This certainly isn’t the first article to be written during the
Christmas season, whereby the author attempts to realign the reader’s
vision of the holiday with its true roots. I could talk (as many before
me have) about love, family, sharing, togetherness, selflessness; I
could talk about Jesus’ birth and all the Christian beliefs and
traditions around it.
In both physical and mental health, we know we can control a good deal.
We can choose which foods we will eat or avoid; we can choose to
exercise or keep the couch company; and we can learn how to manage or
avoid certain life stressors. However, at some point, many of us still
believe other factors are well outside our control: namely, genes.
In the world of addictions, most of us are well-versed in the usual
suspects: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription medications.
We recognize the signs and symptoms, can create a comprehensive
treatment plan and support a client in the detox process, and even in
the case of relapse.
Anyone who has worked with people with addictions and particularly challenging mental health issues, such as eating disorders – if he or she is being honest – will tell you that frustration is a familiar companion on the journey to recovery…or relapse, as the case may often be.