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Why Do We Choose Toxic Relationships?

When we are struggling with addiction and mental illness, many of us tend to choose relationships that are toxic, unhealthy and destructive. We choose partners who are bad for us, who devalue and demean us, and who contribute to our feelings of worthlessness. We tend to attract and choose partners who themselves are struggling withRead More

Boundaries in Co-Dependent Relationships

      Boundaries are an often overlooked and neglected factor in our mental and emotional health and well-being. Having healthy boundaries means we know what we want and need in our relationships and in our daily lives, and we take regular measures to make sure we’re getting everything we need in order to beRead More

The Harm in Co-Dependent Relationships

Many of us living with addiction and mental health issues are also often grappling with toxic relationships, many of which are co-dependent in nature, whether those relationships are platonic, romantic, or familial. When we are co-dependent, we rely heavily on each other for our emotional balance, for reassurance and validation, and for our feelings ofRead More

The Trauma Of Breaking Up

A broken heart has been the lament and inspiration of our entire lifetime as feeling-prone human beings. We were programmed to bond, to connect, to mate, to reproduce, and to stay bonded for a lifetime. Our ideals of romance, love, and partnership have changed significantly over time and the way we relate to romance, love,Read More

Breaking The Barrier: Taking Online Friendships Offline

Living in a modern digital age has its benefits as well as its discrepancies. Social media platforms like Facebook have given us the opportunity to feel closer than ever to friends, family, celebrities, public figures, and others all around the world. We can watch and witness the daily events of people in our lives withoutRead More

Facebook Friends: Reality And Relationship Problems

Facebook notifications have become a drug of choice for millions upon millions of adults around the world. Separated from old friends, constrained by the matters of distance, time, and availability, too many adults are suffering deeply from the disease of loneliness. When Facebook became a website available to more than college students, adults started findingRead More

Are You Being Love-Bombed?

Movies make it difficult to believe that someone going out of their way to shower someone with all of the affection, adoration, and attention in the world could possibly a bad, or even dangerous, thing. Of course, that depends on the movie you are watching. Too often, romance movies and romantic comedies glass over theRead More

The Friends You Need In Trauma Recovery

In celebration of August’s Friendship Day, we recently discussed the importance of having friends in trauma recovery. Through trauma treatment, we learn that life in recovery is not monotone. Instead, we are learning to flush out a bright, vivid, diverse palette in all areas of our lives. Our friends should be unique and support ourRead More

You Need Friends In Trauma Recovery

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside,” said the internationally recognized wise bear Winnie The Pooh. The adventurous, honey-loving bear was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997 by the United Nations. Pooh, as he is more affectionately regarded, understands the importance of friendship.Read More