Things You Can Do to Help Someone Overcome Substance Abuse

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

crying-father-hugging-son-350It is hard to see someone you love and care about slip away or become detached from you and the world. If you know someone that is addicted or dependent to drugs or alcohol, you will know that it is hard not only to the person who is addicted but also for everyone that cares for that person. It is not an easy thing to watch someone fight a battle on their own. You know that you want to help but you don’t know exactly how. If you know someone or is suspecting that someone you know is suffering from alcohol or drug abuse and addiction and would want to help them in any way you can, here are some of the things that you should do.

Talk about it

If you are questioning if someone you know is abusing or is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is better to talk to them directly about your concern. The sooner you confront that person, the sooner his or her problem will be addressed and solved. You don’t have to wait for that person to hit rock bottom before you decide to finally act upon your intuition. Know that the longer you let the problem hang in the air like it is invisible, the deeper the person might be going into addiction. Substance abuse and addiction causes the brain to have a different pattern and structure. The person addicted is not able to think and act clearly. You are the person from the outside that can clearly see what is going on and what is changing. You can see the harm that it is causing that person and his or her life and therefore it is up to you to address it and make them see and realize them if they still haven’t.

Also, you need to remind them that you and others are there to support. Talk to that person and do not make him feel alone or like a burden. Be patient with them and try to understand the struggle that they are suffering from.

Be Open Minded

Although addiction is not a good thing, when talking to someone with addiction or have experienced substance abuse, you need to be open-minded. The last thing you need and the worst thing you can do is to make them feel judged. Do not act and sound all mighty and arrogant around them for what they have done. Remember that just because you have not suffered from it, does not mean that you are stronger or morally better than them. We all suffer from different things and circumstances. It just so happened that yours was better than what happened to them.

What a person who is suffering from substance abuse and addiction needs from the people around them is compassion and support. Let them know that you are around and that you will stay with them.

Pressure them if you have to

Since a person changes physically, mentally and behaviorally because of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, they can get easily angry and anxious as well as defensive. If you have a hard time convincing them to go to rehab or get any kind of treatment, you do not have to let them be and give up on them. You can pressure them to get help. They might get angry at you but know that once their mind is cleared up, they will be thankful that you were there to push them to the right direction.

There are a lot of things that you can do to help someone you know from drug or alcohol abuse. Just make sure that you are patient and open minded. Be supportive and let them take little steps to get back on track and do not be afraid to push them gently if you have to.


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Healthy Living To-Do List Every Individual Can Follow

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Health |

to-do-listOne’s health is very important. It is vital simply because having good health allows people to move the way they want to and work towards the goal they have. Moreover, it can be very expensive to get sick so you must keep your body as healthy as possible to keep any ailments away.

Knowing the right tips to keep the body healthy is a given. You have to work hard so that you can improve or maintain your health. Here are some of the items you have to add to your to-do list so that you can improve or maintain your health.

First of all, you better make an appointment with your dentist and doctor. Setting the appointment allows you to catch up on your immunizations and routine screening. Take the said opportunity to ask the doctor about any questions related to your health that you may have. Setting the doctor’s appointment at least twice a year and the dentist’s appointment once a year should do.

Measure your girth. Start with taking the measurement for your weight and height. The information on these can help you check your body mass index. Do not forget to measure the waist circumference as well. Your BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference give you the idea on whether you are overweight or not.

Evaluate your activities. Knowing how much physical activities you go through in a week and how intense it is will give you an idea on how much exercise you get. Aerobic and anaerobic exercises should be done moderately. By getting enough exercise, you can keep the body fit and healthy.

Keeping a food diary is also helpful in letting you watch out for what you eat. Write down the meals you eat every day. Even if you are embarrassed to write about how much you are eating or what you are eating, you should not skip on writing about it in the food diary. The food diary should be filled with the necessary information without any judgment. You will not be able to acknowledge anything if you do not even know what you are eating.

Check your energy and mood. When it comes to healthy living, that does not only mean that you have to be physically fit. Healthy living also include your emotional wellness. You should also get adequate rest. By knowing how your mood has been lately or if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression, then you can make changes to your lifestyle.

Your social network should also be considered. The strength of your connection with your friends and family will help motivate you to become fit and healthy. Even having spiritual and social groups can get you motivated. As long as you have a positive and lasting relationship with the people around you, then you will feel better.

With these healthy living tips, you can definitely stay in good health. Make sure that you follow these tips, together with other helpful healthy living things. That way, you can stay as healthy as you can and be able to do what you want to do anytime.

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Addiction: Having a Relapse does not mean you are a Lost Cause

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Addiction |

relapseIf you have once suffered from drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, you know all too well that it is not a good place to be in. It impacts you and your life in a very negative way that you may have felt that you were powerless and that you have lost your old self and life completely and will never be able to get even just little pieces of them back. But you overcame it, probably with the help of your friends and family as well as the professionals who offer help to people who suffer from substance abuse and addiction. It was a hard and long journey. For a long time, you were unable to see the light at the end of the tunnel and you thought you never will but you persevered. Months or years after, you are back on your feet and taking control of your life once again.

But there are people who are haunted by their past and seem to constantly worry about the things from their past that may come after them. If you are one of these people who worry about falling back into a bad situation, you can start by thinking to yourself that you are not weak and will not be easily dragged back by addiction. And you are not fooling yourself. You are strong. You’ve been through hell and back. You may not have escaped unscathed, you were probably black and blue and will never be the same, but you still made it back. Do not be afraid to approach the people who were there for you when you were struggling and tell them about your problem and what scares you. Do things that will help you overcome and forget your fears because when you are fearful and scared, you and your mind will become vulnerable. Therefore, you should hang out with people and do things that will help you forget about your fear and will also strengthen your mind. But if you think that it is too late for you and that you already have a relapse, it is not the end for you. Here are some of the things that you should know and remember

It will get easier

Although you might feel weak and be blaming yourself right now, remember that you have been through this before. You know what is coming and you can prepare yourself and fight your body and mind. This happened once and you got through it without having prior experience or knowledge about what you are going to be going through. Now that it may be happening again, remember that you already have experience and you are a much stronger person than you are before because you have gone through a lot and you have your battle scars to prove that.

There are other treatments

There are plenty of different therapies that you can choose from. If one thing did not work for you, it does not mean that you are a hopeless case. It just means that the treatment was not the right one for you. Find out what other treatments are there and pick the one that you think will eliminate your problem and will prevent you from having relapse.

Do not Blame Your Self

Focus on strengthening your mind instead. If you continue on blaming yourself or other people around you, you will not be able to focus on getting back on track. It is normal to feel helpless but do not give up. If other people have not given up on you, why would you? And if you ever think that other people have given up on you, carry yourself and prove them wrong.

Remember to stay clear from drugs or alcohol to prevent having a relapse once again. Think about your friends and family as well as yourself and your future. You might feel angry or disappointed with yourself or others but remember that that is just your clouded brain telling you things. You know you are stronger and there is nothing wrong with asking for help again.

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