Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Getting Beyond Drug and Alcohol Temptations

The addiciton to drugs and painkillers has received more publicity after Rush Limbaugh spent a month in rehab for an addiction to painkillers.

Celebrities such as Whitney Houston and Faith Evans also were in the news for drug rehabilitation treatment.

Studies at the University of Buffalo have shown that those who fall into addictions often suffer from a tendency for self-blame and shame and this may lead someone towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope.

Look at your own tendences for shame if you are yourself inclined towards drugs and alcohol.

Or if you know someone with an inclination towards drugs or alcohol what is his or her self-esteem like? It is easy to go home and want some way to forget things and that is where alcohol and drugs can come in.

The more we can see what other people are going through, the easier it is to not buy into their outbursts towards us and this can help stop the cycle that leads people into drugs and alcohol to soothe the pain.

This helps us be calmer and more peaceful and not being part of the chain reaction.

Dee Cohen is a licensed social worker and certified yoga teacher in Florida.

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