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How To Kick An Addiction While Building
A Career

Ways To Kick Addiction While Building A CareerDrugs, alcohol and work don’t mix. At one time, hiding a bottle of Scotch or a handful of pills in a desk drawer for an afternoon high was conveniently overlooked by employers. Today, addictions are surefire career killers.

If you find yourself experiencing the torment of addiction while trying to hold down a serious fulltime job, you know you’re walking a treacherous tightrope. How many times can you call in sick or show up late for work before you get called into the boss’s office or the human resources department? How many excuses can you invent for your lengthy lunches or extended coffee breaks? As the work piles up and your performance dips down, you try to bluff your way through another miserable week at work hoping no one will notice you’re drowning with no hope in sight.

Addiction On The Job

Many hardworking career professionals suffer from the disease of addiction. Trying to navigate recovery and maintain your career path can be very tricky indeed. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 90 percent of alcoholics are functional. These include many high-paid professionals such as executives, physicians, entrepreneurs and even pilots. What all of these individuals have in common besides addiction is the ability to hide their struggles from coworkers, friends and loved ones.

“…more than 90 percent of alcoholics are functional.”

Overcoming The Denial Of Addiction

Many functioning addicts tell themselves that they’re ok because they pay their bills on time and are employed. Some drink only the finest wines or choose to use opioid painkillers prescribed from top-rated physicians. It’s easy to be in denial when you’re not on the streets struggling to find the cash for your next fix.

It’s also a fact that high-functioning addicts often spend years or even decades in denial. The problem is often made worse by family or friends who either fail to recognize or choose not to confront the problem.

Ways To Maintain Your Career While Overcoming Addiction

The good news is that many individuals manage to sustain their career and even achieve greater heights of success when they embrace recovery. In fact, there are many treatment options for professionals who need help with drug abuse or alcoholism.

Outpatient Programs: One option that is particularly beneficial for busy professionals is outpatient treatment that is scheduled around work and other responsibilities. An outpatient program offers personalized, on-going support as an individual continues in their career. Outpatient programs typically have a variety of treatment options that fit into a busy work schedule, including group and family counseling and 12-step meetings.

Internet Recovery Forums: Another flexible option that can help you kick an addiction are internet-based recovery forums such as Recovery.org/forums and SoberRecovery.com/forums. Although these types of forums can help you stay positively focused and offer supplemental support, they are no substitute for tangible, professional addiction treatment.

Are You A Busy Professional Struggling With Addiction?

The first step in overcoming addiction is breaking through the denial and asking for help. There are plenty of other professionals just like you who have already asked for help and are now enjoying a more productive, balanced life free from addiction. You’re not alone.

It’s time to take control of your life so that you can stay focused on your career, your family and the many other things that are truly important in life. If you’re ready to finally get control of your addiction, call Summit Estate now to speak with an addiction specialist.

We focus on each individual’s personal needs and goals and create a customized treatment plan that will work.

Learn more about our San Jose outpatient drug and alcohol programs below.

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How Certain Ways Of Thinking Can Be A Trigger For Relapse

When it comes to sustaining long-term recovery after addiction treatment, it’s important to avoid those triggers that put you at greater risk of returning to drugs or alcohol. Much of the treatment process is about learning how to identify and avoid these people, places and things that can set off an urge to use. While, it’s obvious to avoid the bar that used to be your favorite haunt or stay away from those people who first turned you on to drugs, it’s not always easy to turn off thought processes that can trigger a relapse.

The Power Of Thoughts

In 12 step meetings, there’s a common saying that sums up the power of thinking in terms of addiction. “Your head is a dangerous neighborhood; try not to go there alone.”

You may have already caught yourself heading down a dangerous path with your thoughts. Often, they can start with romanticizing using drugs or alcohol. You may think about the “good times” you had without clearly considering the reality of your addiction and the impact it has had on your life. This is referred to as euphoric recall, and it is dangerous thinking, indeed! Simply thinking of drinking or using drugs can start this process and enable thoughts to turn to cravings.

