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It goes without saying that physical fitness is important for everyone. However, if you are recovering from an addition, this is especially true. In many cases, your physical health may have declined, leaving you more susceptible to illness. As you move forward into a clean and healthy life, growing and maintaining your physical fitness will be key to avoiding relapse and staying committed to your recovery. Here are the three areas you should focus on for getting physically healthy:

Prioritize Proper Nutrition

The first step to physical fitness is diet. The foods that you eat will have a direct relationship with how successful you are at developing a healthy body. You’ll want to make sure you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients you need to prevent disease. One of the best ways to eat healthily is to fill your plate with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and incorporate healthy fats, proteins and carbs. In some cases, you may also need to take vitamin supplements. However, your healthcare provider can determine what is best for your body’s specific needs.

Commit to Exercise

Once you have a proper nutrition program in place, then you’ll have the energy to engage in exercise. There are countless benefits to regular exercise, one of which is the release of the hormone dopamine, which is the same chemical that causes the euphoric feeling in most drugs. Instead of relying on those external sources to feel good, you should feel confident knowing that exercise can give you that healthy boost, without the dangerous side effects.

In addition to helping you feel good and release stress, exercise can also assist with goal-setting and keep you motivated to be fully engaged in your recovery.

Develop a Consistent Sleep Routine

Of course, diet and exercise are nothing without a good night of sleep. With a consistent sleep routine, you’ll have an easier time falling asleep and be more likely to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. This will help you remain calm and alert with a positive mood–all traits that will only serve to help you on your recovery journey.

Ready for Recovery? We Are Here for You

At Free by the Sea, we know just how many moving pieces must fall into place for your recovery to be successful. Fortunately, with years of experience assisting clients in the Pacific Northwest, we are confident in our ability to help you develop the skills you need to live a healthy, sober life. So, when you are ready to take the next step, we are here to help. Contact us to get started today.

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For many, the process of treatment and recovery can cause a great deal of stress. With so much of your life changing at once, it can be difficult to handle all of the transitions while still feeling calm and collected.

In the past, you may have turned to different substances to help manage stress. But, as you move into a sober, healthy life, you’ll need different tools to navigate the situations that come your way. Here is what we recommend:

Streamline Your Activities

Most of us try to do too much in a day. This leads to overpacked schedules and an impossible list of to-dos. With so much going on, we’re more likely to feel under pressure and stressed out about accomplishing all of our commitments. To avoid this, try cutting out everything except for your absolutely necessary activities. By committing yourself to your recovery activities and decreasing your commitments to everything else, you’ll feel more positive about your ability to reach your goals, stress-free.

Identify Main Causes of Stress

Each of us has different triggers that cause stress. For some, it’s running late, for others, it’s interacting with a confrontational family member. By identifying what your major stressors are, you can take proactive steps to address these issues. For example, you might wake up a few minutes earlier to avoid running late or practice how you’ll interact with the family member who always poses a challenge. When you feel prepared, you’ll be less likely to become stressed out..

Prioritize Your Sleep

You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but it is important enough to keep saying. Getting a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential to help manage your mood and stress levels. Because sleep allows the body and mind to rest and restore, you will be better able to handle challenging situations that come your way, without feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, when you’re less stressed, you’ll get better sleep, perpetuating a healthy cycle.

Practice Mindful Breathing

Even if you’ve cut out unnecessary tasks, identified your stressors and gotten a good night’s sleep, sometimes stress can still come your way. Whenever you feel this happen, you can practice mindful breathing. Simply find a comfortable seat, sitting up tall. Close your eyes and bring one hand to your low belly. As you inhale through the nose, feel your belly fill up with air. As you exhale through the nose, feel all of the air press out. Repeat this for ten rounds of breath, or until you feel calm once again.

Free By The Sea Can Help Manage Stress

At Free by the Sea, we know how challenging addiction treatment and recovery can be. That is why we are here to help. We have served clients in the Pacific Northwest with our residential and outpatient programs, and we are ready to do the same for you. So if you have questions and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.

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For many, the idea of recovery may conjure images of an unfriendly or unsupportive place, determined to beat out bad habits at any cost before tossing newly recovered individuals back into the world. We understand, as, unless you have been to a residential recovery facility before, you may not have much experience with the environment. You may even have some misinformation on what to expect. That is why we are here, to offer an accurate overview of what it feels like to be in recovery.

