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…

How Can I Overcome Temptation?

How Can I Overcome Temptation?

One of the biggest challenges in our recovery begins when we’ve completed treatment, when we’re no longer being supervised in an environment with no access to our addictive substance or behavior of choice. When we return home and are starting to reintegrate back into our regular lives, a potential threat to our sobriety is the…

How Do I Create Better Habits for Myself?

How Do I Create Better Habits for Myself?

When we’re working to heal, we examine the fears and emotions that are contributing to our unwellness. We analyze and work to change our beliefs. For example, we can’t heal if we don’t believe we can. What we sometimes neglect, but which are just as important, are our habits. Our recovery will only be as…

How Can We Make Positive Thinking Work for Us?

How Can We Make Positive Thinking Work for Us?

When we allow our fears and our pain to get the better of us, we lose our ability to think positively. Our negative thinking taints everything, from our self-perception, to our hopes for the future. When we are consumed with negative thinking, we create a self-image based on self-hate, and when we feel so negatively…

What Happens When We Face Our Fears?

What Happens When We Face Our Fears?

Living with addiction and mental health issues, we have a tendency to focus on the symptoms of our illnesses – our behavioral problems, our emotional issues, our toxic thought patterns. What we often forget to look at, however, are the fears underlying our self-destructiveness. We sometimes fail to see that it is usually our fears…

What Can We Learn from Sharing of Ourselves?

What Can We Learn from Sharing of Ourselves?

Helping other people in recovery through sharing of ourselves is beneficial to them, but it is also powerfully healing for us as well. We stand to learn so much, about ourselves and our lives, about our strengths and our gifts, and about the recovery process and all it can entail. Addiction can cause us to…

How Can Community Service Help Me?

How Can Community Service Help Me?

Being in a recovery treatment program can provide us with the community and companionship we’ve been missing while living with addiction. When we’ve been isolating ourselves, ending relationships and struggling emotionally, community is often the last thing we think we need. Sometimes we’re prideful and determined to prove to ourselves and others that we can…

How is Solitude Good for Us?

How is Solitude Good for Us?

Living with addiction and mental health issues can cause us to isolate ourselves, out of fear, shame and embarrassment. Self-isolation can be especially harmful to our health and can cause our conditions to worsen. Solitude, on the other hand, can be powerfully beneficial to our healing and recovery. What is the difference between solitude and…