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  • “It just occurred to me that many people are actually afraid to heal because their entire identity is centered around the trauma they've experienced. They have no idea who they are outside of trauma and that unknown can be terrifying. It's all fear.” - Ebonee Davis #riskhappy
  • “It just occurred to me that many people are actually afraid to heal because their entire identity is centered around the trauma they've experienced. They have no idea who they are outside of trauma and that unknown can be terrifying. It's all fear.” - Ebonee Davis #riskhappy
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  • Hundreds of you guys filled out my question saying how you were struggling with loneliness this season.

Feeing lonely over the holidays is very normal. We compare our lives to the picture perfect cards we received of our friends and family dressed in matching outfits.

So I just wanted to let you in on a secret.

NOBODY’S family is perfect. Everyone has things they have to do during the holidays that they’d rather not. Everyone has family conflict. Everyone has relationship conflict.

We can experience loneliness also when we have an expectation of how we are “supposed” to feel.

Are you experiencing this? What makes a difference for you?

#holidayblues #holidayseason #lonely #loneliness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthisimportant #boundaries #theimperfectholiday
  • Hundreds of you guys filled out my question saying how you were struggling with loneliness this season.

    Feeing lonely over the holidays is very normal. We compare our lives to the picture perfect cards we received of our friends and family dressed in matching outfits.

    So I just wanted to let you in on a secret.

    NOBODY’S family is perfect. Everyone has things they have to do during the holidays that they’d rather not. Everyone has family conflict. Everyone has relationship conflict.

    We can experience loneliness also when we have an expectation of how we are “supposed” to feel.

    Are you experiencing this? What makes a difference for you?