Fortunately, we all have the power to take control of our thoughts to avoid “thinking triggers” to turn into a relapse.

Ways To Manage Your Thoughts To Prevent RelapseSmall Changes, Big Difference-Ways To Prevent Relapse

The following simple, yet powerful tips can help you manage your thoughts and can serve as an important component of relapse prevention.

Follow The Thought Through The Logical Conclusion

One of the most powerful tips to avoid relapse is to take a trigger-promoting thought through its conclusion. In other words, consider the honest, real outcome of returning to using or drinking. Sure, it may seem like having a glass of wine is not a big deal and can help you unwind. However, one glass of wine could turn into two and easily into an entire bottle, a hangover the next day and disappointment in yourself and from loved ones who have been supportive of your recovery. It’s not wise to only consider the benefit of that glass of wine. In fact, it’s a trap. Work through the realistic path of what happens to allow your brain to realize that drinking or using is not a good idea.

Proactively Tell Your Mind To Stop

This is a technique that cognitive therapists often recommend to patients who are struggling with negative thinking. Yes, it is as simple as telling your mind to stop the thoughts. It may even be necessary to visualize a stop sign or other symbol of halting something. Then, move on to a way to distract yourself. This can be by reading a book, watching a movie, exercising, walking/playing fetch with your dog or talking with a friend.

Share Your Thoughts

Like the saying goes about the bad neighborhood, don’t go there alone. In other words, rely on your support system when you begin having negative thoughts. Talk them out with others in recovery. Go to a meeting. The key is not to ruminate on your thoughts alone which only causes them to grow. Disable your thoughts by sharing them with others!

Get Help Now!

Are you struggling with addiction and need treatment? Have you relapsed and want help returning to recovery? Don’t go it alone! Call Summit Estate now to speak with an addiction specialist. We’re here to help you live a life free from the grip of addiction.

The Power Of Relapse Prevention Counseling And Tips To Prevent Relapsing

Every individual who has successfully completed a recovery program is at some risk of relapse. This is why drug and alcohol addiction recovery is considered a process, rather than a one-time event. It continues for life.

Because no one is completely cured from the temptations of addiction, relapse is unfortunately a possibility. However, it’s important to remember that a drug or alcohol relapse does not mean that recovery is over. Rather, it’s a stage in the journey that requires a return to treatment.

Relapse Is Common

Many people will experience one or more relapses on their journey of recovery. Yet, there are ways to minimize the risk of it happening. Often, an intensive, focused commitment to treatment is sufficient to cause permanent behavioral change that lasts a lifetime.

For others, a relapse prevention program that includes ongoing counseling can help tremendously. By developing a comprehensive recovery plan that includes understanding triggers for relapse, recovering addicts can significantly reduce their risk of returning to addiction.

The Power Of Relapse Prevention Counseling

Watch a thought-provoking snippet of Summit Estate’s Roland Williams teaching Relapse Prevention Counseling Training below. Mr. Williams shares the power of thoughts, core beliefs and external messages and how they ultimately affect urges and decisions.


Yes, it requires commitment to participate in ongoing relapse prevention. And, every individual is different when it comes to their success both in and out of treatment.

The following tips however, will greatly prevent your chances of relapsing:

Tips To Avoid Relapse


Stick To A Recovery Plan

This begins with a first 30 days out of rehab plan to minimize the initial risks of temptation. The plan should be structured to keep one busy and away from triggers that led to the addiction.

Continue Recovery

Recovery doesn’t stop after detox treatment or even after an extended inpatient program. In fact, it’s just the start of a lifelong journey. Interestingly, relapse is most likely to occur in the initial weeks following treatment when the individual is re-exposed to triggers and temptation. Relapse programs vary depending on the specific needs of the addict. For some, attending regular 12-step meetings is sufficient. For others, a more structured program is required with ongoing therapy sessions.

Relapse Doesn’t Mean Failure

While a relapse is definitely a set-back, it doesn’t mean that recovery is over. Rather, it’s an indicator that it’s necessary to get help right away. Don’t be ashamed of your behavior and don’t hide a relapse. Instead, reach out to your support network and start back on the journey of living day-to-day in recovery.

