A Brief Mindfulness Practice | 3 of 4

Thanks to a grant from the Trust for the Meditation Process, Vinland is launching a web-based video series as a resource for clients to continue their mindfulness meditation practice after leaving Vinland.

Below is the third video in the series, a guided meditation featuring a Japanese flute.

Made Possible By

A charitable foundation supporting meditation and contemplative prayer

Learn more about the Trust for the Meditation Process online at www.trustformeditation.org.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Treatment

Choosing the right addiction rehab can be overwhelming. You don’t want to rush into it, pick any rehab and potentially relapse later. Be informed before making such a big decision in your recovery. Asking the right questions helps you get the information you need to make the right choice. Here are the top 10 questions to ask when choosing a drug and alcohol rehab.

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab
Source Recovery Connection

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Visit Us at Loretto Fun Fest

On September 13th, Vinland will have a booth at the Loretto Fun Fest to promote our annual 3K snowshoe fundraiser, the Winter Walkabout. The Loretto Fun Fest is celebrating its 15th year with activities for all ages.

At the Fun Fest, Vinland will be playing games, handing out prizes, and selling reduced-price Winter Walkabout tickets! The regular price for a ticket is $15, but we will have a special $10 Fun Fest price!

The Loretto Fun Fest begins at 1 pm and includes music, food, and activities during the day, followed by a street dance and fireworks at dusk.

For more information, including a list of activities, please visit the event page.



The Winter Walkabout will be held on February 21, 2015. The inspiration for the Winter Walkabout is to share the beautiful grounds at Vinland’s main campus with our supporters while raising awareness about Vinland Center and the work that we do.

We’ll see you there!

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September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, a campaign organized by SAMHSA to “promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrate people in recovery, laud the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promote the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.”

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

These disorders can affect someone regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or income status. Behavioral health conditions are estimated to surpass physical conditions in quantity by 2020. Mental health and substance use disorders are found to be linked with chronic health issues such as diabetes, asthma, and heart conditions.  With that in mind, it’s especially important to know the facts and resources in order to prevent and treat those who need help.



Knowing the signs and symptoms of a mental health and/or substance use disorder are key to proper prevention and early treatment. Symptoms usually occur before an actual disorder develops, thus offering a valuable window of opportunity. Various symptoms may include change in eating or sleeping habits, social withdrawal, feelings of extreme highs and lows, and unexplained change in personality. Family and friends play a key role in speaking up and offering support when it comes to prevention.


The key to effective treatment is encompassing all aspects of an illness: biological, psychological, and social. Depending on the nature of the disorder, different treatment programs may be appropriate.  This could include anything from outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment to meditation and yoga. Treatment is proven to work, but it is only effective with the will and want to recover.

While the overall outlook on mental health and substance use disorder recovery is positive, it only works with the right attitude and support system around you. This September, let us all be more aware and informed about this prevalent health issue and work to help those affected to recover fully.

Recovery Celebration Events

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Vinland is proud to sponsor the following Recovery Month events in Minneapolis, organized by Minnesota Recovery Connection.

  • Rally for Recovery, September 2, Target Field
  • Spirituality Breakfast, September 4, Augsburg College
  • Walk for Recovery, September 20, Lake of the Isles

Source: Graphics and select text used with permission from recoverymonth.gov.

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Client Success Story

Chemical Health Graduate Johnnie Shares His Story of Success in Recovery

johnnieOne of 13 children, Johnnie grew up in Mississippi. Childhood was not easy for him. When he was 12 years old, he sustained a traumatic brain injury after being accidently hit in the head with an ax. The injury left him with permanent short-term memory issues. Johnnie was placed in a special education program, but he only completed the sixth grade.

Johnnie started drinking at a very young age. When he was six years old, he used to steal his father’s liquor. He drank from then on.

When he was 18, Johnnie moved to Chicago, and then later Detroit, where he lived for several years. He drank heavily during this time but never considered that he had a problem.

Johnnie moved to Minneapolis 16 years ago. He found work in construction, and he fell in love with a woman who already had children, whom Johnnie helped raise.

Four years ago, Johnnie was approached by an undercover police officer and asked to sell him drugs. Johnnie did not have any, but he arranged for the police officer to buy drugs from someone else. Johnnie was arrested and charged with drug possession. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years probation.

For the first time ever, Johnnie learned that alcoholism is a disease. As part of his conviction, he was court ordered to enter a substance abuse treatment program. He was referred to Vinland Center because of his traumatic brain injury.
Unfortunately, Johnnie did not stay sober the first time he attended Vinland.

“The first time, I was not serious. The second time, I did anything I was asked to do,” Johnnie said. “Vinland is a good program, but it’s up to you to accept the tools.”

Johnnie completed his second round of treatment at Vinland two years ago, and he has remained sober since then. After treatment, he moved into an assisted living house owned by Sojourn in a suburb of Minneapolis.

Now that he’s sober, Johnnie describes his life as “a whole big turnaround.” He gets along better with other people, including his mother and girlfriend. He enjoys living in the assisted living house, where he volunteers to help the less-mobile residents.

Due to his success in recovery, Johnnie was granted early discharge from his probation earlier this year.
“In recovery, you get to make yourself a better person than you were before. Being at Vinland really helped me.”

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Families Dealing With Addiction


When someone you love is fighting an addiction, it doesn’t only affect them, but it also affects you. Many times, the family is overlooked during the recovery process, but they need support too. Sometimes, loved ones become co-addicts as well. This means that while they don’t share the actual addiction to drugs or alcohol, they live in a negative space by “placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others.”

The key word in a co-addiction discussion is ‘enabler’. It’s easy to want to make excuses for and always support your love ones during addiction and/or recovery, but there’s a point where they have to take control of their own lives.

Families dealing with addiction have been shown to have some of the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Suicidal tendencies

The best way to thwart these problems is to reach out for help. There are many resources available including a clinical psychologist, support group, religious or spiritual leader, addiction specialis, or family doctor.

Rick Krueger, clinical services manager at Vinland and director of the organization’s Family Program, explains the importance of resiliency as well as: “The use of discipline in a positive, guiding way and the importance of play from a developmental perspective. The importance of reducing stress and self-care for the child-care provider.”

With the right approach, addiction treatment for your loved one doesn’t have to bring you down, and instead, you can help lift them up.

Source: addictionblog.org 

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