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8 Inspiring Recovery Quotes To Help You Through Your Day

It doesn’t matter how long we have been clean and sober we are, there are moments in our recovery where we may lose faith in our recovery. While those moments can be overwhelming and even a bit frightening to experience, we can rely on our life and coping skills to get through those darker hours. Drawing strength from inspiring recovery quotes and sayings is a common trick that is used to reignite motivation and confidence. It can sound a bit silly to some, but when we are working to maintain our hard-fought sobriety, we need to use every tool we can think of to stay on the path.

The following are 8 examples of recovery quotes that can help you refocus on your recovery.

1. “Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.”

This quote from author Aldous Huxley can remind those who are in recovery that our time of active addiction doesn’t have to define us. Rather, we can take those experiences, learn from them, and with the proper guidance and support we can grow wiser from those experiences. We can take what we have gone through to help others who may be experiencing similar struggles to our own.

2. “Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.”

The biggest stumbling block in anyone’s recovery is having the mindset that recovery is defined in a singular event or in a specific time period. This quote from Dean Dauphinais reminds us that like our lives, recovery is an ongoing process. In that process, we will find out new things about ourselves, we will stumble occasionally, and we will find strength, courage and love that we never thought we possessed.

3. “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.”

This quote by Lisa Fredricksen builds from the second quote in the fact that recovery is a lifelong process and that you will learn something new everyday. It takes time to put into place the life and coping skills you have learned while in treatment in your daily life. There will be times of frustration, but once you cope with those moments in a proactive manner and accept them for what they are, you will grow in your recovery and as a person.

4. “Use the 24-hour plan.”

This common AA quote can be seen as a corollary quote to the common quote one day at a time that has been a staple around the tables of all 12-step meetings. The underlying message of this quote is simple: keep your focus on the present and on what you can handle right now.

5. “When all else fails, follow directions.”

There may be times when we get stuck in our recovery and all the tools we have at our disposal will not work to get us free. Instead of throwing up your hands, this step reminds us to go back to the Twelve Steps and to the tables. The Twelve Steps provide the template to get you unstuck and your peers around the tables provide their experiences, feedback and support.

6. “Positive thoughts and prayer have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness to light.”

SImply put, this quote’s message is to keep the faith no matter how bad things may get. The triggers and temptations to use drugs and alcohol are ever present and can take over our minds when we are vulnerable. In those times, we in recovery need to keep working our program to the best of our ability and stay positive, for as they often say it too shall pass.

7. “Be as enthusiastic about recovery as you were about your addiction.”

In order to get the most happiness and serenity in your recovery, you must be fully engaged and enthusiastic as you were when you were actively using drugs and alcohol. Jump in with both feet and embrace recovery and do all that you can to stay on the path to sobriety.

8. “You are not alone.”

When we are deep in our substance abuse, our behaviors drove a wedge between us and those that we love and care about. We may feel a great deal of guilt and shame when we first get into recovery, but we soon realize there are others just like us that are going through similar things. Through encouragement and support, we in recovery can overcome addiction day by day.

Are you looking for the motivation and inspiration to beat substance abuse once and for all? SoCal Detox is your first step in that journey and our quality detox programs are proven to work for all addicts. Call us toll-free right now!

 

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5 Celebrities in Recovery in Southern California

Celebrities….they are just like us.

When you read the above statement, you may shake your head and even smile a little. On the surface, there seems to be little in common between us commoners and those who are A-listers. While we may not have the padded bank account, famous friends and jetset lifestyle that celebrities possess, there are obviously things that we have in common with those who are famous. Like everybody, celebrities are confronted with the pressures to succeed in their daily life and have to find ways to cope with those pressures.

While many celebrities find healthy ways to cope with the pressure of being in the spotlight, there are some who may turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of escape. Addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives–no matter who you are and what zip code you call home. Over the years, there have been a list of celebrities who have succumbed to the dangers of substance abuse–but there also have been many who beat back addiction and are at the top of their game professionally and personally.

The following is a list of 5 celebrities who live in Southern California who are in recovery.

Danny Trejo

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Iconic Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo is best known for his roles in movies such as Desperado and Machete. What people may not know about Trejo is that he is a long-time recovering addict–47 years clean and sober to be exact. He made his decision to get sober in his mid 20’s after being released from prison. After getting clean and sober, he became a drug counselor and became an actor almost by accident.

Trejo ended up on a Hollywood movie set while helping one of his clients, who turned out to be an actor. He was hired as an on-set boxing coach, and was ultimately cast as an extra in the film. The role jumpstarted his acting career, and he has since appeared in up to five movies a year. Trejo’s incredible story is the subject of a new AARP documentary.

Robert Downey Jr.

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Perhaps one of the most well-known celebrities who beat back addiction is Robert Downey Jr. Part of the “Brat Pack” who won rave reviews for such early films as Less Than Zero and his Oscar-nominated role in the biopic Chaplin, he was also known for his drug and alcohol abuse and his reckless behavior. In and out of jail throughout the 1990’s, he was effectively blacklisted in Hollywood. However, he began is road to redemption in the early 2000’s and in late 2005 he went to treatment and has been clean and sober ever since.

