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…

What is Self-Medicating?

What is Self-Medicating?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Self-medicating is the term used to describe our use of addictive substances and behaviors to relieve our mental and emotional pain. Rather than actual medication or natural remedies that would help us to heal, we’re relying on toxic…

How to Stop Doing Things You Regret

How to Stop Doing Things You Regret

Living with addiction, many of us come to feel quite accustomed to and familiar with regret. It becomes second nature for us to feel ashamed of ourselves, remorseful and full of regret for our mistakes, wrongdoings and shortcomings. As a result, we feel depressed, anxious, insecure, inadequate and inferior. We use our addictions to help…

What Can Sobriety Mean for You?

What Can Sobriety Mean for You?

Approaching recovery can be daunting, overwhelming and anxiety-inducing for many of us. We’re afraid to do the hard work necessary for recovery. We’re hesitant to leave behind the comforts of our familiar lifestyles. We’re afraid to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and to sacrifice the drugs of choice we’ve become so dependent upon.…

What Does Your Best Life Look Like?

What Does Your Best Life Look Like?

When we’re recovering from our addictions and mental health issues, it can really help to start visualizing the lives we want for ourselves, to help us work to manifest them. Very often we get caught up dwelling on our painful pasts, or on our current difficult circumstances. We tend to think negatively, complain and be…

The Ego, the Root Chakra and Addiction

The Ego, the Root Chakra and Addiction

Our ego, or sense of self, often becomes wounded from trauma, and when we haven’t healed from that trauma, we show all kinds of signs of an unhealthy self-image and self-perception. We have deep insecurities. We don’t feel grounded in ourselves or rooted in our purpose. The root chakra governs our feelings of security, stability,…

How Can I Stop Feeling So Bad About Myself?

How Can I Stop Feeling So Bad About Myself?

Living with addiction and mental health issues, we’re no strangers to self-judgment and beating ourselves up. It’s almost as if self-disparagement and self-rejection come with the territory. To heal ourselves and work towards sobriety, we want to shed the misunderstanding and unkindness we’ve been punishing ourselves with. We want to free ourselves from the limitations…

Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Sometimes when we abuse drugs, it’s not just to stop ourselves from feeling painful emotions. It also can be to make us feel anything at all, since we’ve become so numb and complacent in our daily lives. We have no connection to our emotions, and the drugs allow us to feel something. We prefer the…

Recognizing a Manic Episode

Recognizing a Manic Episode

Addiction rarely functions in isolation, meaning it is often accompanied by other illnesses and issues, particularly mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar depression, anxiety and other issues. One of the phases of bipolar depression is the manic episode, which can often precede and/or follow a major depressive episode. When we’re working to recover, it helps…

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…