News & Media

News and Updates from Residence XII staff and the treatment community

Our Facility
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Importance of Human Connection and Bonding in Recovery

by admin
bonding
As humans we have the natural need for bonding connection because we are an innately a social species. Social connections are a powerful component in our lives as they play a vital role in our survival in our sense of belonging. Most importantly, our bonds and feelings of connection play an important role for our overall health; they have been shown to lower addictive behavior relapse rates, help with depression, and reduce our negative responses to stress. Connection and bonding are critical component in the prevention of relapse. It is important that people in recovery feel a sense of belonging and have a strong support system to help them through challenging times.

Sharing Positive Experiences with Others

As human beings we all need social support, especially from trusted sources. It is important that recovering addicts have a community and safe haven to be able to share their life experiences, accomplishments, and struggles.  Being able to share positive experiences with who offer caring and empathy has an immense impact on positive emotions such as happiness and satisfaction, according to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Successful treatment programs include lots of opportunity for social interactions and recovery support. At Residence XII we have a strong and active Alumnae group. They provide a warm environment and sense of community for women giving them every opportunity to stay on the path to recovery through building strong relationships.

Strong Support Networks

Our Inpatient, Outpatient, and Family Programs offer an inviting and safe environment to learn the fundamentals of bonding and connection. By participating in social activities, group sessions, volunteer work, our patients learn the skills necessary to help them on their journey through recovery. Volunteering and sponsoring are a critical piece of our program and offer opportunities to feel a sense of connection and satisfaction. A strong support network is essential; whether the connection is with family, friends, therapists or alumni.

Human Connection and Brain Chemicals

Are you aware that human and social interactions can benefit brain activity in positive ways?
  • One is oxytocin, also known as the “love” hormone. Oxytocin is released through skin-to-skin contact and simple close communication with another person helps develop a sense of intimacy, trust, and healthy relationships. It is part of the hormonal formula for creating and maintaining solid bonds and interactions.
  • Serotonin is heightened by social interaction; mood and willpower are influenced by it. The prefrontal cortex of the brain relies on serotonin as it controls personality and executive functioning. A lack of serotonin results in physical and mental problems such as depression, anxiety, weight gain, and insomnia. Serotonin levels can be elevated by participating in talk therapy, sharing happy memories, smiling, and laughing.
  • Endorphins are boosted by positive social interactions and by energetic physical activity. Laughing and stretching, and working out at the gym are great ways to boost endorphin levels.

About Residence XII

RESIDENCE XII offers ALCOHOL TREATMENT and DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (18+) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. CONTACT US for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).    
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why Do People Drink Alcohol?

by admin
why do people drink
  The patients at RESIDENCE XII have one thing in common — they are struggling with the challenges of chemical dependency. Everyone needs help at some point in their lives and Residence XII has programs to provide support, strength, and guidance during all phases of the journey towards sobriety. Perhaps you are wondering why people drink alcohol in the first place! There are many reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons why people choose to drink in today’s world. Understanding this may help you better understand your loved ones choices and why it can be so difficult to get and stay sober.

1. Social Lubricant

In our culture, drinking is customary. It is used as a social lubricant to lessen tensions and to calm nerves. It is also used as a means to bond and nurture relationships amongst acquaintances, friends, family, and even co-workers. Drinking in our culture is so commonplace that it even has its own dedicated time-frame more commonly known as “Happy Hour”. When living in a society that sings and praises its members for drinking, people do just that—drink.

2. Relieve Stress

The societal “norms” and expectations of the world we live in today have become very unrealistic and difficult to attain. This creates a certain level of stress that can be extremely detrimental to the mental and physical well-being of a person. Often times, stressful times push people to turn to alcohol. This common mistake leads people to believe they are escaping life’s little stressors, when in all honesty it is only a temporary solution that can lead to a lifelong problem.

3. Coping Mechanism

Similar to relieving stress, people think that drinking will help them cope with challenges. It acts as a temporary mind-numbing activity that can calm nerves and anxiety. It is not uncommon for a significant life change such as losing a job, ending a relationship or loss of a loved one to trigger drinking.

4. Isolation

Isolation is another reason why some turn to drinking. Poor support networks, decreased mobility, and limited access to transportation all lead someone to an increased risk to drink. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to isolation.

