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3 Ways to Stop Depression From Affecting Your Addiction Recovery

After leaving treatment, you knew that addiction recovery would be a lifelong process. However, you might not have expected for depression to rear its ugly head again and make it harder to stick to your treatment plan. While it may be hard to believe, the fact that you are dealing with depression is a normal part of the recovery process since the feelings you once masked with drugs or alcohol are now coming to the surface. Fortunately, you have made the right decision to seek help, and you can stay on the right track by taking these three steps.3 Ways to Stop Depression From Affecting Your Addiction Recovery

Continue to Avoid Triggers

Depression during recovery can make it harder to resist triggers, and the temptation is always lurking around the corner. During this time, you may be extra vulnerable to an offer to grab some drinks with friends, or you may prefer to curl up in bed instead of going to your aftercare meeting. As hard as it may be, continue to fill your day with healthy activities that you learned during treatment so that you will feel strong in the face of temptation.

Practice Self-Care

It is important to remember that depression is more than just a mental issue, your entire body can be affected by symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches and disrupted sleep. For this reason, taking care of your physical health has a positive impact on your mood. Make sure to exercise each day so you benefit from mood-boosting endorphins, and do something that makes you feel happy every day. Whether you soak in a bubble bath or schedule a massage, a little pampering will go a long way toward helping you feel better.

Surround Yourself With Support

You didn’t overcome your addiction alone, and that same support network can help you through your depression. Reach out to sober family members and friends, and let them know what you are going through. It is also important to talk to a professional counselor who can help you identify any possible underlying causes for your depression. This way, you can work through this time with the support you need to overcome depression without relapsing in your recovery.

Dealing with depression during recovery can be scary since it can leave you vulnerable to falling back into old habits. Don’t struggle alone, contact us today so we can help you feel better and continue to be strong in your recovery.

Blended Families: Counseling Can Help Ease The Transition

Blended families are common today. With many studies reporting that fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce, this leaves at least fifty percent of the nation’s children are living in blended families that include a parent’s new partner, and possibly other children. While re-marriage and the coming together of two families is a joyous occasion, it can present challenges for everyone involved. Counseling can help ease the transition. Even if you’re not currently facing any challenges, seeking the help of a family counselor can help your family start this new chapter on a positive note.

Blended Families: Counseling Can Help Ease The Transition

Counseling Couples

When two people enter into a union and bring children from previous relationships into the fold, they also bring their own idea of parenting and discipline. Add to that the involvement of ex-spouses, and it becomes a potential hot button issue. Even if you are clashing with your partner about parenting, this doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. A counselor can help to mediate differences in parenting skills, lay out an agreement for the children brought into the family, and create a game plan for any future children.

Counseling Children

Children can become stressed by change, and the process of divorce, visitation with both parents, and the entrance of a new partner and new children can be extremely difficult. Children who are unable to verbalize what they are feeling, and don’t have the tools to cope when they become overwhelmed can begin to act out, or withdraw.  For a child, a counselor is a neutral party who is there to listen and offer real life techniques for the child to use when the stress of a new family becomes too much. Counseling for children also offers new insight for the parents into what their children are thinking and feeling.

Success as a Blended Family

It takes time for a blended family to successfully transition, longer for some than others. It is worth the time and effort into overcoming the obstacles you may face because, in the end, you will have a closely bonded family.

If you need help with the transition process for your blended family, we are here for you. Please contact us today.

Is It Possible to Heal After Marital Infidelity?

Finding out a partner has cheated is one of the most painful experiences you can have in your marriage. In addition to feeling hurt and angry, you may also be feeling confusing emotions such as relief that you finally know the truth. While healing from marital infidelity will take work, you can emerge from this trying time with renewed confidence by focusing on the following strategies.

Understand the Underlying Cause

Affairs never happen for no reason. Usually, there has already been a breakdown in the marriage that contributes to the decision to be unfaithful. Difficulty handling stress, ineffective communication or sexual addiction are a few common reasons for infidelity. While this does not give a person an excuse to have an affair, understanding the underlying reason for it serves as a starting point toward healing.

Is It Possible to Heal After Marital Infidelity?

Surround Yourself With Support

The discovery that the one person you should be able to trust has betrayed you can shake your belief system to the core. For this reason, you will want to establish a support network that can help you work through your emotions. Right now, you may want to cry on your best friend’s shoulder, and that is okay. However, make sure to also include professional counseling in your support network since they can help you take an objective look at how to get over infidelity in your marriage.

Be Patient With the Process

Healing from infidelity takes time, and some days will be easier than others. Everyone wants an instant answer about whether or not to stay in their marriage, yet this is one decision that is best determined after you work through your feelings and identify the underlying cause. As you make this journey, rest assured that you will heal in time.

Being betrayed by your spouse just hurts, yet the only way to heal is to face your situation head on. As you begin to move forward, contact us so our counselors can help you get on the right track for mending your heart.