“The day of the single addiction is almost a dinosaur. Most people are addicted to more than one substance these days,” said Wayne Rushlow, a licensed mental health therapist and substance abuse counselor in Leominster and the surrounding area. “If people can’t get one, they have the other to fall back on.”
What is Withdrawl?
The body’s reaction to the removal of a substance it has become dependent on is called withdrawal. Withdrawal causes craving for more of the substance being removed. The period of time when the body is trying to overcome its addiction is called detoxification (detox). Detox is the first step in overcoming a substance addiction such as drugs or alcohol. Detox is a pertinent step for the patient is to be successfully rehabilitated.
Do you say hateful things to yourself? Many of us do.
When I review these internal beliefs with clients, especially those in early recovery but also others who don’t have trouble with addiction per se, we often find that they are packed full of negative self-beliefs and self-talk. Phrases like “I’m impatient/rude/stupid,” “I’m not good at doing _____,” or “I can’t handle _____” are so commonplace in psychotherapy circles that restructuring them can often become the focus of many sessions. And negative self-beliefs are a huge source of shame, …
The Vigil of Hope is a time to come together to replace isolation with fellowship, desperation with support and despair with hope.