Coping with Loneliness

Coping with Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the emotions we associate with negativity. We don’t want to feel it, so we reject it and do whatever we can not to have to feel it. For many of us, it can be a driving factor behind our addictions. We’re afraid to be lonely, so we distract ourselves with dating…

The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope

Living with addiction can mean going through times where we struggle so much that we give up hope. We lose our ability to see a future for ourselves with joy, faith and optimism. Giving up hope can be a sign we’ve fallen into depression. It also makes us more susceptible to letting our addictions totally…

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

Healing from our addictions and mental health issues requires that we make certain sacrifices and leave certain things behind. It can be a huge challenge, and it can feel like an uncomfortable and painful process full of growing pains and discomfort. There will be some things for which we’ll have to undergo a grieving process.…

Taking Moral Inventory of Ourselves

Taking Moral Inventory of Ourselves

One of the most popular and effective approaches to addiction recovery is the Twelve Step program, originally created as the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous that is now used by multiple addiction programs around the world. It can be hugely helpful to follow the guidance of the steps, and one of the most powerful ones…

Regaining our Power

Regaining our Power

As we move through our recovery, there are various processes we have to go through in order to feel totally healed. Even if we’re able to abstain from our addictive substances and behaviors for a time, we don’t feel fully recovered if we still feel like they hold power over us. One of the first…

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…