The Road to Recovery - Gaz's Story
It’s funny, I got unexpectedly nervous about writing this despite having done it countless times. Most people who know me now have met me at a time of my life where the following story can be hard to marry up. That’s a good thing, it’s shows that people CAN change; they CAN succeed and they CAN beat something that feels unbeatable to them.
The Road to Recovery - Louise’s StoryI've suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my adult life. Sometimes coping sometimes not but managed to function with daily life.I hit rock bottom about 4 years ago. I was in a mentally abusive relationship with someone with addiction problems and I started drinking more and taken drugs with him. I cant blame him as I was drinking and taking drugs before we met but I was definitely binging more frequently. I started abusing diazepam I was buying online. I hated myself and really didn't care if I lived anymore. I just took drugs to forget everything. The only reason I didn't end everything was my parents.
Abuse Vs AddictionThe words “Abuse” and “addiction” are often used interchangeably, however it is important to note that - there is a difference.By now we should understand that drug addiction and alcoholism are conditions that affect the brain, but did you know that abusing drugs and alcohol is not the same thing as being addicted?You see, While abuse CAN lead to addiction, you should know where they differ.
Post-natal depression & Addiction
Now, you might have guessed by now that I’m not a woman! So before I delve into this blogpost let me highlight that; I am not an expert on childbirth; I haven’t given birth; had a C-Section; nor a vacuum or forcep delivery.
I am however a dad, and my desire to write about this stemmed from my own adjustment to fatherhood.
International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st.
Naloxone & Opiate Overdose
This is not a problem associated only with big cities, or the great “American opiate epidemic”, opiate use is indiscriminate and has filtered down to all aspects of our society. It’s closer to home than you think.
The Road to Recovery - Lee’s StoryMy life before I started drinking was pretty damn normal, and very good more to the point. I had the close loving family, good friends, and I couldn't have asked for a better childhood. One thing I have noticed, only since being in recovery, is that I wasnt very confident in myself. I was always very shy and quiet with new people, even more so with the opposite sex.
Let’s get Physical
Physical activity and exercise, I believe, are a fundamental component of a solid recovery plan. If you’re not doing it then- you should be, and if you are procrastinating about it - ask yourself why?
However, this is NOT a biased opinion piece from someone who loves exercise.
ARC Essentials -
The Recovery Checklist
Here is some simple and straight forward advice from me when approaching your first year in recovery. I wish I had this, however learning from my mistakes should help you on your path.
Use this reminder as a guide to help you stay on track and navigate any pitfalls in the days and months ahead.
Sure, it’s your own fault!
Stigma, Substance Misuse and dependance.
The term ‘Stigma’ can be best understood as a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that people have about a particular circumstance, quality or person.
These negative beliefs are mainly fueled by misinformation, there is a great deal of stigma surrounding addiction causing; avoidance, rejection, and discrimination, ultimately stopping people from seeking the help they so desperately need.
One thing ARC Fitness aims to do is to change the conversation around alcohol/drug dependence. It does this by being transparent and honest about the realities of dependence and reinforcing this through evidenced based education provision.
What is an Addiction Recovery Coach?
An Addiction Recovery Coach is a term that covers many different roles. As a coach I believe that I provide invaluable support to people trying to overcome their addictive, compulsive, obsessive and destructive behaviors.
Think of it as a kind of “Life Coach” that focuses on helping people make smart choices and healthy decisions, with the #1 priority being not using alcohol or drugs or acting out in their addiction.
ARC Fitness adds the additional approach of introducing physical activity as a medium for recovery.
Withdrawal's & Sleep
Quitting drugs and alcohol use is a positive step toward a healthy lifestyle, but it’s rarely easy. After prolonged use, the body becomes physically dependent on alcohol and certain drugs and withdrawal or detox is its response to the absence of the substance.
The withdrawal process often causes physical and emotional discomfort and can include:Feeling achyAnxiety and restlessnessSweatingInsomniaStomach upsetRapid heartbeat and high blood pressureNot a pleasant combination.