The weather is cold and snowy and the roads are covered with ice and snow today. While many people will celebrate all of the extra time off from work and school today as an unexpected bonus, many of us who understand how mental illness and substance use disorders work, will have a hard time relaxing. We know that when options are very limited and there is an increase in boredom and lack of accountability, many people will struggle with feelings and thoughts that are difficult to manage. This often leads to anger outbursts, relapse in behavior and relapse in substance use.
We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family today. If you know someone who struggles with mental health challenges you can help by checking in on your friend or family member. Ask questions about craving levels, energy levels, thoughts and feelings. I promise you will not create the thoughts for your loved one, but you will create an outlet for them if you ask. We have found that just by discussing the thoughts and feelings of agitation, cravings and lack of accountability, the actual relapse greaty reduces.
If you are a person who struggles with mental health and addiction, we strongly urge you to reach out. Reach out to your friends, family or your counselor (many of them are on call). Share about your thoughts and feelings. This is a sign of strength, recovery and commitment to new coping skills.
If you don’t know where to turn, you can always call our team at Access Counseling Group at 972-905-6574.