Managing Anger in Addiction Recovery It is often the case that people have mental health disorders that are concurrent with addiction problems. Often addiction occurs as a result of self-medicating through the use of drugs or alcohol. It follows, therefore, that to achieve and maintain sobriety any treatment must take a holistic approach to the person and address their physical, emotional and mental health. Anger is not necessarily a negative emotion nor it is an abnormal response to certain situations. However, it can be the case that anger is not appropriate and can cause additional problems, leaving a person vulnerable to [...]
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Common Hiding Spots for Drugs if you suspect your child is using If you have growing suspicions that your child has started to use drugs you may start thinking about looking for evidence. Although this can feel as if you are invading your child's privacy, sometimes that is necessary to protect your child. Once you have found the evidence you can identify what drugs they are using, what resources and treatment options are available and start to determine what action to take. As we all know, teens can be very clever and when it comes to hiding evidence of substance [...]
Setting Boundaries with your child in recovery Boundaries are a key part of life, but they are essential for those in recovery from substance addiction or abuse. Setting Boundaries with your child is a Healthy Way of Helping Your Child With Addiction Recovery. Boundaries need to be firm and stable but having them too rigid or too relaxed can both be damaging especially in the formative years of a child’s life. Boundaries that are too strict can lead to emotional repression, whereas lax boundaries cause issues with developing a sense of self and personal responsibility. It is always worth remembering that [...]
Safe and Healthy Alternatives to Alcohol for Coping with Stress It is not uncommon that alcohol is used as a way of dealing with stress and coping with difficult situations, yet this type of self-medication will ultimately lead to a worsening situation. Over time the triggers that turned someone to drink will become connected to the alcohol use, with the alcohol becoming a major stressor in its own right. This creates and perpetuates a cycle of substance abuse and addiction. The best way to address the problem of using alcohol as self-medication is to undergo a dual-diagnosis treatment program which identifies [...]
How to Confront your Child if you suspect they are using Drugs Parents don't suddenly wake up one morning with the fear that their child is using drugs; it is usually something that develops over time because they have noticed signs that something is not quite right. It could be that a previously good student has started to drop their grades. Perhaps they are hanging out with a bad crowd, becoming more secretive or their behavior has deteriorated. There could be more concrete reasons why, as a parent, you have become suspicious; you are finding your money gone, they look different [...]
Fitness A Natural High - As an alternative to drugs Long term sobriety is the main goal of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction but unless treatment is delivered holistically it is not likely to be successful in the long term. Substance abuse does not just take a toll on physical health, mental health is also compromised. It is essential that both mental and physical health are assessed in order to provide the best therapies with the highest possible chance of success. As well as being effective, therapies must also engage the client and one of the things that do [...]
Best Addiction Documentaries for Teens In the mainstream media drug and alcohol use can often be portrayed as normal or even glamorous and teens are impressionable, especially when their favorite stars can be seen using them and having fun. Documentaries can add some much needed realism into the view of drugs in a world which rarely looks at the negative aspects of substance abuse and focuses on the so-called benefits. On the occasions when the mainstream media does show the consequences of substance/alcohol abuse this is often seen as a normal consequence of ‘having a good time’, rather than something that [...]
When I came to The Last House, I was a coward. I was incapable of looking at myself or critiquing myself in a meaningful way. My ego was through the roof and I didn’t really take to heart any advice or feedback that was given to me. I would pretend to listen just to get people off my back and then to myself thing that it was bullshit. I lived in my own world and truly believed that I was the smartest person in any room I walked into. My heart was filled with hate and I was just resentful at [...]
When I entered The Last House I was nothing, but a broken, angry, stuck up little kid. I thought I knew better than everyone else, because everyone else was out to get me. I was anxious and insecure and wore a mask to cover all of that up. Luckily, the house saw right through all of that and helped me work on my character defects. They were there for all of my weak ass attempts to leave, they were there when I wanted to get high, and they continuously pushed me in the right direction. It was hard to buy in [...]
I came into The Last House one year ago today as a lost grown little kid mentally thinking that if I just make money and distract myself from what is really going on I will be okay and look back at my addiction as just a speed bump, and keep going on with life. Growing up the youngest of 4 kids, I also felt like I never had a voice in my house, so I sought attention outside of the house from my peers, but always feeling a little off and not knowing what it was. I went all of high [...]