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New Hope Recovery Center is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the FIRST Refuge Recovery Meeting in Chicago on Friday July 29, 2016 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held at New Hope Recovery Center, 2835 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 308, Chicago, IL 60657.

Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. 
Refuge Recovery is a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction. Buddhism recognizes a nontheistic approach to spiritual practice. The Refuge Recovery program of recovery does not ask anyone to believe anything, only to trust the process and do the hard work of recovery.
Refuge Recovery is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings, and communities that practice, educate, and provide Buddhist teachings and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction.  
New Hope Recovery Center is proud to offer this new unique addition to Chicago's Recovery Community.  For more information, contact New Hope Recovery Center at 888-707-HOPE (4673) or 773-883-3916 or email us at info@new-hope-recovery.com.  New Hope is located immediately North of the Diversey Brown Line 'L stop on Sheffield.

 

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

Travel season is here in full force and unless you’re going on an expedition through the Alaskan tundra, there is a good chance you will be around alcohol. Vacations are a time to relax, regenerate and enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, for many recovering alcoholics and addicts, travel can cause a lot of anxiety. Many people associate vacations with alcohol and many popular vacation spots around the world use this as a main attraction. From the moment you step on your plane, get to your hotel or go out to eat, alcohol is usually there. With some planning, any recovering alcoholic can enjoy themselves to the fullest anywhere around the world.

  • There are meetings everywhere: Finding 12-Step meetings at your destination will keep you connected to a sober community and be a place you can openly share about triggers, reservations or anything else that seems to be on your mind while on vacation. Most hotels have a list of local 12-Step meetings, make an effort to find a meeting just in case.
  • Find fun, sober activities before you leave: Plan ahead to plan fun day trips while on your vacation. By having an agenda before you leave, you won’t have as much downtime at the hotel, which means you won’t be around the bars as much. Enjoy a nice relaxing massage or rent a canoe for a day. Sometimes alcoholics think everything revolves around alcohol, when the truth is there is much more to do while sober than while drinking.
  • Pick your destination wisely: It’s obvious that some destinations are more “alcohol centered” than others. For example, a recovering alcoholic is probably going to be less triggered going on a rafting trip in the mountains as opposed to Las Vegas. Do some research on what type of vacation you want to go on and make sure where you end up is not counterproductive to your goals in recovery.
  • You’re never alone no matter how far: Always stay in communication with your sponsor and other recovering alcoholics. If you get triggered while on vacation, never forget that you’re sober network may be miles away, but not too far for a phone call. Set up reminders to check in to keep yourself accountable and to stay connected to those who have helped you before.

These are just a few ways to make a vacation in recovery a success. Remember, you’re not the first person to take a vacation in sobriety, ask around at meetings for suggestions on locations, meetings in that area or even a sober contact to call when you land! Like anything in sobriety, a vacation can be a sometimes frightening journey, but if you utilize the tools you’ve been given, it could be your best vacation yet.

New Hope Recovery Center is an alcohol and drug rehab treatment center located in Chicago, IL. We provide Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, Aftercare, Extended Care and DUI services. We also have a LGBTQI specific addiction treatment program entitled "New Hope With Pride.” We offer personalized, holistic treatment by examining the whole person: mind, body and spirit.  Our small intimate setting caters to your specific needs and we provide place of support, nurture and safety leading to hope and healing. To find our more information about our treatment center and our services call 773-883-3916 or 888-707-HOPE (4673).

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

Early recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism can be difficult, especially for those entering recovery or treatment for the first time.  So much is entirely new and foreign, so it can be a challenge to know how to proceed.  Here are 5 things you can do to help get the most out of your recovery and safeguard yourself from relapse.

1. Find Meetings You Get Something Out Of and Like to Attend

  • Most metropolitan areas have multitudes of meetings… different formats, variety of attendees, etc.  Go where you find the most similarities with other group members.
  • Attend at least 6 meetings per week – give yourself a chance to acclimate.  Focus on the similarities you hear in the group - not the differences.
  • If 12-Step meetings aren’t for you, try SMART Recovery or Rational Recovery which are great alternatives to 12-step programs.

2. Get Phone Numbers of Fellow Recovering Addicts and Use Them

  • Set a goal of getting 3 phone numbers at each meeting you attend.
  • Find people you have a natural connection with and who you feel comfortable talking to.
  • Use the numbers – “Dial them, don’t file them.”  Call before you’re backed into a corner.

3. Find a Sponsor -  Now!

  • Recovery can be confusing and difficult to navigate.  Find someone who can help guide you through the process.
  • Positive healthy action will keep you sober.  A sponsor can get you started working the steps.
  • Again -  find someone you connect with and someone who has what you want.
  • As a rule of thumb, a sponsor should have at least 1 year of continuous sobriety and have worked all of the 12 steps.

4. Don’t Get Arrogant About Your Recovery

  • Some people feel they have “aced” recovery in the early stages, keep an open mind. There is no graduation in recovery - it is a lifelong journey.
  • An arrogant attitude can undermine the recovery process.
  • Thoughts or cravings of drug use or drinking and using can take you by surprise.  Be vigilant and have a strategy for dealing with them before they occur.  A key to this is developing healthy coping mechanisms.

5. Take It Easy – “One Day at a Time”

  • Early recovery can be tough.  Often the recovering alcoholic/addict is overcome with feelings and emotions they have numbed for so long with alcohol and drugs.
  • Be gentle with yourself – allow yourself to feel your feelings then let them pass (and they will pass!)
  • Thinking of never drinking or using again for your entire life can be a trap.  Just don’t use, just for today.
  • Stay present and in the moment…. Many find much to celebrate in early recovery.  Be there for those moments.

Having trouble knowing where to start? Questions on how to manage your early recovery?  New Hope Recovery Center is a full-service treatment center offering treatment programs with a holistic approach that meet your needs.  If you are interested in our services or just have questions about your recovery, please contact us at (773) 883 – 3916 or email us at info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center