Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

  Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/finding-support-for-mental-illness-and-alcoholism/ It can be hard dealing with a mental illness and/or alcoholism without support from a loved one. Perhaps, they don’t recognize it as a real problem. They may be frightened or not comprehend what is happening. Sometimes, partners may even try to sabotage your recovery. There could be … Continue reading Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

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The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

In my opinion, this is my best yet 🙂 Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/the-stigma-of-co-occurring-disorders/   There is a great deal of stigma attached with both mental illnesses and addictions. That is one reason I talk about my experiences. So, others won’t feel alone, and, to put a face to these conditions. It is scary … Continue reading The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

Feeling Vulnerable

I have disclosed a lot. Nothing left to hide. A lot of people knew I had a mental health diagnosis. The alcohol was not really a secret but I never used the word 'alcoholic'. I thought I might feel free, not having secrets, but right now I feel uneasy. I hope I did the right … Continue reading Feeling Vulnerable

Someone Has A Sense of Humor

I have attended a few Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. They are supposed to be more of a spiritual, than a religious program. I never felt like I belonged at the few meetings I went to. It also felt more religious than I am comfortable with, from the higher power, to the Serenity Prayer. I looked … Continue reading Someone Has A Sense of Humor

Feeling Exposed

I have social anxiety and used to barely interact with others. Enough to do my job, get my groceries, but not much more. I have slowly been building on that and as far as overcoming my anxiety- I think I have come a long way. I have been slowly disclosing information about myself to others. … Continue reading Feeling Exposed

‘High’ Anxiety

How I learned to cope with stress without alcohol I was at a SMART recovery meeting tonight. We were talking about how we deal with stress. I used to turn to the bottle to avoid uncomfortable emotions. Awkward social situations seemed easier. Anxiety didn’t feel as painful. But, as I mentioned in the meeting, I … Continue reading ‘High’ Anxiety

Talking to My Addiction

As my friend says, I have a “high-bottom” which makes me giggle, but there is a point. I drink. More than I would like sometimes. And, it is hard for me to abstain completely. But, I have never had serious consequences. no DUIs or jail time. No one telling me they will leave if I … Continue reading Talking to My Addiction

Welcome

I hope it is easy to find lorib.blog i have been blogging, more like journaling for years, but not for an audience. I have published on The Mighty, recently started posting on Medium and published my first blog on Psych Central today! Can you tell I am excited 😄 The title there is Triple Winner. … Continue reading Welcome