The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

Feeling the need to be in control all of the time can create a high level of stress. For those who are overwhelmed by the urge to control everyone and everything in life, depression and addiction can be right around the corner. No one person can dictate and control each of life’s events, and needing to do so can actually be a sign of fear or a negative self-image. When a person releases the need to control and learns to take life as it comes, his or her stress level is greatly reduced. It may seem like the opposite will happen, but learning...

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How to Accept Good with the Bad

How to Accept Good with the Bad

When someone struggles with substance abuse, she often struggles to see life through any other lens but how addiction is impacting her life, so changing negative thought patterns into positive ones is a part of the rehab process. Treatment starts you or a loved one on the path to a drug-free life, but maintaining a positive outlook can be difficult during the early days of recovery. You may find it difficult to accept good times if you remember that struggles will still come, but a positive reaction to problems will always make it easier to...

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Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

Ignoring the Lie that You Aren’t Good Enough

Addiction is often accompanied by feelings of worthlessness. Struggles with substances can produce a state of mind that makes a person feel he is not worth saving — that there must be something about him that deserves to be miserable. These negative thoughts can be some of the strongest, most counterproductive challenges for a person struggling with addiction. Changing yours or a loved one’s focus from self-loathing and doubt to strength and empowerment takes getting in to the right rehab program. By eliminating negative self-talk, you or...

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How to Recognize that You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

How to Recognize that You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

Having a mental illness or substance abuse diagnosis often carries a stigma that, for some people, can inhibit recovery. If you realize that you do not have to be defined by your diagnosis, then you will have achieved an important part of the rehab process. However, getting to this stage in your recovery journey takes times and patience. At first, you may believe that you will always be known for your actions while you were under the influence of drugs, or you will think that no one will forget your behavior before being treated for mental...

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5 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Why You’re Sober

5 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Why You’re Sober

Telling your kids why you are sober may seem like a frightening thing to do. You’ve tried for so long to shield them from your issues, thinking that by doing so, you are protecting them. But children living with parents who struggle with sobriety are already very aware that something is not right. Helping them understand your journey to recovery in terms they can grasp validates their feelings and may even help them feel less afraid. Just like going to the doctor and getting a treatment plan helps you know there are answers to the way you...

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How Can I Educate Myself About My Child’s Addiction?

How Can I Educate Myself About My Child’s Addiction?

Addiction is a family disease, because, when one family member struggles with addiction, so do the rest. The effects of addiction are hard to avoid, as the addict’s behavior is beyond his control and capable of impacting everyone around him. No matter what the family dynamics are, or who the addict is, one of the best ways to get clean is to learn how addiction and recovery work. There are several ways to learn the ins and outs of addiction; you can find credible information by searching the Internet, reading books or by speaking with a...

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