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Substance dependency and recovery
Although addiction recovery has many rewards, the one thing many recovered addicts fear is sharing the fact that they are now sober.
The sad reality is that there is a degree of shame that is associated with being sober, because of the stigma attached to being an addict.
However, being sober is something that every recovered addict should be proud of because it means that you have overcome one of the hardest obstacles you will ever face.
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Conflict management is arguably one of the most critical dimensions of the multifaceted process of addiction treatment and recovery.
Avoiding conflict is not always possible and by knowing how to resolve it in a healthy and effective way, we open up various doors towards improvement and growth on many levels.
There are no real identifiable causes of addiction, but there are many factors that we are exposed to on a daily basis which may contribute towards the development of an addiction.
Whether internal or external, every person has a set of concerns that they find themselves head to head with on a daily basis.
We have addressed the concept of dual-diagnosis, which points at the co-occurrence of mental health disorders and substance abuse.
People who experience this co-occurrence will face a very unique set challenges throughout the recovery process.
While recovery related therapy involves different therapies which facilitate recovery, occupational therapy in particular is an extremely important element.
Recovering from addiction comes with many ups and downs, but the rewards of a sober life are truly immeasurable.
Choosing a sober life will bring as many blessings as it will challenges. The key is to keep your eye on the ball every step of the way and avoid anything and anyone who may trigger the desire to turn to drugs or alcohol.
Choosing the path of addiction recovery is the best thing an addicted person can do for themselves. However, many recovering addicts experience depression after addiction which may bring some extra challenges to the journey of recovery.
Depression can bring feelings of hopelessness and can have an impact on a person’s motivation to achieve sobriety.
This state of mind can be as a result of circumstances which took place before or after substance and alcohol abuse and is determined by various factors.
Emotional manipulation is a common theme in the behaviour of people who are addicted and can still be present in the early stages of addiction recovery.
Manipulative behaviour can be extremely hurtful and can cause irreparable damage to some relationships between addicts and their loved ones.
Often, the addicted person becomes an expert manipulator and can get away with manipulating people and situations to suite their desired outcomes.
The holiday season is upon us and to some this means it’s the time for joyful celebrations and festivities. However, for people who are in addiction recovery, this can be a difficult time of year.
Often, these celebrations take place as social gatherings accompanied by food and alcohol and sometimes even other illegal and harmful substances.
Although bipolar disorder and addiction are not officially symptomatic of each other, they often occur concurrently.
These two conditions are commonly related to one another; therefore, many medical professionals will routinely check for substance abuse and addiction in people who have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder.
During addiction recovery, the effects of substance abuse on mental health are easily observed.
The impact addiction has on mental health is undeniable and often, permanent. This is especially true when someone has abused substances for an extended period of time.
Some of the long-term mental health issues that may arise from addiction are anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders, mood disorders and even psychosis.
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