Jackie
Now working as a researcher and writer, Jackie had a former career in property management. The stressful nature of the work meant that she ended up having to leave the industry after her battling problems with anxiety and panic. In her spare time she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues. She's a mum to two young girls and is hoping to teach them about supporting others who also have health challenges

Essential Oil Aromatherapy for Relaxation during Recovery

Stress and anxiety can be a trigger for relapse, which is why aiming to achieve a mindful, relaxed state is so important during recovery. In one study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, it was found that a 15-minute aromatherapy massage significantly reduced anxiety in study participants, who chose from different essential oils, including lavender, bergamot, and patchouli. There is no doubt that fragrant smells can lift our mood and please our senses, but can they go further than this? Can essential oils/aromatherapy help provide those in recovery with a welcome sense of peace and calm? Aromatherapy and Cravings According to studies carried out by RJ Buckle Associates, aromatherapy can help quell cravings and ameliorate withdrawals. Essential oils used in the study included angelica, helichrysum, and lavender. Indeed, studies have long shown that there is a strong link between smells and food cravings, or a desire for alcohol and substances. These studies show… Continue reading

Finding Home After Addiction: Accommodation Options For Those In Recovery

One in 10 Americans over age 12 find themselves dealing with addiction. For the millions of people living with the chronic condition, an important part of the recovery process is not simply seeking treatment, but maintaining a healthy life post-addiction. Both for those who are newly sober and those who have been in recovery for years, going back to normal life afterwards is difficult. The routine aspects of everyday living – such as renting a home – can be limited by a number of different factors. In addition, environmental factors including your home environment can influence your recovery. Therefore, it is important that your home is somewhere that supports your recovery journey. Renting After Rehab Most people in recovery find themselves having to deal with the financial complications of their addiction. Poor financial decisions under the influence and drug-related debt can impact your finances, including earnings and savings. This takes time to repay,… Continue reading

How to Craft a Soothing Home Environment During Recovery – By Jackie

In the United States alone, over 9,800 people live in self-run post-addiction treatment dwellings where they obtain jobs, pay utility bills, and learn to be responsible citizens. However, not everybody has the luxury to spend time in such a dwelling after treatment. After receiving treatment for some sort of addiction, whether in the hospital or in some sort of healing community, most people have to return to the real world and head back home. This real world can feel like an environment which is stressful and high-risk, which makes it incredibly important to learn how to create a soothing, stress-free home environment in which to recover properly. Promote Familiarity to Encourage Comfort Welcoming a person in recovery back home is a delicate time for everybody involved. Whether they’re you’re spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ll want to put some time and thought into the atmosphere they’ll be recovering in. Because this is such… Continue reading

The Role of Nutrition and Supplementation in Recovery – By Jackie

Addiction takes a lot out of a person, often leaving the body devoid of essential nutrients, even during recovery.   Studies have shown that a nutrient deficiency, coupled with alcohol or drugs, can severely disrupt the body and mind’s ability to function as required.  This can lead to multiple deficiencies and imbalances, malnutrition, and in extreme cases, death.  The recovery process in itself is often a long, trying, and gradual process with nutrition requiring ample attention.   While following a healthy diet filled with wholesome food is the most effective way to get the nutrients you need, many people choose to supplement their diet with added vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, not all supplements are created equal and some can do more harm than they do good, making it vitally important to understand the importance of nutrition during recovery as well as how to responsibly supplement your diet if needed. Why is nutrition so important during… Continue reading

Live Your Best Life by Exercising Outside – By Jackie

Plenty of things have been said about the road to recovery. It takes time,  patience and healing etc. etc. In truth, it can be like climbing Everest backwards and then starting from the bottom again. It’s hard, and like all things in life, it’s a journey. There are ways to make this road a little bit easier of course. Consider for example, the great but oft overlooked outdoors, or mother nature. Numerous studies have shown that nature has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. The connection between the outdoors and mental health reveal overall reduction of stress, anxiety as well as physical benefits such as lower blood pressure and boosting energy. By going outside and exercising, a healthy new start is on the horizon. The Connection Between the Outdoors and Mental Health Getting out into the great outdoors and into nature has been proven to be an important link for mental wellbeing.… Continue reading