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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Preparing The Garden For Winter - And Yourself For Life

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Autumn at Red Oak Recovery® is filled with activity as we harvest the last bounty of our garden and mountain orchard. All hands join in to harvest apples, and tomatoes are picked green before the first frost and hung to ripen. Fall vegetables like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins add variety and rich nutrition to our daily meals.

Then, before winter sets in, it’s time to enrich the garden beds, mulch the orchard, and turn autumn leaves and garden debris into compost that will nurture next year’s crops. Soon, the berries, trees, and vines that have provided for our sustenance will turn dormant, as they rest and replenish before returning in the spring.

For clients recovering from addiction, the gardening chores of autumn provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and put into practice the recovery skills they have been learning. This is a time to:
  • Practice new social skills, share experiences & forge supportive friendships 
  • Develop the competence and confidence that come with accomplishing a task 
  • Learn to tend to their own nutritional needs just as they tend to the garden’s needs 
  • Understand the importance of physical and spiritual renewal 
The result is a greater understanding of themselves and their ability to live healthy and productive lives.

A Holistic Approach to Recovery 


Organic tasks like tending to the garden and mountain orchard are part of the unique experience here at Red Oak Recovery®. In our beautiful N.C. setting, young adults learn to share and appreciate the connection between nutrition, health, and cooperative work. This therapy for the soul is coupled with gender-specific clinical treatment to provide a lasting change to sobriety for our clients. Call 866-831-9107 to speak with an admissions counselor about an individually tailored recovery program for you or your loved one.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Advantages Of Sober Living After Treatment

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For many recovering addicts, and particularly for young people, the transition back home from a treatment facility can be a very challenging time. Experts note that most relapses occur within the first 90 days of the recovery period, with the home environment being especially difficult for a variety of reasons. For some young adults, the stresses and dynamics of the home environment can be a root cause of substance abuse and addictive behavior. For others, feelings of having failed or disappointed loved ones can send the recovering patient back into the cycle of addiction.

To help ease this sometimes-difficult transition, addiction counselors may recommend sober living halfway houses. These specialized facilities offer many advantages to recovering addicts whose personal situations may make returning home challenging.

Sober Living Halfway Houses: Benefits for Recovering Addicts 


While some patients find it challenging to make an abrupt return from a treatment facility back into the home environment, addiction experts unanimously agree that recovering individuals need structured environments to reinforce the skills, lessons and strategies learned during the intensive counseling period. Study after study has shown that recovering addicts are at much greater risk of relapsing when they lack a stable, substance-free living environment during the critical months following treatment.

Sober living communities and halfway houses provide just this type of environment. Many responsible, well-run halfway houses require residents to adhere to sobriety contracts, which may include screenings and tests to make sure agreed-upon terms and conditions are being honored. To help residents meet their obligations, onsite support services are readily available. They are also highly structured: demanding that residents be employed, enrolled in school or volunteering while participating in ongoing group therapy programs.

When combined, these features help boost the recovering addict's chances of making it through the critical first months without a relapse. At Red Oak Recovery®, we employ a multimodal treatment strategy built on a clinically dynamic treatment model, taking advantage of every available advantage to promote the health and recovery of our patients. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, we have the skills, resources and experience to help. To learn more, please contact our team by phone or confidential email today.