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Gratitude & Recovery

November 25th, 2014

Gratitude in RecoveryIn November especially, it always seems that people take a little more time for gratitude in their lives. Every year we take stock around Thanksgiving of all the things and people we are grateful for. For those in recovery, gratitude must become a central part of life to help them with sobriety, not just during the holidays. Getting to this point in recovery is not an easy process, but when we have an attitude and behavior of gratitude; it can change our entire outlook on things.

Why Gratitude in Addiction Recovery?

It really comes down to the mindset of addicts. “I’m different,” “Me vs. the world” or “Everyone is out to get me” are all common ways of selfish thinking when in the throes of addiction and using. It’s actually a defense mechanism to protect our erratic behaviors. How does gratitude help this? It’s the opposite of virtually all these behaviors. One gets to thinking less of self and more on the efforts of those trying to help. It develops humility and gratefulness. By cultivating this in addiction treatment and in recovery, we develop a better mindset overall and have a much more positive perspective on life. Gratitude is even backed by science studies. Those who practice gratitude are generally happier people. Read More »

5 Helps for Supporting a Spouse in Addiction Recovery

October 20th, 2014

Supporting a Spouse in Addiction RecoveryWhen you have a spouse or partner struggling with drinking or with alcoholism it can be quite an emotional roller coaster. Alcohol and drug rehab is a step in the right direction, but addiction recovery can have its ups and downs as well. Even in sobriety, a rocky road is ahead. A common question that a spouse may have is “How do I support my husband/wife in addiction recovery?” Today we provide you with 5 helps on how to offer this support.

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Staying Connected

September 16th, 2014

Staying Connected Through the Cirque Lodge Reunion
Big thanks to all of our alumni and friends that joined us for our annual reunion this weekend. It’s amazing to think that it was our 15th and our biggest turn out yet! The ropes course was full Friday night and we had as big a number around the fire on Saturday! It’s a powerful weekend for alumni and residents alike in rekindling that resolve for recovery. It is even stronger for us, the members of staff that show up at the drug rehab facility each day to provide help. It strengthens us with a new resolve to continue what we do each day!

One of the themes of this weekend was connectedness, staying connected to those who are positives to your recovery and to the Cirque where you got clean and sober. For all the thousands of residents that have come through our doors since the beginning. We consider all of you “one of ours”. We want you stay connected and in touch. We want to continue to play part in your recovery process. Just like in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous we encourage all our alumni to keep coming back! We have created and implemented a bunch of ways to keep you connected to the Cirque wherever you are.

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Seeking Addiction Treatment for a Loved One? Some Questions to Ask

August 13th, 2014

Asking Questions About Addiction TreatmentWhen you have a loved one who is struggling with an alcohol problem or drug addiction, getting them into treatment can seem like a daunting task. This is especially challenging when you aren’t really sure what you are looking for when it comes to a treatment program. In this case it pays to be a questioning consumer as we are talking about a loved one’s health, safety and wellness. Addiction treatment providers should be able to provide answers to any or all of your questions or concerns.

Below are questions you should be able to ask every treatment provider and they should be more than willing to help you with answers. These questions are based upon a more detailed guide provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. By doing a Google search you will find that there are a number of programs available. We also advise to seek out professional help from intervention services and medical professionals if you need more educated assistance on finding an alcohol treatment or drug rehab program for a loved one.

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4 Ways Nature Can Help in Addiction Recovery

July 1st, 2014

Nature Helps in Addiction RecoveryThere is a healing power in nature that can’t be explained or quantified. Yet, when we get out into nature there seems to be an uplifting and healing balance that nurtures and restores our body, mind and soul. One of the unique advantages of the Cirque Lodge alcohol and drug rehab facility is our location and proximity to some of the most breathtaking mountain venues. Those seeking respite from their struggles with alcohol, drugs and prescription medications can find and experience nature’s healing through our program. Here are four ways in which nature helps in the addiction recovery process:

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