Sobriety Wellness for Sustainable
Long Term Recovery
Long Term Sustainable Addiction Recovery is Possible
Sober Curious – Sober All Year
New Start Recovery Solutions wishes everyone a happy, healthy, sober and personally meaningful New Year!
The development of a substance use disorder involves profound changes in the brain, behavior, and social functioning. The recovery process at New Start Recovery Solutions involves integrating sustainable changes in those areas.
We assist our clients to build a healthy body and mind –
and to develop the emotional skills and mindfulness for sustainable sobriety.
Recovery Wellness is a holistic process – and includes developing a sober lifestyle, nutrition and personal growth and finding personal meaning. Sustainable recovery involves integrating wellness activities ongoing.
Sustainable long-term addiction recovery involves re-discovery of the joys of sobriety.
Dry January Sober Curious Movement – Mainstream and International
A ‘Sober Curious’ movement on the rise.
The Dry January campaign was started in 2013 in England and is now making waves on this side of the Atlantic. Australia and New Zealand have also participated.
• 82 percent felt a sense of achievement
• 79 percent saved money
• 62 percent had better sleep
• 62 percent had more energy
• 49 percent lost weight
• Dry January helps jump-start long term alcohol abstinence
Sober Curious Recovery – Great News for Relapse Prevention
A major obstacle for relapse prevention in alcohol use disorder and for functional alcoholics has always been the pervasive nature of alcohol in our culture. Traditionally, there has been a social stigma for drinking non-alcoholic club soda at business meetings and social gatherings.
The exciting news for those in recovery: There is a growing health-conscious trend towards ‘no alcohol’.
Suddenly, sobriety is cool! There is a growing culture shift away from alcohol as a social ritual. More and more individuals are becoming ‘Sober Curious‘.
Dry January and Non-Alcoholic ‘Mocktails’
The booze culture ‘happy hour’ is beginning to lose its appeal. Sober, mindful, after-work activities are appearing across the U.S. – from Los Angeles and Silicon Valley to NYC.
Non-alcoholic happy hours are making social interactions more meaningful – and the morning after a lot more happy.
A cultural shift to sobriety is welcome news! And it may indicate that more individuals are seeking to deepen (and actually remember!) tangible positive connections with others.
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Good Nutrition Supports Addiction Recovery
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. — Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, 431 B.C.
Your Brain – on Food
In a recent article in the Harvard Medical School, Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food, the connection between nutrition and depression, anxiety and other mental health issues was examined.
The conclusion from several studies: Food, and the quality of food consumed, has an effect on mental states.
Healthy foods help promote happy mental states. Junk food and sugary foods help promote depression and anxiety.
An individual too busy to take care of their health – is like a mechanic too busy to take care of their tools. – Spanish Proverb
Depression and Recovery Missing Link? The ‘Gut’ and Brain Connection
Nutritional psychiatry is a rapidly developing field. Recently published research has clinical evidence that dietary interventions for depression are feasible and can provide significant clinical benefit.
Research has suggested that the gut microbiota has an influence on mood. Poor diet is a risk factor for depression.
The effects of the gut microbiota on human health is an area of neuroscience interest. Several researchers suggest that microorganisms be considered as a new group of drugs named “psycho-microbiotics”. Psychobiotics may exert their beneficial effects on mood through modulation of neural networks associated with emotional attention.
For example, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Approximately 95% of serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract.
The gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, or neurons. The inner workings of the digestive system not only digests food, it also guides emotions!
Whole Person Addiction Recovery at New Start Recovery Solutions
We use Mindfulness Relapse Prevention and other whole person evidence-based therapies.
Integrated therapies we use at New Start Recovery Solutions include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), individual and group therapy, yoga and more.
Positive changes resulting from addiction recovery are described as posttraumatic addiction-related growth.
‘Addiction recovery personal growth‘ refers to the growth that an individual can experience as a result of the recovery process. Recovery from trauma and substance abuse can be an important ‘search for meaning‘.
A Search for Meaning and Addiction-Related Growth
Although no one would choose trauma, substance abuse and addiction as a pathway to personal growth – there is tremendous potential for personal growth in the recovery process.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl – based on his own experience – argued that we cannot avoid suffering. However, he felt that we can choose how to cope with trauma or tragedy. It can be possible to find meaning in tragedy – and move forward with renewed purpose.
Frankl was heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and loss in Nazi concentration camps.
Viktor Frankl believed that our primary drive in life is not pleasure (as Freud maintained) –
but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
Finding Personal Meaning
Successful long-lasting recovery from addiction is associated with positive life choices – and in finding personal meaning and an inner spirituality.
Lasting recovery from substance abuse requires a total re-assessment of habitual behaviors and habitual thinking patterns.
Addiction recovery (and recovery from traumatic events) requires a greater degree of self-knowledge and a leap into the unknown of more positive choices. For most, this also results in inner spiritual growth.
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• Each patient is evaluated by New Start Recovery Solutions staff and receives a biopsychosocial assessment; and an individualized treatment plan.
• We use Mindfulness Relapse Prevention and other whole person evidence-based therapies; including CBT, EMDR, yoga and more.
• If you or your loved one is located in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Bay Area, Sacramento, Chico, Paradise, Redding, Martinez or other northern California area – and are dealing with a drug abuse or an alcohol use disorder – welcome to evidence-based whole person addiction treatment at New Start Recovery Solutions.
Your Life Awaits – Make a New Start Now
New Start Recovery Solutions
2449 Pacheco Street
Concord CA 94520