Being Respectful of Others During Trying Times

After the recent tragedies that have swept the nation, many of us have felt sorrow, anxiety and stress. It’s important to know that when you leave detox and while working toward your sobriety, that you’re leaning toward a better life, not using heroin, all around. Not only are you striving for peace in your life, so are others around you. In an effort to help with everyone’s progress this week’s heroin rehab blog is meant to create hope for everyone to live in a kind and loving world that we all deserve.

Teaching children respect should be a given practice. That being said, creates a question as to how people teach others how to respect those around them, even other heroin addicts. Here are some tips to remember during these tough times that should help after you complete detox.

Being polite is easy. However, it goes past kind words such as please, thank you, excuse me etc., there’s a difference between having manners and being polite especially for heroin addicts. But, they both go together. Please and Thank you are cordial words that show character and manners. You can also show politeness toward your peers in heroin rehab and others by listening.

You can listen actively to another patient in detox from heroin,  by giving them your undivided attention. Perhaps the person is having a difficult day. We all go through those. Give them the courtesy to be heard. We listen with mouths closed and ears open. This is why we have two ears and one mouth. It takes twice as much effort to listen to someone, let them be heard than it does speaking. Maybe you were raised in a family environment where everyone was addicted to heroin, and spoke over one another? Let your new sober friends that you met in the detox center become a different type of family, who allows you to be heard. But, you have to give in order to get. Practice listening skills while in rehab, they’re invaluable.

Don’t assume that everyone detoxing from heroin, knows what’s on your mind. Assumptions can and will get us in trouble every time. Never assume that your therapist in rehab knows what you’re feeling or going through. Directly ask people for the help you need. Ask people questions about heroin rehab procedures, wait for the answer, but never assume. Assumptions can create judgements and no one wants to feel they are being judged.
Teach your fellow heroin addicts in detox with you, respect if you’re a parent. We’re all in this together. As a parent, you’re creating the foundation for your kids to go out in the world and become productive members of society. That being said, take your time and really focus on your recovery from heroin addiction, and this aspect of your child’s life.


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Don’t miss the world with your head buried in your electronics. If you’re too busy looking at your phone, you’re missing the rest of what is going on around you. The other portion of this statement is the in polite disposition that you neglect to have when you’re ignoring people. Please remember that texting and focusing on your phone doesn’t allow you to connect with those around you , that is why they take your cell phone away while you are in the detox program. An important communication is vital and at times you may need to use your cell. However, don’t miss the chance at connecting with a good human being to pass you by because you suffer from mobile-head.

These are a few solid pieces of advice that can be carried out long after your journey after heroin rehab program has begun. We all want to live in a world with peace and these small but easy attributes will make your life become a better place. Even when others aren’t polite, you can create an environment while at the detoxification center, that allows for them to change their life.
Take the time to focus on the positive. Being positive and free from your heroin addiction,is another strong character that helps others around you show respect. It’s hard to be cruel to someone who is detoxing from heroin, and always smiling and positive. Be that beacon of light they reach out to. You just might become the shining star that other heroin addicts looks up to.
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Recovery: Poetry & Writing for a Happier You

Poetry & Writing for a Happier You During Recovery

Everyone loves a story about recovering or fighting demons and coming out out top.  It’s the classic story.  Here are some tips you can use to get you through the addiction recovery process.

It may be a difficult day that you’re going through.  You may see those for a while, when you’re climbing the hill to recovery.  While there are a lot of different tools out there that can be used such as yoga, meditation, and eating healthier foods, writing is yet another tool that will allow you an outlet that’s not only creative it’s also therapeutic.  Here’s some tips for using writing as a tool for your success.

Write down your thoughts giving it a new twist.  You’re in complete control over what you write and how your brain will take you down specific trails that lead to pen and paper.  Keep an open mind, don’t be afraid of it, just let it flow.  If it’s gibberish or a new made up language, you get to create whatever it is.  The more you write, the more enjoyable it becomes. 

Write a letter to your mother, father, co-worker who ever may have made you feel angry, hurt you or helped you write a letter to them.  Make it fifteen pages long if necessary, write a letter a day so that person or persons can understand what you went through during treatment.  This can be a real eye opener when you read to your counselor or therapist.