About Residence XII

RESIDENCE XII offers ALCOHOL TREATMENT and DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (18+) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. CONTACT US for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Outpatient Treatment Benefits

by admin
  outpatient treatment Here at Residence XII, we offer different treatment options for women to make sure they are on the right path to sobriety. Outside of the Residential Inpatient Treatment program, our Intensive Outpatient Program is particularly for women who are capable of maintaining sobriety outside the course of a residential program. Women in this 12-step program meet in small groups for a safe and trusting environment to understand the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors in drug and alcohol addiction. For those looking for a long-term intensive alcohol and/or chemical dependency program, explore this blog for the top three benefits of participating in our intensive outpatient program.
  1. Maintain a More Normal Routine

One significant issue that patients encounter when searching for addiction programs is the conflict of taking extended time off to participate in treatment. Everyday obligations are then affected as treatment can require a lengthy leave from work, parental duties, and so forth. Outpatient treatment is an excellent choice for women who need to maintain a normal routine and have prior obligations. Our treatment programs at Residence XII offer morning and evening groups with three hour sessions twice a week. Additionally, we offer one hour individual sessions every other week, but the length of treatment varies (typically 24 weeks) based on individual needs and requirements.
  1. Loved Ones at Your Side

Having support from family and friends helps one stay focused throughout their difficult journey. Inpatient programs may limit or remove loved ones from an addict’s life for the time being as part of the treatment, especially when rocky relationships can contribute to an addict’s substance abuse. On the other hand, loved ones are the source of motivation in many new patients that decide to enter rehab as a means to mend and rebuild broken relationships due to substance abuse. Plus, this program offers a family program that helps families and loved ones understand addiction so that healing can begin. That is why living with supporting and reassuring family members during outpatient treatment can be the very thing that keeps one on the right path.
  1. Cost

Treatment can be rather costly, especially in inpatient programs. However, outpatient programs are more cost-efficient due to eliminating needs such as shelter, food, and extra provided care that inpatient programs include. Furthermore, insurance companies can be more open and willing to cover costs of outpatient treatment programs as well. Contact Residence XII for questions about cost of treatment. For more information about our Intensive Outpatient Program, Continuing Care, and Extended Care, check out our website at http://www.residencexii.org/programs-and-services/outpatient/.

About Residence XII

RESIDENCE XII offers ALCOHOL TREATMENT and DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (18+) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. CONTACT US for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Creating and Keeping Your Sobriety Resolutions in 2017

by admin
Resolutions New Year, new you? Every year, 40 percent of Americans make resolutions in hopes for a fresh start to the New Year. As the most difficult part of the end of the year has ended for those struggling with addiction, 2017 can be the time to focus on sobriety and becoming a better you. Explore our blog for the most useful tips on how to sustain realistic sober-focused resolutions and maintaining them throughout the year.

Relationships, Support, and Care

Having family and friends by your side is an integral part for a successful path to sobriety. By providing love and understanding, meaningful relationships will motivate one to stay positive and feel the reassuring support to not become discouraged and distracted. When sober, relationships are easier to develop or mend, especially when you are able to provide the time and attention your loved ones deserve as well.

Face your Demons

Remember those 2016 demons? Face them. Depression, trauma, mental pain, or anything that has hindered your life should be worked through—without using substances. Let this New Year be the start of new self-discovery and inner strength. Express your feelings and struggles with loved ones or trusted ally so you are not holding it all inside.

Accountability

Tell your family and friends your resolution. This will hold one to be accountable by voicing their goals for a better life. Keep yourself accountable by telling the world your resolution(s). Family and close friends are always great audiences to tell your resolution(s) to, as they typically want you to succeed just as much as you do. Additionally, try writing your resolutions down and placing them somewhere that you often look, so you can often be reminded to stay on track.

Be Realistic, Be Practical with Resolutions

Create a resolution or goals where you can achieve sobriety the best and most reliable way for you. While 70 percent may fall short in remaining consistent and actually keeping their resolutions, this typically occurs when motivation is lost and expectations become impractical. Remember, you are alive! There is every reason to be positive and grow from the past. The best way for success comes from avoiding anything that could steer you away from sobriety (such as parties and bars).

About Residence XII

RESIDENCE XII offers ALCOHOL TREATMENT and DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (18+) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. CONTACT US for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).      
Monday, December 19, 2016

When Seasonal Affective Disorder Meets Sobriety

by admin
Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD A change of season typically brings in different holidays and weather changes, which can have a direct effect on one’s mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that develops in regards to a change in seasons that can affect energy levels and overall well-being. The wintertime can be a challenging experience for those on the road to recovery. SAD may become an endeavor to overcome and can create complications for sobriety. Explore this blog to learn how to manage any SAD symptoms or challenges that the wintertime may bring to remain on the right path.

