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Supporting a Loved One in Crisis

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When we have loved ones struggling with addiction, mental illness or any other kind of crisis, we often don’t know how to be of help. We want to support them and show them we love them, but we’re afraidRead More

Why Are We So Self-Destructive?

As we learn more about ourselves and our addictions, we discover that our addictive patterns have a lot to do with internal self-destructiveness. This realization can be baffling for many of us. Why would we want to hurt ourselves? Why would we want to inflict pain on ourselves and sabotage our wellness? The answers canRead More

Believing Our Thoughts

For those of us struggling with mental health issues like anxiety and depression, we tend to have a difficult and pained relationship with our thinking. Our thought patterns cause us considerable mental and emotional anguish. We obsess, we panic, and we give more weight to things than we should. One of the biggest problems inRead More

How Do Our Illnesses Affect Our Loved Ones?

Sometimes our greatest emotional challenges come from how worried and saddened we are that our addictions and mental health issues are negatively impacting our loved ones. We’re afraid that we’ve become a burden to them, in terms of their time, energy and finances. We’re concerned about the emotional toll our issues have taken on them.Read More

Claiming Ownership of Our Recovery

Finding authority, autonomy, and empowerment in our own recovery journeys. It’s time to stop giving our power away. This is our journey. Our addictions and mental health issues can be so overpowering and so debilitating that we will often try and minimize our suffering by putting our issues, and our recovery, onto other people. WhenRead More

When We Don’t Receive Compassion

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). As human beings, we are hard-wired to be connected to one another, to give and receive love, to be supportive of one another, and to work together. We are conditioned in various ways to strive for independence and self-reliance,Read More

Should I Continue with Outpatient Treatment?

Many of us considering addiction recovery treatment programs can feel as though we don’t know where to start. Should we go for inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, or outpatient? For those of us who complete inpatient treatment, we also have the option to continue on with our recovery program and receive outpatient treatment as well. HowRead More

Nature-Deficit Disorder

Nature-Deficit Disorder is the term used to describe certain mental, emotional and behavioral issues we can develop from not having enough access to nature. When we’re deprived of our connection to the natural world around us, we can experience heightened anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We can develop behavioral problems that are especiallyRead More

What Does Ego Have to Do with Addiction?

Sometimes we associate ego with arrogance, with being full of ourselves, with being condescending and patronizing towards others, and thinking we’re superior to other people. Because our ego is our sense of self, these traits often arise in us when we have a wounded ego, when our sense of self has been injured, fractured orRead More

Blaming Our Addictions for All Our Life Problems

One common habit we can fall into that detracts from our recovery is blaming our addictions for all of our many problems and seeing it as the culprit behind why we’re so unhappy in our lives. We see our addictions as the source of all our issues, so understandably we begin to resent our addictionsRead More