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Addiction Treatment: The Opportunity Hidden in the Pandemic

“I feel like a prisoner. All I’ve been doing for the past year is going to work, then coming home and drinking until I pass out.
I repeat this cycle every day.”

“I don’t know how I’m going to get the addiction treatment I need. I don’t want to lose my job.”

“My boss would fire me immediately if I tried to take time off for addiction treatment. I haven’t even been there 90 days.”

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The Truth About Pregnancy and Drug Addiction

For many women, pregnancy is an empowering and exciting time. From the moment those two pink lines appear on the home pregnancy test to the day a new mom meets her baby face-to-face, pregnancy and the idea of motherhood is unlike any other experience.

For a woman struggling to break free from drug addiction, however, pregnancy can feel like a panicked race against the clock to stop using along with the weight of shame that often keeps a woman silent and afraid to seek help.

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Why Sober Living Is Important for Recovery

It is not uncommon for people in addiction recovery to live at a sober living house for many months and sometimes even years. People who choose sober living for themselves do so because they are serious about their recovery, and what it provides them. Here we give you the best reasons sober living is important for recovery.


The best thing that happens at sober living for the newly recovering addict is how much support they get from their roommates on a consistent basis. The support that roommates provide for each other is mainly about helping one another stay clean and sober, and how to cope with everyday life. If one person in the house is struggling, someone else will be there to listen to them, and be by their side. As well, sober living roommates support each other in other ways. Like reminding one another to do their chores, or to lock the front door, and to go to meetings.

The support from this type of community teaches the newly recovering addict that they are cared about, liked, and able to succeed in recovery. Lifelong friendships are formed and never forgotten in sober living. Sober living housemates bond as closely as a famiily does, yet in some ways even closer.

Every sober living house has an onsite manager who leads by example and helps with inspiring each resident to become responsible and to stay strong in their recovery.

Cost of Living

 Newly recovering addicts are usually pretty short on money. Some are even overcoming homelessness. Sober living is much less expensive than an apartment and does not require a deposit, credit check or rental references. Sober living is where most residents build their references and rental history. The cost cannot be compared when you count in the support that is free at a sober living house.

As well,  FYI, for many residents, private insurance can also cover the costs of sober living.

After Relapse

It is not uncommon to see an addict relapse. I think we all wish this was not true. However, time is of a crucial essence after someone relapses. This person is guilt-ridden and ashamed and needs help getting through the negative emotions. Of all the reasons to go into sober living this one is the biggest. Returning to recovery after a relapse is (usually) harder than initially getting sober. Here the support factor of a sober living house is incomparable. This is the time when an addict needs to be understood and loved the most, and sober living residents will do just that.

Being Forced To-Go

Being forced to go to a sober living house is not uncommon. That is why we feel it should be mentioned as one of the reasons sober living is important because so many people fall into this category. Court mandated, or it’s the last stop before the streets and homelessness, and the family may be saying ‘to go or else,’ is a typical scenario for many residents at sober living houses.

What is also typical of persons who are in some ways forced to reside in a halfway house, is that over time they adjust. If you asked a room full of successful recovering addicts and alcoholics: how many of them did not want to be in sober living, and they went to please someone else? All of them would raise their hands (as a yes).

One can rest knowing that in time recovery will win and the newly recovering addict will stop fighting. They will come to terms that sober living is the best decision for them.


This word is no simple one for addicts and alcoholics to gauge, and they are going to need assistance with understanding what it means to be responsible and how to navigate a new moral compass. This is not to imply that persons in new recovery are incapable, bad, or even unintelligent. It only means they require guidance. Sober living houses have set rules in place that help newly recovering addicts learn how to become accountable for their actions. Curfews, ‘get-up-by’ times and doing daily chores, are very basic life skills, however, recovering addicts and alcoholics abandoned these skills or regular way of living in their addictions and will need help in learning to do them again.

The good news is that once an addict or alcoholic gets clean and sober they do return to caring about a routine. Learning how to uphold that routine with others is what accountability is about at a sober living house.

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What is a PHP treatment program?

PHP stands for partial hospitalization program. It is intended for people who have recently completed detox and who are ready to get further treatment for their addictions. Gracious Care’s PHP program is more flexible than other PHP programs because we allow our clients to live onsite at our residential PHP facility or remain at home and attend PHP during the day. However, PHP is considered the most intensive treatment program that Gracious Care offers.

