NEW YEAR

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How are you starting out this year 2021?  What obstacles stand in your way? What barriers are impeding your progress?  Are you starting the new year clean and sober? Is there a alternate path you can choose?  The choice may seem easy, however, the journey requires work and commitment.  Making that first call is usually the most difficult.  But, ask yourself, is it easier to live in your current circumstance or is there another way?  A better way to live!? Give us a call or come in to visit one of our staff and we can get started on a new path for this new year! God bless you and may He give you the strength needed. Mark

HOLIDAYS

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HELLO ALL-

I hope this finds you in a place of readiness.  Holidays can be a tough time of year for the those of us who struggle with co-occuring issues.  There may have been times when we’ve burned a bridge or two with loved ones, friends, and even children.  Due to those broken bridges we may not be able to see or spend time with those we care about the most.  Those circumstances/realities are very painful to deal with.  What kind of coping skills do we use to handle those things. Is this a struggle for you?  Are you feeling alone for the holidays?  Are you in a place in your heart/head where you would like to make some changes to your life in order to spend the holidays going forward differently?  We can assist you with that desire/need.  Just give us a call 253-246-1613.  There is another way, a lot of men and women have already repaired those bridges and relationships by making that same call and asking for help.  We are praying for you, God bless you! Mark-

 

ACCEPTANCE

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Hello All, 

I’ve noticed at times things come my way which I may not like, but I have to ACCEPT.  I am able to do that now (most of the time…lol), however, I’ve learned that I really don’t have control.  When I was in my addiction, I thought I could control things and especially my addiction.  However, when my life actually spun out of control, I lost my self respect and my self esteem and there was no control of that or regaining it in my addiction.  The disease had me, and I finally had to come to terms with (ACCEPTANCE) that I needed some real help.  It was during this time of brokenness that I was able to find ACCEPTANCE of the help being offered and I was not going to have real chance of change unless I ACCEPTED the help.  You see ACCEPTANCE is actually the realization of we are not in control and it’s a understanding that things are going to be OK no matter what.  Things are going to come our way which we struggle with, but if we move to ACCEPTANCE, then we will find some peace in the middle of the storm.  If you need help ACCEPT your circumstances and just reach out…there is help to be given.  God bless you ALL!!
 

PRIDE

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HELLO ALL, 

Is pride good or bad? Is being prideful a good thing?  Well I would suggest that being prideful around a job well done, or an accomplishment is a healthy thing.  However, PRIDE can set us back from moving forward in our recovery.  We can be SO prideful that we stop short of asking for help, or admitting too someone who we may have in our life that can tell us what we need to hear vs what we may want to hear, which we really are in need of.  PRIDE can stand in our way like a door locked shut. PRIDE if not checked and right sized, can keep us stuck in our current circumstances. PRIDE can prevent us from finding the glimmer of HUMILITY that seems to be vital in discovering our path of recovery.  Does PRIDE stand in your way?  Are you making decisions based upon PRIDE.  Is PRIDE preventing you from getting help? Unlock the door of PRIDE and let those in who can assist you with change.  We don’t have to do it on our own! If you need assistance call us @ 253-246-1613.  It is just a phone call! God Bless you all, Mark.

CHOICES

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HELLO ALL, 

I am hopeful for each and every one of you.  Some times we can delay or progress by simply choosing the easier path. Sometimes the difficult CHOICE is uncomfortable, unfamiliar, unrecognizable, and just down right hard to do! What does that mean for us as individuals?  There’s the old sayings “live and learn”, “we learn for our experiences”….which I used to tell my Grandfather quite a few times while I was struggling at making the correct CHOICE. 

I’ll never forget the one time I was home from college and my Grandfather and I were outside working in his yard.  We were discussing an issue I had and the outcome had already arrived (which was just like he said it would go) and my response to it (in all my young wisdom lol) was ” sometimes I have to learn from my own experiences”.  I remember his reply like it was today, “If you would learn to listen to some of my suggestions I could save you from some of those “bad experiences”! I look back now and say…only if I would have listened to the guidance I was offered so freely back then.  I get it today!! However, how many times are we going to be offered the actual solution to part of our problem and ignore it, until we CHOOSE to go out and have that BAD experience?

Do we really need to learn that way?  Is there a better path that could propel us forward in a positive way? Are there suggestions, advice, and/or instruction given to us that we should follow?  What would be the outcome if we listened to people in our lives who truly just want to assist us?  How much time, grief, pain and suffering would we be spared as individuals?  Can we/you make the CHOICE to not only listen, but do something constructive with the advice given to you?  God bless you with this decision of CHOICE!

 

PATH OF CHANGE

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HELLO ALL, 

I wanted to share a couple of things with you.  First I wanted to ask what path are you on now?  Secondly how do we determine if the path we are on is good, healthy and healing?  Sometimes it can seem like we are on the right path…heck it may feel like that as well.  However, if we stop for a minute an ask this one question ” is my LIFE improving currently”? If the answer that we find within ourselves is hard do determine, maybe not, or no! Then that would be a good indicator that our current path may not be the best path for us at this time.  Then, what are the options?

