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,…

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…

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…

Filling Our Emptiness

Filling Our Emptiness

We use our addictions in different ways in our lives, one of the most common being that we’re attempting to fill the emptiness we feel within us. We use drugs, alcohol, sex, relationships, gambling, and any substance or behavior that makes us feel good, to compensate for the voids we feel in our lives and…

If You Think You’re a Burden

If You Think You’re a Burden

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When we’re depressed and living with addiction, we can feel overwhelmed with how bad we feel about ourselves. We feel inadequate, unlovable, unworthy and ashamed. We feel as though we can do no good. We worry we’re doomed…