Living with a parent who is an addict can be extremely difficult. If you, yourself don’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol it is nearly impossible to understand the self-destructive compulsion that drives someone to use. Always remember YOU are the most important! You have to know how to take care of yourself first!
September is National Recovery Month. Recovery Month’s purpose is to educate people on the disease of addiction and mental health issues and to spread positive and encouraging messages to those in or affected by recovery. It is also to show the general public that treating behavioral and mental health will improve overall health. National Recovery
There are many things we celebrate in our lifetime. One of the most important celebrations in my heart that I hold close is my clean date. There were years I was hesitate and did not want to make a big fuss but this is very important not only to the addict celebrating but the newcomer
Labor Day weekend is generally the last kind of “summer hurrah” and lots of people are out traveling. Labor Day brings with it a chance to recognize hard work while enjoying an extended weekend, but the celebrations can turn deadly when people drink and drive. Labor Day weekend is one of the dangerous times on
Humans tend to develop strong relationships with animals. These relationships provide comfort, happiness and love. Animals are used for therapy in many different treatment programs, addiction recovery included. That’s right, having an animal to connect with can actually help you heal. A dog is a very common pet that people use for therapy and comfort.
I can remember coming into recovery and in the rooms people spoke about having reservations. It was a common theme to hear of “Squashing all reservations” and I had no idea what they meant. Even after learning what a reservation was I still was not sure how to “squash” them, I mean how can I
You don’t have to run like you’re an Olympic star, but it’s a fact that exercising can help with your addiction and recovery. Many people who abuse drugs or alcohol forget about being healthy. This will cause havoc on both the emotional and physical well being of a person. When exercising the brain you will
Everything went bad one night and then my entire family knew I was using again, I did not have them fooled after all. I woke up the next morning, staring at the ceiling, maybe it was a dream! When I walked into the kitchen I then saw my family, waiting for me. My head lowered
Everyone has dealt with a type of trauma that forever changes your life. It may not be obvious, but many of these traumas can lead to an addiction. A person who has experienced a trauma is at high risk of alcohol and drug use disorders. Some types of traumas included one or more of the
Have you ever had a dream that made you wake up in a panic? These lucid drug dreams can be scary. Almost everyone who is sober experiences a relapse dream. Most people don’t know why they occur or how to deal with these dreams. The best technique to try is exercising before bed. By exercising