Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tips for a Fun and Sober New Year's Eve

For those of us who are sober, New Year’s Eve can be a slippery slope into relapse. The best solution, even if you have some recovery time under your belt, is to celebrate away from toxic environments filled with alcohol or drugs. 

Making plans now for a sober New Year’s Eve will help you avoid temptation and/or triggers, so you're sure to ring in the New Year the right way. 

Here are some fun, sober ideas to consider:
  • Go to a meeting marathon. Many local chapters of AA and NA hold meeting marathons on New Year’s Eve to help you strengthen your recovery during this tough time of year.
  • Sign up for a midnight race. You can even organize one of your own; an invigorating run around town is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. 
  • Gather some sober friends for a nice dinner out on the town. Call ahead to make sure that you’re not served a “complementary” champagne or brought out a wine list. 
  • Laugh in the New Year by going to a local comedy club. Again, you may need to call ahead so you’re not tempted with alcohol. 
  • Arrange an ice skating party with a few recovery peers.
  • Host a fun game night with some festive appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Take a weekend get-away with a sober loved one. Use this time to relax and reflect upon your recovery.
  • Give yourself a spa night and go to sleep early – even before the ball drops if that’s what your body craves.
  • Have a movie marathon accompanied with some popcorn and hot chocolate.
No matter what you choose to do, be prepared. If you plan to spend New Year’s in a place where alcohol is being served, for example, make sure to have a support system in place and to devise an exit strategy if you become uncomfortable.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and sober 2018! 

Preventing Relapse All Season 
A relapse only requires a moment of weakness; when the stresses of life overwhelm you, it’s easy to turn to your drug of choice in order to escape. Keeping relapse at bay is about cementing new habits and remaining accountable to the recovery support system – and we’re here to help. To learn more about our recovery residences, call today: 888-551-4725.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Sober Fun in Santa Monica

There’s so much to experience in Santa Monica during the holiday season – and being sober is just part of the fun. Here are just a few fun activities to add to your winter to-do list. 
  • Go to the beach. While you won’t want to venture into the freezing water, you certainly can dive into a good book. Throw on a sweatshirt, pack a blanket and pick a spot to relax on the beach with an inspirational read.  
  • Lace up your ice skates. Every holiday season, Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into a 8,000 square foot ice rink – perfect for getting a taste of winter without the frostbite. In fact, there are a handful of outdoor rinks in the LA-area that stay frozen through January and February. 
  • Take a hike. It’s the perfect season to climb into the hills – with no crowds and clear crystal skies. Just remember to dress in layers and be sure to take into account the fleeting daylight before setting out on your hike. 
  • Get your soup on. There’s nothing better than a bowl of ramen – or udon or miso or pho – to warm your bones on those 50 degree days. Call up a friend and head to Little Tokyo or Sawtelle. 
  • Visit Santa. You’re never too old for a photo with Saint Nick. Head to Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place and feel like a kid again as you visit his winter home. 
  • Schedule a spa day. The holidays are filled with stress and a little relaxation and rejuvenation is likely in order. Check your local area for any holiday spa specials and give yourself the gift of self-care this season.
More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6 Tips for a Healthy, Sober Thanksgiving

fall fun
Whether this is your first Thanksgiving post-rehab or you have several years under your belt, sticking to a few healthy habits will ensure that you have a fun and sober holiday. 

Start with these helpful tips: 
  1. Count your blessings. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on your recovery and new sober life. Take time this holiday to express gratitude to the friends and family who have helped with your journey. 
  2. Think out-of-the box. If you’re not ready to spend time with family or attend a celebration that may include alcohol, then it's okay to create a new sober tradition with a few supportive friends or family members. Some ideas: Have a baking party, go on a nature hike, see a movie, or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  3. Keep stress at bay. Make an effort on Thanksgiving to make time for self-care, whether you go for a jog, write in your journal or meditate in the morning before the festivities. And don’t forget to focus on sleep. Sticking to a regular bedtime routine is more important than ever during the busy holiday season ahead. 
  4. Indulge wisely. Try not to completely undue the healthy eating habits you’ve learned to support your recovery. Load up on the veggies and enjoy moderate portions of your favorite sides, entrees and desserts.  
  5. Bring your own beverage. Why not bring the host a bottle of flavored water or sparkling cider that you and the guests can all enjoy. 
  6. Have an emergency plan. Ask a sponsor or trusted friend to be on-call in case you begin to feel overwhelmed. If you’re traveling, it’s also wise to looking up 12-step meetings in the area. 
Preventing Relapse All Season 
A relapse only requires a moment of weakness; when the stresses of life overwhelm you, it’s easy to turn to your drug of choice in order to escape. Keeping relapse at bay is about cementing new habits and remaining accountable to the recovery support system – and we’re here to help. To learn more about our recovery residences, call today: 888-551-4725.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6 Benefits of Music for Your Recovery

Music therapy is offered at many rehabs – and listening, singing along or playing songs may even have helped you cope with early sobriety. 

Don’t turn off those tunes just yet, however. Even after rehab, the right notes can help you eat and sleep better, stress less, move more and have greater self-awareness – all important habits for overall health and lasting sobriety. 

