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Alumni Submission: The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

Alumni Submission: The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

Introduction by: Justin Mckibben

We have shared some excellent stories of Palm Partners Alumni who have done some amazing things. Recently I had the privilege of speaking with one of our Palm Partners Alumni, Jeff Salinas. We spoke about how his recovery has helped him achieve some incredible things in the last few years. Jeff attended treatment with Palm Partners back in 2015. Ever since getting his second chance he has been on an inspiring journey to an astonishing transformation. Today, we are all so proud to share his story.

When I reached out to Jeff, it was in regards to the Indialantic Boardwalk Triathlon he is set to compete in this weekend. After connecting on Facebook, I sent Jeff a message asking if he would be interested in sharing his story with our blog on Palm Healthcare Company’s website, so we could share it with the world! Jeff replied that he had been writing quite a few things about his transformation that we would like to share. He told me he would happily help us spread his “ongoing recovery stories as a beacon of hope for others still continuing with the struggles of any addictive behavior”.

In one message Jeff offered up an awesome story he wrote about the power of healing through yoga. As a yoga teacher with Palm Partners, I was elated to hear someone talking about the physically and mentally restorative practice of yoga. I thoroughly enjoyed this writing, and I surely hope someone else will too. Here is what Jeff has to say:

“The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You”

April 14, 2016

How Yoga Saved My Life.

It was a little over a year ago as I was wallowing away in despair in a detox center for treatment. I mean, you can only do so much in there. After I had enough in my room trying to read or watch tv, I decided to wander around the cafeteria. Hmmm.. The bulletin board. Blah… Blah… For lunch..blah.. Blah… For dinner… Hmmm.. Yoga.. later this evening. I signed up for it right away.

I for one had a huge amount of anxiety while in detox. Nonstop pacing, walking aimlessly around the center, like I said one can only do so much, so you can see the anticipation I had when I found out they were having a Yoga Class in there. And there she was, her presence alone can calm a crying baby, pretty much what I was in there. As I helped her lay out the mats and prep the library/sitting/TV room, I asked her if she was in recovery. She said 21 years.

Throughout that moment in practice, that hour and some minutes I was taken to a different place. You want to know where that was? I was taken to me, in my present moment, my breath, my physical posture. I was in me. For so F’n long I escaped me every waking moment I had either that was alcohol/chemically induced or complete utter destruction of self through physical fitness. But that calm and serene moment, I felt, well, I felt me; completely whole and organic, Non-GMO what have you.

From then on I continue the practice of Yoga, as it truly has a mystical and magical way of healing. By no way at all am I cured from my addiction, I am simply aware that a next drink for me will definitely be the kiss of death. So I continue to do what has been working for me, as well as to engage myself to forego the ultimate endurance challenge; The Ironman Race as I now train for this level headed and clear with with acknowledgment to my body learned through the practice of Yoga. On another note which explains my nightly yoga picture post in my Tri-shorts apparel.

So, this was my #Transformation #Throwback

May you all have peace within yourselves and find the solace that’s needed through our struggles in whatever they may be.

-Jeff Salinas 

To follow up on what Jeff has written, the integration of the mind, body and spirit through yoga is one way holistic healing changes lives, and sometimes even saves them.

Mindfulness and meditation are a powerful forms of holistic treatment for people struggling with substance use disorder or addiction, and even the most basic meditation techniques can have a significant influence to ease severe pain, reduce anxiety and other symptoms of depression, and even improve heart health. Yoga and transformational breath work help to promote self-awareness, and align the body and the mind with a new healthy pattern. The philosophy of yoga speaks a lot about self-study, discipline and compassion. Yoga also teaches people how to let go and seek love and connection. The power of yoga cannot be overstated.

Thanks again to Jeff for spreading some empowering and enlightening truth with us. We look forward to more insights into your adventures.

We are happy to cheer for our Palm Partners Alumni, and excited to share the message Jeff shared with us about the power of yoga and the importance of finding peace and setting your own path in recovery. Real recovery is possible. Drugs and alcohol do not have to keep you from the life you dream of having. If you or someone you love is struggling, please call toll-free now. We want to help. You are not alone.

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Goodbye To You Booze: Alumni Submission

Goodbye To You Booze: Alumni Submission

Intro Author: Justin Mckibben

Addiction and alcoholism infects the professional, intellectual, athletic and artistic all equally. No self-identified category or subculture has proven to be immune to the effects of substance abuse and physical dependency, and after a time emotional and mental disorders tend to develop from prolonged exposure to drugs and alcohol.

In recovery from addiction there is no short supply of individuals with amazing talents and passions they find a new hope of pursuing. Many of these people find they are again able to either rediscover the hobbies that made them happy, or even learn about new ones that open up new worlds of possibility for self-expression and self-discovery.

Sharing in these experiences and showing others who are struggling the capacity for transformation can inspire and support those who can relate to their experience.

