Celebrating Milestones

Celebrating Milestones and Achievements in Substance Abuse Recovery

Substance abuse recovery is a journey that is full of challenges and obstacles, but it is also filled with many victories and accomplishments. Celebrating these milestones and achievements is an essential part of the recovery process, as it provides encouragement and motivation for individuals to keep moving forward. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of celebrating milestones and achievements in substance abuse recovery and offer practical tips on how to do so.

Substance abuse recovery is a challenging journey that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Along the way, individuals will encounter many obstacles, but they will also achieve many significant milestones and accomplishments. It’s essential to celebrate these achievements and milestones, both big and small, as they provide encouragement and motivation to continue pushing forward.

Why Celebrating Milestones and Achievements is Important

Celebrating milestones and achievements is essential in substance abuse recovery because it reinforces the progress made and the hard work that was put into achieving that progress. It also provides a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-esteem, which is essential in maintaining long-term sobriety. Celebrating these achievements also helps individuals recognize and appreciate the positive changes they have made in their lives, which can be especially crucial during challenging times.

What Milestones and Achievements to Celebrate in Substance Abuse Recovery

There are many milestones and achievements to celebrate in substance abuse recovery, and it’s important to acknowledge them all. Here are a few examples:

Days, Weeks, and Months Sober

One of the most significant milestones to celebrate in substance abuse recovery is the amount of time an individual has been sober. Whether it’s one day or ten years, each day without substance use is a significant accomplishment that should be recognized and celebrated.

Completion of Treatment Programs

Completing a treatment program, whether it’s an inpatient or outpatient program, is a significant milestone in substance abuse recovery. It demonstrates a commitment to sobriety and a willingness to do the hard work necessary to achieve it.

Rebuilding Relationships

Substance abuse often damages relationships with loved ones, and rebuilding those relationships is a significant accomplishment. Celebrating progress in rebuilding those relationships, whether it’s through communication, forgiveness, or quality time spent together, is essential.

Overcoming Triggers and Temptations

Triggers and temptations are inevitable in substance abuse recovery, but overcoming them is a significant accomplishment. Celebrating the ability to recognize and overcome triggers and temptations is an essential part of the recovery process.

How to Celebrate Milestones and Achievements in Substance Abuse Recovery

Celebrating milestones and achievements in substance abuse recovery is crucial to maintaining motivation and positive momentum. Here are some ways to celebrate:

Reflect on the Accomplishment

Take time to reflect on the milestone or achievement and appreciate the hard work that went into it. Reflecting on progress can be a reminder of how far an individual has come and the positive changes they have made in their lives.

Share the Accomplishment with Loved Ones

Sharing accomplishments with loved ones can be a great way to celebrate and receive support and encouragement. Whether it’s a phone call, text message, or in-person celebration, sharing accomplishments with loved ones can strengthen relationships and provide a sense of community.

Treat Yourself

Treat yourself to something special to celebrate the milestone or achievement. It doesn’t have to be extravagant; it could be something as simple as buying a new book or going out for a favorite meal. Treating oneself can be a reminder of the progress made and the hard work that went into achieving the accomplishment.

Volunteer or Give Back

Volunteering or giving back to others in recovery can be a meaningful way to celebrate accomplishments. It provides an opportunity to give back and help others who may be struggling, which can be an empowering and fulfilling experience.

Celebrating milestones and achievements in substance abuse recovery is essential to maintaining motivation and positive momentum. It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate all accomplishments, both big and small, and celebrate them in meaningful ways. Reflecting on progress, sharing accomplishments with loved ones, treating oneself, and giving back are all great ways to celebrate.

FAQs

Why is celebrating milestones and achievements important in substance abuse recovery?

Celebrating milestones and achievements provides encouragement, motivation, and a sense of accomplishment, which are crucial in maintaining long-term sobriety.

What are some examples of milestones and achievements to celebrate in substance abuse recovery?

Examples include days, weeks, and months sober, completion of treatment programs, rebuilding relationships, overcoming triggers and temptations, and maintaining employment and financial stability.

How can individuals celebrate milestones and achievements in substance abuse recovery?

Individuals can celebrate by reflecting on the accomplishment, sharing it with loved ones, treating themselves, and volunteering or giving back.

Can celebrating accomplishments lead to complacency in substance abuse recovery?

No, celebrating accomplishments does not lead to complacency as long as individuals continue to work hard and maintain their commitment to sobriety.

Is it important to celebrate small accomplishments in substance abuse recovery?

Yes, celebrating small accomplishments is just as important as celebrating big ones, as it reinforces positive behavior and progress.

Call OC Revive Today!

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, it’s essential to seek help and support. Celebrating milestones and achievements is an essential part of the recovery process, and it’s never too late to start. Contact OC Revive in Lake Forest, CA, for more information on our substance abuse treatment programs and support services.

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Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families

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Anthony is an Orange County local and has been a great addition to the Oc Revive team. Since 2015, Anthony has been working in the substance abuse field and has also pursued his drug and alcohol counseling license. Since being with Revive Anthony has established a relationship within the School Districts and serves as a voluntary speaker for substance abuse awareness in the community. By sharing his personal testimony, he has excelled in gaining trust and building rapport with others. He always seems to have a smile on his face and brings a positive vibe wherever he goes. With that being said, Anthony is very passionate about the work that he does and goes above and beyond to provide our struggling youth the care that they so desperately need.

