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Building a Sense of Belonging While Depressed

Many people become depressed because they feel like they do not fit in anywhere. They can have black and white thinking in that if they do not have any friends or are not close with their family, they cannot fit in anywhere. There is always somewhere for you to belong as long as you are […]

How Do You Speak to Your Boss About Mental Health?

Many people are afraid to tell their boss about their mental health in fear this could lead to job termination. This can mean taking leaves of absences or having to rush to go to a therapy appointment because you do not want to tell your boss the whole story. It is important to not be […]

How Do You Exercise When You Are Depressed?

When you are depressed, you may not have the energy to get up out of bed and exercise. The truth is that if you are suffering from depression, not being active will just leave you alone in your depressive thoughts and not give you any hope of getting better. By exercising, you release feel-good endorphins […]

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 […]

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. […]