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Tips for overcoming emotional pain

Spending time alone in nature can help you recover from emotional pain. Have you ever noticed that we try to avoid emotional pain at all costs? If we feel hurt or upset we immediately try to get rid of the pain or hide from it. Ironically, the more we deny our pain, the stronger it becomes.

Every life has ups and downs. Feeling emotional pain occasionally is normal, and it doesn’t mean you are “broken” or “defected.” Having both positive and negative emotions is what makes us human.

How can I feel better?

Finding ways to acknowledge your pain and then move beyond it can make your life more peaceful and enjoyable. Here are some tips for overcoming emotional pain:

Acknowledge your pain

Sometimes emotional pain demands to be felt and understood. Repressing the pain will only make it worse. Let go of any feelings of anger, disgust, or frustration you have towards yourself and your situation. Embrace your pain. Give it the attention it needs, so it can go away.

Read more about how pain and negative emotions are essential for mental health.

Give yourself time

It takes time to escape from the darkness. Be gentle with yourself. Give yourself time to rest and heal.

Let go of control

Everyone heals at their own pace. Get rid of thoughts of “why is my pain lasting so long?” and “why don’t I feel better already?” Let go of the urge to control your recovery. Letting go can help speed up the healing process.

Spend time alone with yourself

When you’re feeling pain, taking time for yourself is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Spend some time alone, in a non-pressured environment to get to know yourself and reflect on what you love about yourself.

Reach out for help

Reach out to people you love and trust for emotional support. Surround yourself with people who can make you laugh and show you how beautiful life is.

Let nature comfort and heal you

Spend some time outdoors. You will see death and destruction, but also new life and rebirth. Remember you too are part of nature. Observe and allow nature to heal and comfort you.

Turn your wounds into wisdom

Every experience happens for a reason. After overcoming a painful situation, think about how your pain has made you a stronger, better person. This will give you more hope and perspective in the future.

Remember, no pain lasts forever. This too will pass. Don’t let a painful experience make you feel like you have a painful life. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start rebuilding your beautiful life.

For more tips and help recovering from emotional pain, reach out to Big Mike. Call today, or just fill out the contact form and press Send.

Being alone vs. being lonely

In this edition of “Reflections With Big Mike,” brought to you by Recovery Renaissance, Big Mike discusses the difference between being alone and feeling lonely.

Processing your emotions and attending to the underlying causes of addictive behavior is an important step in the recovery process.

Big Mike can help you stop feeling lonely and work towards your recovery. Call now to get help, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.

Recovery without faith?

One hand reaches out for another, symbolizing the desire to reach out and help a loved one achieve recovery.In Big Mike’s latest blog on Times of Israel, he writes that when dealing with addiction, body and soul go hand in hand, both playing a key role in recovery. In order to restore your sense of self and achieve true healing, recovery needs to be approached with a holistic view, taking into account both body and soul.

“Recovery is as much a spiritual process as it is a physical one. And that shouldn’t be a surprise. When we were lost in our addiction not only did we harm our bodies and our relationships, we compromised our souls. We became slaves to our substance or behavior. It ruled our lives. Our real selves went into exile. Our Godly soul fell silent and an impostor took its place.”

Read the full article here.

Get help recovering from addiction

If you know someone struggling with an addiction, find out how Recovery Renaissance can help. Call today, or just fill out the contact form and press Send.


I don’t want to be addicted to drugs or alcohol

Recovery help for your addiction to drugs or alcohol is available
Get the freedom to enjoy your life again

If your friends or family have approached you about your drug dependency, now is the time to get help.

Big Mike, CASAP, is a certified addictions and substance abuse professional who helps men and women who are addicted to drugs, addicted to medication, addicted to alcohol, or addicted to other substances.

Help for your substance abuse

Have you had a wake up call following a DUI or other close encounter? Are you worried about losing control over your life? If you can’t stop your substance abuse and worry about becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, help is available.

Big Mike offers concierge addiction treatment. That means that he offers whatever help you need to get on track and move towards recovery.

In your case, help for a drug addiction or alcohol addiction may mean:

  • identifying and treating the cause of your addiction
  • planning your treatment
  • getting into rehab
  • getting help integrating back into life after rehab
  • preventing relapse
  • and more

You are in good hands.

Concierge help for you

Big Mike will use all of his experience and training to design and implement an individualized treatment plan for you. This plan will address both your substance abuse and accompanying problems such as anxiety or depression.

Whether you need help over the phone, help in person, help planning your recovery, or round the clock accompaniment, Big Mike will get you the treatment you need.

Get help today

Whether your recovery needs include detox, rehab, psychotherapy, or medication, Big Mike will use his network of recovery professionals to ensure that you get the best treatment for you.

Don’t wait until you hit rock bottom, make a choice to get help today. Call now, or just fill out the form and click Send.

Is your substance abuse out of control?

Is your drinking or substance abuse out of control? Get help with a substance abuse evaluation with Big Mike.
Get the keys to your recovery

Are you worried that substance abuse or drinking is taking away your control over your life?

Did you start taking marijuana or other substances in your early adulthood because “everyone was doing it”, but now don’t know how to function without it?

Has a spouse or family member told you that you have to get help for your drinking or substance abuse? Reach out for help today.

When working with Big Mike, he can help you:

  • Evaluate if you need help for substance abuse or addiction
  • Make a plan for your recovery
  • Carry out your plan for recovery
  • Stay sober and prevent a relapse

Big Mike will be with you every step of the way.

The help that you receive from Big Mike will depend on your needs and goals for recovery. If your drinking or substance abuse is out of control, no matter how bad your situation is, there is hope.

What is a substance abuse evaluation?

