If you haven’t yet read Wild by Cheryl Strayed, it can’t hurt to get your hands on the book before the movie version starring Reese Witherspoon comes out in theaters this December. The book details Strayed’s struggles with death, divorce, and drug abuse. Her solution to these problems? To hike the 1000 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail.
Seeing a loved one suffer due to his or her use of drugs or alcohol can be one of the most difficult things to watch. Fortunately there are things you can do to help.
When we suffer from alcohol or drug addiction, we can often feel alone. The reality is that many people, including beloved celebrities and writers suffer from similar addictions.
Studies have shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is as effective or more effective in fighting depression and addiction than prescription drugs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is known to help patients achieve long-term and short-term success in quitting their addictions. This form of therapy helps patients analyze the costs and the toll that their addictions are taking on their lives.
Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, spent a year breaking bad habits, cultivating good ones, and striving to make herself happier. Some of her habits and rules for living are incredibly useful. For instance, “if it takes less than a minute to do, do it,” is timeless (and time-saving) advice.
Individuals who make the decision to stop using drugs and alcohol face many challenges. Understanding the underlying causes of addiction can take time and may require professional assistance. How an individual deals with stress, socializes, or perceives him or herself are all factors that contribute to recovery. Proper stress management, social supports, and self-perception and self-esteem are key to any recovery program.
The road to recovery might seem long, especially if you or a loved one has used alcohol as your primary means of relaxing, de-stressing, and recreation. Replacing alcohol use with healthy alternatives is key to every successful recovery plan. Finding new ways to spend time you otherwise would spend drinking is key to developing a healthy, alcohol-free lifestyle.
Alcoholism is a particularly insidious disease. The line between healthy alcohol consumption and unhealthy abuse can sometimes be difficult to spot, given cultural norms, and taboos about alcohol use. Sometimes alcohol use increases slowly, and the negative effects can be difficult to spot because they creep up on victims.
Celebrity lives are more exposed than ever before, and we now have access to every detail of Hollywood hotshots. In some ways, all this publicity is negative, especially for the celebrities; however, there is at least one major positive: Stars are in unique positions to speak about their struggles with addiction and raise awareness. When they speak about alcoholism and drug dependence, they have an audience waiting, and when they stumble, fans are watching and learning that drug addiction is a dangerous disease.
Throughout history, medical scientists have proposed some creative and downright crazy ways to cure drug and alcohol dependence. During the last century, for example, doctors used lobotomies in an attempt to treat addicts.