Holiday Tips for People in Recovery

December 16, 2014

With competing demands for time and unrealistic expectations, the holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year. Holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, and trying to afford it all, to name just a few. During this time, we strive to stay grounded in our health and recovery. We’ve offered some practical tips to help think about the holidays and plan ahead.

  1.  Maintain your healthy habits: Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Serenity-Prayer_lightbox_fullOverindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties; continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
  2. Take a breather: Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, can refresh you and help you handle demands. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Set a timer on your smartphone to remember to take time off!
  3. checklistCreate a list: Make a list of people you can call if you feel like drinking or using. This list must consist of people who will support you and prevent you from drinking/using; it might be your sponsor. This tip applies anytime of the year. Don’t tough it out. Don’t give yourself an excuse to do something to jeopardize your recovery.
  4. Steer Clear. Stay away from all the slippery places you once drank or used. Be selective about what invitations you accept. If your family members are big drinkers or have other addictions, you may wish to steer clear of those celebrations. Kindly and confidently reminding your family and friends of your commitment to health and safety is the most important way to show them you love them; it can ease the challenge of bowing out of holidays. If you are going to be in a situation where alcohol or other drugs are present, mentally rehearse your actions.
  5. Have an attitude of gratitude. One of the best ways to turn the holiday blues gratitudearound is to write a list of blessings. Write it each morning. It might seem silly at first, but by time you hit ten you’ll be much happier. You might give thanks for your recovery days; counting up the days can afford a measure of comfort and peace. This is a big achievement, and one that you’ve worked hard for.
  6. Have back-up plans ready. If you’re prepared with a reasonable response when you’re at a party and getting ready to leave and someone asks you to stay, it’s not only less stressful, it’s also essential. You’ve got an easy out, no one’s feelings are hurt, and you’ve been true to your recovery.
  7. Spend your time with your recovery community. These friends will understand the impact of the holidays better than anyone. The truth is that those in recovery aren’t any more immune to depression and loneliness than someone who’s never had a problem with alcohol or other drugs. Thousands of people of all ages experience loneliness and depression during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But the difference is that you, since you are in recovery, have an automatic support network of your recovery community and 12-step sponsor and group members.

Remember, the holidays are a stressful time but they can also be a time of gratitude, joy, love, and connection.

Also remember; a successful recovery maintenance effort is based on good preparation. Being aware of some of the warning signs that could lead up to relapse can make all the difference in maintaining sobriety through the stressful holiday season and throughout the year.

Warning Signs

  1. Urges: Identify your thoughts or self-talk that support these feelings and behavior. Don’t ruminate on the urge…acknowledge the craving and move on.
  2. Feelings: When feelings of anger, resentment, or self-pity start to dominate your thinking…remind yourself that these feelings, although real in the moment, will pass if you don’t act on them.
  3. Boredom: An area of high risk is boredom and lack of energy; nothing seems fun anymore. Replace these thoughts with entertaining ideas. Throughout the holiday season, 12-Step groups often offer marathon meetings, meals, fellow-shipping, and sobriety inspired activities. Find out if this is offered near you.

4. Isolation: Often people who experience negative feelings and thoughts around the holiday season turn to isolation and don’t reach out to supportive individuals. Consider, when these thoughts and feelings come up, that perhaps there are others experiencing similar feelings. By reaching out and surrounding yourself with others who may need support, you avoid isolation and welcome bonding on a healthy level. Download this tip list HERE

See also: 31 Ways to Get Happy

See also: 101 Things to do instead of drugs

 Seasons greetings

Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Christina Lasich presents Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse

March 10, 2014

Please join us for our second installment of the new Recovery Enrichment Series kicked off in February by coveted speaker, Father Tom Weston. We are pleased to announce that the distinguished Dr. Lasich will be presenting on Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!  Space is limited so please RSVP right away to reserve your seat.

RES 04_24_2014 FeatureAbout Dr. Christina Lasich
Dr. Christina Lasich, M.D. began her medical career after graduating from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine with honors. Her interests in orthopedics and physical therapy lead her to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This specialty field serves those with chronic conditions with an emphasis on improving quality of life and independence. After leaving residency training, she returned to her hometown of Grass Valley, CA to open her practice in 2001. She quickly found an underserved population of people with chronic pain, especially women in pain. Her life, her practice, and her book – High Heels To Hormones – all reflect a philosophy that pain is a signal for the individual to improve habits, life-style, and nutrition. She views pain as the ultimate motivator and that pain is also a doorway to transformation.

Continuing Education Credits now available for the upcoming Recovery Enrichment Series: Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse, Presented by Dr. Christina Lasich, CoRR Medical Director.

Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s):
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, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

To read more about Dr. Lasich’s remarkable contribution to our community, visit her website. www.healingwomeninpain.comFoods that Trigger Pain and Relapse 4-24-14

April 24, 2014

5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Campus

180 Sierra College Drive

Grass Valley, CA 95945

RSVP to:


Phone: 530-273-7956530-273-7956

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If you have any questions feel free to call Shelley Rogers: 530-586-1088530-586-1088.

2014 Dare to Dream Gala – February 22, 2014

January 5, 2014

The annual Full Circle gala began in 2008 to highlight the work we do with adolescents and their families in our community and celebrate their success.

All proceeds raised at this event fund our programs to help teens who are experiencing challenges with substance abuse.

Our event is attended by the local police, Sheriff, city council, school personnel, hospitals and businesses in our area that support the work we do and contribute generously to ensure these important services continue.

For more information, contact Kimberly Lindberg 530.878.5166 ext 264 or


Open House – NEW Auburn & Rosevile Campus Locations

January 3, 2014


In effort to better serve our community and create more access and opportunity for people to get the help they need, we have moved services to central locations.

Our new sites will offer:
Adolescent & Adult services
Drinking driver education
Perinatal outpatient program
Child Development

RSVP to Ariel Lovett 530-273-9541 ext. 216
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Upcoming Events

January 3, 2014

Upcoming Events to Save the Dates

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

March 2014

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Special Guest Speaker, Father Tom Weston kicks off the Recovery Enrichment Series

January 2, 2014

We are so excited to announce the launch of the new Recovery Enrichment Series and our first very special guest speaker, Father Tom Weston.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey! Tom is a very highly regarded and popular speaker in the recovery community we anticipate filling up quickly. Space is limited so please RSVP right away to reserve your seat.

February 13th

5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Campus

180 Sierra College Drive

Grass Valley, CA 95945

RSVP to:


Phone: 530-477-6759

Click HERE to view and download flyer

If you have any questions feel free to call Shelley Rogers: 530-586-1088.

Seasons Greetings from the CEO

November 24, 2013


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I would like to thank you for your many contributions to our community, and to the successes of Community Recovery Resources (CoRR).

Thanks to our highly dedicated Staff; very generous donors; exceptionally passionate Board of Directors; and the inspiring families we serve, this past year was one of many achievements and affirmations of the value of CoRR’s services. Most notably we celebrated our first year at The Campus in Grass Valley, our local solution to substance abuse that is serving as a model to the nation and showing phenomenal success in its 1st year; then we completed the merger that created Full Circle Adolescent services, a division of Community Recovery Resources; lastly and for me most importantly we served more children and reunited more of them with their families than ever before. These children, the “silent victims” of substance abuse– now have a chance at a new life through the coordinated services that our Campus system of care provides.

Our programs have shown for every $1 invested in CoRR we return a minimum of $12 in reduced heath care and public safety costs. Our rate of completion is second to none as we now complete 70-80% of all individuals who enter our system and we are getting better.

As our community and country seek solutions to improve health and reduce costs, we look to 2014 with a renewed sense of confidence and belief in our programs.

I extend to you and your families’ seasonal greetings and wish you a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year.

~ Warren Daniels, CEO

CoRR Campus Announces Capital Campaign

October 16, 2013


This fall,  Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the Campus, and the success of the initial phase of the capital campaign for developing this beautiful resource.

The Campus at dusk
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Pine Studios

Grass Valley—The corner of Sierra College Drive and East Main Street in Grass Valley has the highest traffic count in Nevada County. Close to the hospital, Sierra College, Nevada Union High School and BriarPatch Co-op, thousands travel the intersection daily. On one corner sits a new set of buildings, the innovative flagship of Community Recovery Resources (CoRR). It is here that over 2,000 individuals a year will recover from substance abuse and related mental health challenges, visit their primary care physician, attend health and well-being classes, or obtain pre-employment drug testing.

Having opened in autumn of 2012, The Campus is bringing recovery to Main Street. A $9.3 million dollar loan provided by USDA allowed CoRR to construct the buildings. Now the community is invited to help support The Campus and all the services it provides.

“We’re excited to be offering a full array of out patient programs, detox, residential treatment and transitional housing, child development and drug testing.” says Warren Daniels, CoRR’s CEO. “Now we’re equally excited to announce our Capital Campaign, which will help pay for the buildings housing on-site services taking place within this full spectrum community wellness facility.”

