Isolation and Addiction

Isolation and Addiction

Addiction is one of the most loneliest diseases that any human can face. The shame and the fear of letting anyone in will close you off from everyone while you are under the influence. By confronting your addiction head on, you will be able to maintain your close personal friendships again. There are many reasons…

Questioning Our Place in the World

Questioning Our Place in the World

Struggling with addiction and mental health issues can make us question everything about ourselves – who we are, what our purpose is, what our place in this world is. When we don’t feel connected to ourselves, when we don’t know who we are, our self-doubt, insecurity and misguidedness can contribute to our addictions. Our lack…

How Can We Stop Enabling Addiction in Our Relationships?

How Can We Stop Enabling Addiction in Our Relationships?

Because so many of us struggling with addiction are in relationships with other addicts, a very common relationship theme that coincides with addiction is enabling. We enable each other’s unhealthy habits, emotional and behavioral patterns, and addictive cycles. We encourage each other to use. We exacerbate each other’s self-destructiveness. We compound each other’s self-sabotage. Enabling…

Enabling Vs. Helping

Enabling Vs. Helping

Helping is when you aid someone to get on the right track in their recovery and persuade them to get treatment. Enabling is when you are unknowingly supporting someone’s addiction thinking you are protecting them from getting in trouble with the law or other consequences. It is important to know the difference between helping and…

Depressive Symptoms Often Ignored

Depressive Symptoms Often Ignored

While being glum is a major symptom of depression, it takes a lot more to have a mental health diagnosis of depression. You may know someone showing the symptoms without realizing they are depressed. It is important to be aware of all of the actions that you or someone else shows so that you know…

Shedding Self-Sabotage

Shedding Self-Sabotage

The emotional work of recovery entails examining all of our patterns, the patterns of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, to look at where we’re subconsciously self-sabotaging and derailing our lives with self-destruction. Self-sabotage looks different for everyone. Some of our addictions are in plain view – we drink way too much and become belligerent. For…

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

We often associate codependence with romantic partnerships that are full of neediness, attachments and obsessiveness. Codependence is when we’ve developed an unhealthy dependence and attachment on something or someone outside of ourselves. We are often seeking validation from other people in our lives. We feel so unhappy and unsatisfied with ourselves as we are that…

Prioritizing Ourselves and Our Well-Being

Prioritizing Ourselves and Our Well-Being

When living with addiction and mental health issues, our own personal well-being can take a back burner to everything else in our lives. We allow our responsibilities and obligations to family, friends and work take precedent over our own self-care. We allow our addictions to become our number one priority. We neglect our spiritual practice.…

Making Peace with Our Demons

Making Peace with Our Demons

Our inner demons are the thoughts and feelings that we feel haunted by, the stressors and triggers that bother us the most. We can feel like our minds are controlled by them. We feel haunted, overpowered, even psychologically tortured by them. Our demons are our insecurities, our complexes, our obsessions. We develop anxiety disorders and…