If you have struggled with any form of addiction or know someone close to you that has, then, you will understand just how difficult it can be to break away from self-sabotaging behavior patterns. This is not the fault of the person who is addicted, although they may feel guilty when they struggle to remain […]
Although addiction recovery is a journey that affects people very differently, it’s true to say that a great many people will go on to beat their addiction. Having the right professional support is paramount. If you have concerns about therapy or specialized treatments, understand that success depends on many factors, but it does give everyone […]
An addiction can have an overwhelming effect on your life. But, it affects others too. Close family and friends will also feel the negative aspects of addictive behavior and, there are always consequences if your life starts to spiral out of control. You may think that you are in control of any substance abuse but, […]
So many people suffer from alcohol problems these days and for many, there are feelings of guilt or shame which can actually intensify the issue. Fortunately, alcohol abuse help is available if you ask for it but, the problem for many, is that they are not ready to accept that they have a problem. Therefore, they don’t reach out for help.
It’s easy for alcohol intake to increase substantially without awareness. You may think that you are drinking to a moderate level but in fact, you are drinking far more than you think. It may have started off by being the odd drink on a Friday night after work, but if work pressures increased dramatically, the one night of drinking became two or three and so on. If this sounds familiar, know that it’s an easy trap to fall into and it’s important to eradicate feelings of guilt or shame as this will only compound the problem.
When alcohol abuse occurs alongside stressful situations and issues in life, this can make the problem worse, so understanding why is paramount to fixing the issue which is likely to mean seeking professional counseling.
If someone you love is battling an addiction, it is understandable that you may feel at a loss as to how to help. The important thing to consider is whether your loved one fully understands and accepts the addiction. If not, it will be very difficult to convince them to seek help. As with any […]
For anyone who regularly takes an addictive substance, it is incredibly difficult to overcome the compulsion to continue. Many people have fallen foul of an addiction, but few manage to break free from the addiction on their own. Fortunately, professional help is available to help counteract dependency on these substances, but it is imperative that […]
Many people think that those who are addicted to drugs must be weak-willed or, that they have addictive personalities, but this is far from the truth. It most certainly is not a character flaw and, beating an addiction takes far more than willpower. This is because drugs have a powerful impact on the brain, creating […]
One of the most difficult aspects to face within a family unit is the realization that a loved one has become addicted to alcohol. Initially, there may be a period of concern, a questioning about the amount of alcohol consumed, and anxiety about how their loved one is behaving. Alcohol changes people and sometimes, the […]
Short-term rehabilitation (rehab) programs are often harsh and abrupt changes to your lifestyle. While these do work for addicts that haven’t been addicted for a long period of time, they may not work for a lifelong substance user or someone that may be at their absolute rock bottom. This type of treatment can seem like […]
One thing that makes man people fight going to rehabilitation (rehab) is having these 12 steps to work. This type of structured program does not work for everyone, which is why non-step related programs exist. Rather than accepting a higher power, and recognizing each step of recovery individually, non-traditional programs treat you mentally and physically […]