Anxiety and Substance Abuse

While getting outside is important, having indoor hobbies is also instrumental. Establishing indoor hobbies during more active months can enshrine these practices for when the seasons change. Creating an art studio, getting a movie collection together, starting a journal or crafting space, and much more can all be incredibly beneficial for addressing the effects of SAD while prioritizing one's mental health. 

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Depression is a complex mental health disorder. Despite its ubiquity, with 21 million adults experiencing at least one episode of major depressive disorder in 2020 alone, each individual will have their own experiences with depression. Knowing its many sources and potential adverse effects is crucial for creating an effective plan for coping with depression, both for oneself with the help of trained professionals. 

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The workplace can be an intense source of stress. An individual may face professional stresses, unfair expectations, or difficult peers in the workplace that all affect one's mental health and use of addictive substances. Setting boundaries with workplace peers is crucial for managing one's mental health and sobriety and for separating this stressful part of one's life from one's interests, hobbies, and personal life. For those challenging and maintaining their sobriety, setting effective boundaries with workplace peers can mitigate some of these stresses while continuing to prioritize one's sober efforts and focus. 

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Childhood Trauma and Addiction

November 25, 2022
Exposure to traumatic experiences as a child can leave us with long-lasting scars, both physical and psychological. Not surprisingly, unresolved childhood trauma is commonly associated with substance use and the development of addiction. In recovery, we have to heal from these past traumas to achieve sobriety and prevent future relapses.

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