Valley Hope: Norton



Norton Valley Hope
709 West Holme St.
Norton, Kansas
67654
Phone: (785) 877-5101
Fax: (785) 877-3903

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Addicted to Chaos: When Life in Sobriety Seems Boring 

People that enter drug treatment do so with a tremendous amount of baggage. Drug and alcohol addiction has thrown their lives into total disarray, and through the treatment services and expert care provided at a drug rehab facility they can begin to piece their lives back together. When those new in recovery leave treatment and transition back home, they have the tools  they need to restore calm, structure and order in their lives. While newly recovering individuals feel a strong sense of empowerment and excitement in building a new life in recovery, danger can lurk beneath the surface. For those who are newly sober, they will encounter many obstacles in their recovery journey­­ and many of them are mental in nature. Perhaps the most common mental obstacle is the perception that recovery is boring . There is no doubt that recovery brings stability, but for some newly recovering addicts, they may not know how to handle the newfound peace that comes with stability. Despite all the good that is happening in their lives, they will seek out drama at every turn. In these cases, it can be said they have replaced an addiction to drugs and alcohol with an addiction to chaos. What Does It Mean To Be Addicted to Chaos? An addiction to substances is often seen as being the tip of the proverbial iceberg in regards to the deeper issues an addict has experienced in their life. For many, they come from a background where there is great dysfunction. Whether it is personal trauma, family issues and history with addiction, or mental illness, many who experience this type of environment can come to view it as a normal part of everyday life­­and they will resort to substance use in order to help “make sense of things”. When the addict undergoes drug treatment and starts to get sober, a couple of things can occur. First, the addict experiences anxiety in regards to the scope of the deeper underlying issues that lie at the root of their addiction. Secondly, they may gravitate towards any drama that may be occurring in their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with that anxiety. If underlying issues go unresolved during treatment and carry over into their recovery outside of rehab, those new in sobriety will continue to seek out chaos­­and in many ways can be addicted to chaos. The concept of chaos addiction  may be more difficult to grasp due to its abstract nature, but the addictive patterns it demonstrates in a person’s behavior can have similarities to more commonly­known addictive behavior. Because of these similarities, people who are in recovery can take steps to minimize the phenomenon of chaos in addiction. Tips to Managing An Addiction to Chaos Seek Professional Mental Health Help For those who may be showing the signs of chaos addiction in their recovery, the first thing that must be done is to seek the help of an experienced mental health provider. These professionals can perform comprehensive evaluations in order to identify any underlying disorders that may have gone undiagnosed. With a proper diagnosis, the appropriate mental health interventions can be implemented along with any complimentary substance abuse interventions. Engage in Mindful Meditation Practices Learning mindful meditation techniques  have long been a staple of life and coping skills education at many drug rehab centers. Easy to master, meditation allows people dealing with anxiety and stress to focus their thinking in the present moment. When someone engages in meditative practices, it invokes a parasympathetic response from the body which lowers heart rate, blood pressure and it decreases the production of stress hormones in the body. Learning to Identify Relationships, Environment and Circumstances That Promote Chaos People in recovery who find themselves becoming addicted to chaos need to have the same mindset they adopted during treatment, which is to avoid the people, places and things that cause chaos in their lives. There needs to be a clear identification of what causes dysfunction in one’s daily life. While it may not be possible to avoid these situations, those who are in recovery from substance abuse need to find healthy and proactive ways to deal with the stress and anxiety that accompany chaos. Learning to Set Boundaries A common thread for those who are addicted to chaos is the fact they were raised in a home environment in which personal boundaries were not respected. To minimize chaos in recovery, those who are newly recovering need to learn ways to set limits where others are not able to overstep their bounds. For example, if someone is speaking to a person who is highly negative of themselves or others, they must learn to redirect the conversation to a more positive place or leave that conversation altogether. Chaotic Behavior Needs to Be Seen as Relapse Behavior There are many in recovery­­especially early in recovery­­ who view a relapse has a sudden event. In reality, relapse is the result of a myriad of behaviors that occur for a significant period before the actual relapse event. For those in recovery who allow chaos to control their life, they need to immediately recognize that the anxiety and stress they are feeling are telltale signs that a return to active substance use may be near. With that recognition, they can take the necessary steps to get stable. Has Your Life Spiraled Out of Control Because of Drug and Alcohol Addiction? Call Valley Hope Association Today! Has your drug and alcohol use creating a cycle of dysfunction in your life that is too overwhelming to handle? Don’t wait another day to address your substance abuse issues; take back control of your life and call the addiction professionals at Valley Hope Association. For nearly 50 years, Valley Hope Association has provided addicts with the proven and effective treatment programming and expert care they need to break free from substance abuse for life Make your recovery a reality today by calling Valley Hope Association toll­free at 1-800-544-5101

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Norton is the original Valley Hope. The first patient was admitted on August 15, 1967. Valley Hope has grown since that time, currently having nine residential treatment centers and numerous outpatient offices in seven states.  However, at Norton Valley Hope, the treatment is as close to the original Valley Hope philosophy as is possible. Norton Valley Hope truly provides a “family” experience for those patients who attend treatment there.

Norton Valley Hope is a free standing substance abuse facility with 56 beds providing treatment to patients ages 16 and up. We have nursing staff around the clock helping our patients recover. We offer detox, residential and partial levels of care seven days per week. We also offer family support and education, believing that substance abuse has an overwhelming impact on everyone in the family. We have found that individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a higher sobriety rate.

Norton Valley Hope is contracted with most major medical insurance companies and works diligently to offer payment plans for those who cannot afford the full cost of treatment up front. We also provide a very competitively priced traditional care program for those patients who will be paying out-of-pocket but desire a 30 day treatment stay.

Our 12 Step based approach includes providing each patient with an individual counselor, group counselor, and chaplain. Our chaplains are nondenominational with a focus on spirituality and the concept of a higher power. The length of stay at Norton Valley Hope is variable and based upon each patient’s recovery needs.

What many patients indicate that they like best about being at Norton Valley Hope, other than our treatment and services, is the town of Norton itself. It is a friendly little town in the North-Western corner of the state. Sometimes being in rural Kansas is looked on as a negative, but where addiction is involved, we can treat the disease removed from, and uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of the chaotic addicted lifestyle. The town is quiet and peaceful which also lends to the spirit of recovery. Likewise, the people at the local AA, NA, and Al-Anon meetings are helpful and supportive, as well.


 

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