**Today’s post is courtesy of Rachel and hits close to home. I‘m ready for a year of no obstacles but in the meantime, I will keep plugging away and soak up the sunshine!**
When each one of us looks back on our lives, what do we expect to learn? Most will say a robust life full of achievements along with a passionate family. Those are beautiful dreams and we can all make it possible with planning and determination. Motivating ourselves to be stronger individuals is a learned experience that takes a lifetime to get right.
Life gets in the way of our dreams, and we must learn to cope. Our lives are full of good times and bad. How we handle the down times and tragedies gives us the understanding to help others.
Addiction and Our Loved Ones
Addiction is a tragedy that touches so many people’s lives; it has grown into a nationwide epidemic. No one ever sees an addiction coming. Dependence on a substance or compulsions that overwhelm our lives takes us by surprise. Destructive habits can shatter a life or devastate an entire family.
Addiction is commonly characterized as a dependency on cocaine, heroin, or some other opioid. We have all seen photos of people disfigured, due to their methamphetamine habits. However, addiction can take on many forms. Some compulsions like gambling, working, or over-eating can be just as disastrous as chemical dependency.
Treatment centers like the Options Treatment Center in Colorado help those who have slipped into an addictive way of life. This incredible team of specialists has transformed so many lives for those addicted beyond their control. There are so many people eager to help if you see yourself being controlled by a substance or other type of dependency. It is essential to reach out to those who care.
There needs to be a distinction between addiction and misuse. Not everyone who gambles is considered addicted to gambling. Alternatively, someone who occasionally drinks a glass of alcohol is not an alcoholic. Abuse does not necessarily signal addiction. However, if we feel the need to keep drinking or gambling without regard to others or ourselves, addiction is the next step.
Family members who see a loved one may be having addiction issues should confront the obstacle and not shy away. A caring family atmosphere can conquer many hardships for people dropping into addiction. Families play a vital role in rehabilitation and keeping their cherished ones safe and in command.
Confronting an Obstacle Head-on
Addiction is just one of an endless collection of obstacles that humans are compelled to survive. For some, the challenge of a serious health episode brings out a warrior attitude. The problem changes their lives and a different more resolute person appears. Take Lisa from Workoutmommy.com as an illustration. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Lisa’s initial consideration was for the family around her and especially her children. Lisa continues her fabulous workout routine and encourages others to follow her example. Her mantra of Health Habits that Literally Add Years to Your Life has developed into more than just a workout routine; for Lisa and her devotees it is their way of life.
When the hard demands of life confront us, apply the following tips for guidance:
- Turn back to your family and their loving relationship
- Embrace your way of life as it is and do not fantasize about what life could be. Meet the test head-on and crush it
- Avoid turning away to overlook your burdens, further, face the challenge. Turn to your positive life
- Accept this test and your eventual successes as part of life’s challenges
- Acknowledge the obstacle, do not turn away
When you hit roadblocks in life, you feel like pulling the blanket over your head and settling back down in bed. Maybe in an hour or so, all your problems will magically disappear. Confront the problem and do not let it hang over your life longer than it has too.
- When you are confronting one of those life challenges, fixate on the bullseye. Do not let petty feelings get in the way. Recognize your target and go after it
- Keep a healthy and sensible attitude on your life and know there is so much more you can achieve, once the present challenge has been dealt with
- Consider others in your life. So much strength is expended taking care of addictions and breast cancer complications; however, use Lisa an illuminating example. Her life is giving back to her family and the people who love her