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How We Feel When Supporting Our Loved Ones in Recovery

With loved ones in recovery from addiction, we can feel a wide range of emotions, many of which we’re hesitant and afraid to discuss because we want to show unconditional support, hopefulness, and optimism. We want our loved ones not only to feel supported by us but to be motivated and encouraged by us andRead More

Having Parents in Recovery

When we have loved ones in recovery, we can experience unique challenges that can be difficult and overwhelming to understand let alone live with. This can be especially true for those of us who have parents in recovery. We’re dealing with different family dynamics and alternating family roles that can disturb the equilibrium of theRead More

The Toll Our Addictions Take On Our Loved Ones

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Sometimes as we’re focusing on our own recovery, we don’t realize how much our loved ones have been affected by our addictions and by the struggles we’ve been going through over the years. We can have a narrow viewRead More

Changing Our Living Environment in Recovery

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves as we’re working to recover is ensuring our living environment is conducive to our sobriety rather than detrimental to it. Many of us had living situations that contributed to our addictive patterns and made us even more depressed. Now that we’re sober, we wantRead More

When Our Relationship is Another Drug of Choice

Sometimes as we’re working to recover from our addictions, we have to do some soul-searching to determine if we have more than one drug of choice, if we’ve become dependent on a substance or behavior outside of our go-to drug of choice, and if we’re using our relationships in particular in addictive, dependent ways. ManyRead More

How Our Bonds Hold Us Back

Sometimes as we’re working to recover, we come up against certain impediments that we feel are holding us back, contributing to our addictive patterns and triggering us to relapse. We might feel that they are adding to our depression, anxiety, grief or anger, all of which can be emotional triggers that we use our drugsRead More

Being in Relationships with Partners Who Still Use

When we’re working towards sobriety, everything changes in our lives in order to support our recovery. We’re transforming our habits and routines. We’re developing completely new lifestyles for ourselves that support our efforts. We’re learning to replace our self-destructive patterns with healthy ones. We’re transforming our ways of thinking. We’re shedding things that don’t serveRead More

How Can PTSD Interfere with Our Addiction Recovery?

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). As we’re working to recover from our addictions, we need a certain level of inner peace, emotional stability, and overall balance if we’re going to be able to defeat the many challenges that come with recovery, from the addictiveRead More

Forgiving Our Abusers

For those of us struggling with addiction and mental illness, one of the commonalities so many of us share is the personal experience of having been abused in the past. Whether we were abused by a family member, partner or stranger, the pain can be debilitating and can stay with us years after the initialRead More