Man exhibiting the classic signs of alcoholism

Signs of Alcoholism

Various signs of alcoholism exist to help you identify if your loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse. Sometimes alcohol abuse is easy to recognize if the person has a severe problem. However, in other cases, the person may attempt to hide their abuse by drinking in isolation. What appears to be minor abuse can…

Woman receiving counseling for both trauma and addiction

Trauma and Addiction

Did you know that one person’s unpleasant experience is another one’s traumatic incident? This understanding illustrates that trauma is highly unique to the person. When you experience it, therapy can help you with processing the event. Without help, you might be facing ongoing trauma and addiction. You Can’t Just Get Over It Childhood abandonment, death,…

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…

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…