In honor of the alumni from the Palm Partners treatment program, we like to celebrate the expressions our alumni submit to us. This poem recently given to us shows a person who is aware of how alcohol took a hold on his life, and shows how a program like Palm Partners can change someone. This kind of self-expression is just one example of how growth can come from the things we are relearning how to say.  

For this I have chosen to include the initial beginning of the email because it shows the humility and hope to help someone else that went into this writing. When I first received the email from Kenneth, it read:

Hi Justin,

This is the poem I wrote for my good bye letter to alcohol. Please do what you will with it. Even if one person is inspired, I’ve done my job.

Thank you,

Kenneth Knevals

Good Bye To You Booze

You were in my life for the early years

At the social gatherings you brought many cheers.

It started off, we were just good pals,

And to many around me, even the gals.

As the years went by our bond got stronger,

Through the stress and pain I needed you longer.

My desire for you was not matched by any,

I neglected my wife, my family and many.

Isolation came quick and my life turned phony,

Just you and I now as I began to feel lonely.

This body turned week, as did the look in my eyes,

I reached for you once more near my own demise.

I realized just then as I submit,

Once a friend now foe, I throw my hands up, I quit!

Six weeks go by and better I feel,

My mind, my body, my spirit, it’s real!

Confidence builds, insecure no longer,

The connection with my wife, my family now stronger.

With the learnings I’ve taken in the past many days,

It’s clear to me now, I must change my ways.

As I hear myself now, I AM MY OWN VOICE!!

The spirit in me knows, I do have a choice.

Decisions and actions I make now are clear,

My future you define, I no longer fear.

It’s been a long ride with you in my cup,

I’m putting you down now, it’s time to step up!

So the bond that we had, like a hand in a glove,

That journey is over, IT’S ME THAT I LOVE!!!

We are exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to share this, and we wish all the best of luck and progress to Kenneth as he moves forward in his new life, along with all other alumni. Thank you for your words of hope, and for allowing us to be part of the process that brought some of this passion back to life.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.

Poetry for Recovery: Alumni Submission

Poetry for Recovery: Alumni Submission

So many incredible and talented people have experienced the disease of addiction. This is not an affliction that artistic, academic or athletic individuals are immune to. Addiction, alcoholism and other mental health issues find their way into the lives of countless men and women all over the world who come from all walks of life and who express themselves in several amazing and unique ways.

In recovery from addiction, talented individuals are able to reconnect to their passions, or learn about new ones they never knew they had. Recovering addicts and alcoholics get to share their own experience and transformation in ways that both inspire and support others who feel connected to that experience.

In honor of the alumni from the Palm Partners treatment program, we like to celebrate the expressions our alumni submit to us to try and shed some light on their difficulties and their growth in recovery. A few weeks ago a graduate shared this poem with us, which he had written for his graduation. It is just one example of how spiritual growth and self-expression can mean so much to someone learning how to take hold of their new lease on life.   

“I surrender myself, into your care

I relinquish control, and this I swear.

Let go and let God, lead the way.

Trust in Him, never go astray.

Moment by moment, one day at a time

Have faith in Him and free your mind.

Be at peace, let go of your hate

You must cease to fight your fate.

Follow Him and follow through

Put Him first in all you do.

And if you do then wait and see

And what you’ll see is clarity.

An open mind with open eyes.

No longer blind to all the lies.

I found the way, the truth, the life.

I now can say I do what’s right.”

-Jeff Rogers

In this poem, Jeff shows how his personal relationship with his higher power and his commitment to a spiritual way of life has so much to do with his learning how to live again without the need of his addiction.

The right thing is not always easy, but with a solution in your life and the support of a spiritual practice recovery from drugs and alcohol can be a beautiful journey. This alumni has shown us through his words that his experience has a lot to do with his faith, and with turning toward it when the lies addiction feeds us become visible he was able to find a way out.

We are grateful for this share, and we wish all the best of luck and growth to Jeff as he moves forward in his new life. Thank you for your words of hope, and for allowing us to be part of the process that brought some of this passion back to life.

We know there are so many more Palm Partners alumni out there with talents, stories and experiences to share, and we encourage you to contact us and be part of the message that may help countless others. You never know how many lives you can touch, and how many people could make the choice that saves their life because of something that you choose to share. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135. We want to help. You are not alone.

5 Ways to Respect the Anonymity of your Facebook Friends

 5 ways to respect the anonymity of your facebook friends

Tradition Eleven: Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio and film.

-The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

With the popularity and seemingly necessary use for social media these days, the lines of confidentiality are getting blurred. I know for me, I am very open about my recovery and have told everyone in my life about my journey through active addiction to sobriety. I also have the support of living in an area known as the Recovery Capital of the U.S., which I find makes it easier for me to “out” myself. In addition, I work in the addiction field and so, I find it almost necessary to qualify myself as a certified, card-carrying member of the (recovering) addict community. I am careful not to expose anyone’s recovery and sobriety and also to not pass myself off as a representative of AA. I speak only of my experiences.

