We have heard of people drinking more during the #Covid19 lockdown.
Below are the symptoms of alcohol dependency. This poster is available for download for free with other resources at inclusion.org/resources/ #BeAware
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🙏My name is Autumn and I am an addict.
My life is a testament of what I am capable of and all that I have achieved. It’s never been easy for me to talk about my failures in life, but the more I do, the stronger I become. My story is similar to that of any addicts. At first it was a way to numb the pain, hide my feelings and escape reality.. but then it became something much more than that. It became life or death. I struggled in silence for so long. I wasn’t going to ask for help, because I didn’t think I needed help. I completely lost sight of who I was. And I didn’t care who I was becoming. I was broken, I felt defeated, and to be honest I could care less if I died tomorrow. That is what addiction will do to a person. Before you even realize it, you’re already so deep in your addiction. It will eat you alive. I never want to feel that way again. I never want to have to fight to live. Never again will I touch another drug, because I know in the blink of an eye I will be right back in the vicious cycle. I don’t want to suffer like I did in this photo, I am free.
Give yourself a chance. Save your life before it’s too late. There’s not many people I know that have made it out of active addiction and into recovery. I pray my testament saves a life today.
My name is Autumn and I am a grateful recovering addict.
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"1 in 4 adults in the UK are drinking more than they were before lockdown and 1/4 of those experiencing problems said they would need help to resolve them."
The findings from our YouGov survey on addiction during lockdown are now available.
Read the full story here: loom.ly/C5DBxNE
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Growing up you had lots of people around you but you felt emotionally alone.
“You don’t understand” was a constant thought.
You did lots of nice things and were always there for everyone but still you couldn’t understand why people liked you.
Being likeable was your coping mechanism and maybe it still is?!
This doesn’t mean that you need to become unlikeable in order to heal, but it’s about becoming curious about your behaviour patterns and recognising when you do things at the expense of yourself.
Healing is unlearning with compassion. It starts at self actualisation and then with working to override the behaviours that no longer serve you. ... See MoreSee Less
Cocaine addiction can lead you towards a terrible death. Get Help!
No drug takes you down faster or harder than crack. There are two forms of cocaine, the powdered form that you snort, and crack that you smoke.
Cocaine is so addictive that if you give a mouse a hit of cocaine every time it presses a lever, it will do nothing else but press that lever. It won't stop for a minute to take a sip of
water or a bite to eat, and eventually it will die from a cocaine overdose. The only thing that prevents people from overdosing on crack is their bank account. Once people are addicted to crack, they will sell their soul for another hit. ... See MoreSee Less
Hey y’all, my name is Cole. It’s amazing what only 90 days off meth and heroin feels and looks like. If you’re still out there struggling, just know that it can get better quickly! #TheAddictsDiary ... See MoreSee Less
You may be struggling right now. That does not mean you’re weak, it means you’re human. Resilience comes when we recognise our authentic feelings free from judgement.
Mental Health Awareness week comes to a close and If you would have said last year that I would have spent the whole week this week delivering only online then I’m not sure how I would have taken it.
I’ve enjoyed it though, particularly because I’ve delivered to different regions around the world.
Different cultures take what I deliver differently but we are all human when we strip everything back and probably what I love the most is that I enter everything I deliver keen to learn myself too.
I encourage fluidity and so that means I cant stay rigid in my own approach.
I don’t teach what resilience is but rather cultivate an environment in which people can challenge themselves to recognise and build upon what resilience means to them. I’m grateful I’ve found a way to do this online, to large groups, while still creating a powerful space.
Resilience is not the absence of struggle or difficult emotions, resilience is the ability to recognise those emotions, how and why they’re showing up and then being able to communicate what might be needed as a result.
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Drug addiction/(alcoholism) is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking/drinking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her.
Although the initial decision to take drugs/drink is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge a person’s self control and ability to resist intense impulses urging them to take drugs/drink alcohol.
Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs/drink. It can be wrongfully assumed that drug/alcohol abusers lack moral principles or willpower, and that they could stop using drugs or drinking simply by choosing to change their behaviour.
In reality, drug/alcohol addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions. In fact, because drugs/alcohol change the brain in ways that foster compulsive abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.
Recent scientific advances, including those supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), have enlightened our view of drug abuse and addiction, which is now recognized as a chronic relapsing brain disease expressed in the form of compulsive behaviors. This understanding has improved our ability to both prevent and treat addiction.
“We now know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behaviour,” says NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. “We have identified many of the biological and environmental factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disease.”
With nearly one in 11 Americans over the age of 12 classified with substance abuse or dependence, addiction takes an emotional, psychological, and social toll on the country. The economic costs of substance abuse and addiction alone are estimated to exceed half a trillion dollars annually in the United States due to health care expenditures, lost productivity, and crime. ... See MoreSee Less
Why do addicts use drugs? What is it about the high that despite the consequences of using drugs, keep us coming back for more? If you want to see the truth about addiction, study an addict when they don’t have their drugs. Observe the difficulty they have living life on life’s terms. For me, and I believe for all addicts, the problem isn’t when we’re on the drugs. It is actually when we’re not on them. That is the spiritual malady they talk about in alcoholism and addiction. We suffer from a disease or ailment that affects our human spirit and soul. In other words, a disorder of our spirit. Narcotics and alcohol take away this ailment from us. When we don’t have those in the picture, we are stuck with ourselves. That is why we find ourselves restless, irritable, and discontent. 70 percent of all addicts suffer from some form of trauma. You take away their drugs and they’re stuck back in that pain. Now a lot of people think that solving the trauma will solve their addiction. It actually won’t. The solution is to treat the disorder of the spirit. For addicts, drugs aren’t our problem, they are actually what we believe to be our solution.
I feel there are a lot families out there with the unanswered question of why?
“Why my kid?”
“Why my husband?”
“Why my wife?”
“Why my dad?”
“Why my mom?”
It is imperative that we all establish an understanding that addicts are in pain. A pain unlike anything those without the disease have ever experienced. A sneaky, relentless, non-discriminatory type of pain. Fatal? Yes, but also beatable if worked on correctly.
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🙏“We all hide things. We all have our secrets. Our lives are not always as rosy as they appear in our photos. I’ve shared my truth, but not all of my truth.” #TheAddictsDiary ... See MoreSee Less
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Some thoughts from our women’s ministry team this week ➡️➡️
3 decisions you can make today to thrive during lockdown
1. Each day is a gift – make the most of it
“This is the day the Lord has made – Let us rejoice and be glad in it” #Psalm11824. Be thankful, structure each day with a rhythm and look for the treasure in each day
2. Exercise self-compassion – be kind/gracious to yourself #Romans8
Remember this is not a competition, don’t compare yourself with others and do let go, relax your standards a little, and be at rest
3. Guard your thoughts and your heart and receive peace #Philippians4. Take every thought captive #2Corinthians10, limit what you watch/read in the media and don’t worry about tomorrow – trust that God is in control #Matthew6 and that He is for you ... See MoreSee Less
👍Lily Allen. Celebrating 9 months sober.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8265323/An-ab-appearing-Lily-Allen-shows-trim-waist-celebrates-nine-months-sober.html ... See MoreSee Less
Credit cards have been banned for gambling and it comes into effect today.
The timing is of particular importance with an increased prevalence of risk factors for gambling harm due to the COVID19 pandemic. Risk factors include social isolation, boredom, stress, financial and job insecurity. ... See MoreSee Less