PHP clients are overseen by our professional staff of physicians, psychiatrists, counselors, and therapists. In PHP clients help design their own treatment plan with the guidance of their counselor. This treatment plan has specific goals for their recovery and is updated and modified as progress is made, or given more attention when it is not.

Gracious Care’s PHP groups include holistic therapies, facilitator-led groups and workshops, group therapy, and individual counseling. Clients are also taken to outside twelve step meetings and attend in-house twelve step speaker meetings. Other activities that clients will participate in on a regular basis include yoga therapy, art therapy, spiritual meditation, and fitness therapy.

The PHP treatment program has a twenty-four-hour medical staff to administer medications and address medical needs. Gracious Care’s staff of healthcare technicians or ‘techs’ oversee daily routines, safety and give support around the clock. PHP is the program where addicts begin to accept their addiction and grow in their recovery. Treatment stays vary in length per the client’s needs. We offer a minimum stay of thirty days.

Gracious Care’s residences are modern and luxurious. All our treatment houses are gender specific and each room has large comfy single beds and private bathrooms. Clients will have access to the internet and other sources of entertainment (Netflix, Cable, Games). Clients are also allowed to bring and keep their cell phones. Our outdoor areas are beautifully landscaped and there is plenty of nature to enjoy and relax in. All meals are prepared fresh by five-star chefs and nutritious snacks are available always.

All our treatment centers and residences are in Deerfield beach. We are steps away from the beautiful clear blue Atlantic Ocean in an upscale neighborhood with shopping, entertainment, and transportation close by.

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Gracious Care’s ‘Must-Do’s for Your Recovery

With 2017 just around the bend, most of us are excited to begin a new year in recovery and for some of us we will be remembering where we were last year in recovery and in our addictions. Some of us may have made it to double digits in weeks, months or years, and no matter the sobriety date… hasn’t your life gotten better!? Did you ever think you would be where you are today?

Gracious Care has put together a little must-do list to help remind you how wonderful you are. God’s plan included you getting clean and sober today and now look at you go!

Map All Your Successes in Life

Map your life and leave the failures out! Unfortunately, as recovering addicts and alcoholics, we often spend a lot of time remembering our failures, and we forget about the things we used to be good at. As well, for most of us who have been to treatment, we have been asked to do a variety of therapeutic activities or lifelines that map our addiction and our failures. And this is a healthy thing to do to point out the seriousness of your addiction and how it got worse, so you will have a realistic perspective about it. 

Yet, what can get overlooked and forgotten are all the things we were good at before our addictions completely took over. So, what you need to do is make a map of everything you have done well in your entire life and don’t forget any of them no matter how you young were! This is a map of successes, so leave the failures out.

Think back to when you were a kid or a teenager. Weren’t you the best at volleyball, chess, Legos, archery, drawing, swimming or soccer? Maybe you were a really great poet or musician? Whatever it was that you used to be really good at- MAP IT!

The point of a success map is to help you remember all the talent you have and to remind you how great you really are.

Do Something Nice for Yourself

Now we aren’t talking just some little cup of coffee or a sandwich here. What we mean by doing something nice for yourself is GO BIG. Plan something memorable for yourself and enjoy. Don’t just go get your nails done, or have lunch with a friend. Go get your hair and nails done and have lunch with a friend by the beach. Then go shopping at a really nice mall, and buy each other a quirky little gift. Then show your gift off at your favorite church or meeting.  

For guys, don’t just go buy a new watch. Wear that watch and go see a cool new movie with your best friend, and have a great dinner after you check out the latest new stuff at the Apple store. Or cruise up to Disneyworld. We mean what can’t be more special than Disneyworld-right?!

And if you are on a budget, then look to your sponsor and friends for help. Tell them you want to do something nice for yourself. Watch the ideas and help come at you! Doing something nice for yourself is therapeutic and will be remembered, especially if you make a Big Deal of it! This can be your go-to memory of how great you have made your life in recovery!

So, remember you make your recovery what it is. Also, you have to let it happen or become. As recovering addicts and alcoholics we are often resistant to new things, or to doing things for ourselves at all. Recovery takes effort as well as letting yourself have it.

