This time of the year can be very stressful. All the holiday preparations, making sure everyone has presents and all the holiday meal groceries and menus are made, the parties attended, the list goes on. Things can become so chaotic this holiday season that the real meaning of Christmas can get lost.
Guess what–there’s a lot more things to celebrate than the food on the table, the gifts under the Christmas tree, the clothes on your back. For one, just the fact that you’re alive and sober is worth celebrating enough. Read More
It’s that time of the year again and you probably have invitations to Christmas parties left and right. However, Christmas parties also mean there will be alcohol–and loads of it. So if you’re in recovery or trying to be sober, here are ways you can say “No” to alcohol while still enjoying your Christmas party.
If you haven’t touched a drink in your life, then it’s easy for you to say “No” to alcohol. However, if you’ve been a party animal before, always drinking, or known by your friends for being the drunken life of the party, then declining alcohol may not be such a simple thing. Read More
Addicts have a knack at making themselves believe addiction delusions so that they can go on living their lives without consequence or treatment. They do this by rationalizing their habits, particularly their drug or alcohol use, or even behavioral addictions such as gambling. Read More
If you’re in recovery, you may have already heard hundreds of cliche quotes and affirmations that are designed to help you get through the rough patches. In fact, you may have seen dozens of quotes posted in walls in your addiction rehab facility during your time in treatment. Read More
Addiction recovery can be challenging to your family too. Of all people, however, they’re the ones who stood by you through it all–from the dark times of your active addiction and now as you traverse your new life sober. Here are some tips on how you can show how much you appreciate them.
Going through the addiction rehab process is not only hard on you–it’s also difficult for your family. They will be left alone while you’re in a safe, secure, drug-free environment learning all sorts of life skills and coping mechanisms. While you can focus on yourself without the distractions of the outside world, your family is out there, most likely dealing with all the problems you have left behind. Read More
If you’re planning to check into an addiction rehab, then congratulations to you. Not everyone has the insight to acknowledge that they have an addiction or a substance use problem, much more to make that step into getting treatment. Read More
Wondering whether addiction rehab works and if you really should have an addicted loved one admitted in one?
Here is how addiction works and the stages you or an addicted loved one will go through on the path to sobriety and recovery. (And yes, rehab works indeed!)
How you grew up and the experiences you carry along with you can also have an impact on the development of addiction as well as your chances for life-long recovery. However, there’s no real formula to tell who will succeed with their sobriety intact.
Reality is, what you learn throughout your life as well as your attitudes and interactions with people and your environment can influence you. They can make you develop patterns, both harmful and otherwise. Read More
Bridges of Hope, in partnership with the local government unit of Bagong Lipunan ng Crame in Quezon City, has conducted a seminar on drug addiction and treatment last July 28, 2017. Led by Bridges of Hope Senior Program Director, Guillermo “Gimo” Gomez, BH shared a seminar on addiction, its causes, symptoms, and pharmacology, among many other related topics.
Many people associate drug and alcohol abuse with parties. And it’s not wrong. Many of those who abuse drugs and alcohol seem to be the opposite of lonely. They go out, have fun with friends, and get high.
Media isn’t helping either. They glamorize alcohol and drug use like it’s cool and people who do it are awesome. But this is so far from reality. People who are abusing drugs and alcohol or are downright addicted to these substances are on a predictable downward spiral that leaves destruction in its wake.
More likely, these people who are always present in the happening places around people who use like them may also come home, drinking or using alone. This compulsion is paralleled to a developing chemical dependency that persists until everything they hold dear goes away. They become disconnected from their families, friends, jobs, and even from their own selves.
Thus, the continuing cycle of loneliness and depression goes.