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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage One
Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. T...
So just when you thought you had the whole parenting thing down, you blink and your child is now a tweenager/teenager (cue ho...
Parenting is Climate Control
Parenting is Climate Control Blog posted September 21, 2013 Summer is almost over and the school year has already begun. Mos...
Addiction is a Family Affair
Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of famil...
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage Two
At this particular stage, the addict's life is breaking down emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. this situatio...
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The holidays are upon us, and so is drinking, drugging, and acting crazy. Dinner at Aunt Edna’s where she talks non-stop about her personal life. Another family member drinking and passing out in the mashed potatoes. OR its the dreaded holiday party where the alcohol flows and everyone is getting frisky with each other, only to regret it in the morning.
So what is a person to do?
HIRE A SOBER COACH OR SOBER COMPANION!
They can help get you through the holiday stress! We offer sessions via phone (hourly), in person, or 12 and 24 hour blocks of time to get you through the event. We can coach you remotely, and be available to you as the needs arise. We can even go to the event with you and assist you in getting through it. Holiday parties, weddings, etc. are our specialty.
Click on our link ‘sober companions’ to see our staff.
Every year in the U.S., 120,000 people die of addiction. That’s 350 a day.
Desperate to save the life of an addict, a parent, family member or friend will turn to obvious treatment -enter a “rehab facility”. But what is the definition of a rehab?
Turns out, there’s no standard definition of it; instead it’s a generic word for a wide variety of treatments, including some that are outrageous. Exorcism? Tough-love programs in which patients are made to scrub bathroom tiles with a toothbrush or cut grass with scissors? Even in more-typical rehabilitation programs, patients are not seen by licensed practitioners — no doctors or psychologists — only self-anointed “experts” with no training or credentials, unless you count their own recoveries from addiction to heroin, alcohol or other drugs.
No one actually knows how often treatment works, but an oft-quoted number of those who abstain from using for a year after rehab is 30%. Even that...
This is Part III of a series of blogs about how to be/get happy. Happy is a personal feeling and a state of mind. Make a concerted effort to get as many happy points as possible (for you) everyday. What does “happiness” require? What does “happy” mean to you? Do you believe someone is happy judging only by a smiling face? How would you define happiness? Are certain things ‘happy-making’ across the board i.e. for everyone? I think you’ll find that happiness IS different for everyone. Being happy may be easier for some than others due to emotional or situational issues specific to the individual. I suggest considering all things happy, in context. There’s happy and even the wrong kind or too much happiness. Refer to “greatergood” link at the end of this article. 11. Adjust your diet (specifically for you)– research shows that wheat, gluten and sugar affect the body and brain chemistry. Evaluate your current nutrient intake....
Part II “Happy” (for references and additional links, refer to Part I) “Happiness is ephemeral, subject to the vagaries of everything from the weather to the size of your bank account (RD).”
6. Make Scents
The benefits of aromatherapy are supported by scientific research. “In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation.” A variety of products are available, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles. My favorite is essential oils (there are as many scents to choose from subtle to powerful– flowery to fruity to musky in an electric diffusers – a few drops (customize by combining 2 or 3 scents is all it takes. You can find what scents can benefit your specific issue/goal on the internet.
7. Eliminate alcohol
Meditation is quality control in the manner of a chef’s cooking techniques – consistently practiced, it allows a constant quality of “dishes.” It’s the psychological equivalent of a ballet dancer rehearsing movements on the barre or a tennis player volleying before a match to hone the timing and rhythm of her hand-eye coordination. In short, meditation is a daily best practice – a warm-up for self-awareness and self-discipline, leading eventually to being present in an emotionally intelligent manner.
We drop anchor in the present moment by slowing and deepening our breathing. It’s about finding the balance between your self that experiences and your self that observes, or, on a neurophysiological level, the balance between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Or about finding the balance between the intelligence that lives in your brain and the intelligence that lives distributed throughout your body (psychotherapists often ask patient...
How many of us have said, “I need to, or I need this or I need that…?”
Many individuals “set themselves up” for failure by their thoughts and emotional patterns of “wants” and “can’t” versus “choices.”
Consider the following statements:
“I need to lose weight, but I can’t”
“I need to stop smoking but I can’t
“I need to stop drinking, but I can’t”
“I need money, but I can’t”
“I need a better job, but I can’t”
“I need to end my relationship, but I can’t”
“I need to end the abuse I receive, but I can’t”
“I need to find a career, but I can’t”
“I need to go back to school, but I can’t”
“I need to change my life, but I can’t”
“I need to get out of this rut I’m in, but I can’t”
There isn’t anything wrong ex...
Time. Nowadays everyone seems to complain they don't have enough of it. Time is the same as it ever was. However the way we manage our thoughts may have changed. The grocery store is a great example of this. Everywhere you look, you see "Instant This" and "Quick That." The microwave is supposed to be a great time saver. Going beyond these examples, cell phones, computers and just about any instant gratification doohickey is supposedly saving our time. But do all these things really save time? They may do that, but here is the problem. Almost all of us fill up this "saved time" with Busy-ness. We don't utilize the saved time well but instead "fill it in" with countless chores, money chasing and the like. What about time with family, exercising, socializing, reading, communing with nature or just plain "being?" It is so wonderful that we live in an age where there is so much convenience. But the convenience is meaningless if we do not learn the best way to utilize the extra time that it ...
We all know the script so well from all the movies and TV shows. Girl (or guy) sees girl (or guy) from across a crowded room. Their eyes meet and lock. Their lips quiver. Their knees begin to shake. Slowly, one or both of them crosses the room towards the other.
Maybe they act nonchalant; maybe there is small talk, awkward introductions, or a flimsy attempt at social engagement. But before the night is through, the camera pans to the inevitable scene of a passionate embrace, either clothed or not, and we know their fates are sealed for an indeterminate amount of time.
You can add supernaturally sparkly skin, take us backwards or forwards in time, but essentially the plot is the same. You meet, you ‘know’, and you’re just killing time until you get to lean in for that first kiss.
Lots of us try to re-create this scenario in our dating lives, and lots of us get our hearts broken. One of the (many) reasons for relationships breaking down can be found in the fo...
How we perceive and express things ultimately informs our reality. This is good news and bad news. The downside to freedom is all the responsibility that comes with it. Having the freedom to create the "story of our lives" demands that we have skills to manage this giant task. It's Important to know that having some choice in how we PERCEIVE things is different than being at fault for unfortunate, traumatic, and unfair circumstances.
Our story is what lives between the circumstances and our experience. Our story is what can make us feel the difference between being someone who is victimized or someone who has overcome and lived a life with broad and interesting events. Our story is what makes it all interesting and is the introduction into the next chapter of our future .
Our story is where our freedom lies.
Sometimes we need help with this task of managing how we make sense of life and all it's varying experiences. Sometimes we need someone to point out some parts of the story we w...
Ever meet someone who just seems to wallow in their own self pity? Some people just seem to drown in their own misery-and sort of enjoy doing it! In rewality, our attitude is the "only card we have to play." Our attitude is controlled by our subconscious mind. So if we are choosing to be 'down,' then our subconscious mind must get some benefit from this. Or else we would not do it (habits work the same way btw). So those of us who choose to see life as a struggle can easily get stuck in this vicious cycle. The question is how do they get out of it? It is really easy. The first step is a conscious one-repeatedly Saying out loud what it is they want to make their life easy (aka not a struggle). The next step is utilizing healing therapies like EFT, Reiki and Hypnosis-the latter especially works on the subconscious thought process. And the last step is to open their mind to the possibility of happiness (this can take looking at things 180 degrees differently than you normally would). Soun...
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