Information from the Choices For Recovery staff about recovery modalities based in the latest science and research.
Going to the gym, heading out for a walk, lifting weights, swimming, running,*… Every time we enter into the workout zone we are simultaneously offered an opportunity to slide into the work-in domain. Of course, work-ins are available to us 24/7, but here, we begin to tune into the vivid rhythms and depth of our breath, noticing how it shifts and changes and enters its own flow that is unified with our physical body. We feel our hearts beating strong in our chests, drawing awareness to the movement of blood. Our sense of gratitude that we are in recovery and are able to do any of this at all overflows. And in these moments, when we push our mortal shells to some exertion, to the release of chemicals that calm and balance, we can also push our eternal Selves (the in-dweller, the Spirit, the whatever-you-want-to-call that part of us that is rooted to all) to see itself for exactly what it is: The pulse of life that is connected to all life. The breath, the conduit for receiving life force. The body of bones, organs, muscle and flesh that interact positively with the world. All is vital. All is sweet struggle. All is progress.
*Even if our bodies are not in the position to exercise, the amazing thing is that we can still strengthen our work-ins in the same way we can though a workout. We do this by drawing awareness to the breath (practicing deep breathing exercises), by focusing on the different parts of the body (tightening and releasing muscles), by relaxing, and by challenging ourselves one little step at a time.
The opposite of depression isn’t happiness, it’s vitality.
So how do you tap into your own vital essences and bring them into action?
Recovery is an invitation
To a spiritual path
Time doesn’t matter here
You are uplifted
Surrounded by awe
At a show, absorbing the live music and the organism of the crowd.
Brush strokes of paint on a large ivory canvas.
Hiking on a lush forest path that weaves though rocks and trees.
Combining spices and ingredients to be shared with loved ones.
The iridescent blue light reflected from the wings of an indigo bunting.
Hands in clay, pulling and easing as it spins to form.
Conversation with a friend. Listening closely.
Laying beneath a tree watching the leaves dance in the wind.
Those moments where we loose all sense of space and time are when we are drawn out of our small ego to the vastness of AWE. We long for this connection so profoundly, have sought it out in myriad ways, and for many of us, this coming to terms with our own great search for unity is part of our recovery story. Being in recovery means that we get to honor life in a way that is rooted in authenticity and the wonder of existence. This is our invitation. So let’s go, we seekers, and find our awe, our bliss, our spirit.
What brings you to that place of awe?
For centuries, civilization has regarded music as one of the most healing and beneficial implementations to society. From ceremonial lyrical rights of passage inductions to the synchronized chanting of Buddhist monks on CD, present day communities have found solace in the peaceful melodic influence of sound therapy.
It sounds kind of crazy, and we completely get it. Some refer to sound therapy as “vibrational medicine.” By using tuning forks, gongs and Tibetan singing bowls, those in the Eastern hemisphere found early on that a calming effect was easily achieved. Widening the scope of this powerful therapy, Eastern medicine has converted to alternative forms of therapy to help deter patients from the negative effects associated with external stressors.
Recovery from alcohol or other substance dependencies does not just focus on the physical transformation of the body. The three largest facets of health for recovering addicts are the body, mind, and spirit—all which are affected by diet. In the effort to promote optimal health, a holistic approach integrates a customized nutrition plan and regiment into the structured program treatment provides. For instance, nutrition classes and therapy surrounding eating disorders and unhealthy eating habits help addicts adopt healthier behaviors. The goal is to enable a physical recovery so that the mental and spiritual aspects of treatment have increased chances of succeeding. Nutrition is key in restoring this balance of health.
Drug and alcohol addiction is not a ‘one size fits all’ issue. Conversely, it cannot be treated with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. For many who are undergoing drug and alcohol treatment, different therapeutic groups are offered that specialize in treating their specific issues. As the needs of clients change, so too does the need for a different approach. Therapy has been used for centuries in one form or another and is a great opportunity to begin making positive changes while addressing core issues. With the different amounts of therapy available, it can become overwhelming to find the right therapist, or to know exactly what youre looking to get out of therapy.