The Power and Importance of Gratitude While in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a long and winding journey. There are moments when the recovery process will seem like a stroll in the park, at other times it will feel like a daunting expedition. This is why it is important to incorporate practices into your life that will help you along the way. One of the most important and effective practices is gratitude… “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl, Being grateful for the things you have on any given day is arguably the most important factor when it comes to leading a happy life. There are so many pe

9 Most Common Reasons People are Afraid to Get Sober

Many people struggling with addiction want to get sober, but share common fears about what sobriety entails. Let us take this opportunity to refute these fears and show you why getting sober is better than you realised. Fear of failure, fear of being labelled – what is stopping you from getting sober? The top reasons most people struggling with addiction are afraid to quit. Getting sober can seem incredibly scary. Whether from drugs or alcohol, the benefits of becoming sober are often overshadowed by fear about what life will be like when all the mind-altering substances and parties have stopped. Getting sober also means you have to admit that you have a substance abuse problem, which for ma

Having a hard time imagining what your life will look like after getting sober?

Explore 10 of the biggest benefits you’ve got to look forward to when you stop using: Addiction is a full-time lifestyle, leaving little time for anything else. What fills the void when you get sober? Getting sober changes everything. Here are 10 of the ways your life will shift when you stop using: Getting sober is hard work. It’s a challenging process that requires dedication and willpower – and, for many, adapting to life without using is difficult. To succeed, you need to see a light at the end of the tunnel – one that’s bright enough to pull you through the anxieties, doubts and feelings of inadequacy you’ll battle along the way. You need to know that the journey is worthwhile. Knowing

Difficulties of Staying Sober in Early Recovery and How to Overcome Them

Whether you are new to recovery or an old veteran, certain obstacles may get in the way of your sobriety. Being prepared for and knowing how to handle these situations will help you on your path to long-term addiction recovery. You have probably heard that staying sober in addiction recovery is difficult. And while it does definitely have its challenges, knowing what to expect and understanding how to overcome these difficulties before they happen can be the difference between success and failure. Below we have put together a few of the most common hurdles you can expect in addiction recovery along with a few tips on how to more easily overcome them. 7 Things that Make it Tough to Stay Sober

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is the consumption of many alcoholic beverages over a short period of time with the intention of becoming drunk. Binge drinking can last for a few hours or even up to several days. Many people relate binge drinking to people who are young and in college, typically between the ages of 18 and 25. However, the US Department of Health and Human Services has shown reports that 70% of binge drinkers are over the age of 25. It should be noted that binge drinking is not the same as social drinking. Social drinking is being involved in a social interaction and consuming alcohol but having no intention of becoming intoxicated. Nine Types of Binge Drinkers The recommended amount of alcoh

Women are Affected by Ecstasy Differently Than Men

Recent research is showing that the drug ecstasy affects women differently than men. Ecstasy is a synthetic drug and acts a stimulant and a mild hallucinogen. This drug affects the levels of serotonin; a chemical in the brain. This chemical regulates mood, cognitive functions, and sleep. Users seek out the relaxed and euphoric state, and the heightened feelings of self-acceptance and connection with others. Ecstasy also produces negative effects like anxiety, depression, and paranoia. With prolonged use, mental functioning and memory difficulties are common. How Does It Affect Women Differently? As with all drugs, research is showing that ecstasy affects women differently. Women seem to be m

10 Signs that you have an Addiction to Meth and Need Addiction Recovery Treatment

Meth is the abbreviated name for methamphetamine, and is also known as crystal meth. Meth abuse is becoming a huge problem in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Meth is cheaper than heroin and cocaine, which makes it more affordable for drug users and leads them to addiction recovery treatment. It is often the second largest drug addiction at many drug rehab centres. A Very Powerful Drug The growing consumption of this powerful drug is causing many users to develop an addiction very quickly. Addiction to meth is constantly rising throughout the world and is alarming to many drug rehab centres and medical professionals. It is important for everyone to understand how dangerous meth is, the s

How Alcoholism Affects The Family Part 2

This is a continuation of part 1 in which we discussed the affects that alcoholism has on children; now we will discuss how spouses or partners of alcoholics are affected and how each individual can be helped. Spouses/Partners of Alcoholics Alcoholism also has serious affects on the spouse or partner of the addict. So much so, that it is not uncommon for the individual to have mental and physical health problems. As the addiction progresses, the non-drinking spouse oftentimes takes on a compulsive care-taking role. This can create feelings of self pity, exhaustion and resentment towards the alcoholic. The relationship often suffers because of a lack of communication, an increase in anger due

How Alcoholism Affects The Family Part 1

Alcoholism affects millions, perhaps up to a billion, people throughout the world. It is not only the alcoholic who is affected by this struggle, but those around him or her as well. Oftentimes, the alcoholic does not consider how their actions are affecting their spouse, children, parents, and even friends. Sometimes, they may believe that they are doing little or no harm at all to those around them; unfortunately the truth of the matter is that addiction does affect these individuals just as much. In order for an addict to fully recover, he or she must understand the long term implications that alcoholism had on their loved ones. Some professionals consider alcoholism a ‘family disease’. T

These “Effects of Alcohol” are just Myths

The terms ‘nightcap’ and ‘liquid courage’ are self explanatory in regards to what we believe are the powers of alcohol. However, many of the most common reasons for drinking are completely misguided. Here we investigate which effects are actually myths and discover the truth behind them. Alcohol is the most widely accepted drug around the world, a legal substance in most countries. The effects of alcohol on drinkers and the reasons they drink vary. In many cultures alcohol is often associated with celebrations – from holidays to special moments in life such as getting a new job or graduating from school. People also rely on the ‘well-known’ effects of alcohol for a multitude of other reasons

Do You Know the Signs of an Alcohol Overdose?

