It is easy to get caught up in the bustle of life and to stop doing the the things needed to maintain healthy balance. Once off kilter it is so easy to fall into the traps of our negative behaviors, and for addicts and alcoholics that often means falling back into the throes of their addiction.
Relapse really starts before the actual drink or drugging. It shows its’ glaring face in other aspects of life and thought patterns. This is why it is so important to maintain a healthy balance in addiction recovery.
Here are a few warning signs to look out for. When you see these signs in your own life it may be a red flag to get back on track and into a healthy routine.
You Are Perpetually Sick
You Are Super Irritable
You Simply Can’t Concentrate
You Feel Like Everything Is A Chore
You Feel Down In The Dumps
You Experience A Breakdown
You Feel Incredibly Anxious
You Never Take Time For Yourself
You Feel The Days Blurring Together
You Feel Kinda Rundown
You Never Eat A Real Meal
Check out this article to learn more and to see what these signs are really telling you about what’s going on in your life:
There are times when life gets hard, and everything seems to be going wrong. It often makes people feel overwhelmed and hopeless. This is particularly true of those suffering from addiction.
But, there are some tools that you can use to make things feel better, and help you to get through the rough times.
Summit’s Clinical Director, Kim Chronister, PsyD, was featured in this article for Bustle, higlighting some great tools to use to turn the tough patches of life around.
The tools include:
Try Something New
Set Intentions Every Morning
Get To Cleanin’
Do The Thing That Scares You
Build Up From Small Changes
Force Yourself To Have Fun
Go Hang Out With Cool People
Fake A Better Attitude
Take Some Time To Assess
Have Yourself A Good Cry
Be All About The Lists
Make A Plan To Reach Your Goals
Remember You Aren’t Alone
Check out the article here to learn more:
Worry and anxiety can be overwhelming, especially early in recovery from drugs and alcohol. There are ways to ease these feelings and get emotions under control, starting with mindfulness. Some tools that can bring calmness and ease into life include:
Engage In Mindfulness
Challenge Your Dichotomous Thinking
Reframe Negative Self-Talk
Challenge Irrational Beliefs
Incorporate Relaxation Techniques
Write Your Worries Down
Focus On Something You Can Control
Practice Questioning Your Thoughts
Pretend You’re Relaxed
To learn more about these tools and how to use them please check out this article: