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What is Inner Child Work & How Does it Benefit Your Recovery

Addiction occurs when we have traumatic experiences or destructive thought patterns that we avoid instead of confronting directly. One of the keys to recovery from addiction is connecting with our wounded inner child. Incorporating inner child work into our recovery plan can help us answer critical questions about the sources of our addiction. It also can help facilitate deep healing. What Is an Inner Child? One’s inner child is real in the symbolic or metaphorical sense. He or she is a composite of the memories and baggage we accumulate during our formative years that fuel emotional difficulties in adulthood. This symbolic youth usually occupies an unconscious part of the adult self, where many psychological problems originate. When we ignore this child, they try to draw our attention to the hurts and traumas that still haunt us. So it’s time to work in our Inner Child Work. How Inner Child Work Connected to Addiction? Addiction often comes from the subconscious state of being, brought about by being exposed to trauma, violence, abuse, and neglect in early childhood. We rarely understand the full impact of these early experiences on us as kids. We usually don’t realize that it stays with us as… 

Recovery During the Holidays: Support from family members is key.

Recovery During the Holidays The holidays add a whole new level of stress to those who struggle with addiction. Those in recovery will feel the challenge that comes with navigating a minefield of temptations that are part of the celebration of this time of year. The first year of recovery is the hardest. During the holiday season, one comes under the spell of abundant food and drink. Depression and anxiety may abound, and it’s important to have the support of family members if you’re in addiction recovery during the holidays. Abstaining from substance use during the holidays will be easier for your loved ones in recovery if you’re able to pay attention to their mental health. For that person, boundaries are especially important. This may affect family members, so all should be aware of and ready to honor the words, “no, thank you.” Provide options for loved ones in recovery during the holidays Supporting family members who are in recovery during the holidays might mean asking some questions beforehand, as well as becoming aware of some options you can offer. “Mocktails” can be great for those who appreciate them, or hot spiced cider, hot cocoa, iced or hot tea and…