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The Importance of Giving Back in Recovery

Royal Life Centers values community and what it means to be a part of one and to give back. At all of our locations, guests who want to volunteer and guests who need community service hours may participate in community betterment activities. One such activity that we are particularly proud of, and encourage staff and guest participation in, is our Elliot Bags program.
Royal Life guests and staff hand out bags, named for guests who have passed away, containing food and water, hygiene products, a blanket, and a poncho to homeless individuals in the neighborhood.
Each of our centers offers two full treatment scholarships, typically on a monthly basis, to two homeless people in the neighborhood. After an individual has finished our program, we invite someone else looking for substance abuse treatment to our facility. Giving back in a way that provides addiction treatment to those who need it— especially those who need it and may not have the resources to get it— underscores our commitment to the recovery community and to building strong foundations for lasting sobriety.
Guests also voluntarily participate in trash pick-ups around the community and on local streets that we have adopted. Cleaning up streets and sidewalks is a small action that makes a big difference for people living, working, and visiting the cities and towns that Royal Life calls home.
We believe that acts of service help individuals to better themselves and learn the importance of teamwork and what it means to work together toward a common goal. Engaging in community service helps to boost morale and has a number of psychological, social, and cognitive benefits. Service can decrease stress and depressive feelings and help you to feel good about yourself; it can also help to create bonds between those serving and those being served, as well as among those serving.
Further, service increases social awareness and fosters a senses of civic responsibility. With enhanced knowledge on a topic or of an issue, volunteers gain understanding and grow from service experiences, as well as develop better communication skills. All of these benefits are particularly impactful on those who have a substance use disorder, as many experience co-occurring mental health disorders and need help re-building life and interpersonal skills that they lost track of in active addiction.
Volunteering can also teach valuable job skills, as it holds volunteers accountable for participation and particular responsibilities. We provide guests job readiness training in our nine-week outpatient program, so this ties in closely with the skills we teach and instruction our counselors and addiction specialists give guests.
In summary, community service can:

  • Teach the importance of teamwork
  • Boost morale and improve mood
  • Decrease stress
  • Ease depression
  • Create social bonds
  • Increase social awareness
  • Foster civic responsibility
  • Gain personal understanding
  • Teach valuable job skills and accountability

One of our goals at Royal Life Centers is to help guests to re-discover the best version of themselves, and we believe that community service can help them to do so, whether through the above benefits or through discovering a new passion or purpose tied to acts of service.

A holistic approach to addiction treatment

We invite anyone seeking addiction treatment to join the Royal Life family. We are a network of full-service drug and alcohol medical detox and treatment facilities and treat dependence on alcohol, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids. If you or a loved one has a substance use disorder, we hope that you’ll consider making us a part of your treatment plan and recovery journey. Our admissions staff is available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY to answer any questions you may have about our programs.

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