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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]