Addiction and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter season can be detrimental for those wanting to lead a life to sobriety, especially for women. While SAD affects one’s mood and depression, others may also experience symptoms of insomnia and suicidal thoughts. The winter season also involves renowned holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s, which can also cause depression and anxiety for individuals as well.  As a result, dealing with such side effects could cause one to fall back into substance abuse. Therefore, it is important to stay prepared for seasonal temptations and understand what is happening to you or your loved ones mental health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: fall and winter

During the fall and winter seasons, the weather has an impact on overall mental health. These seasons have darker months and longer days without sunlight, which can dampen moods and create a melancholy aura. When snow and rain showers start to fall, this can eventually lead to boredom as outside entertainment and/or physical activity is reduced or even limited. This can occur especially for recovering addicts who are spending the holidays alone. This can be hazardous because boredom or the feeling to want to boost one’s energy can have an influence to use substances for a temporary distraction or the need for a quick uplift in mood. Another seasonal related problem is added stress and temptations during the holidays and family reunions. Stress can easily form with major holidays that involve parties, gatherings, and substance use by friends and family for recovering addicts. Family gatherings can be a stressful period for those have dysfunctional relationships with family members. It can be difficult to maintain sobriety because unresolved tensions or bad family history can be triggers for cravings and negative emotions. According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, December is as dangerous as June and July as this is the time when 12-17-year-olds experience alcohol for the first time. This can cause a former addict to remember previous holiday substance use and can tempt one to participate, especially in work and family party environments.

How to Prepare for Season Temptations and SAD

Below are a number of ways to avoid temptations while coping with SAD. If you or anyone you know is a recovering addict and is experiencing any SAD symptoms, it is important to seek professional help.
  • Although the winter brings chilly weather, spending time outdoors should be part of your daily routine. This will allow for exposure to natural sunlight (even with clouds present). We suggest spending time outdoors in either the morning or right after waking up.
  • Exercise regularly. Colder season can prohibit going to the gym due to snow conditions or the feeling of wanting to feel comfortable indoors. Exercise is beneficial for depression and outdoor exercise is even better for overall health.
  • Refrain from getting cozy in dark areas. This could worsen symptoms of SAD. Try brightening up a home by first using any and all available natural light, then supplement with artificial lights as needed. Meditation is a great stress-reliever and helps one with SAD. Yoga, Pilates, and other relaxing methods are great for the body and mental strength.
  • Create a schedule or plan fun sober events to distract the mind from boredom and cravings.
  • Steer away from anything that could be harmful to recovery. If you have to second guess it, try avoiding it all together. Resisting temptations is easier said than done.

About Residence XII

RESIDENCE XII offers ALCOHOL TREATMENT and DRUG REHAB FOR WOMEN that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality INPATIENT and OUTPATIENT treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a FAMILY PROGRAM aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. CONTACT US for a free DRUG AND ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Remain Sober During The Holidays

by admin
  sober holidays With the end of the year approaching, we are entering the time of year when family get-togethers and excessive eating and drinking can create difficult situations for those in recovery. It is hard for many people who are trying to live a sober lifestyle to place themselves in a situation that, in the past, might have led them to drinking in excess.  But there are ways, however, to help you deal with triggers during the holiday season. Check out our blog for tips on how you can remain sober during the holiday season and still have a wonderful time!

Get In The Right Mindset

If you plan to remain sober during the holidays, the first step is to set your mind to sobriety. Drinking does not begin with drinking. Actions begin with a thought, so it is smart to plant a seed in your mind and then carry out the action. It is absolutely crucial to go into the holidays with a strong mindset and decision that no matter what, drinking will not be an option. If you are on the fence as you go into the holidays about whether or not you are going to drink, you are setting yourself up for a major battle of will, unnecessary guilt and the risk of a relapse.  Once you make up your mind to remain sober, get excited about it! Focus on all the benefits that you will get to enjoy such as looking and feeling healthier, and waking up the next day not feeling bloated and hung-over.

Connect With Your Support System

A good way to prepare for a sober holiday is to have a support group or a group of sober friends that you can turn to at a time of need. Having a person or two available that you can call if things get difficult, can help you stay motivated and on track when you are triggered to drink. You could even ask a sober friend to come with you to a holiday dinner or party if that is an option, so that there is someone else who is in the same mindset as you are and can help keep you company.

