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The Benefits of Alcohol Recovery for teens in a Longmont IOP

The Benefits of Alcohol Recovery for Teens in a Longmont IOP

By Community

The reality of the situation is teen drinking is still a serious issue in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), “People ages 12 to 20 drink 3.4% of all alcohol consumed in the United States …. More than 90% of all alcohol drinks consumed by youth are consumed through binge drinking.” The NIAAA adds, “In 2021, 3.2 million youth ages 12 to 20 reported binge drinking at least once in the past month.” These statistics are emblematic of why alcohol recovery for teen populations is critical, as well as alcohol recovery for teens in a Longmont IOP.

Understanding the Prevalence and Dangers of Teen Drinking

Alcohol is still the number one substance abused by teens (as well as all other age groups). The issue with teens is that drinking can cause some serious problems. These problems include academic problems, behavioral problems, familial problems, and developmental problems.

Many people don’t realize just how developmentally dangerous teen drinking can be. According to the 2020 article Alcohol and the Developing Adolescent Brain, “The high rates of teen drinking, and binge drinking in particular, are concerning because adolescence is a period of significant neural, social, emotional, and cognitive development. While teens may physically look like adults, their brains do not typically reach adult‐level maturation until around age. Therefore, any disturbances to brain development during this critical growth period could have long‐lasting effects.” These specific negative effects on teens are also why specific teen recovery programs are important.

The Importance of Teen-Specific Alcohol Recovery Programs and a Longmont IOP

Individualized care is critical for all populations in need of recovery. This certainly includes teens. Teens have many social issues that have to be navigated when it comes to recovery.

These are social issues that often relate to friend groups that can be triggering to teens trying to get sober. There are also issues of guilt and shame that teens may feel due to the stigmas that they perceive around going into recovery young. There are also issues with teens entering recovery because they don’t want to interrupt their academic careers too much (though, of course, recovery must always come first when it comes to addiction).

Teen-specific alcohol recovery programs, including a Longmont IOP, take all of these specific dynamics into account. These types of specific recovery programs offer an experience in which teens can connect and share their experiences, which can help to alleviate those feelings of guilt and shame. They can also utilize teen programs to stay closely connected to their recovery plan while also keeping connected with their academic lives. This is also what they can do in a Longmont IOP.

The Benefits of Utilizing a Longmont IOP

Teens can utilize a Longmont IOP to recover while also staying connected to the responsibilities they have to outside entities. Yes, this includes academics, but it also includes staying connected and recovering with their families.

A Longmont IOP also leaves plenty of time for teens to connect to teen-specific recovery communities. These include teen 12-Step communities which are vibrant and well established in Longmont, Colorado. 

A Longmont IOP can also help teens avoid a relapse by helping them remain accountable to their recovery plan. This is important as many people don’t realize just how prevalent relapses in the U.S. actually are. According to the peer-reviewed article Addiction Relapse Prevention, “One primary concern in addiction treatment is the high rate of relapses within a short period after even the most intensive treatment. Many studies have shown relapse rates of approximately 50% within the first 12 weeks after completion of intensive inpatient programs that often last 4 to 12 weeks or more and can cost tens of thousands of dollars.”

Healing at the Cellular Level With The Redpoint Center and a Longmont IOP

Here at The Redpoint Center, we don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all,” “cookie-cutter” recovery. We have found that this type of recovery rarely works. That is why we always create individualized recovery plans for all of our clients. This includes our teenage clients.

We also understand that teens can be apprehensive about going into recovery. They often feel like they are too young and that they will end up on the outside looking in when they head back into their day-to-day lives. The reality is that sobriety is more popular than ever as people are becoming more and more aware of how dangerous alcohol use is and how much alcohol can interrupt a teen’s positive trajectory and promise.

Our primary purpose is to help anyone struggling with mental illness or addiction recover in the long term. The purpose becomes all the more promising when we help teens avoid a long life of active addiction and get their lives on track in their prime. When this happens, we know that our primary purpose is being fulfilled and, for that, we remain excited and grateful always.

Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) can be particularly helpful for those teens looking to recover from alcohol addiction. Longmont, Colorado, has some excellent IOP options for teens ready to get sober. Longmont is also an ideal place for anyone to get sober as it has a great ratio of nature to cityscape as well as a vibrant recovery community. If you feel like you or someone you love is struggling with issues of alcohol addiction, mental illness, or both, we can help get you on the path of positive recovery. For more information about the benefits of IOPs in Longmont, please reach out to The Redpoint Center today at (303) 710-8496.

