Living the Four Agreements: A life changing Journey

Living the Four Agreements: A life changing Journey
by Jeffrey A. Christophersen

We have added a new group therapy session that includes The Four Agreements. Clients are able to read The Four Agreements book, by don Miguel Ruiz, and discuss the applications to everyday life and recovery with the facilitators. Thus far, this addition…

A Journey to Today

For many years now I’ve been providing treatment and recovery services to addicts and recovering addicts in Oregon. In that time the philosophy surrounding what treatment is has changed, with trends coming and going, new discoveries and new ways to help a patients find, get and hold on to recovery.

The early days of treatment programs had an approach of confrontation and accusation. The…

We Do Recover

The misconception many people have is that once a person is an addict, they will always be an addict. I was addicted to methamphetamine for 25 years before participating in a residential treatment program. I now have over 6 years clean and sober, and work with people promoting and supporting recovery. What I have not only learned, but have also experienced, is that an addiction to any substance,…

Recovery

You have just finished a treatment program for your substance use disorder and have 30 days of sobriety. Congratulations! You are hopefully starting on a long road to fruitful and joyous recovery. Now is a good time to take a good look at your physical health. The alcohol/drugs have been out of your brain for a while, you are thinking clearer. It would not be a good start to your recovery to fall…

Fun in Recovery

Fun in Recovery

When I got clean I thought I was doomed to never have fun again. I could not imagine finding joy in my life without being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. I was willing to do whatever it took to stay clean, including hanging around people who were also clean and sober. These new friends I had made were happy and did things for fun that…

A New Look

A New Look

As I write this, it’s relatively quiet here at Redmond Residential. Lately that hasn’t been the norm around here. Mostly, it’s the sound of saws and hammers, pry bars and sledgehammers. It’s also the sound of new carpet and floors being put in, of painting and of electrical…

The perfect meditation

As a meditation teacher, I get told often- “I don’t get it, I can’t do it. My mind will never be clear.” and I say, “yup, me too.” then I get my butt on a pillow and keep doing it.

What does it look like when a mindfulness teacher meditates? Sometimes it looks like this:

I popped open my computer to listen to a guided meditation online. My hand automatically opened my email for a…

May the force be with you.

In my personal journey of recovery and professional career as a counselor I have lost count of the references many people have made about coming out of the ‘darkness’ of addiction. As I was asked to preview the new logo that would represent BestCare and what it stood for I had an immediate affinity for the one that showed a person walking out of darkness and into…

Compassion, Experience, Recovery

Compassion, Experience, Recovery

Those three words are the cornerstone of BestCare’s new logo and “tagline.” They were formulated after hours of conversation, dialogue and questioning about who we are and what we believe in. They strongly describe this whole agency of 170+ employees strong, with 8 different locations to serve clients and their families. I took the liberty of looking up the…

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