And these are just a few of the many incredible health benefits of music; here’s a closer look at these and a few others.
  • Less fatigue. Whether rock, hip hop or jazz, upbeat music has been study-proven to boost your energy. On the flip side, calming music has been found to help a person fall asleep. 
  • Better mood. Music has been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress and it can even minimize the effects of depression.
  • Healthier eating habits. Diners ate about 18 percent less and reported enjoying their food more when participants dined with jazz music playing, according to a Cornell study.
  • Anger management. The next time you feel your blood boiling after a driver cuts you off, switch on some mellow music. This will help you stay calmer and make fewer mistakes according to research published in the journal Ergonomics.
  • Increased self-awareness. One study found that listening to music helped study participants to think about themselves, who they wanted to be and give them an escape from the present. 
  • More motivation to move. Music with high-groove qualities induces movement in the listener. In other words, the right playlist can help you move no matter how much you’re dreading that workout. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Recovery

You likely already know the importance of getting your flu shot, but there are a few other lifestyle tweaks you can make to decrease your risk of getting sick this cold and flu season. 

The good news: Now that your body is rid of toxins from substance abuse, it will be a lot easier to boost your immune system and fend off germs. 

Start with these tips.
  • Don’t get lazy about laundry.  This is especially important when it comes to sheets and towels, which should be sanitized in hot water more often during cold and flu season. 
  • Crack the windows: Did you know that indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? Letting in a little fresh air can go a long way toward chasing away these germs. 
  • Strive for solid shut-eye. Lack of sleep leads to low immunity, so it's super important to get in those seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Remember: Try to keep your sleep schedule consistent, even on weekends. 
  • Make more effort to move. Regular exercise won’t kill germs but it may cut down on the number of sick days due to colds or sore throats, according to experts at American Council on Exercise. 
  • Say no to processed foods. Foods high in fats, salt and sugar can suppress your immune system, making it that much harder to fend off any germs this cold and flu season. Instead, load up on fall superfoods like kale, sweet potatoes, apples and pumpkin. 
  • Keep stress at bay. Whether mediation, yoga or deep breathing, making relaxation strategies part of your day to day can help manage stress, which has been study-proven to ravage the immune system.
Stay Well Year-Round
Learning to make healthy choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy-Hour Alternatives for Connecting With Coworkers

For those in recovery, happy hour with work friends is more like horror hour – and a major threat to your hard-won sobriety. While you want to stay social, you also need to do what’s best for your recovery – so what’s your option? 

Why not get a little creative: You connect with your coworkers and shake off stress by participating in one (or more) of the following sober activities: 
  • Join an adult sports league. From soccer to softball to bowling, a social sports league is the perfect way to bond with colleagues, work on team-building skills and squeeze in a workout. 
  • Start a meditation group. Talk to your employer about using the conference room after-hours or search for a local yoga or meditation studio. Many studios offer “happy hour” classes as an alternative to heading to the bar. 
  • Get artistic. Gather a group of coworkers and head to your local art gallery or museum. Many venues are open late at least one evening during the week. Or, meet up and make your own art. A bit of creativity is the perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. 
  • Host a book club. We’ve talked before about the many health benefits of reading – stress management, improved sleep, enhanced concentration, for example – and forming a book club is a great way to help you read more. Just think: If you meet with coworkers once a month, that’s 12 books you can check off your list each year.
Employment Help at HAUS
inding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Our staff will assist you with resume building and more. To learn about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fun and Sober Activities for Fall

Fall is officially here and there's a host of fun and sober activities to enjoy in sunny Southern California. Of course, you can still enjoy the best beaches around come October, but there are more autumn-inspired things to do, too. 

Here are a few ideas: 
  • Enjoy the foliage. Whether you visit a nearby garden or go for a hike at a local mountain, there are plenty of spots to soak up nature and admire the vibrant colors of fall. 
  • Arrange an apple picking day. East coasters aren’t the only ones who can get their fill of apples this season; there are plenty of apple picking spots around Los Angeles. 
  • Play in a pumpkin patch: Head out with some friends or family members and pick that perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern. Many pumpkin patches will have petting zoos and haunted mazes, too.
  • Go camping. Fall means fewer bugs, less crowded campgrounds and cooler temperatures perfect for cozying up by the campfire. Or, check out a nearby glamping (short for glamorous camping) destination where you get the best of both worlds – a back-to-nature break from daily life without a sore back or mosquito bites.
  • Head to the farmer’s market. Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything – and don’t forget apples, sweet potatoes, squash and figs. Added bonus: Many of these foods are packed with essential vitamins to help restore your body and mind from the damage of alcohol or substance abuse. 

More Sober Living Activities
At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

4 Ways to Celebrate Your Recovery

Whether you measure your sobriety in days, weeks, months or years, these milestones are definitely worth celebrating. In fact, taking time to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to lasting recovery is a great way to stay motivated. Here are some fun and sober ideas to help you celebrate your sobriety milestones. 

