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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
To say that life has been stressful this year is an understatement. Life as we know it has changed completely. We have been faced with social, financial, professional and spiritual restrictions. This has created a lot of additional stress for many of us and there really isn’t an end in sight. When life gets hectic and overwhelming, we can burn out from pushing ourselves too much without a break.
Throughout life, the majority of us will be affected by anxiety in one way or another. For some of us it is just a minor blip to our normal, everyday life. However, for others it can be all encompassing and quite literally take control of our lives, sometimes without us even knowing it.
Less than one third of individuals who experience psychological distress seek help from a mental health professional.
What are the roadblocks individuals face when contemplating counseling?
Access to mental health care can improve lives and communities. It can dramatically improve mental and physical health problems, and reduce the risk of family conflict, employment issues, substance abuse, and suicide.
To increase the use of mental health counseling and treatment services, we must first understand the avoidance factors that prevent people from seeking professional help. Continue reading “Common Barriers to Counselling”
What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm, also known as self-injury, or self-mutilation occurs when someone intentionally harms themselves as a way of expressing or dealing with emotional distress and pain.
Examples of self-harm include:
- Cutting yourself with a razor blade, knife, or other sharp object;
- Hitting yourself or banging your head;
- Punching or throwing yourself against walls or other hard objects;
- Burning yourself with cigarettes, matches, candles, or hot water;
- Pulling out your hair;
- Poking objects into body openings;
- Swallowing poisonous substances or inedible objects;
- Intentionally preventing wounds from healing.
Self-harm can also include less obvious ways of hurting yourself like binge drinking, taking drugs, having unsafe sex, or committing illegal acts.
Everyday we hear people talking about different mental health disorders, but how many of us know what they truly mean? To help clarify, the following are definitions of some of the most common mental health conditions.
Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by a compulsive desire to do or to have something despite harmful consequences.
Anxiety is an intense feeling of fear, worry, nervousness, or unease caused by the anticipation of an imminent event or situation with an uncertain outcome.
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.
Watching your child grow, and helping them to develop, is one of the great joys of parenthood. But while providing for your child’s physical needs is fairly straightforward, providing for their emotional growth, can be less clear.
Evidence shows that fostering a child’s emotional growth through strong family relationships and open and honest communication, has a positive effect on their mental health. Good mental health allows children to understand and manage their emotions, make smart decisions, develop socially, and learn new skills. Nurturing your child’s mental health from infancy will also prepare them for the many challenges that lie ahead: school tests; peer pressure; bullying; dating; and the other trials of growing up.
To provide a solid foundation your child’s emotional growth, practice these eight proven tips for nurturing a child’s mental health.
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.
Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses in Canada. According to the Ministry for Health and Long-Term Care, an estimated 1 in 4 Canadians will experience a degree of depression serious enough to require treatment at some time in their life.
Depression can take many forms, and it’s important to make the distinction between clinical depression and situational depression. Clinical depression is a medical diagnosis of acute depression often caused by a chemical imbalance. Treatment requires regular therapy with a certified professional and in most cases prescription intervention. Situational depression is caused by our reaction to external stress factors. Symptoms are mild or moderate compared to clinical depression and can usually be managed with talk therapy and natural treatment methods.