People suffering from addiction may find it hard to ask for help. It may seem simple, but it feels different for the person with the addiction. Actions that seem easy from the outside (calling a rehab center, telling a coworker or boss about an addiction, or even admitting an addiction is present) may seem insurmountable to a person suffering from addiction.
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Battling addiction is a lifelong process and if you want to ensure continued success on your journey, you should keep a steady flow of fun sober activities on your calendar. Sober group activities (or solo activities) can help you live life to the fullest and stay on track. Falling into old habits is all too easy in Salt Lake City if you don’t take control of your social calendar in this way. Here is a list of sober activities in Utah that we hope will help you with your recovery.
Published in 1998, ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama, defines happiness as a state of mind, which can be achieved through, repeated conscious efforts. As such, being happy during addiction is a mental battle that can be won by channeling more energy to positive thinking and positive habits.
Pursuing Happiness During Addiction
Why We May Be Unhappy During Addiction
Negative thoughts are the main culprits of unhappiness during addiction. In some instances, these thoughts may are fueled by external factors such as societal discrimination or internal factors such as self-pity. In the long run, negative thoughts puncture our esteem and happiness. The good news is that it is possible to be happy during addiction. Here are some five ways we can achieve this endeavor;
One in ten people in this country suffer from some type of dependency on drugs or alcohol. Today, that equals to approximately 23.5 million Americans. People who have suffered from an addiction and sought help through rehabilitation services have only just begun their journey as a clean and sober individual. Once they leave the privacy and intensive care of a rehab facility, they must learn to adjust to everyday life that can be filled with challenges. Here are 5 tips to help your loved one begin their journey sober, post-rehab.
1. Adjusting Requires Help
- Returning to their lives requires the help of those who are closest, such as friends and family. The stronger their support system, the more likely they will maintain their sobriety.
- Knowing there are people to lean on when times are tough gives people battling addiction hope. They know they have people to rely on when they need someone to talk to or to assist them with steps in their recovery.
Approximately 66% of Americans believe that addicts need treatment and not jail sentencing, according to a study conducted by Pew Research Center Statistics. The study shows that the way citizens view addiction is turning over a new leaf. The White House also supports the idea. In 2015, they proposed the drug mitigation strategy aimed at setting aside funds for treatment and prevention. The approach notes, “substance abuse is not only a criminal offense but also a public concern.” Past researchers have shown that addiction is both treatable and preventable as any other disease.”
Despite the growing support for the compassionate approach in combating drug addition, there is a strong need to change how we treat addicts. In most cases, we focus on what meets the eye, judging them as weak and immoral instead of identifying real problem behind their actions.
The following are three wrong approaches we use to punish addicts that need to stop.
Defining Addiction as Criminal Behavior
Addiction is a health issue, not a criminal one. When we put an addict in jail for minor crimes such as possession, much less for getting a felony for minor crimes, we inhibit their resources toward finding employment and housing in order to lead a successful life. Addicts commit crimes because they have no other resources available to treat their addiction, certainly not because addicts themselves are inherently criminal in their behavior. Jail time drains the taxpayer instead of helping addicts recover, and jail is not a good environment to find help. The funds used for incarceration and criminal activity if used to treat them could save billions. Moreover, it makes them accountable for their actions reducing their chances of going back to drugs.
It is sad to lose a child and even more heartbreaking to suicide. As a child develops, it may get difficult for parents to know their feelings and thoughts. Adolescence has its high and low moments. However, a parent may not know when a teen is depressed. It’s essential to learn the possible factors that could cause severe depression to your kid that they contemplate committing suicide.
Here are some tips on how you could avert your child’s thoughts from suicide:
1. Avoid Ignoring Suicide Threats
Do not underestimate early suicidal signs. Teens may indulge in substance abuse or merely isolate themselves from other family members. At times, the teenager issues verbal or written statements declaring their intentions to commit suicide. As a parent, you should take them seriously.
Often, kids mulling over suicide repeatedly inform their guardians and parents about it. Scientific studies reveal that such people don’t intend to kill themselves. Instead, the threats are usually a plea for urgent help and attention.
When your child starts issuing death threats, try to keep cool. Avoid displaying shock or scolding them. Spare some time to tentatively listen to your their concerns as you reassure them of your love and commitment.
Did you know the rate of overdose deaths from anti-anxiety drugs alone increased fourfold from 1996 to 2013? And there’s a common misconception that anti-anxiety medication is safe because it’s prescribed by a doctor?
But that’s not always the case.
Let’s take a look at a few anti-anxiety drugs most commonly abused by people under 30.
Heroin is one of the most extremely addictive drugs on the planet, and its use by Americans is rising.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the number of total heroin overdose deaths rose from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016. That’s an increase of 533 percent — a shocking number.
Naturally, the first question that arises from statistics like these is why heroin is so addictive? It’s obvious that those who try the drug have trouble getting off of it almost right away. What’s going on?
Before delving into the science of why heroin is so addictive, let’s first discuss what exactly heroin is.
Sometimes the right words can lend us immediate and lasting strength. We’ve gathered a collection of inspiring addiction recovery quotes to help those on the path to recovery.
When people think of the addiction recovery journey, they usually focus on detox and rehab. However, breaking the chemical hold on the body is just the first step. If someone you care about is going through this process, you can help by motivating them in the next steps to a life free of substance addiction.