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What to Expect in Early Recovery

What to Expect in Early Recovery

In early recovery, you will have to learn to not depend anymore on drugs and alcohol to achieve happiness. The key to a successful early recovery is for your priority to be on achieving sobriety and staying away from anything that can trigger a relapse. Sobriety is going to feel new and fresh so you will need to get used to living without drugs and alcohol. The first few months will be when you start adapting to life without substances. You will eventually be able to settle into recovery but will continue to maintain sobriety. Two years later, you will…

Drug Use Mixed with Pregnancy

Drug Use Mixed with Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are sharing everything with your unborn child. Whatever you eat, drink, and the same air and blood supply. Whenever you consume any substance, it is important to think about the child you are about to give birth to. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health says that 4.5% of women from age 15-44 have done drugs during their pregnancy. Doing drugs while pregnant can lead to some permanent and deadly consequences for your child. Using marijuana or crystal method can lead serious impacts on the baby. Cocaine cause cause your baby to have heart…

Complex PTSD

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. The symptoms of Complex PTSD can be trying to forget about anything that can lead to reliving the traumatic events or feeling detached physically and mentally. There can be problems regulating your emotions such…

Different Types of Bipolar Disorders

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. Bipolar I Disorder: A manic-depressive disorder of having at least one manic episode of abnormally raised mood and high energy. According to Mental Health Ireland, one in a hundred people are bipolar. Symptoms include going…

Health Risks of Sex Addiction

Health Risks of Sex Addiction

Sexual addiction is having constant sexual thoughts and sexual behaviors in order for your brain to feel rewarded. This can involve having one night stands or multiple sex partners, looking at porn, sex with prostitutes, or an excessive amount of masturbation. There can be a number of reasons why you have a sex addiction whether it is a higher rate of testosterone or estrogen, past sexual abuse, making yourself feel better, etc. Those with a sex addiction need to get help or they will have to suffer life impacting consequences. According to the Departmental Management of the USDA, 38% of…

Healthy vs. Toxic Guilt

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. Healthy guilt occurs when you have done something wrong like when you cause harm to someone on purpose. This is when you conscience…

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

How Alcohol Affects the Kidneys

Just like the liver, the kidneys are considered an underappreciated organ. The kidneys filter blood to remove toxins and wastes in the body as well as activate Vitamin D and regulate the volume and concentration of the body’s fluids. Kidneys help keep your blood pressure balanced as well as blood minerals like potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Kidneys also release a hormone that directs the production of red blood cells. Because of all of the good things that kidneys can do to the body, it is important to protect them from the damages caused by alcohol to prevent kidney disease. The…

Hoarding and Substance Abuse

Hoarding and Substance Abuse

Collectors like to collect specific things in a variety of different shapes and styles such as bottle caps, paintings, baseball cards, posters, and much more. Hoarders collect unneeded items in fear of throwing anything away. When mixed with substance abuse, this bad combination needs to be treated before you lose control over not just your house but your life. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3%-5% of the population hoards. The most common items are newspapers, clothing, packing materials, magazines, books, and animals. Majority of the time, hoarders just have an unhealthy habits of collecting items that they do…

How Does an Addict Think?

How Does an Addict Think?

People can look at addicts and not understand why they do what they do when they are aware of the harmful consequences. It is easy to judge instead of taking the time to understand what an addict must have been thinking as they using. In order to better sympathize with addicts, it is important to see where they are coming from in their addiction in order to better help them. People can do drugs and alcohol because of peer pressure as they see friends and family drinking alcohol or doing drugs and seeing how much fun they are having. It…

Great Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol

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. When you wake up in the morning, you will not feel a throbbing headache from a hangover but will wake up feeling replenished like you are given a second chance. Most of your money would normally be spent on going to the bar or…