The Limits of Open, Honest Communication

At the end of 2017, I am reflecting on the importance of open, honest communication. And when mental health, alcohol or other drug problems are involved communication can become difficult. Despite our good intentions we can end up challenging and questioning the people we love with a view to helping them to see the error of their ways and take their medication, stop drinking and stop drug taking. But here's the thing. When someone is not ready to change then no amount of challenging or questioning is going to make change happen. In fact, the opposite can happen and we can drive people away. So being open and honest is limited and needs to focus on strengthening relationships. This can happe

Christmas Lights and Hope for the Future

Christmas can be a time that is not very merry for a lot of people especially if mental health, alcohol or other drugs have taken over. It can be a time of sadness when families can't connect and where the pressure of buying gifts grows out of control. In sum, Christmas can be a time of increased stress and worry in terms of family relationships and finances. But here's the thing. We have a choice about how we go about our day. We can let those problems bury us in sadness, stress and worry. Or we can seek to rise above it all. We can get busy looking after ourselves by catching those negative thoughts before they take hold. We can get up and notice small things that might brighten up our day

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