For the last few months, we have been hard at work with projects behind the scenes to bring you new and amazing content for 2016! To start things off right, we are in the process of publishing our first eBooks! Within the next few days we will release two eBooks- “It Takes a Village: Finding the Right Support System in Recovery” and “Holistic Healing for Addiction: Enlivening Body, Mind, and Spirit to Remedy Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Hate” for free download on our website!
“It Takes a Village” is my contribution to our eBook publications- which may become a series of eBooks, if the interest is there, so be sure to give us your feedback! In this first book, I explore the external factors which may impact your recovery efforts and how to control those influences on your life. The eBook delves into the different types of people you will encounter on your sober journey, using your experiences as a learning tool for the people in your life, and moving forward and finding love. With helpful tips and information from expert psychologists, “It Takes a Village” is perfect for people in early recovery who want to take the steps necessary to make long-term sobriety a reality. It’s also useful for those who need something to help reaffirm their place on the sober path during rough periods or momentary relapse.
Writing these two books has been a labor of love; Jessi and I have poured all of our efforts and dedication (and so many hours!) into writing quality content for these books, we can’t wait for you to read our work.
In fact, here’s an excerpt of my book, “It Takes a Village”:
Perhaps one of the most detrimental side effects of substance abuse disorders is the crumbling of interpersonal relationships. Physical harm caused to one’s health can have long-lasting, life threatening effects, but when substance abuse causes rifts in families and destroys friendships or romantic relationships, the damage left behind can send one over the edge into heavier drug or alcohol use, isolation from society, or suicide. Most cases of substance abuse disorders are coupled with emotional traumas or mental illness, a dual-diagnosis which is self-perpetuating and complex.
According to Dr. Sharie Stines, an expert in addiction recovery and mental health disorders, the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders which accompany substance abuse are bi-polar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, and personality disorders (Stines 2015). Much like addiction, these mental illnesses are difficult to understand and stigmatized by those who do not understand what it means to live with such disorders; education and awareness concerning both subjects vastly improve the lives of those living with a dual-diagnosis.
Substance abuse and addiction is difficult to deal with for all parties involved; most people don’t have the first idea about how to address a problem, much less the training and expertise necessary to facilitate effective treatment for someone seeking treatment. Those attempting to break free of their substance abuse may seek solace and aid in those they love and trust, but the reality is that without proper training and education, there is little most people can do.
Resentment and frustration are the key contributors to ruined relationships caused by drug or alcohol dependency. Both powerful emotions are rooted in misunderstanding, miscommunication, or a breakdown of correspondence. One of the prominent signs of developing addiction is withdrawal from family members and friends as a means of hiding suspicious behavior. As this behavior continues or worsens, tensions and mistrust form, especially in situations in which the family bond was already strained. People from stricter religious and cultural backgrounds face additional ridicule for not fitting into the idealized version of themselves social norms have projected onto them.
One of two things typically happen from here: Punishment ensues through scorn, shaming, and social isolation, or feigned ignorance to preserve the mental image of innocence and denial. Though these reactions to a revelation of substance abuse seem vastly different, they are born of the same pain and hurt tied to guilt; parents and guardians often feel responsible on some level for the state of their suffering children. In many cases, deep-rooted resentments and animosity lead those living with addiction to agree. This blame is ill-placed, as it attacks the person rather than the illness which is the true cause.
Want to learn how to remedy these issue, among others? Stay tuned for the Harbor Village eBooks- coming soon!
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