Recovery In Colorado: The Importance Of Collaboration In The Recovery Community

Recovery in Colorado: The Importance of Collaboration in the Recovery Community

By Community

There is a maxim that is often used in the rooms of 12-Step Recovery. It goes, “This is a we program, not a me program.” Admittedly, this can come off as a bit cliche. However, there is a reason that it is still being said daily in a program that has helped millions of people and their families recover over the last 88 years. It’s true! Also, it’s not just true for individuals; it’s true for recovery centers and treatment facilities as well. They work best when they work together. Thankfully, this is what recovery in Colorado often looks like.

Recovery in Colorado: Choosing the Right Treatment Center

One of the most important decisions a person may ever have to make is whether or not to seek addiction and/or mental health treatment. Second to that difficult choice is what treatment center to choose. This is critical because making the right choice early on can help to avoid relapse and a similar choice down the road.

The truth is that early recovery can be a raw time. That is why connecting to the right recovery center right away can be so pivotal. So the question then becomes, “What makes a recovery center the right recovery center?” Of course, the answer to that question is more complex than a simple “this or that.”

There are a few primary factors that should come into play when it comes to choosing the right recovery center. The biggest one is whether or not they offer the right type of treatment program that fits the individual’s needs. For example, an individual who is struggling with the more severe stages of addiction or mental illness may need to be sure that the center they choose either has – or has access to – a proper detox facility and detox professionals. There is another factor that many people often don’t consider: How involved is the recovery center involved in the rest of the community?

The Importance of Community in Recovery

When it comes to recovery, it is important not to get “tunnel vision.” It is crucial to remember that there are many great options for not only helping us recover but to help us enrich our recovery. The same concept applies to recovery centers.

Quality recovery centers should have visibility in the local community. This is especially true when it comes to working with others engaged in the recovery community and aspects of the community that have a mission of enriching the area. Recovery in Colorado is no different.

For example, The Redpoint Center recently participated in the Harmony Golf Tournament and helped support the Colorado community that has given so much support back over the years. This is what recovery in Colorado is all about.

The Importance of Collaboration in Recovery

However, engaging with the local recovery community is about more than volunteer work and charity events. It is also about the recovery and treatment centers supporting each other and holding each other accountable.

There is a reason that a recovery center will often make sure a client has as many connections as possible in their phone before they leave the facility. That is because it is important to have someone to lean on when times feel a bit rocky and to be there for others when they need it too. Being of service is a very vital part of recovery, and staying connected helps ensure that opportunities to be of service are readily available.

The same is true of recovery centers. When choosing a recovery center, it should be comforting to know that not only do they have the support of other reputable facilities but that they have a network that can ensure all the treatment angles are covered. For example, if there is a treatment option that isn’t working, a collaborative recovery community can come together and find a better one that will. Yes, recovery in Colorado is always better as a “we” effort.

Does the Treatment Center Have Connections in the Recovery Community?

When researching a treatment center, it is important to do some due diligence and see what other people in the recovery community have to say about them and also to see how active they are in the community.

If researching and nothing seems to turn up, the question that should be asked is, “Why?” Then it may be time to research some other places.

Recovery in Colorado: Our Primary Purpose at The Redpoint Center

Here at The Redpoint Center, we believe in giving back to our community, and we believe in engaging with others in our field to make us better.

Ultimately the recovery community should have one unified goal in mind: to help as many people as possible recover and to stay recovered for the long haul. That is our philosophy, and that is what we are proud to continue to offer the recovery community in Colorado.

The concept of “when we help others in recovery, we are ultimately helping ourselves stay recovered” must also apply to the treatment center. Choosing a recovery center that knows the importance of collaboration and also has the support of other treatment facilities and professionals should factor into the decision when seeking help. If you feel like you or a loved one may be struggling with issues of mental health and/or addiction, please understand that you are not alone. We can help you and your entire family recover. For more information regarding the importance of collaborations and connections in the Colorado recovery community, please reach out to The Redpoint Center today at (303) 710-8496.

The Role of a Dedicated Recovery Community

The Role of a Dedicated Recovery Community

By Addiction, Community

Overcoming the effects of addiction is never something a person must face alone. A dedicated recovery community plays an integral role in helping those in recovery explore their best recovery practices while making lasting connections. Engagement in dedicated treatment programs and communities is instrumental in helping each person further their own goals in sobriety. Making the most of each person’s time in these communities is necessary to reap their transformative benefits throughout the journey to a healthy, sober future.

The Importance of a Dedicated Recovery Community

Addiction is an isolating experience. Relationships can deteriorate as a result of substance use as emotional states are tested, risk-taking behaviors and isolation become prevalent, and new stresses manifest. For some, pervasive stigmas can make it difficult to reach out to others for help in overcoming addiction. In contrast, others may find it difficult to address the inherent challenges of addiction recovery if they do not feel supported or understood along their complicated journey.

