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Alcohol addiction counseling can help

alcohol addiction counselingWhen suffering from an addiction with alcohol, it can be difficult to see how counseling could help. Alcohol addiction many times is a symptom of a deeper issue. Because of this, it may be hard to see that you have an addiction at all. Alcohol is used by many in order to self medicate. This is typically to drown out or numb a deeply rooted issue that one may not be ready to deal with or realize is actually affecting them. It is often easier to treat the symptom rather than the cause. Getting down to the nitty gritty of your problems is imperative to a healthy life both mentally and physically. Alcohol addiction counseling can help.

If alcohol has become a trouble in your life that is bleeding into other parts of your life, such as your job or your relationships, it is time to consider getting some help. Recovery from addiction can be a long road if travelled alone. We often get in our own heads and just having the perspective of another, especially who is objective, is priceless. We are then able to get out of our own way and make some progress toward personal growth.

You do not have to go it alone. There are many ways you can experience addiction counseling. There are one to one sessions, group therapy sessions, community and church workshops, retreats as well as online options. Finding a community of those who are also going through the same challenges as you can often facilitate power transformations. Empowering one another and supporting each other’s efforts is at the cornerstone of group therapy. Hearing about the experiences and emotions of others is a powerful way to help you navigate through your own feelings and struggles.

Alcohol addiction counseling can also help you to find healthier more positive ways to manage your stress and your emotions. Addiction can be tackled in many different ways. Adding activities into your life can help to shift perspectives on how you deal with stressful situations. Instead of reaching for a drink, take a rock climbing class instead. Instead of using alcohol to help you sleep, try meditation and breathing exercises. Yoga is also a great way to improve your stress management, alleviate anxiety and encourage a sounder sleep. Proper nutrition can also be a substitute for bad habits. When you take better care of yourself in some ways, you tend to make better choices in other areas of your life too.

Not only will you be improving your quality of life by adding healthier activities into your daily routine, you will also be improving the quality of your self-love. Self-acceptance is the most important thing on the road to recovery. It is the foundation of the programs at the Center for Recovery. They believe in treating the whole person and the underlying issue, not just your symptoms of alcohol abuse. Addiction counseling is an important step in your journey and the Center for Recovery is there for you every step of the way.

Five features to look for in an electric bike

electric bicyclesElectric bikes are a relatively new concept and they are taking the nation by storm. Now that people are realizing the many benefits of eBikes, they are being used for both personal and businesses uses. Personally, eBikes are appealing because they encourage pedaling. That is to say, it makes it easier to travel by bicycle encouraging confidence and a willingness to take more trips. When purchasing a new electric bicycle, here are some features to look for:

1. An Audio Connection

What is a bicycle upgrade without an infusion of technology? Make your rides more bearable or perhaps your workday more uplifting by adding a smart phone holder to your eBike model. This way you can listen to favorite tunes while you are cruising to your destination or even around the park. You can also add a capability that will allow you to track your eBike with an app that is installed on your smart phone. This is a great feature if you like to track your distance and speed for fitness reasons, but it can also help you to track your distance and speed for the purposes of travel reimbursements and productivity.

2. Customization

Customization is the key to making an eBike your own. Depending on what your needs are, you will need different features and functionalities. There are so many colors, styles and accessories to choose from that you are sure to find a solution that works for you. Do not forget that you can also add on accessories later. EBikes are super versatile which also adds to their appeal.

3. Long Battery Life

The most important feature when selecting an electric bike is how long the battery will last. Just like your cell phone, depending on how much you use it will affect how often you have to charge the battery. An eBike works the same way except that the battery “life” is in increments of how many miles you are able to travel on the charge. Look for charges with will allow travel over 50 miles per charge. This is especially important for those the use eBikes for their businesses as employees can drive great distances in a day.

4. Lighter in Weight

Adding motorization to a traditional bike also means adding more weight to your ride. Finding a balance between a battery and motor pack that has a long life but is also very light may be a challenge. However, try to find a solution that gives you the best of both, if possible.

5. Licensed for Road Use

If you are using electric bikes for business purposes, you have to make sure that you purchase a model that is licensed for road use; otherwise you are confined to off-road uses.

As mentioned before, there are so many ways that you customize your new electric bicycle to give a style that is completely unique to you and your needs. It is always helpful to consult with an industry professional to get an idea of what options are out there and how you can better equip your ride and your lifestyle.