The holidays can be a moment of great cheer, of special family gatherings, of putting aside the troubles of the world and coming together with those who matter most. But for those who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction and for those who are simply trying to avoid mind-altering substances, this can be a particularly difficult time.
Alcohol is one of the few consumable items that most Americans partake in that has zero health benefits and several health risks. What are some of the health benefits of giving up alcohol for good?
Exercise has proven health benefits in many different ways, from helping to avoid illness to improving heart and lung function to keeping bones and joints healthy and strong. How can you incorporate exercise into your life in a way that meets your needs?
For some time, addicts, addiction experts, family members of addicts, treatment center employees, scientists, and others have tried to probe the secrets of addiction. For decades, centuries even, mankind has sought to unravel this seemingly universal flaw of human nature—the flaw of addiction.
Recovering addicts would have a much easier time of it if they expressed themselves. The only problem is, they rarely do this, or they don’t know how.
Many people resort to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with stress. The martini after a hard day at work can lead to a dependence on that drink, and more drinks to follow. Taking a pill to solve the problem of stress-related insomnia can lead to dependence on that pill, and more pills to follow.