Your Addiction Recovery Guide

  • From the Inside out: Recovery & Nutrition

    From the Inside out: Recovery & Nutrition.

    Another Covid-19 inspired post.

    So, I am self-isolating at home, sitting on my ass feeling sorry for myself and eating yet another TV sized bar of chocolate. I have been ordering takeaways, feeling lethargic and unmotivated.

    The last time I was eating like this was before my recovery and fitness journey, and these similar feelings of being sluggish and tired were coming back. It got me thinking about how important good nutrition is to everyone, but is it more important to those battling entering recovery?

  • Patience: Easier said than done?

    Patience: Easier said than done?

     

    Today I am writing about my favourite topic. PATIENCE.

    Patience can be defined as; “the ability to bear pains and trails calmly without complaint."

    I’m not writing it because I am a patient person, no, it’s for the exact opposite reason. I am a work in progress too. The desire to have something right now is easy in today’s environment, food, movies, amazon prime. We hate to wait. I hate to wait.

    Now imagine what that feels like for someone coming to terms with recovery. When I mention the word ‘patience’ to anyone I know struggling in early recovery I am almost feel the imaginary ‘punch in the face’ they have just given me. 

  • The Void – Boredom in Recovery

    The Void – Boredom in Recovery

     This addiction business is quite a time consuming, exhaustive and all-encompassing thing.

    If it’s not taking up most of your physical time; buying, supplying, using, or preparing – it most certainly will be taking up a lot of your mental resources; when can I use; where will I get it; how will I hide it?

  • Teenage substance abuse - How to have ‘that’ conversation

    Teenage substance abuse - How to have ‘that’ conversation

    As a father to a 2 ½ year old daughter, and with my own frightful personal experience of substance abuse, the very thought of my daughter potentially engaging in substance use in the future terrifies me. Yup, Zoey is not even 3 and I’m worried about my reactions to this already.
     
    So I can only imagine the utter fear and panic that today parents experience when they start to see signs their teenager may be abusing drugs or alcohol or have noticed them acting strangely.
  • Navigating Resistance in recovery

    Navigating Resistance in recovery

    It can be heart-breaking to watch loved ones destroy their own life with alcohol or drugs. As a friend or family member you have tried and tried to help them only to be met with defiance, aggression and ambivalence.

    When people have developed a physical and/or psychological dependence on alcohol or drugs there will usually be reluctant about giving these substances up – this is known as resistance.

    I was an absolute nightmare at the start of this process. I was; stubborn; prideful and arrogant with no intention of breaking this difficult yet familiar relationship.