Living From a Place of Serenity

Living From a Place of Serenity

Living with addictions often means we’ve become accustomed to living with inner turmoil, serious conflict in our relationships, and very difficult life circumstances. Feeling calm and at peace can feel distant and impossible, but we can make the choice to prioritize serenity in every moment. We have more control over our thoughts and emotions than…

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

Everyone’s recovery program will look different. Our experiences with addiction are totally unique to who we are, and so our experiences with recovery will be unique as well. One of the things that helps a great many of us, a common denominator in the recovery experience, is working with a sponsor. Sponsors help us with…

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

There are many ways in which we limit ourselves and hold ourselves back when dealing with our mental and emotional health issues, including our addictions. When we don’t accept who we are, we fall into patterns of self-rejection which can contribute to our addictive behaviors and self-destructiveness. Learning to love and accept ourselves unconditionally is…

How Do I Know if I Have Unhealed Trauma?

How Do I Know if I Have Unhealed Trauma?

A great many of us have endured traumatic experiences, and many of us have yet to heal from them. How can we know if we still have unhealed trauma that we haven’t resolved? The answer to this question lies in examining our patterns – our behavioral patterns, our emotions, our thought patterns, our relationships and…

Realizing We’re Not Alone

Realizing We’re Not Alone

Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues is one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. One of the things that can bring us comfort is realizing we’re not alone in our journey. There are so many others also in recovery who we can share our journeys with. Many of us fall into…

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The decision to get help with our addictions can be one of the hardest we’ll ever have to make, and it can be filled with fear, worry and anxiety. One of the factors in the decision can be…

When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Sometimes when we’re thinking about addiction recovery, we are more focused on the addictive behaviors than on the underlying causes fueling those behaviors. Very often our addictions are fueled by our need to self-medicate from our pain. We…

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

Many of our approaches to healing addictions and mental health issues are focused on the mind, on our thinking and thought patterns. We use talk-therapy as our main go-to form of therapy. Our approach tends to be cerebral in nature. We rely on our intellect to try to think our way out of our issues.…

Finding Kindred Spirits

Finding Kindred Spirits

One of the most special parts about the addiction recovery process is finding kindred spirits along the way. We tend to feel very alone when we’re struggling with addictions, and we can feel just as alone when we’re working towards recovery. Many of us isolate ourselves, especially if we’re depressed or struggling with other mental…

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

Asking for help is hard for many of us, and it can keep us from getting the help we need and from making progress in our recovery. Learning to be able to ask for help requires we shift some of our perspectives. If you have a hard time asking for help and receiving the help…