Personalized Relapse Prevention And Addiction Treatment

Call Summit Estate today to learn more about our personalized treatment options including our relapse prevention treatment that can help reduce your chance of returning to addiction. We will create a treatment plan based off of your individual needs and goals and treat you with the respect and care that you deserve.

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How To Survive A Holiday Party

Family and company parties are abundant this time of year. For those in recovery, it can be a difficult and tempting time. The following are tips on how to prevent relapse and survive a holiday party.

Tips To Survive A Holiday Party

How To Survive A Holiday PartyFirst of all, give yourself permission to not go to the party. It’s okay to say no. If you do choose to go,

Make sure you are not H.A.L.T. (hungry, angry, lonely, tired). I make sure to always eat something before I go to a party or a potential high-risk situation.

Give yourself a curfew. You do not need to be at the party until 2am. Stay for a couple of hours and say hello to everyone then give yourself permission to leave. It helps to bring a buddy that doesn’t drink along with focusing on the conversation when meeting someone new.

Be of service. Help with setting up the party, serving the food or offering to clean up. This takes your focus off the alcohol and keeps your hands busy.

Bring your own non-alcoholic mixers. Make sure you have something special to drink besides water. Use a cup that looks like everyone else’s. This may help you feel like you’re part of the crowd and will avoid someone asking you if they can get you a drink. Remember to always get the drink yourself.

Make others aware. Let a couple of people in your sober support group know that you’re going into a high-risk situation and that you may need to talk to them that night if you get the urge to drink. They can help keep you accountable.

Drive yourself so that you can leave the party at any time you need to. Remember, you didn’t get sober to become everyone’s designated driver. If someone has made the decision to drink, they can also make the decision to spend a few extra dollars to take a taxi home.

Written by:
Sarah F. Scott, CADC-CAS |Summit Estate Outpatient Counselor

December Is National Drunk And Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Safe Holiday Tips-Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention MonthThe holidays are a time for friends, family and celebrations. Unfortunately, they are also the time when accidents involving drunk or drugged drivers increase.

Because of this, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration had deemed December National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention/Awareness Month to help educate the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The best way to stay safe during this month of celebration and beyond is to understand the very real risks of drugs and alcohol, to commit to always driving sober and to stick to the following tips.

Tips For A Safe Holiday Season

The following tips for a safe holiday can help you have fun and enjoy the season without risking the chance of getting a DUI or causing an accident due to drug or alcohol use.

Plan Ahead

With a full calendar of office parties and holiday get-togethers, it’s easy to find yourself under the influence and away from home. It’s much easier to designate a driver to get you home safely before you’re under the influence. Planning ahead before you head out to celebrate can keep you safe and prevent an accident.

Take The Keys

What if you see someone you know stagger out of a party and into their car? Like the slogan goes, “friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” If we all applied this rule of thumb, there would be far fewer injuries and deaths due to drunk or drugged driving.

Yes, it can be difficult to stop someone who is drunk or high from getting behind the wheel, but it’s far easier than having to feel partially responsible for a needless accident. Offer a ride, pay the cab fare or let someone sleep over. Just don’t let anyone drive when they are unable to safely do so.

Be A Responsible Host

As the host of a party, you have a responsibility to ensure your guests get home safely. This can be accomplished by offering transportation to and from the event, serving non-alcoholic beverages and cutting off the alcohol at least an hour or more before the party ends.

Do You Need Help Getting Or Staying Sober?

The holidays can be a difficult time for those who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. However, help is available. If you or a loved one needs help, call the caring, professional staff at Summit Estate. With a single phone call, you can begin the journey of recovery.

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25 Ways To Reward Yourself – Without Alcohol Or Drugs – For Recovery Milestones

It’s important to reward yourself for your accomplishments during your recovery, whether for behavioral changes and/or milestones in sobriety. The purpose of rewarding yourself is to strengthen your resolve to keep alcohol and drugs out of your life. Rewarding yourself increases your awareness of all that you have accomplished.

