So I have a question for all of you ... what happens to the "I can't be beat" mentality when you reach recovery? I'm very serious with this question, as I really don't understand ... unless the answer is that you don't really want to quit.
Why is it that if you didn't have drugs, you would do whatever it took in order to get them. Yet it seems to be almost impossible to do what you need to do for recovery.
You would spend hundreds or thousands a week in addiction, but won't spend $10 for a large bottle of multi-vitamins. You spend tons of money on energy drinks and cigarettes but 'healthy' food is just too expensive. You didn't care what the drugs tasted like, but now water tastes too bad to drink. You would walk for miles to get your drug or even get a ride to get that drug, but you won't walk for 30 min 3 days a week. You would zone out for hours at a time, but you won't meditate for 10 min.
What happened to the I'll do whatever it takes mentality? Do you really want to recover?
This phrase is what Kristen Johnston uses in her book "Guts" to describe what can happen when we choose to not talk about our issues or our past and to instead keep everything locked up inside.
Besides all the negative health issue of keeping strong emotions bottled up, mental health issues form as well ~ stress, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, phobias, anger issues, co-dependency and the like.
Get your feelings out any way you can! Writing in a journal is a good way, blogging about your issues, or even doing a video blog! There are places and people who can try to help as well: talking in groups, talking with a confidante, using a counselor or therapist, talking with your religious leader, or the like.
When you get the information 'out' of you, it helps to heal and free you from the emotional pain and trauma; much like the process of removing an actual piece of glass from your leg. Once the glass is out, the wound can actually start to heal!
I hope this helps you better understand why it is so important to find some outlet.
I'm wanting to address a question that many people are asking about getting out of suboxone treatment: How do I stop without being sick or going through withdrawals?
First and foremost ~ get off suboxone as fast as you can! The longer you are on it, the harder it is going to be to get off of it.
Second ~ tapper to a very low dose while also doing everything you can to help increase your own natural chemicals: eating a good breakfast daily, drinking lots of water, taking your multivitamins, following a balanced / healthy diet, lots of regular exercise (30 min of cardio every day you can), lots of sunshine, lots of laughter and the like.
Third ~ have a good support system in place before you stop. Meaning make sure your routine is already solid, so you can stick to it (as sitting in the dark not doing anything is NOT going to help you feel better).
Fourth ~ have a VERY solid 'why' are are ready to stop! If you don't have a solid why as to why you are actually wanting to stop: when the going gets tough you are going to stop!
And finally remember ... THERE IS NO EASY WAY! You ARE not going to feel 100% regardless of what you do. It's like being on the other side of a river; in order to get to the other side you are GOING to get wet!
Something to keep in mind ~ have you ever been in withdrawals before? Yet here you are ... meaning that yes they suck, but no they will not kill you. Do the work! Get to the other side ... and NEVER look back!
I hope this helps!
Here is just some information on the positive impact of nutrition on depression and anxiety. This will hopefully help you to better understand the 'why' behind my push to help you eat better foods in your daily life.
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Here is some information from Gregg Braden to help you better understand: not only a fuller potential of your mind, but also a better understanding of how it happens.
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I wanted to touch base on something that I battle with everyday ... people confusing 'opinions' with 'truths'.
Much like the idea of "Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world" ~ Arthur Schopenhauer.
People think that because they don't know anyone who has recovered, that recovery isn't possible. People think that if recovery is possible, it must be the exception and not the rule. People think that their way is the only way to do something because they haven't seen it done any other way.
I'm here to tell you today that:
1) Addiction is not a disease like cancer
2) That recovery IS the norm not the exception
3) That there are a multitude of ways out of addiction
4) That a holistic (meaning treating all aspects of the person) approach is the most effective way to deal with addiction
5) That you can do it all on your own, as long as you get out of your environment
6) That NOTHING will happen until you choose to change!
I hope this all made you think, as that is the best thing I can do to try and help you ... help you to think differently about you, and about the world around you!
Have a wonderful day!
People find their way out of addiction all the time! Here is an amazing store as well as the tools used to help get there ... for those that know me, you will hear some similar ideas! I hope you enjoy!
This is what you are really up against! If you are wanting to recover, you need to know what you are REALLY up against!
This is YOUR issue! YOU need to figure out what you need to do!
Here is a great video on really understanding addiction and one of the best ways to treat it!!
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I'm bringing this post back to the front again, as it is an important understanding that needs to happen! Two main factors fall away when you realize it's NOT a true disease ~ 1) it means you are NOT stuck with addiction 2) it means that your actions do actually play a part in both continuing or recovering.
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!