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Many of us turn to alcohol to help us cope with the pressures of daily life. It often helps ease anxiety; it makes us feel more social and sometimes boosts our overall mood. However, there is an underlying factor to consider when it comes to using alcohol to improve our mood – in the long run, alcohol negatively impacts our mood as it changes the way the brain works.
Although addiction recovery focuses largely on detoxing the body from addictive substances, there are many other elements of recovery that are just as important as the detox process. Therefore, successful addiction recovery depends on a recovery programme which focuses on the mental well-being of individuals receiving addiction treatment.
Although 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging years the world has experienced in a long time, it will also be the year that we witnessed heroic acts of courage and determination.
Having a drink every now and again is social, fun and a nice way to unwind after long day at work. Just like all nice things, drinking alcohol must be done in moderation and with care.
The sad reality is that even without the additional challenges of a pandemic, the healthcare system will continue to buckle under the weight of alcohol-related deaths and incidents in South Africa.
Before South Africans celebrate the lifting of the alcohol ban, it’s important that we take into consideration the effects alcohol abuse has on our society.
Regardless of the circumstances, drug addiction recovery can be a challenging road to walk that comes with immeasurable reward.
However, the current lockdown in South Africa has placed added pressure on those with drug addiction as well as those who are in recovery.
There are many additional activities that we can incorporate into our lives during the process of addiction recovery which can be instrumental in our path towards sobriety.
Addiction recovery is not just about no longer using a substance; it’s about finding new ways to enjoy our lives, or remembering what gave us joy before we became addicted.
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.
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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