Connecting with others who are understanding and sympathetic to the challenges of the disease is necessary to create a comprehensive approach to each person’s recovery and overcome the devastating effects of isolation that may still be common.

Isolation can bring intense feelings of anxiety, depression, and more, compounding these already prevalent dangers throughout recovery. Additionally, isolation can even compromise an individual’s motivation to continue pursuing their recovery and sobriety if they feel alone in their journey, either feeling like such transformations are impossible or not worth the effort, birthing greater urges and cravings and informing the risk of relapse in recovery. Getting connected to a community of peers and professionals alike in outpatient treatment is instrumental in overcoming the challenges of addiction recovery and creating a healthy mindset for continued success.

Using the Benefits of a Dedicated Recovery Community

Recovery communities are instrumental in transforming each individual throughout their recovery journey. There is no way to perfectly predict all of the ways in which an individual may encounter stress throughout their journey. Understanding how recovery communities can aid at every stage of recovery is necessary for making the most of their benefits for overcoming both new and known challenges throughout the journey to sobriety.

Creating Relationships

Building new and supportive relationships is a core part of the recovery process, and dedicated recovery communities are instrumental in facilitating these connections. It can be difficult to connect with peers, old friends, or even family throughout the recovery process, especially as an individual is working hard to change their lifestyle and hobbies. A dedicated recovery community is necessary to introduce an individual to others navigating their own changes, all with a sober focus and mindset.

While unfortunate, it may be necessary to distance oneself from previous social groups if they do not understand the need for sobriety or are actively enabling or unsupportive of such a decision. Replacing these social circles with new communities is necessary for maintaining a person’s sobriety in daily life.

The lifelong relationships found in recovery can be wholly transformative, celebrating each and every sober milestone with the utmost support, understanding, and care. Being able to establish these relationships, communicate effectively, and more is one of the major benefits of these communities. Using these communities to meet peers and form a new identity, social circle, and more is necessary for sustained sobriety.

Maintaining Accountability

Recovery is difficult, and there is no simple way to navigate its challenges. Accountability is crucial throughout the recovery process to ensure that an individual is acting in their best interests and to empower those in recovery to be accountable for their successes and triumphs as much as mistakes and challenges. Recovery communities can provide a constant source of perspective and accountability, ensuring that recovery and sobriety are approached with the right mindset and focus.

Developing New Skills

The personalization of each and every recovery journey is instrumental to its success, and a dedicated recovery community can be a constant source of new information, strategies, and perspectives that can continue to influence a person’s sobriety from their first step into the world of sobriety throughout ongoing outpatient care. Relying on peers for new therapeutic ideas, uplifting each other through challenges, and exploring new hobbies are all powerful influences that communities can provide to those in recovery.

Embracing Redpoint’s Community

Redpoint is committed to not just personal healing, but healing for the entire community, fostering transformative environments for those continuing to manage their sobriety in outpatient care. By creating a comprehensive and effective community across multiple locations in Colorado, Redpoint is designed to be a place of camaraderie and change. Each individual journey is personalized and backed by a community of peers and professionals alike to further explore the possibilities available in sobriety.

Exploring outside community groups, and using Redpoint to find your best community in recovery, from 12-Step programs to non-12-Step options and more, is part of the personal journey of recovery. Overcoming addiction is always difficult, but it is never a journey that should be taken alone. Dedicated recovery groups and continued engagement in understanding communities can make for the best mentality and comprehensive approach to a transformed, sober future.

Effective recovery and sobriety are most effective when supported by a community of peers and supports. Redpoint is here to introduce you to a community of like-minded peers and professionals today. We believe in the communal power of healing, incorporating not just a collection of sympathetic and understanding people to help you navigate the complexities of addiction recovery but also the local communities across Colorado to create a sense of belonging and comfort. We champion the opportunity to help you find your most effective recovery community for sustained sobriety and effective support both inside and outside our walls. For more information on how our communities can support your sober transformation, call us today at (303) 710-8496.

Spiritual Awakening Through Recovery From Addiction

By Addiction, Alcohol Rehab, Community, Featured, Longmont Drug Rehab, Media, Mental Health, Misc, Therapy, Treatment

Before I got sober, I had a pretty negative outlook on religion. I thought it was just a bunch of rules and regulations with no real substance. But as I progressed in my recovery, I started to see how spirituality could be an integral part of the process—something that gave me hope and helped me stay focused on my goal of remaining sober.

