Addictions are conditions that can be all consuming. They consume your money. They consume your relationships. And they consume your time… lots and lots of time. While you are battling an addiction, you tend to become unaware of how much of every day is devoted to getting, using, and being incapacitated by drugs.
When you start to make progress in your recovery and are no longer using, it can be surprising how much extra time you have on your hands. For many recovering addicts at our Sacramento recovery center, it can feel like too much time and cause a sense of boredom and restlessness. And those feelings can put you at risk of relapse if you don’t address them. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2pYGhDb
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
Apathy can be defined as a lack of interest, motivation, or concern. It’s a normal human emotional state when experienced periodically. However, as we tell people at our Sacramento recovery center, when it starts to dominate a person’s thinking, it can be a problem. For people who are at risk of developing an addiction or who are trying to recover from one, it is especially dangerous. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2m83kgB
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
If you are in recovery from a chemical dependency and have suffered a relapse, there can be tremendous sadness, frustration, and guilt. You may feel that you have failed both yourself and the people who support you (even though that’s an unfair assessment). However, as we tell people at our Sacramento recovery center, there are ways to get your recovery back on track quickly. And, every setback can be reframed as a valuable learning experience.
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