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How Do I Know I Am Experiencing an Addiction?

Understanding your addiction is the first step in being able to work through it in a healthy and safe manner. Knowing when substance use becomes an addiction is the key to receiving the help that you need. Acknowledging an addiction is hard for many people. If you are in therapy, work with your therapist toRead More

Creating an Identity Beyond Addiction

If you have suffered from addiction for a period of time, you may have become so consumed that your identity became intertwined with that addiction. Addiction has a way of making everything about it. All of your time, thoughts, actions, and values became connected to your substance of choice. Who you were was an addiction.Read More

How to Manage Your Triggers

Managing and understanding your triggers is a large part of recovery and maintaining your overall well-being. When you were attending treatment, you probably began the process of understanding what your triggers are and how they affected the choices you were making. As you journey through recovery and maintain your sobriety, you will need to continueRead More

Benefits of Sober Role Models

If you are struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. Deciding to seek support and professional help to face that struggle is a huge decision. It takes courage to face your fears, and working through addiction can at times feel overwhelming. One aspect of recovery that you can begin to work on rightRead More

How to Explore a Sober Lifestyle

If you are working on your recovery or simply thinking about a sober lifestyle, it is normal to feel hesitant or uncertain. Choosing to work on your sobriety is a huge decision. Talk with a mental health professional to learn more about treatment options and the available support. Here are a few ways you canRead More

How Do I Face the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Issues?

Individuals who battle with mental illness have most likely been blamed for their condition at some point in their lives. Their symptoms are sometimes regarded as “a phase” or something within control if “they only tried.” Some people have even been labeled abnormal. Stigma can cause a person to feel ashamed of something beyond theirRead More

How Can I Support a Loved One Through Attempted Suicide?

When you find out that a person you love has tried to end their life, it can be a devastating experience. Thus, they will need some form of support. At this point, you should know what to say to someone who has attempted suicide. You may initially experience emotions such as shock and denial. Sometimes,Read More

How Can I Help My Child Feel More Confident at School?

Confidence is essential to your child’s success, health, and overall happiness. Confident children are better equipped to deal with challenges, responsibility, frustrations, positive and negative emotions, and peer pressure, even in school. As a parent, you are one of the keys to helping your child develop confidence. Luckily, building your child’s confidence at school doesRead More

Do I Have an Addiction?

Addiction is defined as a chronic disease that affects the brain’s reward, motivation, and memory functions. While this definition may seem straightforward, recognizing a problem with addiction in yourself can be challenging. What started as normal, infrequent substance use can quickly cross the line into addiction. So, how do you know if you have anRead More

Telling Your Loved Ones About Your Addiction

Addiction can often seem very isolating. Opening up to your loved ones about your addiction may seem frightening and overwhelming. If you are nervous about having a conversation about your addiction, work with a mental health professional to feel better prepared. You are not alone; many people find it difficult to talk about their addiction.Read More