What Can Sobriety Mean for You?

What Can Sobriety Mean for You?

Approaching recovery can be daunting, overwhelming and anxiety-inducing for many of us. We’re afraid to do the hard work necessary for recovery. We’re hesitant to leave behind the comforts of our familiar lifestyles. We’re afraid to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and to sacrifice the drugs of choice we’ve become so dependent upon.…

What Does Your Best Life Look Like?

What Does Your Best Life Look Like?

When we’re recovering from our addictions and mental health issues, it can really help to start visualizing the lives we want for ourselves, to help us work to manifest them. Very often we get caught up dwelling on our painful pasts, or on our current difficult circumstances. We tend to think negatively, complain and be…

How Can I Stop Feeling So Bad About Myself?

How Can I Stop Feeling So Bad About Myself?

Living with addiction and mental health issues, we’re no strangers to self-judgment and beating ourselves up. It’s almost as if self-disparagement and self-rejection come with the territory. To heal ourselves and work towards sobriety, we want to shed the misunderstanding and unkindness we’ve been punishing ourselves with. We want to free ourselves from the limitations…

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…

I’m Pregnant – How Can I Overcome Addictive Urges?

I’m Pregnant – How Can I Overcome Addictive Urges?

Being pregnant while still struggling with addiction can present us with unique challenges, many of which are very difficult and emotional. We feel ashamed of ourselves, embarrassed that we’re still using, and filled with regret. We’re afraid that we might harm our unborn child’s health. We’re afraid we’ll never be able to successfully get clean.…

How Can I Make Reintegration Easier on Myself?

How Can I Make Reintegration Easier on Myself?

When working through the reintegration process, we’ll want to treat ourselves with as much patience, compassion and understanding as we possibly can. We’re dealing with new forms of stress that we’ve never experienced before. We’re approaching our old lives with huge changes in our consciousness and our awareness. We’re thinking and feeling things we never…

How is Addiction an Isolating Disease?

How is Addiction an Isolating Disease?

When we’re living with addiction, we can find that we’ve isolated ourselves from other people, whether or not we’ve done so intentionally. What are some of the ways in which addictions functions as an isolating disease in our lives? How does it make us distance ourselves from the people who are important to us, and…

How Can We Stop Enabling Addiction in Our Relationships?

How Can We Stop Enabling Addiction in Our Relationships?

Because so many of us struggling with addiction are in relationships with other addicts, a very common relationship theme that coincides with addiction is enabling. We enable each other’s unhealthy habits, emotional and behavioral patterns, and addictive cycles. We encourage each other to use. We exacerbate each other’s self-destructiveness. We compound each other’s self-sabotage. Enabling…

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

We often associate codependence with romantic partnerships that are full of neediness, attachments and obsessiveness. Codependence is when we’ve developed an unhealthy dependence and attachment on something or someone outside of ourselves. We are often seeking validation from other people in our lives. We feel so unhappy and unsatisfied with ourselves as we are that…