Let me be the first to congratulate you for your courage. Working on improving your mental health is a great investment in yourself!
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Stuart, FL
Supervised by Dr. Jamie Brodarick (MT 2817)
Let’s talk about why men are not supposed to cry even though it releases the body’s natural morphine in the brain. Unfortunately, we were programmed that showing emotions is a weakness, however, the real weakness is the shameful actions that come from surprising those emotions.
The way I view addictions in general are that they are really good/bad coping skills. My approach is to not focus on the negatives, but rather, utilize your strengths to concur what you want to improve. My three step approach of identify, reframe, and maintain is designed to help kick those unhealthy habits.
Unfortunately, religion likes to twist scripture to THEIR liking. What religion doesn’t understand is that that mindset pushes people away from Jesus, rather than curious. God didn’t design us to be judgmental, closed-off, or pretentious. We were only called to love.