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The South Orange County Detox and Treatment Difference

The South Orange County Detox and Treatment Difference

If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post, chances are you’ve either been through detox and treatment or helped send a loved one through a facility for the help they so desperately needed. That being said, I won’t waste your time trying to educate you about the basic services provided in both settings. I will, however, delineate the differences between your run-of-the-mill center, and highlight what we here at South Orange County Detox & Treatment (SOCDT) provide that differentiates us from the pack.

Love at South Orange County Detox and Treatment

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When I was young love was a foreign word to me. Although my parents would shelter, feed, and take care of me, there was a lack of love. I thought this was a normal thing to be happening at this age. I soon realized how other children were not experiencing this. And this would trigger anger and rage. I grew up fighting, arguing, and rebelling which turned me into a negative mess.

     Fast forwarding I turned into a gang member and a violent criminal. Spending time in and out of jail, getting into unhealthy relationships and surrounding myself with very negative people. I was doing very badly with my life until I checked myself into South Orange County Detox and Treatment (SOCD) and met the Program Director, Salina Shuler.  She taught me tolerance, patience, loyalty, trust, and LOVE. I have never experienced that and since being shown these things, I’ve completely turned my outlook on life around. SOCD is teaching me how to be an honest man and move forward with positivity. I am forever grateful for South Orange County Detox & Treatment.

Turning Vision into Reality

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Vision is essential in the healing process of addiction, and in life itself. It says in the bible that without a vision, people perish. Your vision is the key to your future, it’s important to not only look ahead in life but to have a certain way of living out your life. Visualizing what you want, and going for it. Setting an example in recovery and showing others the vision you have created for yourself and living that vision out is so important in helping others. Its shows them that there is hope and that if they think about what they want their life to look like, they can set the goals to achieve that vision. I know personally when I see someone’s vision being lived out in a positive way it’s inspiring. It not only shows what you can be capable of, but also shows leadership. And leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Shame- Replacing Shame with Healthy Pride

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Shame is such negative word. “Shame on you” is something no one wants to hear. It brings up feelings that so many of us relate to our childhood. For me, I don’t only feel as if I have done something wrong, but even worse, I have disappointed the ones I love, and I've felt like I was morally defective.  Addiction brings with it so much shame. The lying, the sneaking, and the hiding all fuels the fires of shame. What I have learned here at South Orange County Detox and Treatment is that I can have healthy remorse over my actions but I don’t have to live in shame which is usually the number one reason for relapse in my case. I'm also learning that one of the keys to success in recovery is emotional sobriety. Understanding what makes me tick and turning my life around so instead of getting stuck in the shame and failure I can get on with the process of forgiving myself. The greatest thing to hear is “I am proud of you”. I intend to replace shame with pride so I can lead and healthy productive life.

"Shame"-Word of the Week

Shame

Throughout my addiction Ive done many shameful things and I was never able to take an honest look at myself until I made the decision to pursue recovery. Since making that decision I've had to uncover all parts of myself, good and bad, in order to have a healthy ego and come closer to my true self. One detail I've had to face, and one that undermines further progress is shame. However, by consistently working on myself, spot checking myself, and through working a program I've been able to handle and deal with that shame and turn it into motivation and determination to rebuild relationships with others, and most importantly, myself.

Beauty and Emotional Sobriety

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To me in recovery beauty is in the mental and physical transformation that happens when we properly work on emotional recovery. The transformation in a persons character and behaviors become humble and their ability to understand themselves and other addicts on a much deeper level. The humility in overcoming a rock bottom makes us grateful for life on life’s terms because they have lived a shallow empty life on their terms that didn’t work out. When we live in love for the little things in life and we become content and present with ourselves and live in the moment, we can feel the vibe of serenity in the surrender of our behavior. To me, that is the beauty of the gift of desperation that God gives addicts in recovery.

Beauty-"A Life Worth Living"

Beauty & Spirituality

To see the beauty in a life worth living through the lenses of recovery is something that comes after a thorough introspective look at oneself. In the past, not taking the time to see all parts of myself was detrimental to a sustained recovery effort. It was only with the help of a power greater than myself was I able to uncover a vision for myself where I wasn’t in complete control and my will was turned over. This freed my from the bondage of self, for I was freed from a self imposed mental prison where I could finally have a open mind and cultivate a healthy, working spiritually. I still have much to work on and discover, however I am able to see more beauty, hope and vision for a life worth living.

Beauty- God's Gift in Recovery

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To me in recovery beauty is in the mental and physical transformation that happens when we properly work on emotional recovery. The transformation in a persons character and behaviors become humble and their ability to understand themselves and other addicts on a much deeper level. The humility in overcoming a rock bottom makes us grateful for life on life’s terms because they have lived a shallow empty life on their terms that didn’t work out. When we live in love for the little things in life and we become content and present with ourselves and live in the moment, we can feel the vibe of serenity in the surrender of our behavior. To me, that is the beauty of the gift of desperation that God gives addicts in recovery.

Awakening- Fixing Broken Parts and Finding Direction

Awakening

For so long I’ve moseyed throughout life as if I was relying on a defective antennae unit, like an airplane whose communication system was down and couldn’t receive direction from the air traffic controller. I needed an engineer to fix my systems, and in my case, Salina and SOCD aided in inspecting and rebuilding the broken and malfunctioning parts of my “system” so that my antennae could receive direction from my air traffic controller who I call my higher power. Upon this rebuilding of my faulty mechanics I’ve been able to experience what I think is a spiritual awakening. It’s almost hard to put into words the effect this has had on me and my recovery. It’s as if my “on” switch has been flipped and I’m able to hear and understand what direction I’m supposed to take; like I’ve been constantly developing maps where I can see the next couple steps and I have faith that these directions are correct and I will continue receiving steps throughout the rest of my life. Thank god for engineers… mechanical, electrical, psychological, or spiritual

Awakening- "My True Soul has been Awakened"

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Awakening

When I think about awakening, I think about the day I woke up from the nightmare that I called a life. It was a moment of serenity, and a weird, unexplainable feeling came over me. I then realized I was living a life of a lie, a false self, throwing away all responsibility. On this day, I decided I had enough and prayed to my Higher Power for something to change. I had to go through hell to get to heaven, experience countless negative consequences to get to where I am at today. Today, I have a relationship with my Higher Power, I look at life from a completely different perception. Looking at the ocean, the mountains, and the stars, I smile, because my true soul has been awakened, and I now have the chance to live the amazing life I was put on this earth to have. Let there be hope, let there be light, let there be awakening tonight...Let there be joy, and let it all go.