Many people have their beliefs about alcohol addiction. However, most of these beliefs stem from a lack of experience, understanding and perhaps tolerance. So let us correct some of these common misconceptions.
Myth 1: Addiction is only a bad habit and the only reason addicts can’t quit is because they have no willpower.
At the start of drinking, perhaps it could be a voluntary decision. Consider it a much needed respite from work, bills, relationship and all the drama. However, the more they choose to turn to it, the more dependent they become on it to relieve stress and in the end, they become addicted. This addiction happens because alcohol alters the brains and now the alcohol is in control of the addict.
Myth 2: Addicts are people with mental problems.
The statement is untrue. Addicts began as normal people who only started on one or two drinks to relieve stress. The more they seek this as an outlet, the more addicted they become. As we said in myth #1 alcohol alters the brain, creating a need in the user to be drinking all the time. This leads to bad life decisions.
Myth 3: Treatment never works. Look at how many people relapse
The public thinks, that it will be easy to quit alcohol cold turkey however it is not that easy. The rehabilitation of alcoholics or treatment for them is not a one size fit all. The programme has to be tailored to suit the needs of the alcohol addicts. Different individuals have different issues that they are dealing with and they also respond differently to various treatment.
Myth 4: The addict has to be willing to quit for treatment to be effective.
Most of the time, they do not want treatment. They only seek treatment because they were ordered by the court or they were referred by concerned family members. Wanting to quit has little effect on the effectiveness on the treatment.
Myth 5: Addicts are a lost cause once they relapse.
Getting off the addiction is easy. Staying off it is difficult. Relapsing does not mean hitting rock bottom. It could be used as a positive thing by analyzing why the individual relapsed, what trigger that triggered the event and learn to avoid it next time. These are a few of the myths of alcohol addiction. The knowledge of this alone will help you be a better friend to those in need.
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Cerveau is an all-natural dopamine and serotonin supplement. Too little dopamine levels can lead to anxiety, stress, depression, and possibly addictive behaviors. This isn’t another supplement throwing ingredients together (caffeine, jellyfish, etc) branding it and trying to make a buck. We have scientific reasons why this combination of amino acids and herbs is one of the best solutions on the market. Cerveau also comes in a chewable tablet (aka Sublingual, but sublingual can only be used for prescription products) So when chewable tablets are taken, peak blood levels of most products administered sublingually are achieved within 10‐15 minutes, which is generally much faster than when those same drugs/supplements are ingested orally. Sublingual absorption is highly efficient.
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Anger is a very important emotion and part of our make-up which warns us of unsafe situations and helps us to react effectively. Whereas the emotion of anger is necessary, it is important that the anger does not control your life, and controlling anger is something which some people find extremely difficult. You must learn to control your anger, as many otherwise happy relationships have been destroyed by one partner’s inability to control their temper, and eventually the concept of living with someone who has anger management problems becomes less and less desirable for the other partner who eventually and inevitably leaves.
In finding suitable ways of controlling anger, it is useful to find alternative ways to express emotions and gain a new perspective. If you look back over what has made you angry in the past, you will probably realise that in most of the occasions where you allowed your temper to flare up, it actually made the situation much worse in the long run, rather than better. This is an important realisation in learning to control your temper. Whenever you find yourself in this type of situation in the future, don’t just lash out but try to remove yourself from the situation, step back, calm down and think rationally about the consequences of your actions.
If you find that during the day anger wells up inside of you, it is a good idea to use exercise as a suitable medium to rid yourself of the frustration and anger. You may find that by spending some time at the gym, pumping iron, or by hitting a punch bag, your anger can be reduced and you will feel fitter and more relaxed and ready to face the world. This is a very effective way of controlling anger, particularly if you are prone to aggression and violence.
