When I first ventured into sobriety, I wouldn't have known a healthy coping skill if it smacked me between the eyes. With substances being the only means of stress management that I was familiar with and now being off limits, I was forced to learn and to become more comfortable with new coping strategies. Let me tell you, this was and still is the most difficult part of my sobriety. I've had emotional meltdowns over it. It's almost like learning to walk. You're going to stumble and fall. Sometimes you'll feel like throwing yourself down kicking and screaming. And to be honest, at times you're going to want to run back to the safety and comfort of those old coping skills. This is the part that you'll need to reach out for help. A counselor, a sober friend, church, 12 step meeting...whatever you have to do to not pick up a drink or a drug.
Why is it we nurses have to propensity to never practice what we preach? We spend so much time venting on how much better our patient's outcome would be, if only they would comply with the treatment plan. While completely disregarding our own needs for a balance of mind, body and soul. Develop a treatment plan for a better outcome of your own. We're no help to others if we first, don't care for each of ourselves.
Nurses are notorious for neglecting our own health and the nature of our work is a constant abuse on our bodies
This is the part of holistic health that is easy to forget about. But the value in health of the spirit is highly important in a career path of healthcare.
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12 step recovery entails attending meetings and fellowship with other addicts/alcoholics who have each been sober for varying lengths of time.
Using the 12 steps that are laid out in the text book, members work together to achieve a "spiritual experience" which will alleviate the obsession to use drugs. This program helped me take an honest look at myself and my character defects. It taught me that by nature I'm restless, irritable and discontent. I used substances to escape the inability to cope with 'life on life's terms'. The 12 steps taught me how to let go of control and just live!
SMART Recovery is described as a science based, secular entity offered as an alternative to 12 step programs.
Uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and non-confrontational motivation to break the "dysfunctional habit" of addiction. 'Change your thinking and change your life' portion of this therapy has helped my day to day attitude and outlook on life. I don't feel like I have to use substances anymore!
This recovery program looks toward Jesus Christ and The Bible with a special emphasis on a personal relationship with God to help addicts recover
Similar to 12 step programs, Celebrate recovery uses step-work and sponsorship for 'hurts, habits and hangups'.