10 Self-Affirmations for Recovery BY SHELBY HENDRIX

    • Self-Affirmation (n): the recognition and assertion of the existence of value of one’s individual self.

During recovery, your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. Practicing activities like mindfulness and daily self-affirmations can boost confidence, calm nerves, and develop mental strength. Positive self-affirmations have been scientifically proven to reduce the stress of external threats and improve performance.

If you’re going through a rough patch, or feel like you’re stuck in a rut, self-affirmations can work wonders to reset negative thoughts, adjust your perspective, and keep you on track to healthy sobriety.

Just like yoga and meditation, setting aside a little bit of time everyday to repeat self-affirmations helps you take stock of your mental state and slow down. Slowing down to appreciate your positive attributes and extol the virtues of the person you are becoming during your journey will help you develop a more positive perspective.

Bolster your feelings of personal worth and well-being with some of these self-affirmations:

  1. Every day, in every way, I am getting better.
  2. I can and I will.
  3. I will be a better me.
  4. I am worthy of great things.
  5. I like the person I’m becoming.
  6. All of my problems have a solution.
  7. I press on because I believe in my path.
  8. The past has no power over me anymore.
  9. I have many strengths.
  10. I am in charge of my life story.

 

You are, of course, not limited to these affirmations. Build upon the core values you learned while in treatment, or start looking for phrases and sayings that resonate with you personally and record them in a journal.

Your affirmations should mean something to you and they should be for your reasonable for you journey. Don’t wake up in the morning and tell yourself you have to be perfect, you don’t need that kind of unnecessary pressure. Tell yourself instead that you will be better, and you will continue to do your best.

Make your self-affirmations a morning ritual and before you know it, you’ll start believing what you tell yourself. Eventually, you’ll be recalling your self-affirmations automatically to help you get through any obstacles that may come up during your recovery.

 

 

 

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Shelby Hendrix is a blogger from the Northern Midwest with close personal ties to the addiction world. She focuses on the addiction landscape to reach out to those fighting alcoholism and compel them to seek an informed, healthy recovery.

4 Steps to Deal with an Employee’s Substance Abuse Problem

If you suspect that an employee has a drug or alcohol addiction, here are four steps to help protect your business.

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By Gwen Moran

The odds of substance abuse issues finding their way into your business are sizeable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services’ 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 18.9 million adults classified with dependence or abuse, nearly 52 percent were employed.

“Many employers miss the signs,” says Cali Estes, a certified drug and alcohol therapist who works with companies and individuals dealing with substance abuse in the workplace and elsewhere.

Those signs can be subtle, but might include physical signs like bloodshot eyes and residual alcohol smell. Others include excessive absences, coming to work late and leaving early. Some drugs might make the user active, so someone who is up and walking around all the time and who looks really busy, but isn’t getting anything done might be showing signs of addiction, Estes says. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence publishes this list of common signs.

When employees have addiction issues, it can affect the company in a number of ways, ranging from lost productivity to significant liability if an employee is drunk or high on the job and causes property damage or injury.

Every company should have a written substance use and abuse policy that prohibits using drugs or alcohol during work hours and gives the employer recourse if the employee’s performance is being affected by drug or alcohol abuse after-hours. Employees should be required to read and sign the agreement upon hire, Estes says.

And if you do suspect an employee has a problem, take these four steps.

1. Gather resources.
Most communities have substance abuse prevention agencies and resources. Check out a few local organizations to determine if they have any education materials or recommended resources for individuals dealing with substance abuse. Having a list of support groups, treatment facilities, and other resources lets you give your employee a place to start to deal with his or her issue. Make this list available to everyone in the company.

2. Explore your insurance coverage.
If you have employer-provided health insurance, call your insurance company to determine what treatment is covered and if they have recommended resources in the community. Estes says that insurance coverage can vary wildly from policy to policy, so it’s important to understand what is covered so you can encourage your employee to take the appropriate action for his or her financial circumstances.