Bulimia is a life threatening disorder that slowly kills your body. Bulimic individuals will usually consume large amount of food in a short period of time. Then feeling guilty, they would they try to compensate by purging the food out of the body by any means necessary. So if you are a bulimic, you need to stop this right now. Bulimia can result from many things such as depression, anger, low self esteem and other emotional issues. Here are some ways you could learn to cope as a bulimic.
- Educate yourself what bulimia is really about. How the disorder does comes about. You also need to understand what bulimia could do to your body. One bad consequence you could learn of bulimia is that the acid from your stomach will rot your teeth. This will result in yellow or jagged teeth. Understand that bulimia has serious consequences such as malnutrition. It could also lead to suicide. Furthermore, purging all the time also causes a serious imbalance in your body and you are putting health in jeopardy.
- Confide in a friend. Tell someone that you can trust about your problem. Ask for their support and ask them to assist you. It must be someone you are able to trust like a teacher, family or a school counselor. They will be more than willing to give you all the support and encouragement that you need.
- Get professional help. You could always seek advice from recovery centers and a physician. You may need both medical intervention and counseling to get you through this.
- Learn how to eat properly. You could always seek a nutritionist for advice. Learn how to eat properly. Understand your food issues and how to deal with it.
Lastly, remember to be kind to yourself. You are worthwhile. Never let other people question your self worth. Be persistent and never give up and you will be able to beat this eating disorder.
You may have a problem with drinking but may be too embarrassed to enter an AA meeting. Here a few simple steps to help you kick the habit without going full turkey.
Firstly, as cliché as it may sounds, acknowledge that you have a problem. You need to first accept that you are an alcoholic. Then we can proceed to the next step. You need to understand why you drink. Do you start drinking when you had a bad day at work? You have an argument with your spouse? Identify the little triggers that set you off and have a game plan of what you will do when faced with that trigger. Be it, when having an awful day at work, going for a spa or a massage or calling a friend out for a coffee. Know your triggers and know yourself.
Secondly, commit yourself to the goal of ridding yourself free of alcohol. You are a smart human being who does not need alcohol to function. Yes, it may be difficult for you to get through the day at first. Do not listen to the little cravings or little commands that your brain sends to you demanding for alcohol. You are the master of yourself. You have lived once before and functioned perfectly well without alcohol. There is no reason you could not do it again. Make your mantra: I will quit for good. Repeat it to yourself every time a trigger presents itself to you.
Thirdly, learn to say NO. If a friend asks you out for a drink, be absolutely ready to be firm in your reply. Say no thanks, I’m quitting. Tell your friends of your intentions and tell them that you need them to be there for you. If you have to avoid your group of drinking friends for a certain period of time, do that. Tell them you are not burning bridges, you are just trying to quit alcohol. They will respect you for it and help you in your road to sobriety.
Fourthly, be patient. Enjoy your recovery from your addiction and do not be afraid if you relapsed. If you relapsed once, that does not mean you will fall all the way down and hit rock-bottom. It takes time and patience. Do not be hard on yourself if you relapsed after a certain period of time. After that relapse, say to yourself, I will try harder and this time I will succeed.
Most of all, remember that you are doing all these for yourself and your family. These should be the biggest motivation and inspiration of all to keep on moving forward.
Do you have a difficult time addressing your anger issue and you can’t discover ways to eliminate it? Can’t get a grasp on it? The net is decidedly crammed with articles about ideas on dealing with anger issues. These ideas may be simple but very valuable for each and everyone having issues with anger. This is really crucial to have a quality life that you want. These are some easy yet effective ways on dealing with anger issues. It will sure as shooting help you a lot!
It’s forever prudent to excuse yourself from any tiff or fall out from somebody or something. Avoid unfriendly areas where arguing is just about to occur. If you believe you’re about to get really angry, leave the region and discover ways to help you lessen the furious feelings. If you don’t step back from unfriendly places you’re more likely to get disturbed. Take a break awhile to cool off and be reminded that anger is risky for your health. It will likewise give you a time to consider some constructive action toward angriness.
