Monday, August 15, 2016

Getting Back into the Workplace After Addiction Recovery

Women in a business meeting
If you’re on a journey to sobriety, you may have had to take a leave of absence from your job or quit entirely to get the help you need. But, you may be wondering how to reenter the workforce? While finding a new job may seem like a daunting task, it’s an important part of addiction recovery. The simple act of going to work can help you regain a sense of independence and normalcy in your life.

3 Strategies for Going Back to Work 

1. First and foremost, you should know your rights as an applicant. As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against recovering drug addicts and alcoholics seeking employment. And, if you feel that you’ve been discriminated against as a result of seeking addiction treatment in the past, you can file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

2. Take the time to reevaluate your professional goals. While you may be eager to jump back into the workplace, consider the type of work you did before seeking treatment and explore the pros and cons. Did you enjoy that line of work? Great! If not, think through why. Was it too fast-paced? Were you unhappy with the lack of on-the-job training opportunities? During your journey to living a sober life, you have grown mentally, spiritually and physically. As a result, take this opportunity to ensure your next line of work supports your new, stronger self.

3. Ease into the transition. Protecting your health and your sobriety should be your number one priority. That’s why it’s important to avoid rushing into major life changes that may cause stress and trigger the unhealthy coping skills you worked hard to put behind you. If you’re worried about reentering the workplace, consider just starting with part-time work or finding a workplace with flexible hours.

Employment and Educational Assistance 
Rising Roads offers women comprehensive employment and educational assistance to help you with the application process including interview coaching, resume building and professional networking. Begin your individual journey to recovery in our serene and supportive environment by calling 866.746.1558. Together, we can help you find your way into the workforce and regain your confidence.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Developing Healthy Coping Skills

Woman walking in the park
Every once in a while, life will throw you a curveball. Your car might break down on the way to work or your boss might give you a last minute deadline for a big project. Unexpected events like these can’t be avoided, but the good news is that you can learn healthy coping skills to reduce stress and avoid turning to drugs or alcohol.

3 Healthy Coping Skills 
1. Connect with Nature. When you’re anxious or depressed, it’s natural to seek the comfort of your own home, crawl into bed and binge-watch reality TV on Hulu. But, during times of emotional stress, isolating yourself can actually make things worse.

Instead, lace up your running shoes and take a walk around your block or drive to a local park and simply appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. And, you don’t have to invest a lot of time outdoors to enjoy substantial health benefits. According to a 2010 study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers found that people experienced a boost in their mood and self-esteem after spending just five minutes outside!

2. Phone a friend. It’s normal to occasionally feel anxious and stressed when the unexpected happens. But, you should remind yourself that you’re not alone. Everyone is on their own journey in life and we each must learn how to deal with difficult circumstances. When you’re stressed out, pick up your phone and call a trusted friend or family member. Sometimes it’s helpful to get another perspective and if nothing else, simply hear a friendly, caring voice.

3. Treat yourself to a nutritious meal. Emotional and physical stress can wear on your mind, body and spirit. To keep yourself strong and avoid getting fatigued, prioritize your health and well-being by nourishing your body. Had a bad day at work? Why not take the time to relax and enjoy a healthy meal at your favorite restaurant? Put away your phone, slow down and appreciate your surroundings. 

Stronger Together 
By learning and practicing healthy coping skills, you can empower yourself and feel more confident about dealing with stress for a healthier, happier you. Finding the right addiction treatment center can help you get on the path to healing. Rising Roads Recovery has created a program that is dedicated to helping women get and stay sober. Contact us for more information at (866) 746-1558.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Newly Licensed Treatment Center for Women

newly licensed treatment center for womenLife is a beautiful gift. A complicated, beautiful gift that we are bestowed. At certain turning points, we will struggle, we may pause. But, those moments of contemplation and reflection are purposeful. They are there to teach us just how strong we are, collectively and individually.

I began this journey several years ago, wanting to help women in my community dealing with substance abuse. My desire to help wasn’t born of a need to mend, it was actually a mission inspired by the strength in those I witnessed on a courageous journey. I was fortunate to stand with women that bore strength and perseverance with no boundaries.

That is why I founded Rising Roads Recovery. I wanted to create a safe place for women to rediscover their true selves. To build a community where healing can thrive and souls can prosper.

To that end, it is with a full, warm heart that I am happy to announce that Rising Roads Recovery is now Licensed by the state of California Department of Health Services as a substance abuse treatment center. Rising Roads Recovery is here to provide a safe place where every woman can find her wholeness.

If you, or someone you love, is seeking help with substance abuse in conjunction with an eating disorder and/or traumatic experiences, please contact us today. I welcome you to join us.

Let the road rise up to meet you and continue on a healing path. Reach out today about our programs and services by calling us at 866.746.1558.