During your substance abuse evaluation, Big Mike will work with you to identify the problems that are setting you back.

Together you will discover whether your level of substance abuse or drinking is a problem and create a plan for your recovery.

Treatment for substance abuse, including treatment for underlying issues that contribute to your substance abuse, may be provided by Big Mike or another professional from Big Mike’s recovery network.

How do we do it?

Big Mike is available to help over the phone, online, or in person. After evaluating your situation, he can give you a referral for the treatment you require.

Whenever necessary, Big Mike will fly out to help you wherever you are and support you through a period of crisis or while getting sober.

Reach out for help today

Place yourself in safe hands. Call now to coordinate a substance abuse evaluation with Big Mike, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.


Addiction crisis intervention

Addiction crisis intervention in the USA, Canada, England, and Israel
There is hope. Reach out for help.

Do you think your son or daughter is abusing drugs but don’t know how to help?

Has your family member already attended rehab, but remains trapped in addiction?

If you are worried about the safety of a family member who is addicted to drugs, alcohol, opiates, or other substances, Big Mike, CASAP, can provide addiction crisis intervention.

Addiction crisis intervention: whatever it takes, Big Mike is here for you

Big Mike is an addiction specialist providing personalized addiction crisis intervention services for families in the US & Canada, England, Israel, and worldwide.

If your family member is in crisis, Big Mike will fly to you, pick up the addict, and accompany him or her around the clock until both he or she agrees to enter rehab and is admitted.

Once the substance abuser is in safe hands, Big Mike can work with you, providing crisis counseling and recovery planning for your family.

Concierge addiction services

Big Mike is a Certified Addictions and Substance Abuse Professional (CASAP) with over 13 years of experience helping addicts and families of addicts in crisis.

He provides concierge addiction services that are tailored to your needs and the needs of your family. Whether you need help over the phone or help in person, Big Mike is here for you.

Big Mike has years of experience building comprehensive addiction treatment programs for people and organizations. He will put the experience, and the referral network of addiction professionals he has at his disposal, to work for you.

Get help for your loved one and your family

Addiction places a terrible amount of stress on the family, but there is hope. You are not alone. Let Big Mike put his expertise to work for you.

Call now to get help, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.

About Big Mike Gondelman

Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman
Looking forward to meeting you

Leibish “Big Mike” Gondelman, CASAP

Big Mike offers 13 years experience guiding addicts and people struggling with substance abuse on the path to recovery in the U.S., Canada, England, Israel and throughout the English speaking world. Big Mike has helped hundreds of unique individuals free themselves from the grip of drug and alcohol, and each success strengthens his desire to ‘save the world, one addict at a time’.

From his work with addicts of all shapes and sizes, Big Mike knows how crucial it is to get every step of the recovery process right. He offers crisis interventionrecovery planning and counseling, informed by a deep and hard earned understanding of the needs of each individual addict.

We have all heard the saying that ‘to save one life, is to save the whole world’. Big Mike knows that “every person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique”. That’s why he designs customized recovery plans that draw fully on his extensive experience and many contacts in the field.

Big Mike can help you

  • Track down a family member and bring them to therapy
  • Create a plan to fight your addiction
  • Help your whole family cope with the stress
  • Give you the strength to avoid relapsing
  • Provide round the clock company and support in your darkest hours

Call now to speak to Big Mike Gondelman, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.

Experience & certification

In his extensive successful work with street youth as well as private clients Big Mike has, time and again, seen even apparently lost causes achieve long term sobriety.

Mike holds a Certified Addictions and Substance Abuse Professional (CASAP) international certification from the IC&RC. He has a BA in Judaic Studies from Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College and a teaching certificate from the Israeli Ministry of Education. His experience includes running group therapy sessions, individual counseling, drug testing, assessments and crisis intervention at some of the most well known Yeshivas in Jerusalem. He is also the founder and director of the Jerusalem Sober House, a “12-step based recovery program” in Israel.

Big Mike Gondelman came to Israel from New York in 2001 and currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children.

For more information on his continuing work, and to find inspiration for living a life of sobriety, follow Big Mike on Facebook.

Counseling for families of addicts

counseling for families of addicts in the USA, Canada, England, and IsraelHas your child been to rehab and you don’t know what to do?

Do you need help coping with the effects of a family member’s addiction on your family? Big Mike, CASAP, provides counseling for families of addicts.

If your family is in crisis, Big Mike can help show you the way towards recovery for the entire family.

Big Mike will sit with the entire family and go over the process – including a plan to give support to each family member.

Concierge counseling for families of addicts

When one family member becomes a substance abuser, the effects are felt by every member of the family.

Even after Big Mike brings your spouse, child, or family member to rehab, you may still be feeling the negative effects of the addiction in your home.

Big Mike is available to come help your family get out of crisis mode and return to daily life.

In counseling with Big Mike, he is available to:

  • Stay with your family and provide the help your family needs to recover as individuals and as a family
  • Work through the difficulties the addiction has caused to other members of your family
  • Deal with underlying family issues and individual issues exacerbating the situation for you and your family
  • Talk with parents about how your family affects the addict
  • Guide you in deciding what steps to take next for yourselves and the substance abuser
  • Provide emotional support and counseling to the entire family to resolve all of these issues and more

Reach out for help

Get the help you entire family needs. Counseling for families of addicts is available over the phone or online, in person, and in your home. Call now to get started, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.

Alcohol Quiz

Are you concerned that you, or a loved one, are drinking too much?

Test your alcohol use with this quiz. Remember – this quiz is not a substitute for a substance abuse or alcohol evaluation .

To request an evaluation with Big Mike (in-person and online appointments are available), please reach out today.

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