The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as:
A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Real recovery for us has very little do with “not using” drugs or alcohol. We don’t believe “not using” works for many people. The solution for us isn’t to “not use,” but rather to create a life for yourself where using simply doesn’t make sense.There are three parts to our 12-Step Alternative process which alone won’t get or keep you sober, but together will provide the foundation and tools for a life of real recovery:
Mindfulness Meditation As described by Dr. Dan Siegel to put you in touch with the sensations you feel in your body (we teach Vipassana). Each sensation is directly connected to an emotion. Emotions are a function of the mid-brain (limbic system) which coincidentally happens to be where drugs act in the brain. Mindfulness exercises and strengthens the executive functioning (choice) of your pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that gives you: Abstract thinking – Motivation for goal-directed activity – Planning and problem-solving – Attention to tasks – Inhibition of impulsive responses – Weighing consequences of future actions – Flexibility of responses – Reflective decision-making – Self-awareness. ALL of which you will need to be able to use if you are going to CHOOSE recovery.
You may be thinking to yourself that with all the information we’ve just shared with you that you can do this yourself at home? Go for it! Our hope is for EVERYONE on the planet to have the tools and skills to live a happy, healthy life. We believe this information should be freely available for everyone which is why nothing we offer is copy written or trademarked – you are free to use anything, in any way you choose, make it your own and share with others. However, if you are a real addict or alcoholic (and by the way only 1 out of 10 people have addiction as a disease – most people can quit on their own and do so when they have negative consequences – that’s the difference), if your life has become unmanageable, if you are not happy with your ongoing attempts at sobriety, if you want to quit and have been unable to do so on your own, if you have tried 12-Step Programs or you don’t believe they will work for you for whatever reason, if you have been to other treatment centers that didn’t give you the results you wanted, if you are concerned about your privacy and confidentiality and don’t want your substance abuse treatment to become a permanent part of your medical record, or if you simply aren’t satisfied with the life you are living, SIRIUS*RECOVERY may be the solution you have been looking for.