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Thursday, December 14, 2017

What are Some Alternatives to Drinking During the Holidays?

Alternatives to Drinking During the Holidays

What are Some Alternatives to Drinking During the Holidays?

Many people are opting out of drinking during the holidays, primarily because of all the wondrous benefits it brings to our mind, body, and spirit. Engaging in meaningful conversations and being fully attuned to our feelings means that we can better cope with inner turmoil or external conflict, leading us to being more balanced during the hectic holiday season.

There are many alternatives to drinking during the holidays, including:

  • Throwing your own sober party. Stockholm, Sweden is the latest city to introduce sober parties, and Bustle notes that it’s a health-conscious movement to have fun without adding the dangers and risk of alcohol to the mix. Host a holiday event with friends and/or family that involves music, food, games, and more without alcohol involved.
  • Drinking alternative non-alcoholic drinks. Cranberry sparklers, apple-pie cider, and peppermint hot chocolate are just a few of the many non-alcohol, yet festive drinks that you can have this holiday season. Several websites offer recipes for you to enjoy without the concern of alcohol.
  • Being silly throughout the day. Choose to have fun and simply enjoy each moment with laughter and silliness throughout the holiday. Your cheer will light up the mood and will help others to be themselves as well.
  • Reading something interesting. Find a book that you can read this holiday season that will uplift your spirits and promote sobriety and recovery. This will help you stay on track and stay focused on your main goals.
  • Volunteer somewhere that matters to you. Whether you’d like to create some extra time or if you’re free this holiday season, dedicating your time and/or money to a charitable organization spreads warmth and love to others. The Huffington Post notes sponsoring a needy family, helping the homeless, delivering meals, supporting a senior citizen and supporting vets as a few excellent options.
There are many different activities that you can partake in during the holidays that don’t involve drinking, and they are all centered around one thing: the true meaning of holidays. Holidays don’t have to be shared with all family and friends; they can be shared with others who want to express goodwill and engage in meaningful conversation with others. Make these ideas a reality and incorporate them into your holidays this season to stay truly grounded.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Gender Differences in Addiction

Gender Differences in Addiction



Gender Differences in Addiction


While addiction doesn’t discriminate, there are significant differences in the way it affects each gender.  Men and women are biologically built in contrasting ways, aside from the obvious.  Their brains process experiences differently and enzymes metabolize in varying ways.  Due to the physiological makeup of the human body, men can have the propensity to become addicted to certain substances while women are more susceptible to the effects of another.  

While men tend to use illicit drugs for the feel good aspect, women use drugs for a purpose.  Women experience a constant struggle between multi-tasking that life demands from them.  The demand to be a mother, spouse, friend, worker, cook, and maid results in never ending fatigue, which may be why women are more likely to seek stimulants to provide energy for their busy lives.  The media tells us that women need to be skinny to be sexy, so often times women also use stimulants in replacement of food in order to achieve that false body image.  Unfortunately, these circumstances don’t work and most end up with severe chemical dependency in a relatively short amount of time.  Men typically use depressants more than women because they like to relax and feel a sense of euphoric calmness.  They are more likely to seek illicit drugs such as heroin and marijuana, and have a higher propensity toward alcoholism.   

When drugs or alcohol enter the body, enzymes work to break down the substance.  It then enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain.  The way the body metabolizes each substance is starkly different between men and women.  Even in smaller doses, women are more vulnerable to effects produced for several reasons.  The first could be their body mass index.  Many women are smaller than their male counterparts, so the substance travels more quickly.  The second may be caused by estrogen, which is said to be a factor in women’s tendency to have stronger cravings and be more prone to relapse.  Women ordinarily develop higher blood pressure than men in response to illicit substances, which results in potentially fatal constriction of blood vessels in the heart.  Although the gender differences in addiction point to a high susceptibility for women, men are just as likely to become addicted but their addictions usually develop slower and last longer.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Your Story is Going to Help Others

Your Story is Going to Help Others



Your Story is Going to Help Others


Addiction is a scary and lonely disease.  It can be so overwhelming and physically and mentally painful, that you wish death upon yourself to make it end.  When you’re in the depths of addiction, it feels like trying to climb out of quicksand or get oxygen into a sealed bubble.  Life seems impossible so death appears desirable.  Addiction is a powerful disease that causes 570,000 deaths each year, just in the United States.  The loneliness doesn’t need to continue in recovery.  Sharing your story and hearing others provides a great deal of hope, and when you have hope, your faith in yourself and life is restored.

Sharing your story is a large part of being in recovery.  It doesn’t just help others, it’s highly beneficial for you too.  When you’ve been clean or sober for some time, it can be quite easy to forget how low your life was during addiction.  If you now have a job, spouse, or kids, it may seem like a lifetime ago when you couldn’t bear the thought of living to see another day.  Addiction is a very patient disease. It is like a serial killer who likes to lie and wait and attack during your most vulnerable moments.  Sharing your story with others helps you remember what is what like and the consequences you suffered.  Talking about your experience boosts your confidence in your own sobriety and your ability to help others achieve what you have.

When you first begin your journey of recovery, it is extremely lonely.  You don’t know what you’re doing, who you are, and who anybody else is.  You’re expected to walk into a room and share your deepest, darkest secrets with strangers.  It is quite a bizarre concept, but that’s how it works.  Putting yourself out there gives others the courage to put themselves out there.  When we share our stories, it feels as though we’ve known each other for years.  You may find your biggest secret you swore you’d never divulge to anyone, half the people in the room have done the same.  It’s a very comforting feeling knowing you’re not alone.  Sharing our experience, strength, and hope binds us so we are able to help the next person suffering join the awesome club of recovery and become happy, joyous, and free.


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