When you’re in recovery from an addiction, you need all the support you can get from your counselor, family, and friends. However, at our Sacramento rehab center we explain that “support” implies interactions that are helpful in nature. Unfortunately, it’s possible that some of the people who you consider friends will be unable or unwilling to truly support you. If that’s the case, it’s a difficult thing to do, but the best course of action for you is to end that relationship. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2pYCo0K
Maintaining the sobriety you’ve worked so hard to achieve can be very challenging. Staying sober in a dating scene that often revolves around parties, bar hopping, and social drinking with friends can take that challenge to a whole new level. But as we tell people at our alcohol rehab program in Sacramento, just because it takes a little more effort to date sober doesn’t mean you should give up on dating.
You Are Not Alone
When you first consider dating after getting sober, it may feel like your “sober and single” status is fairly unique. But the truth is, there are many people who in are in exactly the same situation. Every day there must be hundreds or even thousands of single people who achieve sobriety. And surely a fair percentage of them are looking for someone to spend time with just like you are. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2s3U23Y
Individually, mental illness and substance abuse problems are major challenges to a person’s health and wellbeing. When the two occur simultaneously, it can be even more difficult to get on the road to recovery. As we explain to the people we work with at our outpatient drug rehab in Sacramento, “dual diagnosis” is a very broad term that encompasses the many ways the two conditions can influence one another.
Which Comes First?
People often ask if mental health conditions cause chemical dependency or the reverse. The truth is “cause” is maybe too strong a word, but each condition can influence or worsen the other. For example, a person’s drinking may push them into a state of depression, or anxiety may cause someone to self-medicate, leading to an addiction. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2s43iVY
After you’ve achieved sobriety, it’s only normal to wonder what your friends are up to when you’re not there. However, if wondering becomes obsessing, it’s time to take action. Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a type of anxiety in which you are unable to keep from thinking about the social activities of others. At the New Dawn Sacramento recovery center, we provide people with strategies for getting over FOMO. They include:
Analyzing and questioning your thoughts.
Asking yourself things like, “Am I really that sad not to be there?” and “How will not being there have any negative effect on my life?” can help you come to the conclusion that your absence isn’t going to be a big deal in the grand scheme of things. And, of course, your health is far more important than any social event. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2s40h7R
When you are in recovery from an addiction, you may feel conflicted about how much information to share and whom to share it with. At our Sacramento drug treatment center, we tell the people we work with that every person’s situation is different, and that what’s important is that you decide what’s right for you. For some, that might mean shouting from the rooftops that they are making headway in their recovery. For others, it may mean confiding in only a select few close friends and family members.
As you consider how open or guarded you want to be with your story, here are some things to keep in mind. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2lLDDRp
Being in recovery from substance abuse involves fighting many battles, including trying to resist cravings, stay positive, and refocus your life. One of the challenges that people don’t necessarily think about is the intense loneliness that many of those in recovery have to face. As we tell the people we work with in our Sacramento drug rehab center, it’s important to take steps to ease the sense of isolation.
Connection can be Key
In committing to recovery, you may have had to cut ties with the people associated with your old lifestyle. And, you may be experiencing a sense of guilt about your situation that makes it hard to interact with family members, coworkers, etc. But, it’s critical to the success of your efforts that you stay connected. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2lfynSZ
While there is evidence that drug use among teens has decreased slightly in recent years, that good news is overshadowed by the fact that far too many teens still participate in regular drug use. We tell parents at our Sacramento rehab center that one of the keys to keeping their teen from getting involved in drug use is understanding what can increase the likelihood that they’ll experiment or become a regular user.
Here are some of the risk factors:
- Drug-using friends. Who your kids hang out with has a major influence on their behavior. And while trying to choose your child’s friends for them is a no-win proposition, there are ways you can subtly influence their decisions such as making it easier to connect with peers who are not drug users. You can also, of course, set reasonable limits on where, when, and how your children spend time with their friends. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2lLFHZH