A Workout is one significant drill you are able to do to transfer your anger. Why not walk or jog rather than wallowing in anger. It’s healthier than getting huffy. Exercise isn’t just good for you and for your body; some type exercise is one way for you to release the strain, aggravators and pressure in a constructive manner. Exercise will take only a few minutes to settle the damaging vibes you have which may touch off your anger.
If anger is approaching just inhale and exhale slowly to chill out. Do this till anger is eased. When doing this center your attention on some important issue or things that make you smile. How about calling up a comical moment that you saw or listen to music and at the same time inhale and exhale. This is much better than calling up matters that spark your anger.
These are just few easy ideas you are able to consider in dealing with your anger issues. It doesn’t matter what ideas you really utilize, what’s crucial is you successfully discharge your anger. If you can’t settle your emotions, your mind is also not calming down. Most of the time what we feel is likewise what we think of, so don’t think angry things rather consider something positive. It feels so great if you’re unhampered by anger, so open your eyes and stay away from any negative vibes that anger may convey then live life to the fullest. Laugh and be pleased having anger-free living!
Seven o’clock rolls around. In our household, that means bedtime ritual begins. Jammies. Brush teeth. Our favorite book. And then…. drift off to sweet dreams and counting sheep?
Ha! Not for us.
Picking out jammies becomes a game of cat and mouse. My husband chases our son. I’m chasing my husband. Brushing teeth becomes an Olympic event and, from the snail’s pace at which we complete this task, we’re not taking home the Gold anytime soon. And then, at last, a book. We sit, we snuggle, and we read. And then we read again. And then the “one mores” begin. “Just one more time. Just one more book. Just one more minute!” Before I know it, one more minute has turned into an hour. Emotions are high, tears are brimming, and yes, there is yelling.
My husband thinks we need to be more firm. “Let’s put him in time-out or take away something he likes, like reading time,” he suggests.
“What about respecting our son’s needs/emotions?” I counter. And just like that, my husband and I are locked in a power struggle too. With such different ideas about how best to manage our son’s champion sleep fighting tendencies, is there any hope for us to parent from the same page?
Our ideals and parenting philosophies
According to Dr. John Gottman, when two people have children, a cross-cultural experience occurs. Each parent brings forth a different set of beliefs based upon how they were raised.
William Doherty, in The Intentional Family: Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties, mentions that when a new family system is set into motion, partners have the opportunity to re-evaluate beliefs and values to create a chosen culture within their tribe. The more intentional that culture is, the more the tribe thrives.
“We all come into relationships with our belief systems from our upbringings,” says Burnaby, BC, clinical counselor Allison Bates. “But it doesn’t always mean it’s the best way to raise your family.”
Given this divide, is it realistic for me to hope that my husband and I will one day be able to meet in the middle, parenting together with a shared set of clear, firm boundaries while still validating our child’s emotions?
What happens when hardwired beliefs and values clash in our parenting styles?
I think my partner is too harsh, where my partner thinks I’m too soft.
My partner prefers a strict routine, where I prefer spontaneity.
My partner is not comfortable with big emotions, whereas I raise the roof on making space for feelings.
Given this divide, is finding common ground hopeless?
I’ve read enough to know that the way we co-parent can greatly impact our family dynamics.
Children are concrete learners who thrive on consistency, boundaries, and rituals. Inconsistencies in parenting practices can send mixed signals, leading to confusion and more acting out.
In more extreme cases, “uncoordinated child-rearing,“ as I’m seeing our recent reality called in the literature, can also create anxiety and/or depression in the child.
Color me motivated. I was going to figure this out.
The Science Behind Consistency
In my digging for a solution, I found this little nugget of wisdom, and shared it with my husband:
According to Parent Coach Nicole Schwarz, “When parents are on the opposite ends of the parenting spectrum, kids may show more big feelings with one parent and not the other – often the parent they feel “safer” with.”
