The Simple Things & Coping Skills
For Joe, a resident at Cazenovia Manor, the simple things have made a major difference in his recovery. He credits the serenity prayer with keeping him focused. Recently, he picked up a book from Narcotics Anonymous, and he’s found it to be really helpful. “It let me know that so many people have the same things in common and that I’m not alone,” said Joe. “It helped me learn how to open up and express myself more.”
Of course, Joe has spent a lot of his time at Cazenovia Manor learning coping skills. He pointed out that these skills can be applied to areas across his life, and not just for drugs and alcohol. “When I do come across a challenge or a hurdle, I’m able to deal with it in a more productive way,” he said. He also feels more confident in relating to other people. Joe’s time management has improved, too.
Compassion & Recovery
Joe’s particularly impressed with the coffee at Cazenovia Manor. He really loves the coffee. The staff, however, have left an even bigger impression on him. Joe has seen how patient and caring they are. In fact, he’s tried to incorporate those traits into his personality. “The people are very compassionate here,” he said.
It’s safe to say that Cazenovia Manor has helped Joe to make some wonderful changes. He’s no longer using cocaine, and he even quit smoking cigarettes. “I quit and didn’t even need any patches,” said Joe. “I decline the chances to smoke a cigarette even on walks to the store.” This all is proof to Joe that recovery is possible. “You just need to have an open mind and an open heart,” he said.
Next up, Joe’s set to discharge in a couple of weeks, and he’s really excited. Once he finishes up at Cazenovia Manor, he’s planning on attending self-help groups on his own. Joe’s also looking forward to catching up with family, friends, and his job. However, before all that happens, he’s going to take “two weeks to meditate at home.” Joe knows he needs to take it slowly and to put his health first. “I’ll ease back into work,” he said, “and start to practice all the good stuff that I’ve learned here.”