  1. Get together with loved ones. Spending quality time with those closest to you is the perfect way to celebrate your recovery and thank friends and family who have supported you along the way. It can be simple. Arrange a movie night or potluck dinner or afternoon in the park with snacks and Frisbee.
  2. Participate in recovery events. September happens to be Recovery Month and there are plenty of in-person and online events going on. Visit to find an event near you. Celebrating your recovery with others in the community can also help to secure your sobriety as you develop a wider network of supporters. 
  3. Volunteer. If you’re uncomfortable with a celebration that focuses solely on you, then why not reward yourself by giving back to others. After all, helping others feels good. Look up volunteer opportunities in your local newspaper – from community gardens to animal care, you’re sure to find a worthy cause that piques your interest.
  4. Reward and enrich yourself. A smart way to celebrate your recovery is to reward yourself by doing something you’ve always wanted to do. Now is your chance, for example, to enroll in that photography class or to visit a new nearby city. Treat yourself – you’ve definitely earned it!
Recovery Activities at Haus Recovery
At Haus Recovery, we’ll help open you up to new experiences and joys as you embrace your new sober life. Sobriety is the beginning of a fun, fulfilling and lifelong adventure. To learn more, call today: 888-555-4715.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tips for a Successful First Semester

As you approach a new school year, keep in mind the following tips to start off the semester and safeguard your sobriety:
  • Create a plan to handle stress. Back to school can bring with it added academic pressure and stress, which could easily spell relapse if you don’t have a plan in place. Start by identifying some key coping strategies that have worked for you in the past, whether deep breathing, meditation, yoga or a walk outside. Along these lines, you’ll likely need to utilize some of the time management strategies you learned during early recovery.
  • Make a productive workspace. Take time to arrange your desk or work area so you can stay organized and focused. And don’t forget to add something beautiful, calming or inspiring – like flowers, plants or a scented candle.  
  • Prioritize self-care. Be careful not to let college interfere with your self-care, which is critical to long-term sobriety. Beyond the basics – sleeping well, eating right, exercising – be sure to nurture your emotional and spiritual health, too. This could be as simple as making time each week to do something you love. Bonus: Studies show that people who practice self-care are more productive at school and in addiction treatment. 
  • Celebrate your successes. You should be proud of yourself for getting sober and going back to school – this is a big deal and you deserve to pat yourself on the back! 
Colleges Near Santa Monica 
If you’re interested in going back to school, there are numerous community and junior colleges within 25 miles of Santa Monica, including: 
  • Santa Monica College
  • West Los Angeles College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • El Camino Community College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College 
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Glendale Community College
  • East Lost Angeles College
  • El Camino College Compton Center
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Pasadena City College 
  • Cerritos College
  • Long Beach City College
Make the Most of Our Mentors
Don't be afraid to ask for help or to talk to fellow residents about any stumbling blocks as you head back to school. A built-in support system is one of the many advantages of the mentoring program at HAUS. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Develop Emotional Intelligence in Recovery

A big part of building a sober life is being able to recognize and regulate your own emotions, while also empathizing with others – and this, in a nutshell, is having emotional intelligence (EQ). 

EQ can help you better manage relationships (leading to a strong support system) and reduce stress and anxiety (both common relapse triggers). What’s more, EQ can help you as you reenter the workplace. 

The good news is that EQ can be developed with practice – and you can start today! 
  • Take time to reflect. Jot down your strengths, weaknesses, triggers, values, goals, etc. Doing this regularly will make you more familiar with you and, in turn, better able to regulate your emotions. 
  • Make a point to be mindful. Learning to observe your thoughts and feelings, without judgment, will decrease the odds of your being unknowingly sideswiped by any negative emotions.
  • Practice not reacting. Part of having a high EQ is learning to respond (not react) to situations. Make an effort to slow down and ask yourself: “Why am I feeling/doing this?” This will help you develop emotional regulation. 
  • Take a walk in someone’s shoes. Emotionally intelligent people are skilled in empathy. Make an effort to walk in the shoes of someone else or to really imagine how you would feel in a given situation. Being empathetic helps you connect more strongly with others and can even teach you more about you. 
  • Celebrate optimism. You likely know the power of positivity and you can add better relationships and greater resilience against negative emotions to the list. Plus, the more you pay attention to positive emotions, the more likely they’ll resurface as a result. Practicing gratitude and journaling are great activities to help you see the bright side of life. 
Sober Living Support
At Haus Recovery, we offer the support needed to maintain abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more about our sober living services, call today: 888-551-4715.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Study: Loneliness Growing Threat to Public Health

Loneliness and social isolation may be a greater threat to your health than obesity, according to research presented at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association. What’s more, researchers found that people with a greater social connection cut their risk of premature death in half. 

"Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need — crucial to both well-being and survival,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, in a statement. "Yet an increasing portion of the U.S. population now experiences isolation regularly." 

According to the most recent U.S. census data, more than a quarter of the population lives alone, more than half is unmarried, and the number of children per household has declined. Heavy use of social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram has also been linked to feelings of social isolation.

"These trends suggest that Americans are becoming less socially connected and experiencing more loneliness," said Holt-Lunstad.

How Loneliness Harms Your Recovery
This isn’t the first study to show the dangers of being lonely. In fact, one previous study cited loneliness as being as bad for your health as 15 cigarettes per day. And those of us in the addiction community know the dangers all too well: Loneliness is a common relapse trigger. It may even have contributed to your addiction in the first place. 

