Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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Coping with Cravings

Cravings are normal and recovering addicts should expect to experience some discomfort from time to time. For most people, cravings are worst the early in addiction treatment, but they may occur weeks, months, or even longer. However, if you learn ways to to cope with the cravings ahead of time, you’ll be prepared when they occur.

Remember that cravings won’t last long. While they are unpleasant, they usually reach a peak in a few minutes or hours, and then diminish quickly – often much sooner than you expect at the outset. Knowing that the cravings won’t last makes them much easier to tolerate.

Talk to an understanding, friend or family member. If you are a member of a Twelve Step group, this is a good time to go to a meeting or call your sponsor. Don’t be embarrassed about the cravings. Talking can help you pinpoint the triggers and relieve the anxiety.

Challenge your thoughts. You may remember why you enjoyed the way alcohol or drugs made you feel, but it’s important to take time to remember the negative consequences and how much you have to lose by giving in to the cravings. It may help to write the benefits of abstinence and the negative consequences of giving in to cravings on an index card and keep it in your wallet or bag. Think about how you will feel later if you give in.

Distract yourself. Read a book. Go to a movie.  Meditate or pray. Volunteer. Write in a journal. Get moving – go for a walk or a bike ride. Physical activity helps reduce cravings and relieve stress.

Avoid triggering situations. For example, avoid contact with people and situations that remind you of drinking or drugging.

Use positive self-talk whenever you feel cravings. For example, tell yourself, “I can do this,” or “Hang on, this will pass!”

If you have been in treatment, this is a good time to revisit the tools you have learned there, may it be meditation, Yoga, exercise, art-therapy, good food and good company, meaningful activity etc. It is also important to take nutritional supplements with calming (not numbing) effects such as Magnesium, B-Vitamins or even L-Tryptophan to help you find your balance again and to reduce stress. Stress is a powerful trigger for cravings, de-stressing is a great antidote against cravings.

Reflecting on how to deal with feelings of self-worth, success and good experiences can also be helpful during cravings, so can a gratitude list, doing someone good or a favour without the person knowing are powerful act which evoke a positive neurochemical reaction in your brain which can powerfully counteract cravings.

Last but not least let the cravings tell you that it is you who “craves” to feel good and that it is your birthright to achieve this.

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