Live Support

Safe, effective drug/alcohol treatment

All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

The answer is Palm Partners Recovery Center. It’s a proven path to getting sober and staying sober.

Palm Partners’ innovative and consistently successful treatment includes: a focus on holistic health, a multi-disciplinary approach, a 12-step recovery program and customized aftercare. Depend on us for help with:

6 Ways Pets Help Boost Your Happiness

A young man playing with his dog outdoors.

(This content is being used for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted in the content is a model)

Author: Shernide Delva

Happiness is essential to a fulfilling life. Want happiness? A pet might help. If you are one of the millions of pet owners around the country, you probably cannot imagine life without your animal companion.  Pets have been shown to help increase health and happiness. Furthermore, studies show the more time you spend with your furry friend, the better you feel.

Check out the six science-backed ways pets boost your happiness. Perhaps this article will make you want to add a furry friend(s) in your home.

  1. Pets offer a comforting presence.

Having a pet is a calm, comforting, and familiar greeting you receive every day. Studies reveal merely watching fish can help lower blood pressure and muscle tension in people about to undergo oral surgery. No wonder dentists are so fond of aquariums!

Other research reveals that pet owners have lower blood pressure and heart rate before and after performing stressful tasks. The presence of an animal is so beneficial for both physical and mental reasons.

  1. Pets offer unconditional love.

Pets will love you no matter what. They are without opinions, critiques or verdicts. A study showed that nursing home residents in St. Louis felt less lonely with some quiet time with a dog alone than a visit with both a dog and other residents.  The study had half the group spend alone time with just a dog and the other half shared the dog with other nursing home residents. Those who spent time with the dog alone felt the least alone compared to the others. This could mean that many people prefer to spend quality time with their furry little friends so they can divulge their innermost thoughts and not be judged.

  1. Pets change our behavior.

You may have the worse day ever, but when you walk through the door, your pet will be excited and happy to see you. They will crave your attention and love. Pets have the ability to alter your behavior. You become less agitated and depressed after spending quality time with your loving pet.

  1. Pets are a great distraction.

In the midst of the good and horrible things occurring in our lives, pets can be an excellent distraction. Pets only require food, water, affection and attention. They are simple beings. For that reason, pets can be an effective therapy when your head is flooding with distractions. It is tough to ruminate on how horrible things are when a dog or cat is breathing near your face.

  1. Pets promote touch.

Touch is a powerful healing tool. Research indicates that a 45-minute massage can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and even allows for your immune system to run more efficiently by building white blood cells. Hugging floods our body with oxytocin, a chemical that reduces blood pressure, heart rate and lowers stress.   It should come to no surprise then that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and boost happy chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.

  1. Pets make you more responsible.

With pets come responsibility, and sometimes that is very healthy for us. Psychologists agree that we build our self-esteem by taking ownership of a task. When we succeed, we can assure ourselves that we can take care of others as well as ourselves. Taking care of a pet brings structure to our day. Sleeping in becomes less likely because we have to walk our dogs. Staying out all night now requires more planning and thought. Essentially, you begin to spend more time conscious of your day to day duties.


Having a pet can be helpful for many reasons. Do you have a furry friend?  If you or someone you love is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or addiction, please call now.

   CALL NOW 1-800-951-6135

15 Signs You’re Headed for a Relapse

 

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Everyone knows that there is a mental relapse before you actually physically relapse. There are many signs to tell that you’re headed for a relapse that might not be obvious to you at the time, but are good things to look for in yourself and others that might seem a little bit not-so-spiritual. I’ve thought of 15 signs you’re headed for a relapse.