Here are 25 ideas of ways you can give yourself a pat on the back for reaching certain milestones in your recovery.

Ways To Reward Yourself Without Alcohol Or Drugs

Ways To Reward Yourself Without Alcohol Or Drugs

  1. Begin a “Success Savings.” Put $1 away for every day you have stayed sober or put $2 for each recovery meeting attended. You decide the amount of money you give yourself for the desired action. At the end of a year, take the money and use it towards a mini-vacation.
  1. Buy or make a special piece of jewelry. A bracelet, necklace, earrings or rings will do. Every time you wear the new item, you’ll be reminded of how far you have come since you have gotten sober.
  1. Begin a collection. It can be stamps, thimbles, spoons, dolls, action figures, sports memorabilia, etc. Each time you achieve a sobriety milestone (30, 60 or 90 days, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, etc.), go ahead and buy another item for your collection.
  1. Get a massage. It’s relaxing and will reenergize you from the inside out. A little pampering can go a long way.
  1. Get your hair styled, dyed, or cut. Try something daring. Have fun and experiment with your new look.
  1. Get a makeover with a professional. When you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside.
  1. Pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure. If you need to watch what you spend, do it yourself at home.
  1. Have a night out at the movies with a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Self-explanatory. Who doesn’t enjoy a good night out at the movie theater, especially with someone you need to catch up with.
  1. Enjoy a leisurely morning at the park. Breathe and take in the fresh air. Feed the ducks. Watch the children play. Get in tune with the simpler things in life.
  1. Attend an art show, a gallery or your local museum. Check your local paper or news website for the exhibitions in your area.
  1. Be a kid again! Go to your local amusement park and recapture the “awe” that you felt as a child.
  1. Buy yourself a new outfit. If you are low on funds, go thrift store shopping.
  1. Redecorate a room in your house. Let your creativity flow. Let the room capture the real you. Don’t be afraid to go a little wild. If you don’t have money to redecorate, you can just rearrange the space.
  1. See your favorite sports team play live. Reward yourself with the best seats you can afford.
  1. Do something daring. Make it something you’ve always wanted to try. Go bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, whitewater rafting, etc.
  1. Get a new tattoo (or piercing). Get something that’s uniquely you.
  1. Have a long, relaxing bubble bath. Light some candles around the tub and make it serene and memorable.
  1. Buy a new book. Schedule some uninterrupted time to read it.
  1. Sign up for a team sport such as softball, basketball or hockey. You’ll have fun and maybe meet some new friends!
  1. Rent a boat or Jet Ski. Spend the day soaking up some sunshine and riding the waves with family and friends.
  1. Go to a concert or theatrical event. Do this especially if it’s something you’ve wanted to see, and if it falls around a certain recovery milestone.
  1. Take a cooking class. If you can’t afford a cooking class, then look up a fun recipe online or YouTube a recipe and try it at home.
  1. Try an architecture tour or some other “tourist” activity in your own city. You’ll get a new appreciation for your hometown.
  1. Start a new routine when you get home from work. Instead of rewarding yourself with a drink when you get home from work, have some hot herbal tea, light a scented candle and read some recovery literature.
  1. Announce your accomplishments and sobriety milestones to others. Allow yourself to hear and soak in the congratulations! It is a big deal that you are in recovery and have changed your life. You deserve the praise.

Written by: Sarah F. Scott, CADC-CAS – Outpatient Counselor

5 Activities For Inner Strength To Support Sobriety

Many people in recovery will talk about how their inner strength is helping to sustain their sobriety. For those who are just beginning their journey of recovery, it can be challenging to determine what is required to strengthen that somewhat mysterious, intangible trait called inner strength.

Laugh As Much As You Breathe-5 Activities For Inner Strength

What Exactly Is Inner Strength?

The reality is that inner strength is a learned trait or skill that is a hybrid of discipline, willpower, concentration, persistence, and self-control. It isn’t something that someone is born with, but it can be developed like other important life skills.

