Early Recovery: 3 Things That Can Sustain Sobriety

Early Recovery during your first year of sobriety can be overwhelming.   There is no straight and narrow path that everyone follows during this time – early recovery is unique to each person.  What is most important in early recovery is the start of your new life.  Achieving and maintaining sobriety requires changes in all areas of life and makes recovery vulnerable to relapse. Below are 3 helpful tips to help sustain your recovery.

Communication with Support

  In early recovery a strong support system is important to set for yourself to ensure daily contact is available. Often when individuals feel better they will inadvertently not remain in contact believing that they do not need support at that time.

High Risk Situations

  “Sometimes a choice that is right for you may be uncomfortable or even unacceptable for others.” Choose your friends wisely and eliminate yourself from people and places that may trigger addictive behaviours. Read more

5 Signs You Might Have a Gambling Problem

While the signs of a process addiction aren’t much different from those of a substance use disorder, there are some key variations that are important to know. Whether it involves lottery tickets, betting on fantasy sport games, casinos, or online poker, compulsive gambling often has serious negative consequences.  From harmful financial losses such as bankruptcy and homelessness to destroyed relationships with family, friends and colleagues, problem gambling can affect all aspects of your life.  If you think your gambling is getting out of control, read these common symptoms of a gambling addiction:

1. Trying Your Luck

Many people enjoy gambling as a recreational activity. The occasional night at the casino while on holiday or a poker game with friends isn’t a problem for them. But when you find yourself constantly trying your luck, it might be time to look at your habits. Read more

Creating Healthy Boundaries

Recovery from addiction involves the entire family.  An important component to this involves defining and setting boundaries.  Setting a boundary is a life skill, not a quick fix to a problem in a relationship.  This life skill has been made popular by self-help and support groups.  If you’ve ever had therapy, you’ll more than likely be familiar with the term “boundary”.  It’s a concept widely used in the field of counselling.

A boundary can be described as what you believe you do deserve or don’t deserve.  It’s communicating personal values while protecting those values from being compromised or violated.  Identifying your boundaries puts you in touch with who you really are.  Essentially, it’s defining yourself in a healthy way.

Boundaries communicate self-worth – “I am worth it!”.  We teach people how to treat us.  We all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.    Read more

Replenishing Vitamins and Minerals in Addiction Recovery

The foods and beverages we consume every day offer an assortment of vitamins and minerals which helps our body function normally.  Although we don’t need large amounts of these vitamins or minerals, the small amounts we get from food plays a big role.

Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients, meaning they are vital nutrients needed in lesser amounts.  There are many duties that these micronutrients assist in, including normal cell functioning, growth and development, metabolism, disease prevention and energy conversion to name a few.  The abuse of alcohol, drugs, or behavioral addictions such as food and sex addiction can have a substantial effect on overall nutrition.  Some areas that are impacted include appetite, energy levels, motivation to eat, poor food choices and normal digestion and absorption of food.  Due to the interference of drugs, alcohol and poor eating habits, many vitamins and minerals are not sufficiently consumed or absorbed, which can compromise the countless activities these micronutrients contribute to.   Read more

PTSD Mini-Treament at Elmhirst Resort


PTSD Team with Mane Intent

On October 4, 5, and 6 Bellwood Health Services held a special Mini-Treatment program developed specifically for graduates of our Addiction and PTSD/OSI Treatment Program.  This unique program offered an opportunity to reconnect with the Bellwood PTSD treatment team and their peers and included sessions focusing on; recovery skills and tools, strengthening PTSD symptom management, grounding and self-regulation techniques, trigger management techniques, and PTSD group therapy.

The program was held offsite for the first time at Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake, near Peterborough, Ontario. The resort is surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds with many activities to offer.

As part of the program, clients experienced a half day Facilitated Equine Experiential (FEEL) with  Mane Intent. This unique group session is organized in a controlled setting using horses to teach how to reach a specific goal and also to experience the reward of the journey of personal development. Read more

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