  When I was struggling I found my best option was to seek help.  For me, that meant inpatient treatment. I could not stop long enough to help myself.  I needed REAL help.  You know what….that was a great decision for me!! It feels so good to live without substances in my system. The path to treatment for me was the right path.  Is that the path for you?  Could your life improve from seeking treatment?  Give us a call and lets find out…253-246-1613.  God Bless you and your path! Mark

PLACE OF HOPE

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HELLO ALL, 

How powerful is the feeling of HOPE?  How painful can it be when we lose HOPE?  How dark can it become for us when we feel like there is no HOPE?  Can we get suck there in that dark place?! Within our addiction and mental health challenges, we can rapidly lose ourselves in hopelessness and begin to feel like there is no way out, no way back, and/or we will never heal.  This is how powerful the disease of addiction can be and how low we can sink in our mental state. However, let me assure you….THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!!! Any other way is final, and you/we can never go back…however, with 1 phone call, 1 email HOPE can be found and the light can begin to shine!!! NEVER EVER LOSE HOPE…please call us @ 253-246-1613 and let’s figure this out together.  If you’re in crisis please call 911.  God loves you and I am certain someone else does too!!  HOPE is REAL!!! 

RELATIONSHIPS

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HELLO ALL, 

I wanted to touch on relationships for a moment and the differences between good(healthy) relationships and bad(unhealthy) relationships.  I think at times I had those two confused.  I thought my old acquaintances (friends) we my golden relationships.  I thought those were people I could trust, confide in, look to for sound advice, bounce things off regarding relationship issues…lol.  Well, it took me awhile, however, I finally learned that those old acquaintances(friends) were not the kind of folks which I could use to enhance my life from a relationship standpoint.  I was actually unhealthy, so my choices around friends and relationships reflected my current state of spirit, mind and body. Once I started to change those relationships and move away from unhealthy to healthy relationships my choices, decisions and how I worked through life problems started to drastically improve.  Have I perfected life and life change? HECK NO!!  However, with the new relationships I have developed today, I am much improved in decision making. in addition to how I handle some life things.  I will leave you with this…someone once told me to make a list of the people in my life (relationships), then highlight anyone who brings chaos or drama to my life.  Then I was told once I identified who those folks were, I should remove them from my circle.  The suggestion was fantastic, however, it was hard to do.  Once I did moved forward, things really improved for me!  God bless you all! If you are in need of assistance please contact us @ 253-246-1613.  

OLD HABITS VS HEALTHY ROUTINES

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HELLO ALL,

What kind of habits do you have?  Are they old unhealthy habits?  Are those old habits keeping you stuck in unhealthy routines?  When I think about old habits, I think about a time when I was really unhealthy.  I remember waking up in my disease and going to sleep in my disease.  In those times most of my habits revolved around my disease and were unhealthy.  Today, I wake up, pray, drink a cup of coffee, exercise, shower and begin my day. There are some variations too those items occasionally.  However, for me, I had to practice these routines countless times and in the beginning it was like learning how to live all over again differently.  There were times when it was REAL hard to execute these things.  It was almost like tasks or checking off a list at first.  They didn’t have a lot of meaning other than someone suggested them to me in order to build healthy routines and unlearn my old habits.

In the very beginning I was told when I awoke to write down 3 gratefuls daily, read the 3rd step prayer, make my bed, check in with my sponsor and go to a meeting.  Sounds simple, but those routines were very difficult to do day in and day out.  Those old habits wanted to take over at times and I had to be reminded in order to live differently, I needed to practice these things to build a foundation of healthy routines.  Today, my routines are the foundation of my day.  Those simple items which I try to do on the daily, sets the stage for my day and keeps me on the right path. I am grateful for the continued practice of these things which keeps me in the right space.  It is by the Grace of God that I am able to do these things today and I still continually practice my healthy routines.  It is all about practice!! You can do it!! God bless you, Mark. 

WHO ARE WE?

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Hello All, 

I have been thinking about who we become when we are not sober, struggling in our addiction and our mental health is in jeopardy as well.  Are we responsible people? Are we kind people?  Are we good parents?  Are we able to be a good friend?  How about a good brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin? Do we pay attention to the things in our lives which are truly important?  Or, at these times, are other things in the way?  Here’s a thought, how much are we showing ourselves true love and kindness during these times?  Probably not as much or as often as we should.  There is a way for us to become a better version of ourselves…and too those who matter (should matter) to us.  You can do it…just reach out! 253-246-1613.  Love yourself enough to ask for help.  You deserve it! You can do it! People in your life love and care about you and are hurting for you whether you realize it or not.  God loves you.  God bless you, Mark.