By Jessica Lipsy I think we ask ourselves this question because we want answers. We want to get to the root cause of someone’s drinking. Maybe we are hopeful that if we can figure out why they started in the first place and solve that problem then it won’t be an issue all together. Or maybe if we figure out
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by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey When is the right time to get clean and sober? Now! Often times when someone starts contemplating stopping or going into treatment they will come up with a list of various reasons why they can’t. We frequently hear things like, “I don’t have time;” “I could loose my job;” “I won’t spend as much time with
By: Jessica Candelaria Lipsey Individuals who have experienced tragic or traumatic events in their life often struggle with self-hatred or intense shame. These core feelings prevent self-love and compassion, ultimatelypostponing healthy, desirable relationships. Furthermore, if someone has experienced trauma and lacks healthy coping skills, they are more likely to use alcohol or other substances to self-medicate. Over 80% of individuals
by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey The first step of getting sober is to admit that one has a problem. Once someone develops the self-awareness of a drinking problem then they are on their way to a new way of life. Many times, people struggle with the difference between what is alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse disorder, or chemical dependency. They might wonder
by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey Over 10 million people have a mental health disorder and substance use disorder combined (2005). Recognizing the link between addiction and co-occurring disorders is important for many reasons but when we acknowledge this link as a professional – whether it be a counselor, nurse, doctor, attorney etc. – it allows us to develop a cohesive system