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Things You Would Only Understand if You Have a Substance Abuse Disorder

Things You Would Only Understand if You Have a Substance Abuse Disorder

If you or someone you love suffers from a substance abuse disorder, you are definitely not alone. As a matter of fact, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PFDK), over 200 million people use drugs globally.  But it is a complicated and difficult disease. Here are some things that you only truly understand if you have a substance abuse disorder:

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    You Can Have Problems with More than Just Alcohol and Drugs

    Use of drugs or alcohol is usually secondary to other serious chronic conditions or mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.  This can complicate the treatment process because these other health issues must be treated in order to help treat the addiction itself.  This is why rehabilitation often includes emotional counselling.

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    You did not Become an Addict Overnight

    Addiction is not a problem that pops up suddenly: often, it comes on slowly over a period of time.  Often, it happens as you build up a tolerance to a certain drug and eventually need more and more of it to get the same effect. Also, you can sometimes go from using “milder” drugs like alcohol or marijuana and then eventually go on to harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin.

    You have Many Reasons for Using

    The stereotype is that many drug abusers use just for the fun of it or to entertain themselves or for the pleasure of getting high. While some people do use recreationally, the reasons that lie behind use are often much more complicated.  You can use in order to help deal with stress or anxiety, to cope with traumatic life experiences or even to help you study better, lose weight or perform better in sports. This variety of reasons makes the treatment for complicated.

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      You Feel Like Your Life Centers Around Your Habit

      If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, you often begin to feel like your entire life centers around your habit. Things that you enjoyed before — like sports or school or just being with friends or family — can suffer from your habit, but you feel like you will never be able to give it up even if it hurts the ones you love. Sometimes, all you can think about is where you can get your next hit.

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        You Feel Ashamed and Guilty — but Don’t Feel Like You can Quit

        When you abuse alcohol or drugs, this behavior can often go along with feelings of guilt or shame — but these feelings aren’t enough to make you stop your habit.  They can, however, be a source of great emotional distress — and this, in turn, can make the problem even worse.

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        You Don’t Know if You Can Handle Rehab

        While rehabilitation is the best way to break an addiction, it is also an incredibly stressful process, both emotionally and physically. One of the most difficult parts is the detoxification process, which seeks to clean the body of the drugs. During this process, the body reacts to the withdrawal of substances it has become used to and this reaction can be severe and involve reactions like headaches and body aches, joint pain, restlessness, sleep and appetite disturbances, nausea and vomiting and even more severe symptoms like seizures, hallucinations and even heart attacks or strokes.  This is why the process needs to take place under medical supervision.

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          You are Putting Your Body at Serious Risk

          Even apart from the potential for a fatal overdose, you are putting your body at serious risk when you use drugs, especially over a long period of time.  Drugs can damage the heart and kidneys as well as the brain and other parts of the central nervous system. It can also lead to malnutrition, which in turn can cause secondary problems like anemia or osteoporosis. Knowing this, however, is not always enough motivation to seek help.

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          In short, when you have a substance abuse disorder, you are suffering from a complicated disease with many potential causes — as well as many potential dangers, both emotional and physical. The good news is that rehab, with its combination of physical, emotional and mental treatment, can help you detoxify, get clean and stay clean in order to get back to a normal, healthy life.

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          Last Updated on September 25, 2019

          How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

          How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

          As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

          When we were still children, our thoughts seemed to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

          Just imagine then, how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power!

          We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities.

          We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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          We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb.

          We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits.

          And we’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head…

          But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

          So, how can we tap into the power of positivity?

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          “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

          It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are 4 simple yet powerful ideas on how you can get started.

          1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

          Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

          Just take a look at these 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

          2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

          This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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          You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty.

          If you seek it, you will find it.

          3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

          This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what really is important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

          Here’re 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life that can inspire you.

          4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

          How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking.

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          Instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

          Learn from this article how to change your mental images: How to Think Positive and Eliminate Negative Thoughts

          If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

          And remember:

          You are (or will become) what you think you are.

          This is reasonable enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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