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08 Jun How I Won My Freedom From Daily Drinking

I grew up in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts, the kind of small town where there was absolutely nothing to do. So when I drank my first sip of alcohol as a senior in high school, it was love at first sip. Not that I liked the taste, but almost instantly it seemed I was transformed from being a shy, self-conscious person into someone who could lose her inhibitions, loosen up and have fun. The problem was that right away I would take a drink, and then the drink would take a drink. I couldn’t have just one. If a little made me feel good, more would surely make me feel even better. So right from the get go I drank to get drunk, and I did it frequently. I went away to college in the northern part of the state and majored in partying. I was a daily drinker who relied on alcohol to take the edge off any kind of stress. The drinking age was 18 at the time, and I remember getting so drunk on my 18th birthday that I had to be carried out of the dorm for a fire drill. Unluckily for the guy who carried me, I lived on the eighth floor of the dorm. I found it entertaining by then to get drunk at night and play games to be able to function with a hangover the next day when I went to class. Sometimes that required drinking in the morning to be able to silence the shakes.
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01 Jun Surrendering to Recovery When You’re Used to Being in Control

Recovering from addiction depends on admitting and accepting that the way you have been doing things isn’t working. Chances are if you could have stopped drinking and drugging long term on your own, you would have. It’s time to take a new approach, and this new approach depends on surrender. The idea of surrendering to recovery can be challenging when you’re used to being in control. This is especially true for those in a leadership role at work such as executives or other business professionals.  As a business leader, you may be typically in charge. It goes against your nature to ask for help, rely on the guidance of others and admit that alcohol or drugs may be something that you can’t conquer by yourself.
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25 May What Do I Do When My Joy Is Gone?

By Chuck Robinson MA, LADC/MH, CSAT, National Director of Christian Programming and Outreach My mom used to say, “You can get glad in the same britches you got mad in.” My loss of joy usually comes from me allowing an external circumstance to affect my mood. Somehow, some way, something in this world, as I see it, goes awry. It snows when I have a picnic planned, it rains on a children’s soccer game. These things are external issues over which I have absolutely no control, and yet a lack of control steals my joy. How do I get out of that mess? 
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28 Apr Does the Real You Match the ‘You’ You Present?

  We’ve all heard that the first impression is the most important. Have your shoes match your belt. Be on time. Remember your manners. But if the self you show others on first impression is obscured behind a mask, what does the other person really see? Is it you, or what you want them to think you are?
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Process and Gambling Addiction

26 Sep Problem Gamblers ‘See’ Patterns That Don’t Exist

According to research published in the April 2015 edition of the Journal of Gambling Studies, problem gamblers may suffer from cognitive abnormalities that distort their view of reality. Seeing imaginary patterns in random phenomenon, they believe they can figure a way to beat the odds if they keep gambling long enough. Naturally this activity just sinks them deeper and deeper into the quicksand of addiction, but their corrupted thinking patterns prevent them from seeing the truth.
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Men Prone to Addiction Relapse

14 Sep ‘Strong’ Men Who Don’t Reach Out for Help More Prone to Relapse

Men often feel that society expects them to be strong and in charge at all times. If you are like most men, from the time you were a little boy, you were probably told that it’s not OK to cry or to lose control of yourself on an emotional level. This may have made it very difficult for you to admit to others that you are experiencing turbulent emotions or that you feel vulnerable or need any kind of emotional support.
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Spirituality and Sobriety

01 Aug How to Use Spirituality for Addiction Recovery

Religion has taken a hit in modern times. Fewer people associate with a particular religion or attend services, but that doesn’t mean that we have turned away from a higher power. Many of us have simply shifted from being religious to being spiritual. The beauty of spirituality is that it means whatever you want it to mean. And, it can help if you are in recovery from addiction. If you have never considered yourself religious or spiritual and aren’t sure how to incorporate this into your recovery, here are some ideas to get you started:
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25 Jul Accepting That Your Loved One May Never Recover

When you love someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, your life starts to revolve around his or problem with addiction. While your love one obsesses about drugs or alcohol, you obsess about him or her. Life is stressful and unpredictable, and the impact of addiction may affect every aspect of your existence. You may lose sleep and you may have to deal with financial problems. You might experience shame and embarrassment caused by the actions of your loved one while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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