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How Does Our Inner Child Become Wounded?

When we’re doing the inner work to heal ourselves and recover from our addictions and mental health issues, one of the most important elements of our healing is working with our wounded inner child. We often don’t realize consciously how our inner child became wounded in the first place. We know we have unresolved issuesRead More

Dealing with Mood Swings

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). One thing that many of our mental health issues and addictions have in common is the very difficult symptom of intense mood swings. We can go from feeling like we’re on top of the world, invincible and flying high,Read More

What is Catastrophizing?

Many of us develop certain thought patterns that contribute to our depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, and therefore also to our addictions. These thought patterns can be pervasive and can take over our thinking, impacting not only how we think and feel, but also how we behave, what choices we make, and howRead More

Calming Our Overactive Minds

We develop certain thought patterns that not only contribute to our mental health issues but that can also worsen our addictions because we’re robbing ourselves of our mental and emotional clarity, peace and well-being. One of these thought patterns is that of obsessing, over-worrying, over-thinking, and dwelling, particularly on difficult and negative things that causeRead More

Do I Have Social Anxiety?

Many of us who suffer from addiction and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety also struggle with a different illness known as social anxiety. We might not have identified our experiences as being symptoms of social anxiety. We might not have associated our difficulty with social interaction with being a form of mentalRead More

What is Morning Anxiety?

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Each of us living with anxiety and other mental health issues experience our illnesses differently, and we often find that they can manifest differently for each of us. Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses that soRead More

Should We Have Acceptance for Our Difficult Emotions?

Many of us have been conditioned to suppress, hide and avoid the emotions we find challenging. We might have been taught to talk only about positive things, or to wear a smile even when we’re hurting inside. Over the years, our emotional coping mechanisms take a huge toll on us. We turn to drugs andRead More

Discovering What We Love About Ourselves

Our addictions and mental health issues cause us to become self-hating, insecure and self-doubting, particularly if we’ve been dealing with them for many years. We lose our sense of self to the overwhelming, debilitating, paralyzing nature of our illnesses. We feel consumed by fear, sadness and shame that totally deplete our confidence and self-esteem. WeRead More

Our Fears of Abandonment

Our addictions and our relationship fears are often linked and can fuel and exacerbate each other. When we’re in unhealthy relationships and experiencing excessive fear within those relationships, we’re more likely to turn to our addictions for comfort and solace, and we’re more likely to experience spikes in our mental illnesses. Similarly, when our addictionsRead More

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