Combined with my education and experience in the social work field and my relatively newfound identity as an alcoholic/addict, I have realized my passion: advocacy. It is my strong belief and desire to reach out to other alcoholics and addicts in hiding to let them know that there is a solution which drives me. And so, I must be careful when it comes to internet anonymity. Where does helping stop and harming begin? This is something I struggle with.

When it comes to social media such as Facebook, there are some instances that are clearly a breaking of the eleventh tradition and other cases of a more subtle nature.

Internet Anonymity Rule #1: Don’t Blatantly Out Your Friends

First, never blatantly “out” other members. This sounds easy enough but then there are those inspirational posts you like to write like, “Loving the sober life” and you then tag your friends. Do they have your permission for that?

Internet Anonymity Rule #2: Don’t Hint At Others Being Members

You might think that being vague with a post is enough to protect another’s internet anonymity but, don’t take the risk. Saying things like, “At dinner with (insert name(s) after a meeting.” You may think the word “meeting” is vague enough but, you might be surprised who is in the know with recovery lingo. Or referencing pages from the Big Book to lend support to a fellow member who shared about something they’re struggling with.

Internet Anonymity Rule #3: Don’t Air Your Drama and Cries for Help

We’ve all bore witness to these posts: someone’s is having a bad day or a bad break-up and they take to Facebook to express their feelings. It is in our belief system (and perhaps nature) to want to reach out with support but, doing it online in Facebook posts is not the way to go about it. Don’t bait others into reaching out. We have phone lists for a reason. Pick up that thousand-pound phone. Don’t go showing you’re a** to the world.

Internet Anonymity Rule #4: Be Aware When Posting Photos

Sober outings and activities are great and you want to document them with photos. You post said photos and tag your friends. OK, harmless enough, right? But then you add a description like, “Loving sober life with So-and-So and Such-and-Such.” Did you get express permission from So-and-So and Such-and-Such before tagging them?

Internet Anonymity Rule #5: Don’t Be a Representative of AA

Talk about your sober lifestyle. Tell everyone you acknowledge their love and support. But don’t explicitly say things like, “Thanks to AA, I’m sober another day.” No matter how strong your recovery, it’s not what AA is about. Did you know that Bill W., who never graduated from college, refused an honorary degree from Yale because he didn’t want to break his anonymity?

If you or someone you love is looking for drug or alcohol addiction treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.

Sources:

www.thefix.com

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

How to Have Fun Without Drinking Alcohol

If you are a recovering addict or alcoholic, you may feel that it is difficult if not impossible to have fun without drinking alcohol. However people can have a perfectly good time and enjoy social situations without drinking alcohol. Every single day families and groups of friends have great fun without a drop of alcohol.

Find places in your area where other people have fun without drinking alcohol and avoid places where you know there will be alcohol. Water parks, beaches and public parks, community events, movie theaters and civic theaters are all drug and alcohol-free environments. Seek out these places, and seek out friends who won’t or don’t drink. They can help you stay sober by example and by holding you accountable.

Good old-fashioned conversation is highly satisfying and usually includes lots of good stories, funny anecdotes and jokes. Get with friends, have a meal and stay to talk about the good old times. Find a friend or group of friends to engage in a physical activity with. Take up yoga, cycling, jogging or join a group that not only exercises but also socializes together. Find a hobby. If possible find a group through an AA program in your area that is devoted to not drinking, perhaps is even made up of members who have been through rehab. If you are going out on the town with friends, be the proactive person who volunteers to be the designated driver. Don’t wait for others to direct the group to situations that might compromise you. Make positive suggestions about how and where to spend time together. How to have fun without drinking alcohol includes but is not limited to:

  • going to the movies or even better renting a movie at Blockbuster or Redbox (in most Wal-Mart stores)…
  • getting some exercise by roller blading, biking, walking, hiking, skiing, playing basketball, football, volleyball, tennis…
  • working on a house project like gardening, painting or redecorating…
  • hanging out with your friends at the mall, beach, park, skating ring, or at home…
  • doing everyday things like enjoying vacations, reading a book, playing your guitar, writing a song, planning and celebrating birthdays, get togethers, picnics, anniversaries…

and the list goes on and on.

Most of the time recovering alcoholics and addicts end up finding that they inherently know how to have fun without drinking alcohol. This is one of the many gifts of working a 12-step program and finding a fellowship around you. Also if you happen to be in the Delray Beach, FL area you are in luck because this is the recovery capital of the world. This means that there are plenty of people around and things to do to show you how to have fun without drinking alcohol.

Anyone can have fun without drinking alcohol doing pretty much anything its really just a mindset and the ability to link other activities with pleasure instead of drinking alcohol. Most of the time alcoholics and addicts will find that they have more fun without drinking alcohol then they did when they were drinking. Without drinking alcohol there is no risk of a hangover, blackout, jails, consequences etc. Its good, clean fun and its much more carefree.

If you or someone you know wants to learn how to have fun without drinking alcohol please don’t hesitate to call 800-951-6135.

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