Loneliness goes beyond feeling alone; it’s feeling alone, misunderstood, and uncared for even when loved ones are there to support you. The good news: You can do your part to prevent loneliness from harming your health and your sobriety.
  • Go to a 12-step meeting. There’s nothing like meeting others who have been in your shoes to remind you that you’re not alone and that staying sober is worth the work.
  • Vow to volunteer: We promise you’ll get back as much (if not more) than you give. That’s because you’ll get out into the community, meet positive people and make a difference. 
  • Find a hobby. We’ve talked about the many health benefits of hobbies — and you can add combating loneliness to the list. The right hobby can help you make new friends and give you something to be passionate about – something that you want to share and talk about with others. 
  • Make time for friends and family. Carve out time to spend with your loved ones, whether a weekly dinner or morning walk. And remember: This is perhaps most important on those down days where your natural instinct may be to retreat into isolation.  
Consider HAUS Mentoring
Another way to remain connected to the recovery community and combat loneliness is to take advantage of our recovery mentoring services. We’ll ensure that you have a wonderful support team to help you as you transition from treatment to “normal life.” To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Take Control of Your Anger

Learning to express your anger in a healthy way is crucial for your overall health and recovery. This is because flying off the handle is harmful to your body and mind – and it’s also a major relapse trigger. You may even have heard of the acronym H.A.L.T. – Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and Tired – which are all feelings that could nudge a person toward using again.

Luckily, you can take some practical steps to stay cool when life gets you heated up. Try these tension tamers today: 

Give yourself a timeout. Look at your smartphone and resist reacting until at least two minutes have passed and you’ve taken steps to calm down. You could also just go for a quick walk or leave the room – whatever gives you some space and breathing room to gain control of your emotions. 

Practice relaxation strategies. Here are a few recommendations adapted from The American Psychological Association:
  • Focus on your breath. Breathe deeply, from your diaphragm. Close your eyes and imagine your breath coming up from your "gut" as you inhale. Exhale slowly. 
  • Find a mantra. Think of a calming word or phrase – "calm” or “slow down,” for example – and repeat it to yourself after taking a deep, relaxing breath. 
  • Use imagery. Close your eyes and visualize a time when you felt relaxed. If you can’t recall a past experience, use your imagination and dream up a stress-free place. 
Pinpoint your triggers. In other words, make a conscious effort to figure out what sets you off. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), these events are common anger triggers: 
  • A long wait at the doctor’s office
  • A rumor about your relapse or recovery
  • Traffic or large crowds
  • A joke that poke fun at a sensitive topic
  • Being wrongly accused or mistreated 
Pay attention to your mind and body. Right before your anger escalates, you’ll likely experience a host of physical, behavioral, emotional and cognitive signs, notes SAMHSA. These include:
  • Increased heart rate, tightness in the chest, feeling hot or flushed
  • Clenched fists, raised voice, harsh stare 
  • Fear, hurt, jealousy, disrespect 
  • Hostile, images of aggression and revenge
Post-Treatment Support for Men & Women
At Haus Recovery, we provide our clients with continued support as they transition from a secure recovery environment to sober life filled with daily stressors and tension. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

Monday, July 24, 2017

How Hobbies Can Help

Hobbies make for happy sober lives. Investing just a small amount of time doing something creative and that you’re passionate about – that’s non-work related – can do wonders for your mental health and overall happiness. Let’s take a quick look at some of the health benefits of having a hobby as an adult: 
  • Boosting self-confidence
  • Exercising the brain
  • Expressing creativity
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving social connections
  • Getting out of the house
  • Learning something new
But what if you don’t have a particular passion as an adult? Where do you start? Here are some activities that you may enjoy – and that will also aid in your lasting sobriety.

Gardening: Slows the mind, boosts your mood, and lets you soak up the sunshine. Plus, gardening is a great reminder that you’re just one small part of the greater universe. 

Yoga: One hour of yoga increases GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) by 27 percent. GABA is a brain chemical linked to the reduction of stress and anxiety. 

Visual arts (photography, painting/drawing, writing): The process of creating art doesn’t just make you feel better, but it’s been found to create real, physical changes inside your body. Some of the many perks of visual arts: 
  • Decreased negative emotions and increased positive ones
  • Reduced depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Improved expression, positive identity and social networks
  • Greater awareness of beauty in the world
Running: This is perhaps the best hobby for preventing or managing depression.

Cooking: Teaches you to be more mindful of what you’re putting into your body. The repetitive tasks inherent to cooking (chopping, measure, washing, etc.) can also help you to stay focused on the present. 

Recovery Activities at Haus Recovery
For individuals who have abused their body with drugs and alcohol, healthy recreation is often a distant thought. Yet sobriety is the beginning of a fun, fulfilling, and lifelong adventure. At Haus Recovery, we’ll help open you up to new experiences and joys as you embrace your new sober life. To learn more, call today: 888-555-4715.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Are You Living With Intention?

Chances are you woke up this morning with a mental to-do list – pick up the dry cleaning, go grocery shopping, schedule a work meeting, pay the utility bill – but have you thought about what’s important to you or how you want to feel, think and live? 

One of the many benefits of pursuing a life free of addiction is that you have more time, energy and emotional resources to start living your life with intention. 

What Does Living With Intention Mean?
Living with intention means different things to different people. In general, however, it can mean being an active participant in your life and seizing each day to the fullest. 

