February 20, 2018

How to Strengthen Your Immune System in Winter

The cold is most common during the winter. According to Irish Health, the cold infects our upper airways and most people will catch the cold two or four times a year. Here are some ideas to how to strengthen your immune system during these cold months.

February 19, 2018

What You Are Responsible For in Recovery

Taking responsibility is being accountable for your actions legally, morally, and mentally. When active addicts are confronted about their addiction, they can be known to make up a string of excuses for why they cannot stop instead of taking responsibilities for the negative consequences that come. Taking responsibility means that you are capable of making choices and that you will be held accountable for them whether they are good or bad actions.

February 16, 2018

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

Guilt is feeling bad that something happened to someone. There can be guilt that is rational such as hurting someone’s feelings and seeing that person cry and there is irrational guilt where you can feel bad for someone else feeling bad about something that was not your fault. It is important to get rid of your unhealthy guilt to prevent these thoughts from keeping you up at night and to learn that you cannot control the uncontrollable.

February 15, 2018

The Power of Vulnerability

Being vulnerable is often seen as  being easily hurt physically or emotionally. Vulnerability can mean exposing yourself to risk, however, being vulnerable does not guarantee that you will  be hurt. This is the greatest misconception which prevents people from opening up to others. Many see the need to ask for help when it comes to their addiction as a vulnerability, which to them, is a weakness.

February 14, 2018

How to Handle a Friend’s Relapse

Relapse is common when you first head on the road to recovery. According to Independent, a third of people in Ireland will rebuild their lives after treatment, another third will relapse, and another third will have a difficult time going forward. It is important to take care of yourself when you friend relapses and to understand their addiction to forgive them.

February 14, 2018

How to Make an Intervention Successful

Interventions are most often seen in this way: someone who is struggling with addiction unexpectedly sits down with a group of loved ones who encourage them to admit they have a problem and to seek help. Then, the addicted loved one will either want to get treatment as a result or get angry and continue to be in denial. It is important to make sure that an intervention is successful by being empathetic and non-judgmental towards the addict to show that you care about their wellbeing.

February 12, 2018

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

When the media discusses bipolar disorder, they typically only mention “bipolar disorder”, not realizing that there are other forms of bipolar. Treatment for mental health needs to be individualized and specific. By understanding what type of bipolar disorder you might be living with, you can be better prepared to work with your team of specialists in creating a treatment plan for your mental health care.

February 10, 2018

TED Talks on Addiction Part 5

The internet is an addiction when you absorb all of your free time with it. These are two TED Talks that explain about what could cause someone to be addicted to the internet and what can help you recover from it.

February 8, 2018

Footballer Kyle Lafferty Talks About His Long-Time Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is having an addiction to betting and continuing to do so despite the negative consequences. According to Spun Out, there are 40,000 people in Ireland who have a gambling addiction with 40% playing the National Lottery regularly and 12% of adults see a bookmaker every week. Here is the story of one athlete who has recently come forward about his gambling problem.

February 8, 2018

Great Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol has the power to destroy your mental and physical health. According to the World Health Organization, Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking and 88 Irish people die from alcohol a month which would be a thousand a year. Here are great reasons to quit drinking alcohol so you can start your recovery.

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