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Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

For many, those words mean parties, self-indulgence, excessive eating and drinking, followed by a good sporting event on the TV (with perhaps a bet or two on the outcome). Happy days. It all sounds attractive to addicts – some of us were doing that sort of thing all the year round. Yet recovery is about changing attitudes and behaving differently. In early recovery we sometimes forget this and revert to old patterns of thinking. Christmas time is a good place give ourselves a reality check. Try challenging your attitudes to the festive season with these questions: Do I think I…

Solvent Addiction

Solvent Addiction

Inhalants are a dangerous substance among teenagers because of how easy they are to access. An inhalant can be anything you can inhale without burning or heating it up which makes it easier for kids to do to get high. According to Daily Mail, 1,700 teens in Britain and Ireland have died from inhalants from 1983-2000. In the Irish Republic, 22% of 15 and 16 year-olds have abused substances. It is important for teens to get access to treatment before the next time they inhale these substances could be the last. Teens get high from inhalants by intoxicating the fumes…

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

  Recovery from addiction is our priority and even Christmas should not be allowed to get in the way. Instead, we should use this time as an opportunity to revisit some familiar truths.   Recovery is for life, and so is Christmas. Every year they are there to be enjoyed. It is good for us to give them both some consideration, especially when this time of year can bring more temptations, for the maintenance of sobriety.   Carol:                                             …

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Alcoholism is still a problem in Ireland. According to Alcohol Action Ireland, from 1960-2001, 4.9 litres to 14.3 litres of alcohol have been drunk per person for those aged fifteen and over. There are different types of alcoholics such as functional alcoholics who appear sober in public but alcoholics in secret. Psychology Today says 20%-90% are functional alcoholics. The common stereotype of alcoholics is that they are alone, cannot hold down a job, and always appear intoxicated. Functional alcoholics are different in which they are middle aged, have successful marriages, jobs, and believe they have their drinking under control. They…

The Sackler Clan - The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

The Sackler Clan – The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

Before the Sackler Clan came to being, OxyContin was just known as an experimental drug from Germany during World War I. When Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler bought Purdue Pharmacy and advertised OxyContin to relieve strong pain, they became the 16th most richest family in the world. In Europe, 38.8% abuse opioids including OxyContin. Why does this family keep a low profile? The Sackler Clan learned the harsh realities that came from advertising a miracle drug and the deadly consequences that come from OxyContin. The Sackler Clan have estimated sales more than $35 billion ever since they released OxyContin in…

Cycling in Recovery

Cycling in Recovery

When you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you filled up your free time by getting drunk or high. Being in recovery involves finding a better use of your free time as boredom can lead to a relapse. Riding a bicycle can is a great activity to do when you are in recovery as each ride will strengthen your body and your mind. Riding a bicycle can increase your stamina which will allow you to do more without getting tired. You can also burn calories faster as biking for half an hour can cause you to burn 150…

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

Alcohol can ruin a person’s mind, finances, career, and even relationships. An alcoholic can say or do things to someone they love without meaning to. It can be hard to mend a broken relationship but with hard work and effort from both people in the relationship, relationships can start anew. Sometimes, the damage is too much to be able to repair a relationship you cannot force forgiveness onto your partner. Being in recovery involves looking back at your past mistakes and thinking about the actions you can take going forward. In 12 Step meetings, you are told to make a…

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy

There are some things that are hard to talk about to your therapist whether it is traumatic experiences or talking about things you do not want to admit about yourself. Maybe if you are left in a trance and speak without thinking so much about how to put your thoughts into words, it will be easier to open up to a therapist. Many are afraid to engage in hypnosis in fear of saying something embarrassing. Hypnotherapy is about using hypnosis to create behavioral and emotional changes that can help treat mental disorders. Hypnotherapy first came into being in the mid-19th…

How to Have a Sober Christmas

How to Have a Sober Christmas

Christmas is full of parties with drinks to celebrate with. It is hard to resist temptation when a lot of adults like to celebrate special occasions like this with alcohol. While it is hard, it is possible to have a joyous Christmas this year without falling under the influence of alcohol. Remember all of the parties they had in the past and how much fun they used to have could make them want to relive those memories. You can go to a party where you are reuniting with old friends and they want to rekindle their friendship with a drink….