Spiritual Simplicity From a 12 Step Perspective

Many who reach the jumping off point for recovery are at a loss as to how to get started.  For years they’ve tried to quit but were unable to.  Now that a crisis (physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual) has precipitated a desperate need to stop using, they feel alone and lost. If they are fortunate … Continued

Unplugging and Connecting

Part of the recovery process is learning about ourselves, re-starting our personal spirituality, and finding a spiritual higher power.  This is not always easy work and we would often much rather focus on something other than our inner work.  If the distraction of technology is available, it is easy to turn away from this challenging, … Continued


The idea of self-care may be a foreign concept for many. That is certainly true of MANY people in early recovery.  Often, we do not know our “self” very well yet and have no idea what “care” that self may need.  Others may think that someone else is supposed to take “care” of them or … Continued


Change can be good, or bad.  Change can be beautiful, or ugly.  Or in-between.  Or maybe even neither. Change can mean taking a break from action, so that we make the space to preserve the good. It seems like the universe exists in such a way that things at rest tend to fall apart, disorganize, … Continued

The Alumni Reunion!

Pavillon’s annual alumni reunion is coming up soon!  Plan to attend! We’re back on campus this year.  This gives alumni and staff a chance to visit and connect in person, outside of the virtual world. For Pavillon staff, the alumni reunion has meant a great deal over the years.  Some of the things the reunion … Continued

Stigma, Addiction, and Addiction Recovery

When we get stigmatized by others, or by society, it hurts.  And it also hurts when we stigmatize ourselves. But what is “stigma?” Let’s look at 1.) a couple of definitions of stigma, 2.) how stigma can show itself, and also 3.) how recovery is an antidotefor stigma. First, some definitions. The Wikipedia definition of … Continued

Grief and Wellbeing in Addiction Recovery

Active alcoholism or addiction takes up time, energy, and resources. And so it brings losses and lost opportunities.  These losses might include:  friendships, trust, time, a job, etc. Active recovery takes up time, energy, and resources.  And it also brings losses. Loss of people, places, and things that contributed to our disease.  Loss of using … Continued

Living Well Through Outpatient Services!

Pavillon has provided outpatient services for decades.  Originally, the outpatient service was one small aftercare group for in-person attendees, located in Columbus, North Carolina. Currently, Pavillon has grown its outpatient programming to be a virtual service available and accessible across all of North and South Carolina.  And the programming includes the following options: Intensive Outpatient … Continued

Finding Comfort and Food in the Recovery Café

Guess what area of our organization rarely ever gets anything other than the highest compliments, most compliments, and there never seems to be anything to change or make better?  You guessed it – the kitchen staff, the kitchen/dining environment, and our food. Just before the end of their treatment stay, our patients have an exit … Continued

The Holidays and Wellbeing in Recovery

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” They say that Benjamin Franklin said that.  Well, no matter who said it first, that quote is very right – especially concerning the holidays and staying well in recovery. We often identify triggering situations with seeing someone actively using.  However, it’s not just the act … Continued