Often when addiction is raging within, there are no redeemable values and the mind has snapped shut. The attitude is one of "know-it-all-ness" and hopelessness. We are following an inner drive to escape reality but as we develop into sober individuals, we When recovery begins, anxiety may reign for the short term, but studies show that as people find and live their value system, they feel better about themselves and their anxiety goes down. It is when we are away from our value system in active addiction, that we lose ourselves, becoming more anxious and afraid. We incorporate defining and living a personal set of values into our workshops, recreation and assistance in exploring work and education options. Residents add meaning and values to their new life both in action and in thought.