Tips from the staff at Corner Canyon Health Centers
1) Be proactive: make plans, don’t sit around and wait; take control of your schedule and fill your time and find people to connect with and activities to fill your schedule that are pleasurable and life affirming.
2) Go to 12 Step Meetings: Many of us “lived in the AA rooms” when we first got sober. It worked for us so we know it can work for you.
3) Sober Fun: It is possible! Engage in activities that you enjoy.
4) Connect: Spend time with loved ones that will help keep you accountable and provide support, especially around parties and other events where alcohol may be present.
5) Advocate: Share your individual needs and wants, don’t make people guess.
6) Reminisce: Reflect on previous years/last holiday season. How are things different?
7) Gratitude: Express gratitude by keeping a running list of people and things you appreciate.
8) Just another day: Don’t let the holidays take you out of a healthy routine. Find ways to maintain your daily sobriety routine, regardless of the holiday.
9) Coping Skills: Use your skills to help you thrive this season. Practice your breathing, meditate, be of service to others, take time to read a book or draw, go to the gym, etc…
Here are some other great resources to help you stay sober through the holidays!
If you need more support or a higher level of care reach out to (877)-71-SOBER
Author: Katie Thomas T.R.S., C.T.R.S.
Cheryl has a 24-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to work with adults at Corner Canyon Health Centers. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she looks forward to directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.