Day 1: Before You Start?

Recovery is more than sobriety. It's a process of improving your life holistically. We respect any choice you make to improve your health and well being. Important: We urge you to seek medical attention before starting this or any other recovery program.

Day 2: Connection Is Everything?

The cost of sharing our struggles is always high in that it requires admitting that we need help. But the disease of addiction always flourishes when hidden. The goal of this program is to provide excellent support while completely guarding your anonymity and confidentiality.

Day 3: Understanding Ourselves?

Head, heart or gut? When we take stock about a decision or course of action, we often feel torn. We experience what clinicians refer to as "dissonance". We need some working concepts in order to gain a greater understanding of ourselves and to assimilate the skills we're going to be adding to our recovery programs.

Day 4: The Addicted Mind?

In the course of active addiction, we think, act, believe, and feel based on distorted perceptions or ourselves and the world around us. We live at the extremes of all or nothing. The disease gradually and insidiously strips everything away from us. Recovery gives us a chance to take it all back.

Day 5: Courage?

What you’re about to do takes some courage. Recovery can be scary at times. It is full of new ideas and experiences. You’re on a mission to change yourself –no small task, but one that is entirely achievable, if you take it one step at a time.

Day 6: Accountability, Responsibility & Goal Setting?

The first two words of recovery are: accountability and responsibility. Without applying these in all of our affairs we are unlikely to progress. Most folks who choose recovery coaching do so in part because their past efforts alone have failed.

Day 7: Your Relapse Prevention Plan?

In the course of addiction, we gradually lost integrity. We stopped making plans to succeed and started focusing on just getting through the day. Learn about the elements of a strong relapse prevention plan.

Day 8: The Ongoing Nature of Recovery?

The phoenix is a great symbol for recovery, with one notable caveat: We do not rise from the ashes in an instant. Coming back from the dead is a lifelong process.

Day 9: Being Grounded?

When we're anxious or overwhelmed, we're either reliving our past or trying to predict the future. In order for life to be manageable, we have to be grounded in the here and now.

Day 10: H.O.W. to Get Better?

Hint: "H.O.W." stands for Honesty, Openness, and Willingness.

Day 11: K.I.S.S. – The ‘Keep It Simple System’?

Life comes down to simple choices and if it doesn't, we're looking at it wrong. Perspective is everything.

Day 12: Perspective Is Key?

Most of us maintain two lens. One is for ourselves and the other is for everyone else.

Day 13: How do I Not Drink or Drug??

People often ask me how to NOT do something. To those who have never experienced addiction this seems insane.

Day 14: Dealing with Emotions in Early Recovery?

There is no way to let go of pain in a way that doesn't hurt. There's no way to face fear without being afraid and there's no way to release anger without getting angry. You have to feel it to let it go. The most frustrating aspect of this is that letting it go is rarely a one-time event.

Day 15: Self-Care?

Consider how you would treat someone if you wanted to help them change, heal, grow, and overcome.

Day 16: How to be Self-Aware?

We've used substances to block awareness; early sobriety will leave us emotionally raw and our mood will often be labile. Avoiding ourselves makes it easy to settle for so much less in life.

Day 17: Powerlessness?

Powerlessness is not helplessness or hopelessness. It is simply the inability to control something. If we haven'talready, we will come to see that we cannot predict with certainty what will occur after we take the first drink, pill or hit.

Day 18: Learning How to Let Go?

I’ve learned that I can’t “get over” anything. If I want to continue getting better, I have to go through it. Working our way out of the hell our lives have become hurts and it is hard work.

Day 19: The Inner Critic?

Folks like us tend to show great empathy to others but lack compassion for ourselves. I’ve learned that I cannot support change when I ignore, berate, or constantly demand more from myself.

Day 20: Resilience is Vital to Recovery?

Recovery is hard work. Going through the rougher patches is scary and it’s hard and it hurts.

Day 21: Overcoming Anxiety?

Anxiety isn’t genetic but it does run in families. It’s a product of unhealthy, learned behavior and unmet needs. It’s caused by trying not to feel what we truly feel and not to think about or remember things that cause negative emotions to surface.

Day 22: Overcoming Depression?

One of the more insane aspects of alcoholism and addiction is that we frequently used substances that are known depressants to cope with depression.

Day 23: Grief & Loss?

Pain is a powerful motivator for change. The average person never changes all that much, people in recovery change a LOT and we do it because we must.

Day 24: Being a ‘Chronic Relapser’?

I've always hated it when people describe themselves as a ‘chronic relapser. ’It's not just a statement about their past attempts at sobriety. It's also a self-fulfilling prophecy for the future.

Day 25: The 12 Steps Buffet Approach?

I'm a big believer in the "buffet approach." The 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) is not suitable for everyone, yet it remains the foundation upon which the majority of self-help programs are built.

Day 26: Trading Addictions & Pitfalls to Avoid?

When I work with folks in early recovery I encourage them to be mindful of what they use to fill the emptiness.

Day 27: What We Most Want & Fear?

Our greatest longing is to belong and to be loved just as we are. We want acceptance, approval, recognition, praise, all the good stuff. We just tie ourselves up in knots when someone tries to give it to us.

Day 28: Conclusion and Next Steps?

As you come to the end of this program, we urge you to consider your options moving forward. Your insights and experiences have likely revealed unmet needs and struggles that have not yet been resolved. You're certainly welcome to continue utilizing our program and staff. Let's take a look at what you might add going forward.
Jim’s Video Message #1

We will challenge you in multiple ways and we urge you to gather all the support possible.