The first step in making better choices is to simply be brutally honest about your own behavior to yourself. What are the choices you are making? How are you spending your time? What are you neglecting that you shouldn't?
SPIRIT: A BASIC NEED
Once you begin recovery, there are many ways to explore your attitudes toward the world and your part in your life based on your values. We call that your "spiritual" life but there are many more definitions of spiritual. Some of your attitudes and values may be new to you and some may be old. We give you a daily reminder that you can change and grow. Through our built-in mindful approach, structure and support of the sober house, residents can change everyday and have a chance to explore, discuss and reflect on their values and examine their attitude toward life.
Often when addiction is raging within, there are no redeemable values and the mind has snapped shut. The attitude is one of "know-it-allness" and hopelessness in satisfying the inner drive to escape reality. When recovery begins, anxiety may reign for the short term, but studies show that as people find and live their value system, they feel better about themselves and their anxiety goes down. It is when we are away from our value system in active addiction, that we lose ourselves, becoming more anxious and afraid. We incorporate defining and living a personal set of values into our workshops, recreation and assistance in exploring work and education options. Residents add meaning and values to their new life.