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Shedding Our Guilt and Shame

There are many destructive emotions we cling to when in recovery from addiction and mental illness, and among the most destructive are our guilt and shame. We carry the memories of our mistakes, regrets and wrongdoings with us for many years, unable to forgive ourselves. We feel unable to let them go, in part becauseRead More

Cultivating Inner Strength

Our struggles with addiction and mental health issues convince us that we’re not strong enough to heal from them or cope with them. We feel weak, vulnerable and powerless. We feel overpowered. We question our ability to make a full recovery from our debilitating illnesses. In order to heal, we need to believe that weRead More

Self-Hypnosis for Trauma Healing

When exploring natural alternatives for healing, hypnosis is one of the techniques that is often highly recommended but still somewhat misunderstood. We view hypnosis as a form of mind control, but the truth is we can actually hypnotize ourselves to help ourselves heal. We are essentially hypnotizing ourselves all the time, every single day. EveryRead More

Choosing to Be at Peace with Unresolved Issues

One of the greatest things we can do for ourselves and our mental health as we’re recovering from addiction and mental illness is learn how to be at peace no matter what difficult conditions or circumstances present themselves. We don’t always realize that inner peace can be a choice we make. It is not somethingRead More

Why Do So Many of Us Relapse?

Even though relapse is a common occurrence during the recovery process, it can nonetheless be painful and disappointing for both recovering addicts and all the people who support and care about them. We have high expectations for ourselves as we work towards sobriety. When we fall short of these expectations, some of which are impossibleRead More

How Does Judging Others Hurt Us?

Many of us struggling with addiction and mental illness are also coping with wounded egos and all the fears that come with our woundedness. We fear we’re not good enough. We fear we’re in competition with other people. We feel easily threatened by other people and inferior when we think we’re falling short. When we’reRead More

Having Children as Recovering Addicts

The decision to have children when we’re in recovery can be a complex, emotional and difficult one for many of us. We’re afraid of passing our addictions and mental health issues down to our children. We desperately don’t want them to have the same painful experiences that we’ve had. We’re afraid we won’t be ableRead More

When You Want to Give Up

If you’re struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When you want to give up, please don’t. Please remember that this struggle is temporary. It doesn’t make up the entirety of your life story. It does not have to define you. It does not need to restrict, limitRead More

How Does Embracing Our Stories Benefit Others?

As we work to recover, we realize that no matter how far we might have fallen throughout our struggles with addiction, no matter how ashamed of ourselves we might have been, there is incredible power in having lived and survived our experiences. There is always something positive to be culled from the painful things we’veRead More

Learning to be Patient with Ourselves

As we’re healing from our addictions and mental health issues, one of the challenges we commonly find ourselves up against is learning how to be more patient with ourselves. We’ve lived lives of being impatient, of rushing, of desperately wanting to make changes and feeling frustrated when we’re unable to. We grow increasingly uneasy, restlessRead More