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What Is Emotional Intelligence?

When people think of intelligence, they usually think about book smarts. However, there are many types of intelligence. One of the most crucial to our relationships and recovery is emotional intelligence. Defining Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, identify, and manage your emotions and the emotions of others. It also involves theRead More

Is My Family Stifling My Recovery Progress?

Developmental trauma can cause many long-term problems. People with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) often find themselves struggling with mental illnesses, substance use disorder (SUD), or both. When you decide that you want to heal, toxic family members may resist your recovery journey. Are they stifling your progress? It’s important to address this part of yourRead More

What Are Common Dysfunctional Family Roles?

In a dysfunctional family, children get labels to define them. They’re boxed into a personality trait or an assigned responsibility. Some roles are deemed more desirable in the hierarchy. Nonetheless, the roles are all bad. Each person in a dysfunctional family unit is set up to fail. However, the particular manner of downfall depends onRead More

Am I Teaching My Child to Hate Their Body?

Parenting can be a difficult task for even the healthiest individuals. When mentally ill, you constantly worry about passing on your disorders. Since kids are impressionable, your child absorbs any messaging like a sponge. If you speak kindly about yourself and others, they’ll learn to do this as well. Sadly, it works the opposite wayRead More

Why Can Permissive Parenting Hurt Children?

Many people say that there is no right way to parent children. If this statement is accurate, one could infer the opposite as well: there is no wrong way to parent children. This simply isn’t true. Permissive parenting is a harmful parenting style. In this blog, we’ll outline the possible damages of permissive parenting. CharacteristicsRead More

Toxic Family Systems: Enabling, Denial, and Blame

Substance use disorder (SUD) impacts the individual using substances along with their entire family. SUD has an impact on a family’s routines, each person’s role, family relationships, careers, and finances. Children, in particular, can be affected: therefore, including them in family therapy is a proactive step to take. One area in treating SUD that needsRead More

Finding the Right Support System

If you’re looking to find the right support system, understanding the different types of therapy and support that work best can help you in your aftercare plan. It’s critical to you and the success of your recovery journey to find out what options are available that will meet your needs. Often, many individuals will tryRead More

Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children

As a parent, you will naturally worry about your children. It’s common to think about when your children will leave home and embrace adulthood. You may even worry about whether they will be okay on their own. During childhood, the dynamic of your relationship with your children is strictly parent-child. However, when your child becomesRead More

6 Tips for Supporting Your Loved One in Recovery

Supporting your loved one in recovery is not just about physical support. Support also requires gentleness and willingness to listen and provide hope in your loved one’s darkest moments. Recovery is an ongoing process, even for those who have been working on recovery for quite some time. Supporting their recovery is about more than justRead More

Do I Have to Tell My Family I Am Attending Treatment?

Deciding to seek treatment is a wonderful thing. It is also a decision that tends to come with a lot of questions and uncertainty because of the unknown aspects involved with treatment. One issue that many people wonder about is the involvement of loved ones throughout treatment. Do you have to involve them? Should theyRead More