How Does Bipolar Depression Function?

How Does Bipolar Depression Function?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When we are living with addiction, we are often also struggling with mental health issues, what are often called co-occurring disorders that function alongside our addiction and compound them. Very often our issues are overlapping, and the unhealed…

Detaching from Our Pain

Detaching from Our Pain

Struggling with addiction and mental health issues can cause us to form strong attachments to our pain. Because our illnesses are familiar to us, because they are what we know, they become a form of security for us. They can become our comfort zone. They provide us with a sense of familiarity and comfort, even…

Family-Related Anxiety

Family-Related Anxiety

Just because members of your family are related to you does not mean that everyone gets along all the time or that you do not have your complaints about them. You will surely see many of those stress-inducing family members if you or someone else is holding a New Year’s Eve party. It is important…

Self-Hatred and Self-Worth

Self-Hatred and Self-Worth

At the root of our addictions and mental and emotional health issues is often a pervasive, all-encompassing feeling of self-hatred. We don’t believe in our own self-worth and our value. We see ourselves not as we truly are but with a self-image based on self-rejection and shame. We criticize ourselves at every turn and judge…

Threats to our Serenity

Threats to our Serenity

When we are living with addiction, we are often consumed with inner turmoil, conflict in our relationships and in our daily lives, and a lack of peace and tranquility within ourselves. We haven’t learned how to foster emotional balance, groundedness and centeredness for ourselves. We are susceptible to emotional imbalance and can easily be thrown…

Embracing Our Imperfections

Embracing Our Imperfections

Many of us are conditioned culturally to believe in the myth of perfection. We think being perfect is something we can actually achieve, so we strive endlessly to attain this notion of perfection. We alter our bodies, our feelings and our personalities. We never feel as though we’re good enough or that we measure up…