So, do something special for yourself this end of the year and do it in a BIG WAY. You will thank us once you did.

HAPPY 2017

 With LOVE from All of Us at Gracious Care Recovery!

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5 Things People in Addiction Recovery Can Do to Feel Better

Having a bad day does not just happen to people in addiction recovery. It happens to everyone, and that is life. Yet for people in recovery, especially early recovery, feeling bad can really feel horrible. It’s hard to explain to others, isn’t it? Sometimes we recovering addicts and alcoholics can just feel desperate, alone, angry, and emotionally deprived or overwhelmed.

When we experience such heavy negative emotions, it is important to take positive action to help lighten our feelings up. Here we give you the 5 best things you can do when you feel like something has got to help you feel better- now!

Call your Sponsor

If this seems obvious, or typical, then you must already be calling your sponsor, and we are proud of you! Or, you may not have a sponsor to call. If that is the case then don’t worry, call a friend in recovery right now. Don’t even read the rest of this post. Finish reading it later. What is important right now, is being able to help you feel better. So pick up the phone and talk about it.

Tell Yourself You Are Worth Recovery

Telling yourself you are worth recovery and that you can stay clean and sober, is so mega-important because whether you realize it, or not, your words to yourself mean more than from anyone else in the world. Encouraging self-talk equals a positive frame of mind. To really do this effectively when you are down, and this will surely shed some tears, is to practice talking to yourself as if you were a child.

Imagine you are talking to yourself as a child, or like you would talk to your own children. Tell them you know they are feeling bad right now but it is going to get better. Tell yourself or your child self, you are valuable and that You Are Worth Recovery.

It is Okay to Blame Satan

It is okay to blame your bad feelings on Satan. Yes, we are using the “S” word here. Why? Because it is powerful, and it will help you feel less at fault. If that does not make sense to you, what we are trying to explain is, sometimes you just have to blame someone for you to feel better. It’s putting the responsibility of feeling bad on someone else. And who better and more deserving to blame than Satan. Say it! Say you feel really bad and guess whose fault it is? And by the way, we think this is true.


Stop and Thank Jesus

As a Christian or even someone who prays to a higher power, if you have not been doing this, then now is the best time ever to thank Jesus Christ for loving you and being in your heart. Jesus Christ lives in all our hearts and it is very powerful to acknowledge him there. Even if you are not a Christian just give this a try and we promise you will feel better. 


Get on With Life and Get Busy

A busy life is a hard mind to mess with. Whoever realized that staying busy helps you feel better was a genius. Try it, and watch how much better you will feel by keeping your schedule full especially when you are down. Therefore, do not remain in bed all day long. Do not ignore taking a shower. Do not forget to eat at least three times per day. And definitely– Do Not Give Up! Reacting to bad feelings and drinking or using will make everything worse! Relapse never makes anything better.

Stay busy, stick to your best routine. Love your friends in recovery and your life in recovery. And always remember to talk to your higher power and God, and we promise you will feel better!

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My Child Has an Addiction Part 14 How to Support Recovery After Treatment

The Best Apology is Changed Behavior

When it comes to addiction and your path to recovery, you’re often faced with relapse issues. These problems on top of everything else may seem as if it’s almost impossible for an opportunity to heal. Often your relapse and the way you handle your situation affects your loved ones even though that’s never the intention. The words “I’m sorry” may have lost their meaning to those around you who want nothing more than to see you overcome your addiction.

Recovery is a fight and losing means death. Think of what that would say to your significant other, parents, siblings and real friends. Death would torture them beyond words. It’s vital to both your loved ones and yourself to find a better solution when apologize, and the inevitable will be detrimental.

Changing one’s behavior is the best way for you to say “Thank You” to your loved ones, therapist and anyone else that may have influence in your life. Changing the behavior doesn’t mean changing the person. That change goes way deeper. No longer should you feel or say you’re sorry to yourself or anyone else.

By looking for alternatives to your behavior and replacing the addiction with something else, you’re not only freeing yourself from the depths of your addiction; you’re taking control and that you’ll never have to apologize.

By changing your behavior, you will no longer be sabotaging your life; you’ll be able to embrace it.

Changed behavior means using your emotions to find positive channels for the energy you would normally be wasting.