Demi Lovato

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Children who grow up in the public spotlight often struggle with the pressures and expectations of fame, and Demi Lovato is a prime example. Not only was Lovato struggling with her fame, she had also struggled with a dysfunctional family life, substance abuse and bipolar disorder. Five years ago, she checked herself into a drug rehab facility and has remained clean and sober to the present day. Lovato is very outspoken about her struggles with addiction and mental illness and as become a spokesperson for Be Vocal.

Bradley Cooper

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The star of The Hangover and Silver Linings Playbook has been sober for over a decade, and he made the decision to be in recovery before his acting career blossomed. He began to attract attention after his role in Wedding Crashers, but felt that his personal life was starting to spiral out of control. He had revealed in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter how he willfully smashed his head against the concrete at a party and wound up in the hospital. Soon after attending rehab, his movie career took off and he approached his celebrity with clarity and purpose.

Kristin Davis

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Before she got sober, the star of Sex and the City star didn’t think she would live past 30– a sentiment many an addict and alcoholic can relate to in their own struggles. In numerous interviews, she explained that alcoholism runs in her family. When her acting career was picking up steam, she realized she couldn’t have both and she quit drinking while in her 20’s.

Getting Help For Your Addiction is Closer Than You Think

Drug and alcohol addiction is a complex disease that can affect anyone’s life. If you are struggling with substance abuse and are looking for help, the start of your recovery begins with SoCal Detox. Our safe and effective detox programs will help minimize the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal and get you back to optimal health. Our experienced staff will create an individual plan of recovery that is specifically created with your unique needs in mind.

The happiness and serenity that if found in recovery is closer than you think. Call SoCal Detox today.

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Prescription Pill Addiction Turning into Heroin Addiction

In the past few years, America has been in the grips of a drug epidemic that seems to be growing worse by the day. Lawmakers, law enforcement, addiction professionals and concerned citizens alike are engaging in great debate in trying to find ways to stem the tide of drug abuse. No two drugs have garnered more attention in these debates than prescription medications and heroin. Highly addictive and extremely dangerous, the abuse of these two substances is widespread, and in certain parts of the country these drugs have destroyed lives and families.

To make matters worse, prescription pill and heroin addiction are becoming more interlinked–and those who once were addicted to prescribed medications are turning to heroin in order to get their fix. For those caught in the grips of addiction to either or both substances, the need for professional drug treatment is both urgent and immediate. If you or a loved one is struggling with and addiction to prescription pills and/or heroin, SoCal Detox can provide the help you need so you can start on the road to success in your recovery. Call us today!!

The Continuing Prescription Pill Epidemic

Many people know that the use of prescription medications in the United States is widespread and has more or less become an accepted part in medical treatment. While these medications are extremely effective when used as prescribed and as part of a comprehensive health management plan, prescription medications are often abused and abused by many people. The following are statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse concerning prescription pill abuse:

  • 52 million people in the United States over the age of 12 have used prescription pills non-medically in their lifetime, with 6.1 million using them non-medically in the last month.
  • The United States makes up 5 percent of the total world population, but consumes 75 percent of all prescription drugs.
  • Of the nearly 8.76 million prescription drug abusers in 2010, just over 5 million abused prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Percocet.

Whether it is prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax or stimulant-based medications such as Ritalin, these drugs are highly addictive and people who are hooked go to great lengths to obtain these medications. Those addicted to prescription medications often fake symptoms to get more medications or engage in doctor shopping if their regular doctor refused to issue prescriptions. If those methods fail, addicts often steal or buy these medications from family members or friends or will buy them on the black market.

How Prescription Pill Addiction Turned Into Heroin Addiction

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In the past few years, there has been many efforts by law enforcement, drug manufacturers and legislators to curb the misuse of prescription pills. For example, Oxycontin had been reformulated so that it would be harder to crush or made soluble for snorting or injection. Many states had created drug registries to carefully monitor the prescribing of medication, and law enforcement increased their surveillance and crackdown on illegal pill mills that were illegally manufacturing prescription medications.

While these measures did have some substantial effects in helping minimize the impact of prescription abuse, it also caused an unintentional consequence. For those who were addicted to pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, they turned to heroin in order to get the same effect they had gotten with prescribed medications. It became apparent that drug abusers weren’t going to stop as a result of government crackdowns or new technologies. Simply put, drug abusers turned to other drugs.

Why Heroin?

There are reasons why prescription pill abusers (and especially those who abused prescription painkillers) turned to heroin. When compared to prescription medications, heroin is much cheaper and easier to get. Because of various laws and reformulations of prescription painkillers, the cost of these medications can run anywhere from $60-100 per pill. By contrast, quality heroin can be purchased on the street for as little as $5. Heroin is at record lows in regards to price due to the fact that cartels in Latin American countries have increased production of the drug as well as increased importation.

Another reason that prescription pill abusers switch to heroin is simply the fact that heroin is the perfect substitute for prescription painkillers. Common prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet are actually opioid-based drugs like heroin. Both heroin and prescription painkillers are derived from opium. Heroin has similar effects to painkillers in terms of the high that users experience, making it an ideal substitute for those looking for a way to replace their painkillers.

