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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Investing in Your Success: Career Planning Tips for 2017

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If you haven’t been excited about going to work for quite some time, maybe it’s time to rethink your professional goals.

And, that doesn’t have to mean going back to school or jumping into a completely different field. Sometimes, you just need to make micro-adjustments to realign the trajectory of your future.

If you’re beginning a new sober lifestyle, you probably have a newfound sense of optimism about your future. Why not make the most of this positive momentum and use that energy to plan your career goals?

If you’re not sure where to get started, here are a few questions to ask yourself when plotting out your professional future.

(1) How do you define your version of success?

Your career can influence more than simply the amount that’s in your bank account. Take some time to think about what you value the most. Is it being part of an organization with a mission you can get behind? Or, are you looking for a role where you’re challenged intellectually? Find out what you want out of your professional life and find a job that fulfills your personal goals!

(2) In prior jobs, what did I like the most?

By taking the time to think through prior roles and responsibilities, you can better predict what you’d like to pursue in the future. Think about all of the different jobs you’ve held and what you liked about each - then try to find a common theme. Do you like crunching numbers for a living or are you drawn to roles that involve project management skills? If you can identify the types of activities you enjoy, you can then seek out professional roles that match your strengths and interests.

(3) Have my priorities changed in life?

Did you find your “dream job” right out of college? If so, consider yourself lucky! Though, it’s normal to have your personal and professional preferences evolve over time. Don’t lock yourself into one career during your lifetime. Be open to reconsidering a new career path based on where you are in life. Right now.

Life Skills Training at English Mountain Recovery

Many men who are focusing on their recovery have also rediscovered a renewed and profound interest in their professional futures. That’s why we offer a comprehensive array of life skills training as part of our relapse prevention programming at English Mountain Recovery to help you prepare for a new and fulfilling sober lifestyle. We’re here to support you every step of the way. To learn more, call: (877) 459-8595.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Confidence

Set-backs happen to everyone from time to time. But, it’s important to recognize that they’re just temporary and that you can (and will!) move on. If you are working on your recovery, it’s also especially critical that you don’t let those minor inconveniences wear down your self-esteem. When you are feeling low and less confident in yourself, you have a greater risk of relapse and behavioral health issues like depression and anxiety.

But, there are proven strategies you can use to build yourself up and boost your confidence.

If you are ready to start feeling better about yourself, here are four ways to take control!

(1) Take care of your appearance.

On days when you’re struggling with your self-esteem, put away the sweatpants. While it may seem tempting to skip the shower and spend all day wearing your favorite t-shirt, those are the days when you should actually spend a little more effort into getting ready. You’ll feel more proud of the person looking back at you in the mirror – which can really go a long way.

(2) Make a list of your accomplishments.

If you’re feeling unsure about your future, you can get a little mental boost by thinking about the challenges you’ve already overcome. Did you meet your fitness goals last week? If so, celebrate your hard work! This is also a great way to challenge and counterbalance negative self-talk.

(3) Help someone else.

When your self-esteem is low, you’re more apt to focus on yourself and get caught in a negative loop of self-doubt. By diverting your attention to a co-worker, friend or family member in need, it can help you feel better about yourself.

(4) Harness the power of body language.

Social scientists and psychologists have proven that your body language not only impacts how others perceive you – it also influences how you perceive yourself. The simple act of standing tall and walking with your head up can really work wonders. (Maybe mom was right when she said to sit up straight?)

Become a Stronger Man in Recovery 

At English Mountain Recovery, we specialize in helping men who are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol using a variety of treatment services including group therapy, individual therapy, disease education and more. By learning new life skills and healthy coping mechanisms, you can feel more confident about yourself, and your sobriety. To learn more, call (877) 459-8595.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

[Alcoholism Research] The Role of Advertising in Alcohol Consumption

Alcoholism is one of the most common, and destructive forms of addiction – impacting more than 27 million Americans. And, with widespread and devastating effects. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 90,000 die as a result of drinking making it the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States today.

Given its prevalence, much of the focus on addiction research is designed to not only develop new treatments, but more importantly, investigate how the disease can be prevented.

Research Methodology

In a recent study published in the Society for the Study of Addiction’s journal, Addiction, researchers explored the influence of alcohol-related advertising. Using telephone- and web-based surveys conducted periodically over a two-year period, participants were asked to self-report how often and how much they drank and which alcohol-related advertisements they remembered encountering recently.


Researchers found that participants were much more likely to start drinking at an earlier age (and more heavily) when exposed to alcohol advertisements that featured a “partying theme”. So, what does this mean? While there are many implications, the data suggests that the alcohol manufacturing industry should take this into consideration – and not glamorize a lifestyle of alcohol abuse.

Symptoms of Disordered Drinking

While scientists continue to explore the relationship between alcohol consumption and environmental triggers, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. It is often easily diagnosable and highly treatable.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most common symptoms include:
  • An inability to limit how much you drink 
  • Developing a tolerance over time where you feel the need to drink more to get the same effects 
  • Drinking to avoid severe symptoms of withdrawal 
(Note: You can read an expanded list of signs and symptoms at our website here.)

Commonly Recommended Treatments

Addiction is different for everyone, which is why many recovery specialists and rehab facilities leverage a combination of treatment protocols including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, life skills training and 12-step based drug and alcohol education.

Find Sobriety at English Mountain Recovery

English Mountain Recovery specializes in helping individuals struggling with alcohol abuse begin a new life of lasting sobriety. Our nationally accredited treatment center, located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, offers 30- to 90-day residential inpatient, 12-Step based drug and alcohol rehab services. To learn more, call (877) 459-8595.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Healing A Home: 4 Reasons to Choose Family Therapy

The destructive forces of addiction seemingly know no bounds. Like a virus, it infects the user, and from there, the damage rapidly spreads to those around them. Breaking apart marriages, eviscerating friendships – leaving a trail of anxiety, depression and stress in its path. This is why addiction is often referred to as “a family disease” as the trauma of addiction impacts everyone in the home.

In households that have been torn apart by addiction, family therapy is often used in conjunction with individual treatment to help the entire home heal together. If you, or someone you love, is searching for help overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, here are four reasons why you should consider family therapy.

(1) It can help prevent younger family members from going down the wrong path. It’s an unfortunate fact that substance abuse is more prevalent among teens and young adults. But, family therapy can help reduce the risk of addiction spreading to other family members. During therapy sessions, treatment specialists educate recovering individuals and their families about the nature of addiction and the negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

(2) Family therapy can build stronger relationships. In homes where one individual is dealing with addiction issues, it often creates a turbulent and hostile family dynamic. In family therapy, participants learn how to communicate in healthy ways and conflict resolution strategies.

(3) The family unit can learn to identify dangerous behaviors. During treatment, addiction recovery therapists educate the entire family about enabling and codependent relationships – and how to avoid those destructive patterns of behavior.

(4) Family therapy can help heal the emotional scars. When the disease of addiction is present in a home, it often introduces a sense of hostility and negativity into the environment. With family therapy, addiction recovery specialists can help loved ones who were negatively impacted by the addiction finally heal and recover from the emotional trauma.

Addiction Therapy for the Family

Addictions affect the entire family and English Mountain Recovery highly encourages family participation. Research shows that recovery rates are increased when the family is involved in the addiction recovery process. During our Family Program, participants will experience group therapy, videos/discussions, lectures, personal exercises and new communication skills. Each of these are designed for the purpose of achieving insight, maintaining healthier relationships and beginning their own journey towards recovery.

To learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment and relapse prevention services, call (877) 459-8595.