Safe

One of the main priorities of our recovery programs is to help each individual feel safe and secure. Although being away from family, friends or your normal community can be unusual, in some cases, clients feel even more at ease without the distraction of daily life. The decrease in outside distractions allows for a more engaged recovery process that fosters a focused setting in which you can commit to long-term success.

Supported

While you are enrolled in our programs, you can expect to participate in both group and individual therapy sessions. These activities create a supportive atmosphere where you can feel free to process and unpack the emotions they may be carrying, without fear of judgment or reprimand. Instead of feeling the need to hide or shoulder your burden on your own, you can rest assured that your fellow program participants and session leaders are here to help you get the most out of your stay.

Shared

One of the greatest aspects of participating in recovery is meeting individuals and hearing stories from those who have shared your experiences. Many clients feel as though their family and friends could never understand their life. This can be detrimental to close relationships and even cause some hesitation in receiving treatment. Instead of feeling like an outcast, at Free by the Sea, you will meet other individuals who can help you feel less alone in your struggle, and remind you of just how many others fully understand what you are going through. In this way, you can build confidence and regain your feeling of self-worth.

Ready for Recovery? We Can Help

At Free by the Sea, we believe that addiction-free life is possible for everyone. Serving clients in the Pacific Northwest, we have experience with a wide range of addictions and offer a variety of treatment programs so that our clients can live full free lives. If you have more questions about what the recovery experience is like, we are ready to help. Contact us today to find out more.

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When seeking treatment for addiction, it can be difficult to know where to turn. In many cases, we see clients who know they need to change their ways, but who also struggle to leave school, work or family for an extended period of time. Whether you are able to commit to an inpatient program or feel an outpatient option will work better for you, Free by the Sea is here to help. So, what are the differences between inpatient and outpatient care? Allow us to explain.

Understanding Inpatient Care

With inpatient care, our clients stay in our residential facilities for the duration of their residential treatment. Once settled in, clients will participate in a treatment program that involves group therapy, 12-step meetings, individual counseling, and educational group sessions. Topics covered in therapy include:

  • Addiction Education
  • Life Skills
  • Anger Management

Also included in the program are meditation and art therapy sessions, to more fully address our clients unique needs.

Understanding Outpatient Care

Unlike inpatient care, with outpatient care, clients continue to live at home, while receiving intensive support from our campus. Many people, even those who have not abused drugs and alcohol for many years, still benefit from the additional support that outpatient care can provide. Although this is not an ideal option for everyone, it can work well for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Would otherwise be unable to receive treatment due to family, school or work commitments
  • Live in an environment free from alcohol or drugs–and those who use them–while outside of our facilities
  • Seek to maintain a high level of privacy in regards to their need for treatment
Offering Inpatient and Outpatient Care for Your Addiction Recovery

At Free by the Sea, we understand that choosing an addiction recovery program can be challenging. Fortunately, our inpatient and outpatient options provide programs to suit your needs, whatever they may be. Costs differ for inpatient and outpatient programs; however, we will happily speak with you and provide more details, as requested.

We have proudly served clients in the Pacific Northwest, and are looking forward to working with you. So if you have questions about our programming, we are ready to help. Simply contact us today to get started.

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Methamphetamines, more commonly known as meth, are some of the most addictive illicit substances. As a result, it is easy for occasional meth abusers to become addicted in very little time. Once an individual begins taking meth, there are a number of physical ailments that may become present. These are three of the most common signs:

Skin Conditions

There are a variety of ways that meth can affect the body. However, one of the main effects is its ability to constrict blood vessels, interfering with a steady flow of blood throughout the body. Over time, and with continued meth usage, these vessels can be completely destroyed. As blood vessels are weakened and destroyed, the body loses its ability to repair itself. This means that acne may appear, sores may develop, and the skin will lose its vibrancy and elasticity. Some individuals who take meth may also pick at the skin, due to hallucinations brought on by the drug.

Meth Mouth

Another area of the body that shows signs of meth addiction is the mouth. The use of meth causes the salivary glands to dry up. Without the necessary saliva present in the mouth, acids attack tooth enamel, causing cavities. Additionally, meth users often binge on sugary foods and drinks, while neglecting proper oral hygiene. This, combined with a variety of other side effects from methamphetamines, contributes to blackened, stained and rotting teeth, which, in many cases, cannot be saved.