Understand Your Triggers

Gathering during the holidays with family and friends can be a relaxing time of celebration and fellowship. However for individuals dedicated to a path of long-term recovery, holiday gatherings may pose special risks in the form of triggers back towards unhealthy behaviors of the past. It is important to understand these unique challenges, in order to minimize the chance of a relapse. Be prepared that there might be tension or arguments between family members during the holidays. You do not have to engage in every conversation or relationship. You have the power to disengage and set boundaries because you have to first and foremost take care of yourself.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Alcohol Abuse Versus Alcohol Dependence

by admin
When it comes to having a drinking problem, there are two types that an individual might identify with –alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. Distinguishing the difference between the two is very important because it can help one understand the kind of help that they should receive.  Alcohol abuse is associated with people who engage in risky behaviors, while alcohol dependence is considered a more serious, long-term chronic disease. Explore our blog to learn the differences between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, the signs and symptoms of each, as well as treatment options that are available.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse occurs when a person who is a heavy drinker continues to drink, regardless of the results. Someone who abuses alcohol will often place themselves in situations that are high risk, dangerous and considered unsafe. Alcohol abuse can consist of drinking that does not occur on a consistent basis, but rather once a week or once every few weeks. The problem is that when alcohol abusers do drink, they put themselves in risky situations or drink to the point of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol abuse can eventually lead to alcohol dependence.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

  • Memory loss or blackouts
  • Accidents or injuries after drinking
  • Drinking continues despite knowing he/she will be driving or doing something that will be risky while impaired
  • Alcohol consumption interferes with work or other activities due to being hung over or sick
  • Drinking even though there are physical conditions that would be worsened by drinking.

What is Alcohol Dependence?

Alcohol dependence (alcoholism) is a long-term chronic disease in which a person has developed an unhealthy addiction to alcohol. Alcohol dependency is a physical and/or mental dependency on alcohol that has specific symptoms  associated with it such as:
  • Craving - a strong need or desire to drink
  • Loss of Control – an inability to stop drinking; a feeling of no control of the situation
  • Physical Dependence –withdrawals such as nausea, sweating, vomiting and insomnia when not drinking
  • Tolerance – a person needs more alcohol to satisfy cravings and to get drunk

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

There are many options available when it comes to treating alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Most individuals who are addicted to alcohol need professional counseling to overcome their addiction. In cases where a person is physically dependent on alcohol, hospitalization or medication may be required to help through detoxing or withdrawal symptoms. People who struggle with alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence can recover well with an effective intervention and treatment, as well as with the help of support groups and self-change methods.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence xii also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Friday, September 30, 2016

How to Maintain Long-Term Sobriety

by admin
maintain sobriety During the first stages of sobriety, most people in recovery tend to be highly motivated. They are more clear headed, have more energy and their world seems full of possibilities. Although a sober lifestyle is so much more rewarding than the life of an addict, often times people can take things for granted and the road to recovery can become more of an obstacle. One of the biggest challenges in recovery is learning how to stay motivated throughout the rest of your life in order to minimize the risk of a relapse. Explore our blog for helpful ways that you can stay on the right path and remain motivated throughout your addiction recovery journey!

Sobriety is a Process

Sobriety is a process, not an event. Many people have the idea that if they just simply give up alcohol and drugs, then they will automatically be happy. But the truth is becoming sober is only a part of the process when it comes to true recovery. There is always a reason for why a person falls into addiction and that reason is usually still there after one becomes sober. This is why the major key to long-term sobriety is to figure out the reasons for why addiction occurred in the first place. This will lead to making the necessary changes needed in order to cope with those challenges while being sober. Most of the time, relapse occurs due to the inability to cope with life, therefore it is crucial to learn how to cope with difficult situations or deal with past events in order to remain sober.

Achieving Emotional Sobriety

Emotions contribute to a person’s sobriety and their overall quality of life. In order to build a successful life that does not involve alcohol or drugs, one must learn to develop emotional sobriety. An emotionally sober person is someone who has developed the ability to positively deal with their emotions and keep a healthy balance. It means that when a problem arises, you no longer have the need to run to alcohol and drugs for temporary relief, but instead you are willing to deal with life and feel your feelings. Learning the proper tools needed to deal with your emotions in a positive way requires patience, time and effort. Once you learn to be in a healthy emotional mindset, you are more likely to stay motivated and succeed at long-term sobriety.

Attending Support Groups

Attending support groups is a great way to stay motivated and maintain long-term sobriety. Self-help or support groups are welcoming, non-judgmental and everyone is there to encourage and support one another in their recovery efforts. It is helpful to visit a few different support group meetings to find one where you feel most comfortable. Residence XII offers Addiction Aftercare Programs which provide women in recovery the practical tools and knowledge they need to succeed, as well as structure and accountability. There are also Extended Care Outpatient Groups that teach coping-skills, stress management and the connection between substance-use and trauma.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tips for Talking to a Loved One with Addiction

by admin
talking to a loved one with addiction It can be challenging at times to talk to a friend or a loved one who is addicted to alcohol or drugs. Often times they are in denial about their addiction and will use deflecting techniques when faced with confrontation, such as denial, avoidance, anger, and aggression.  Although it might not be easy, with patience, acceptance, honesty, and in some cases with the help from a professional, you can successfully communicate with them. Check out our blog for the following tips to help you get started!