By living with intention, you’ll:
  • Break free of the thoughts from our past.
  • Be open to change.
  • Be mindful and kind and present. 
  • Learn what’s important to you. 
  • Be connected to your intuition. 
  • Live by your own values and needs.
  • Be authentic.
Here are a few ways to start using those life skills learned in rehab to live a new sober life with intention: 
  • Uncover your values. Take time to really think about what’s important to you and what values you want to instill in your daily life. Living your life with self-acceptance, health and gratitude, for instance, will make it a lot easier to make smart, sober daily decisions.
  • Consider how you’d like to improve your health. Would you like to eat more vegetables or build more muscle? Or, maybe you need to work on how you handle stress? Especially for those in recovery, taking care of your physical and emotional self is an essential part of living life with intention.
  • Visualize your life in 5, 10 and 20 years. Take a few minutes to think about how you want to live or what type of person you’d like to become. Write it down so you can add to it or adjust it as your goals develop and change. 
  • Take a small step forward. What can you do today to prepare yourself for the person you want to be a year from now? What’s one action that will move you closer to your career of family goals? Consider working with an addiction recovery specialist to map out these steps. 
A Healthier Lifestyle With Deeper Purpose
At Haus Recovery, we help our clients stay focused and confident as they master their full recovery potential. To learn more about our services and activities, call us today: 888-551-4715.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Why Spending More Time Outdoors Can Help Your Long-Term Sobriety

Did you know that nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being? Here are just a few ways spending more time outdoors can help your overall health and sustained sobriety: 
  • You’ll protect your mental health. Spending time in the great outdoors – especially when it involves exercise – has been shown to ease anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
  • You’ll sleep better. There’s nothing like a healthy dose of fresh air to help you fall and stay asleep throughout the night.
  • You’ll stress less. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reduce blood pressure and heart rate. This is partly because of scent. The smell of many flowers have been study-proven to decrease stress and increase relaxation.
  • You’ll think more positively. In one study, Stanford scientists found that walking in nature helps reduce obsessive, negative thoughts.
  • You’ll exercise more. The color green (found on trees, grass, plants) has been found to make exercise easier, according to research conducted at the University of Essex. 
  • You’ll meet new people. And this is especially important as your rebuilding a new network of sober friends. 
Outdoor Fun for a Better Recovery
Make yourself a recovery promise to spend just 15 minutes or more each day in a natural environment. Here are some ideas:
  • Bike to work.
  • Go for a weekend hike.
  • Start your morning with an outdoor walk, run, or jog.
  • Tend a garden.
  • Take your computer and work outside.
  • Meditate outdoors.
  • Picnic in the park.
  • Read a book under a tree or on the beach.
  • Go fishing.
  • Take a stroll on the beach.
  • Try your hand at tennis.
Get Nurtured in Nature
Our Southern California location is blessed with mild temperatures and abundant sunshine, making it the perfect place for outdoor recreation as part of your recovery activities. To learn more about our sober living services, activities, and amenities, call today: 888-551-4715.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Self-Care for Parents and Loved Ones

It’s fairly easy to neglect your own needs when someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder. Yet making yourself a priority will help you better care for your loved one. Taking the time to fuel your mind and body will give you more energy and increased patience – and, overall, you’ll be happier and healthier. And you deserve it!

Start by focusing on these self-care basics: 

  • Make nutrition a priority: Eating a healthful diet can help you have more energy, a better mood, increased concentration and better problem-solving skills. Some diet tips to keep in mind: Eat three meals a day, aim for at least 20 grams of protein, four cups of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, drink plenty of water and steer clear of processed foods.
  • Develop an exercise routine: Regular exercise will help you “work out” any emotions you’re feeling toward your loved one or the situation itself. Even something as simple as a daily, morning walk can give you a little “me time” and help you de-stress. 
  • Seek support: Whether you choose an in-person or online support group, reaching out to others who have been in your shoes can help minimize any loneliness or isolation you’re feeling. Plus, some of their stories and strategies may work for you, or inspire you to come up with coping strategies of your own. Another option: Consider making an appointment with a mental health professional for individual or group therapy.
  • Take stress seriously: Irritability, insomnia, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness – these are all signs of stress and red flags for you to slow down and better care for yourself. Unmanaged stress will not only make your day-to-day much more difficult but it can also lead to some serious health risks, including heart disease, cancer and premature aging. Make an effort to make stress management part of your everyday – whether you take a walk, meditate, listen to music or meet up with a calming friend.

  • To Parents & Loved Ones of HAUS Recovery Clients
    Your love, support, and personal healing are a vital part of your loved one’s recovery. At Haus Recovery, our case managers keep the lines of communication open and help you to revitalize your family relationships. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Sober Fun in Santa Monica This Summer

    “Summertime and the sober living is easy!” Well, you can certainly be sober and have tons of fun while living in the Santa Monica area. After all, you’re right in the heart of things — with beachside activities, mountain sports, an active arts community, entertainment, and thriving small businesses all around you. W

    Here, we take a look at a few activities – beyond going to the beach – to add to your summer fun list: 
    • Take a surfside stroll: With the beach on one side and mountains on another, Santa Monica is the perfect setting to distress and soak up the sun. Stick around and have an early dinner prepared straight from one of the local farmers’ market. 
    • Head to Santa Monica Pier: A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this landmark destination is home to endless retail, food and entertainment options. You can also rent a bike and take a riding tour. 
    • Listen to free music: Free music shows are everywhere during the summer months – from the Getty to the Santa Monica Pier. If you love jazz, you might want to check out Jazz at LACMA, which has featured some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians over the last 20 years.
    • Get a free outdoor workout: Circuit training parks are located across L.A. —from beaches to mountain tops – so you can easily get fit this summer without spending a dime. 
    • Watch an outdoor movie: From now until September, you can unwind under the stars as you watch many of the al fresco movies offered during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for a classic film or new blockbuster, there’s a movie and location that’s right for everyone.
    • Hit the park: There are tons of parks and beautiful waterfalls that can fit your lifestyle – whether you’re a hiking devotee, dog owner, art lover, or just looking to relax and enjoy nature. A few to check out: Palisades Park, Tongva Park, Grand Park, Echo Park Lake, Lake Balboa, and Rustic Canyon Park. 
    More Sober Living Activities
    At Haus Recovery, we whole-heartedly believe that sustained recovery should incorporate daily fun. To this end, we offer bikes, surfboards, and paddleboards for residents and organize group activities and outings every week. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    5 Key Components of Lasting Sobriety

