Upon entering the rooms of AA, some of us may have pre-conceived notions on spirituality or what it is the program asks of us.  Others may have no clue what they are walking in to and may be turned off completely by some of the language used in the rooms.  Sometimes, we let our own ideas and perceptions of what we think is going on get in the way of giving ourselves and the rooms a chance.  “We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program.  Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.  But these are indispensable.” (Big Book, pg. 568).

Uncertainty and judgement are normal – some of us have had past experiences with religious affiliations or have pre-existing ideas of what “God” means, and those old ideals may not be conducive to a newfound spiritual experience that the twelve steps call for.  But have no fear- all that is required of us is honesty, open mindedness and willingness to be receptive and try new things.  As long as we can maintain a mindset that is centered in the present moment and open to new ideas and practices, we are well on our way.

Spirituality is unique to the individual.  Many of AA’s members find solace and comfort in religious deities, others, in more broad conceptions of a power greater than ourselves, such as the universe or a common energy.  Whatever it may be, it is for no one else to judge and not even necessary for others to understand.  The principles of spirituality are contingent upon the individual’s desire to accept it and practice it.  There is no right or wrong way to do so, it is a feeling and an experience unique to those who seek it.

Language used in the Big Book may seem off putting to those who struggle with these ideas, however, continuing to practice honesty, open mindedness and willingness prove to allow many to overlook their own biases and achieve a state of comfort amongst words that may not resonate with them fully.  Exploring new ways of looking at spirituality and being open to anything can create a beautiful outcome to those who believe it is possible.  Our thoughts, experiences, and ideas shape the way we interact and engage in this world.  We open ourselves up to endless possibilities once we give ourselves the chance to.

 

Camelback Recovery is excited to announce the launch of our new app, C.A.S.A – Camelback Accountability Support App.

Direct support services are available anywhere at any time through the use of C.A.S.A. as a point of contact between house managers and sober living clients.  Use and application will be seamless and highly applicable; Clients will simply download the app, accessible on both Android and Apple products, to participate in daily check ins, have real time communication with their house managers, and overall increase client engagement in our program to sustain positive and healthy growth.

The app has a lot of exciting features including:

-Texting and calling abilities. House managers are directly linked as support so clients can check in at designated times.  Communication is subject to administrative review to ensure all conversations are productive and recovery driven.  Recovery coaches and other support members may be linked as well.

-GPS location services to verify meeting attendance and to enhance accountability, especially on overnights or curfew extensions.

-Daily activities for clients to complete.  This monitors random UA and BAC tests as well and digitally logs that information for administrative review.

-Wellness and educational resources.

 

In a society run by smart phones, the easily and readily available technology as a key element of C.A.S.A. will allow Camelback Recovery and all of our clients to utilize “quick and accessible” support in an entirely new way, whether or not they are in a sober living environment.

Implementing C.A.S.A. into the Camelback Recovery program and providing the opportunity to step towards a higher level of wellness will overall increase levels of support, accountability, and structure many people need on a seven day a week basis.  To find out more, please call 602-466-9880 or check out our website at www.camelbackrecovery.com.  We hope this new and exciting feature in our program will reach as many people as possible and give them the support they have been looking for.  Stay tuned for more updates and developments by following us on Facebook and Instagram and reaching out with any questions.

 

Many of us have spent the majority of our adolescent and adult lives under the confines of our addictions.  When we have spent so much time using, it feels uncomfortable and foreign to change all of our old behaviors.  It becomes second nature to engage in the rituals and patterns revolving around using and drinking – it is engrained in our daily routine to do certain things in certain ways.  Breaking old habits is difficult and takes time, and beginning to develop new ones requires repetition and structure.

A key part in staying sober is developing new and healthy habits to replace our old ones.  When we shift the focus in our actions and daily routines from using to recovery, we provide support and structure for ourselves throughout the day.  In early stages of recovery, it is important to develop new daily routines focused on positive growth.  Daily prayer and meditation, calling our sponsors, healthy eating and exercising schedules, and evening reviews, when repeated on a daily basis, become part of our structure to live by, enhancing our quality of life.

Inpatient treatment, sober living, and accountability groups all help provide the support to maintain structure and routine.  Some of us need longer to break old habits and develop new ones, depending on how long we were stuck in our destructive behaviors.  Sometimes, we back track subconsciously, simply because it is engrained in us to act a certain way.  Giving ourselves ample time to practice newer, healthier habits is one kind thing we can do for ourselves to aid our journeys of recovery.  These things take time, so we might as well give ourselves that.

Serenity is the simple state of being at calm, peaceful, and untroubled.  To take the definition one step further, serenity is the state of being at peace no matter what the outside circumstances may look like.  When we let other people or things affect our peace and happiness, that is not a problem regarding other people or things, that is a problem regarding ourselves.

When we give other people the power to dictate our emotional and spiritual well-being, we are not allowing ourselves to maintain a spiritual connection to a power greater than ourselves.  The purpose of spiritual connection is to feel empowered and hopeful, and to feel a sense of ease and a knowing that things will be okay as long as we trust the process.  When other people or circumstances override that innate sense of calm, we place more weight and meaning onto people and things than we know they have over us.

Saying the serenity prayer, asking for peace of mind no matter what comes our way, helps keep us grounded and puts forth the idea that we will be okay, even if things do not go our way.

God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

When we fixate on things, try to change outside circumstances or the way people behave, we fall back into an old pattern of behavior, centered around selfishness and control.  When we try to take the power back, we no longer are practicing the principle of faith, nor are we trusting that other people are capable of making decisions for themselves.  Putting ourselves.  When we let other people’s words and actions control our emotional states and dictate our own reactions, we give them the power we should be giving to our higher power.  Daily prayer and meditation promote peace of mind and overall serenity, and a sense of ease and comfort underneath our initial fears and frustrations make it easier to live life happily and usefully.