    #holidayblues #holidayseason #lonely #loneliness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthisimportant #boundaries #theimperfectholiday
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  • Dancing somewhere between control and surrender. 🧘🏼‍♀️ #art
  • Dancing somewhere between control and surrender. 🧘🏼‍♀️ #art
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  • Truth? I struggle mentally every single time I workout. My emotions try to bully me DAILY to NOT workout. My shoulders ache like u wouldn’t believe, my back hurts, my knees give me trouble at least once a month...but I PRESS!!! Why? Bcuz I am going after the end results: endorphins, calmed anxiety/thoughts, improved rest/sleep, gentler attitude AND weight loss. We can do hard things. It hasn’t gotten easier, I’ve gotten stronger. Signed- #survivor #imgoingtowin #yeswecan #givingitalligot #mentalhealth #mentalillness 🏋🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️
  • Truth? I struggle mentally every single time I workout. My emotions try to bully me DAILY to NOT workout. My shoulders ache like u wouldn’t believe, my back hurts, my knees give me trouble at least once a month...but I PRESS!!! Why? Bcuz I am going after the end results: endorphins, calmed anxiety/thoughts, improved rest/sleep, gentler attitude AND weight loss. We can do hard things. It hasn’t gotten easier, I’ve gotten stronger. Signed- #survivor #imgoingtowin #yeswecan #givingitalligot #mentalhealth #mentalillness 🏋🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️
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  • Have you watched Beth's video yet? Beth is a student studying at Croydon College and is one of a group of students who worked with Healthwatch Croydon to look at the challenges young people experience with #mentalhealth in #Croydon, view more here: http://ow.ly/axNc50xsJYs
  • Have you watched Beth's video yet? Beth is a student studying at Croydon College and is one of a group of students who worked with Healthwatch Croydon to look at the challenges young people experience with #mentalhealth in #Croydon , view more here: http://ow.ly/axNc50xsJYs
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  • Just sitting in my car at work crying over this one. Ha. I’ve been pretty hard on my five year old the last few weeks. Impatient and a little disconnected. Which leads to me having massive mom guilt for not taking a breather and just letting the kid be a kid. I saw a quote yesterday about being where your feet are. It literally felt like a slap in the face. I’m so focused on work, Christmas, family events, home renovations, this podcast, supporting friends through trials, etc. things that are important to me - but in the scheme of it all I need to remember that if I want to change the world, I get to first go home and love my own little family. RJ loves me as I am - impatient and all. We’re both figuring this life out together. And it’s TOTALLY fine to lose your shit to some degree. Right? I guess what I mean is, maybe if I would get out of my own head and realize that kid just loves his mom, I would be more patient with all of it.
  • Just sitting in my car at work crying over this one. Ha. I’ve been pretty hard on my five year old the last few weeks. Impatient and a little disconnected. Which leads to me having massive mom guilt for not taking a breather and just letting the kid be a kid. I saw a quote yesterday about being where your feet are. It literally felt like a slap in the face. I’m so focused on work, Christmas, family events, home renovations, this podcast, supporting friends through trials, etc. things that are important to me - but in the scheme of it all I need to remember that if I want to change the world, I get to first go home and love my own little family. RJ loves me as I am - impatient and all. We’re both figuring this life out together. And it’s TOTALLY fine to lose your shit to some degree. Right? I guess what I mean is, maybe if I would get out of my own head and realize that kid just loves his mom, I would be more patient with all of it.
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  • Läuft das eine gut, geht es wo anders wieder Bergab. Machst du es richtig ist es ein anderes Mal wieder falsch. Aber lass dich davon nicht unterkriegen, mach es besser. Das ist der Kreislauf des Lebens. Was wir daraus machen oder wie wir damit umgehen ist ganz von unserer Einstellung und unseren Gedanken abhängig. Du kannst es akzeptieren oder etwas ändern, es hängt von dir ab, nicht von anderen. Du kannst kurz weinen, schreien und an dir zweifeln. Und wenn du damit fertig bist, machst du weiter und schaffst das was du wirklich willst. Nicht jeder wird dann deine Reise verstehen aber das ist Okay, du bist hier um dein Leben zu leben und nicht um das Verständnis von jeden zu bekommen. Lass dich nicht verändern von andern, ändere dich weil du es willst!
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#australianshepherd #mentalhealth #thinktank #staypositive
  • Läuft das eine gut, geht es wo anders wieder Bergab. Machst du es richtig ist es ein anderes Mal wieder falsch. Aber lass dich davon nicht unterkriegen, mach es besser. Das ist der Kreislauf des Lebens. Was wir daraus machen oder wie wir damit umgehen ist ganz von unserer Einstellung und unseren Gedanken abhängig. Du kannst es akzeptieren oder etwas ändern, es hängt von dir ab, nicht von anderen. Du kannst kurz weinen, schreien und an dir zweifeln. Und wenn du damit fertig bist, machst du weiter und schaffst das was du wirklich willst. Nicht jeder wird dann deine Reise verstehen aber das ist Okay, du bist hier um dein Leben zu leben und nicht um das Verständnis von jeden zu bekommen. Lass dich nicht verändern von andern, ändere dich weil du es willst!
