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Stop using out of boredom

Making the decision to quit drinking is never easy. Once you do make the choice and are working hard to not only protect, but progress your sobriety, it is important to acknowledge that there are triggers that will pop up that will make you perhaps question or even reconsider your choice to be sober. Daily stresses can make sobriety difficult; however, another trigger that is very commonly one of the most difficult to control is boredom.

Here are five great and helpful ways control your urges when boredom strikes:

  1. Keep your days scheduled and structured

    Scheduling your time to ensure you have little to no down-time, especially in the early days of your recovery can help eliminate boredom. It is very likely that prior to choosing this new path of sobriety, having a drink or many drinks was a common occurrence.

  2. Don’t allow any alcohol into your home

    It is your choice to stop allowing any type of alcohol or substance into your house once you are in recovery. By making this choice it makes it that much harder to pick up a drink or resort to old behaviours when there is nothing else to do.

  3. Take up a new hobby

    Instead of sitting around doing nothing with all of the free time you now have now that you are not drinking your days away,  take up a new hobby to fill the void. Some great new hobbies to try include: painting, journalling,  learning a new language or how to play an instrument, hiking, gardening, working out, running or yoga. Your options are limitless when it comes to picking a new hobby, the most important part is that you enjoy it.

  4. Focus on self-care

    Self-care is very important for everyone, not only just those that are in recovery. By taking the necessary time to focus on your mental health, you will not only have a better understanding of who you are, but maybe even the reasons you chose to drink in the first place. Once you understand yourself, it is much easier to make conscious decisions to change your behaviours.

  5. Maintain connection with your support group

    Having someone to reach out to at any time of day is very important during recovery. Addiction triggers can pop up when you least expect it. Knowing you can connect with someone who not only understands your journey, but can also support you

Making the decision to get sober is a very big decision. It is important to understand the triggers that may arise during your recovery and be prepared as possible to handle them. If you are struggling with addiction and are looking for support to get sober, contact The Farm Rehab today. Our in-patient treatment programs offer individualized plans to help you understand your addiction and the best way to take back control over your life.

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Showing support to your loved ones struggling with addiction

Sometimes all a person needs to hear is that someone believes in them, loves them and supports them. This may seem irrelevant to some, but to others who do not have this person, it could mean the difference between life and death. How you choose to show your support to your loved one may differ from day to day, and that is OK. Unfortunately an addict will probably not realize how much love is behind how you choose to support them, but you will.

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Managing your addiction cravings

Unsolicited and unexpected cravings are par for the course when you are struggling with addiction. Much like craving a sugary treat when dieting, restricting yourself from something you would normally have will almost always result in cravings. It is, however, how you manage them, that will make all the difference. To assist you on difficult days, we have compiled some of our most tried and true ways to manage your addiction cravings.

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Dear Dad, 

I must have been in denial, I never really saw the signs. But regardless of what I did or didn’t see, alcohol was quickly and surely taking over your life. Looking back I wish I did so much more to help you; to help mom. Even though I was an adult, she protected me from knowing what was really going on with you. A few moments she let a detail or two slip that made me wonder, but that was about as far as it got. 

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Addiction rehab options – in-patient or out-patient

Addiction treatment for YOU

Choosing between in-patient or out-patient addiction rehab facilities can be a difficult decision for some, as each can have its benefits.

Deciding to put drug and alcohol use behind you can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but know you never have to be alone and that there is always someone to support you. Making the decision to get sober is and will always be the hardest part, but staying committed to you decision is imperative for continued success.  To help you with deciding whether in-patient addiction treatment or out-patient addiction treatment is the best option, we have broken down the pros and cons of each.

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Summertime sobriety

Summer is in full swing. The sun is hot, beaches are packed and backyard party invitations are endless. But with most invitations comes the popular phrase: BYOB. Last summer that would not have been a problem, after all you were the life of the party and always had a full cooler at the ready. This summer is a little different now that you have chosen a different path – a sober path. 

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Take note

Ask anyone who is going through it – addiction recovery is tough. Some days will be easy, while others will be down right torture. But just because there are inevitably going to be rough days, doesn’t mean you should forget them. One of the best ways to keep a record of your addiction recovery is to write about it. By being able to go back and review some of your hardest moments you can learn more about yourself and the strength you have, than you could ever imagine. ⁠

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Talking to kids about addiction

Imagine for a moment that you are a child and you are watching your father, whom you love more than anything in the world, struggle and spiral out of control. You notice that Daddy isn’t acting like himself, he loses his temper easily and is not home nearly as often as he once was. Perhaps you start to wonder what you had done to make him so upset and start to blame yourself for how he is acting – why else wouldn’t he want to be home with you? What you don’t know is that Daddy is struggling with addiction. 

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Addiction is a Family Disease

When you or somebody you love is struggling with addiction, it is often referred to as a family disease because of the impact the addiction has on the individual struggling and those around them. Being a family member of someone who is struggling can be extremely difficult because of the emotional turmoil that occurs while watching a loved one grapple with their battle with addiction. 

Some of the emotions that may arise from being a bystander to a loved one’s addiction include fear, anger, sadness, shame, guilt, anxiety and/ or depression. The emotions of helplessness and hopelessness are commonly experienced as you are forced to watch your loved one self-destruct. These feelings can evoke a belief that your loved one’s struggle with addiction is your responsibility: “Their pain is your pain; their struggle is your struggle.” 

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Stop enabling an addict

If you have a friend or family member that struggles with addiction, it is likely that you have heard the phrase, “you to need to stop enabling the addict.” We always want the best for our loved ones, especially those struggling with addiction. We believe that we are doing the right thing when helping them. At the end of the day, we may not realize that our helping could be enabling the habits and behaviours of someone struggling with addiction. When we enable an addict, we are preventing them from seeing the total consequences to their actions and/or behaviours. 

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Addiction Myths and Facts

Addiction myths

Unless you or a loved one has a history of substance abuse, it’s hard to understand the true nature of addiction.  Without personal experience, people often fill their knowledge gap with presumptions, speculation, rumour, and conjecture, creating myths about addiction, and the recovery process that overshadow facts.  So, let’s clear the air.  The following are some of the most common myths about substance abuse, addiction, and recovery, and the real facts everyone should know.

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Am I an addict?

Sometimes what you are most of afraid of admitting is the very thing that will set you free.

The cliché is true, the hardest part of addiction recovery is admitting you have a problem. Denial is a major part of addiction, and many people have to reach rock bottom before they will accept that they are an addict and need help.

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that you already know you have an issue with substance abuse, but you may be uncertain if you’re an addict.

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How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs and Alcohol

Talking to children about drugs and alcohol addiction

Research shows that children who learn the facts about drugs and alcohol from their parents are significantly less likely to use them.

No child is immune from exposure to drugs and alcohol.  Teen drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent in every community across Canada, and addiction has become a national crisis.

Children who aren’t properly educated about the dangers of drugs and alcohol are more likely to experiment and have a greater risk of addiction. Continue reading “Talking to children about drugs and alcohol addiction”