Wellness

Wellness

Information and resources to help motive and support those trying to build a healthier lifestyle, both mind and body.

What is freedom? The word can quite simply be associated with being lifted from constraint. Yearning to recover, many addicts and alcoholics that are active in their addiction may long for this liberation, but they contemplate what this new freedom would look or feel like. Addicts and alcoholics would love to visualize this clear-cut concrete image of a substance-free life, but it just does not seem like a viable option. Upon beginning the recovery process, they may start to operate differently and become open to the idea that a new way of life is in fact plausible. The individual in…
The weight that stress and depression has the potential to put on you at times can be overwhelming.  Though there are ways to manage the symptoms, sometimes it feels like there is no other option other than to accept what you’re feeling and suffer from it.  No one should have to feel like this though.  Stress and depression can negatively affect your life.  With new research being contemplated on a regular basis at a higher rate than ever before, treatments are being revealed to provide relief.  These treatments might be something you do regularly and just aren’t quite yet aware…
Explaining your drug addiction to your children may be something you find yourself procrastinating.  It is important to realize that this is a matter both worthy and necessary to address.  If you are debating how to tackle such a topic, communicating with your kids about the disease you have will clear up any misinformation.  You should focus on how talking about difficulties helps the outcome and brings a greater bond in the relationships of all people involved. How Do I Talk To My Kids? Something that may be keeping you from having a talk with your kids about what is…
For me, early recovery involved detox, followed by “okay, now how do I stay quit without going crazy?” My problem was staying quit, and I believed that the solution was entirely “spiritual.” I was convinced that I needed spiritual guidance, psychological therapy, or possibly group support to overcome this diseased thinking of mine. Any mention of a physical component (like a suggestion of regular exercise) was met with the usual nodding of the head. There was a clear separation here. My problem was mental and spiritual. I believed that, following detox, my physical body had nothing to do with recovery.…
Overcoming Social Anxiety in Recovery  Most drug addicts and alcoholics say they grew up feeling like they didn’t “fit in” before they even picked up a drink or a drug.  They felt less than, or just uncomfortable and out of place.  Using drugs and alcohol filled that hole in the soul and made them feel like they were part of something at last.  This is an illusion.  Drugs and alcohol actually heighten fear and anxiety.  In some cases, drug abuse and alcoholism can make a person feel nervous or anxious most of the time.  The progression of the disease leads…
Just Do It! You’ve been talking about it for months. Whenever you drive by the gym you’ve belonged to since 2001, you get the euphoric recall of how good it felt after an intense workout and how good you looked when you were doing it regularly, and you wonder why you haven’t been there since 2003! You even went out and bought yourself a new pair of tennis shoes and some matching gym shorts, but still have yet to break a sweat! Why do we procrastinate doing something that we know is going help us live longer, more fulfilling lives?…
Defining Codependency The term codependency was first used to describe the way family members reacted around people suffering from substance abuse problems.  Generally speaking, codependency is the result of an unhealthy relationship.  People suffering from codependency feel they need to be needed, and they are obsessed with helping people.  They suffer from the delusion that they can save people.  Codependency can be an addiction in itself, and is just as detrimental as drug abuse or alcoholism. Codependency can take on many different forms.  Let’s look at a few examples of codependency: Enabling – an addiction present in the family and…
The Importance of Health and Nutrition Health and nutrition are critical in the recovery process and can increase your chance for long term sobriety.  The connection between the mind, body and spirit plays a critical role in reinventing yourself. Alcoholism and drug addiction deprive the body of the essential vitamins and nourishment that your body needs to function properly.  Long periods of restricting and neglecting your diet causes an imbalance and can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, diarrhea, an inability to properly digest foods, as well as a suppressed appetite. Learning how to properly nourish the body…
Meditation Meditation is the driving force behind a relationship with a Higher Power.  Learning to be still in the moment will reduce stress and strengthen your relationship with your Higher Power. This spiritual connection is vital for recovery from addiction. A relationship with a higher power will not only remove the obsession to use, but it will create a sense of ease and contentment with in.  You will gain serenity and an inner strength.  Meditation will enhance your spirituality by centering you.  You will feel grounded and at peace.  It will help you begin to see you inner self worth.  Utilizing this valuable tool will bring peace to your…
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