Sometimes it feels like society says you should be always happy and that showing your sadness is a sign of weakness. This is far from true – if you were to hold in all your sadness or anger you would explode!
Ignoring your feelings and thoughts may help you to manage in the short-term but in the long run, it isn’t healthy or productive for your mental health, physical health or your recovery.
Knowing how and when to employ various positive coping strategies is going to be your best ally when it comes to experiencing your thoughts and feelings in a healthy and constructive way.
Appreciating the little things in life means that you focus your attention on what nurtures and sustains you in life. On everything and anything that brings you even the smallest amount of pleasure. It also means practicing gratitude by noticing these everyday things that you may otherwise take for granted so easily.
Because we are going through so many major changes in active addiction and early recovery, it can be somewhat difficult to hone in and focus on being grateful for the small stuff.
This article will help you to better appreciate the little things that we may take for granted when life gets hectic and rocky by providing you with hints, tips and strategies to include this into your daily life and activities.
Grieving the loss of an addiction is a very common and powerful experience that all too often goes unacknowledged. Once you’re in recovery, it can feel almost blasphemous to talk about the parts of your addiction that made you happy, the things you miss and the things you mourn.
And yet, acknowledging the full reality of your addiction, the good and the bad, can be deeply healing and help you cope with the conflicting emotions so many feel during the recovery process. After all, drugs or alcohol were your constant companion, your coping mechanism, your escape route and your priority for many months, years or even decades.
Find out all you need to know, along with tips and ideas to make the most of this highly important occasion and a step in the right direction for your recovery.
What Hitting Rock Bottom Means For Those Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol
Hitting or reaching rock bottom is the place that some people with severe drug or alcohol use disorder (addiction) must reach before they are finally ready to admit that they have an addiction and finally reach out for help, support, treatment and therapies to change their life around.
Find out more about rock bottom here and how you can change your life around when you find yourself at this lowest possible point.
Addiction is often described as a downward spiral. What this means is that over any significant period of time the life of the individual will deteriorate.
In the beginning, the individual may find that the benefits of using alcohol or drugs outweigh the disadvantages, but over time, this situation reverses. The longer the person remains addicted the more they will end up losing, and if they are unable to end the behaviour, it can eventually kill them.
Helping them without enabling them can sometimes seem like the same thing, however, they aren’t. Find out how and why inside…
We all have moments of self-doubt, but negative self-talk can become outright abusive and detrimental to our recovery efforts if we let it go on for too long. The way we treat ourselves is what shapes our self-perception, yet we tend to be much more critical on ourselves that we really should be.
In this article, we discuss what drives negative self talk as well as tricks and techniques to overcome them when they occur. We also look at the use of daily affirmations in recovery, a really powerful tool to utilise if you want long lasting, resilient recovery!…
Many people diagnosed with a substance use disorder (an addiction) also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders. This is known as a “dual diagnosis”. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected health issues simultaneously.
According to a recent study, approximately 80% people with an addiction also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions among other physical health conditions too.
Anhedonia is defined as a loss of capacity to experience pleasure. This inability to enjoy pleasurable things is associated with a number of mental health problems including depression.
The word anhedonia comes from ancient Greek and means without delight. The individual who is experiencing this condition will find that their life is emotionally empty and meaningless without having drugs and/or alcohol in it to make them feel “normal” again, in a state where they are able to feel pleasure and enjoyment again, even if it is just temporary.