“Checking into rehab could be a $30,000 to $50,000 expense. Getting treatment on an outpatient basis is an option and is typically much less expensive,” Estes says.

3. Consult your lawyer.
From setting your substance abuse policy to firing someone who’s used drugs on the job, you need to consult your attorney throughout the process of dealing with an addicted employee. You need to be sure your policy complies with state and federal employment laws and that any termination complies with those laws, as well, while also protecting your company from liability if the employee does damage while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

4. Take action.
The worst thing you can do is ignore the signs of substance abuse. If you see an employee who shows common signs, you need to address the issue directly by having a private conversation with the employee in which you review the company’s policy, express your concerns, and provide any resources you’ve gathered, Estes says.

“Usually if their job is on the line, we can say, ‘If you don’t get some form of help, you’re going to get fired.’ In states where that’s in compliance with the law, that usually works”, she says.

 

Are Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps Really Irrational, Unscientific & Outmoded or are they Actually Vindicated by Pioneering Neuroscience? 

Spates of recent articles in the press have denounced 12 Step programs as unscientific and irrational but this is based in a lack of understanding of what creates and maintains healthy neuro-adaptation in humans.
You might think comparing Alcoholics Anonymous with more scientifically proven treatments for addiction is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. How can an eighty year old, quasi-religious movement of non-professionals possibly stand up against mainstream psychology and medicine? A recent article in the The Atlantic (April issue) asked exactly that, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” by Gabrielle Glaser. In her piece Glaser slams both AA and the 12 Step treatment industry as ineffective in dealing with the nation’s alcohol problems, citing medications such as Naltrexone and Antabuse as being more effective because they reduce cravings and create aversion to alcohol, rendering AA’s abstinence philosophy redundant. However, advances in the understanding of addiction are showing us that there may well be sound scientific principles at work within the social processes of AA and other 12 Step groups. To read more, click on link

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Triggers With the Highest Risk

Triggers With the Highest Risk

Substance Abuse TriggersIdentifying which of the recovering addict’s substance abuse triggers are being overlooked by treatment providers, friends and other 12-step group members is crucial in developing an effective recovery program.

Based on a recent study published by the Society for the Study of Addiction, situations, people or objects uniquely relevant to a person’s drug or alcohol abuse have greater impact on the recovering addict’s tendency to relapse, as compared to generally recognized elements they are taught to avoid.

Cues, or “triggers,” consist of various types of stimuli in the environment that prompt a particular behavior or increase the risk of a certain type of response.

Some cues can affect a large number of people in a number of ways. One example of a general cue setting off a reaction is public speaking which can set off anxiety in some people. Other cues, however, may be personally relevant and are specific only to one individual. The aforementioned study looks at how cues, both general and specific, affect recovering addicts’ cravings for substances such as drugs and alcohol.

A Closer Look

Drs. Melina Fatseas and Fuschia Serre, along with other authors, investigated the behaviors of 132 outpatient individuals being treated for alcohol, tobacco, cannabis or opiate addiction. Using mobile technologies, participants were questioned four times a day regarding their drug or alcohol cravings, as well as the types of cues that produced or were associated with them.

Researchers then categorized the reported intensity of each person’s cravings under general substance-specific cues and person-specific cues. General substance-specific cues, for instance, would be a heroin addict seeing a syringe. On the other hand, person-specific cues would include a meeting with a specific person whom a participant had traditionally used their substance of choice with.

Findings suggest that only person-specific cues were associated with the reported increase in cravings over the hours of the day. While general cues were also reported to set off cravings, the participants’ desires tend to dissipate. Person-specific cues, however, were linked to an ever-increasing intensity of cravings among the participants. This concludes that person-specific cues produce a much more robust effect on a person’s drug or alcohol craving than more general substance-specific cues.

The Takeaway

This information is extremely helpful for individuals recovering from some type of substance abuse disorder because they can now exercise more vigilance to remain on the path of recovery.

