The Effects of Addiction on the Body and Brain

Addiction is a complex disease that can have significant impacts on the brain and body. It can change the way the brain works, which is what controls the way a person thinks, feels, talks, and moves. On top of that, the brain controls the function of all the other organs in the body. These organs, […]

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug to Harder Substances?

For many years, there has been a division about the long- and short-term effects of marijuana. Many people argue that marijuana is safe because the withdrawals are not as intense as they are with other substances. There is also a misconception that marijuana is not addictive. However, this is not the case. According to the […]

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 […]

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. […]

How Does Self-Judgment Impact Relapse?

Through our recovery work, we learn that being judgmental with ourselves and down on ourselves only makes us feel worse about ourselves and more insecure, causing us to be more likely to turn to our addictions to make ourselves feel better. Our feelings of security, stability, groundedness and centeredness are all fragile when we’re working […]