Debilitating Fear of the Future

Debilitating Fear of the Future

Of all the things we tend to be anxious about, our fear of the future might be one of the most common and also among the most debilitating. To have some anxiety about the uncertainty of the future is normal. We question the unknown. The unpredictable can be scary. Many of us take comfort in…

What Does the Ego Have to do With Addiction?

What Does the Ego Have to do With Addiction?

Some people describe addiction as a spiritual disease as much as it is a mental, emotional or physical one. Just like depression and other mental illnesses, addiction can be seen as being a deep disconnect within us that severs our connection with our higher power as well as the interconnectedness of our different parts. We…

Self-Oppression

Self-Oppression

When we think of oppression, we usually associate it with political and economic subjugation in our societies. What can be just as harmful, however, are the many ways in which we oppress ourselves. Self-oppression keeps us trapped and locked into lives full of pain. It prevents us from seeking out happier paths for ourselves and…

What Does Hitting Rock Bottom Feel Like?

What Does Hitting Rock Bottom Feel Like?

For those living with addiction, many of us experience what we often refer to as hitting “rock bottom,” that time and place where we feel we’ve fallen as low as we possibly can. In this place, there are some common things many of us think, feel and experience that are memorable and that stay with…

Self-Love and Recovery

Self-Love and Recovery

The more work we do in our recovery, the more we learn that our emotional issues are at the root of our addictive patterns, and if we’re to heal from our addictions, we need to heal from these issues in our lives. One of our most common issues, practically a staple in human nature, is…

Why Does Depression Often Go Untreated?

Why Does Depression Often Go Untreated?

Although depression is a debilitating and paralyzing mental illness, it often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated. There are a number of reasons why we never reach out for help, many of them having to do with the stigma that still surrounds addiction in our society and in our communities. There is still a common misconception…

The Importance of Focus in Recovery

The Importance of Focus in Recovery

The more we learn about the power of our thoughts, the more we see firsthand that our focus determines our reality, and we have the ability to create the lives we want for ourselves by choosing our thoughts. What we focus on, we give our energy to, and when we direct our energy in positive…

How Does Boredom Lead to Addiction?

How Does Boredom Lead to Addiction?

There are many factors that can contribute to our addictions – our family’s experience with substance abuse, our genetic makeup, our mental illnesses and our lack of healthy emotional coping skills. One factor we often ignore but that can be particularly problematic is boredom. When we think of boredom, we think of it as being…

How to Forgive Someone with Addiction

How to Forgive Someone with Addiction

Forgiveness can be hard to do when you have so much anger inside of you. When you know someone struggling with addiction, all you can think about when you look at that person is all the hurt they caused you. Practicing forgiveness is an important step in maintaining a relationship with a recovering addict to…