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Domestic Violence and Addiction – How are they linked?

There is an uncomfortably close link between domestic violence and addiction; substance abuse is often the cause of domestic violence, while domestic violence can just as well cause substance abuse.

Therefore, both substance abuse and domestic violence are considered the cause and effect of the other, and when investigating the one the other should always be considered.

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Addiction Recovery and Telling People You're Sober

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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Causes of Addiction – Circle of Influence & Circle of Concern

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.

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Addiction Recovery – Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

Your past does not define your future. Read that again and allow it to sink in.

We have moved passed the idea that your addictive past will define your entire future and we believe that the term “once an addict, always an addict” couldn’t be further from the truth.

Addiction recovery is the first step to take along the meaningful journey of rediscovery and allows us the opportunity to outgrow destructive habits as we cultivate a new way of life.

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How Occupational Therapy Helps with Addiction Recovery

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.

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How to cope with an addicted person’s emotional manipulation

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.

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Bipolar disorder and addiction – How are they related?

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.

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Addiction recovery - How addiction affects our mental health

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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Dealing with Psychological Trauma as Part of Addiction Recovery

Psychological trauma is a factor that must be strongly considered in any person who is undergoing addiction recovery.

Trauma is often found to be the root cause of someone’s addictions and therefore, the trauma itself should be addressed along with the actual addiction.

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What is mental health and how does it affect addiction?

What is mental health? 

Mental health refers to a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being. It has an effect on how we feel, act and think.

Furthermore, our mental state will determine how we make choices, handle stress and relate to others.

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