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Inconveniences come into our every day lives at the worst possible times, which make sense; if they arrived when we were ready for them, they wouldn’t be called inconveniences.

They knock us off course a little bit because they interrupt a schedule, a timeframe:
having to stop for gas when you’re  running late for work
the shoelace that breaks right before a meeting
waiting all day for the repair guy to come fix your refrigerator
finding out at 9pm that your child signed you up to bring cookies to school the next day for the ENTIRE CLASS

And because these things never happen at a good time, it’s easy to lose perspective and categorize them as “problems.” We all do it.  But they’re not…they are just inconveniences and they will fly out of our lives as quickly as they flew in.

So when faced with that unexpected interruption to your day, remember it’s not a problem-it’s just a temporary inconvenience.
(And if you happen to be up at midnight making cookies for your child’s class, make sure you save yourself a couple. After all, inconveniences can still have their perks.)

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We hear success stories quite a bit and usually, they focus on the same type of successes.

We hear the great success stories of those who have battled weight loss. The stories are usually splashed across magazines in the grocery aisle and those who have lost the most quite often make it to the talk show circuit.
We also hear success stories of those who have obtained a physical fitness goal; running a 5k or planking for 10 minutes.
Stories also seem to circulate about those who have achieved entrepreneurial success: newspaper boy to newspaper owner, for instance.

Success stories are wonderful, for they encourage all who hear them. But there are other success stories equally if not more important. They are the stories of recovery told by those who struggled, found treatment and then, found success. It’s these stories we celebrate this September during National Recovery Month.

In its 25th year, Recovery Month “promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.” Simply put, Recovery Month is about spreading the message that behavioral health is a crucial part of overall health. They go hand in hand. It’s the message that “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover.”

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out” and on Saturday, September 20, from 11am-1pm, we invite you to join us at Garrison Park at the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration. We’ll have live music, a free lunch, and stories from those in our community celebrating recovery.

So while September is dedicated to promoting Recovery, remember…you can Speak Up and Reach Out…always.WebBannerRectanglePINTHISspectrum healthcare ©2014

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We labor with our hands.
We labor with our bodies.
Mothers labor to bring new life into the world.
Artists labor to create.
We all labor to live.

To labor simply means to work, to put forth an effort both with our body and with our minds. And while laboring is indeed a Good Thing, for we labor to produce results, sometimes, we all need a break from our labors. A time to rest; a time put those labors on hold. Now, it’s easy to stop working. You simply put down your tools, whatever they may be, and walk away for a bit. It’s harder to stop the laboring of your mind, but even more important that we do, for our worries can tire us more than the labors of our body. And unlike the labor of our hands, the worried laboring of our mind only produces more worried laboring.

So this Labor Day, concentrate on the labors that bring Good Things.

 

 

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You know the feeling…your body aches, your head is pounding, you’re running a fever, even your skin hurts. You’ve spent the last half hour in the bathroom and feel reasonably sure you might never leave it. Ever. 

You’re definitely sick and although you’ll to go to the doctor, the last thing you want to do is drive around town afterwards to pick up a prescription. 

At Spectrum, you don’t have to, thanks to QoL Meds, our full-service, on site pharmacy.

With QoL Meds, you can see any of our Spectrum physicians, whether primary care or behavioral health, and then, on your way out, get your prescription filled. In fact, the pharmacy is right inside our lobby, so even when you aren’t sick, you can get your current medications refilled easily and conveniently.

So, remember our pharmacy is here for you…because it feels better to be home in bed than waiting in the grocery store pharmacy for a prescription to be filled.

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Mondays get a bad reputation. We groan over them, grumble about getting up for work, even songs are written about them: “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” But Mondays are great, because they bring with them an opportunity to make THIS week better than the last. It’s a shiny new start that arrives every seven days. So, Happy Monday, Arizona!

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