Tips for Managing and Avoiding Boredom in Addiction Recovery

Though boredom by itself is not considered a destructive emotion or state or being, it can lead to destructive behaviors, especially for recovering addicts.

There are a variety of methods you can use to combat boredom to not only aid in your recovery, but also to help you live a more productive life. One of the first ways to get rid of boredom is to understand how it impacts you. Consider this: If you are waiting in line at the bank and time seems to go slowly, you might start to wish you were doing something else that would be more exciting.

There are a number of reasons for your feelings of boredom. According to John Eastwood, a psychology professor at Toronto’s York University, there are three main aspects of boredom:

  1. You aren’t able to engage your mind in a way that can satisfy you.
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15 Questions to Ask When You Suspect Drug Addiction in a Loved One

It takes a lot of courage to acknowledge your loved one may be a drug addict and even more to confront them. How do you know what to say to a drug addict? Every person and situation is different. We have come up with a guide that can help you understand more about addiction, as well as a series of questions you can ask to help put your loved one onto the path to recovery.

Drug addiction can happen to anyone, but the majority of people start using when they are young. In 2013, there were more than 2.8 million new drug users, and 54.1 percent of these new users were under 18 years old, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Not everyone who uses drugs will become an addict, but substance abuse is still costly. The abuse of illicit drugs results in $11 billion in healthcare costs and $193 billion in overall costs in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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21 Self-Care Tips for Recovering Addicts

The term “self-care” came into style in recent years because, frankly, we all need to relax a bit. We’re inundated with bad news, an onslaught of digital distractions, and a culture that expects us to be driven to work at all times and to always be accessible. Everyone’s looking to achieve balance and find ways to relieve stress. But for the recovering addict, self-care shouldn’t just be a luxurious dream. It is essential in the process of moving past the addiction for good. It can even be lifesaving.

Why is self-care important?

Addicts, at their core, generally don’t believe that they are worth caring for. These feelings are usually what drove them into unsafe behaviors in the first place. In fact, poor self-care is a common denominator of emotional relapse. Part of the recovery process is changing your thinking and the old habits that made using a convenient and viable solution to life’s problems.

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Overcoming Social Anxiety

If you suffer from social anxiety, you are not alone. About 15 million American adults have social anxiety disorder. The overwhelming majority of people with social anxiety wait years before getting help. Like you, they have a fear of judgment by others in various social situations. That fear negatively affects your ability to foster friendships, cultivate romantic relationships and perform in school or in your job. That leaves you feeling discouraged, alone and ashamed. Many resort to avoiding situations that make them anxious altogether, while others turn to drugs or alcohol to ease their discomfort in these situations, which is a dangerous solution. Still others feel discomfort in social situations, but not to the point of anxiety.

The good news is we can help you learn how to overcome social anxiety without drugs. You can take steps on your own to overcome social anxiety and shyness.

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