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...
Geographical’s: A Change of Scenery

Geographical’s: A Change of Scenery

It is often said in the rooms of 12 step meetings that we have no control over people, places and things. After all, wherever we go, there we are. With this in mind, a lot of us at Oregon Trail Recovery are at a bit of a conundrum. Easily more than half of our...
Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy

“You can bring the horse to the water but you can’t make it drink.”   As I sit here and write this; looking back on my experiences as a part of Oregon Trail Recovery, I am filled with gratitude. Grateful for the quality of life my sobriety allows me to live....
The Beauty of Mother Nature

The Beauty of Mother Nature

“ Ooh, Ahh, Wow, that is so beautiful, I have never seen anything like this!” These are just a few of the things I often here when taking clients out on an adventure. When going for a hike I can’t tell you how many times I get questions such as “How much farther?” or...