Coping with Trauma Anniversaries

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Anniversaries are usually a celebration. They are a way of marking the times in our lives and keeping track of forward progress. Anniversaries can also be a reminder of the past, and when that past is not pleasant, the anniversary can be anything but a celebration

It can be hard to forget something very traumatic that happened to you, especially when the same date comes around every year. Sometimes even the season can be a reminder of that terrible time. When forgetting is not possible or not healthy, you have to shape how you approach the anniversary so as not to get dragged back into the past.

The Effects of Trauma

The effects of experiencing or even witnessing a traumatic event vary, but in the extreme, they can be quite serious. Your experiences help shape brain development over time. Children can be the most vulnerable to trauma, although its effects may not be seen until much later in life.

Tips for Managing and Avoiding Boredom in Addiction Recovery

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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.

Effects of Boredom Can be Destructive

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.

15 Questions to Ask When You Suspect Drug Addiction in a Loved One

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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.

Abuse of Illicit Drugs: 11 billion in healthcare costs

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.

21 Self-Care Tips for Recovering Addicts

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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.

Poor Self Care is a Common Denominator of Emotional Relapse

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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