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Destination Hope Is FARR Certified

March 30, 2020

The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) offers a voluntary certification program for transitional living facilities that wish to follow best practices in recovery support services as outlined by the National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR). Certification shows that the standards supported by the facility comply with these best practices. Destination Hope has now received FARR certification for our transitional living program, which houses both mental health and substance abuse clients. Why does this matter? As part of our continuous drive toward the very best care for all of our clients, applying for our recovery residence certification was a logical…

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Healthy Friends vs. Unhealthy Friends

October 23, 2017

You are who you surround yourself with. Although it may be a clichéd belief, for many, the saying holds true. If you’re in treatment, it is important to surround yourself with positive, healthy relationships that will be a source of support during and after the recovery process. For many people, this may mean avoiding friends you used to hang out with before you entered treatment. It doesn’t stop there. Developing new friendships can also be tricky as you try to find a healthy network of friends. The Difference between Healthy & Unhealthy Friendships It might seem like a safe bet…

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Local Aftercare Recovery Support Groups

September 28, 2017

Aftercare recovery support groups provide support and tools following treatment. Aftercare meetings teach new strategies, coping skills, and help you build a support system. These new tools will help you continue your wellness journey. Aftercare meetings usually start as soon as you complete your rehab program. These programs can assist your transition into everyday life. Plus, they provide you with tools to avoid risky environments and temptation. Find a local aftercare recovery support group near you. A.A. Meetings Alcoholic Anonymous is an international support group to help anyone undergoing or recovering from a drinking problem. Aftercare recovery meetings focus on…

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Returning to School after Rehab

August 7, 2017

If a loved one has recently completed a rehabilitation program, returning to school to finish their education and receiving a degree is a natural and noteworthy goal. Addiction treatment should not deter anyone from completing their education and moving forward with life goals. However, there are potential problems that may arise along with returning after a gap in the school term, and they should be considered prior to returning. Transitions such as this in adolescent’s lives can often lead to stress, anxiety, and other problems. On top of this, social challenges will need to be thought through, especially if returning…

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5 Tips on How to Navigate Through Work Functions with Alcohol

August 2, 2017

It never feels like every event revolves around alcohol until you have decided to live your life without it. For those who have recently left rehab and are just beginning to navigate through life sober, events that were once exciting because they involved drinking can now appear nerve-racking and intimidating for the same reason. Although it may seem like the easiest option is to stay home where you will be as far away from the temptation as possible, this is not always a healthy or longstanding solution. While it very well could be a smart decision to deny the Facebook…

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Sober People

July 11, 2017

Overcoming any addiction is tough. Beginning the ongoing course of recovery is half the journey. Learning how to cope and live your newly sober life can be stressful, confusing, and scary – but it doesn’t have to be. These daily lifestyle habits help highly effective sober people support their lifelong recovery. 1. Start a gratitude journal Start and keep up a gratitude journal. At the end of each day take 15 to 30 minutes of your time to write down the positive events that happened in your day. This simple routine has proven to lower stress levels, improve the ability…

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How to Choose an Aftercare Plan

July 5, 2017

Sobriety is a lifelong commitment. Recovery from addiction doesn’t stop when your treatment period ends. In essence, aftercare is continued treatment which follows the relatively shorter period of addiction treatment, whether it be intensive outpatient drug rehab or residential substance abuse treatment. Why Is Aftercare Important? The results of a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that more than 23 million people 12 years of age or older required treatment for substance abuse. Some substance abuse treatment centers boast success rates of more than 80%. This success is possible due to aftercare programs…

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Can Apps Help Women Stay Clean & Sober?

June 13, 2017

The world continues to move online, so it should be no surprise that those in recovery are finding outlets online that will help them in their journey. As more and more people turn to their mobile devices to stay connected, apps have become increasingly popular in helping those in recovery. Below are some of the apps that could help you in your journey.* 5 Apps to Assist in Your Recovery Journey Rise Up + Recover Rise Up + Recover is an app that is geared toward helping those recovering from an eating disorder. The app uses cognitive behavioral therapy to…

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Staying Sober: Alumni and Aftercare Services

October 4, 2016

Relapse is a common occurrence after a drug or alcohol treatment program is completed. To prevent relapse, alumni and aftercare services from your rehab center help you or a loved one to stay sober. Long-term continuing care is the most effective and safest way to avoid returning to substance abuse.1 Alumni Support Network Once you graduate from a treatment program and live independently, you're considered part of the alumni group of the rehab center. As more people become alumni, the growing group serves as a network of individuals you can turn to for support in preventing relapse. You may simply…

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Relapse Prevention: Trigger Awareness is Half the Battle

May 1, 2016

Completing a rehab program is a huge accomplishment, but it's just the beginning of your recovery journey. Recovery comes with many challenges, and dealing with triggers may be one of the most difficult aspects of staying sober. When you're aware of the triggers that could tempt you to use again, you can be vigilant about avoiding those people and situations. Being familiar with relapse prevention techniques and methods makes it more likely that you'll stick with your recovery plan. Understanding Triggers for Relapse Prevention Everyone has their own set of triggers: situations, people and things that can lead to uncomfortable…

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