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 […]

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. […]

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 Heal from Regret?

Regret is a painful part of life and an unfortunate part of the addiction journey. We usually find ourselves still coping with regret even well into our recovery process. We find ourselves still living with the guilt, shame, disappointment and embarrassment we feel from our regrets. We’re still filled with sadness and remorse, even years […]

The Benefits of Experiential Therapy

Many treatment centers are now including Experiential Therapy (ET) in their addiction recovery programs, and there are many benefits to this particular kind of therapy. What exactly is ET, and how can it help us? ET, which is sometimes referred to as Occupational Therapy or Recreational Therapy, refers to various kinds of therapy and therapeutic […]

Finding Healthy Replacement Coping Skills

When we start to analyze ourselves and our addictions more closely, we’re able to gain more understanding around what purposes our addictions were serving in our lives. This process can help us to find better, healthier replacements for them. The idea is to develop healthy coping skills we can rely on instead of the default […]

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 […]