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Alcohol Awareness

April is National Alcohol Awareness month, and The National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) challenges the nation to take one weekend during the month of April to refrain from engaging in alcohol usage.  The events taking place across the nation will be aimed at educating families about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism. Alcoholism is apparent not only in adults but amongst our young adults.

You may be asking why am I being challenged? The NCADD goal is for individuals to gauge the effect of alcohol-free days because continued use of having a substance in the body and then eliminating it can cause physical effects such as sweating, nausea, headaches, and trouble sleeping.  Anyone struggling to successful complete the three days and find difficulties with any of these symptoms should seek a medical provider. This may suggest a sign of dependence on alcohol and only a professional can diagnosis and provide the appropriate treatment.

During this time of refraining, you can implement self-care. Not quite sure what self-care is? Well, I am glad you asked! Self-care describes how you deliberately work toward changing your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.  Instead of indulging in drinks this weekend, treat yourself to a facial or massage. Get a manicure and pedicure. Read a book or go for a walk. Journaling, practicing mindfulness meditation, or just relaxing and having a cup a tea are also some great suggestions. There is a wide array of things you can do for self-care; just find things you enjoy and incorporate them into your weekend while sustaining from alcohol.  You will begin to feel the difference of feeling refreshed and having more energy. The goal is to create a lifestyle of wellness. Talking to a therapist can help you work through any struggles and we at Living Hope Counseling would love to provide you the guidance needed to help you get your life back on track. Please reach out today for a consultation.

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