Additionally, heroin is easier to use. Many prescription pain medications are designed to be time-released so that people who take them receive a consistent low dosage over an extended period of time. In order to get high on these medications, users would have to crush the pills or tablets to disable the time release mechanism. With these drugs constantly being reformulated and designed, it becomes harder for abusers who use these methods. By contrast, heroin comes as a fine powder that is ready for use as soon as the person gets his or her hands on it.

Users are easily able to administer the drug in a variety of ways without much effort. They can take the powder and snort it or smoke it through the use of tinfoil. The powder can also be made easily soluble so users can intravenously inject the drug. Additionally, users can combine heroin with other drugs such as cocaine to make concoctions called speedballs.

Are You Addicted To Prescription Pills or Heroin? Get Help Now!

Whether you are addicted to prescription pills or to heroin, both drugs are highly addictive, have serious side effects, can can severely impact your life. If you, a loved one or a friend are addicted to these drugs, you must seek professional help immediately. To start your recovery journey on the right foot, you first must complete medical detoxification in order to minimize the potentially dangerous physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

For detox services that are effective and proven to help you regain your health, contact SoCal Detox today. Don’t put off  your recovery for another day; call us now and let us help you break the vicious cycle of addiction once and for all.

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6 Reasons to Send Your Teen To Rehab

Your teenage son or daughter is struggling with substance abuse, and you may feel that you are running out of options. You have begged, pleaded, cried and even threatened your teen in the hopes of turning their behavior around but nothing has worked–and your child is spiraling further into addiction. You are desperate to get your child the help and support they need in order to overcome their substance abuse, and you know that drug treatment may be your best and only hope. Addiction is a complex disease, and it requires the professional help of experienced personnel who understand the unique and specific needs of your teenager.

The following are 6 reasons why you should send your teen to rehab. If your teenage son or daughter has a substance abuse issue and you need quality detox services, call SoCal Detox today.

6 Reasons to Send Your Teenager to Drug Treatment

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1. Radical and Extreme Behavior

You need to send your teenager to drug rehab if their behavior has become radical, extreme and even dangerous. While defiance and rebellion come part and parcel in dealing with a teenager, drug abuse magnifies these behaviors exponentially. When your child in under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they may not acknowledge or communicate with you, Any communication that may occur is short and confrontational. If this behavior is occurring, it is time to seek the help of a drug rehab center.

2. Trying to Help Your Teen on Your Own Hasn’t Worked

Like many parents of addicted teenagers, you may have tried to intervene at home without the use of therapists or other addiction treatment staff. You may have tried tough love techniques and home detoxification methods thinking it would stop their substance abuse. In reality, your teen will find ways to get the drugs they need, and it can create a situation at home that is dysfunctional and dangerous to both your teen and your entire family. Since addiction is a complex disorder with a variety of social, environmental and biological factors, the professional staff of a quality drug treatment facility can better address those issues in an environment which is safe, secure and free of the temptations and distractions of the home environment.

3. Your Family Unit Has Become Severely Dysfunctional

Addiction is a family disease, and the attitudes and behaviors of those who are addicted to substances severely impact the ways in which each member of the family communicates and interacts with each other. Because of the attention the addict receives and the enabling behavior that can accompany that attention, members of the family may grow bitter, jealous and resentful towards the addict and other family members. Drug treatment facilities offer family therapy and programs that will help the family as a whole heal and work together to create a healthier and more nurturing environment.

4. Family Members Are Turning to Substances

As stated in the last point, when someone in the family is addicted to drugs and alcohol, they will receive the lion’s share of attention. For other family members–especially younger family members–the lack of attention can be too much to bear. As a result, they may model the behavior of an older sibling who is addicted to substances thinking they will receive the attention they deserve. If other family members are turning to drugs and alcohol as a means to get attention or to cope with the stress that comes with addiction in the family, you need to seek professional help.

5. Your Teen is Facing Serious Consequences

When teens use drugs, they often act recklessly and impulsively while under the influence. Some examples of these types of behavior include drunk driving, stealing, robbery, assault and battery and unsafe sex. These behaviors often meet with significant consequences. If your teen is beginning to face serious consequences as a result of their actions, it is time to send them to rehab.

6. Health Issues

A teenager’s body and brain are still a work in progress. When they engage in drug and alcohol use, the chemicals and toxins in these substances can do significant physical and mental damage. Not only are teens more likely to develop long-standing health problems, have a higher risk at developing mental illness, and in the worst case scenario that can die from poisoning.

If Your Teen is Struggling with Addiction, SoCal Detox Can Help

Addiction among teenagers is devastating on their health and well-being. If you are a parent that is looking for treatment for your teen, SoCal Detox can help you start on the right foot. We provide quality drug and alcohol detox services that will help minimize the symptoms of withdrawal and help get your teen to a stable and substance-free state. Our facilities are state-of-the-art, safe and secure. Don’t wait another minute; your teen’s health and life are at stake.

Call SoCal Detox today and begin the process of healing.