If you open our homepage, this is what you will see:
There is always hope.
At Steps Recovery Centers, we sincerely believe in this. We sincerely believe in you.
We know that recovery is possible. We have built multiple, successful facilities around this idea.
Addiction does not have to be permanent. It does not have to leave you empty. We want you and your family to feel whole again.
However, we know this attitude can be hard to maintain, especially during difficult times. How do we stay hopeful?
We have seen recovery.
We have seen it in the lives of those in our recovery centers and those elsewhere. We have seen complete transformations and it shows us just how possible recovery is. People can change and sobriety can be found.
We know firsthand that it is possible.
Much of the staff at Steps Recovery Centers have conquered addiction. They are not only qualified to help with recovery, but they physically and mentally know how it feels to be addicted. They work closely with our residents as they face their recovery journey.
Even though we have seen and felt recovery, one important element of remaining hopeful is through belief. We keep pushing through, with a belief in recovery. To recover, we have to believe that it is possible. And we do. We do believe that recovery can come for anyone, anywhere.
If you need help finding the hope in recovery, come to a Steps Recovery Center, a quality rehab in Utah.
Choices. Each morning of each day brings new ones. This is true for every life, for every person, no matter who you are. Daily decisions are required, from the seemingly mundane to the momentous. When you are facing an addiction and addiction recovery, you are required to make some extremely hard decisions each and every day.
Addiction recovery requires a will-power strong enough to say no to desire. It requires the energy to stand against the physical temptations.
But every day, addiction can be fought. Every day, decisions can be made that say no to addiction.
Choose to be strong.
Chose to be healthy.
Choose to say no.
Choose to have hope.
Choose to be sober.
These are five among many, but these decisions are a good starting point.
If you are not addicted, but your loved one is, there are daily decisions you can make as well.
Choose to be supportive.
Choose to be loving.
Choose to say no.
Choose to have hope.
In all circumstances, these choices are vital. Addiction makes them even more necessary.
If you take recovery one day at a time, decision by decision, you can recover. You can be strong, healthy, loving, supportive, and hopeful.
And if all of this is not enough. If it still seems impossible. Rehabilitation is available. If you are searching for drug rehab in Utah, Steps Recovery Centers are there. Learn more at stepsrc.com.
For family members and whose loved ones are struggling with addiction it can sometimes be difficult to understand how a person becomes addicted to these substances. It can be even harder to know what to do to help them once they have become addicted. With drug abuse becoming more common, it’s important to understand some of the reasons behind the problem to be better able to help those you love.
Perhaps one of the most common reasons that a person might start abusing drugs or alcohol is to help them overcome the feelings of suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol can temporarily relieve the pain associated with the suffering, helping a person feel more “normal” for a period of time.
Another common reason people start taking drugs or drinking alcohol is simply being exposed to it in their daily lives. When friends, family members, and others around them are participating in these activities it is easy to rationalize the activity as completely normal. When a person is younger it’s called peer pressure, but it can happen at any age.
Teens and young adults who abuse alcohol might start to do so out of sheer boredom. Since they are less likely during this time to have steady jobs, bills to pay, and other obligations, it’s a time when they might be inclined to try something that seems exciting.
In recent years some of the most commonly abused drugs are those prescribed by medical professionals—prescription drugs. The most popular are opioids, such as OxyContin® and Vicodin®; depressants, such as Valium® and Xanax®; and stimulants, such as Adderal® and Ritalin®. People often mistakenly believe that a drug prescribed by a doctor and legal to consume is safer than illicit drugs, so they engage in dangerous behaviors like mixing drugs and alcohol, or sharing drugs prescribed to others. Getting hooked on prescription drugs can also be unintentional, following a legitimate reason that they might be taking these drugs, such as chronic pain or a serious injury.
Drugs and alcohol are also commonly used to try and forget or overcome trauma from things that happened in the past, both physical and emotional. When other options—such as speaking with a psychologist—are not available or do not seem to help, a person might turn to substance abuse as a way to bury their painful memories.
A person doesn’t necessarily have to do drugs for a long period of time to become hooked. Since they overload pleasure sensors in the brain, it can be one of the highest highs a person ever feels, but can also be one of the lowest lows when they are not on the drugs. This cycle often leads to “chasing” the feeling you had that first time, and is extremely hard to overcome. If someone you know is addicted to these substances, there is help available through recovery programs in Utah.
Exercise has been shown by many studies to be beneficial to your health, but this is especially true if you are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Even if you have never been involved in an “exercise program” before, starting some type of exercise can be extremely beneficial in your rehabilitation journey.
If the idea of “exercise” makes you think of sweating in an aerobics class or running outside, keep in mind that there are many different ways you can get exercise. It could be as simple as taking a daily walk or playing ping-pong with your kids, or it could be joining a local gym or attending a boot-camp-style program in your area. It could even be running or attending an aerobics class if you would like that.
The Health Benefits
Drugs and alcohol are harmful to your body, and most people who fall into a cycle of drug or alcohol abuse find that they neglect to take care of themselves in other areas. Not only does this cause physical damage and lead to a body that has more difficulty overcoming illness and participating in daily activities, it also has a psychological impact on your health. Regular exercise has been shown to provide:
The Stress-Reducing Benefits
Many people who discover that they have a drug or alcohol addiction find that they did not begin just because they wanted to. For many it starts as a way to reduce tension and “take the edge off” of stress before it evolves into something that causes even more stress. Exercise has therapeutic benefits that include a release of endorphins that make you feel happy (the same thing that used to make you feel good when you used drugs or alcohol), which can help reduce stress and calm you down. Plus by undergoing physical exertion and releasing emotional energy, you can avoid looking for other negative ways to release those things.
The Routine Benefits
Another benefit of exercise is its ability to replace bad habits with healthier ones. For many people drug or alcohol use is simply part of their routine, and when they decide to quit, the time they have that used to be consumed with drug or alcohol use can feel empty. The more healthy routines you can create to fill that time, the less likely you will be thinking about resorting to your drug or alcohol addiction.
The Connection Benefits
Exercise is also something you can do with friends and family, which means it can be a way to build a support group. Plus people have been shown to be more likely to participate in exercise routines when they do them with someone else, so whether it’s a friend from your neighborhood, church group, or even from your support group, find someone who enjoys the same activities as you and will help you stay committed to exercising.
When you combing drug and alcohol rehabilitation with exercise, the results can be long lasting and amazing. Find an addiction recovery program that incorporates exercise and discover for yourself the benefits.