Category: Recovery

ADDICTION WILL KILL YOU – IT’S FRIGHTENING, LETHAL AND POISED TO STRIKE

ADDICTION WILL KILL YOU – IT’S FRIGHTENING, LETHAL AND POISED TO STRIKE

Addiction will kill you one way or another. There is a reason that recovery literature warns that there is nothing but jails, institutions, and death if you continue to drink or use. Either by design or accident, there is no goodness to be had from substance abuse.HEALTHEach and every drug has a side effect. Mix them, or add alcohol or illicit drugs to the cocktail and the combination can be deadly.Prolonged use of alcohol and drugs changes the chemistry of your body. Almost every cell or organ suffers from the...Read More
FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF ARE THE SECRET TO COPING WITH LOSS

FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF ARE THE SECRET TO COPING WITH LOSS

THE BEGINNINGThe stages of grief were first introduced in 1969 in the book On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross that chronicled terminally ill patients.Since then the 5-stages of grief model has been adopted by the psychological / self-help community as the standard for identifying and processing grief and loss in its many forms.Of note is that the stages are dynamic, you may progress through the steps in order or bounce around throughout them until you finally come to terms with your loss. Understanding what the stages represent will help...Read More
EVALUATE THE TOP STRESSORS IN YOUR LIFE

EVALUATE THE TOP STRESSORS IN YOUR LIFE

According to LIVESTRONG the top ten stressors in life are; childhood trauma, death of a loved one, divorce, finances, job, health, personal relationships, a chronically ill child, pregnancy, and danger. Other sources list the more traditional top five; Death, divorce, moving, major illness, and job loss. What does stress do to you and how can you manage it?HOLMES-RAHE STRESS INVENTORYThe American Institute of Stress uses the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory that was developed in 1967 to test the hypothesis that stress leads to increased illness. Holmes and Rahe created a points...Read More
UNMANAGEABLE LIFE – RECOVERY ENDS CHAOS

UNMANAGEABLE LIFE – RECOVERY ENDS CHAOS

Is your life unmanageable? Everybody goes through periods in their lives where certain areas become difficult and unmanageable. If you suffer from substance abuse the chances are that ALL of your life is unmanageable, all of the time and only getting worse. You have become attached to the chaos and drama that accompanies substance abuse.Taking a look at how unmanageable your life has become is one of the first activities you engage in when you enter treatment. It is not pretty. Looking at the effects that drugs and alcohol have...Read More
TOXIC PEOPLE – GET THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE NOW

TOXIC PEOPLE – GET THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE NOW

Toxic people are not confined to just those that you have an intimate relationship with. A toxic person could be a family member, a friend, a roommate, a coworker, a client, or an online friend. All of them will display the same types of behavior that you ought to be aware of.You need to learn the subtle behaviors that toxic people employ to retain control over you, and have counter measures to avoid the trap.Here we look at some of the behaviors toxic people employ. What tactics they engage in...Read More
CLASSIC ROCK MORNINGS – YOUR SUNDAY PLAYLIST – BY KORAL DAWN

CLASSIC ROCK MORNINGS – YOUR SUNDAY PLAYLIST – BY KORAL DAWN

Hello everyone! I'm Koral Dawn, a social media manager and marketing professional from Washington, USA. No, not Washington, DC; the other Washington on the west coast by California! You can find my blog here. But if you prefer to find me elsewhere, my Instagram is where I spend most of my time: @koral_dawn.I’ve been recently going through some rough times with depression and anxiety after being laid off from my job that I moved 2800 miles away from home for. I had less than 24 hours’ notice that I didn’t have a job,...Read More
CHALLENGE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK AND GAIN SELF-ESTEEM

CHALLENGE NEGATIVE SELF-TALK AND GAIN SELF-ESTEEM

The way you think affects the way you feel. The way you feel affects the way you behave. This is the premise of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), an effective way to combat negative thought patterns. If you are plagued by negative self-talk, chances are you are not particularly happy. Your subconscious has likely hijacked your ability to think things through. Your misperception and assumptions are seriously limiting you. There are simple ways to make changes and turn your life around.WHERE TO STARTNegative thinking is a learned behavior. Over time your...Read More
HOW TO USE GOAL SETTING TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE

HOW TO USE GOAL SETTING TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE

Why do you NEED to have goals in life? Surely, you can just improvise and continue meandering through life with no fixed destination? When are goals important? What exactly are the benefits of having goals? How do you identify and set goals? Let’s find out.YOU MUST HAVE GOALS TO “BE EXCELLENT”The folks at Personal Excellence declare you must have goals in order to “be excellent.” You are advised to stop being a passenger and to start driving. The first instruction is to “Take control of your life.” Phrases such as...Read More
CHRONIC MIGRAINE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CHRONIC MIGRAINE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Chronic migraine is defined as 15 or more migraine days a month. For those who suffer from chronic migraine, this is not a condition that can be treated by popping an OTC pain reliever and going about the day. The symptoms of a migraine are debilitating. There is now an expanded range of treatments available for you to consider. Having an arsenal of coping skills will help you get through the bad days. WHY YOU NEED MIGRAINE HEADACHE TREATMENTSpending more than half of the month unable to function disqualifies you from...Read More