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Importance of Social Support During Addiction Recovery

Importance of Social Support During Addiction Recovery

Completing treatment for an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can make you feel as though you have won a difficult battle. And while this is true, it is also important to keep in mind that support systems can be an extremely beneficial way for you to receive the ongoing encouragement necessary for remaining successful in your addiction recovery (Importance of Drug Addiction Support).

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PTSD Recovery: 12-Step Approach, Steps 7, 8, and 9

PTSD Recovery: 12-Step Approach, Steps 7, 8, and 9

Using a 12 step program for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery, in addition to traditional PTSD treatments, has been helpful to my recovery. Adapting the steps to trauma-related PTSD is easy and the benefits that I have gotten from working the steps has lessened my PTSD symptoms and improved my life. While 12 step programs are generally only thought of as useful in treating alcoholism and addiction, I have found that using a 12 step approach for PTSD recovery is favorable in other situations as well. In previous posts, I have covered the first three steps and steps four, five, and six. This post focuses on steps seven, eight and nine of the 12 step approach to PTSD recovery.

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Binge Eating Disorder at College: The Freshman 15

Binge Eating Disorder at College: The Freshman 15

It’s a common joke that people, particularly women, who go to college gain 15 pounds their first year (or semester, depending on who you’re listening to), but when you have binge eating disorder and you go to college, the weight changes you could experience are nothing to joke about (Make Time For Binge Eating Disorder In College). Nothing is quite like the stress of college. When stress triggers your binge eating disorder at college, binges and weight gain can collide. 

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Letting Someone with Mental Illness Be Upset

Letting Someone with Mental Illness Be Upset

It’s important to know when to let someone with a mental illness be upset. The phrase, “It’s okay not to be okay” is commonplace among the encouragements from the mental health community; and rightly so since the message is more than true and something that we all need to realize (With Mental Illness, It’s Okay To Create Your Own Normal). Unfortunately, the phrase seems to stop there and “okay” means only certain types of okay. What I mean is, while people are happy to say that phrase and feel like they mean it, letting someone with a mental illness be upset isn’t considered “okay.”

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To Reduce Anxiety, Do More of What Works

To Reduce Anxiety, Do More of What Works

A very effective way to reduce anxiety is to do more of what works in your life. However, any type of anxiety disorder can seem to completely take over someone’s entire being, his/her very life. Anxiety can consume our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, making us feel trapped, isolated, agitated, worried, and afraid. When living with an anxiety disorder, it can be hard to see past all of the struggles and all of the things that aren’t working in life. It’s possible to get around that, and in the process, significantly reduce anxiety. To reduce anxiety, do more of what works.

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How to Spot a Sexual Predator

How to Spot a Sexual Predator

Do you know how to spot a sexual predator? It is a sad fact of life that some people prey sexually on others–and it’s not always the weak and helpless who are victims. Strong, capable people may be targeted by a sexual predator as a “conquest,” and a sexual predator preys on whoever is available. So how to spot a sexual predator? In this video, I talk about three warning signs of a sexual predator.

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Living with DID: It’s Okay to Be Not Okay

Living with DID: It’s Okay to Be Not Okay

“How are you?” is a commonly asked question, but for those of us living with dissociative identity disorder (DID), the answer is not so simple. A person may seem alright on the outside, but can be hiding a tremendous amount of despair on the inside. One part may very well answer, “Great!” while another part wants to answer, “Horrible!” Most times, when living with DID, we end up telling people we’re okay — but are we really okay?

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Manage Overwhelming Emotions with Healthy Perspectives

Manage Overwhelming Emotions with Healthy Perspectives

When I feel overwhelmed by emotions, sometimes the difference between misery and bliss is nothing more than a healthy perspective. You can manage overwhelming emotions with healthy perspectives.

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Cutting Ties with Family? Consider This Before You Do

Cutting Ties with Family? Consider This Before You Do

Before cutting ties with family, take time to heal yourself and forgive them. Admittedly, no one can wound us like our families can. Even if we rarely spend time with our families, no one can topple self-esteem and wound us deeply like our families. In families with a lot of dysfunction (every family has some, right?), it can be easy to get overwhelmed by repeated hurts. Sometimes it seems like the best way to heal that hurt is to cut ties with your family. But before cutting ties with your family, take time to heal yourself and forgive them before making this life-altering decision.

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Celebrate: I Am More Than a Bipolar Diagnosis

Celebrate: I Am More Than a Bipolar Diagnosis

I am practically famous for saying, “I am bipolar,” but I still fully recognize that I am more than a bipolar diagnosis. We all are. No one is a diagnosis, no matter what it is. I would suggest that, for many of us, our bipolar diagnosis invades almost every aspect of our lives, but that doesn’t mean that we are only bipolar. We are ourselves first. I am the one who did 150 skydives – not just the one who was unlucky enough to have bipolar disorder. I am more than a bipolar diagnosis.

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