Healing

Healing

Helpful articles to help you understand the addiction, what your loved one is going through, and how to heal yourself.

  Blaming others or yourself can be a common behavior for people who have to deal with addicts and alcoholics when they are active in their disease. Here are some simple suggestions to free yourself from blame.  How To Stop Blaming Not Your Fault Their addiction is not your fault. They also aren’t acting out in their addiction to hurt you and it’s not for a lack of love that they won’t stop using or drinking. Recognize that your loved one is suffering from a disease and that in order for them to get better; they will have to work…
  There’s nothing more defeating than feelings of guilt.  The relationship that guilt has with shame, avoidance, and denial is dominating, especially when it comes to the life of a parent dealing with a child who suffers from addiction. Feelings Of Guilt It’s safe to assume nearly all parents of addicts can relate to feelings of guilt that have stemmed from not being able to help their child recover, but the truth is that no person can get an addict clean without them wanting recovery and doing the work. This is because addiction is a disease which means that the…
  Do you find yourself a rut and not sure how to get out of it? Well, this article is all about how to be positive even if you are not sure you can be. Positive Thinking  Happiness isn’t actually defined as a lack of problems in a person’s life but rather the individual being able to face them and continue living their life joyous.  The power behind positive thinking is that it can allow people to see the big picture instead of getting carried away by focusing on the minor details.  When a person can shift their thoughts toward…
  An apology may normally be viewed as a positive action, but over apologizing is unhealthy and you should stop apologizing for everything.  Although saying “I’m sorry” does remove feelings associated with guilt and can potentially mend broken relationships with others, these words can instead give off a lack of confidence and competence when used excessively. Stop Apologizing  When you apologize before making a statement, you engage in a figure of speech that condones self-criticism, according to Juliana Breines, who holds a Ph.D and is studying self-compassion.  Instead of continuing to knock yourself down, stop apologizing and start saying what…
  Helping a loved one who’s struggling to let go of the past while in recovery for an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs can be overwhelming because you may be unsure about how to support them.  Your loved one has to realize they are powerless over their addiction, but you can do your part by providing encouragement and being there for loved one by helping them to let go of what no longer serves them to keep them in the present moment. Let Go of the Past When your loved one has an alcohol and/or drug addiction, a lingering distress may…
By setting aside time for you that allows you to partake in activities and indulge in passions that you enjoy, your heart’s inner most precious desires begin the process of being fulfilled. When you make an effort to achieve your goals and take a step forward in the right direction toward your aspirations, you are practicing the principle of self-nurturing love. It is important to demonstrate self-love through actions like permitting yourself time for pleasurable activities because the recognition demonstrates your perception of yourself and your life. If you aren’t willing to allow yourself time to take part in activities…
Forgiving others can be a delicate matter that you may be quick to avoid. Willingness is going to play an essential role in having the ability to forgive your loved one for their actions acted out in addiction as they enter recovery. The Process of Forgiving Others Contrary to what people may pressure you into believing, forgiving others is not a forced requirement in life, but it does set you free. When you are able to see that people aren’t necessarily bad, good, right, or wrong but merely sick individuals trying to get better, then you will be on your…
How many times has someone told you that thinking positive is the solution to your problems? Like most people, it may be more than you can count. Although thinking positive isn’t necessarily the epiphany of solutions or great big answer to life, it can benefit your thinking process and weed out unwanted thoughts. Thinking Positive The concept behind thinking positive is simple: an optimistic outlook or perspective on a person, place, or thing has potential to make you more appreciative and hopeful. Without negative thoughts circulating throughout your mind, you will find yourself being able to appreciate your life and…
How does the program of Al-Anon work? How can people get help when they are going crazy living with the disease of alcoholism? How can life ever get any better when my husband, wife, son, daughter, or close friend is drinking themselves to death? These are some of the questions that may be asked when people attend their first few meetings of Al-Anon. The insanity of the disease can really do a number on everyone involved and it feels overwhelming. It may even seem as if a solution will never be found. The good news is there is a solution…
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