Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Azure Acres Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Azure Acres Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Preventing Relapse

Since 1957, Azure Acres Treatment Center has given hope to individuals struggling with addiction and its lasting effects. Azure Acres provides residents with high-quality alcohol and drug abuse treatment near Santa Rosa, California.

In order to discuss relapse, we must first find a workable definition of relapse. J Webster’s Dictionary defines relapse as: “to slip of fall back in a former worse state”. It also continues: “a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement”. Therefore, it is apparent, and quite easy to see, that relapse needs to be addressed both traditionally and behaviorally. (Relapse Prevention Worksheet, Relapse Prevention Planning)

Traditional Relapse: the actual use of chemicals (drugs or alcohol) after a period of abstinence, recovery planning.

Behavioral Relapse: returning to old patterns of behavior, (thinking, feeling, reactions), causing us to become dysfunctional in recovery. If these reactions are left unchecked they will most likely to traditional relapse, as the newly recovering individual instinctively relates “relief’ from life’s pain to using drugs and alcohol, rather than “going to any lengths”, for sobriety in their early stages.

Many of will encounter “stuck points” in our recovery, despite our best efforts. Do not be discouraged. Recovery is a long-term, skill-building process. Recovery is not an event that happens immediately, without positive sobriety-oriented action. Recovery begins the moment an individual recognizes they have a problem with addictive use, but the .surrender into the process towards recovery doesn’t take shape gets into action new behavior, as well as a halt to his active, addictive, use of chemicals.

Relapse doesn’t just “happen”. People do not get ‘struck intoxicated’, Traditional relapse (using) follows a period of irrational thinking and reactions, based on how we see life, (thinking), and how we react to our emotions, (feelings). It is easy to see that reacting to thoughts and emotions may take us in a direction that proves hazardous to our recovery, (misdirected dependency on thoughts and feelings).

Syndromes that Affect Early Recovery

Beating the Clock: We never seem to have enough time to do all those things we think we have to accomplish (to prove to others bow ‘well’ we’re gelling). This adds stress and frustration and the feeling of never having enough ‘time’ to accomplish “all of those things” sobriety seems to require.

Always More: No matter what we do it never seems to be enough! This is where we have difficulty validating our accomplishments and the “if only . . .” excuses, the “would have…”, “could have. . .” exceptions seem to intensify our shortcomings. We have a difficult time giving ourselves credit. (This causes self criticism, self-punishment).

Too much not enough, stress lifestyle: Due to a lack of initial understanding, a balanced lifestyle appears hard to achieve. Thus, our life appears at times to be so hurried, with loose ends and chaos, (beat the clock, never enough), and this will tend to produce frustration. On the other hand, too little actively is likely to produce boredom and is dangerously close to complacency.

Inadequate coping skills in recovery process: Again, lack of balance and old habits cause the tendency to react in the old method. Attention must be paid to risk-taking toward new perspectives.

Thinking process: Our inability to manage our emotions may result in anger and frustration.

Memories: The tendency to dwell on reliving old experiences and failures begin to haunt us. Our reactions to this emotional roller coaster cause us problems (guilt, shame, self-punishment).

Unrealistic Projections/Expectations: Either to avoid present unpleasant situations or to ‘hurry things up’, we tend to project into the future with goals that may tax our abilities.

People, Places, Things & Situations: Needless worry about our impact (or lack of) on others or allowing them to affect us causes undo stress and frustration due to inadequate coping skills.

Chemically dependent persons are no more complicated or abnormal than the rest of the population. Chemical dependents tend to have a difficult time doing “life on life’s terms” and tend to ignore a potential relapse symptom that doesn’t include a drinking or drugging episode. The mistaken belief is that an individual is okay until they drink or use drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth.

By now you may feel somewhat overwhelmed. Don’t give up!. Looking back over the previous situations, realize that they’re feelings, not necessarily facts. Begin to learn how to see life as the facts, not feelings. How do you do that? Good question. Want a hint? It has something to do with a paper and pencil. Writing!!! Now you’re getting closer.

Learn to write about your situations when you feel off-center, out-of-focus, or just plain confused. List on paper what was going on for you emotionally, spiritually, physically, environmentally (your surroundings), with your job, or socially that could affect your situation. Usually your committee (head) will talk to you about your thoughts/feelings. Writing may give you some clarity about the facts.

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