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Sep 09

Recovery From Trauma or Abuse: It’s Not Just Physical

By David Watkins | Blog

Many people don’t realize it, but physical and mental recovery are both linked together. You literally cannot have one without the other, especially if you have been through both physical and emotional abuse.

The recovery process after escaping a traumatic living situation is a hard, complicated and often lonely road. Yet it is still quite possible for you to be able to heal from the abuse you have endured and live a relatively peaceful life. It all starts with your mental condition once you determine that you are ready to start the recovery process. If you start trying to heal from damaging experiences while still telling yourself in your mind that you are an absolute worthless failure, you really are not going to get anywhere in the recovery process. You need to be strong enough to understand that what happened to you wasn’t your fault and to move on into the unknown future. It will be out of your comfort zone, as abuse and trauma is all that you are used to, but you will adjust quickly as long as you ensure that physically there is nothing in your environment to remind you of the dark times you went through.

Really, it’s not that hard to come out of the fear and depression that engulfs you after you escape trauma or abuse. As long as you concentrate on making sure that you have a safe, supportive environment and don’t have anything in your life that will drag you back, you can make your recovery quick and relatively easy. Just take the time to mentally clear things out and make sure that your surroundings are not contributing to the unavoidable negative energy that you will experience in life.

If you are having trouble keeping things under control while adjusting to your new life free from trauma and abuse, don’t panic. This is completely normal, as you are experiencing a huge transition in your life. It is recommended that you find a psychotherapist who can help you process the emotions and feelings you are experiencing during this trying time in your life.

Feb 09

Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

By David Watkins | Blog

Today I want to talk about a different kind of recovery. The recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Substance use disorder affects millions of people all over the United States. But just like recovery from an injury, going through recovery from an addiction is difficult. Every day, you have to work your “sobriety muscles” until you get stronger and stronger in a clean lifestyle.

Unfortunately, there seems to be a negative stigma associated with the treatment of addiction in this country. This doesn’t make any sense. We don’t judge those who are recovering from injuries so why do we judge those who are recovering from addictions and substance use disorder? We don’t judge diabetic patients who need treatment so why should we judge those who have the disease of addiction?

If you have a drug or alcohol addiction, one of the hardest things to do is to admit that you need outside help. But most people cannot get better on their own. There is no shame in admitting this. You are taking the first step to getting your life back, and that’s definitely a good thing.

So what can you do if you discover that you need help? First, you need to find treatment. This may mean inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. If you are addicted to a substance that also causes physical dependence — like alcohol, opiates, or benzodiazepines — you may also need medically supervised detox. Fortunately, there are many different options available to you if you are seeking rehab like The Recovery Village in Washington.

After you have successfully completed a rehab program, you need to join some type of recovery program like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or SMART Recovery. Your loved ones may also want to go to Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings. In recovery meetings, you will meet other like-minded individuals who are just as committed to living a life free of drugs and alcohol.

Jan 18

Full Recovery

By David Watkins | Blog , Full recovery , Injuries , Positive thinking , Sports , Therapy

Everyone who is into sports have to experience how it is when you get injured. It is not nice, it is very hard, it brings a whole lot of troubles with it and it affects the athlete both physically and mentally. Recovery is not easy either and it takes a lot of effort, time but most of all strong will and positive thinking in order for an athlete to get back on track and continue with doing what they love the most

 

There is one painful truth about recovery, it can be more painful and hard than all the previous workout. Getting fitter is not easy by itself, there is no question about it, but, full recovery after getting seriously injured as an athlete can be more challenging than all the workout put together. There is one good thing that comes from it though, the moral victory of coming out as a winner.

Most of the time, athletes who manage to fully recover from getting injured, come back twice as decisive than ever before and they start scoring higher than ever before. You could say that getting injured helped them to become better but you would be wrong. It did not help them to become better, it simply showed them what they were missing on while recovering and that is the most important aspect of the recovery process.

That mental fight with yourself will result in two things, either you will quit or you will work harder than ever. Full recovery is about restoring balance to your life. Homeostasis is very important for the athletes who are looking to get back into sports. That is why homeostasis or the period of recovery is where you need to regain the balance and get all your body systems in order.

Through this repair, through this mental fight, you hope that you will become stronger than before which will allow you to become a better athlete. The level of fitness determines the duration of the recovery period. There is no rushing this as the body has its own tempo of regeneration.

