Grieving the loss of addiction

As an addict in recovery, you may not expect to actually grieve for your addiction – but you likely will. And you will be grieving for more than just the drug and the lifestyle it came with. Know what to expect, so you can be better prepared. Grief is not usually associated with a “loss” that is considered positive for someone’s health and wellbeing. We expect to experience grief when faced with the loss of a loved one, after a natural disaster or other tragedy in the community, or with the loss of a job or home. But grieving the loss of addiction when first becoming sober is common and can be easily overlooked. When entering a treatment programme grief for the loss of addiction itself is no

What’s The Problem: Why Drugs or Alcohol Become the Solution?

Although every addict is different in some way or another, all addicts have two things in common. The first is that they have an addiction, and the second is that in almost all cases they developed the addiction because they were struggling with some sort of problem in their life. All too often, individuals turn to drugs or alcohol as a solution to a problem that they are dealing with. When a group of addicts were asked what problems they were trying to solve by resulting to drugs or alcohol they answered: Loneliness Guilt Low self esteem High stress Anxiety Depression Coping with pain Of course there are many more problems that an addict may have, but in general, many people who use drugs o

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Affects the Whole Family

Recent research into the treatment of addiction points to the fact that as addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, the whole family should be included in treatment. The success of family programmes in addiction treatment is evidence of this. Alcohol and drug abuse not only harms the addict, but it can destroy relationships and also create emotional turmoil for family members and loved ones as they witness and experience a family member’s alcoholism or drug dependence. Addiction is often referred to as a family disease and addiction treatment is ideally a family affair. Along with the addict, family members need and deserve help and support to overcome the negative effects of al

Keep Your Kids Safe from Substance Abuse in the New School Year

Millions of underage teens around the world abuse alcohol and drugs each year. Make sure your teen isn’t one of them. Back-to-school season is a flurry of activity for parents of adolescents and teenagers. Clothes, electronics, accessories, and signing up for extra classes can make an already busy schedule seem overwhelming. And yet it is important to be mindful of the limits and expectations we set for our children, if they are to successfully navigate the peer pressure they may encounter at school. In this blog post we’d like to endorse to help ensure your children stay substance free in the coming school year. #1 Set Firm Limits About Alcohol Use Children learn much of how they should res

Signs your Loved One is Hiding a Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug abuse is so common, many people become addicted before they even realize they have a problem. With its high potential for secrecy, habit-forming and overdose, it is essential to nip pill addiction in the bud – here are its warning signs. How to know if your loved one is hiding a prescription drug addiction? Prescription drug abuse and addiction has become an increasing problem in countries all over the world. Because prescription pills are legal, and often come straight from a doctor, there is a misconception that they are not as dangerous or addictive as illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin. However, many prescription drugs can be just as addictive and just as deadly as s

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. SHAFA HOME, Recovery from addiction isn’t easy, but adding relaxation into your daily routine can make a world of difference. SHAFAHOME, 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

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Affects the Whole Family

Recent research into the treatment of addiction points to the fact that as addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, the whole family should be included in treatment. The success of family programmes in addiction treatment is evidence of this. Alcohol and drug abuse not only harms the addict, but it can destroy relationships and also create emotional turmoil for family members and loved ones as they witness and experience a family member’s alcoholism or drug dependence. Addiction is often referred to as a family disease and addiction treatment is ideally a family affair. Along with the addict, family members need and deserve help and support to overcome the negative effects of al

10 Daily Practices for Successful Addiction Recovery

Especially in early addiction recovery, getting into some type of daily routine can be very beneficial to staying sober long-term. For many addicts who have just finished treatment at their addiction treatment centre, ‘real life’ can seem very scary. And too much free, unscheduled time can lead to thoughts about using again. And while it is important not to over schedule yourself, creating unneeded stress in your life, it is good to have daily routines that will assist you on your road to recovery. Your Daily Rituals for Successful Addiction Recovery It is true that not every method works for every person, but the following daily activities will most definitely help any recovering addict st

Signs that You May be a High-Functioning Alcoholic

Many people who drink more than just occasionally could be classified as high-functioning alcoholics — and most of them are totally unaware of this distinction! If you are a frequent drinker, you need to ask yourself the following questions to see if you are at risk of alcoholism. When the term alcoholic comes to mind, most people automatically picture someone who spends their days (and nights) at the local pub, or someone in worn and dirty clothes drinking alcohol out of a bottle in a paper bag in the alley. In most cases people also assume that alcoholics have lost their jobs and may even be homeless. But the truth is, there are many alcoholics who appear to have it all together on the out

I am the Parent of a Drug Addict: does that Mean I Am a Failure?

