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Signs of Alcoholism

April 1st, 2015

The Signs of Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismThere is not really an easy way to determine if your drinking has escalated to a problem of alcohol abuse or even alcoholism (dependency). There is not a definite line in the sand to look at when it comes to someone’s drinking to indicate ‘hey, you have a problem.’ Instead, we have to take a look at a number of factors to determine if someone has an alcohol abuse problem or something more serious like dependency (this is also called alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder in today’s treatment terminology).

The first questions you must ask is are you concerned about your drinking, or has someone expressed concern about how much alcohol you consume? This is the first indication that maybe it has gotten out of hand. Some can take or leave being intoxicated, but others cannot get through life without. So what are some of the signs of alcoholism? This post will provide some basic indicators for individuals who may think they have a problem, and also indicators for others who may be concerned about a loved one’s drinking habits or struggles. Read More »

4 Starting Tips for Getting Help for Drug Addiction

February 27th, 2015

Get Help for AddictionHave you had enough? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you feel that there is no way out of the downward spiral? If you are someone that is struggling with alcohol problems or drug addiction, the answer to these questions can make all the difference in the world around you. And even though you are struggling, we want you to know that there is hope and answers for your problem. This is a condition that is treatable. More than ever before people are finding ways through alcohol or drug treatment to get sober and to stay that way. What follows are some simple tips to help you and hopefully inspire you to make that call. Asking for help can seem to be such a daunting task, but can make all the difference in a bright and hopeful future. Read More »

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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