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Maria S. shoulders still hurt. Her back was sore. She had spent a week and five days in bed at her apartment in Kendall. There were two empty bottles of vodka on her nightstand. Her garbage can was full of beer bottles. Those were the first ones she drank when the binge drinking started.
Alcohol and alcoholism kill more people every year than all illicit drugs combined. Yet it's perfectly legal. 17's Maddie Janssen sat down with several recovering alcoholics to hear their stories on how far they've come from their days of addiction, as they now use their struggles to lift up others still battling the disease.
It is easier to say what didn’t work than to count up the things that did work. Especially as we arrive at the end of yet another relationship (dating, marriage) it is more common to identify the things that broke down.
My mom began meditating decades ago, long before the mind-calming practice had entered the wider public consciousness. Today, at age 81, she still goes to a weekly meditation group and quotes Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk known for his practice of mindful meditation, or “present-focused awareness.”
We get into codependent relationships because we don’t feel good about ourselves — we lack self-esteem and self-confidence. And then our unbalanced relationships deplete our self-esteem and self-confidence further. We can feel trapped in this cycle until we reclaim our self-confidence and learn how to trust and depend on ourselves. This post written by Michelle Farris, LMFT, will help you get started!
Nearly every survivor and person in addiction recovery I’ve served has found it necessary to explain to me, “I have trust issues.” My challenge in response is that I don’t need them to trust me. I need them to trust themselves. It’s the foundation of a manageable life and it’s an inside job that requires a lot of change.
When you picture a woman who's an alcoholic, you might visualize someone who's down on their luck, who reeks of alcohol, and who can't handle themselves after having one drink too many, à la Emily Blunt's character in The Girl On The Train.
When you’re depressed, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under a dark shadow. However, even the most severe depression is treatable. So, if your depression is keeping you from living the life you want to, don’t hesitate to seek help. Learning about your depression treatment options will help you decide which approach is right for you. From therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes, there are many effective treatments that can help you overcome depression, feel happy and hopeful again, and reclaim your life.