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Fall In Love With Acceptance

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:02 am
by Administrator
Recovery Without Barriers
February is Black History Month, a time for celebrating and honoring those who have contributed to a more accepting and loving world. Most are very familiar with activists Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but fewer people are aware of lesser-known individuals, such as Dr. Paul B. Cornely.
Dr. Cornely (1906-2002), was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement, advocating for the desegregation of medical facilities and decreasing disparities in medical care among the underserved. In the summer of 1963, he acted as the local medical coordinator during the August 28 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. (1)
While there have been many strides forward, barriers such as lack of insurance, inability to pay, and cultural stigma often prevent individuals within the Black community from seeking and/or receiving the quality healthcare they need — particularly when it comes to mental health and addiction recovery. Gambling addiction does not discriminate against age, race, gender, or socio-economic status and neither should access to recovery treatment. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) proudly offers free counseling to ALL Floridians experiencing difficulties due to gambling. To learn more about the FCCG's Recovery Path Program, additional resources or for more information, contact Florida's 24-7, confidential, multilingual problem gambling HelpLine, 888-ADMIT-IT today.
The Importance of Self-Love
Anyone who has experienced a serious breakup will tell you that the aftermath can be a very difficult time, especially when you finally call it off with a gambling addiction. It's not uncommon to struggle with self-love and forgiveness throughout the recovery process — more so when confronted with how your gambling has impacted others or if you have relapsed. While mending relationships may be a priority, it is essential to first focus on healing your relationship with yourself. Find self-compassion. It is impossible to find love without compassion. Compassion is defined as "sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others".
Self-compassion is a similar concept, encouraging self-transformation through acceptance and understanding. It reminds us that mistakes come with being human and should not define us. Self-compassion has been linked to a decrease in anxiety, depression, shame, and fear of failure.
Strengthen self-esteem. Research suggests a strong correlation between low self-esteem and the prevalence of addiction. One way to strengthen self-esteem is to engage in exercise or physical activity. Many who increase their physical strength discover inner-strength along the way. Another way to increase self-esteem is to utilize the power of words. Consider a time when you have been recognized for making a positive impact in someone's life or reflect and write down positive thoughts about yourself.