Frail Body

Due to the fact that meth is a stimulant, it causes heightened physical activity, while also decreasing the desire to eat. For those looking to lose weight, this may sound ideal. However, unlike electing to maintain healthy diet and exercise, meth causes extreme weight loss. In time, meth users become a shell of their former selves, with a gaunt, frail appearance that lacks the vitality and health that was once present.

Free By The Sea Can Help

The signs of meth addiction are very visible, and in many cases, impossible to ignore. If you are seeking treatment or know someone who is, rest assured that we are here to help. At Free by the Sea, we are a co-occurring/dual diagnosis addiction recovery center committed to helping our clients fully engage in the treatment process and learn the skills they need to thrive in a life free from addiction. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

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Alcohol

Although alcohol purchase and consumption is legal, it is still the most common addiction. Deaths related to alcohol are more frequent than deaths related to any other substance. This addiction is particularly dangerous because many hold the misconception that it cannot be bad for you if it is legal.

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, remains the area’s largest drug problem. The meth epidemic took over the west coast in the 1990s, and many locals still struggle with their methamphetamine addiction. While legislation has made it nearly impossible to manufacture meth in the United States, the drug is still available through international drug trafficking.

Marijuana

Marijuana dependence in Washington and Oregon has significantly increased since the legalization of the recreational drug. For some, marijuana is used as often as alcohol, but many people don’t realize its addictive potential because it is so widely used.

Opiates

Opiates, often consumed in the form of heroin, are extremely addictive and highly dangerous. The risk of using these drugs is high because they are often injected intravenously with shared needles, exposing the user to viruses like HIV.

Prescription Drugs

Using prescription drugs, especially opioids, can be a slippery slope. Even if you need them and get a doctor’s prescription, they are highly addictive, and users often find themselves addicted by the time their prescription runs out. This can lead them to search for the drug from illegal dealers. Even though these drugs are sometimes recommended by a doctor, they need to be approached with caution.

Is someone you love suffering from an addiction? Our team at Free by the Sea is ready to help anyone who has the courage to finally take back control of their life after struggling with addiction in and around Alaska, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and Olympia. The path to sobriety can be difficult, but those with an unparalleled support system will put themselves in the best position for living a substance-free life. Contact us today to plan a visit or schedule a consultation.

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Has a loved one recently completed rehab or addiction treatment? You’re probably elated that they’ve begun recovery, but you need to remember that the road to recovery is a long one. Because of their addiction, your loved one may have lost or broken many relationships, so it’s important that you’re there to support them while they get back on their feet. Here’s a few things you can do to help.

Accept Them with Open Arms

Your loved one may come out of rehab nervous that they’ve lost their family or thinking that everyone is angry with them. While they may have upset many people, it’s important to accept your loved one without judgement to give them the support they need.

Create a Substance-Free Environment

This is the most obvious step, but it can also be the most important one. Make sure to keep substances out of your home and out of sight of your loved one. Try to plan activities that don’t involve other people indulging substances. For some recovering addicts, even the sight of substances can be a trigger.

Be There to Listen

Many people lose relationships through their addiction, so if you’re someone your loved one trusts, it’s important for you to be there because you may be one of the only people they can talk to. Explain to them that you’re always available for comfort and to hear whatever’s on their mind.

Encourage Them to Join Support Groups

You can do so much to help your loved one through recovery, but you can’t do it all. It’s important for your loved one to spend time with peers and mentors who understand their struggle. While it’s best for them to avoid old friends with bad habits, encourage them to join and attend support groups.

Be Patient

Recovery takes a long time and a lot of effort. Don’t expect your loved one to be “fixed” or perfectly behaved all the time. It can take a long time to adjust to life after rehab, and they may be dealing with inner struggles outside of their addiction as well.

Are you or someone you love suffering from an addiction? Our team at Free by the Sea is ready to help anyone who has the courage to finally take back control of their life after struggling with addiction in and around Alaska, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and Olympia. The path to sobriety can be difficult, but those with an unparalleled support system will put themselves in the best position for living a substance-free life. Contact us today to plan a visit or schedule a consultation.

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Avoiding Triggers

The holiday season is hectic. With multiple celebrations, parties, visits from old friends and family, travel, and returning home, the winter months are a stressful time. On top of that, the copious amounts of alcohol served at holiday parties can be dangerous. While the holidays are a time of joy and celebration, they can also be full of triggers if you have an addiction. Spending the holidays in rehab frees you from the stresses and temptations of the holiday season.

