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Money management doesn’t come easy for all of us – especially people with an addiction or substance abuse problem.
For those in addiction recovery, the primary outsource of their income was most likely their substance of choice.
However now in recovery, it’s important to be more financially responsible to ensure the effects of your treatment remain as the building blocks for a long and healthy addiction recovery.
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Getting sober is hard enough, but trying to start afresh once you’re in addiction recovery can in many ways be more difficult.
Stepping back into the workplace and resuming a ‘normal’ lifestyle after spending years as an addict can be overwhelming and the transition demands several steps in order ensure your recovery is successful.
In this article, we have outlined ten actions you can take to improve your chances of successful recovery.
It’s no secret that drugs in pop culture has a heavy influence in our society.
Watch a movie or turn on the radio and you will probably see or hear something about drug abuse.
Unfortunately, the consequences of drug abuse aren’t always portrayed accurately in pop culture.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me how 2016 was not their year. But for me, it was one of the most exciting and enlightening years that I’ve ever had.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t filled with overseas trips or big fancy events, and it certainly wasn’t smooth all the way.
But last year, was a year of self-discovery and inner growth.
The festive season is a time to eat, drink, and be merry.
But if you’re a recovering addict, the cocktails, parties, and good times can be a tough to try navigate.
Additionally, increased family time during the holidays can be emotional for many, especially those recovering from addiction. And for those without close family ties, loneliness may set in.
Therefore, we have gathered a few tips on how to stay sober this festive season.
It’s no secret that your local drug dealer cares very little for you or any of their other loyal customers.
This becomes evident when you start looking at the quality of the drugs they sell, where they sourced them from and how much each substance is ‘cut’, in order to make more profit off each.
There are very few places in the world, where you will find more honesty, support and courage than in an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting.
Attending a 12-step meeting is one of the most life-changing experiences you can have.
“Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres. Dopamine also helps regulate movement and emotional response, and it enables us not only to see rewards, but to take action to move toward them.” – Psychology Today
A study dating back to the 1970’s explains how changing an addict’s environment can help them overcome addiction and avoid relapsing.
The study, which was heavily contested in its time, is now regarded as significant to current concepts about how we can change behaviours and how addiction can be cured.
Often, we overlook the true impact of our emotions. We forget that our emotions are the things that drive us, whether it’s happiness, sadness, fear or anger.
We overlook the significance of our emotions, refusing to recognise why we felt that way or how that negative experience and its attached feeling has impacted our lives.
Because of this, we are never able to fully seek closure on a negative experience, allowing that experience to ripple out, inevitably affecting our lives for years to come.
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