Patrick R. Smith

Program Director

Patrick is a mental health and addiction professional who has a passion for recovery and helping others. He was inspired and encouraged by his mentors to work with individuals and families that have been affected by mental health issues, and alcohol and drug addiction. He has been working in the field of addiction recovery for 23+ years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Patrick is also certified in Adult and Adolescent Anger Management. His career in addiction treatment began in 2001 at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage CA. as an Addiction Specialist working on the inpatient campus and is the co-creator of Betty Ford Center’s “Young Adult Track” specializing in work with 18-25-year-old Patients. He also excelled in working with addicted and impaired professionals in the “Relapse and Recovery Program”.

Patrick transitioned to Orange County in 2011 where he accepted a position as the Program Director for Orange County Recovery Services. Patrick is a gifted lecturer, group facilitator, and counselor with a passion for recovery who has been an active recovery member for over 25 years.

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Brittany joins the OCR team with over 15 years of experience in the Mental Health adn Substance Abuse field. Brittany has been licensed for almost 8 years and has worked in various settings throughout her career, including inpatient psychiatric treatment, outpatient, residential treatment center, PHP and IOP settings. Brittany has been supervising Associate Marrige and Family Therapists and Associate Social Workers for almost 6 years and works in compiance and auditing to ensure that treatment centers are up to par with biling regulations. Brittany has worked with young adults and adolescents for most of her career.

Brittany earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Baptist International University. Brittany enjoys working with adolescents and young adults and believes that ever single person has the ability to set goals and meet them, even when they can’t see it themselves. Brittany loves spending time with her family, traveling, good coffee, and being outdoors.

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As Co-Founder & COO of OC Revive, Derek has a wealth of personal and professional experience dealing with the issues faced by today’s troubled teen. Throughout High School and College, Derek struggled with peer pressure, learning challenges, and substance abuse. Working with the support of family and friends, Derek set out to conquer those obstacles and find a richer, more fulfilling life.

On 15 October 2012, Derek overcame his own substance abuse problem and dedicated himself to help others work through their own addiction. A year later, Derek began a new journey and started his career in the recovery industry. Throughout his career, Derek has worked his way through numerous roles at top-rated treatment centers. While working at those treatment centers, Derek began to see a pattern that those struggling individuals would’ve benefited immensely from receiving earlier in life.

Derek decided that he wanted to be a part of the solution, and find a way to address those issues at an earlier age. He concluded that there needed to be interventions before adulthood, and he didn’t want to see anyone going through the same cycle that he did. That was when he and Tyler Michaelis decided to start OC Revive, to make sure teens get the help they need to find a purpose that leads them to a life of happiness and success.

Derek attended college at Orange Coast College and Santa Barbara City College.

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I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when i moved to California from New York.Along with my recovery and beginning a new way of life, I began to develop a heart for others struggling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growth. I truly believe I would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.

I first opened an adult treatment center, California Prime Recovery(CPR) as a way to work with those struggling on a daily basis. Over the last 3 years, CPR has evolved into someting much more impactful and beautiful than i could’ve ever imagined. I have come to realize that my own happiness and growth depends on being involved in the lives of others in recovery. Helping people through recovery is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, and it has become the most important aspect of personal life. Giving back to those still suffering is the only way not to lose what you have gained.

Throughout this journey, and by mentoring many adolescents, I realized i wanted to offer more to teens who were struggling just as i was. This is when i decided to start OC Revive. I had built many wonderful relationships throughout my professional journey and found two others who shared the same vision, and passion that i had for the youth. It didn’t take long for myself, Tyler Michaelis, and Derek Walsh to turn our dream into a reality. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for adolescents and truly believe “their future is our collective responsibility”.

Tyler Michaelis

Founder & CEO

Tyler is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to teens and their families. Once a teenager that struggled with addiction, mental health, and poor choices, Tyler is aware of the growing demand and need for early intervention in adolescents and young adults. Growing up in Orange County, he battled addiction and peer pressure all throughout high school and during his time at Saddleback College. During those troubled years, Tyler’s parents and family were emotionally drained and heavily impacted by his addiction. Unfortunately, they did not know where to turn for help nor did they have the courage to set boundaries with him.After 7 painful years, they finally forced Tyler out of the house and into treatment at the age of 23.

April 5th, 2010 is a date that Tyler and his family hold dear. On that date, Tyler enrolled in a 4-month treatment program which laid the foundation for his recovery. With the help of treatment professionals, supportive friends and family, Tyler was able to build a better version of himself. This started with slowly building his self-esteem, and growing a community of peers to support him throughout recovery.

In 2011,with the desire to help others struggling with addiction, he decided to start working in the addiction field. Tyler obtained his CADAC || Counselor certification and graduated from Cal Sate University of Long Beach with a degree in Health Care Administration. Since then, Tyler has worked all areas of treatment starting as a detox technician and working his way up to Program Director. Today, Tyler feels blessed and grateful for getting a second chanse at life. He has a great relationship with his family, is happily married and has a great group of friends. Once a lost teen, Tyler now has purpose and passion. He’s dedicated his life’s work to helping teens and their families. As the Founder, Tyler Michaelis is confident that OC Revive will renew the lives of struggling teens while bringing back hope to their families