Life Without Addiction is the Best Gift

You may feel guilty that you’re missing out on valued family time or feel that a piece of your family is missing without you there. However, spending the holidays in rehab can be the best choice for both you and your loved ones. Recovering from your addiction is the best gift you can give to both yourself and your loved ones, and it will allow you the chance to happily celebrate with them in future years.

Take Time to Heal

The holidays offer a seasonal break from work, school, and other responsibilities. Typically, this time is spent celebrating with family, but if you have an addiction, it may be best to take this time to heal, instead. When you don’t have to worry about your regular obligations, you have more energy to put into your treatment at rehab.

You’re Not Alone, Even in Rehab

Although spending the holidays without your family seems like a bleak way to celebrate, the season won’t go unnoticed in rehab. Rehab centers organize safe, festive activities for participants without the triggers that can come with normal holiday festivities. Also, you’re bound to make friends to celebrate the holiday season with. Residents typically form fast friendships with one another.

Our team at Free by the Sea is ready to help anyone who has the courage to finally take back control of their life after struggling with addiction in and around Alaska, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and Olympia. The path to sobriety can be difficult, but those with an unparalleled support system will put themselves in the best position for living a substance-free life. Contact us today to plan a visit or schedule a consultation.

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What is life like after rehab? This is a common and sometimes scary question for people who are about to complete a rehab program. Returning to family, friends, and work can be difficult and will require some effort. Knowing what to expect after rehab can help you maintain your sobriety and make the transition easier for you and your friends.

A New Schedule

While in rehab, days, meals, and activities are more or less planned out so you don’t have to worry about time management. After rehab, you’ll need to create your own schedule to maintain regularity and keep you on track. It sounds silly, but sitting down and writing out a schedule to adhere to can be a great help. Include rising and bed time, exercise, meals, school or work, and time to attend meetings.

Active Effort to Avoid Relapse

Sobriety isn’t easy, and you’ll need to continue to work hard to keep your new lifestyle on track. Stay away from things you know are triggers, including events, people, and places. Continue to attend meetings, and engage in new hobbies such as exercise, reading, cooking, volunteering, or painting. You may find your new passion!

Repairing Relationships

You may have hurt your friends and family during your addiction. It is important to try your best to repair and strengthen your relationships with these people. A strong support network is part of the ideal post-rehab environment. Reach out and apologize to people you may have hurt. Don’t be discouraged if they are still upset – it will take time to heal relationships, and those closest to you will appreciate your efforts.

Are you or a loved one suffering from addiction? Our team at Free by the Sea is ready to help anyone who has the courage to finally take back control of their life after struggling with addiction in and around Alaska, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and Olympia. The path to sobriety can be difficult, but those with an unparalleled support system will put themselves in the best position for living a substance-free life. Contact us today to plan a visit or schedule a consultation.

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The first step in the road to recovery is admitting you need help choosing the rehabilitation program that’s right for you. There are several different types of rehabilitation programs. Some specialize in certain addictions, while some are designed to treat patients that suffer from other mental or medical issues as well as their addiction. You’ll also need to decide between inpatient or outpatient rehab. We’ve outlined some of the similarities and differences to help you choose.

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab is a program where the person lives at the facility while they are being treated. When the patient is admitted to the program, the first step is typically a detoxification. Inpatient rehabs provide constant supervision and care in a controlled environment, so there is less exposure to stress and other factors that may lead to a relapse. Patients in an inpatient rehab program spend their days working towards recovery through a series of treatments such as group therapy, one-on-one counseling, 12-step meetings, presentations, and educational group sessions. Recreational activities are also offered so clients can heal through meditation and art therapy.

Outpatient Rehab

With outpatient rehab programs, participants reside in their homes with their families, and they can continue to attend school or work. This is ideal for clients who wish to keep their treatment out of the public eye. They go to therapy sessions and meet with health professionals a few times a week. Outpatient rehab is less expensive than inpatient rehab because the patients are not paying for room and board. Participants in outpatient rehab have more freedom, but this also means they are exposed to stressors and substances at home and in the outside world. Outpatient rehab is best for clients who are able to abstain from substances on their own, but need additional help to permanently recover.

The team at Free by the Sea is ready to help anyone who has the courage to finally take back control of their life after struggling with addiction in and around Alaska, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and Olympia. The path to sobriety can be difficult, but those with an unparalleled support system will put themselves in the best position for living a substance-free life. Contact us today to plan a visit or schedule a consultation.

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