Boredom is a fact of life. The problem is that it can also be a trigger for relapse. But here’s the thing: Just like feelings of sadness or anxiety, boredom cannot be avoided. All of those feelings are inevitable from time to time. The real question is how we can learn to manage feelings [...]
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It feels as if the person you love is lost. Yes, they might be standing right in front of you, but the things they do and say make you feel as if the person you know is gone. There’s almost nothing you wouldn’t do to get your loved one back but, at the same [...]
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. And while it’s true that genetics certainly come into play when determining your risk, there are also a number of environmental factors within your control—including your alcohol consumption. And that fact is that, in addition to all the [...]
Your loved one is at last in recovery—and it's likely the only thing that is made a difference to you for a long time. This is unquestionably a time to appreciate and celebrate, but at the same time, it's an opportunity to start healing on your own end. Addiction is a violent wind of [...]
Psychological trauma is what happens when the amount of stress one faces overwhelms their ability to cope. It can be caused by many things, including natural disasters, war, abuse, abandonment, death, illness, and even bullying. It’s also true that an event that would cause psychological trauma in one person—let’s use the example of a [...]
Mindfulness is a way to get out of your own head and enjoy the moment. Does that sound familiar? One of the reasons so many of us are drawn to alcohol or drugs is because they offer a chance to quiet the voices telling us to fret about the past and worry about the [...]
Some people safely take prescription painkillers as prescribed by their doctor to manage chronic pain. Others start using painkillers for physical pain and end up addicted. There are also those who take them just to get high. By now we all know of the risks of painkillers and addiction, but that’s not the only [...]
Finding out that your loved one is struggling with drugs or alcohol can be heartbreaking. It can leave you feeling angry, hurt, and confused. While it is normal to feel overwhelmed right now, it is important to realize that all hope is not lost. Recovery is possible, and you can help your loved one get there. [...]
Drinking alcohol deeply impacts your physical well-being. Some of the side effects of long-term alcohol consumption include: Shrinking frontal lobes Poor oral health including cancer of the mouth Decreased lung function Liver damage Muscle weakness Shifty eyes Increased heart rate, high blood pressure, heart failure Digestive problems, stomach, pancreas, and colon cancer Dependence [...]
You learned firsthand that drugs always take more than they give. You’re ready to be done. You’ve had enough. But you’re also scared. You don’t want to be sick. You don’t want to feel bad. And you certainly don’t want to go through the rest of your life feeling bored or fighting cravings. If those [...]