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
Congratulations to Jack Osbourne on 17 years of sobriety! Here is what he had to say about it.
"If someone would have told me 17 years ago I’d be celebrating my 17th year of sobriety locked down at home because of a global pandemic I’d of literally laughed in their face. However sh*tty this current situation is I am still filled with such a large amount of gratitude. Getting sober can be hard and staying sober is even harder, but I am here today because I threw my hands up and said 'F*** it tell me what I need to do.” - Jack Osbourne #TheAddictsDiary ... See MoreSee Less
🙏Congratulations to Heather Locklear on one year sober! #TheAddictsDiary ... See MoreSee Less
Good on you keep it going congrats
🙏Hi, My name is Kelly I’m an alcoholic and an addict. On 4/23/19 I took my life back and finally realized that I was worth it. I’m the happiest I have ever been and I am not controlled by drugs or alcohol. I control my life with the skills and tools I have learned thanks to a great network of people. Yesterday I celebrated one year clean! Together we do recover.
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Congratulations to Eminem on 12 years sober!
“It’s been a learning process. I’m growing. I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I’d say to anybody, it does get better.” - Marshall Mathers ... See MoreSee Less
🙏Following my mum’s death on Christmas day, I had a 10 year downwards spiral with alcohol and drug addiction. This eventually lead to me fighting for my life in hospital. I have since turned my life around by choosing the life of sobriety. It has been a tough but rewarding process for me! I am now buzzing off life in recovery and helping other addicts, alcoholics, and people with mental health issues. My recovery is the most important thing I have. I want to share it with other people, to help them and show them there is a way out of addiction. I am now happy, motivated, sober, and living my best life in sobriety! #TheAddictsDiary ... See MoreSee Less
Please note we are offering online counselling to those impacted by substance misuse, mental health and trauma! Stay safe and well 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline PhotosOur 10th tip for families when you're staying at home is to give- recognised to improve our mood and mental health. There are many ways to give, even whilst at home... we can give the gift of of time by calling those who may be lonely. For more ideas: bit.ly/3dYc3cn ... See MoreSee Less
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🙏“I woke up with a gasp in the back of an ambulance. They’d shot adrenaline directly into my heart. Apparently I’d been dead for 2.5 minutes. The EMT’s were freaking out. My chest hurt from the electric paddles. And I was already in acute withdrawal. At the time, it had been nearly twenty years of addiction. I weighed 128 pounds, and I’m a six foot tall man. There comes a point when you’re given the gift of desperation. And that was it for me. Today is my 160th day clean. I’ve never gone this far before. One of the first things I did after getting sober was write my son a letter. He was raised by my parents. I told him: ‘You did nothing wrong. I was an addict. I loved heroin more than you, more than your mother, more than my own mother.’ And he’s forgiven me. He’s a good hearted kid. I think more than anything he just wants his dad back. He came to visit me in November. It was the first time I’ve seen him in seven years. He’s become my biggest advocate. He knows my day count. He texts me every day for a feelings check. He’s become my biggest motivation. I just don’t want my legacy to be ‘dope fiend.’ That can’t be what’s on my headstone. That can’t be how he remembers me. I don’t want my kids telling their kids: ‘Your grandfather was a heroin addict.’ I want them to brag about my sobriety. I want them to say: ‘That’s something he was, but he beat it.’” ... See MoreSee Less