Write a screenplay starring you and you.  One exercise used in therapy modalities or treatments is writing a screenplay about you are starring you and you.

It might be better to give you an example:

You:  I never trusted you, I thought you would fail, but look at you now.

Me: I never thought I could do it either, but I’m glad I did.

It sounds odd, but you’ll find it to be very effective. 

Write a short story about whatever you want.  If you’ve got a pressing issue write it down, include it in a character’s storyline, give it a beginning, a middle and an end.  Present the story to your counselor or health practitioner during your sessions to break up the monotony of treatment.  Read it to the group if you feel it’s helpful.  You can be whimsical, delightful or gloomy, it’s your story, your creation and it’s coming from the creator, YOU!

Don’t worry about being perfect.  Writing doesn’t have to be perfection.  Just spew out anything that comes to mind and get it down.  You can always go back and change it later on.  For now, you just want to get the word out, whether it’s on paper, the screen or verb into a recorder.

Using Your Device: Many cell phones include some type of recording app where you can voice record your thoughts and then type them out later on.  Using this as a tool can be really innovative because you’ll find that some of your most brilliant thoughts come when you’re least expecting it.  In the middle of the night, while driving a car or riding the bus, by keeping this app open, you’ve got fast access to your most profound thoughts that help to make a solid story. We naturally as human beings lose our thoughts quickly.  Short term memory loss, is common even in clean individuals so it makes sense to record your thoughts the moment they come. By waiting your treasures will be lost and that can be forever, so write it down. 

Usable Apps: Writing apps like Grammarly, Ginger, HemingwayApp can all give you extra tools that can make you a better writer.  Games like Verb Smash and English Idioms are excellent resources and most are free.  They can be downloaded to cell phones, computers or tablets. 

If you’re limited to resources, then stick to pen and paper.  It’s a big deal to get a blank notebook, and new pens, then writing until you’ve filled the book.  You can later look back and feel a sense of accomplishment, because it is.

Get it published to help others.  Getting your work published isn’t difficult.  Start a blog, or write your story and reach out to a publisher that specializes in assisting those facing issues with addiction.  Why? Because these publishers may have hidden resources to help with any costs that incur from the publishing process. One way to find these folks is to look up books, written on the topic.  The publishers given credit in the book, are a good place to start.

Using places like Facebook for your writing can be detrimental.  Refrain from using this site for posting intimate and personal pieces of work.  You never know who’s looking.  Potential employers, police, your ex is all people that can hack into your Facebook or other social media page.  Don’t post anything that can bite you later on.

Studying is one of the best things you can do while recovering.  If writing is something you’d like to do as a career, then go online, register for classes do whatever it takes to learn.  By learning things like language, grammar, spelling and punctuation can improve your chances of employment.  It’s never too late to learn how being a wordsmith and it can be one of the most successful careers if pursued.

By using these tools, you may find a new interest or wake up an old one. There’s very little money needed to write as a craft or hobby.  It allows you to be creative and gives you an alternate form of therapy that can reach deep within being super effective leading you to a brighter future.

If you or someone you know is suffering through issues such as depression or any other unstable environments, please contact your counselors.

Stepping Sober in Palm Beach County Florida is an Alcohol, Heroin, Cocaine and substance abuse recovery center.

My Halfway House Experience Part 1

My first chance to live in a halfway house was in 1998. I had completed 30 days of residential drug program and was ready to move on. I got a job in a grocery store produce department. It was cool for a early recovery job and better than my peers living with me in the halfway house. A sober living environment helps me stay clean in early recovery. Everyone attends AA meetings together then hang out afterward. I was married and my wife was living an hour north in palm beach gardens so we got together on weekends. For some of my mates too much freedom was a bad idea. There are many different types of halfway houses. Some have phases like the first month you have no freedom at all and no cell phone allowed . You do not get a job until the second phase or the third phase. There is a van to take you to NA meetings and then straight back home. Relationships are a no no for the first year of recovery, but nobody ever follows that rule. A few times residents got caught with girls in the halfway house and were kicked out. You have to learn to coexist with different people and personalities while in a sober living residence. Usually there is a staff member or house manager to keep everyone in line with following the rules. Hopefully you know how to wash your clothes which is a skill many addicts have to learn in recovery.