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Overcoming addiction is one of the most difficult challenges a person can face. Some people argue that they could not have done it without the help of a higher power. Others maintain that they overcame their addiction through sheer force of will. Many people in recovery find that a higher power gives them hope and helps them to stay on the path of recovery even when times are tough. A Higher Power can help to overcome addiction in many ways. 1. It Can Provide Guidance and Direction When people are struggling with addiction, they often feel lost and don’t know where to turn. If you are struggling to overcome addiction, you may find that seeking guidance and direction from a higher power can be helpful.
You have recently noticed behavior that leads you to believe your son might be using drugs. You don’t want to jump to conclusions, but you also know it is important to get to the bottom of this. But then again, you aren’t sure how to approach the situation. This can be a very troubling time for many parents, especially when they don’t feel comfortable approaching their child about his drug use. Here are signs to watch out for when you want to know if your son is using drugs. Notice Behavior Changes Teens abusing drugs or alcohol may exhibit changes in personality and behavior that are out of character for them. They may become moody, irritable, and aggressive toward others, even their friends and family
Drug addictions are commonplace these days, and many people turn to drugs or alcohol to combat creative blocks. Recovering from addiction can be inconvenient, and it can take a long time to find your creative groove again. Many people fear the idea of creative block and decide to use drugs or alcohol to help combat it. You can always be creative without drugs or alcohol. Here are a few ways that you can get back on track without the use of any substances. Cut Out the Temptation The first way to find your creativity is by removing the temptation to seek out drugs or alcohol. If you’re using drugs or alcohol to combat creative blocks, you’re probably having a hard time between jobs, relationships, and
People prescribed Suboxone use the medication responsibly and do not abuse it. If a friend is using Suboxone, they may be abusing the drug by using more than prescribed, using it to get high; or misusing or abusing other drugs while on Suboxone treatment. You should know that some people who use a drug as prescribed might still have difficulty managing their substance abuse problem, and some people are more sensitive to certain medications’ side effects than others. Here are some insights to help your friend: Acknowledge That They Feel Okay Using Suboxone As a friend, you can be helpful in their treatment by understanding that they are using Suboxone as a replacement for alcohol or other drugs. They might choose this medication because it
You know someone who is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. You feel helpless and don’t know what to do for them since they refuse to get help. It can be tempting to give up, but please don’t. Helping an addict requires patience, persistence, and compassion. You can help your loved one get the treatment they need and lead a better life. Here are ways to help an addict when they may not want help: Stay in constant communication with the addict If you think your loved one needs to get help, tell them. Try to be as non-judgmental as possible and offer hope that they can beat their addiction. Tell them it’s OK when they relapse if they try to stay clean. It’s
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge drinking as consuming approximately 5 alcoholic drinks for men and 4 for women within 2 hours. The effects of high alcohol consumption are well known, but the amount of pain this causes your loved ones may be unbearable. With that in mind, here are some useful tips for setting you on the right path to recovery. Consider Your Environment Binge drinking is often triggered by exposure to certain environments, social situations, or stimuli. Until you’ve got your drinking under control, you may want to stay away from places like pubs and gatherings where drinking will be the main focus. You may also want to limit your contact with certain friends and social circles if
Addiction recovery is a long, arduous process that can take months or even years. Sometimes, it might feel like you are just spinning your wheels, going nowhere, and making no progress. When this happens, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s working in your recovery plan. Most people participating in it will have to go through several relapses and stop taking drugs or alcohol before they eventually succeed in becoming sober. Here are five tips for maintaining a positive attitude during this recovery journey. 1. Find a Peer Support Group One of the most powerful tools in helping people progress in their recovery is reaching out to others in your condition. After all, people dealing with the same issues can offer you better advice than
Lying is one of addiction and recovery’s most common and destructive behaviors. It can destroy relationships, damage your reputation, and make it difficult to stay sober. You need to learn how to stop lying if you want to recover from your addiction and build healthy, trusting relationships. Below are some tips to help you stop lying. Change Your Thinking Lying is often a automatic response to certain situations. You need to learn to think differently about situations where you would normally lie. Instead of thinking about how you can get away with lying, think about how you can be truthful. It takes practice, but you can change your thinking patterns and learn to respond differently to situations. For example, let’s say you’re at a party
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is one of many twelve-step groups that help people recover from substance abuse problems. AA’s recovery program includes steps people use to deal with the issues caused by their drinking. These steps include admitting you have a problem, asking God for help, and making amends to those harmed by your actions. Some people find that these steps work just fine without religion; others prefer to seek spiritual guidance along with their support network. Regardless of how you approach it, the 12 Steps are a powerful tool for recovering from addiction. What are the 12 steps The Twelve Steps are what makes Alcoholics Anonymous different from other 12-step programs. These steps outline the basic principles of AA. They include the following: We acknowledged
Sober living facilities are a step up from alcohol-only rehabilitation. They offer a more balanced approach to recovery, complete with daytime hours and an array of classes. However, they also come with unique rules and restrictions you should know about before entering this new stage of your life. Alcoholism treatment centers tend to be more structured than sober living homes or private homes, which sets them apart in ways many people might not know about. At The Recovery Village, we believe that people can benefit from the structure provided by a treatment center without suffering from the lack of freedom. This freedom is one of the benefits of joining a sober living facility. Substance Abuse Substance abuse is a disease that can devastate an individual’s
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