New Study Shows Vaping Can Cause Heart Issues and Depression

It is commonly believed that vaping is a safer way to smoke a cigarette compared to when it is rolled up in its natural form. The problem is that with this belief spreading, more young adults are continuing to vape, arguing that it is safe. A new study by the University of Kansas School of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making the Conscious Choice to Heal

When we are ready to do the work it takes to recover, the first and most important step we must take is making the conscious choice to heal. During our struggles with addiction and mental illness, we very often weren’t mindful of our behaviors, our tendencies, and our patterns. We weren’t conscious of our actions […]

Enlisting Support in Recovery

Much of the work we do in recovery is independent work we have to do on our own. We have to dig deep, do some intense soul-searching, and examine our patterns and cycles with honesty, openness and transparency. We have to learn more about ourselves and increase our mindfulness and self-awareness. We have to confront […]

How Can We Apply Mindfulness to Help Us Overcome Addictive Urges?

Practicing mindfulness helps us to develop our awareness, our understanding, our intuition and our strength around any particular issue. One of the most difficult challenges that will arise in our recovery is the temptation we feel around our drugs of choice and the addictive urges that hit us. We can feel powerless to withstand them. […]

Dealing with Toxic People in Our Lives

As we’re working to recover, one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and our mental health is learn how to handle the toxic people in our lives. Many of us feel that our addictive behaviors and mental illnesses are compounded by the stress we experience in our relationships. We have partnerships, […]