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

Parent Project opens in Placer County

August 25, 2014

Created by a psychologist, an educator, a police officer and attending parents, the Parent Project® is a program with proven results for parents dealing with challenging teens.

Parent ProjectCall to register 916-787-4357

Cost is $150, however, if funding is a challenge, funds are available to cover all or part of the cost. Just ask!

Funding has been provided, in part, by the County of Placer Mental Health Services Act.

No-Cost childcare is available if requested upon enrollment.

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Empowering Parents. Transforming Teens.

  • Learn how to never argue with your child again!
  • Prevent or intervene in alcohol or drug use!
  • Improve school attendance and performance!

Do you want to be prepared for your kid’s teen years?

  • Improve school attendance and performance
  • Prevent, recognize or intervene in alcohol and drug use
  • Address threats of violence or running away
  • Learn effective communication skills

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2014 Bill Schultz Golf Classic – June 29th, 2014

June 23, 2014

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Have you already registered? There are still Golfer Registrations, Sponsorships, Banquet Attendee spaces available, and Golf Ball Drop Tickets for a chance to WIN $1,000 CASH!

The 2014 Golf Classic will be hosted at The Ridge in Auburn, CA. on June 29th! The Ridge is  a local favorite known for its beautiful layout, generous community, and accommodating staff. It is also a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course, in Auburn. We have had some of our best tournaments there in the past.

Together, CoRR and the Ridge, are working hard to ensure that this year’s tournament will be a wonderful experience for all of our participants, sponsors, and supporters alike. Dining, a Silent Auction, and raffle prizes will be hosted in a spacious banquet setting overlooking the 18-hole course.  Foursomes fill up quickly. Registration cost includes: Cart, range balls, tee prizes, lunch & Banquet Dinner. Click HERE to Register.

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Embracing Emotional Wellness

May 15, 2014

By Jeff Jones, Clinical Director Community Recovery Resources
Submitted May 8, 2014

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Time waits for no manPeople who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks. But just as it requires effort to build or maintain physical health, so it is with mental and emotional health. Improving your emotional health can be a rewarding experience, benefiting all aspects of your life, including boosting your mood, building resilience, and adding to your overall enjoyment of life.

What is emotional health?
Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

Good mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics. Similarly, not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good. While some people may not have negative feelings, they still need to do things that make them feel positive in order to achieve mental and emotional health.

Emotional wellness is about finding and maintaining our emotional equilibrium, our feeling rheostat. Emotional wellness is tied up in our ability to self regulate; To bring ourselves into balance when we fall out of it. Balance is that place where our thinking, feeling and behavior are reasonably congruent; where we operate in an integrated flow.

When our emotions are out of control, so is our thinking. When we can’t bring our feeling and thinking into some sort of balance, our life and our relationships show it. Emotions impact our thinking more than our thinking impacts our emotions. Our limbic system, where we experience and process emotion, actually sends more inputs to the thinking part of our brain, i.e. the cortex, than the opposite. (Damassio)

Mental-Hygiene1The essence of Emotional Wellness is good self regulation. Self regulation means that we have mastered those skills that allow us to balance our moods, our nervous systems, our appetites, our sexual drive, our sleep. We have learned how to tolerate our intense emotions without acting out in dysfunctional ways, clamping down or foreclosing on our feeling world or self medicating.

Addiction and compulsive, unregulated behaviors reflect a lack of good self regulation. To maintain our emotional equilibrium, we need to be able to use our thinking mind to decode and understand our feeling mind. That is, we need to feel our feelings and then use our thinking to make sense and meaning out of them.

Signs and symptoms

Next Issue – July 2014: How Do We Learn to Self Regulate?

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Eat Food: Healthy Cravings Are Good

May 15, 2014
By Kim Oxarart
Submitted May 7, 2014

Most of us have difficulties with cravings. I know I do. One thing I have found to be most helpful is not to take away my favorite foods, but to crowd them out. Many dieticians and nutritionists give their clients a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat; this turns many people off to nutrition. People think they’ll have to give up what they usually eat in favor of a diet they know is “good” for them but that they don’t enjoy. The food is giving them something they need.

One of the most effective methods to overcome habitual consumption of unhealthy foods is to simply crowd these foods out. It’s hard to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day and binge on cookies at the end of the day. The body can only take so much food. By filling your body with healthy nutrient dense foods, it’s only natural that cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen.

By eating and drinking foods that are a healthier choice earlier in the day, you will naturally leave less room and desire for unhealthier choices. This becomes much more evident when you increase your consumption of water. Just grab a container, fill it with water and begin sipping it steadily throughout your morning. As the day continues, you’ll have less room for coffee and soft drinks. Really, it’s that simple.  Just drinking water crowds out unhealthy beverages, eating healthy foods can crowd out junk foods.  When the intake of nutritious foods increases, such as dark leafy greens and whole grains, your body will have less room for processed, sugary, nutrient deficient foods.  And the great thing is that once you start adding these foods into your diet, your body will naturally begin to crave them.  The trick is to make sure you have access to healthy meals and snacks at all times, especially when you are at work or traveling.  It takes a little practice to make all this happen, but it’s definitely possible…and worth it.

Kim’s TOP 10 Favorite Nutrient Dense Foods

  1. Chia seeds – Chia seeds were a staple of the Aztecs. Their warriors and messengers would carry pouches of these nutrient rich seeds that allowed them to run long distances with little other food. Chia seeds are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, essential fatty acids, and more. Chia seeds lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, boost energy, aid in healthy weight loss, reduce inflammation, and help the body remove toxins.
  2. Kale – Dark leafy greens in general are some of the best foods to eat. They come stocked with chlorophyll, iron, calcium, vitamin A, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, copper, vitamin K, and plenty of antioxidants. Kale also boasts sulfur-rich phytonutrients that have been linked to fighting inflammation, cancer, heart disease, and microbial infections. Kale is also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that promote eye health. Kale has been linked to lowering cholesterol too.
  3. Pomegranate – One of the oldest known fruits, found in writings and artifacts of many cultures and religions, the pomegranate(punica granatum) is an original native of Persia. This nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer.
  4. Almonds – Nuts are very good for you in a moderate amount. They are pretty caloric dense, but the fats in nuts are the healthy monounsaturated kind that lower cholesterol, protect against inflammation, help the body use fats to slim down, and aid in the absorption of many beneficial nutrients. These healthy fats are also vital to brain function, boost energy, and keep the skin young, hydrated, and blemish free.
  5. Ginger – Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
  6. Turmeric – Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
  7. Mung beans – This food is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese. Mung beans help ease high cholesterol, slow replication of certain cancer cells (e.g. breast cancer), regulates hormonal activity (post-menopausal), and promotes healthy blood sugar levels with diabetes.
  8. Maca – Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass. Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca promotes sexual function, women’s health and mood, increases energy, promotes healthy skin regeneration, increase mental energy and focus, and may alleviate anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings.
  9. Brown rice – For people worried about colon cancer risk, brown rice packs a double punch by being a concentrated source of the fiber needed to minimize the amount of time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon cells, and being a good source of selenium, a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer. Selenium is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function.
  10. Quinoa – Quinoa is a grain-like seed that has a nutty flavor. It can be used in place of rice or pasta in many dishes and there are plenty of good reasons to do so. Quinoa is rich in protein, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and manganese. Quinoa contains the amino acid lysine which is often lacking in other grains. It is also gluten free. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in quinoa also make it a likely candidate for cancer risk reduction in humans and decreased risk of allergy. The low-allergy potential of quinoa—coupled with its relatively high digestibility—has also made it a food of special interest in the diet of children and toddlers.


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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

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

From our family to yours…

November 26, 2013

As we approach the
Thanksgiving holiday,
Community Recovery Resources
wants to say

Thank You

for all you do to help children and families in our community.

CoRR wishes you, your family and your friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!