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|Posted on April 23, 2015 at 1:50 PM||comments (75)|
DID YOU KNOW?
The epidemic of addiction is among us. Educate yourselves. Stay involved with your children. Do your part in fighting against this disease.
|Posted on January 6, 2015 at 1:43 PM||comments (53)|
On a daily basis, Keep It Green staff people have the privilege of working with men and women of all ages, varieties, and backgrounds. It truly is a wonderful experience being able to work with so many different types of people while learning just as much from them as they do from staff and the program.
There is an ignorant belief that a drug addict or alcoholic is a bad person or that they selfishly hurt the people that love them the most without a care. Hopefully, with more awareness being spread on the disease of addiction, people will understand that a drug addicted or alcoholic person is not a "bad" person, they do not drink or use because they absolutely love their destructive life style, they drink or use because of a disease. A disease which they made no choice of having. Most people never dreamed of becoming a drug addict or alcoholic. Most people with addiction issues have the same dreams and goals as everyone else. I have yet to meet an individual that actually "planned" on becoming chemically dependent. The unfortunate thing is that when a person with an addiction actually realizes they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, they are usually very much involved with that lifestyle. But it is never too late to ask for help.
One of the most encouraging things about this disease is the amount of treatment options available. From impatient treatment centers to residential aftercare, from 12 step programs to intensive therapy, there is a number of treatment options for an individual that wants help with the disease of addiction. This disease can be put at rest when a person is ready and willing to get help and change their behavior patterns.
Having the opportunity to work with so many different kinds of people on a daily basis, I am able to see the change in an individual once they get the help they need. I see people enter in to Keep It Green nervous, beaten up, alone, and I have the honor of watching them grow in to a full person that respects themselves. I have the privilege of watching people become givers with self respect and respect towards others. It truly is an astonishing miracle that Keep It Green staff is able to witness on a daily basis.
Yes, there are so many horrible things about the disease of addiction. Yes, it can tear families a part and destroy lives. Yes, it can be a very hopeless and scary cycle. But, when a person decides that want help with their disease of addiction, their lives can change. They are capable of becoming a person they have never been before. They can put their disease at rest. No other person is fortunate enough to be able to live two lives in one and a life in recovery can be beyond a person's wildest dreams.
Thanks for reading and never forget, you are not alone.
|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM||comments (84)|
To Our Readers,
It is common for someone to question why it is necessary for them to partake in a residential aftercare environment following treatment or incarceration. There may be concerns about residing in a place with people that are not familiar. Common questions or concerns may arise for an individual contemplating entering in to a residential aftercare program:
These questions and concerns may just be a few of the common thoughts that arise for an individual deciding whether or not to reside in a residential recovery program. At Keep It Green York-LLC, our experienced staff, who are all in recovery for multiple years and have all participated in a residential recovery program, are able and available to answer any questions someone may have and will guide an individual throughout the process. The following are helpful answers to the above questions and concerns mentioned:
1. A residential aftercare program will help an individual form a solid foundation in recovery. Individuals will be assessed upon arrival and an action plan will be implemented that includes one on one meetings with staff, a detailed employment search plan, referrals, and expectations. A residential aftercare program will also provide individuals with community and unity among other individuals that are participating. It is important for a person early in recovery to form healthy solid relationships and connections in recovery. Isolation is a key component in relapse and a residential aftercare program encourages positive relationships to form. In addition, a residential recovery program will teach individuals basic like skills such as meal preparation, detailed cleaning, and communication skills.
2. Individuals in early sobriety may be uncomfortable forming new relationships. In a residential aftercare environment, there is staff that is on site that can encourage relationships to be formed in a healthy way and through activities. There are also individuals who are further along in their recovery journey within the program that are focused on helping new comers. If a problem does occur between two residents, on site staff will intervene immediately and address the issue and come up with a solution.
3. Many people entering into a residential aftercare community have feelings of missing home and missing their loved ones. Residential aftercare programs such as Keep It Green allow for family visits and encourage healthy family support. Once a resident is stable and has formed a support group, residents are allowed to take weekend passes home. At Keep It Green, staff updates any family members on a residents progress. Also, participants learn how to repair the damage that has been done through active addiction to family or friends. Once an individual becomes self sufficient and stable within their recovery, many times personal relationships become stronger than before. Participants of an aftercare program learn how to be givers instead of takers, they have the potential to become better parents, children, siblings, ect.
Although there are more questions and concerns that may arise for someone deciding whether they should or should not reside in an aftercare environment, these issues are common. The benefits truly outweigh the negatives in making the decision to attend residential aftercare and for someone who is willing and ready to live a life of recovery, a program like Keep It Green has the tools necessary to do so.
Kind wishes to all,
Kylie M. Bradley
Keep It Green-York LLC
|Posted on August 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM||comments (54)|
It can be a very heart wrenching and discouraging time when you or a loved one is struggling with addiction. It is normal for anyone in the grips of a fatal disease, or surrounded by it, to have feelings of hopelessness and despair. Do not give up! There is always hope and there is always some form of positive action that can be taken. You are not alone. In fact, there are millions of people that are going through the exact same trials and tribulations you are. It is so very important and necessary for a person addicted, or for the loved one of the addicted, to receive help.
For the person struggling with drug and alcohol addiction:
There is a way out. You do not need to sacrifice anymore of your health, safety, or relationships to drugs and alcohol. There is nothing you can do to change yesterday and tomorrow is not promised to you. Act today! The emptiness and numbness that you have endured must end. There is no need to struggle anymore. There is a solution to your problems. There are people that are waiting to help you, people that have been exactly where you are. You do not need to suffer with you disease any loner. Take action and obtain the help that you are entitled to today!
For the loved one's of the addicted:
The pain, heartache, and suffering that you have endured are unfair to say the least. The disease of addiction touch many people's lives other than that of the addicted person. Get help for the pain that you have felt due to this disease. Join a support group, seek counseling, or attend al-anon meetings. Do something for yourself and stop the enabling. Your loved one will never have the motivation or willingness to seek help if their disease still has options left. It is absolutely necessary that you are there for your loved one in a healthy and loving way, without contributing to their sickness. Accept nothing less than a healthy, positive lifestyle and deny the disease totally. You deserve it!
Keep It Green-York LLC
131 South Belvidere Ave.
York, PA 17401
Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns you may have and a Keep It Green staff person will reply as soon as possible.