Friday, June 29, 2012

12 Steps to Recovery

Newcomers Guide

So you think that you might be interested in or desperate for (or somewhere in-between) working a 12 step program? How do you get started?

•The first place to start is to get acquainted with at least the first step. Read through the comments to see what it is all about and comments about the other steps as well.
•See if you can find a face-to-face meeting in your area. There should be people in those meetings with varying levels of experience, sobriety and wisdom. Don't be afraid of going. You may be amazed at the warm reception that you find. Many people have said that they finally felt like they were coming home when they went to a meeting. They no longer felt alone. Other good resources are online meetings or online social networks for recovery. They may be a little less personal, but oftentimes are more convenient, especially if there are not face-to-face meetings in your local area for your type of addiction.
•Do your best to find a sponsor or at least someone with whom you can have accountability. You will probably have to go to a few meetings and/or join some online social networks for recovery, ask a few questions and see who might be available and willing to be a sponsor or accountability partner. Use your best judgment in finding someone who will help you work your program of recovery.
•Work the steps of the program, beginning with step 1. Your sponsor or others in a meeting should be able to help you with this. There are also resources and tools on this website and other websites for helping you to work the program. There are 12 step worksheets for helping you to write out the steps. There is Recovery Journal software for answering questions about the steps in a software journal format along with keeping a journal for other uses. The worksheet questions have also been prepared for use with a commercial journaling software package called LifeJournal. There are online references for some standard texts like the Alcoholics Anonymous' Big Book and the Narcotics Anonymous' Standard Text. And there are numerous links to other web sites that cover different aspects of recovery, for different types of addictions and with different perspectives.
•The sooner that you start asking yourself the right questions and giving yourself honest answers, the better your life will be. The sooner that you begin working the steps, then the sooner that you can see the 12 promises come about in your life, like numerous others before you.

Here at HVRC, we use the 12-Step approach during the recovery process.  Our meetings consist of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Pills Anonymous & Alanon.  While our meetings are closed and only for  patients & alumni, we do encourage you to find local meetings you are able to attend or seek more extensive treatment if necessary.  For help finding local AA meetings, please visit for assistance. We know that the path to recovery is a long and difficult one and we hope to help in anyway possible.  For more information about our program and how we can help you, please visit our website or call us at 866-273-0868.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Signs & Symptoms of Addiction

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction
  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.
Warning signs that a friend or family member is abusing drugs

Drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs.

Physical warning signs of drug abuse
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual.
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits.  
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.  
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.  
Behavioral signs of drug abuse 
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.  
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.  
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.  
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.  
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.  
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.  
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
For more information, visit: NDA

Addiction happens to people of all ages and backgrounds. 
Here at Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, we are here to help you or a loved one along the road to recovery. 
 Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Thursday, June 7, 2012