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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Therapeutic Benefits of Decluttering Your Space for Spring

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are full of yesterday’s junk.” – Louise Smith, Author

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Spring cleaning is more than a housecleaning ritual. For young adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, decluttering is a beneficial part of any sobriety program. During spring cleaning, you have a chance to purge toxic patterns of behavior, simplify cluttered areas of your home, and create space for mental and emotional growth.

Whether you live in one room of a sobriety house or you have an entire apartment to yourself, clutter can quickly take over. Stacks of paperwork and piles of laundry creep into the empty areas of your home, robbing your environment of peace. Too much stuff creates chaos that can disrupt your recovery, so make a plan to declutter your physical space. Here are three quick tips that can help:

1] Begin with one small area at a time. Focus on one corner of the counter, one half of your closet, or one bookshelf: giving away items that you don’t use and tossing or shredding old documents and mail. You will be surprised at what you accomplish during a week if you declutter one small area a day.

2] Get rid of items that remind you of past substance abuse.
There is no place for emotional attachment when it comes to items that may trigger a relapse. Be vigilant about clearing old triggers from your space.

3] Unsubscribe from email lists. Your inbox can be as overwhelming as your home, so take a few moments each day to unsubscribe from blogs or email lists that remind you of your old life, tempt you to spend money you don’t have, or have no redeeming value.

Decluttering as Addiction Therapy

Many men and women recovering from substance abuse find power in tidying their space and purging their home of excess. Consider spring cleaning a fresh start: one that allows you to breathe easier, work more efficiently, and make space for your new, sober life. Need help with your addiction? Call 866.831.9107 now.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring Renewal at Red Oak Recovery®

It is March, and staff and clients here at Red Oak Recovery® are busy preparing for the growing
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season ahead. Garden chores, mending the chicken coops, and clearing out debris that has accumulated in the orchard will keep us outside enjoying the sun’s warmth and breathing in the fresh North Carolina air.

Cultivating New Growth 

Growing and preparing our own nutritious food is an integral part of the recovery experience here at Red Oak. As temperatures rise and the ground thaws, our list of daily chores gets longer. This is a time to go through our early spring checklist:
  1. Infuse the garden beds and orchard berries with compost to add nutrients to the soil. 
  2. Clear away broken branches and debris in the orchard, and while plants are still dormant, take care of any last-minute pruning. 
  3. Tend to garden paths, beds, and plants that may have suffered from winter’s wrath. 
  4. Start seeds for early spring crops in the greenhouse. 
  5.  Clean and mend the chicken pens in preparation for a new brood of chicks. 
  6. Inspect and awaken the beehives. 
Soon, spring will be in full bloom, and our preparation will reward us with a new crop of healthy fruits and vegetables, wholesome fresh eggs, and delicious honey for our table.

Opportunities for Renewed Life

Here at Red Oak Recovery®, the advent of spring reminds us that renewal is a part of nature. The trials of a long winter give way to a fresh start each spring. For those who have entered our recovery program, a fresh start is possible, too. Yes, there are cultivating chores that must be done, but the reward is a life with purpose and self-empowerment. If you are a young adult in the grip of addiction to drugs or alcohol, dial 866.831.9107. The beginning of a new, sober life is waiting for you here at Red Oak Recovery®. Join our family!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Music & Addiction: Neurological Benefits

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Music has long been considered a natural anti-depressant, an emotional outlet, a creative stimulus, and a tension reducer. Many studies discuss the benefit of music on physical, mental, and emotional health, and this may be especially important for people in addiction recovery.

“There is growing scientific evidence showing that the brain responds to music in very specific ways,” said Lisa Hartling, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Hartling and her colleagues conducted a study with pediatric emergency room patients, finding that children who listened to music were able to relax better during IV insertion: reporting less pain and demonstrating less distress.

Music has also been found in several studies to decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels and lower symptoms of acute pain, which also holds promise for clients going through rehab and early addiction recovery.

Benefits of Music Therapy for Addiction in Young Adults 

  1. Music can give clients an outside focus when they are going through uncomfortable or painful withdrawal symptoms. 
  2. Listening to music or creating music can relieve stress and reduce tension throughout all phases of rehab. 
  3. The right kind of music gives clients an opportunity to purge unhealthy emotions and adopt a healthier outlook. 
  4. Music is a hobby. It can relieve boredom (a common relapse trigger) and fill in gaps of time that were previously filled by drinking or using.
  5. Music gives you a topic of conversation and a shared common interest with new, sober friends.

Music Therapy for Addiction

Many addiction specialists are using the power of music to impact recovering drug and alcohol users. Depending upon the client and instructor, the therapy may include “creating” or listening to music. At Red Oak Recovery®, we administer music and sound therapy during weekly acupuncture sessions. The combination of these holistic therapies helps clients to feel refreshed and relaxed after the treatment is complete. To learn more about our alternative treatments and music therapy options, call 866.831.9107 today.