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Mental Health Moment: You CAN follow through

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, most days the thought that repeats in my head is, “I don’t want to do this.”

However, every day I drag myself — sometimes kicking and screaming — to do that specific activity (mostly exercise or work) to which I’ve made a commitment. 

Because, after I do it, I always feel better about myself for following through. 

If you need a few minutes to calm down from a little stress, this video should be useful to you.

Forcing myself to stick to the commitments I’ve made and not being lenient on myself when it comes to my responsibilities has been the foundation of my sobriety/life for more than 5 years. 

It gives me an easy win that builds more confidence every single day. It’s a built-in uplifting moment in my days when I follow through and win that small battle. 

Sobriety, change and bettering your mental health, as I’ve said before, is a process. 

And if you don’t take that seriously or really commit to the things you’ve said you would, you’re also not really changing. 

Unfortunately, you’re just an addict who doesn’t use. 

Yes, no question, this is still immensely better than using and further potentially harming yourself. 

However, it doesn’t afford a recovering addict the life they do and have always deserved. 

Don’t just stop doing the things that harmed you. You have to also change the behaviors that let them hurt you in the first place. 

You CAN have good mental health

You CAN be happy. You CAN be different. You CAN have a life that you love to live — free of the emotional/mental bonds of the past. 

You are NOT a lost cause. 

You’re a work in progress. We all are. Keep working on yourself.  I promise you it will be worth it

There is Help

Vivent Health offers fentanyl test strips, so that users can determine the presence of fentanyl in other substances. For more information, call 262-657-6644.

Kenosha County Public Health also offers free training and supplies of Narcan, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. For more information, visit or call 262-605-6741.

The Kenosha County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resource Center may be reached from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 262-764-8555

The Kenosha County Crisis Hotline operated is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 262-657-7188. Kenosha Human Development Services operates the hotline.

EP 14: Do what you can Inside the Mind of Daniel Thompson

In this episode, I talk about how changing ones area of focus can make the difference between meaningfully addressing an issue or just giving up on trying to entirely. — Support this podcast:
  1. EP 14: Do what you can
  2. Ep. 13: The problem of being overly positive
  3. Ep. 12: 'Where have you been?'
  4. Ep. 11: 'Framing and Sobriety'
  5. Ep. 10: 'Loneliness is part of life.'

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