When I first entered recovery, the idea of finding spirituality through religion didn’t seem appealing to me. After all, religion had been something that caused me a lot of pain and hurt in the past. However, as time went on and I got more involved in the recovery community, I realized that there was something deeper to spiritual awakening than just dogma and doctrine.

The main thing that helped me make peace with religion was learning about the concept of “Higher Power” or “God” – whatever name works for you. This is an idea that can be interpreted in many different ways, but essentially it boils down to believing in some kind of power greater than yourself that can help guide you through difficult times and provide you with strength when you need it most. For me, this meant learning to trust myself and others around me—something that was incredibly hard for me to do before getting sober.

I also began to understand how important belief systems are for people in recovery. Having a strong set of beliefs can give us the foundation we need to stay on track with our sobriety goals and help us cope with life’s challenges without turning back to drugs or alcohol as a crutch. Even if those beliefs don’t include traditional religious values, having something like meditation or mindfulness practices can provide us with a sense of peace and connection that we might not have found any other way.

As someone who used to be skeptical about religious principles, I now understand how they can be helpful when it comes to recovering from addiction. It’s amazing how much we can learn about ourselves when we open our minds up to new ideas and experiences! Spiritual awakening doesn’t have to come from any one particular place; instead it’s an individual journey where each person finds their own path towards inner peace and joy. No matter what your beliefs may be, taking time each day for self-reflection can provide great insight into your personal journey away from addiction towards wellness and health!

The Good Thing About Feeling Bad

By Addiction, Alcohol Rehab, Community, Featured, Longmont Drug Rehab, Mental Health, Misc, Therapy, Treatment

A potentially hollow greeting most of us hear on a near-daily basis: “How are you?” sets us up for failure without question. This is because most often we respond with “good,” “fine,” or my personal favorite “living the dream!” Unfortunately, the number of times I’ve answered this question I was not actually living the dream, most often I felt quite different on the inside but was too scared to answer their question honestly. When we hear this question, we so often have our “real” answer and one that we want to share, and due to social constructs and anxiety, we often avoid sharing any negative or “bad” experience when that is truly where we are at. Why do we do this? What makes us scared of living up to our authentic selves when given the opportunity by someone to share how we are doing? Unless it is the case where this person doesn’t want to know how we truly are doing (DUN DUN DUUUUUN). Although this may be true, the underlying experience of the question surrounds an underlying experience that many of us have in common, we don’t want to admit to others that we feel “bad.” 


When people share, they feel bad or “not good” has always left me with a strong question mark over my head, but something we all can admit we’ve experienced. Bad is a human experience that includes so much, including rejection, sad, grieving, anger, anxiety, and so much more. When we feel the tightness of our chest from anxiety, the hot sweaty rush to our head from anger, or the overwhelming heaviness that is grief; we boil it down to one simple word: “bad.” Although this word could come across as all-encompassing, it leaves out a strong long-term implication of each of these emotions, in that none of them are bad. Each of these emotions, although loaded with fear and stress, they serve very specific functions for our bodies, minds, and souls to help us grow, learn about ourselves, and develop resiliency for the future. My hope in writing this blog today is to identify where these fear-based experiences stem from, the factors that influence them, and in turn reframe the experience of these emotions away from bad and into a better understanding of how much good they can do for us in hopes of promoting better self-love and acceptance for all parts of our experience, despite how much they can hurt at times.  


What are good and bad emotions? Most stereotypically we often associate good with happy, excited, content, joy, love, or satisfied. We are taught to seek these experiences as our purpose in life, in that we should always seek to feel these things to be satisfied with life. When we have this expectation, black-and-white thinking is present, leading us to perceive any other experience to be bad. But where does this experience stem from? One major factor that is often discussed is underlying messages from the media that we consume. This has influenced the internalization of high expectations by presenting people doing well with strong connections, love, admiration, and self-confidence. When characters do not have this, we often experience the exact opposite, disconnection and hatred from others. Due to us being social beings, we fear the exile of disconnection. An example of this would be how movies and TV shows instill messages of how we “should” feel about emotions. Imagine the common scenario of a high school lunchroom and the new kid is walking around trying to find a spot, when watching it we feel our skin crawl and heart race in embarrassment for that kiddo. Inevitably that kid escapes the situation by skipping lunch, eating in the bathroom, or eating by themselves. In this, we learn not only the physical reactions to that situation, but we recognize that embarrassment is bad and something to escape. This situation is one among so many that we covertly learn how to feel each time we watch TV, a movie, or even listen to some music. 


