Welcome to this week’s Addiction Blog RoundUp! I am gone this week but I have gone back through the 2014 year with some of the blog sites that I follow to find some posts for you. I hope you find something that interests you here.
Denying Addiction: How Do I Get Out of Denial?
This is a great post over at addictionblog.org that gives some of the basic information about denial. In her post from April, Maggie Harmon notes that there can be a time and a place for denial but it certainly becomes a problem when you are continually distorting reality. She also gives you an exercise you can do to help you start to challenge your assumptions about yourself.
And speaking of being yourself, Mrs. D has a very real post on Mrs. D is Going Without back in March about the authentic you and how you find that person once you take the alcohol away. As she says, getting sober won’t change what you do and don’t do well. But it does have the ability to increase your comfort level with the facts about yourself.
10 Reasons a Person Develops an Unhealthy Drinking Pattern
Lisa Frederickson writes over at breakingthecycles.com and I find many of her posts fascinating. This one is a list about the “why” of unhealthy drinking patterns and it seeks to provide education about substance use, abuse, and addiction. Lots of great information here.
Reasons for Sobriety that Every Alcoholic Should Consider
There are a lot of reasons to consider sobriety when you are abusing or addicted to alcohol. Patrick over at spiritualriver.com outlines several in this blog post. I find #13 to be so true with the clients that I work with in my practice.
Single Bout of Binge Drinking Linked to Immune System Effects
Last but not least, there is a very educational post over at Addiction Inbox back in May about binge drinking. Dirk is reviewing some information that shows that even one binge drinking episode can have harmful effects in your body. He also notes, no surprise here, that alcohol affects women differently than men.
That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend!
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