When you make the decision that today is going to be the day, what goes through your mind? Are you scared, excited, worried, confused? The answer is probably very simply – YES! Yes, you feel scared; Yes, you are excited; Yes, you are worried; and Yes, you are confused. And that is normal. Making the decision to stop using and to get the help you need to get sober is a huge, lifelong commitment; to say you didn’t have all of the feelings would be a little untrue. Actually, having these feelings can help you, as they show just how much you really want to be on this journey, and know how important it actually is.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations –making the decision to stop drinking is a very big step! This will be the best decision you have ever made; however difficult at times. Over the years, your body has built a stronger and stronger dependence on the alcohol you were drinking and with your new found decision on sobriety will cause your body to go into alcohol withdrawal.
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.
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.
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.
Perpetual worry affects the way we feel, how we think, and how we behave. Anxiety can create a downward spiral of emotions and trigger unhealthy behaviour and actions.
To fight back against onset acute anxiety, TAKE ACTION!
Action is the enemy of anxiety. It takes anxiety’s power away and gives it back to you.
Are you ready to take action? Use these simple but highly effective exercises to relieve acute anxiety when it surfaces.
47% of working Canadians consider stress in the workplace to be the most stressful part of daily life. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Not all stress is bad. A little stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. But when stress becomes persistent and exceeds your ability to cope, it can interfere with your productivity and performance, and be harmful to your physical and emotional health.
What are Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are serious mental health illnesses defined by abnormal eating habits that can have a profoundly negative affect a person’s physical and psychological health.
People with eating disorders become obsessed with food and their body weight. Whether the eating disorder manifests as eating too little, or too much, individuals with eating disorders use their preoccupation with food to create a sense of control over their lives, and to distract themselves from the painful emotions that are at the root of the condition.
Do you get angry when stuck in traffic, or when a friend is late for a date? Do you often lose your patience when your child misbehaves? You may need some assistance with anger management.
We all get angry sometimes. Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, but it must be dealt with in an appropriate, safe, and healthy way. Anger expressed positively, will increase your serenity, your energy, and your intimacy with the people you care about.
To learn more about Anger Management and how you can best express your anger, listen to Yonah Budd’s audio lecture: Road to Recovery -The Truth About Anger.
Codependency can be defined as a pattern of behaviour in which one person’s self-esteem and self-worth is dependent on the approval of another person. The codependent feels worthless unless they’re making sacrifices for their enabler, and the enabler gets satisfaction from having their every need met. It’s a dysfunctional relationship of enmeshment built on manipulation, control, and fear.
Research suggests that codependency typically develops in childhood as a response to neglect or emotional and physical abuse by a parent or caretaker. The child learns that their needs are unimportant; that to remain quiet avoids conflicts; and that by sacrificing their own needs they will win approval and love.