Another major factor that influences this dichotomous thinking is attachment perceptions growing up. Our early experiences have a strong influence on the way we interact with both ourselves and others in that the messages we receive when expressing our emotions throughout our life. If I receive the message growing up that when I act happy, content, or calm I get to experience love, affection, and compassion from others, specifically parent or guardian figures. However, on the contrary, if I learn that if I show anger, fear, or anxiety and that leads to disconnection or personal failure, then I am going to avoid with every fiber of my being to stay connected to those around me by being “good.” Even if this comes with long-term consequences of increased anxiety, depression, trauma, and even physical problems such as heart disease or cancer. This strong aversion to any negative feelings will enable us to attempt to avoid sharing our negative feelings with others, because long story short, we believe it will end with rejection from others, leading to us rejecting crucial parts of ourselves. We hope for a better connection with others, but because we hide parts of ourselves, we end up disconnecting from everything and everyone. This rejection can make us walk away with stories or narratives about ourselves that are rooted in shame, negativity, and just aren’t true. 


One thing that is often lost when it comes to “bad” emotions is the incredible functionality of them and how much they help us. Whether it’s anger giving us the strength and adrenaline to state and uphold our boundaries and protect ourselves or sadness allowing us to recognize the underlying hurt and suffering that we hold, these emotions allow us to feel most connected to ourselves. On another side of things, they allow others to better understand what our needs are! If you’re with a friend or loved one and they begin to cry, we automatically know that they need connection and compassion. This is an innate human experience and the more these underlying cultural and attachment narratives tell us things like sadness or anger are bad, the more we disconnect from others, ourselves, and our needs. 


So, if I learned to hide all my negative feelings growing up and disconnect from myself does that mean I’m just screwed? Of course not! The beauty of the situation is there is still time to change our perceptions and embrace all parts of ourselves using corrective emotional experiences. This comes in two different forms, interpersonal and intrapersonal. Interpersonal corrective experiences come from our interactions with other people, meaning giving all parts of ourselves and specifically our nervous systems experiences that challenge the underlying narratives. For example, if a child grows up experiencing emotional neglect from their parents when they experience anger, shame, or fear, they could walk away with the belief that they are undeserving of love or there is something innately wrong about them. This can enable this child throughout their life to disconnect from others by pushing them away or using substances/behaviors to rupture relationships. This happens because these underlying narratives are so strong that they convince us all the way down to our innate bodily experiences that we will be rejected, so we need to push them away before they can hurt us. A corrective experience can look like allowing our example person (whether still in childhood or as an adult) to experience both their negative emotions (e.g., fear, anger, shame) and still retain the relationship and not experience rejection. Although this is a vulnerable experience, over time it can change the underlying narrative if they experience negative emotions and still get their needs met. On the other side of this intrapersonal corrective emotional experiences stem from our internal experience and can look like strongly internalized self-love and compassion. Essentially giving the same acceptance and care from our example of an interpersonal corrective experience and make it all our own acceptance and compassion of ourselves when we feel negative. 


These experiences show the beauty and “good” that comes from “bad” emotions. Although we can be taught by family, media, school, and friend groups that these bad emotions are something to avoid or to be shameful of, they are the innate thing that helps us grow. The more we reject parts of our own experience, the more we disconnect from ourselves and others and in turn, the worse things get. I encourage anyone reading this to be more curious about your negative emotions. What are they there for? How do they make you feel physically? Get to know and accept all parts of yourself and I hope the negative parts feel lighter because of it. 


Staying Sober During the Holidays

By Addiction, Alcohol Rehab, Community, Featured, Mental Health, Misc, Therapy, Treatment

The holidays can be a joyous time of year for most, but for those struggling with substance abuse, it can present a unique set of challenges. With the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be easy to slip back into old habits. However, with the right strategies, you can stay sober during the holidays and still enjoy the festivities. There are many ways to stay healthy and happy during the holiday season, from attending support group meetings to setting realistic goals for yourself. By taking the time to plan ahead and create a solid foundation for yourself, you can stay sober and enjoy the holidays without the risk of relapse. With the right attitude and the right tools, you can make the most of the season and have a sober and happy holiday.


Learn To Enjoy Yourself

When we let life pass us by while we’re focused on our next drink, we miss out on a lot of things. Substance abuse doesn’t just impact your health, but it also impacts your relationships, your finances, and your ability to be productive and happy in life. By letting your drinking consume you, you miss out on all of the other aspects of life that make it worth living. Spending time with friends and family, exploring new hobbies, or pursuing a passion are all great ways to let go of the stress of the season and just enjoy the moment. Creating new traditions or building on old ones is another great way to focus on enjoying the season. By taking time to appreciate the traditions you grew up with and adding your own spin to them, you can create new memories to cherish for years to come.


