"it's easy to be selfish when you're battling addiction"

Once you realize that drinking is causing problems in your life and you want to make a change, it can be challenging… especially around the holidays. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of an intense (but fun) festive season. So many people are out and about getting everything ready for their big celebrations, running around and making lists! Sometimes we forget that the most important thing to prepare for is your mental health!

Keeping the Hope Alive

  • There’s no guidebook on how to help your child suffering from substance abuse disorder
  • Parents can manifest symptoms of addiction by worrying about their child struggling with addiction. They need to seek help too!
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself or concern yourself with “what ifs” – we do the best we can with the hand we were dealt
  • “As long as there’s life, there’s hope.” Don’t give up on your child, or yourself.  

 

Education- National Geographic Cover Article: The Science of Addiction 

Today’s podcast is about a National Geographic article about addiction (find the link below)

·     21 million Americans have a drug or alcohol addiction

·     There are new forms of treatment

·     Researchers and scientists are working on solutions

 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/the-addicted-brain/

 

 

U2 Concert Sober

Whether you’re sober a month or 17 years, it can be challenging to step out and attend events like a concert or wedding. That being said, it IS possible and there ARE tools in place to help you enjoy your time while maintaining sobriety!

    • Seek support prior to the event to boost confidence and reassure you of your strength
    • Bring a friend who’s also sober (even if it’s just for the occasion)
    • Drive yourself so you have an easy exit should the event become too much
    • Have your phone on you at all times to phone a friend if you feel you need additional support