Apparently, when children do not feel safe or when they feel that their environment is unpredictable, they resort to brainstem behaviors of fight, flight or freeze, resulting in more power struggles and misbehaviors.
This grabbed our attention.
And then, just in case there was any doubt about our motivations to figure this co-parenting thing out, we read this:
“Although parenting disagreements are bound to arise, prolonged dissonance among partners can echo throughout the rest of the relationship, leading to arguments beyond parenting differences alone. In some cases, relationships collapse.”
There was no question, we were committed to finding a solution.
We started by putting these six tips into motion:
1. Create emotional and physical safety
Research shows that our brains have a greater sensitivity to negative input; a built-in protection mechanism intended to keep us safe from harm.
Creating a shift of energy that promotes a safe environment allows both partners to feel heard and validated, providing an opening for compromise.
With clear minds and hearts, the sharing of ideas can occur. Ask open-ended questions and then pause to hear what your partner has to say.
According to the Gottman Institute, completing and talking about the following statements as a couple can help evoke safety and connection, a great first step to co-parenting:
- I feel that you are a good parent because ____.
- I feel that my role as a parent is to ___.
- It’s most important to me for our child to be ___.
- My goal in raising our child is ___.
Although it can be challenging, it helps to commit to actively listening — to really hear one another, even when you disagree with what the other person is saying.
This tip helped me shift my goal from convincing my husband to see things my way, to actually listening to what he had to share without feeling that my differing views were under attack. Instead, I validated his emotions, just as I was hoping we could do as a couple for our child.
It helped for me to remember that his reality is very real to him, just as my perspective is real and valid to me. And although I may not have agreed with what he was saying, in listening to him, I was learning. Every opportunity is a growing opportunity. In embracing this mindset, we are brought closer to one another instead of further apart.
I realized that the ultimate goal was not for me to win the argument but to find our middle ground. This shift in our thinking proved vital. We made it our mission to co-parent in a way that respects our shared values and beliefs.
So we sat down and we defined our long-term goals for our family. We discussed the desired rules and boundaries and why we felt that they were important. Talking through these sharing prompts helped us recognize how our different parenting styles aligned with our sometimes differing goals:
- My parents were ___ and I feel that was ___.
- To me, discipline means ___.
- What are our parenting strengths (individually/collectively)?
- The approach to parenting that I most align with is ____ because ____.
Here, we took the larger, shared vision we had for our family and focused on addressing the reoccurring, high-stress situations we were dealing with, like bedtime. Together, we became curious as to why certain behaviors were arising from our son.
Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, invites co-parents to ask these questions:
- Why did our child act this way (What was happening internally/emotionally)?
- What lesson do we want to teach?
- How can we best teach it?
Answering these questions actually helped us find our common ground.
5. Embrace differences
We began to realize that this was not a clear case of right and wrong and that, as a couple, we didn’t have to have the same strengths to be effective co-parents. And slowly, our parenting power struggles at bedtime lessened, so too did our child’s.
6. Be a united front
It is highly unlikely that you will agree with every disciplinary action your partner makes. As long as you are not concerned with abuse or neglect, be a united front in the presence of your children. Undermining your co-partner in front of your children diminishes both of your authority and sends the message that there is a way around parenting decisions. Discuss your feelings in private and re-visit as a united pair.
What if your co-parent is not interested in same page parenting?
Despite having the best of intentions, ultimately, we cannot force change on someone who does not want to change. When both partners continue to hold different ends of the tug of war rope, asking for help from an outside party can be useful. Parenting coaches, couple’s counseling and/or online parenting courses can help co-parents reach compromise.
So, how did we fare? Well, somewhere along the way, my husband and I put down our weapons, leaned into a few shared goals, and slowly, we started to find some common ground.
As for our little champion sleep fighter? Well, he’s still a champ, but as our rituals became more consistent, and my husband and I more united, our son has shifted too.
And though I’m fairly certain my husband and I will never parent from the exact same page, I feel hopeful, because “same” is not my goal anymore.
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