Importance of Recreation in Recovery

Boredom. It is one of the biggest challenges people face in early recovery. If someone leaves the structure of treatment and returns home to spend all day alone and watching TV, they may be tempted to contact old drinking or using buddies to find some fun and get rid of the boredom. For this reason, it is […]

Finding Fun in Recovery

How do you help clients at Vinland Center learn how to have fun while in recovery? You start with respect. “You treat everyone with respect so they feel good about themselves,” said Tom Everett, who works in Vinland’s Fitness and Wellness Program. “We try to incorporate fun into activity. We want to find the fun […]

Keeping Your New Year Resolutions

We all look forward to a New Year. It often signals a new start. Many make resolutions to make changes in their lives, but how often do those disappear by week two or three of the New Year?  And what are some ways to keep resolutions? (Though this says 2012, much of the advice is timeless.) […]

The Journey to Recovery

The struggle for recovery is real for Vinland clients every day. But before you can understand recovery, you must first learn about the addiction process. Vinland Clinical Director Rick Krueger speaks to the addiction process and finding treatment to reach recovery. “The addiction process starts with learning a client’s mood swing,” Krueger said. “The mood swing […]

Handling the Holidays

Having trouble disconnecting during the holidays? Technology can be a blessing and a curse. It has become such a embedded part of our culture. Here are some tips on tackling the holidays hands free. (Infographic resource: Visualistan)

Measuring Health in Recovery

Brain speed, balance, flexibility, hand-eye coordination, upper and lower body strength, and body fat percentage. These are the seven parameters that are used to assess Vinland’s clients’ health. Vinland Fitness and Wellness Manager Jeff Willert studies how these parameters change from when clients first arrive to when they leave Vinland. “It gives them a perception […]

A Journal for Recovery: Writing For Mental Health

Some write about feelings. Some write about what they ate. Some write about the day’s goals. Whatever the subject matter, identifying feelings and emotions is the key to keeping personal journals. “Everyone has a story to tell,” said Vinland Mental Health Therapist Peggy Martin. “Journaling is a good way to share how that story unfolds.” […]

Meditation Walking: A Path to Recovery

Feel the warmth of sun on your skin. Hear your footsteps along the path. See trees’ leaves flutter in the wind. These are some of the sights and sounds for the walking meditation group at Vinland. “We want to empower people to be in the moment,” said Vinland Program Services Manager Tom Beckers. “Clients are […]