Your new-found practice will allow new doors to open, new people to walk in and a new life to take place. Habits can’t be broken, but better ones can replace them. Practice using new practices daily until they’ve become second nature to you.

You don’t have to feel sorry for yourself or your situation. Your habits, your attitude and the way you conduct yourself, will become joyous and unremorseful because they will fill your world with endless gratitude.

You can stop regretting everything once you’ve found a way to change the behavior that has trapped you from enjoying the rest of your life. There’s no reason to be apologetic for reaching new heights toward the recovery when you stick to the form; your recovery has helped you achieve. That my friend is nothing to feel sorry.

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The Holidays and Your Sobriety: What to Keep in Mind


If you are not feeling the joy and cheer you think everyone else has all around you this Holiday season, DO NOT FEEL ALONE! The holidays are ruthless for causing people of any type, clean and sober, rich and poor, functioning and not, to become depressed. As well, for our circle of recovery we all know how notorious the holidays season is for causing recovering addicts and alcoholics to relapse.

During this holiday season, there are some things to consider with regards to how all this joyous frolicking may affect you and your recovery, so read on!


This is no small matter. The holidays bring up feelings from the past that are good, bad, sad, and the holidays really make the past a central focus. Think about it. All we do during this time is ‘compare’. We compare where we were last year to now, who we spent last Christmas with before, to who we are with now. It’s endless, even on Christmas Day itself we will be comparing our gifts and probably wishing we got something better.

What is important to realize is that the Holidays draw out feelings regardless of who you are or not. It is meant to be a time of love and joy and sharing. These are great big emotional situations. Take care of yourself right now, and allow yourself to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE if you are affected negatively during the holidays.

Re-consider the Christmas-Family-Visit

This is mega of all whammies for people in recovery and especially for people in early recovery. Seeing the family at Christmas is very very emotional. Do not feel obligated to make appearances for the family’s sake. If you are not ready to take on the family and Christmas all at once, spend Christmas with your sober family!

For many successful recovering addicts and alcoholics, it took one, two, three years and more before they could join the family for Christmas. Because of all its old baggage, old habits and disappoints, together combined with the overfilled emotional celebrations of the holidays, for them, was just too much before they knew they could go and stay clean and sober- AND FEEL HAPPY!!


If you don’t understand what a recovery tool is then we will make it easy for you and name the best ones. First, make sure your sponsor, or sober circle of friends, are available to see you and to talk to you EVERY DAY of the Holiday season. Second, GET REAL AND DO NOT GO TO X-MAS PARTIES WHERE ALCOHOL IS SERVED! This is a no brainer, it will suck and you will be tempted as well as miserable. Third, make more than one Christmas and New Year’s plan. You may change your mind about wanting to go one hour before. In this case, what is important is to have a backup plan, so you don’t feel left out or alone.

For example, where and when are some good meetings or church services to go to? Fourth, DO NOT GO TO PARTIES WHERE ALCOHOL IS SERVED. Fifth, it is okay to stay at your sober home, or in, and not celebrate the Holidays. In fact, a lot of regular people in America think of Christmas or New Years as just a long weekend off from work and do nothing but rest! RIGHT ON!! So watch that awesome movie, go take a long bath or stroll by the ocean. Be YOU and be comfortable!


Love yourself, love your recovery, and most importantly Do Not Feel Alone because REALLY, we are ALL feeling the emotional ups and downs in a big way during the Holiday season.


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Interview with a Recovering Alcoholic


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The phrase “To Hit Bottom” has become a regularly understood statement in many circles of addiction recovery. For recovering addicts and alcoholics this means when they realized they had nothing left or had destroyed it all because of their addictions, and that they were ready to ask for help. What’s different about this recovering alcoholic, known in this interview as Ben, was that he realized that his drinking meant there was no bottom to hit, because he had nothing left to loose.

Interviewer: So when you say you did not ever hit a bottom in your disease, how did you know when you needed help?

Ben: Actually I knew all along I needed help. I just couldn’t stay sober long enough to get it.

Interviewer: So does that mean you tried? And if so, what happened why wasn’t it helping you?

Ben: What happened was, I had become homeless, and in my desperation to fight all the horrors of what had become of my existence in life- I wasn’t able to accept help. Social workers would come to the hospital after they had found me near dead for the third time and beg for me to go to treatment, but I could not hear them.