To date, more than $2.3 million dollars have been pledged by local citizens dedicated to supporting services to help resolve what has been identified as the largest challenge facing Nevada County. Another $400,000 was donated by the local contractors who constructed the project. Many donors emphasize they’re not only motivated by the opportunity to alleviate suffering, but also by the economic benefit that the project drives as reduces burden on public systems and taxpayers, and returns individuals to productive  citizens.

“In a 2011 survey of community leaders, substance abuse and mental illness were named as the largest issues facing Nevada County,” states retired Judge Al Dover, who saw first hand the devastating effects of alcohol and other drugs as five generations of addicts paraded through the courts. “I didn’t need to be told of the devastation. I saw it every day in my courtroom.” He continues, “The community has really stepped up to help alleviate the suffering that faces these individuals and their families. As CoRR’s Capital Campaign Chair, I’m proud to be a part of it.”

In making  this announcement of their Capital Campaign, CoRR is hoping to reach those who have not yet been invited to tour the facility and learn more about the programs housed within. Interested parties are invited to contact Deputy Director Ariel Lovett to arrange tours and obtain more information about making a gift to the campaign. “We’re in the process of designing our Donor Wall and want to make sure everyone with interest has the opportunity to get their name up there.”

The Campus was in the planning stages for years.

Fall colors at The Campus ~ Grass Valley

At that time Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) was a relatively small non-profit providing the majority of substance abuse education and treatment services in Nevada County.

When the CoRR Board of Directors and staff read the Grand Jury report they realized they needed to formulate a response as comprehensive and complex as the problem, finding a way to provide more efficiency and better outcomes to those accessing substance abuse and mental health services. They needed to identify all of the places traditional treatment was failing—the places people were slipping through the cracks or failing to access services in the first place—and remove identified barriers or place safety nets under places one might fall out of recovery.

Barriers to Treatment

A major barrier to treatment was the stigma attached to substance abuse and mental health issues. Another was literally being unable to get to services because they were not available in Nevada County or were not located in a single welcoming, dignified, convenient, accessible location. The ability to pay for treatment can be overwhelming and navigating financial assistance is difficult. Moms often had to choose between treating their illness or keeping their children with them.

Barriers to Successful Recovery

In Nevada County there were no detox services available, much less connected to treatment services, so if one successfully completed detox they were congratulated and wished luck—both in connecting with a recovery program with an open bed and in affording it. Families in recovery were provided disconnected services in disparate locations all over the state. Families were not taught about the disease of addiction and how best to support their loved one in recovery. After one successfully completed a residential treatment program they were often relegated back to the same situation that may have led them to seek services in the first place– a dysfunctional family situation, an abusive partner or their drinking buddies. Untreated co-occurring mental health disorders were not being addressed.

A New Model

CoRR began to rethink the traditional model of treatment, recognizing that 70% of those suffering with a substance abuse diagnosis also had diagnosable co-occurring mental health disorders, ranging from mild to severe. It simply wasn’t working to address one without the other. Families needed to be engaged as a whole, whatever that family unit might happen to look like, and services had to be accessible through a variety of funding sources; public, commercial and private pay. The 2005 Grand Jury Report identifying the unsustainable effects of drug abuse to our community was the catalyst that prompted CoRR to design The Campus, a comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment facility unlike any in the nation.

We invite you, if you have not already, to be part of this solution, and consider a donation to the Campus Capital campaign. Check out this short and beautiful 9 minute DVD to learn the story. 

For more information, you are invited to visit  or call Ariel Lovett 530-273-9541.




You’re Invited – Friday, September 27, 2013

September 4, 2013

CoRR’s Recovery Alumni Association and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to join the voices of recovery in celebration of those who are recovering and the people and organizations who make recovery possible.

For more information about National Recovery Month and The Campus in Grass Valley…Call 530.273.9541 or email

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No-Cost Professional Development Training: Saturday, June 1st, 2013

May 28, 2013

Tools and skills to help patients/client with substance use related problems. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs.


What Is Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment?

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention to individuals at-risk for developing substance abuse disorders. Unlike traditional substance abuse treatment which focuses only on individuals with a substance abuse disorder diagnosis, screening and brief intervention has been shown to reduce alcohol consumption and/or drug (AOD) use in a significant number of at-risk non-dependent users.

SBIRT has been proven to reduce overall healthcare costs while significantly improving the quality of healthcare provided. The goal of screening and brief intervention is to reduce risk related to consumption, to eliminate high-risk alcohol and other substance use, and to increase motivation for behavior change, up to and including referral to specialized AOD treatment services.

For more Information: Contact Shelley Rogers at 530.273.7956 or email

CLICK HERE to register