Easter - A Season of Renewal & Hope I absolutely love the Easter season - it is a time to think of it as a season of renewal. To watch the buds grow on the trees and especially enjoy watching the spring rain cleanse the ground from the stains of the winter salt and sand. I love the bright colors that start to emerge in the flowers and foliage. Easter holds an important meaning for many people, but in the context of recovery it symbolizes a renewed time of hope. In the winter seasons of life, the promise of spring and the new growth it brings is a welcome reprieve from the months of cold. Perhaps you can see the
"Your Name Here!" Because there are a few weeks every year when enjoying morning coffee, afternoon sunshine, or warm evening breezes on the patio just can’t happen in Minnesota… ...we sure like our outdoor spaces all the rest of the time! That's the way it is at Project Turnabout too. We recently added several brand new patio areas adjacent to patient buildings and the Family Education Center. It's wonderful to see family visitors and patients using the patios to take a well-earned break or have an important conversation as part of their treatment experience and recovery journey. Each patio features attractive, rustic pavers that can be
Frequently Asked Questions About Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Alcohol Abuse Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. There is an estimated 139.6 million drinkers in the United States alone. (source) Choosing to drink does not make you an alcoholic, nor does it make you a bad person. But there are serious risks associated with alcohol - both mental and physical - that you should make yourself aware of. The following Alcohol FAQS were adapted from or inspired by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our own addiction experts at Project Turnabout. What happens to the body when you drink
Alcohol and Adolescents - Have the Conversation While the legal drinking age is 21, more and more youth are testing out the waters before they can even drive. A person who starts drinking at a young age is FOUR times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than someone who waits until adulthood. (source) Peer pressure, lack of knowledge, and home life can all take part in a child's decision to try alcohol. But by providing them with the knowledge and support they need, it could prevent them from making a poor - and possibly life-changing - decision. Why Talking About it is Important The chance they will drink
Gambling Addiction Story "I was in the treatment center for close to five weeks during the month of October and was addicted to playing Blackjack, Craps, and Poker. I was born in 1928 so I was 67 years old. The papers describing my gambling activities created gambling excitement among everyone in the room at times. My life's earnings were from wages so I was not wealthy. When I gambled, it felt like I was on a roll. My $5.00 bet quickly turned to the black chips that were $100.00. I will be 89 years old in March. I have never taken a chance on any sort of wager since I left Vanguard. I chaired GA meetings for several years
Frequently Asked Questions on Problem Gambling Gambling addiction is serious disease that affects not just your own life, but can leave your entire family and financial standings in ruins. The following are frequently asked questions that were adapted from the National Council on Problem Gambling and our own addiction experts at Project Turnabout. What is problem gambling? According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, problem gambling (gambling addiction) includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits. Essential features include an increasing preoccupation
Loving yourself while recovering from an addiction is an important piece to a successful life in recovery. While using, many emotions live inside the addict such as fear, shame, and guilt. These emotions are difficult to face but is necessary to the healing process. The following ways to improve self-love will help you to move past these emotions and move forward into a life filled with love and positivity. Understand the Disease of Addiction Remembering that addiction is a disease that affects a person's brain is sometimes difficult to understand to those who don't suffer from addiction. When using, the
Celebrating 25 Years of Gambling Recovery Twenty-five years have come and gone since the beginning of our Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery Program first started. What started out as a meeting for Gambler's Anonymous turned into a fully functioning residential program for men and women that still continues to this day. 1990 - 1999 Project Turnabout began to receive calls from individuals concerned about a friend/family members gambling, wondering what they could do. An informational meeting for Gamblers Anonymous was held at Project Turnabout. One of our counselors, Sandi B., attended training for compulsive gambling counseling.
Music can be a powerful tool. It has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to your mental health. It can alter your mood, enhance your attention and learning experiences, as well as calm anxiety and decrease stress. (source) We’ve put together a list of feel-good, upbeat, and inspirational songs to help boost your mood and input some positive messages in your day. If you have a favorite song that helps lift your mood when you need it, please share below in the comments section!
The Alumni Art Project is All About Helping Find Hope Wow, we made it through the holidays and now jumping into a new year with feet on the ground running! Momentum is a good thing. Growth is a good thing. It means we’re helping people find hope for a better life, and freedom from their addiction. The Alumni Art Project is all about helping find hope. I’m excited to share an update with you on this effort launched by Project Turnabout in 2016. Our Art Committee selected 13 original pieces submitted by alumni, family members, or persons connected with Project Turnabout to be displayed in our Family/Education Center building by