Talk to Them and Stay Calm

The right time to approach and talk to your loved one is when they are sober. Many addicts are most clear-headed first thing in the morning therefore the best time to catch them is when they first wake up. When you start talking to them, make sure to go into the discussion with a calm attitude and avoid getting frustrated or impatient. The goal is not to have an argument, but to discuss the situation in a mature manner.

Put Judgment Aside

Although we are all guilty of it at one point or another, it is important to put judgment aside when talking to your loved one about addiction. It is hard to watch someone you care about slide downhill. There might be the urge to lecture them or come off too strong or harsh, out of love, but this will only cause them to get more defensive and can lead them more towards their addiction. The key to getting your loved one to listen and open up to you is by making them feel safe and loved. Be honest with them, but not in a way that pushes them away or makes them feel bad.

Be Honest

Be honest about how you feel and do not be afraid to express your emotions. People with addiction are usually very focused on themselves and are not aware of just how much their actions are affecting the people around them. So it is important to be straightforward and to let them know how you honestly feel. It is common to try to act strong and tough in order to protect them from the pain that their addiction is causing you, but that will only bring harm in the end. Make sure to remain calm and show empathy, but do not be afraid to hold back.

Consider an Intervention

If after sitting down and having an open talk with the person who struggles with addiction brings no results, it might be time to do an intervention. Sometimes simple one-on-one communication is not enough and professional help is needed. An intervention is when family and friends gather together to confront someone with addiction and give them options for getting help. Since interventions can be intense for both parties involved, it is advised to have a professional present that is experienced with organizing and leading interventions.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is state licensed by CARF (commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Benefits of a Sober Lifestyle

by admin
Sobriety can seem like a challenging goal for many who are struggling with addiction. While sobriety can be a long and difficult journey, becoming and staying sober offers tremendous benefits that are worth the effort. Sobriety leads to a more balanced life filled with enjoyment, inner freedom, happiness, and healthy self-control. Here are some major benefits that a sober lifestyle has to offer:

No More Hangovers

One of the greatest benefits of sobriety is no more hangovers. There is nothing worse than waking up with a huge migraine, dizziness, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and the feeling of nausea. Hangovers prevent a person from being productive and sharp at work and put them in a negative mindset. Without hangovers, an individual is more likely to call out less from work and save those sick days for an actual illness.

Looking Healthier

Cutting out toxins from alcohol does wonders for your skin and your general health. When an individual quits drinking, their skin starts looking healthier and develops a natural glow. One might get numerous compliments on how much more radiant and happier they seem. Being sober will also give you better sleep, more mental clarity and increased energy levels. Looking healthier might not be the main reason why you choose to sober up in the first place, but it is a great bonus and motivator to staying sober.

Saving Money

Going out and drinking does not just take a toll on one’s health, but on their wallet as well. The cost of drinks, cab rides and midnight fast food runs multiplied by the number of days a week a person goes out can greatly add up and thin out one’s pocket. People who struggle with addiction do not realize how much they spend on substances. When one becomes sober, they begin to have more financial stability and have more cash to spend on whatever they choose. Financial stability is important for reducing stress and living a healthier life.

Making New Friends

Some may fear that becoming sober means that people will not want to be around or hang out with them anymore. Those who struggle with addiction tend to equate socializing with drinking or using drugs. After giving up alcohol or drugs, it may be hard to socialize at first because that crutch is no longer there. In reality, sobriety gives you an opportunity to make true, lasting friends who will enjoy spending time with you sober and not just when you are partying.

Being in Control

One of the worst things for a lot of people with addiction is the feeling of shame and regret that comes the morning after a night of partying. Addiction causes a person to engage in risky behaviors and leads to destructive behavior patterns. Once a person begins a sober lifestyle, they will start to regain control over their life and will have reduced anxiety and increased self-confidence. They will no longer have blackouts and have to try to piece together the previous night’s events.

About Residence XII

Residence XII offers alcohol treatment and drug rehab for women that empower women while leading them on their journey to recovery. At Residence XII, we welcome all women (+18) and aim to provide the highest quality inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction available. Residence XII also offers a family program aimed at helping family members and loved ones understand how to best help the patient in recovery. Contact us for a free drug and alcohol assessment or to learn more about how we treat women with drug or alcohol dependency. Residence XII is State Licensed by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and a member of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).