February 28, 2018

Music Therapy

Music therapy is an artistic form of therapy that uses music to improve and keep your psychological, physical, and social well-being. There are many ways to incorporate music into therapy such as singing, listening to music, or playing a musical instrument. This mode of therapy is used in rehabs, hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, schools, and hospices. Music therapy helps give patients a voice that they had been unable to express.

February 27, 2018

Complex PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a disorder of having trouble recovering from a traumatic event. Complex PTSD is for long-term traumatic events such as being held captive, being in a concentration camp, long-term domestic abuse, prisoner of war camps, and long-term sexual abuse. It is important for those with Complex PTSD to seek treatment to recover from the years of emotional and physical abuse they have endured.

February 27, 2018

What You Did Not Know About Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. In Ireland and all throughout Europe there is an ongoing problem of alcoholism. One of the best ways to be armed against alcoholism in yourself or another is through information.

February 23, 2018

Coping with a New Diagnosis in Recovery

You may think that everything is going well with your recovery and that it is only smooth sailing from here. Then you find out from your therapist that you have a mental illness you never thought you had or you develop an addiction on top of your mental illness. You may feel frustrated that you have another thing to worry about but there are many coping techniques to get you through a dual diagnosis.

February 22, 2018

Where do Cravings Come From?

Cravings are having strong urges to want to use again after recovery. Cravings may not necessarily lead to relapse but it is important to make sure that they do not head in that direction. You can maintain control of your cravings by using exercises and meditations to prevent relapsing.

February 21, 2018

Medications to Avoid When in Recovery

It can be very hard when you have a cold or a cough during recovery because it can be hard to tell which medications to avoid and which to take. There are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter medications that contain mood-altering chemicals as well as alcohol. It is important to be careful and consult with a doctor about your drug history when it comes to treating your cold to avoid relapsing back to bad habits.

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.