By some estimates, people who are in the grip of an addiction are as much as six time more likely to commit suicide. This is due, in large part, to the fact that people with substance abuse problems are very likely to experience depression, and depression is the number one risk factor for suicide. In addition, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs a person’s judgement which can lead to them following through with an act that they wouldn’t commit while sober. As we tell people at our detox center in Sacramento, it’s important to understand the relationship between a person’s addiction and their thoughts of taking their own life. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2u7Mku5
While it’s true that the most powerful force driving you toward recovery comes from within, it’s equally true that the biggest obstacles you face can come from that same source. For a variety of reasons, it’s very common for people fighting addiction to (consciously or subconsciously) sabotage their own recovery. We caution people at our detox center in Sacramento to be on the lookout for their own self-destructive thought patterns. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2pVigwF
Compassion is defined as “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.” Maintaining a compassionate attitude toward people we love who are facing substance abuse and addiction issues can be very helpful to them. Unfortunately, as weeks, months, and even years go by, you can find yourself losing your compassion. As we share with people at our detox program in Sacramento, we understand your challenges. Thankfully, there are strategies you can use to refill your compassion tank, so to speak.
Tips for Reestablishing Empathy
If your loved one’s extended struggles are weighing on you, try these strategies:
- Talk with a counselor. In many cases, your loved one isn’t the only person who could benefit from the support and guidance of a skilled counselor. Addiction is a disease that affects everyone it touches. Find a counselor who can work with you on developing a renewed sense of kindness.
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Art therapy is widely used as a supplement to traditional counseling. It involves the creation of works of art as a way to express thoughts and feelings that may be hard to verbalize for a person who is in counseling. A wide range of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpting can be used. At our detox center in Sacramento, we know that art therapy can be a great way for people who are undergoing treatment to express themselves. It can also be helpful long after treatment has concluded.
Art therapy provides a number of benefits including:
An easy way to start communicating
For a person who has just started a detox program, speaking openly to counselors and staff can be difficult. They are strangers, initially, and it may be tough to talk with them about the emotional details of an addiction. Art provides a different form of language that may be easier to use in the beginning.
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