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By Dan Stone, MSW, LCSW, LISAC
If you or someone you love is in recovery, the following tips can reduce the stress of the holidays and help you or your loved one stay strong and sober while still enjoying the season.
The holidays are a time of celebration, filled with family get-togethers, social events and gift exchanges. For those recovering from alcohol problems, however, the season may make refusing alcohol and staying sober more challenging than usual.
In addition to the abundance of alcohol, many people in recovery may feel more depressed or lonely during the holidays. Even if they are in a good ...Read More
Self-esteem is shaped by your thoughts, relationships and experiences. Understand the ranges of self-esteem and the benefits of promoting healthy self-esteem — including mental well-being, assertiveness, resilience and more.
Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself — how you honestly feel about your abilities and limitations. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas. You might constantly worry that you aren’t ...Read More
Have you ever wondered, “Why do I feel so negative?
All of us have felt negative emotions at some time, or some point in our life. Emotions are created from thoughts. It is estimated that a typical human being has an average of 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day.
Negative thoughts bring forth negative emotions, and positive thoughts invoke positive emotions. Thoughts are generated from two primary sources, our beliefs and external influences.
Fortunately, you can control which thoughts you focus on. As thoughts arise, you can pay ...Read More
Addiction rehab centers across the U.S. are seeing more of an older demographic than your typical troubled teen or young adult — baby boomers.
According to a new government study, addiction rates among baby boomers are on the rise. Substance addiction among men and women in their 50s and 60s comes with its own set of challenges, both for the therapist and the recovering addict.
According ...Read More
For men and women who suffer from sex and/or love addiction, the holidays present the following dangerous combination:
An increased number of emotionally challenging situations from which there can be a desire to “escape”
Extra free time for slips and relapse (via time off from work or school)
A culturally influenced background encouraging unrealistic expectations of “joy and happiness”
In essence, heightened emotions related to difficult family dynamics and numerous other factors make the season a more ...Read More
Help Teens Make Smart Decisions
“She’s addicted to porn.” “I see it progressing and I’m afraid.”
“He keeps telling me painful information and I can’t handle it but get out either.” “Her therapist says she’s working on it, but how do I know?” “There were signs all along but I didn’t want to see them. I couldn’t believe I wasn’t ...Read More
“The road to Recovery often goes through the little town of Slip, the bigger city of Relapse, towns and cities that are sometimes visited more than once.”
The recovery from addiction is complicated and I wanted to learn more about the journey from relapse to recovery. I decided the best way was to listen to people who have taken the journey. Sarah and Marie (not their real names) openly shared their stories with me. I learned that the experiences are sometimes harrowing and ...Read More
A man prepares heroin in Zhukovsky, Russia, near Moscow. To produce krokodil, which has a comparable effect to heroin but is much cheaper to make, users mix codeine with gasoline, paint thinner, iodine, hydrochloric acid and red phosphorous.Krokodil, a flesh-eating drug which first surfaced in Russia more than a decade ago, has reportedly been found in the United States.
Similar to morphine or heroin, krokodil is made by mixing codeine with substances like gasoline, paint thinner, oil or alcohol. That mixture is then injected into a vein, potentially causing an ...Read More
Bobbe McGinley MA, MBA, CADAC, LISAC, NCGC II, is a nationally known speaker, author, presenter and trainer.
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Michael is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of North Pointe Counseling Center.