Depression May Get in the Way of Your Recovery

Depression May Get in the Way of Your Recovery - Lakehouse

Until recently, mental health and addiction weren’t always in the same category. Addiction seemed to be in a class onto itself because of the personal responsibility that some believed came with addiction. However, addiction is beginning to be seen as an illness, just like psychological illnesses and physical diseases. And more importantly, experts are recognizing that addiction and mental illness …

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How to Identify A High-Functioning Addict

High-Functioning Addict | Lakehouse Recovery Center

While their is a common misconception that someone who is struggling with addiction is easily recognizable, the truth is that some people are high-functioning addicts, meaning they can manage a job and daily responsibilities but still struggle with addiction. A person does not have to reach rock-bottom in order to be in need of addiction treatment. Here are a few qualities of a high-functioning addict.

Qualities of a High-Functioning Addict

  • They don’t believe they have an issue.
  • Their alcohol and drug use doesn’t cause devastating consequences.
  • They micromanage their life.
  • The surround themselves with people who drink or use like they do.
  • They don’t experience hangovers or are able to complete their everyday tasks and responsibilities.
  • They are not aware that help is available.

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Men Tend to Wait Longer Before Seeking Addiction Help

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA), the time between the start of substance use and the first admission for getting treatment is longer for men than it is for women. The average length of time was 16.5 years for men and 13.8 years for women, according to SAMSHA. Researchers found that the average length of …

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How to Prepare for Grief and Loss in Recovery

Grief and Loss | Lakehouse Recovery Center

When you get sober, there are many facets of your life you’re letting go of. Not to mention that recovery also means letting go of a part of who you are and an old way of relating to the world. Plus, in recovery, you might recognize just how much you’ve lost as a result of the addiction. The illness of addiction can destroy relationships, create financial harm, ruin a career, and divide a family. Addiction can create turmoil, loss, and reasons to grieve. And often, that grieving doesn’t happen until after recovery begins.

In fact, many men and women in recovery find themselves becoming more emotionally aware. As the numbness of addiction wears off and as they grow their ability to feel their emotions, people may feel more and more of the losses they’ve experienced in the past.

If you’re in recovery and you’re looking for a way to manage grief and loss, here are a few suggestions.

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