“There was a significant relationship between the number of days spent in clinically managed residential treatment and abstinence such that the more days participants spent in clinically managed residential treatment, the more likely they were to be abstinent at the 12-month follow-up.” From National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (2019) Addiction Treatment Providers Outcomes – Pilot … Continued
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As a part of our Alumni Testimonial series, this blog article features a Pavillon treatment alum’s personal story about the unplanned gifts that reflection and simple steps can bring to the recovery journey. One night at a 12-Step meeting, someone brought the March 4th reading of the Daily Reflections, titled “Weeding the Garden,” as a … Continued
Within our present set of unprecedented circumstances, it can sometimes feel like quite the uphill battle to not completely give in to an overwhelming sense of victimization and passivity. I mean, really, how much more Netflix watching can one be expected to endure? I’ve started to feel (and fear) that the most active part of … Continued
– Michael R., Alumni Fear, like pain, may not be the most pleasurable experience to have to endure but that doesn’t mean that there cannot be valuable information obtained nonetheless. Without these often unsettling indicators, we would not be able to make the required course changes so as to avoid an even more challenging set … Continued
– Michael R., Alumni This is the central fact that I can never loose sight of, never forget. Yet this seems to be the very first thing my Disease wants me to forget. Like most people who live with the challenges of an addictive personality, my memory can be short and my capacity to minimize … Continued
– Michael R., alumni “The obvious eludes us.” ~Anonymous As an active alcoholic and addict, the obvious eluded me continually and repeatedly. To be honest, it still does from time to time. At least now, when I miss something that is right in front of me I’m able to re-chart my erroneous course and intentionally … Continued
Skip W., Alumni As an addict the only thing I trusted was my addiction. I just wanted to stay high, enjoying the moment until I no longer could. Then what? I mean, come on! I didnt want some Higher Power to run my life. But then, I hadn’t done a great job, had I? TRUST GOD: … Continued
– Michael R. Being able to anticipate my own “growing edges,” defects of characters or whatever else I may wish to call them is indeed one of the greatest advantages of having the clearer mind that comes with getting and staying clean and sober. As Bruce—who also happens to be my Grand-sponsor—also likes to say, … Continued
Michael R., Alumni This is one of those sayings that got my attention because it kept coming up repeatedly over the past couple of weeks. I finally got the message that maybe my Higher Power was trying to tell me something: to pay attention to the importance of the idea of community in my Recovery—that … Continued
Michael R., Alumni As is true with most of the quotes which open virtually all of my musings, there is an outer limit to their wisdom no matter how pithy or memorable they may sound at first. After all, if no one ever said anything during our Meetings they would come perilously close to becoming … Continued