15 Signs You’re Headed for a Relapse…

1. You think you can use just one more time (I want one more really good high)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

2. You’re not going to meetings (I’ve graduated meetings, I’m all done)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

3. You’re miserable and depressed (isn’t everybody who’s sober, though?)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

4. You don’t have a sponsor (I’m my own sponsor, I know what’s best for me)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

5. You isolate and never really leave your house (why would I leave my house?)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

6. You consider Netflix to be your therapy (doesn’t watching shows about therapy count?)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

7. Your closest supports have become your dogs (they’re the best supports because they always listen)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

8. Drinking and getting high actually sounds like a good idea (maybe I’m not an addict or alcoholic…)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

9. You’ve been hanging out with old friends who are currently getting high (they’re my friends and I want to be around them)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

10. You think that if you just find a boyfriend/girlfriend, then you will be happy and fixed (if I find love, it will solve all my problems)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

11. You are constantly mean and angry (it’s cause everyone else is super annoying)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

12. You can’t remember the last time you prayed or meditated (who cares, I don’t need to pray and meditate)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

13. You think that there is something wrong with everyone else; it’s not you (everyone is pissing me off, I hate people)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

14. You’ve been hanging out at bars for the ‘atmosphere’ (it just makes you happy)

 

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

 

15. You’ve contacted your drug dealer or went to the liquor store and bought alcohol (just in case)

15 Signs You're Headed for a Relapse

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Whether these signs apply to you or to a close friend or loved one, you can’t help anyone who doesn’t want to be helped. That is important to remember. It can be so hard watching someone you care about going through the phases of mental relapse and not being able to help them – but unless they are willing to get help, it won’t work.

If you think you may be headed for a relapse, try contacting your supports or your sponsor for help. Even it has been months since you’ve talked to them, they will be happy to hear from you either way. I know it sometimes feels weird to call someone after it’s been awhile, but I know that when I don’t hear from a sponsee for a long time, I am just so happy to talk to them once they do call! Go to a meeting and raise your hand and share that you’re struggling. If you want to be sober and stay in recovery, you have to be willing to go to any lengths to do so. It might end up being uncomfortable and not exactly what you want to be doing, but in the end it will be worth it if you remain sober – trust me! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

 

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

A lot of people don’t have any idea what to do for fun when they first get sober. Getting sober can be difficult because all we know is drugs and alcohol and without those things it can make life feel boring, at first. It turns out life is even more fun when we’re sober! There are so many different activities that you can do to have fun in sobriety; here are some tips from the characters of the TV show The Office on how to have fun in sobriety.

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)…

Take up a new hobby, like karate

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Start gardening

 

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

 

Spend time with your friends

 

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

 

Drawing

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Dancing

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Explore your inner comedian

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Play pranks on friends

 

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

 

Spend time with animals (pets, like your dog)

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Photography

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Plan trips, go on a vacation

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

See new movies

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

Help people

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

You’d honestly be surprised how much more fun life can be without drugs and alcohol. You remember everything and genuinely laugh and have fun without the influence of substances. I can say I’ve laughed harder and had more fun in sobriety than I ever did in my addiction. Don’t get me wrong, I had fun in the beginning of my ‘party days’ but eventually I was absolutely miserable. I got to a point where I didn’t even know what fun was anymore; I strictly lived to drink and drug. Luckily, I found myself in a place of desperation that required me to either get sober or go on and die like that.

Now that I’m sober, I enjoy reading, laughing, spending time with friends, seeing movies and etc. I am a happier person and at peace with myself and I believe I am much more fun to be around now. I also enjoy different things than I did when I was using. It is enjoyable for me to help new girls in the program and go to meetings and meet new people. Helping people gives me a spiritual high which is SO much better than a high from drugs and alcohol.

You are able to figure out what your hobbies are and what you truly enjoy once you get sober. I know one of my friends discovered she was really talented at drawing and art; not only is it great to find a hobby but it can be a form of meditation which we all need! Honestly, being happy in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I could have ever asked for, and I didn’t even ask for it! I just wanted to stop drinking and drugging and in turn got this amazing life out of it. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

How to Have Fun in Sobriety (As Told By The Office)

Photo Credit: www.wifflegif.com

 

free treatment ebook

Categories

Accepted Insurance Types Please call to inquire
Call Now