When a loved one is addicted to substances, it becomes a struggle for the whole family. The person that you once knew may now be replaced by a version of themselves that is hardly recognizable. Someone who was once happy, friendly, welcoming, and trustworthy, may now be depressed, angry, confrontational, and dishonest. As you watch the person you love go down the dark road of addiction, it is very easy to be taken down that road with them. Your efforts to support them and save them can easily turn into you draining financial resources, becoming emotionally exhausted, and alienating other people in your life. How do you support someone that is struggling with an addiction to substances without enabling or losing sight of who you are as a person? It’s something that we must learn how to do with practice, trial and error, and patience.[Read more…]
Stress management is more important than we may think. It’s very easy to say “Well, everyone has stress”. The truth of the matter is that everyone’s stress is different and so is the way that our body and mind respond to it. What is “simple, every day stress” for one person can be life changing and mood altering for another person. It is important to learn more about ourselves and our stress, so we can do preventative work and make positive changes.
For some people, stress may be caused by external factors, such as a high-stress work environment, strained relationships, financial difficulties, or recent, major life changes. For others, stress may be caused by negative self-talk or a distorted perception of daily living activities. Many people also experience a combination of external stressors and negative thoughts. There are ways to sort through stressful situations or thoughts and change the way we view certain situations, so we can move towards a healthier style of living.
We provide services here at the library to address stressful situations and learn stress management skills. There are individual appointments available with licensed social workers to obtain referrals to community resources, such as mental health treatment providers, financial assistance, or housing. We also offer stress management workshops to teach time management skills, ways to identify and change negative thoughts, and how to set better boundaries in relationships. Please contact the library during normal business hours for more information. A voicemail can also be left for the social workers at 631-605-7334 and someone will return your call within 48 hours.