Why Do We Resist Getting Help?

Why Do We Resist Getting Help?

When we’re struggling with addiction, the logical thing would be to want to get help for the illness that is destroying our lives. When we have a broken bone or any other medical issue, we get help. Why do we so often resist getting the help we need to kick our addictions? What is it…

An Approach to Suicidal Thoughts

An Approach to Suicidal Thoughts

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When we’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, we’re overcome with an intense need for relief from our emotional pain. We’re often depressed and battling other mental health issues, and often addiction as well. We become convinced that the thoughts…

Affirmations for Addiction During Pregnancy

  When we are struggling with addiction, we can fall victim to the many limiting beliefs we’ve adopted and developed over the years. We believe that we’re inadequate. We believe we’re not strong enough to get clean. We believe we’re shameful, immoral people who are unworthy and undeserving – of love, happiness, success and good…

Connecting with Our Higher Power

Connecting with Our Higher Power

Addiction recovery programs such as the Twelve Step programs include a relationship with a higher power as part of the foundation for their healing work. If we don’t already have a relationship with a higher power, or even know what that means for us, how can we create one for ourselves, and how is it…

The Effects of Withdrawal

The Effects of Withdrawal

One of the things that keeps so many of us from choosing recovery is our fear of the withdrawal symptoms we’ll experience when we stop using our drug of choice. Sometimes we’re so afraid of these symptoms that we assume we won’t be able to survive them. Instead of reaching out for help, many of…

Enabling Vs. Helping

Enabling Vs. Helping

Helping is when you aid someone to get on the right track in their recovery and persuade them to get treatment. Enabling is when you are unknowingly supporting someone’s addiction thinking you are protecting them from getting in trouble with the law or other consequences. It is important to know the difference between helping and…

Depressive Symptoms Often Ignored

Depressive Symptoms Often Ignored

While being glum is a major symptom of depression, it takes a lot more to have a mental health diagnosis of depression. You may know someone showing the symptoms without realizing they are depressed. It is important to be aware of all of the actions that you or someone else shows so that you know…