Physical repair is the cornerstone of success when dealing with addictions. This goal cannot be achieved with talk therapy. A future of abstinence without biochemical repair (“white knuckling it” is rarely maintained and has never been the way of Health Recovery Center. Distorting the brain’s chemistry with toxic chemicals requires intense biochemical repair to restore balance. This understanding is what sets Health Recovery Center apart from other psychological (symptom-based) treatment clones; however, Health Recovery Center is also a teaching center. Clients and their support teams learn how to change their lifestyle with healthy alternatives that promote health and build a higher quality of life without alcohol/drugs.
We recognize the importance of support from friends and loved ones close to recovering alcoholics/drug abusers. Addicts aren’t alone in dealing with the worry and anxiety that goes with addictions, so are the people close to them. One common question we hear from supporters is what should their role be after treatment?
The process of making life-altering changes can be daunting, particularly in the first year, even after corrective biochemical measures have been applied. Years of alcohol/drug use forge emotional attachments that may trigger a relapse so it is important not only to identify them but replace them as well.
Ways to fill the void:
- Cooking- Never underestimate the importance of maintaining a healthy diet when recovering from a chemical addiction. Many lessons providing in-depth knowledge on food and healthy eating get explored at Health Recovery Center. Finding support to help apply those lessons through healthy home-made meals will go a long way in achieving a happy alcohol/drug-free future. In addition, it also offers a creative outlet. A great two-for-one combo: health for the brain/body; creative expression for the mind/soul.
- Creative Expression (art, music, dance, writing, etc.)- Many addicts feel lost after their old relationship with drugs and alcohol is severed. The arts provide an excellent outlet to become engaged in life again. They help lost souls wandering in an existential vacuum to find meaning once again. For those who have little experience in expressing themselves (are such people?), creative outlets help promote balance and build confidence with every new accomplishment.
- Exercise (Running, Biking, Walking, Resistance Training, Yoga, etc.)- The benefits of physical activity are all encompassing. It helps to tone up your physical appearance, strengthen your heart and muscles; it helps improve your mental state, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and reducing stress by lowering cortisol; and it’s free! Although running on a treadmill is one way to get exercise, finding a sport to play with a friend who supports you can add another dimension of fun to exercise. Go for it.
- Sign up for newsletters that keep you in the loop with orthomolecular medicine- HRC strives to get clients more involved in taking charge of their own health. Many top-notch newsletters are shared in HRC’s program including the Townsend Journal, The Blaylock Newsletter, The Orthomolecular Journal, The Wellbeing Journal… Stick with them. Read on, and the momentum for health will pay huge dividends as the years go by.
Your Supporting Role
Being the support person in the life of an addict just out of treatment requires time and commitment. Sometimes the effort you give may seem greater than that of the person you are helping. When you engage in health-building activities for the addict, not only will the addict benefit from the experience, you will too.
Health Recovery Aftercare
Health Recovery Center encourages and provides aftercare meetings to support graduates. They meet weekly in one of HRC’s group rooms. For those who live far away, monitors are setup for virtual attendance. In addition, on the day of aftercare (every Thursday evening), those attending receive a 25% discount on their supplements purchased through Bio-Recovery Inc. (on that day). This is done not only to encourage attendance but to help graduates keep their cupboards filled with the nutrients they need to maintain biochemical stability.
Aftercare meetings give clients a chance to weigh in on their recovery progress. Health Recovery Center’s many lessons need to be applied to realize their benefits. Hearing positive stories from other graduates helps keep the momentum of a healthy new lifestyle moving forward. Information regarding recipes, nutrients, anything that promotes health and recovery is fair game. For a few graduates, recovery creates a void of purpose; they need to find meaning through love and work, which is crucial for continued success following any addiction program. Getting support through other graduates helps struggling clients find themselves and get back on their feet again.