Focus on Gratitude

One of the best ways to stay happy during the holidays is to shift your focus from negativity to gratitude. Instead of dwelling on the stress of the season or the fact that you don’t have enough time to get everything done, focus on what you have to be thankful for. This can be as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for each day or setting aside time to help someone in need. By taking time to be thankful for the things in life you have, you shift your focus away from being overwhelmed by the things you don’t have time for or the things you’re lacking. This can help you stay grounded and use the holiday season as an opportunity to give back to others.


Use the Time to Give Back To Others

While the holidays can be a great time to spend with loved ones, it can also be a busy and stressful season. By taking the time to give back to others in need, you can shift the focus of the season away from your own stress and create a positive impact in the world. Whether you volunteer at a soup kitchen, collect toys for children in need, or help make decorations for someone’s house, giving back at this time of year is a great way to stay healthy and happy. The holidays are a perfect time to do this, as many organizations are in need of help during this busy time of year. Taking the time to help others is one of the best ways to stay focused on gratitude and stay healthy and happy during the season.


Let Yourself Get Swept Up in the Season

While it’s important to stay focused on staying healthy and happy, it’s also important to let yourself get swept up in the holiday spirit. By letting yourself get lost in the season, you can make the most of the festivities while staying sober. You can do this by creating a fun holiday schedule for yourself, setting goals for the season, and accepting help when needed. By setting goals for yourself during this busy time of year, such as attending a certain number of events or finishing a project you’ve been working on, you can use this as a motivator to stay on track with your health and happiness goals. Being open to receiving help when needed is another great way to stay happy and healthy during this busy time of year.


With all of the festivities, family gatherings, and temptations, it can be difficult to remain committed to sobriety. However, with the right strategies and support, it is possible to stay healthy and happy throughout the holiday season. By developing self-awareness, having an open dialogue with family and friends, and creating a safe environment, those in recovery can stay on the right track. This article will explore the different strategies for staying sober during the holidays, and how to stay healthy and happy while doing so.

Meditation for People Who Hate Meditating

By Addiction, Alcohol Rehab, Community, Featured, Mental Health, Misc, Therapy, Treatment

Most people are aware of the benefits that mediation brings; reduced stress and anxiety, increased self-awareness, improved memory and sleep, just to name a few. Nobody is going to argue that focusing the mind and practicing mindfulness isn’t a good thing. The problem is that for many, the path to finding that quiet place seems to be very narrow. A lot of people have an idea in their head about what mediation is: sitting quietly, alone, and turning off your thoughts for extended periods of time. While this is certainly one method that many use to practice mediation, the reality is that it does not work for everybody. The good news is that there are an almost infinite number of ways that someone can practice getting out of their own head and practicing mindfulness. Here are just three examples of meditative practices for people who hate meditating.

Mindful Cooking

 This isn’t the hurried meal that gets thrown together after a long day at work. It’s crucial to not rush when practicing mindful cooking in order for it to be a contemplative and soothing activity. Just as you would make time to exercise, set aside some time to prepare a meal. Consider cooking as a form of self-care rather than a duty. By approaching meal preparation in this manner, you may immerse yourself in it rather than just concentrating on getting it done. The goal of meditation is to enjoy the journey.

Of course, you get to eat what you make. That is the best aspect of mindful cooking. Traditional meditation certainly has many health advantages, but those advantages are not often as apparent as the immediate enjoyment of a wonderful meal. Feel good about yourself since you not only made time for yourself to unwind, but you also prepared a satisfying meal. The best way to nourish both your body and mind is to thoughtfully prepare your food.

The process of cooking a meal intuitively incorporates all five of the senses. Be intentional about paying attention to them during the activity. The sounds of the knife hitting the cutting board, the smells of the onions sautéing, the feel of the dough in your fingers. Cooking a meal is the perfect space to connect with yourself and your surroundings using your senses.



 Mindful exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Even though rhythmic exercise alone can help you reduce stress, the benefits increase if you practice mindfulness at the same time.

In order to engage in mindful exercise, you must be totally present in the moment—paying attention to how your body feels rather than your regular cares or anxieties. Concentrate on the feelings in your limbs and how your breathing accompanies your movement to “switch off” your thoughts.

Focus on the physicality of each step when you’re walking or running, for instance—the sensation of your feet contacting the ground, and the rhythm of your breathing as you move. If you find that your mind starts to wonder, try to bring them back to your breathing and movement.



A good jigsaw puzzle can be captivating, whether you’re finishing it by yourself or with family or friends. They also promote mindfulness and assist with brain function, which are both long-lasting advantages. Being mindful involves paying attention to our bodies’ current activities and our feelings. In today’s quick-paced, technologically dependent environment, it’s a useful ability to have.