A recovering addict can take an inventory of person-specific situations or cues that he/she considers as a personal trigger. This may be comprised of certain people, environments and even things like particular songs or movies. Perhaps it will even include going to a favorite bar, arguing with a spouse, getting off work on a Friday or bowling with friends.

Through this list, it will be easier for those in recovery to recognize relapse triggers when they pop up, understand their own reactions and take the necessary steps to stay in control.


Original Article from SoberRecovery.com

 

You Can Change The World! by: Gina la Morte: http://www.ginalamorte.com/

YOU. Yes, you, have everything inside of you to change the world. That world can be 7 billion people or that world can be 1 person. Sometimes the impact we have on one single individual is what literally does change the world or the world of somebody else! So when you think about your calling, your dreams, your purpose, sometimes all that awesomeness God put inside of you is to help make a difference in someone else’s world! Your dreams are designed to make a change. Make the world a prettier place, only in the way YOU were designed to do it! Isn’t that an exciting thought? So don’t look at your dreams as just simply selfish desires that you are striving for. Realize that your dreams, someway & somehow have the power to impact the world and truly make a difference! Follow your dreams, they lead to your destiny! (‪#‎myownrepost‬!) ‪#‎dreams‬‪#‎designingyourdream‬ ‪#‎book‬ ‪#‎worldchanger‬ ‪#‎you‬ ‪#‎change‬ ‪#‎difference‬‪#‎destiny‬ ‪#‎bohodreamacademy‬

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Jo and I have had a busy week making necklaces for Trinity Lives, an organization that sends people to rehab that can’t afford it. They provide a message of hope, love and encouragement to people and families struggling with addiction and provide the resources necessary to begin a new life in recovery. It’s a wonderful cause. Their website address is www. trinitylives.com. We encourage you to visit their site and support them.

What Can Trigger a Relapse?

After drug and alcohol treatment, addicts still feel strong urges to continue their substance abuse. These urges are based purely on desire and sometimes can overrule all logical reasoning. This is referred to as a trigger. There are many triggers out in the world. Some are specific to each individual, and some are a uniform way of functioning. Completing drug treatment is a huge step toward living a healthy and productive life without drug abuse. The trick is maintaining this sobriety. One way to avoid a drug or alcohol relapse is to identify the different things that can trigger it.

There are some very common causes of drug relapse. These negative feelings (also found in other aspects of everyday life) such as anger, sadness, loneliness, guilt, fear, and anxiety can cause an addict to feel like they need to run and hide from them, and the only way they know how to do that is through drug use. Even positive feelings can trigger a relapse because they make the addict want to celebrate.

Other ways that relapses can be triggered is through the physical body. Being in the presence of drugs and/or alcohol, around users of drugs or alcohol, or in places where you used or bought can be overwhelming and cause a lot of internal conflict. If you purposefully place yourself in situations just to show that you can do it, you may be placing yourself in unnecessary danger. Also, many people think that they will be fine after treatment, and that they don’t need to worry about a relapse. This is a problem because they may fall back into their old patterns, and eventually fall back into drug use. If you allow yourself to become completely exhausted, you are not following the healthy patterns you have established, like rest, nutrition, and exercise. If you begin to pity yourself or expect pity from others, you are not being independent, and are therefore not taking care of your needs.

Dishonesty is another common problem for recovering drug addicts. Usually, it begins with small, unnecessary lies being told to those who are close to you. Then you begin to widen the spectrum and are soon making excuses for not attending meetings or for hanging out with old friends that still use drugs or alcohol. Someone might do this because they feel that they are the only people who have changed. Well, you can only expect to control yourself. Just remember to be honest and patient with yourself and others.

Drug relapse is never your fault, just as drug addiction is not your fault, but it can be avoided. Through drug treatment, you can find yourself. Through real life experience you can test your strength. It is important to know your limits and to respect your mind, body, and soul through sobriety. Don’t wait until you relapse to express how you’re feeling after you finish rehab. Counseling is provided to allow this transition to be more comfortable and understood.