Interviewer: What do you mean you couldn’t hear them?

Ben: I couldn’t hear that another person was scared for my life. I had been through a year and a half of being homeless and rejected by all of our society, including my family. I had lost the ability to sense danger and hear the fear, or even love in someone’s voice. All I knew how to do anymore was to fight. And for me, fighting meant staying numb – meaning drunk.

Interviewer: So what happened, how did you finally achieve the three years of sobriety you have today?

Ben: It wasn’t until I started to regain my consciousness of who I used to be. What I mean by that is, I made contact with my Dad and he started to send me enough money to where I could get a hotel, shower and afford clean clothes. It was at that point that I became less afraid of the world and I started to care about myself. I started to feel some sort self- dignity again.

Interviewer: So once you regained your self-dignity and started to care about yourself again, is that when you felt like you needed help? Or were you just ready to get help?

Ben: Both. I had been arrested over 50 times for public intoxication within one year; I had been hospitalized for three life-threatening disorders because of my drinking. I had been attacked by other vagrants, and nearly beaten to death. But somehow I realized that I could not fight any longer.

Interviewer: So was that your bottom, when you realized you could not fight any longer?

Ben: No. I realized that for me there is no bottom when I am drinking. I can lose everything, nearly die, and go to jail, but nothing will be a bottom. I will keep going (drinking).

Interviewer: So if there are others who feel the same as you, what would you like to tell them?

Ben: That if you have realized that things in your life, or how your life is going can only continue to get worse, and really feel this from all directions- in your life- and who you are-  you are then ready to realize that you may never hit bottom and that for you there isn’t one. Hitting bottom is when people are done. They do not want to go on being drunk, high, whatever. When you have no bottom, you realize that things will always get worse- it will be neverending.

Fortunately, Ben is, as stated earlier, in his third year of sobriety. After the interview, he stated he never thought he could get sober, and that over time sobriety gets easier. He also stated that alcoholism is a never-ending story of loss. All the horrors that we can imagine, do come true when you are in your disease. And all dreams come true when you are in recovery- Well said, Ben!

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3 Things To Remember That Really Matter In Recovery

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Watch What You Eat and Don’t Eat

Unfortunately, a lot of us in recovery have ignored all the advice about the importance of good nutrition and eating right. It’s like one of those topics that you reply “yes I understand,” but  I will do nothing about it type of reactions. However, what foods you are eating can determine how your day is going.

Simply, for recovering addicts and alcoholics are feelings are on the line. That may sound dramatic, but it’s true. And for your information, food causes all kinds of chemical reactions in our bodies and therefore can and does dictate how we feel. Of course, we are all different, some of us can sleep after coffee and some of us shake like leaves.

What we want you to notice is what foods help you feel healthy, help you feel strong and then compare- are these foods good for me? And are you eating enough? Food is our fuel and what keeps us feeling alive. So sign up for that nutrition counseling and make eating healthy food a part of your recovery.

Be Aware of the Company You Keep

Here, for people in early recovery, they sometimes forget how important it is to keep their circle of support healthy.This circle includes friends, co-workers, and family. Being in recovery from addiction or alcoholism means you have to take charge of your recovery and nurture it. Do not waste time with people who make you feel uncomfortable, mad or sad. Move on and prosper. It is your duty to choose the best company for yourself.

If that means you have to politely leave the room at your sober living house, or around certain people, then do it. Asking to work with people that you are comfortable with is totally allowed in any work environment. And as for family, take your time to heal yourself first and utilize guidance from a counselor or sponsor only.

The company we keep is about our self-esteem, our hopes, and our dreams. If there are more people in your life that make you feel upset versus making you feel really positive and in charge of your recovery, then it’s time to take action and become aware of who is on your recovery team, and who helps you and who hurts you.

Find That Cozy Place and Visit Often

This is all about meeting your needs. It is so very important for recovering addicts and alcoholics to spend lots of time nurturing themselves. On the road to recovery, we need a lot of warm and fuzzy feel goods to remind us that life is so much better clean and sober. And here the options are endless. Discover what you enjoy and make it a priority regularly. Take lots of naps when you can, watch your favorite movies and cry. Drive around with the music cranked. Call your best friend or family members who you enjoy the most. Go have that awesome sandwich at your favorite café. Find that cozy place in multiple locations and visit often.

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