As inner strength is developed, it is enlisted by those in recovery to make choices, avoid temptations, overcome negative habits, battle complacency and follow through with the positive actions that are necessary in recovery.

How Can Inner Strength Be Developed?

Because inner strength is so incredibly necessary for anyone who is battling an addiction, it’s important to have practices or activities of self-expression in recovery that promote the development of inner strength. The following five are particularly beneficial.

5 Activities For Inner Strength

Meditation – This holistic activity is something that can be practiced right from the first days of detox and throughout the rest of one’s life. It helps to promote inner strength by providing clarity and stress relief while boosting energy.

Deep Breathing – Focusing on breathing is something that can be done anytime, anywhere. By breathing deeply and rhythmically, there is an increase in the intake of oxygen which promotes healthy brain function and decreased anxiety.

Exercise – Regularly scheduled physical activity helps to increase discipline, concentration, and willpower. It also provides the added benefits of jumpstarting energy, improving sleep, and reducing stress.

Forgiveness – Pent up anger and resentment can lead some individuals into a relapse of their addiction. These negative feelings are both consuming and draining. By being able to release the grudges you hold against those in your life, you can move beyond the anger and discover a life that is more peaceful and meaningful.

Laughter – Whether you’re having a giggle with a friend about a funny story or enjoying the latest comedy at the theater, laughter is a wonderful way to build inner strength. The act of laughing releases feel-good endorphins which improves blood flow and heightens awareness and energy.

Emotional, Physical And Spiritual Healing

Do you want to learn more about how inner strength can help those dealing with drug or alcohol addiction? Call Summit Estate today! We will work on helping you recover emotionally, physically and spiritually with our holistic, individualized recovery plans.

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Exposure To Triggers And How To Avoid Them

On the long journey of recovery, there will be many twists and turns. The challenges of life that affect all of us can be more difficult to navigate when you’re in recovery. In fact, they can sometimes lead to relapses that can result in a return to an addiction.

Tough Times Never Last-How To Avoid Triggers-SummitEstate.comMost addiction experts will tell you that symptoms of post-acute withdrawal can last two years or longer. During this time, those in recovery are more likely to re-embrace unhealthy, dysfunctional behaviors that led to addiction. The possibility of relapse is very real.

Yet, the process of working through the early stages of recovery are necessary to reach the state where long-term recovery truly becomes a journey that will last forever. The key is being able to work through life’s unexpected situations and identify the triggers that they can create.

By understanding these triggers and learning how to stop the stages of relapse before they start, recovery becomes easier to sustain.

Common Triggers And What To Do To Combat Them

The following are some common triggers that can threaten recovery. Anyone who is focused on staying sober should be on guard for any of these warning signs of a possible relapse.

Self-Pity – Not taking ownership for choices and feeling like a victim.
Dishonesty – Telling small lies to family, friends or employers can be a slippery slope that can lead to being untruthful about working your program or remaining sober.
Depression ­– Feelings of despair can often happen in cycles. These need to be addressed and treated.
Frustration – Not everything is going to go your way in recovery. Coping skills are required to successfully sustain recovery.
Fatigue – It’s important to avoid becoming over tired. Recovery is largely rooted in embracing good self-care behaviors such as adequate rest, balanced nutrition, and regular exercise.
Impatience – When you’re taking life day-by-day or even minute-by-minute, recovery can seem excruciatingly drawn-out. Instead of focusing on how it’s not going fast enough, it’s important to stay in the moment.
Complacency – Letting up on the vigilance and discipline required for recovery can quickly lead to a relapse. Being committed to taking a daily inventory, 12-step meetings, therapy, meditation and other positive activities can help minimize triggers and the chance of a relapse.

You’re Not Alone – We Will Be With You On Your Journey

Have you or a loved one had a relapse? You’re not alone, and help is available. Don’t try and tackle this problem alone. Our caring and professional staff will treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve. We will also create a personalized treatment program made just for you.

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