Strengthening Our Willpower

Our addictions and mental health issues have a way of making us feel disempowered and vulnerable. We lose our hope, our optimism and our faith. We become disheartened. We feel as though we’re totally overpowered and controlled by our issues. We feel that we’ve lost our willpower along with our ability to withstand temptation. This […]

What Are Some Behavioral Addictions?

We commonly associate addiction with dependence on drugs and alcohol, but as addicts we know that any substance or behavior can become addictive for us. We can use anything to try and self-medicate our mental health issues, to numb our pain and cope with the demands of our lives. When we are trying to escape […]

Changing Our Limiting Beliefs Around Addiction

As we’re working to heal, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is change our limiting beliefs around our addictions, our ability to heal and our identity as addicts. When we’re struggling with addiction, we tend to believe that we aren’t strong enough to heal. We don’t think we’re capable of doing […]

How Do We Know When We Are Forming A Dependence?

Many of us will have a long history with substance use before ever realizing that we have developed a dependence. We might not feel we have a problem with it, until over time we’ve begun to abuse the substances we’ve been using to help ourselves cope. Substance abuse and dependence can sometimes take us by […]

Self-Love as a Healing Tool

Of all the things we learn as we’re working to heal, self-love might be the most important. Without it, we might always be vulnerable to the temptations, addictive urges and compulsiveness that lead to relapse, that feed off of our insecurity, our self-hatred and our lack of groundedness. We might always be susceptible to the […]

What Are Some Warning Signs of Addiction in Children?

Alcohol and drug use are rampant in our culture, and overusing and abusing them are popularized and glamorized every day by our mainstream media and entertainment outlets. Young people are brainwashed into thinking that substance abuse represents coolness, popularity and likeability. Young people are experimenting at younger and younger ages, being pressured and influenced by […]

Setting Boundaries in Our Recovery

Some of the most important work we do in our recovery is the work we do around setting boundaries in our relationships. As we’re working to heal, we have to decide what boundaries we need to have with certain people in our lives, then implement and maintain those boundaries consistently and with conviction. Setting boundaries […]

Why Do We Need to Heal as a Family?

Addiction is often considered a family disease because the issues affecting the addict are also often affecting other family members as well. The root causes of our mental and emotional unwellness are often part of the larger family picture, rather than being isolated issues that only the addict suffers from. In addition, addiction can be […]

How Mindfulness Can Help Us in Our Recovery

When we practice mindfulness, we increase our conscious awareness, our understanding, and the attention and energy we give to something. Applying this to our addiction recovery, becoming more mindful means we gain clarity, awareness and understanding as we learn more about our thoughts, our emotions and the issues contributing to our addictions and mental illnesses. […]

How Are Our Family Members Affected by Our Addictions?

Support groups are well known for helping us cope with our addictions and mental health issues. Family members can also benefit tremendously from attending support groups, and there are ones specifically designed for the loved ones of addicts. There are particular issues unique to their specific experiences, and they can be struggling with difficult emotions […]