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How Does Stress Block Healing?

When we are under stress of any kind, our nervous system is under duress and our ability to handle all of life’s challenges therefore becomes impaired. Our depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses, along with our addictions, wreak havoc on all of our systems, affecting us not only mentally and emotionally but also physically andRead More

How Does Conflict Affect Our Sobriety?

Many of us who struggle with addiction and mental illness are also coping with conflict of some kind, whether it arises in our everyday lives because of problems in our relationships, or because there are issues we’ve been avoiding facing for years because the conflict is too overwhelming. We experience conflict not only in ourRead More

Why is a Recovery Program Important?

Sometimes as we’re undertaking our journeys of recovery, we’re filled with so much excitement and optimism that we plow full steam ahead, diving head first into our sobriety without having a recovery program in place. We have faith in ourselves, and we’re pursuing our goal of sobriety with abandon. This can sometimes cause us toRead More

Why We Should Never Ignore Our Mental Health

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Many of us have been conditioned to suppress our concerns about our mental health, to be brave and stoic in the face of our pain, and to be private about anything difficult we’re going through. We stifle ourRead More

Taking Responsibility for Our Recovery

Sometimes throughout the course of our struggles with addiction, we have a hard time taking responsibility for ourselves, for the addictions themselves, and for our recovery. We’re afraid of the hard work it will take to heal ourselves, so we avoid taking responsibility for ourselves, or we try to shift the responsibility onto other people.Read More

What Are We Afraid of When We Relapse?

When we relapse and default on our sobriety, we feel a variety of emotions, one of the most painful among them being fear. We can feel consumed by fear that can manifest as worry, self-doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, and even panic attacks. Sometimes we don’t associate our anxiety, depression and other mental health issues with beingRead More

Learning How to Be Self-Empowering

We limit ourselves and hold ourselves back with all the ways in which we put ourselves down, mentally, verbally and emotionally, all the ways in which we self-harm and abuse ourselves, all the ways in which we allow ourselves to be mistreated. We give away our power, and we stop believing in ourselves. Learning howRead More

How Do We Feel When We Relapse?

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For many of us in recovery, the pain of relapse is something we’ve grown quite familiar with over the years. We may have successfully completed treatment and even maintained our sobriety for some time, only to find ourselves relapsingRead More

How Connection Can Help Us Heal

When we are suffering from our addictions and mental health issues, one of the most painful emotions we commonly feel is a sense of disconnection. We feel disconnected from our inner selves, from the people around us, from the people we love, and from the world. We feel isolated and alone. This is compounded byRead More