Thousands of people die each year by overdosing on alcohol simply because the symptoms are not well known. We have outlined the signs to watch for and what to do if you see someone overdosing. Knowing your facts can help save a life. Alcohol is the most widely accepted (and abused) substance around the globe, most likely due in part to the fact that it is legal in most countries. Whether people are celebrating special events, trying to relax, or cheering on their favourite sports team, alcohol is very often included. But the dangers of overconsumption can be very serious, and alcohol overdose can lead to death. What is an Alcohol Overdose? Also known as alcohol poisoning, an alcohol overdose

10 Reasons Why Quitting Drugs and Alcohol is Something to Look Forward To

10 Reasons Why Quitting Drugs and Alcohol is Something to Look Forward To Being nervous about addiction recovery is common. After all, your life will be significantly changed. The good news is that it will be changed into something better than you may be able to imagine. This list will get you excited about what lies ahead! Substances no longer rule your life. Joy and gratitude come easily, and 9 other reasons why sobriety is awesome. For many addicts who are just beginning or have yet to begin their journey through addiction recovery, the end result can seem scary. It is often difficult to imagine a life without drugs or alcohol when they have become so deeply ingrained in your lifestyle. H

The Effects of 5 Popular Drugs on Your Body and Brain

The Effects of 5 Popular Drugs on Your Body and Brain Ever wonder why sipping a cocktail after a long day makes you feel relaxed, or why your eyes turn red after smoking a joint? We take a look at the physical and psychological effects of drugs on your body and brain. Ever wonder why smoking a joint makes your eyes red? The effects of 5 popular drugs on your body and brain: Millions of people around the world consume drugs each and every day – from a cocktail after work to unwind, to a line of cocaine or a hit of ecstasy to keep up energy on the dance floor. But have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly these drugs are doing to your brain in order to create these desired effects? Aside fr

Low Self Esteem and Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Low Self Esteem and Drug and Alcohol Addiction Self esteem and addiction go hand in hand. Low self esteem is considered the number one factor for causing a drug or alcohol addiction. Most people with a drug or alcohol addiction, or people who are at risk for developing an addiction, have a low self esteem. Psychologists have come up with four causes of low self esteem that people have to deal with. The Main Four Causes Personal Stability A person may feel like they have no stability in their life, or self created stability. Most of the time these people feel as if they have no control over their own life and things are not stable. Insignificant A person who has an addiction to drugs or alcoh

social media use and depression.

you need to hear regarding the link between social media use and depression. Learn about its findings and the treatment of depression and compulsive social media use. Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences recently conducted a study to examine the correlation between social media use and depression. 1,787 people in India. aged 19 to 32 were asked to fill out a questionnaire that detailed their use of social media on the most common platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Vine, Pinterest and LinkedIn while other questions asked for information that could be used to assess their level of depression on the PROMIS Depression Scale. For t

Can You Force an Addict Into Rehab?

Addiction has a way of clouding one’s mind to the extent that they’re often the last to realize how badly they need help. When it’s obvious that a close friend or family member needs rehab, is there any way to force them to go? We explore this question in depth here. When it’s obvious that someone you love needs rehab, is there any way to force them to go? Watching your loved one succumb to the clutches of addiction is terribly distressing. You may even find yourself considering the possibility of forcing them into addiction treatment. As much as that sounds like wishful thinking, the team at SHAFAHOME, understands exactly where you’re coming from. Here’s our insight into what you can do whe

How to Avoid Relapse in the Early Stages of Recovery.

How to Avoid Relapse in the Early Stages of Recovery. Following a few early sobriety tips can make the transition from treatment to ongoing recovery so much easier. There’s no denying that the first few months can be difficult – you’re on your own again for the first time since entering the programme and your senses are on high alert. Early sobriety is tough and the chance for relapse is very real. Practice these tips to avoid slips and stay on the path. Early recovery will get harder before it gets easier, but stay on the path, it’s worth it. Avoiding relapse and staying alcohol-free is your main objective and, although that can seem like a daunting task, these tips for the early stages of

Social Drinker, Alcohol Abuser or Alcoholic

There are three main categories that users of alcohol fall into; social drinker, alcohol abuser or alcoholic. Most people who drink alcohol will not have any problems with their consumption; however, for those who do have a problem handling it, oftentimes, their problem will gradually worsen. ​ Some are the ‘life of the party’ while others are ‘the responsible ones’? Which describes you the best? Some are the life of the party while others are the responsible ones? Which describes you the best? At SHAFAHOME, we have helped thousands of people break free from alcohol dependence and addiction. Three Types of Drinkers This article will describe the three main categories of alcohol consumers. Th

Making Relaxation a Part of Recovery

You’re moving through your steps, talking to your counsellor and attending meetings—but how much are you really taking care of you? Relaxation is an essential component of a successful, sustainable recovery process. Recovery from #addiction isn’t easy, but adding relaxation into your daily routine can make a world of difference. Recovery is a journey of rediscovery and determining what keeps you satisfied, comfortable and motivated. Alternately joyful and challenging, recovery is where people confront root causes of addiction, identify triggers for problematic behaviour, and adopt ways to successfully address and manage addiction. It is a lifelong process that requires patience and self-awar

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol – The Facts & Dangers

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol – The Facts & Dangers Even when alcohol is consumed in moderation, it wreaks havoc on our mind and body over time. Learn how stopping now can benefit the rest of your life. Are these long-term health risks worth drinking? It’s all fun and games until you wake up the next morning. Are these long-term health risks worth drinking? “First you take a drink…then the drink takes you.” Alcohol is both legal and readily available across most of the world. It’s celebrated and placed in the limelight in the movies, music and a myriad of social settings. It’s popularity and cultural significance however can often mask its true identity – a highly addictive and toxic drug wit

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