them?  Am I seeking continued growth and education?  What can I do to improve tomorrow?
Spiritual:  What am I doing to stay spiritually fit?  Am I spending time communicating with my Higher Power?  Am I spending time meditating or listening to guidance from my Higher Power?  Am I making a conscience effort to be of service to others each day?  What can I do to improve tomorrow?
As we continue to take daily moral inventories, we are able to put our recovery tools and techniques into practical use. We are able to improve on our weaknesses and more importantly, celebrate our successes. 

Small Group Sizes Help Improve Sobriety

Residential Treatment Centers UtahZion Recovery Center knows how important it is to help our client feel comfortable enough to open up and disclose their personal trauma. Trauma that is also known as an underlying cause is usually a key factor that keeps you or a loved one’s addiction alive. Discussing, processing, and overcoming the underlying causes of addiction cannot always be done in a large group setting because more often than not, it is a very painful and emotional task. Small group sizes allow our clients to feel comfortable enough to discuss their personal trauma that they have kept hidden for so long. This openness then allows us to better treat them with a loving, specialized, and individualized approach.

Drawbacks of Large Group Therapy

Small groups can prevent members from getting lost in the crowd or having to compete for time in group therapy. When surrounded by a large group, it is easy to sit back and listen to others, all the while telling yourself that you’re receiving quality treatment because you can relate to what other group members are sharing. This mindset must be avoided if you or a loved one is to fully overcome an addiction. In order to progress and heal, you must be willing to share your own experiences and trauma, no matter how difficult it may be.

How Small Groups Heal

A major benefit of our smaller group size is how easy it is to receive the appropriate amount of individual therapy sessions needed in order to fully heal from a substance abuse or alcohol addiction. Not all situations or experiences can be discussed in a group setting and must be discussed privately. That said, our clients enjoy the option of receiving individual or private family sessions at least 5 times a week. These individual or family sessions are not given a time limit and are never rushed. Sessions such as these can go as long as needed so our clients can have the individual time they need and deserve.

Additionally, small group sizes are important because they give our program the ability to explore recovery in all of its realms. It is imperative that all aspects of recovery are addressed (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual) rather than focusing entirely on sobriety. This means our clients must have the opportunity to experience recovery beyond a traditional treatment plan. Such activities include: volunteering to give back to society, going on weekly outings, weekly church attendance or gospel study if desired, even overnight retreats where our clients can learn to relax and enjoy life without using controlled substances or alcohol. All of these benefits from small group sizes make Zion Recovery a quality program that can offer you or a loved one a lifetime of sobriety.

Getting Help

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about how the small group sizes at Zion Recovery Center can help you or your loved one finally win the battle with addiction, it’s time to connect with a center representative. For 24/7 access to information and assistance, call 385-207-2029 or visit our contact page to reach out via the contact form.

What does it mean to be a Faith-Based Treatment Program?

Faith Based Rehab“Faith-Based” is a broad term that can be used in many different ways. In fact, it can be so ambiguous that many don’t even know what it means. There are a lot of rehab facilities that claim to be faith-based simply because they allow their clients to privately worship their Higher Power or let residents attend religious services if they feel so inclined. Zion Recovery Center takes a different approach when it comes to faith and treatment. We boldly believe that God and Jesus Christ are the Higher Power that will help our clients overcome addiction.

Faith in Jesus Christ is the core value of Zion Recovery Center’s entire program. We firmly believe the only way to truly overcome the recurring pain, trauma, and the underlying issues that lead to substance abuse is to involve the teachings of Jesus Christ into our clients’ daily lives.

“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalms 50:15).

This does not mean we require our clients to study the Bible or worship all day long. We incorporate Christ and his simple yet powerful teachings into each group, individual, and family session. We include gospel principles in the program structure through daily prayer and the ability to worship at religious services on a weekly basis.

We understand that all of our clients have different levels of faith. We know that some clients have a strong relationship with God and Jesus Christ while others still wonder if they even exist. Because our group sizes never exceed 8 members, we are able to be flexible which allows us to individualize the amount of spirituality each member receives according to their need and want.

Because addiction is so powerful and difficult to overcome, it most often requires not only the help and strength received from one’s faith, but also help from professional and qualified individuals who offer lifesaving therapy through refined skills and practiced techniques. That’s why Zion Recovery provides the combination of professional therapy with the help that Jesus Christ offers through his Atonement. This unique combination gives those battling the disease of addiction the strength to overcome their struggles.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16-17).

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What is Family Therapy?

Family Therapy session at Zion RecoveryZion Recovery Center firmly believes that as the family attends our family program and begins to heal, so too will the addict. This is due to the family’s newly learned ability to set and hold boundaries, which will hold their loved one accountable on a regular basis. We alsounderstand that the effects of addiction can be felt by all family members and they alone cannot always help their loved one fully recover from their drug or alcohol addiction. We are here to help by providing private family therapy sessions on a weekly basis so that your family can grow and progress together. Family therapy is available for both residential inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

The goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, create a better functioning home environment, and understand how to handle special situations such
as: substance abuse, death, divorce, abuse, and serious physical or mental illness or trauma. Other profound benefits of family therapy include educating family members about their loved one’s illness, and providing them the necessary skills and tools to better handle and resolve the problems associated with caring for their addicted family member.

Each family therapy session is conducted in a private setting by a therapist or team of therapists who are trained and experienced in family and group therapy techniques. Our therapists can model new behaviors for the family through their interactions with each other during a session. In our family program, therapists seek to analyze the process of family interaction and communication as a whole and do not take sides with the client or their specific family members. 385-207-2029

A Fathers Battle Against Prescriptions

Father suffering from prescription drug abuse and alcoholismIn June of 2007, Eric Jensen was in a motorcycle accident. While receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the crash, Jensen was given a pain reliever prescription and some muscle relaxers. One day after feeling particularly pained, Jensen doubled his dose andquickly

became high for the first time. He began taking pills in higher doses, asking for new prescriptions before his old ones were out, and taking pills from his wife and others. This spiral of addiction happened quickly and continued until he finally received help. After finally confiding in his wife and family, Jensen was finally able to move forward by attending and working with with various addiction recovery programs. Many of which were faith based.

Fortunately Eric was able to receive help before it was too late. According to a report published by the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, the second most abused substance in Utah is opioids. Opioids are drugs like Vicodin, Morphine, and OxyContin, which, when used properly, help reduce pain and increase tolerance but when abused can cause addiction. Only alcohol is abused more than opioids in Utah. The CDC also released a report claiming over-doses of these drugs were more prevalent than the over-doses of all other illegal drugs combined. Not only are people dying in large numbers from the recreational use of these opioid drugs, more people are over-dosing on these illicit drugs every year than are dying in car crashes.

With the help of close family, friends, and his faith, Jensen was able to undergo the process of fighting his addiction and healing. Eric Jensen has been clean for 4 years, but doesn’t consider himself to be completely rid of his addiction. He says that he is still recovering, that he still considers himself an addict.

Jensen says he finds relief in helping others with their recovery from addiction, and that he wants others to experience the freedom he feels from recovering. Benjamin Jones says that he shares those same thoughts. Jones experienced addiction for much of his adolescent years and has become an advocate for the addicted and troubled. Jones is now a therapist, clinical program director, and co-founder of Zion Recovery Center. Zion Recovery also takes a faith-based approach to addiction recovery at their locations in Eagle Mountain and Orem. 385-207-2029