A relapse can be big or small. For example, maybe you took a sip of wine in celebration or binge ate whilst in recovery for an eating disorder or maybe you self harmed. All of these things are normal for someone in recovery. Here are five quick things to think about post-relapse:
Candace Davis is TLC's Social Media intern. She has a penchant for writing about those with mental health struggles and all things social media.
Seeking counseling has always had a negative connotation, especially in BIPOC cultures. I know that in my culture, a lot of individuals do not want to seek counseling because they feel as though counseling is for “crazy people” or they do not want to be labeled. Sadly, they choose to deal with problems on their own or self-medicate which sometimes causes more stress and depression. Fortunately, more and more people are enlightened about how freeing counseling is, but there are still others who are uneducated about the importance and value of counseling.
4 Reasons why is counseling important:
Seek Counseling: Let’s ditch the stigma around seeking counseling when you need it. Look at it this way, if you see a doctor for your medical needs, why not see a counselor for your mental needs? I cannot stress enough how freeing and liberating counseling it is as it truly promotes a healthier way of living. If you ever thought about receiving counseling give it a try!
Patricia Jallah is a Master Level Therapist Intern at TLC. She specializes in Substance Use Disorder treatment and works with teens (14-19 y/o), adults and seniors who also experience depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder.