Finding a Spiritual Path

In the depths of the darkest places I took myself in addiction, where all hope was lost, I completely disregarded spirituality as something that could be beneficial in my life.  As I grew further and further away from a conscious contact with something greater than...

Alcoholism: A Perpetual Struggle for Americans

    When we consider the nation in its entirety, it is estimated that more than 30 percent of adults in the United States abused alcohol in one way or another, according to recent government survey’s. That’s almost a third of the entire nation. That’s over...

Marijuana Abuse in College Settings: The New Norm

According to statistics presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), research indicates that the rate of college students who use marijuana on a daily basis has more than tripled in the past 20 years. The data, collected in 2014, identifies that the...

Let The Journey Begin

Let The Journey Begin… Uncertain of who I was as an individual, attempting to be who others wanted me to be, I found, at a very young age that drugs and alcohol gave me “courage” and helped me to “fit in”. I sought approval and validation from anyone who would...

Self-Care Mandate

Working in the field of drug and alcohol treatment is extremely rewarding. Seeing first hand, individuals change their lives from hopeless, desperate, lonely, and ashamed to becoming productive members of society is something that is not experienced every day in a...

My Journey With Oregon Trail Recovery

My journey with Oregon Trail Recovery got off to a bumpy start. Needless to say I wasn’t very receptive to what they were trying to teach me. I was a completely different person when I first arrived here, a fact that still so often amazes me. I wasn’t...

Asking For Help

Being a blue-collar ruffian from the mid-west and having no shortage of pride and ego, I never wanted to face the reality that problems or obstacles I was encountering couldn’t be overcome simply through willpower. I thought only a weak-minded person asked for...

Triggers: The Gift of Choice

Oscar Wilde once wrote that “I can resist anything except for temptation.” When we apply this quote to our recovery, we see how those words take on a unique form. In the realm of recovery (and especially around treatment centers), one often hears the word “trigger”...

Non-Violent Communication

Nonviolent communication is the language of compassion. The man that developed it is Marshall Rosenberg Ph.D. Here at OTR we are teaching our clients this model. It is sometimes met with resistance, in most cases, because they’re not use to getting their needs met,...
Thursday Morning Workouts

Thursday Morning Workouts

Thursday mornings are a special treasure for the women’s’ program at Oregon Trail Recovery. The ladies wake up with excitement and mild dread as they dress for the day in workout gear. They spend time making nutritious fruit smoothies and talking together about...