The level of thought, patience, and focus required by puzzles is sure to stretch the intellect. It’s meditative and enjoyable to focus while sorting among the pieces or gazing at the image for extended periods of time. Our brains release dopamine as we put two puzzle pieces together, which enhances our motivation, mood, and memory.

Spending hours putting together hundreds of puzzle pieces may seem like a mindless activity but can in fact be a great exercise in mindfulness if some intentionality is incorporated. Think about the challenge in front of you and understand that no external or internal factors are going to affect the end result of this project in front of you. Allow yourself to get lost and forget what time it is, enjoy your heart rate slowing down. Enjoy the process.



The Importance of Community in Recovery

By Addiction, Alcohol Rehab, Community, Featured, Longmont Drug Rehab, Mental Health, Misc, Treatment

When somebody is trying to recover from a battle with drugs and alcohol, there are several things that need to be addressed.  Physically, the drugs and alcohol need to leave the body and the person needs some time to heal.  There is often a need for clinical or therapeutic work so that the recovering addict and start to understand themselves and their relationship with drugs on a deeper level.

There is one piece of the recovery process that is often overlooked: the need for community.  Active addiction can be a very lonely place, and sometimes those who are experiencing that loneliness forget about the importance of human connection.  There are so many benefits to sharing experiences with other people, all of which can lead to a better understanding of oneself and one’s importance to society.

Isolation Is A Menace

The need to withdraw leaves us trapped in the grip of our addiction with little hope of recovery. The problem with isolating ourselves while we are still actively abusing drugs is that we keep reinforcing the lies the drug is telling us. The drug convinces us that we must have it to exist. We have to block everyone and everything out of our hearts and brains in order to keep that outlet in our life.

We need forms of social connection that provide coping skills, support, and opportunity for a healthy lifestyle because humans are, by nature, social beings. Disconnection can worsen melancholy, sleeplessness, low self-esteem, worry, and stress. Even if it’s only a small group of people, having a strong support system is crucial.

Leaning On Others

An important realization in early recovery is the understanding that you are not alone.  The idea that there could be others out there who understand the pain and misery that you’ve gone through, and have even experienced it themselves, is truly liberating.  The walls that are built up during the isolation of active addiction and be torn down, and the benefit of shared group experience can be utilized.

During the healing process, developing relationships with others can help you write a new chapter in your life.  When people in recovery surround themselves with healthy, like-minded individuals it creates a space for them to learn more about themselves and others.  The opportunity to openly exchange ideas and information with people who have the best interests of others in mind is an invaluable tool for growth.

A Whole New Life

Change is not necessarily comfortable for anyone, and that is often especially true for addicts.  Part of what keeps people in active addiction is the inability to break free from the lifestyle and routines that have been developed.  Despite the dangers inherent in the day-to-day activities of a using addict, many tend to find comfort in that familiar minutiae.

Ceasing the use of drugs and alcohol is often just the first step on the road to living a health lifestyle.  When the brain fog caused by substance abuse is cleared, mental and physical health can become more of a priority.  Yoga, exercise, and meditation are just a few examples of practices that can lead to someone become wholly healthy after getting sober.  Whatever mental, physical, and spiritual health looks like to each individual; the excitement comes in finding what speaks to you.  A life free from the bonds of active addiction provides an opportunity to create new routines and participate in new activities that promote a healthy mind and healthy life.

Giving It Back

When people are in the midst of a battle with drugs and alcohol, their thoughts and actions often become singularly focused on doing whatever necessary is to maintain the addiction.
The ways that the addiction is kept alive are often highlighted by thoughts and actions that are most accurately described as selfish and self-centered. The need to escape becomes so consuming that it can be difficult for addicts to make the basic needs of other people, or even themselves, a priority.

Many people find that one of the greatest joys of recovery is the renewed pleasure that is found in getting outside of oneself and helping others. Doing things from a place of selflessness and a desire to help others can keep the passion for recovery alive. In short: giving back can keep you sober. The best part is that there is no limit to the ways that people can be of service and help others. Whether that is service work within a recovery community, doing volunteer work, or simply sharing experience and hope with someone in need, the opportunities to give back are almost infinite.

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New, “Pyro Drug” Deadlier Version of Fentanyl

By Addiction, Community, Mental Health, Treatment

Synthetic opioids’ increased availability on the black market poses a threat to worsen the opioid overdose epidemic now raging in the United States. New synthetic opioids are evolving, being abused, and being trafficked, all of which pose serious risks to public safety.

