Do’s and Don’ts for Friends of Bereaved Parents

The J.O.S.H. Foundation have compiled a list of things to do (or not do) for people who have friends who have lost a child. This is an excellent slideshow, well-worth taking note of and circulating.

If you have not read them, please also spend some time reading Ian and Irene’s and Sue’s Stories of loss and recovery. 

Managing Your ‘New Life’ by Green-In-MI

people on zebra crossingSpotted this excellent blog on the SMART Recovery website. 

“Getting used to sober life can be a process of adjusting in a number of ways.”
One of the things the SMART community talks about is making changes in your life as part of the process for sustained abstinence from your drug of choice or problem behavior. People share experiences like creating new circles of friends or even moving to new places or cities.

SMART specifically talks about finding one or more VACIs (Vitally Absorbing Creative Interests). A number of us spent an awful lot of time planning on using, using, and recovering from using. For many of us, our drug of choice was the focus of day-to-day life.

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