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    #australianshepherd #mentalhealth #thinktank #staypositive
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  • Eclipse! This shot means alot to me. To me it says I have come full circle. I have recovered from an illness that I still try my best to manage every day. If I can sum up my recovery in one word it it is BELIEF! As Kanye West says bipolar is NOT a disability but his superpower. It's how you see it, perceive it. Embrace every side of yourself. 
Can't wait to bring a new project I am working on which I am very excited about. Music is the most powerful form of expression and the rawest creative art in my eyes. I played the violin, guitar and piano growing up and have always wanted to create something myself. The most important thing is that I am ENJOYING the process and something I am most proud of.  I heard a quote recently something along the lines of - Watch out for survivors, they will surprise you because they know they can survive✔ SELF-BELIEF is the key ingrediant..thank you all who have supported my creative endeavours over the last few years - stay tuned as the best is yet to come😎 
thanks to @mikibarlok for the headshot and @theimagedesigns for doing the edit and making me look like something out of star wars😂🚀🙌 #music #recovery #mentalhealth #selfbelief #motivationalquotes 
#rap #irishhiphop #ukhiphop #hiphop #experimental #project #production 
#artists #art #photography #design #starwars
  • Eclipse! This shot means alot to me. To me it says I have come full circle. I have recovered from an illness that I still try my best to manage every day. If I can sum up my recovery in one word it it is BELIEF! As Kanye West says bipolar is NOT a disability but his superpower. It's how you see it, perceive it. Embrace every side of yourself.
    Can't wait to bring a new project I am working on which I am very excited about. Music is the most powerful form of expression and the rawest creative art in my eyes. I played the violin, guitar and piano growing up and have always wanted to create something myself. The most important thing is that I am ENJOYING the process and something I am most proud of. I heard a quote recently something along the lines of - Watch out for survivors, they will surprise you because they know they can survive✔ SELF-BELIEF is the key ingrediant..thank you all who have supported my creative endeavours over the last few years - stay tuned as the best is yet to come😎
    thanks to @mikibarlok for the headshot and @theimagedesigns for doing the edit and making me look like something out of star wars😂🚀🙌 #music #recovery #mentalhealth #selfbelief #motivationalquotes
    #rap #irishhiphop #ukhiphop #hiphop #experimental #project #production
    #artists #art #photography #design #starwars
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  • If you don’t heal yourself inward, then you can’t heal yourself outward. This goes for any autoimmune disease. You can use all the topical creams and ingest or inject all the medications known to man and still not heal. Your Mental health is so important!!! Caring for yourself is not selfish! Get your mental health in check. Our bodies are attacking things we can’t see. If we mentally don’t get healthy it will continue... #autoimmunedisease #psoriasis #mentalhealth #mentalhealing
  • If you don’t heal yourself inward, then you can’t heal yourself outward. This goes for any autoimmune disease. You can use all the topical creams and ingest or inject all the medications known to man and still not heal. Your Mental health is so important!!! Caring for yourself is not selfish! Get your mental health in check. Our bodies are attacking things we can’t see. If we mentally don’t get healthy it will continue... #autoimmunedisease #psoriasis #mentalhealth #mentalhealing
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  • #throwbackthursday
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The existence of this sweet baby kept me alive. #postpartumdepression is real. The memory of how I spent most of my time wanting to die but hiding that feeling came rushing back.
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16 years ago in Myrtle Beach. Cameron’s first birthday. I didn’t know this pic existed and found it the other day when digging through Christmas decorations. 💙
If you are struggling, it’s ok to get help.
#mentalhealth
#youarenotdone
#youarenotalone
#youareenough
  • #throwbackthursday
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    The existence of this sweet baby kept me alive. #postpartumdepression is real. The memory of how I spent most of my time wanting to die but hiding that feeling came rushing back.
    💙
    16 years ago in Myrtle Beach. Cameron’s first birthday. I didn’t know this pic existed and found it the other day when digging through Christmas decorations. 💙
    If you are struggling, it’s ok to get help.
    #mentalhealth
    #youarenotdone
    #youarenotalone
    #youareenough
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  • Because lord knows some of the worst kind of people you will ever come across never take accountability for their own participation in their misery. When you can accept that you've made poor choices on your own, you've shown that you are very capable of growth. Not too many people you encounter are grown enough to admit when they've been wrong.