Is your son or daughter a drug addict? It is easy to feel like a failure, but you must realise that it is not your fault! Follow these tips to help both you and your child get through this addiction together. Being the parent of a drug addict is one of the hardest things anyone might have to face. Addiction is a destructive disease not only to the drug addict himself, but to all the people who love him. Seeing your child succumb to this devastating disorder can leave you feeling like a failure as a parent and asking yourself what you could have done differently to prevent or fix the problem. However, having a drug addicted loved one does not mean that you have failed as a parent. Like other

The First 90 Days: How to Cope in Addiction Recovery

The first 90 days in addiction recovery can often be the most difficult. Avoid relapsing during this time with these tips. The first 90 days of addiction recovery is a critical and challenging period. A vulnerable, newly recovering addict is tasked with rebuilding life from the ground up — including facing previously ignored responsibilities, emotions, and fears. It is during these first three months that people are most susceptible to relapse, and therefore need the most support. The early days of addiction recovery are overwhelming to say the least, especially after leaving the structured and supportive environment of drug or alcohol rehab. Some people fall into the false belief that simpl

How to Set up a Daily Recovery Practice after Treatment

For many people, breaking free of addiction begins with an inpatient treatment programme, but there’s a strong day-to-day aspect involved with staying clean and sober. In this post, we explore what goes into setting up a successful daily recovery practice. Staying clean and sober is a lifelong endeavour that requires a commitment to daily work. Here’s how to set up a daily recovery practice after addiction treatment. Recovery from addiction is an ongoing process, and it requires a daily commitment to staying clean and sober. But after completing a comprehensive inpatient addiction-treatment programme – like the one operated by SHAFA HOME, – you may find that the hardest work is yet to come.

Alcohol Addiction vs. Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence are not the same thing. But what exactly is the difference? Often the terms alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence are used interchangeably, which can lead to confusion. While closely related, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence are not exactly the same thing, however the difference can be difficult to discern and understand. What is the Difference Between Alcohol Addiction and Alcohol Dependence? Abuse of alcohol, alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence can be seen as different sets of symptoms and behaviours that occur progressively along a spectrum of the same disorder which we will examine further below. Alcohol abuse. Abusing alcohol en

Internet Addiction a Problem on College Campuses

Internet addiction on college campuses is a growing concern as more and more global studies are revealing. Find out which areas of students’ lives technology addiction is affecting in particular and why the college population is at risk.Binge drinking and substance abuse are problems that are consistently talked about on college campuses. However there is now another problem popping up that despite rarely being addressed is also negatively affecting students — internet addiction. Because internet use is such an integral part of a student’s day to day experience, problematic internet use can be easily overlooked. Like substance addictions, internet addiction affects a student’s ability to per

Am I Addicted to Sex? Signs and Symptoms of Sex Addiction

Is sex always on your mind? Ever wonder if you have a sex addiction? In this article we have put together a list of questions that you can ask yourself to find out if you should be seeking treatment. Sex is a normal part of human life. Sex is needed to procreate of course, and a regular, healthy sex life with a partner can help relieve stress and nurture the relationship between the couple at the same time. However, when a person spends too much time having or thinking about sex, they could be developing a sex addiction. “Too Much Sex — Is that Really an Addiction?” Having “too much sex“ may not sound like a bad thing. And as previously mentioned, a safe and active sex life can actually offe

New Study links Social Media Use to Depression

A new study done by the University of Pittsburgh reveals statistics 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. For the facility which frequently treats social media and internet addiction, the results were not surprising. The participants who most frequently checked their social media accounts throughout the week were 2.7 times more likely to have symptoms of depression than those who checked their accounts the least. And those participants who spent the most time using social media each day were at risk of depression 1.7 times higher than those who spent the least amou

Travelling Drunk: The Dangers of Excessive Drinking While on Holiday

Travelling Drunk: The Dangers of Excessive Drinking While on Holiday With summer approaching, people are finalizing their holiday plans. Many will travel to foreign countries where fun in the sun is often combined with alcohol and parties. But excessive drinking while travelling can lead to many unforeseen dangers. We discuss here how you can better ensure that you have a good vacation instead of a disastrous one. This summer many people around the globe will pick up their backpack, buy a plane ticket, and head to a foreign land in search of adventure – and parties. A beer at lunch? – “Why not? We are on vacation!” A beer while waiting for the train? – “Why not? We are on vacation!” An all-n

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