    To maintain lasting recovery and to find meaning and joy in life requires more than just steering clear of your drug of choice. Healing from addiction is a long-term process – and something that you have to work hard at daily to be successful. These five key components of sober living, which we support and encourage at Haus Recovery, can help you stay focused, care for yourself and reach full recovery potential.
    1. Self-honor: Repeat after us: “You are a good person intended to do beautiful things.” Believing in and caring for yourself is a big part of relapse prevention. To this end, it's important to eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly and get enough sleep so your mind and body are rested and refreshed each day. Taking good care of yourself in recovery also means making time for relaxation, having fun, connecting with family and friends, creating goals and discovering your passions.
    2. Community: No one expects you to stay sober without support. Now more than ever it’s important to build the types of relationships and friendships that will offer hope, support and encouragement as you work toward lasting sobriety. 
    3. Employment: Finding and keeping a job, and making a contribution to society, is a pillar of recovery. After all, accountability and being self-supporting are vital steps to the reintegration process. Plus, working can help you build self-confidence, self-esteem, self-efficiency and a sense of wholeness.
    4. Gratitude: Learning to have gratitude, or to focus on what’s good in your life, is a crucial recovery and life skill. Gratitude can help increase your self-esteem, boost your outlook and serve as a constant reminder of why you are working so hard for a sober life. 
    5. Mindfulness: We all need a reminder to slow down, focus on the present and quiet the mind chatter – and mindfulness can help you do just that. This is a great tool to use in your every day. Try it the next time you are taking a shower. Tune out the world around you and direct your attention to the experience at hand, without judgment or words. Think about what you smell, taste, feel, hear and see. 
    Sober Living at Its Best
    At Haus Recovery, we offer the support needed to maintain abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    5 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

    "Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered – just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better." – Barrie Davenport

    Self-confidence is a crucial part of long-term sobriety. If you’re down on yourself, you’re less likely take care of yourself and take control of your sobriety. 

    For most of us, however, self-confidence doesn’t always come easy (or naturally). Luckily, it can be developed. In fact, anyone can be more confident if they try. Start with these confidence boosters:

    1. Make self-care matter. Sure, we all have those “pajama days” when it feels great to just stay in sweats all day, but wearing day-old sweatpants day in and day out can surely feed into low self-esteem. Take time to put yourself together and feel proud of the person looking back at you in the mirror. 
    2. Celebrate small successes. Make an effort to track all of the little and big goals you meet along the way. This can help you combat any self-doubt and provide incentive for future successes. 
    3. Do a good deed. Making an effort to help someone else – whether by volunteering for a local organization or simply assisting a neighbor or friend – is sure to boost your self-pride. Plus, you’ll likely take your mind off any negative feelings about yourself. 
    4. Mind your posture. Sitting and standing tall is a simple way to elevate your confidence – and others will have a better perception of you, too. 
    5. Affirm yourself. Saying positive and uplifting statements out loud is a good practice for increasing your self-esteem. For example, if you dislike your physical appearance, look in the mirror and practice saying something that you like or appreciate about your body. 
    A Healthier Lifestyle With Deeper Purpose
    At Haus Recovery, we help our clients stay focused and confident as they master their full recovery potential. To learn more about our services and activities, call us today: 888-551-4715.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Tips for a Safe and Sober Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day weekend is almost here and it’s usually filled with parades, barbecues – and lots of temptation for those in recovery from a substance use disorder. Take heart: You can be social and sober and have fun as you kick off the summer. Keep these tips in mind: 
    • Get plenty of rest. Even though it’s a holiday weekend, do your best to stick to your regular sleep schedule. Being well rested will make it easier to think clearly and make smart decisions.
    • Keep active. Don’t forgo your exercise routine – and, if you have extra time, do a little more this long weekend. A little physical activity can go a long way in help you feel strong and confident in your recovery. Plus, you’ll simply be in a better mood! 
    • Prepare ahead for questions. Remember, you only have to share as much as you feel comfortable sharing about your recovery. So, if someone questions why you’re not drinking, it’s okay to say something like “I don’t drink anymore” or “I don’t feel like drinking” – no lengthy explanation required. 
    • Create a gratitude list – and carry it with you. If you feel yourself getting anxious or tempted, refer to this list to remind yourself of all you’ve achieved in your recovery and how grateful you are to be sober and alive! 
    • Use breathing techniques. You can take a minute or two to focus on your breathing and no one even has to know about it. This will help you stay calm as well as quell any cravings or anxiety you may be experiencing. 
    • Bring a sober friend. Extra support is always a good idea in social situations that involve alcohol. Stay close to one another and make sure you have a meeting spot and exit strategy if one of you becomes too overwhelmed. 
    Making Better Choices Year-Round
    Learning to make better choices is a key element of the sober living program at Haus Recovery. During your stay, you will learn to maintain your abstinence, embrace the fun in a life of recovery, and acquire the skills needed to make these changes last. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Your Guide to Food Safety

    Now that you’re likely cooking for yourself (which is a healthy step that deserves a pat on the back in itself!), it’s important to know the facts about foodborne illness. 