We all have a massive ego it's just human nature just some of us are not so arrogant with how we carry ourselves. #quoteoftheday #message #growth #mentalhealth #dating #relationships #life #toronto #lifestyles
  • Because lord knows some of the worst kind of people you will ever come across never take accountability for their own participation in their misery. When you can accept that you've made poor choices on your own, you've shown that you are very capable of growth. Not too many people you encounter are grown enough to admit when they've been wrong.

    We all have a massive ego it's just human nature just some of us are not so arrogant with how we carry ourselves. #quoteoftheday #message #growth #mentalhealth #dating #relationships #life #toronto #lifestyles
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  • December 12 today. Wow this month has gone by fast! I'm sitting in my warm living room going through videos of Kelowna's 'tent City' on Facebook and seeing the #community pool together to make someones day brighter by bringing food, stockings and supplies.  I am lucky...I have a place to sleep, I have warmth, I have food.  The homeless people don't have the basic needs they are entitled to and blaming them is not the answer. Whatever rut they got themselves into, they need help getting out, and as humans I believe it is up to all of us to stop judging, stop being scared, and try our hardest to make this right.  No one deserves to be on the streets...especially if they don't want to be there. 
TODAYS CHALLENGE IS TO HELP TENT CITY IN WHATEVER WAY YOU CAN. To some this may just be a simple mindshift ... to some it may mean cooking pots of chilly to bring down for dinner.  Whatever it is, today's goal is to be compassionate and to open your heart 💖guys. 
#tentcity #compassion #strength #help #humans #homelessness #mentalhealth #love #care #kindness
  • December 12 today. Wow this month has gone by fast! I'm sitting in my warm living room going through videos of Kelowna's 'tent City' on Facebook and seeing the #community pool together to make someones day brighter by bringing food, stockings and supplies. I am lucky...I have a place to sleep, I have warmth, I have food. The homeless people don't have the basic needs they are entitled to and blaming them is not the answer. Whatever rut they got themselves into, they need help getting out, and as humans I believe it is up to all of us to stop judging, stop being scared, and try our hardest to make this right. No one deserves to be on the streets...especially if they don't want to be there.
    TODAYS CHALLENGE IS TO HELP TENT CITY IN WHATEVER WAY YOU CAN. To some this may just be a simple mindshift ... to some it may mean cooking pots of chilly to bring down for dinner. Whatever it is, today's goal is to be compassionate and to open your heart 💖guys.
    #tentcity #compassion #strength #help #humans #homelessness #mentalhealth #love #care #kindness
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  • Today I wake up feeling happy and renewed, almost euphoric, which means I've started the upswing I've this cycle. My biggest fear is having to take medication my entire life in order for me to be stable. The only solution I can see besides pharmaceutical is plant medicine. To be clear, I don't think it's wrong for people to take pharma medicine, with my fear of what's going to happen on this planet and climate change I'm worried about access medication like that in the future. #plantmedicine #pharmaceuticals #mentalhealth #bpd #bordelinepersonalitydisorder #bipolar
  • Today I wake up feeling happy and renewed, almost euphoric, which means I've started the upswing I've this cycle. My biggest fear is having to take medication my entire life in order for me to be stable. The only solution I can see besides pharmaceutical is plant medicine. To be clear, I don't think it's wrong for people to take pharma medicine, with my fear of what's going to happen on this planet and climate change I'm worried about access medication like that in the future. #plantmedicine #pharmaceuticals #mentalhealth #bpd #bordelinepersonalitydisorder #bipolar
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  • Here I go again singing the praises of vitamin D - vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol of course, not that inferior vitamin D2 shite - check your milk alternative beverages for fun ⁣
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Like nearly every cell and tissue in your body, your brain has heaps and heaps of vitamin D3 receptors ⁣
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In the brain, vitamin D3 does a lot of amazing things ⁣
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It helps to prevent dementia by preventing an increase in the amount of both soluble and insoluble amyloid-B protein (this stuff is no friend to your brain, you don't want it building up or sticking around) ⁣
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D3 also reduces the risk for dementia by tempering inflammation and D3 does this by being one of the biggest supporters of your brain's antioxidant defenses (think of it as rust-proofing your noggin) ⁣
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While I'm at it, D3 also reduces the risk for depression. While a little technical, it prevents too many calcium ions getting into your neurons which drives depression by lowering serotonin ⁣
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Last but not least, maternal vitamin D3 levels influence fetal brain development; low vitamin D3 levels in expecting mothers is linked to autism, schizophrenia and other mental illness ⁣
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Clearly you know where I'm going with this ya? Make sure you and everyone you know is getting enough vitamin D3!!
  • Here I go again singing the praises of vitamin D - vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol of course, not that inferior vitamin D2 shite - check your milk alternative beverages for fun ⁣

    Like nearly every cell and tissue in your body, your brain has heaps and heaps of vitamin D3 receptors ⁣

    In the brain, vitamin D3 does a lot of amazing things ⁣

    It helps to prevent dementia by preventing an increase in the amount of both soluble and insoluble amyloid-B protein (this stuff is no friend to your brain, you don't want it building up or sticking around) ⁣

    D3 also reduces the risk for dementia by tempering inflammation and D3 does this by being one of the biggest supporters of your brain's antioxidant defenses (think of it as rust-proofing your noggin) ⁣

    While I'm at it, D3 also reduces the risk for depression. While a little technical, it prevents too many calcium ions getting into your neurons which drives depression by lowering serotonin ⁣

    Last but not least, maternal vitamin D3 levels influence fetal brain development; low vitamin D3 levels in expecting mothers is linked to autism, schizophrenia and other mental illness ⁣

    Clearly you know where I'm going with this ya? Make sure you and everyone you know is getting enough vitamin D3!!
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  • Me: If I had a superpower, I'd want it to be the ability to see into the future.

Reality: How about anxiously imagining every worst-possible future that might happen but probably won't? How's that sound? Let's do that.

Me: Um. I'd rather not.

Reality: Here you go!

#anxietygirl #anxietymemes #makemorecomics
  • Me: If I had a superpower, I'd want it to be the ability to see into the future.

    Reality: How about anxiously imagining every worst-possible future that might happen but probably won't? How's that sound? Let's do that.

    Me: Um. I'd rather not.

    Reality: Here you go!

    #anxietygirl #anxietymemes #makemorecomics
  • 136 1 5 minutes ago
  • I've learned some good habits but I have also learned alot of bad habits throughout my life. ⁣
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Those bad habits almost destroyed me. I kept replacing one bad habit with another. To the point where I just wanted to give up.⁣
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For years I have been trying to start over and over and over. Trying to change my actions to things that wouldn't trigger me.⁣
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But guess what! I'm alive and so are you! Which means we can start over as many times as we need until the feeling of moving in the right direction is more natural than the feeling of giving up 🖤 #liveyourbestlife
  • I've learned some good habits but I have also learned alot of bad habits throughout my life. ⁣

    Those bad habits almost destroyed me. I kept replacing one bad habit with another. To the point where I just wanted to give up.⁣

    For years I have been trying to start over and over and over. Trying to change my actions to things that wouldn't trigger me.⁣

    But guess what! I'm alive and so are you! Which means we can start over as many times as we need until the feeling of moving in the right direction is more natural than the feeling of giving up 🖤 #liveyourbestlife
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  • Only You can make You happy! ❤️If you’re going to decide to choose happiness.
  • Only You can make You happy! ❤️If you’re going to decide to choose happiness.
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  • Am I an alcoholic?

The difference should be made between alcohol use, alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.
It is considered that someone is an alcoholic if he/she drinks a lot. But that isn’t quite true. 
Alcoholism is characterized by loss of control over drinking and not just the amount of drink consumed. Very often, alcoholics are able to drink without getting drunk.

Everyone can become an alcoholic!

Prolonged use of alcohol affects the brain, modifying it and creating addiction. Even though it can be theorized what types of individuals are more prone to becoming alcoholics, point is that every person can develop alcohol addiction by drinking alcohol over a longer period of time.
Many people think that solving problems like alcoholism, drug use and other “mischievous behaviors” is a matter of “getting a grip” or being strong willed. Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases and as other diseases, they require to be adequately treated.
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For more information or if you think that you or your loved one is in need of help schedule Skype appointment: addiction@lorijen.center 
help@lorijen.center .
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🇷🇸 Da li sam alkoholičar?

Postoji upotreba alkohola, zloupotreba alkohola i zavisnost od alkohola.
Ljudi obično smatraju da je neko alkoholičar ako puno pije. Ali to nije zapravo istina. Alkoholizam je karakterističan po gubitku kontrole, a ne količini pića. Vrlo često, alkoholičari piju, ali se ni ne napiju.

Svako može postati alkoholičar!

Produžena upotreba alkohola utiče na mozak, menja ga i pravi zavisnost. Iako možemo teoretisati o tome koje osobe su podložnije alkoholizmu i sl., svaka osoba može uneti dovoljno alkohola u svoj sistem u produženom vremenskom trajanju i time da razvije alkoholnu zavisnost.
Često ljudi misle da je za izlazak iz problema kao što su alkoholizam, korišćenje droga i drugih „nestašnih“ ponašanja dovoljno da se osoba „uozbilji“, da se trgne, da ima čvrstu volju. Alkoholizam i narkomanija su bolesti zavisnosti i kao i druge bolesti zahtevaju određeni tretman.
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Ukoliko želite da dobijete još informacija o lečenju i zakažete svoj prvi termin - kontaktirajte nas na mail ili pozovite: +(381) 11 30 88 090  i +(381) 69 30 88 090
  • Am I an alcoholic?

    The difference should be made between alcohol use, alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.
    It is considered that someone is an alcoholic if he/she drinks a lot. But that isn’t quite true.
    Alcoholism is characterized by loss of control over drinking and not just the amount of drink consumed. Very often, alcoholics are able to drink without getting drunk.

    Everyone can become an alcoholic!

    Prolonged use of alcohol affects the brain, modifying it and creating addiction. Even though it can be theorized what types of individuals are more prone to becoming alcoholics, point is that every person can develop alcohol addiction by drinking alcohol over a longer period of time.
    Many people think that solving problems like alcoholism, drug use and other “mischievous behaviors” is a matter of “getting a grip” or being strong willed. Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases and as other diseases, they require to be adequately treated.
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    For more information or if you think that you or your loved one is in need of help schedule Skype appointment: addiction@lorijen.center
    help@lorijen.center .
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    🇷🇸 Da li sam alkoholičar?

    Postoji upotreba alkohola, zloupotreba alkohola i zavisnost od alkohola.
    Ljudi obično smatraju da je neko alkoholičar ako puno pije. Ali to nije zapravo istina. Alkoholizam je karakterističan po gubitku kontrole, a ne količini pića. Vrlo često, alkoholičari piju, ali se ni ne napiju.

    Svako može postati alkoholičar!

