Thursday, June 14, 2012

Walking away from unhealthy lifestyles

Survivors of domestic violence may carry excess baggage. It is not unheard of for people to self-abuse, exhibit risk taking behaviors or to have problems with drugs or alcohol. Walking away from unhealthy lifestyles can be as difficult as walking away from abuse. Drug use or other unhealthy behaviors begin as a way to cope with the pain that comes from being a survivor of abuse.

Learning new lifestyle patterns can bring a deeper level of healing. The walk may be tough but abuse survivors can do walk away from abuse and into wholeness. Drug rehab and overcoming other issues won't happen overnight. However; it will come and it can begin right now.

Our affirmation for today is:

For right now, I will walk away from
unhealthy patterns in my life which once
held me captive.

Unhealthy lifestyles don't have to keep abuse survivors in bondage. A domestic violence program, therapist, support group or Addiction treatment center can help you find your way. Abuse survivors are strong. We have the ability (and the right) to develop good self-care skills, form supportive relationships and to learn how to overcome. Most of all, we deserve to be happy. Walking away from unhealthy lifestyles can help us find out how good life can become.

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