    In fact, one in six Americans gets sick every year from food poisoning, according to And you may be at further risk due to a comprised immune system from years of substance abuse. The good news: It’s pretty easy to protect yourself. 

    Start by following these safety tips for prepping, cooking and storing food.
    • Wash cutting boards, knives, cooking utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water after each use.
    • Scrub hands in warm water with soap (for 20 to 30 seconds) both before and after handling food.
    • Sanitize sponges and replace frequently. Hint: Pop the sponge in the microwave for one minute or run it through the hot cycle in the dishwasher. 
    • Use separate cutting boards for raw foods or clean boards and knives with hot, soapy water between each use to avoid cross-contamination. 
    • Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood in the refrigerator. Place these items on the bottom shelf so that juices don’t drip onto other foods.
    • Use a food thermometer to be sure food is cooked to a safe internal temperature: 
      • Beef, pork, lamb: 145°F 
      • Fish: 145°F 
      • Ground beef, pork, lamb: 160°F 
      • Turkey, chicken, duck: 165°F
    • Keep perishable foods refrigerated at or below 40°F within two hours. If the outside temperature is 90°F or higher, it’s best to do this within one hour. 
    • Always marinate foods in the refrigerator -- and never on the counter.
    • Learn the language:
      • “Sell by” date: the last day a store should sell that package. 
      • “Best if used by” date: a suggestion to achieve best flavor or quality. Note: If this date has recently passed, the food should be safe if stored and handled properly.
      • “Use by” date: the manufacturer’s last date recommended for peak quality. 
    A Healthy Diet at Haus Recovery
    As part of our comprehensive sober living services, we offer clients cooking classes and dietary support. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    4 Steps for Sober Living

    Congrats! If you’re reading this, you’ve likely reached the point where you’re ready to embrace a new life of sobriety. Though it might sounds silly, an important step in supporting your new healthy lifestyle is making a schedule and organizing your environment. This way, you’ll have more time and energy to devote to your overall health and long-term recovery goals. Get started with these steps:

    1. Make organization a priority. Look around your home and begin to slowly clear the clutter. This is your sanctuary, where you rest, rejuvenate and enjoy solitude. You can’t do that if the place is a mess.
    2. Do the “trash-bag tango.” Take 10 minutes each day to walk around your home and fill one bag with trash and one bag with items to donate. Try it every day for a month, and you’ll likely be pleased with the results.
    3. Make a schedule and to-do list. A weekly schedule can help you to restore or establish a normal routine, which is incredibly helpful in the early stages of recovery. On your to-do list could be items like doing the laundry on Monday after work or changing the bedding each Sunday morning, or even getting the car washed. Make sure to prioritize the list so it’s easier to tackle.
    4. Use that positive momentum. It may seem simple but tasks like making your bed every morning can help you harness the power of momentum. Each time you cross things off your daily to-do list, you’ll boost your self-confidence and take one step closer to your long-term sobriety goals.
    Our Amenities Support Your Recovery
    At HAUS Recovery, you’ll acquire the skills needed to live independently, re-enter your family relationships, thrive in the workplace, and find your purpose without relying on drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. To learn more about our sober living amenities, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    5 Questions to Ask Your Doc

    Now that you’ve committed to staying sober, there’s no better time to take charge of your overall health. Your annual checkup is a great starting point, so be sure to make an appointment this spring. And bring along these questions to ensure you have a productive conversation with your doctor.

    1. What screenings do I need at my age? Depending on your sex and age, there are a variety of preventative screenings that should be part of your health checklist. Some common ones:
    • Diabetes/blood sugar testing
    • Blood pressure
    • Cholesterol
    • HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
    • BMI (body mass index)
    • Bone health 
    2. What should I be doing to prevent illness? For example, you may discuss any immunizations like flu, shingles or pneumonia, in addition to using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer or taking aspirin to ward off a heart attack.

    3. Am I eating right? Years of addiction can deplete you body of vital nutrients, so you may have some specific nutritional needs in order to stay healthy and reduce your risk of chronic conditions. Work with your doctor to come up with an eating plan that's right for your health and sober lifestyle. 

    4. Should I exercise more often? Regular exercise is a surefire way to keep your mind and body healthy – and to safeguard your recovery. Talk with your doctor about a comprehensive exercise program that includes aerobic exercise and strength training.

    5. What other doctors do I need to see? You may need to see a few more specialists to complete your good-health picture. For example, you’ll need annual visits with the dentist and eye doctor. Discuss any other potential health problems with your doctor to see if a referral to a specialist makes sense. For example, if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you may need an appointment with a mental health professional.

    A Healthier Lifestyle With Deeper Purpose
    At Haus Recovery, we help our clients stay focused, maintain a positive attitude and care for themselves in order to attain their full recovery potential. To learn more about our services and activities, call us today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    3 Ways to Manage Work-Related Stress

    A big part of staying sober is learning how to manage stress, which unfortunately, is unavoidable and ever-present in many aspects of daily life. 

