Addiction

Join the Conversation on
Addiction
46.1K people
0 stories
5.6K posts
About Addiction
Explore Our Newsletters
What's New in Addiction
All
Stories
Posts
Videos
Latest
Trending
Post
See full photo

We believe what we tell ourselves

If you're anything like me, you have tons of experience insulting yourself. We are so comfortable and familiar with saying the worst things to ourselves that it becomes a habit without us even realizing it. Also, we get so used to negative self-talk that we think it's just the way it has to be and there's nothing we can do about it. Well, for starters, instead of trying to stop the negativity of your mind, how about you start telling yourself good things? If you do it enough times, it becomes a habit and you'll start loving yourself and believing in yourself without even realizing it. Is anyone out there willing to try? Are any of the statements in this picture something you are willing to start telling yourself? Or maybe you have another great message you like telling yourself? If so, I'd love to hear it. Please share below!

Also, as a way to better share advice with you all, I make video responses to your mental health questions.

The last video I made was about why your mind is your greatest obstacle and what to do about it. If this sounds relevant to you, you can check out the video here:

www.instagram.com/thomas_of_copenhagen

Otherwise, if you have any questions about mental health, please post in my group and I will try to make a video response specifically for you.

~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

#MentalHealth #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Suicide #MightyTogether

109 reactions 20 comments
Post
See full photo

Building a relationship with ourselves helps us foster self-awareness, self-acceptance, and emotional resilience. It’s something i struggled with for a lot of my life but learning to build a relationship with myself empowered me to gain a deeper understanding of my needs, strengths, and limitations by regularly reflecting, practicing self-compassion, and setting personal boundaries and more. #ADHD #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Depression #Neurodiversity #Addiction

25 reactions 5 comments
Post
See full photo

Let it go

How often have we kept ourselves up all night wondering why something happened? What if this? What if that? We run scenarios in our head nonstop and where does it get us? It only leads to more sadness, more anxiety, more confusion, and more restlessness. Even if we did find some imaginary conclusion, what then? It would not change a thing. Instead of driving yourself mad, try letting it be. There is a gentle art in letting things be. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of maturity, wisdom, and strength. Is anyone familiar with this process?

Also, as a way to better share advice with you all, I make video responses to your mental health questions.

The last video I made was about what to do if you find yourself up at night with racing thoughts. If this sounds relevant to you, you can check out the video here:

www.instagram.com/thomas_of_copenhagen

Otherwise, if you have any questions about mental health, please post in my group and I will try to make a video response specifically for you.

~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

#MentalHealth #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Suicide #MightyTogether

219 reactions 42 comments
Post

Let’s do a weekly win thing what’s something your proud of accomplishing recently or how is your week going

My thing is I am halfway through my coaching certification and I abusive parents how thing they did impacted me without getting super emotional about it #ADHD #Anxiety #Depression #Neurodiversity #Addiction #MentalHealth

(edited)
104 reactions 32 comments
Post
See full photo

Hey guys is it okay if I share the first page of my upcoming book Fu@k Stigma

My book explores how language influences our understanding and processing of challenges, stigma, and diagnoses in order to relate, define and process our challenges, experiences and diagnosis #ADHD #Anxiety #MentalHealth #Addiction #Neurodiversity #Depression

22 reactions 6 comments
Post

Rehab is around the corner #Addiction #BPD #Depression #Cancer #Migraine #Isolation

It have been working with my local drug service provider since last September, with the intention of getting the funding to go to residential rehabilitation for my 33 year long addiction to cocaine, and alcohol, which accompanies my drug use.

I received the funding a couple of months ago and am due to go to rehab early next month for six months. This seems like a long time, but 33 years of addiction is also an extremely long time, so I have been told that I will need the full package of care, in order to address my life long addiction issues.

I have managed to tell the majority of my friends and family about what is happening, and they have all been incredibly proud and supportive of what I'm doing.

My daughter was the catalyst for me seeking help in the first place, because my drug use was affecting her mental health adversely, and she had started experiencing anxiety and panic attacks as a result of my continued using.

I am 100% committed to my recovery, and I will do everything and anything I can to ensure I am successful. The cost of the rehab, which is payed for by taxpayers contributions is not something I take lightly. I respect the fact that people have worked hard to allow me this opportunity, and if I wasn't ready for it, or had doubts that I might fail, I would continue working with the drug service until I felt ready to deal with rehab.

I feel extremely grateful, and lucky that I have been offered this opportunity. I realise that there are many people who may have applied for funding to go to residential rehab, but been turned down.

I am fortunate that this was never a question for my particular case, because my addiction, and dual diagnosis of depression and bpd, combined with a past involving sexual abuse, rape, incest, childhood abandonment and a childhood environment in which I was never validated or praised for any of my achievements, are all mitigating factors that led me to seeking drugs as a way of self medicating in order to suppress these painful emotions.

I'm going to a rehab which specialises in focusing on trauma as it's main approach to dealing with addiction. I specifically asked not to go somewhere that uses the 12 step recovery model, because I have been to CA and AA meetings many times before, and never found them that helpful.

So I'm hopeful that this approach will help me to work through my past trauma, connect with the feelings and emotions that I have buried deep inside, and understand myself and the reasons why I have lived my life with an addiction for all of these years.

My drug counsellor told me something that was a bit of an epiphany last week. She said that it's great that I have all the logical and intellectual ability to understand myself and the reasons for my addiction, but I need to go and do the work to connect the emotional aspect of this to the equation. Something that hadn't occurred to me before. It makes perfect sense, and is clearly why I have remained stuck for so long.

I hope to be able to write about my journey during rehab. So please connect with me, as I share my experiences going forward.

Thanks 👍

47 reactions 15 comments