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.

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.