    According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual Stress in America Survey, 65 percent of Americans say work is a top source of stress. What’s more, only 37 percent of those surveyed admit to doing a good job managing the stress.

    There’s no denying that having a job can be a powerful tool in helping you to live a happy, healthy and sober life. Work can boost your self-esteem and sense of responsibility in addition to providing income, stability, normalcy and a sense of community.  It’s important to note, however, that job-related stress can also pose risks to your long-term recovery. Luckily, a little effort can go a long way in dealing with work stressors.

    Your first step: Figuring out the exact source(s) of your stress. According to the APA, the most common work-related stressors include:
    • Low salaries
    • Excessive workloads
    • Few opportunities for growth or advancement
    • Work that isn't engaging or challenging
    • Lack of social support
    • Not having enough control over job-related decisions
    • Conflicting demands or unclear performance expectations
    Returning to work after rehab may also pose some additional stressors, including:
    • Resentment from colleagues over your past job performance, attitude or absenteeism
    • Anxiety over social situations or work obligations that may involve alcohol
    • Low self-esteem or self-doubt regarding your own capabilities and job performance
    • Gossiping co-workers
    You Can Take Steps to Control Stress
    To manage these stressors, the APA suggests the following tips:

    Journal your stressors. Write down which situations create the most stress and how you reacted. For example, did you raise your voice? Get a snack from the vending machine? Go for a walk? This can help you find patterns among your stressors and your reactions to them.

    Develop healthy responses. Do your best to make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise and be sure to set aside time for the activities/hobbies that bring you pleasure. Some ideas:
    • Exercise     
    • Yoga
    • Reading
    • Playing games with your family
    Seek out support. Turn to a trusted friend or family member to help you better cope with stress. You may also consider talking to your employer, who may have stress management resources available through an employee assistance program (EAP).

    Post-Treatment Support for Men & Women
    At Haus Recovery, we provide our clients with continued support as they transition from a secure recovery environment to the stressors found in daily life. To learn more: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Don't Let Negative Feelings Hold You Back!

    Letting go of the guilt and shame of addiction can be a tricky process. But beating yourself up for past wrongs is not healthy — nor is it good for long-term sobriety. Negative self-talk can hold you back and increase your risk of relapse.

    Luckily, a few simple steps can help you own your past, focus on the positive and enjoy your new sober life – without letting pesky feelings about your past get in the way!

    Try journaling. You likely did this as part of your rehab and there’s no reason to stop now. Journaling is easy and super therapeutic. Try it: The next time you feel regret about a past action or decision, write it down. This will make it easier to take responsibility and move on.

    Take a deep breath. Focused breathing can help prevent your mind from becoming consumed by guilt, self-doubt or shame. So the next time you feel any of these negative emotions, stop and take a deep breath. Then, remind yourself of all of the good things you’ve done and how proud you should be of your hard-won sobriety.

    Stick with group therapy. Group therapy is a great way to work through any fears or negative feelings and to feel supported in your new sober life.

    Help someone else. Doing something nice for someone else is a surefire way to squash any negative feelings you have about yourself. So go ahead and buy a cup of coffee for your coworker or cook a special treat for your neighbor.

    Help Yourself and Others at Haus Recovery
    During your stay at the HAUS, we hope you take advantage of the mentorship offered, and in turn, benefit fellow residents with your personal recovery insights. In time, everyone grows in strength and empowerment as they share both doubts and successes. To learn more about our mentoring services, call today: 888-551-4715.

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    7 Ways to Improve Digestive Health

    Now that you’ve worked hard to become sober, you’re in a much better position to care for your body, including your gut. Years of alcohol or drug abuse most likely did a number on your digestive health — and you may still be battling with issues ranging from indigestion to constipation.

    The good news: Digestive discomfort doesn't have to become a fact of life. Some simple diet and lifestyle tweaks can help your digestive system absorb nutrients and keep things running smoothly. What’s more, a healthy gut can help your mood, too. Studies suggest that gut bacteria can play a key role in anxiety and depression.

    1. Pay attention to fiber. Aim for 25 grams a fiber per day, say experts. The easiest way to meet this goal is to go for whole grains, eat beans a few times per week and have several servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
    2. Stay hydrated. Drinking water is perhaps the best and easiest way to stay regular. H20 helps to dissolve fats and soluble fiber. 
    3. Get moving. Physical activity helps your organs work better by speeding up digestion, increasing blood flow and stimulating muscles in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract.
    4. Be pro probiotics. Found in foods like yogurt and kefir, probiotics (“good bacteria”) are pretty powerful when it comes to preventing and alleviating many conditions that affect the GI tract. 
    5. Cut back on the coffee and cigarettes. Whether alone or combined, these stimulants spell bad news for your digestive health, resulting in heartburn and ulcers.
    6. Stay away from super-sized meals. Eating small, frequent meals is your best bet for better digestion. This is because eating or drinking too much at a single sitting can cause bloating, fullness and reflux. Similarly, don’t eat too fast. Your body needs time to properly digest the nutrients you’re giving to it. 
    7. Keep stress in check. Unmanaged stressed is bad for your whole body, including your digestive system. Try incorporating yoga or meditation into your sober living activities.
    A Healthy Diet at Haus Recovery
    As part of our comprehensive sober living services, we offer clients cooking classes and dietary support. To learn more, call today: 888-551-4715.