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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

How Can Prayer Help Us Heal?

Sometimes as we’re healing, we feel emotions that can overwhelm us so much and be so debilitating that they feel as though they are detracting from our recovery. When we feel helpless, when we feel powerless and out of control, when we’re consumed with fear, we can feel like we’re going backward in our recoveryRead More

The Harm in Avoiding Our Triggers

Our triggers are actually powerful clues about where we need to heal.  As we’re working towards recovery, and even once we’ve achieved sobriety, we will go to great lengths to avoid anything we consider triggering. Triggers are the things we’re most sensitive to, bothered by, and upset by. They are the things that destabilize us.Read More

When We Internalize Cultural Bias Against Addicts

For those of us struggling with addiction, one of the challenges we face is how to handle all of the cultural stereotyping, misinformation, hatred and apathy surrounding addiction and addicts. We see it on a regular basis, everywhere around us, and we’re sometimes on the receiving end of it. We might have lost friendships becauseRead More

How Can the Idea of Powerlessness Impede Our Recovery?

One of the fundamental concepts in many addiction recovery programs is the idea of admitting our powerlessness over our addictions. The goal is to surrender our problems and our struggles, to stop fighting and resisting them, and to turn them over to our higher power to help us navigate them. The problem with this conceptRead More

Making the Choice to Get Well

Our stories with addiction are often riddled with denial, avoidance, emotional suppression, silence, and secrecy – the many coping mechanisms we develop to keep ourselves from having to face our addictions and do the work to get better. We refuse to see ourselves as addicts and our problems as being caused by addiction. We refuseRead More

How Can We Become More Self-Aware?

The work we do in recovery is all about learning more about ourselves and developing the mindfulness and self-awareness to really be able to heal from our mental health issues and addictive patterns. For much of our lives, we’ve been compounding our own pain, exacerbating our own unwellness and hurting ourselves. We’ve been acting outRead More

The Importance of Trauma Healing in Recovery

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The work we do to recover involves learning how to abstain from our drug of choice, transforming our lifestyles and routines to support our sobriety, and looking at our life circumstances to see how we’ve been negatively impacting ourRead More