This year’s global pandemic has brought with it a vast amount of stress and anxiety. And then, there’s social distancing, which brings on a host of other concerns, especially for those in recovery who rely on a community support system. Addiction is the most isolating disease, so add in social … Read more about Five Ways to Stay Connected While Social Distancing
Here we are again. The new year has begun, and the threat of COVID-19 still hangs over us every day. At Camino, we do our best to adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing. But, despite following safety protocols, the risk of the virus still looms and the veil is wearing thin. Though our … Read more about Caregivers, put your own care first during COVID-19
“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.” You may have heard variations of this quote from Marianne Williamson in recovery circles, and for a good reason. Poison is the best way to describe unforgiveness, which leads to … Read more about Forgive and Remember: Letting Go of Resentments in to Protect Your Sobriety
by Renee W. My first stretch of sobriety lasted for three years and (almost) four months. 1,231 days, to be exact, and I only know that because I Googled the dates. During those three-plus years, I stopped drinking, threw myself into AA meetings, worked with a sponsor, lost weight, got fit, … Read more about What is Emotional Sobriety?
Stress. We all have it. Whether it’s a new job, a lost job, an illness, the death of a loved one, a move across the country, a divorce, or the global Covid-19 pandemic, no one is exempt from stressors in life. Stress can result from a myriad of factors and is defined “as the degree to which you … Read more about The link between Stress and Alcohol
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen entire countries locked down, many millions infected, hospitalised, and over a million sadly dying, has inevitably led to a large amount of people suffering from mental health problems. And the situation is not going to get better. Looking to the future: … Read more about The mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and coping strategies for social isolation
Feeling lonely is common, especially amidst a global pandemic. No one is immune to feeling isolated from time to time, but what if it becomes a chronic feeling that you can’t shake? Psychology Today defines loneliness as a “function of the affective need for companionship and belonging.” Left … Read more about The Disease of Isolation: Cycles of Loneliness and Addiction
There are numerous reasons why people self-sabotage. When someone engages in self-sabotaging behaviours, they are practically standing in their way of success (whatever ''success'' might mean to them). Examples of self-sabotaging include: Being a perfectionistProcrastinationSelf-medicating … Read more about How to recognize the signs of self-sabotage