Why is Self-Compassion Better Than Self-Judgment?

Self-compassion is a healthier coping skill we can use to replace our very harmful habits of self-judgment and self-deprecation. Being kind to ourselves, patient, understanding and forgiving with ourselves and our mistakes will yield far better results than beating ourselves up ever could. When you mess up, as we often do, remind yourself that you […]

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 is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Those of us living with addiction are also often struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What is PTSD and how does it affect us? Our mental illnesses affect each […]

Signs We Don’t Respect Ourselves

We associate the recovery process with tackling our addictions and working to get sober. Within that process is the very important work of building our self-love and repairing our self-respect. Our addictions and mental health issues have contributed to the destructive patterns of mistreating ourselves, devaluing and demeaning ourselves, and not acknowledging our worth. We […]

Why Do Mental Illnesses Co-Occur Alongside Addiction?

When we’re living with addiction and mental illness, we’re often not conscious of the deeply rooted issues at the core of our mental and emotional challenges. We know we’re in pain, we know we’re suffering, but we’re not sure why. We haven’t yet traced our difficulties back to the traumatic experiences we endured. We haven’t […]

Nobody Is At Fault For Your Loved One’s Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease and can be attributed to physical, psychological, and social vulnerabilities. While these factors can influence drug or alcohol use, no one is at fault for your loved one’s addiction. Addiction happens to anyone, regardless of race, sex, age, and social status. Blaming someone for a loved one’s addiction is hurtful […]

What Do I Do To Support Veterans Suffering with PTSD and Addiction?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.” Veterans who sacrifice their lives to defend our country often come back home from combat with post-traumatic […]

How Do Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction Relate?

“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).” Mental health conditions are linked to drug and alcohol use disorders and addiction. Post-traumatic stress disorder […]

The Importance of Using Supportive Language in Your Loved One’s Recovery

Many people do not seek treatment because of the stigma surrounding addiction. Anyone can suffer from a substance use disorder or addiction. It does not discriminate by age, gender, social status, profession, or race. Addiction is a complex brain disease and changes the way the brain functions to control the rest of the body. When […]

How Do I Approach a Loved One about Their Addiction?

Approaching your loved one about his or her addiction can be difficult especially when your loved one may not think he or she has a problem. There is a possibility your loved one will become angry. Saying something may make the problem worse or hurt your relationship, but can save their life. When you have […]