Nov 2015

“Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti, Motivational Speaker

Welcome to the November edition of Alanoclubs! Winter has finally arrived, the chill has set in and it sometimes seems like the entire world has gone into hibernation, slumbering through the dark and the grey until the first buds of spring unfurl. As tempting as it would be to follow suit, let us remember that even in the gloomiest, frostiest, bleakest times, light will shine through again. And I don’t just mean the twinkly lights of Christmas. I mean the light of Hope. And just as the spring surely follows winter, year after year, and dawn comes after the dead of night, so does Hope follow the darkness of despair. I take comfort in this when I feel as gloomy and grey as a winter night and I hope you do too, fellow readers. Enjoy your holidays and we’ll see you next month.

The Laughter and Learning Corner
One night in a local pub, a man stumbled up to the only other patron in a bar and asked if he could buy him a drink. “Why of course,” came the reply.
The first man then asked, “Where are you from?”
“I’m from Ireland,” replied the second man. The first man responded, “You don’t say, I’m from Ireland too! Let’s have another round to Ireland.”
“Of course,” replied the second man. Curious, the first man then asked, “Where in Ireland are you from?”
“Dublin,” came the reply.
“I can’t believe it, ” said the first man. “I’m from Dublin too!” He continued, “Let’s have another drink to Dublin.”
“Of course,” replied the second man.
Curiosity again struck and the first man asked, “what school did you go to?”
“Saint Mary’s,” replied the second man. “I graduated in ’62.”
“This is unbelievable!” the first man said. “I went to Saint Mary’s and graduated in
’62, too!”
About that time, one of the regulars came into the bar and sat down. “What’s been going on?” he asked the bartender.
“Nothing much,” replied the bartender. “The O’Malley twins are drunk again!”

Health and Wellness – Paisley Hansen

Finding the Inpatient Rehab Program that is the Right Fit
When addiction takes hold of your life or the life of someone you love, it is essential that you seek help. There are a variety of
inpatien t drug rehab centers that can lead the way to a life of sobriety and long­term recovery. While outpatient therapy is an option, the most effective way to deal with addiction is through the intensive services that are provided during inpatient therapy.

The greatest benefits in an inpatient facility lie in the fact that the client is completely removed from sources of temptation and the strain of daily living.
A secure environment is provided in a safe haven where there is round the clock supervision. Trained staff members are always on hand to provide guidance and assist clients in the recovery process. Having a good understanding of the types of programs can assist you in choosing the best option for yourself or someone you care for who is battling addiction.

Gender Specific Treatment Centers
You will find that there are inpatient drug treatment facilities that are gender specific. In other words, some facilities will only take female clients and others only take male clients. This is highly recommended for any individual seeking treatment for addiction. When you go to a treatment center that treats a combination of men and women, this opens the door for complications. When seeking treatment for addiction, there should be a complete focus on the recovery process. The possibility of forming a relationship and having romantic interests can actually cause setbacks in therapy. Addiction treatment is not about developing one’s personal life. It is about achieving lifelong sobriety and nothing should get in the way of that goal.

Treatment Centers That Use Medication
Overcoming addiction is an extremely difficult process that begins with the detoxification stage. At this point, the victim is cut off from the source of addiction and toxins are released from the body. During this process, it causes extreme discomfort. It is common to actually feel ill, with shaking, nausea, sweating, and chills as common side effects of withdrawal. In addition, there are intense cravings and anxiety. Some treatment facilities will use medications to help relieve these problems. However, many experts believe that this can lead to new patterns of abuse.

Treatment Centers That Use Holistic, Natural Methods
You will find that there are other treatment centers that use a holistic and natural approach to treating addiction. They aim to address a client’s emotional, spiritual, and physical needs during the recovery process. Massage, meditation, and physical activity are common components in this type of treatment center. There is no use of medication to deal with the effects of withdrawal and abuse.
Rather, a strong support network is present, assisting clients through every phase of treatment, supplying healthy foods and a nurturing environment.

Christian ­Based Drug Treatment Programs
There are many different programs that are Christian­based, often revolving around a particular Christian philosophy. In many cases, these programs are free as well. If you practice in the Christian faith, this may be the program for you. You will find yourself turning to your beliefs and the support of others to help you through this difficult time in your life.

Government­ Funded Inpatient Therapy
There are many government­funded inpatient treatment facilities. These are the most common option for those who do not have insurance or have no place else to turn. These facilities usually have a waiting list. If you are desperately in need of treatment, or someone you love simply cannot wait, you will want to look for other alternatives.

Luxury Treatment Centers
For those who have the financial resources, there are many inpatient drug treatment facilities that are actually like luxury resorts, located in a beautiful setting with many amenities. If you are able to take this option, you will feel like you are taking a vacation from your life while dealing with your addiction.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” -Mother Teresa