Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Sometimes when we abuse drugs, it’s not just to stop ourselves from feeling painful emotions. It also can be to make us feel anything at all, since we’ve become so numb and complacent in our daily lives. We have no connection to our emotions, and the drugs allow us to feel something. We prefer the…

How Can I Change My Thought Patterns?

How Can I Change My Thought Patterns?

The beliefs we hold and the thought patterns we cling to become ingrained in us over time and with repetition. The more we think them without questioning them, without contradicting them and without working to heal them, the stronger they become. We essentially become complicit in allowing our limiting beliefs to take hold and overpower…

Recognizing a Manic Episode

Recognizing a Manic Episode

Addiction rarely functions in isolation, meaning it is often accompanied by other illnesses and issues, particularly mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar depression, anxiety and other issues. One of the phases of bipolar depression is the manic episode, which can often precede and/or follow a major depressive episode. When we’re working to recover, it helps…

Making Peace a Conscious Choice

Making Peace a Conscious Choice

Living with addiction and mental health issues, we are no strangers to feeling a lack of peace in our lives. We live with inner turmoil, mental and emotional pain, chaotic life circumstances, and dramatic relationships. We feel confused, overwhelmed, panicked and stressed out. We feel lost and alone, misunderstood, rejected and shunned. Any sense of…

How Does Neglecting Our Spirits Affect Us?

How Does Neglecting Our Spirits Affect Us?

When we are embroiled in the turmoil and pain of addiction, there are multiple things going on at the same time, all of which are affecting us on a very deep level. We’re inundating our bodies with toxic substances. We’re engaging in harmful behaviors and risky, dangerous activities. We’re thinking self-deprecating and self-harming thoughts, perpetuating…

Getting Hooked on Anti-Anxiety Medication

Getting Hooked on Anti-Anxiety Medication

Anti-anxiety medications like benzodiazepines provide temporary relief from anxiety symptoms. While that may seem good for the time being, you can develop a dependency that can lead to serious side effects. It is important to be under supervision when you are taking benzodiazepines and to look at other methods of treatment for anxiety as well.…

The National Suicide Hotline

The National Suicide Hotline

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. On average, 123 people kill themselves every day. By calling The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your chances of suicidal thoughts and attempts will decrease as you speak to a staff member who will hear you…

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…

Healing Fears with Exposure

Healing Fears with Exposure

When we’re having a hard time healing our inner pain, our woundedness from past trauma, our deep sadness and grief, it is often our fear that is keeping us from healing and moving forward. We’re afraid of having to feel the same pain again. We’re afraid that we’ll always suffer. We’re afraid that we’ll always…