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Alcohol and substance abuse are popular ways to deal with life-altering experiences but relying on alcohol or drugs to cope can be prevented.  Read our articles about dealing with life’s tough stuff without turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism. If you’ve been using alcohol to cope, we can help.

It is the rare alcoholic that over drinks simply for the sake of over drinking. In most cases, drinking is a well-developed coping mechanism used to mask many pains and frustrations. When not drinking, the emotions that have been buried under years of alcohol abuse will now be uncovered. The result will quite likely be an onslaught of negative thoughts and emotions for the alcoholic. Patience is key to dealing with someone in this psychological and emotional state.

The recovering alcoholic who dwells on past failures and sufferings is starting down the path that leads to relapse.  Far better to focus on the present.  Enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Savor the good things.  The past cannot be changed, so let it go.  Live in the now and focus on the positive.  Surrender the guilt and grief of the past and wallow in the love and joy of the present.

Drinking To Cope With a Broken Heart
Does Drinking Alcohol Actually Help You Beat Your Breakup? A breakup is a very stressful event. For some, it is even grief inducing. Depending...
Swinging From The Chandeliers: Alcoholism & Shame
Swinging From The Chandeliers: Alcoholism & Shame Alcoholism is a complex disorder that only recently we have begun to understand. Researchers are still discovering...
Dry Drunk Behavior
Dry Drunk Behavior Do you know someone that still acts like an alcoholic, but without drinking anymore? The term for such people is “Dry...
Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics
Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics Growing up in a family where one of the parents suffers from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) creates its...
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Alcohol's Power In Social Interactions Social anxiety can be a very debilitating condition for some people. Some individuals turn to alcohol to find relief...
Grief, Alcohol Abuse, And The Holidays
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Drinking to Cope with Sexual Assault
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