A Backpack Full of River Rocks

May 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by John Kinkaid posted in Addiction Recovery, Mental Health


Sometimes, we carry huge loads around without even thinking about it. These loads consist of harrowing experiences of hurt, disappointment and guilt from childhood to today. Eventually, it all adds up. When life's pain is too much to handle, we search for ways to cope and for some, that can lead to self-medication.

At first, self-medication may work. However, it then becomes all-consuming and loses its benefits. Self-medication becomes yet another heavy burden. Instead of helping, it becomes a massive problem for you to manage. 

Just what you needed…. one more huge problem. And, over time, it gradually grows more prominent. Maybe it even gets to the point where you can't function. That's not what we want. We want you to thrive and leave behind your backpack full of river rocks (life's pain). 

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Five Activities to Do in Your Home During COVID-19 Social Distancing

Apr 22, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Providence Recovery Services posted in Sober Life, COVID-19, Mental Health

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It’s not unusual to lose interest in your normal daily activities, especially during this time where COVID-19 has struck society and we’re quarantined. However, staying in your home doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, you can choose to see today and the next bundle of days as an opportunity to use your creativity or try out a new hobby. 

Discover five activities you can do in your home during COVID-19 below. 

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Combating Mental Health Effects Brought on by COVID-19

Apr 8, 2020 9:07:27 AM / by Providence Recovery Services posted in COVID-19, Mental Health

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During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, medical professionals have called for the community to go into social isolation and practice social distancing. Additionally, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered Coloradans to stay at home on March 26, 2020. As addiction treatment professionals, we have to wonder how this will mentally affect people. 

Sadly, there isn’t a lot of research out there about the mental health effects of COVID-19. However, the good news, information is updated daily about this crisis, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recognizes that this pandemic and social isolation are potential causes of increased stress.

It can be especially difficult for those who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use. Besides increased stress, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it can also cause anxiety, obsession and loneliness. 

So, what can you do right now to keep a healthy mindset during the COVID-19 crisis? The Providence Recovery team has great tips for you to protect your mental health.

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