Self-Reflection for Healing

Self-Reflection for Healing

Moving through addiction forces us to look deep within ourselves, to the truth of who we are. It requires that we take time to be alone with our thoughts without the numbing, distracting and self-medicating of addiction. We’re no longer zoned out, escaping and avoiding our pain. We’re forced to face our deepest fears and…

How Does Addiction Change Us?

How Does Addiction Change Us?

One of our biggest motivating forces to recover from our addictions is wanting to get back to who we were before addiction took over our lives. We want to rebuild the lives we lost. What are some ways in which addiction changes us? Addiction impacts us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Mentally we can be…

Recreating Our Lives

Recreating Our Lives

Addiction is so destructive that it can totally transform our lives, sometimes in devastating ways. It changes our relationships, ending some of them altogether. It completely changes our relationship with ourselves, our self-perception, and how we deal with ourselves. When we’re coming out on the other side of addiction, it’s natural to want to recreate…

Why Do We Fear Sobriety?

Why Do We Fear Sobriety?

We experience many fears related to our addiction and recovery, and while it may seem perplexing that we would fear sobriety, many of us do in fact have a fear of what lies on the other side of our recovery. Because sobriety is our goal, it might seem counterintuitive that we would be afraid of…

Finding our Joy

Finding our Joy

When we’ve spent years of our lives grappling with addiction, we can lose our connection to our inner selves and to our joy. Many of us struggle with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety which cause us to live in fear and sadness, further disconnecting us from our true selves. We feel lost…

Learning to Let Go of the Past

Learning to Let Go of the Past

One of the things that can fuel our addictions is our attachment to the past and to the painful emotions that we’re holding onto from our past experiences. Being unable to let go of the past can cause us to seek refuge from our painful feelings in our addictive substances, relationships and behaviors. Sometimes we…

How Can I Rediscover How to Have Fun Sober?

How Can I Rediscover How to Have Fun Sober?

Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues requires a tremendous amount of strength, courage and resilience. We are put to the test, and there is a great deal of emotional work involved. One important element of recovery that sometimes gets overlooked is the element of fun. We think of recovery as a serious thing,…