“PYRO DRUG” IS A POWERFUL NEW OPIOD THAT MADE IT’S WAY TO COLORADOpyro drug colorado counterfeit oxy fentantly pill

A new deadly narcotic has surfaced in Colorado. “Pyro” (N-pyrrolidino Etonitazene) has already claimed the lives of at least one Denver resident. Pyro is a highly potent synthetic opioid having a chemical structure similar to that of the synthetic opioid Etonitazene, which is a restricted narcotic.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Pyro has flecks of a darker blue color all over it and is almost identical in look to Fentanyl the counterfeit and deadly version of Percocet (M30’s). Replicating the image of both fentanyl and M 30’s – Pyro is branded on one side with an “M”, and on the other, a “30”.


The drug is anywhere between 1,000 and 1,500 times more powerful than morphine, and 10 times more powerful than Fentanyl. Fentanyl, for reference, is about 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Pyro, unlike Etonitazene and it’s relative Fentanyl, does not exist in any earlier medical literature or patents, according to the Center for Forensic Science Research, & Education.  It is a brand-new medicine with a distinct mechanism of action that was probably developed outside of the influence of the American pharmaceutical industry. According to a report by the CFSRE, in just two years, at least 21 fatalities have been related to the substance, and up to 44 fatalities may be attributable to Pyro use.


A Pyro overdose resembles the majority of other opioid overdoses almost exactly, with respiratory depression being the most common fatal symptom.  Fortunately, the drug responds to Naloxone, and if the poison is immediately neutralized, the devastating effects of an overdose can be avoided.

For more information on Narcan and overdose education, please visit the Narcan website.

If you come across this “PYRO Drug”

Please contact law enforcement immediately. You can also report drug-related crimes anonymously to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Redpoint Center Blog Communication in Recovery

Communication in Recovery

By Community, Mental Health

An Interview with Redpoint Center team member, Wendy Stine, Clinician and Program Manager for Northern Colorado

Communication in recovery is one of our greatest tools. So much of what we experience when we are in self-destructive behaviors is a lack of communication. Hence, communication in recovery and relationships is vital. The ability to express our needs and listen to others deeply allows for understanding and connection. Furthermore, we know that connection is very important and vulnerability plays a role as well. Whether at work, romantic relationships, friends, or therapists, expressing yourself honestly and being heard compassionately can provide a medium for growth and healing. We asked our counselor Wendy Stine a few questions about what healthy communication looks like, and how to get in touch with our feelings. After all, we need to understand what we are feeling to express it. 

Why Communication Matters in Recovery

Redpoint: What are some tips for getting in tune with our feelings, especially in early recovery?

Wendy: It’s always helpful to start from a place of groundedness. This can be as easy as taking a few deep breaths with eyes closed and being really “in your body.” Then ask yourself what do I feel- happy, mad, sad, hurt, or afraid? Keep the options simple. Maybe write a little bit about in a journal. The important thing is not to judge the feelings.  Don’t analyze anything- just acknowledge.

RP: What are some ways to soothe ourselves when we are feeling overwhelmed by emotion?

W: Some easy and quick ways to soothe oneself would be some focused breath work; I like to count my inhales, pause a second and count the exhales. Counting helps distract the brain. If you can manage to breathe in slowly to the count of 4, hold for one count and slowly exhale to a 6 or 7 count, you will calm the mind and body. Repeat the cycle a few times.

I also love getting outside for calming. If I can take my shoes off in the grass, even better! Sometimes I’ll just sit in my yard and look at the sky, hear the birds, and smell the fresh air. Works wonders.

It’s ok to give yourself a time out! Even a quick nap or “mind shutdown” can bring relief.

And there’s always the quick call or text to a supportive friend.

Relationship Goals: Healthy Communication

RP: What does healthy communication look like? What are some tips on being a more active listener/supporting others when communicating?

W: Healthy communication looks like being responsible for your own words and actions. Take ownership of the way you feel. “ I feel hurt when…” is more effective than “You make me feel”. I try and start feeling statements with “I”.  Don’t keep things bottled up. People are not mind readers, and often don’t know what we’re feeling. 

It’s super important to be a good listener in any relationship. Sadly, many people are busy planning a response rather than actually hearing what is said. Listen as if you are not going to answer. Ask questions, make eye contact, and stay off your mobile phone! It’s helpful to paraphrase back what is being said- it shows you are paying attention; it feels good to be a friend! 

When we have empathy and understanding for ourselves, we can extend that same compassion to others. Communicating with the intention of getting closer to those you love or interact with,  will always foster healthy conversations and progress for a better life. 

If you or someone you know needs mental health support, we are here.

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