    Produžena upotreba alkohola utiče na mozak, menja ga i pravi zavisnost. Iako možemo teoretisati o tome koje osobe su podložnije alkoholizmu i sl., svaka osoba može uneti dovoljno alkohola u svoj sistem u produženom vremenskom trajanju i time da razvije alkoholnu zavisnost.
    Često ljudi misle da je za izlazak iz problema kao što su alkoholizam, korišćenje droga i drugih „nestašnih“ ponašanja dovoljno da se osoba „uozbilji“, da se trgne, da ima čvrstu volju. Alkoholizam i narkomanija su bolesti zavisnosti i kao i druge bolesti zahtevaju određeni tretman.
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    Ukoliko želite da dobijete još informacija o lečenju i zakažete svoj prvi termin - kontaktirajte nas na mail ili pozovite: +(381) 11 30 88 090  i +(381) 69 30 88 090
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  • I've been talking about the isolation in resiliency a lot lately. Even survival mode can also look like "she is so strong". Moving forward gets confused for "she's moved on".
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What I know about grief is there is no moving on. We move forward - with a load to carry. And sometimes it gets heavy. Almost 4.5 years later, my load is not lighter. I've gotten stronger. I've learned how to avoid its sharp edges. I've learned that accepting joy doesn't necessarily mean I'll experience all encompassing tragedy. Some days my load is so heavy I need another set of arms. I've had to learn how to ask for them (still working on that one 😬). .
When other people experience us as resilient it can be isolating because they assume 'you got this'. When the truth is you are still navigating a heavy load.
  • I've been talking about the isolation in resiliency a lot lately. Even survival mode can also look like "she is so strong". Moving forward gets confused for "she's moved on".
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    What I know about grief is there is no moving on. We move forward - with a load to carry. And sometimes it gets heavy. Almost 4.5 years later, my load is not lighter. I've gotten stronger. I've learned how to avoid its sharp edges. I've learned that accepting joy doesn't necessarily mean I'll experience all encompassing tragedy. Some days my load is so heavy I need another set of arms. I've had to learn how to ask for them (still working on that one 😬). .
    When other people experience us as resilient it can be isolating because they assume 'you got this'. When the truth is you are still navigating a heavy load.
  • 1 1 8 minutes ago
  • "I want to be with someone who is more masculine." "Crater face!" "Faggot!" "Your facial features are huge!" While inner beauty is much more important than having muscular arms, blocky abs, clear skin, or masculine traits, mainstream western culture pushes us to judge others according to what's on the outside.

I recently participated in a photoshoot with some very accepting people in Paris and let me tell you, I couldn’t stop smiling.

All of the nasty things that have been said to me over the years washed away when I stood in front of the camera wearing nothing but @myjojofr underwear and holding a bouquet of flowers. @myjojofr is “a community of people who want to be uniquely themselves, take back control of the scripts linked to their gender, and start caring for themselves and the world they live in.” This experience reminded me that I am loved for who I am and not what I look like. It is too easy to forget this, no matter how you look on the outside.

Yes, I post pictures that most people would think of as me flaunting my body. But for me, it is truly about self expression.

Expressing myself is a personal reminder to love myself for who I am, and to appreciate the unconditional love I am so fortunate to have around me.

Note: This is a photo my husband captured during the photoshoot with the talented @ninarichard1

#selfexpression #selflove #selfcare #love #expressyourself #beyourself #inspiration #motivation  #mentalhealthawareness #contentcreator #truth #creativity #mentalhealth #gayrennes #gayfrance #instagay #gaymarriage #gaygeek #gayswag #gayinsta #gayclub
  • "I want to be with someone who is more masculine." "Crater face!" "Faggot!" "Your facial features are huge!" While inner beauty is much more important than having muscular arms, blocky abs, clear skin, or masculine traits, mainstream western culture pushes us to judge others according to what's on the outside.

    I recently participated in a photoshoot with some very accepting people in Paris and let me tell you, I couldn’t stop smiling.

    All of the nasty things that have been said to me over the years washed away when I stood in front of the camera wearing nothing but @myjojofr underwear and holding a bouquet of flowers. @myjojofr is “a community of people who want to be uniquely themselves, take back control of the scripts linked to their gender, and start caring for themselves and the world they live in.” This experience reminded me that I am loved for who I am and not what I look like. It is too easy to forget this, no matter how you look on the outside.

    Yes, I post pictures that most people would think of as me flaunting my body. But for me, it is truly about self expression.

    Expressing myself is a personal reminder to love myself for who I am, and to appreciate the unconditional love I am so fortunate to have around me.

    Note: This is a photo my husband captured during the photoshoot with the talented @ninarichard1

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