Living From a Place of Serenity

Living From a Place of Serenity

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 30, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Living with addictions often means we’ve become accustomed to living with inner turmoil, serious conflict in our relationships, and very difficult life circumstances. Feeling calm and at peace can feel distant and impossible, but we can make the choice to prioritize serenity in every moment. We have more control…

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 30, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Everyone’s recovery program will look different. Our experiences with addiction are totally unique to who we are, and so our experiences with recovery will be unique as well. One of the things that helps a great many of us, a common denominator in the recovery experience, is working with…

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 29, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021There are many ways in which we limit ourselves and hold ourselves back when dealing with our mental and emotional health issues, including our addictions. When we don’t accept who we are, we fall into patterns of self-rejection which can contribute to our addictive behaviors and self-destructiveness. Learning to…

Realizing We’re Not Alone

Realizing We’re Not Alone

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 28, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues is one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. One of the things that can bring us comfort is realizing we’re not alone in our journey. There are so many others also in recovery who we can share our journeys…

When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 27, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).Sometimes when we’re thinking about addiction recovery, we are more focused on the addictive behaviors than on the underlying causes fueling those behaviors. Very often our addictions are fueled by our need to…

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 27, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Many of our approaches to healing addictions and mental health issues are focused on the mind, on our thinking and thought patterns. We use talk-therapy as our main go-to form of therapy. Our approach tends to be cerebral in nature. We rely on our intellect to try to think…

Finding Kindred Spirits

Finding Kindred Spirits

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 26, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021One of the most special parts about the addiction recovery process is finding kindred spirits along the way. We tend to feel very alone when we’re struggling with addictions, and we can feel just as alone when we’re working towards recovery. Many of us isolate ourselves, especially if we’re…

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 26, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Asking for help is hard for many of us, and it can keep us from getting the help we need and from making progress in our recovery. Learning to be able to ask for help requires we shift some of our perspectives.If you have a hard time asking for…

Affirmations for Recovery

Affirmations for Recovery

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 23, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021The more we learn about our addictions and mental health issues, the more we come to understand the power of our minds to either contribute to our healing or to our suffering. We also make our struggles a lot worse with the thought patterns we’ve adopted and continue to…

How Do I Stop Isolating Myself?

How Do I Stop Isolating Myself?

ByBayviewRecoveryBayviewRecoveryPublished: November 23, 2018Updated: March 12, 2021Sometimes when we are depressed and struggling with our addictions, we tend to isolate ourselves, from the world and also from the people and resources that could help us. These times in particular are when we can most benefit from other people’s love and support. We isolate because we…