Jan 18

Therapy

By David Watkins | Blog , Full recovery , Injuries , Positive thinking , Sports , Therapy

Sports Rehabilitation process is not easy and it takes a lot of time and effort in order to work. Athletes who are looking to get back on the track could not do that without various therapies that make their healing process complete.

Most of the time, physical therapists are of the greatest help to the injured athletes who are looking to recover from undergoing surgery of any sort. Even if they did not undergo any surgery, they still need some kind of therapy in order to get better and get well.

They need to be completely sure that they have been rehabilitated before they continue with their everyday sports activities simply because if the injury comes back, it usually comes back twice as bad. So, they have to be sure that the injury has healed and they are free to go back. Usually, these therapies involve a variety of programs and treatment options all combined in order to ensure a return to the optimal mobility, function, and strength.

The best thing to do is to focus on individualized treatment interventions, which are commonly specified for post-surgical rehabilitation protocols. This is where physical therapists come into play as they play a very important role in determining and establishing some goals for the therapy and treatment. They will assess and evaluate your physical and mental state since they are a highly skilled staff who have been trained and educated for such situations.

They know a huge variety of postoperative procedures that could be helpful during the therapy sessions for full recovery. Listening to their advice is the best therapy among them all. Now, the most important aspect of treating an athlete is to address their needs completely and fully. Their shape is everything to them and suffering an injury related to sports will greatly influence their performance.

This is where physical therapy comes into play as well and it involves sports medicine rehab and orthopedic activities, which are the best for treating injuries. This also involves creating a plan of activities that are part of your rehabilitation treatment, resulting in full recovery.

Jan 18

Surgery

By David Watkins | Blog , Full recovery , Injuries , Positive thinking , Sports , Therapy

Professional athletes and sportsmen get injured just like anyone else. When this occurs, some injuries require surgical intervention. This can be fatal to their careers but it does not have to be necessarily so. The recovery process after the intervention greatly depends on the mental health of the athlete.

Many of them will battle with dark thoughts how their lives are over, how all the invested time was a big fail and they got nothing done despite all the investment. They will be greatly disappointed with themselves and with life in general. Still, there is one good thing in this. Professional athletes have whole teams of experts available to them that will guide them through the whole process and convince them that it is totally normal to get injured in their line of work and that it happens even to the best.

This sort of thinking can reflect very positively on the mental health of the athlete, giving him the much needed and necessary strength to push forward and move away from the unfortunate event. Still, not every athlete has this privilege and not all of them have the same mental strength that will get them through the worst. Most of the time, they are their own worst enemies and the negative thinking can greatly slow down the recovery process.

This will further reflect negatively on their overall shape and their performance might never be the same. The best thing to do is not think like this at all. You may not have the same resources as the professional athletes but, you can learn from their examples and try to remember the most important thing that you are the one who holds all the cards and everything you do will reflect on you and your sports career.

If you wish hard enough to get better, you will eventually. If you tell yourself that you can make it through it, you will. It is important that you take enough rest for your injury to heal and go to rehab. Also, ask around about active compression and trans-cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

Jan 18

The injury

By David Watkins | Blog , Full recovery , Injuries , Positive thinking , Sports , Therapy

People who are really into sports, tend to dedicate all their lives to what they love the most. So, when they get injured, it reflects badly on their shape and body and on their mental health as well. This is not only about feeling pain, this is about feeling helpless because of being unable to do what makes you happy the most. Sportsmen who get injured can get depressive after it which eventually causes them to quit sports and turn to drug and alcohol abuse. So, this is not something that comes and goes easy, not at all.

There is a lot going on there. With time and training, sportsmen tend to get into shape and have developed their own technique, endurance and strength. They have invested their time, effort and money to get where they are now and when they get injured, they instantly feel upon it like their whole world has crumbled down and they have been left on their own.

Before the injury, they lived to perform but now it seems that life has lost its meaning. So, how to cope with the period of time that comes after seeing a sports medicine specialist who only confirmed your worst fear? Well, first of all, one day at the time. No matter how bad your injury is, there is always a way that you can recover from it. All you have to do is be patient.

Even if you do not feel any pain at all, it still does not mean that you have fully recovered from it. Also, getting a professional help and therapy sessions would be great. Your body needs recovery but your mental health needs it too. If you want to be fully capable to do things you have been able to do before the injury, you will have to clear with it in your head as well. Your parents and loved ones, as well as your coach and trainer, should be sensitive to the issues of the injury because it has been proven that this can significantly speed up the recovery process.