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Does Sex Addiction Mask Unhealed Emotional Wounds?

Sex addiction is a risky cycle that can put you in dangerous situations. It’s hard to combat this cycle when you feel like you’re continuously stuck. In order to begin the process of healing, it may be helpful to look at unhealed emotional wounds. Tracing your way back to the root cause can help youRead More

An Overview of the Fentanyl Crisis: Seeking Help

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in 2021, 61.2 million or 21.9% of Americans 12 years old and older used illicit drugs. Out of the 61.2 million people who engaged in substance use, 9.2 million people misused opioids. Moreover, as noted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), inRead More

Do I Always Have to Identify as an Alcoholic in Recovery?

Most people are familiar with the 12-Step program and the introduction, “ Hi, my name is so-and-so, and I’m an alcoholic.” While this admittance may be the first step in recovery, how will it impact the rest of your recovery? Will you continue to identify as an alcoholic? Just thinking about this may arouse feelingsRead More

Finding Your Identity Outside of Recovery

Recovering from substance abuse is a huge transition. The transition to sobriety is not just about eliminating the substance from your life but also about becoming a new you. Recovery is about exploring who you are and what matters to you. To help with this transition, take a moment to ask yourself, “Who do IRead More

How Somatic Therapy Stops the Cycle of Addiction and Anger

Stress and tension from anger can linger as energy in the body long after a traumatic event has occurred. Somatic therapy can be a highly beneficial practice for releasing this energy, especially in those who struggle with the cycle of addiction and anger. Addiction and Anger The cycle of addiction and anger can be allRead More

What Are Self-Defeating Behaviors? How Do They Fuel Addiction?

Everyone forms habits over the course of their life. Some habits are healthy, like taking moments to stand up and stretch. However, some habits can devolve into self-defeating behaviors without you even realizing it. As noted in an article from the National Institute of Health (NIH), repetitive behaviors that you associate with feeling good canRead More

Heroin and Codependent Relationships: A Vicious Cycle

As noted in an advisory from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), social connection is an important part of your well-being. Your social connection is a reflection of your relationship and interactions with different groups of people and your community. From family and friends to your neighborhood and workplace, the connections youRead More

Understanding Attachment Styles

Understanding attachment styles can be an important step toward healing on your journey to recovery. The attachments you form in early life can have a profound impact on how you function now. As noted in a 2015 article from Current Opinion in Psychology, the attachment styles you form can shape your physiological stress responses asRead More

From Surviving to Thriving: Making the Most Out of Recovery

Recovery is about transforming yourself into the person you wish to be. The process involves exploring different crevices of your life you were once hesitant to explore. Embracing your potential for change and keeping an open mind about how these changes will affect your life is essential within the recovery process. Throughout the recovery process,Read More

What Is Chemical Dependency Education?

As an alumnus of The Guest House, you will receive a great deal of support after you complete treatment. One of the features of our alumni program that we offer is chemical dependency education. Within the recovery process, it is easy to forget how illicit substances affect the brain’s chemistry. This blog provides information onRead More