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As addicts, drugs and alcohol take over our actions, as well as our thoughts. The “great obsession” of using liquefies any desire to pursue interests that we either used to love or might find enriching to our lives. Refreshed and renewed, many of us feel the overwhelming need to replenish our desires with healthy actions. And this is where the concept of a new #drugofchoice is formulated.



Discover Your Character Traits, Goals & Purpose

Our 12-step fellowship provides a roadmap to uncover the reasons for our addiction. In our 4th step, we list with complete abandon an inventory of our resentments, fears and defects of character, connecting the dots between our pattern of behavior and our addiction. This self-cleanse allows us to bear witness to all of our deepest ailments and then enables us to let them go and work on our defects in the future. It takes courage to dig into our disease and let that become a part of our growth. Recovering addicts are given strength through their vulnerability when they admit their personal faults and actively work on them.

This process relieves us of the things that are holding us back from discovering our true passions. Now, with a renewed sense of self and clarity, there is no better time to discover your true potential. In reading through a number of books on life, awareness and happiness, I realized that many of them encouraged positive personal identification, which included things like skills, natural born talents, character traits and passions. I found myself surprised that I there was no worksheet on taking a positive inventory to identify personal qualities, outlining how one could offer their gifts to the world and pursue their passions in life.

This notion struck a nerve because I believe many of us identify, both prior to and after getting sober, with a fear of the future. In truth, how exactly can we have energy and optimism for the future if we have not identified a path to walk toward it?

You may ask yourself: What is my calling? What are my dreams? How can I ever achieve them? How do I deal with life now? We’ve won the lottery by finding recovery. In many ways we have been “reborn”. We’ve also been granted time and mental space to work on what we most desire. Think about how much better your sobriety will be if you put energy into your dreams and goals? Now that is a great way to create a positive foundation in recovery.

You owe it to yourself to discover your passion and purpose. You can start today with an exercise I’ll call a “Reverse 4th Step”. List the personal attributes you value which strengthen your character and what you can offer the world. Start by making lists of these qualities by following this simple guide:

  1. List the talents you are born with (your natural abilities, aptitudes)
  2. List skills that you have developed or mastered (sports, technologies, art, singing)
  3. List your education & experiences that have made you uniquely specialized (training, travel, etc.)
  4. List your character traits of the spirit (courageous, empathetic, optimistic, grace under pressure)
  5. List your top, most memorable accomplishments (winning a race, best-in-class)
  6. List your values (family, honesty, freedom)

Next, discover your passion and purpose. Most people don’t know what their passion and purpose is because they have never tried to figure it out. You can begin reaching your dreams by first writing them down. According to Dave Kohn, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, people who regularly write down their goals earn 9x as much over their lifetimes as the people who don’t. Make this list positive, specific and measurable. You would be amazed at how attainable your dreams are if you take the time to identify your ambitions.

By connecting your natural abilities and character traits with the things you are passionate about, you can pursue goals in your life that align with your real purpose. For example, if you are a naturally gifted skier and have a high level of patience, perhaps becoming a ski instructor would be a well suited job for you. Maybe you are extremely good under pressure and love high-energy. You might want to consider a profession in an emergency room or trauma center. If travel is a passion of yours and you’re an excellent writer, decide to embark on a travel blog and share your experiences with the world.

If you follow your passion money and success will naturally follow, not the other way around. The same goes for your journey in sobriety. While identifying our character defects helps us work on being better people in the future, focusing on our character traits can help us pursue the dreams of our innermost soul. Think of your life ahead as an empty canvas: visualize life’s coming attractions by identifying your unique traits and by setting goals because possibilities, adventure, accomplishment, contribution and happiness are waiting.



The Rehab Epicenter: 6 Reasons to Choose a Treatment Facility in South Florida

There are plenty of good reasons why there is a predominance of treatment centers for drug and alcohol addiction in South Florida. Of course, the weather makes the southernmost state an ideal destination to seek recovery. Perhaps in the beginning that may have been the case, but our top reason will show you why getting sober, and living sober, go hand in hand in the sunshine state.

1. The predominance of treatment facilities, which offer detox, inpatient and outpatient services in Florida far surpasses that of any other state. In Palm Beach County alone, the number of treatment facilities has risen 51% since 2007 (totaling apprx. 120). Having access to different facilities allows a client to transition to different levels of care, especially if their detox center does not offer an inpatient program, for example. In addition, insurance can be tricky depending on your coverage. Clients who are required to switch facilities due to insurance purposes have the opportunity to do so within a manageable geographic area.

2. There is a large availability of transitional housing. Most clients are advised to transition into a halfway home after completing treatment in order to maintain their accountability within a group of their peers, who also urge them to continue visiting 12-step meetings and pursue a road to recovery. It can seem impossible to return home to old behaviors so having the accessibility and comforts of home within a transitional living situation can mean the difference between recovery and relapse.

3. The weather! Weather can impact a person’s mood and willingness to embrace more activities in early sobriety, vital in allowing them to form new interests and passions to overcome the urge to use. Many addicts find that they’ve lost the drive to do the things they once enjoyed as a result of the powerful obsession of addiction. In early recovery, having the ability to enjoy recreational activities all year round in a pleasant setting is a key benefit when looking for the right rehabilitation facility.

4. Availability of work. It is estimated that about 30% of all patients who enter into a rehab in South Florida end up staying permanently. One of the reasons why is the availability of work in the state, which ranges from professional career opportunities to seasonal and service work, ideal for candidates who need to slowly transition back into normal life.

5. Legal case management. Most facilities offer a specialized team who is able to manage a clients’ legal matters while they are in treatment. Many addicts and alcoholics have acquired substantial legal ramifications because of their use. The anxiety associated with handling overwhelming paperwork, appointments and finances due to a judgement or felony keeps many addicts away from addressing their legal matters altogether. The team of case managers ensures each client is set up to complete their requirements as outlined by their judgement so they can focus on recovery.

6. Availability of 12-step meetings and sober networking. Since Florida is home to so many rehabilitation centers, transitional housing and ultimately sober residents, it makes sense that there is a profound number of meetings available at all times of the day. In Palm Beach County alone, there are over 500 meetings happening every week hosting over 5,000 attendees. The New York Times dubbed Delray Beach, a surf town located in Palm Beach County, “The Country’s largest and most vibrant recovery community”. Other areas of the nation have a sparse population of meetings, making it difficult to maintain sobriety there. In Florida, the recovery community is so large there is a dedicated radio station as well as a number of festivals, expos, art exhibits and coffee shops that focus on people in recovery.

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation is located in Boynton Beach Florida, neighboring nearby Delray Beach. For more information about the services we offer, call one of our team members at 1.866.233.1869.


The Hope Center

The Hope Center for Rehabilitation offers a full range of services both leading up to, during and following treatment, including professional interventions, a luxury, medically assisted detox program, inpatient rehabilitation (30-90 days), intensive out-patient rehabilitation and out-patient services. Each of our clients become a part of our alumni program at the completion of their treatment to help foster a continued community of recovery.

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