Helping a Loved One in Recovery Stay Sober

Many recovering addiction patients often think ending substance abuse begins and ends with a detox and rehab programme. But this is just part of the recovery process.
Attaining full healing and recovery is a long journey, as staying sober requires high doses of commitment and determination.

When family members, close friends and other loved ones actively lend their support and guidance in a former addict’s healing journey, it encourages them and makes recovery from a life of substance abuse easier and faster.

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You’re self-harming right now and you don’t even know it

You might not have ever considered some of the things that you do to self-harm, even if they only pose a small danger to yourself. This is often due to a kind of negligence and ignorance towards the things we know that harm us, which is why it is extremely vital to be aware of our potentially damaging behaviours, and if there is an underlying problem, talk to the right people.

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Five of the most effective anger management techniques you can try at home

At some point in time, it’s only natural that we’ll experience anger. Whether it’s your home life, social life or work life, there are numerous factors that can build up to make you angry. Sometimes, that anger can spiral out of control and lead you to lash out at those closest to you, and this can have a serious impact on your life. However, it’s important that you learn to channel those emotions and control them in an effective manner. If you are finding it hard to control your anger, then here are five techniques you can try from home.



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Why counselling and psychotherapy is so important

Throughout our lives, almost all of us experience symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Whether it’s our job that causes stress, a difficult-to-manage family situation or the pain of losing a loved one, it can sometimes be difficult to manage our everyday tasks.

These feelings are perfectly natural and can happen to anyone, but when these feelings stick around, it can be a sign that you need help. Counselling can help alleviate the burdens of depression and help people move past the barriers that these negative feelings have erected.

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What is Depression

Depression was first recognised in the 16th century, but even now there isn’t a concise explanation for exactly why it occurs. Some studies say 5% of the population are depressed, others say 22% but whatever the actual numbers depression affects every demographic. It’s a serious and common condition of sadness, albeit a somewhat extreme form of sadness in some cases, and is believed to be more prevalent in women than men.  Perhaps this is due to the perceived difference in the way men and women express emotions, or feel comfortable doing so.

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It’s OK to talk: Why celebrities are making the okay hand sign

Many men find it difficult to talk about mental health problems, which is something that needs to change. Just 38% of people accessing talking therapy services are male, but men account for 78% of recorded suicides in the UK, a truly shocking statistic.

Recently, thousands of people have posted photos of themselves making an ‘OK’ hand gesture on social media, accompanied by the hashtag ‘#ITSOKAYTOTALK’, but why?

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The healthiest ways to deal with stress

We all face stress in our lives from time to time, and it can sometimes be a positive force – for example, for keeping you safe from danger or helping you to complete work by an important deadline. But in other contexts, stress may be less than helpful.

This is why, here at Counselling Central, we thought we would list just some of the healthiest ways to lessen the stress that you may feel in your day-to-day life.

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