Once you enter recovery, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be smooth-sailing. There will still be hurdles along the way, and the biggest hurdle must be rebuilding relationships.
Escaping addiction is a great achievement, and recovery embodies a promise of a better life for yourself and for your family. However, it doesn’t mean that things will get better right away, or that your family can easily move on from the chaos that happened while you were addicted. It can take a very long time to put things right, especially after many, many years of substance abuse.
While it’s normal to feel a variety of emotions especially in early recovery, it is how you cope with them that tests your mettle. How to deal with these dangerous emotions in recovery can mean the difference between relapse and long-term recovery.
As we have discussed in our previous post, there are a number of dangerous emotions in recovery that can jeopardize your sobriety. These emotions are:
- Excessive joy
Those who are just starting their recovery journey often fall into the trap of an emotional relapse. Left unchecked, this can spiral to mental and then physical relapse, in which you actually use drugs or alcohol. So get to know what emotional relapse is and how you can better avoid it.
When you first get out of rehab and start out your early recovery, you may find yourself riding that so-called emotional rollercoaster. It’s normal as you try to cope with the outside world, this time without the crutch you’ve always turned to: your addictions.
In your early recovery journey, you will experience highs one moment and lows in the next, and this can really test your recovery and your new coping skills.
How do you forgive someone who lied, deceived, betrayed, disappointed, and hurt you? How do you forgive someone who turned your life upside down and left you in chaos and despair?
Yes, it’s not easy. It never is.
And for someone who lives with a drug addicted husband, wife, parent or child, the cycle of addiction can be so exhausting that you may not even know if forgiveness and reconciliation are even possible. It doesn’t seem fair: Why would you forgive the addict after everything they have subjected you to?
So how do you know if you have a drug or alcohol problem? Is there a way to solve this? Is there a way out? In this article, we help you get the answers that you need so you can also get the help that you need.
Drug or alcohol problem comes in many forms and affects people regardless of gender, social status, profession, economic status, or health. There are people who are into sports and yet indulge in substance addiction. There are also professionals, such as teachers and doctors, who abuse drugs such as prescription pills and narcotics. Meanwhile, even those who are unemployed find themselves being lured and trapped by the addicted lifestyle.
Are non-alcoholic drinks and other beverages safe for you and your recovery? Let’s find out.
Recovering alcoholics may often wonder if it’s okay to drink non-alcoholic drinks and beers. In fact, it seems harmless and on the surface, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why you should not drink non-alcoholic beverages. It’s better than the alcoholic ones, after all.
But let’s look at it closely.
As with addiction, many myths also surround drug and alcohol treatment and the facilities that provide them. These myths are perpetuated not only by movies and the media in general, but also by people’s lack of factual information and awareness. Many people are often misled by what really goes on in drug and alcohol treatment facilities.
Let’s take a closer look at the most widespread myths about drug and alcohol treatment:
What can a parent do with a child who is abusing drugs or on the road to addiction? Here we tackle what you can do to be empowered and to help your child who is struggling with adolescent addiction.
As a parent who lives with a child with addiction, what can you do?
Well, there’s no easy answer to this, as every kid is different and every family is different. Still, there are things that you can do to get you started.
Teenage boys and girls alike tend to challenge authority and even involve in risky behavior. Many of them get introduced to drugs and alcohol, which may eventually set them up for a crooked and arduous path towards addiction. But why do they do it?
This article is part one of a two-part series about Adolescent Addiction. This part will tackle the motivations and reasons why many teens try drugs and eventually become addicted.
As a parent, it is important to know these reasons in order to better protect their child against any involvement in drugs, as well as to be prepared and have enough knowledge when their children indeed have taken drugs and are becoming addicted.
Instead of wallowing in hopelessness and self-pity, know that there is hope. Ask yourself these 10 Questions and be empowered. You will get through this.
Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, shopping, videogames, porn, or any other, addiction has very devastating conseqeunces not only to the addicts but to those who love and care for them. If you are someone who loves an addict who is your spouse, child, parent, or family member, you know the feeling: the sleepless nights filled with worry, the battle with your own fear… It’s like you are trapped with a snake slithering all over your body, tightly wrapping around your neck. It’s like you are drowning and gasping for air, living a wide-awake nightmare.