The Highs and Lows of Addiction

The Highs and Lows of Addiction

Addiction is known for causing us to experience drastic highs and lows, and understanding them can help us have a clearer understanding of our experience. When we become addicted to a substance or behavior, what we often are most dependent upon is that feeling of being high that feels so much better than the pain…

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…

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

What are the Connections Between Codependence and Addiction?

We often associate codependence with romantic partnerships that are full of neediness, attachments and obsessiveness. Codependence is when we’ve developed an unhealthy dependence and attachment on something or someone outside of ourselves. We are often seeking validation from other people in our lives. We feel so unhappy and unsatisfied with ourselves as we are that…

How Can I Overcome Temptation?

How Can I Overcome Temptation?

One of the biggest challenges in our recovery begins when we’ve completed treatment, when we’re no longer being supervised in an environment with no access to our addictive substance or behavior of choice. When we return home and are starting to reintegrate back into our regular lives, a potential threat to our sobriety is the…

How Do I Create Better Habits for Myself?

How Do I Create Better Habits for Myself?

When we’re working to heal, we examine the fears and emotions that are contributing to our unwellness. We analyze and work to change our beliefs. For example, we can’t heal if we don’t believe we can. What we sometimes neglect, but which are just as important, are our habits. Our recovery will only be as…

How is Solitude Good for Us?

How is Solitude Good for Us?

Living with addiction and mental health issues can cause us to isolate ourselves, out of fear, shame and embarrassment. Self-isolation can be especially harmful to our health and can cause our conditions to worsen. Solitude, on the other hand, can be powerfully beneficial to our healing and recovery. What is the difference between solitude and…

Fear of Inadequacy

Fear of Inadequacy

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Fear is a natural part of our experience as human beings, and the common fears that so many of us struggle with are universal elements of human nature. Looking at the fears that many of us grapple with,…

Suffering from Chronic Depression

Suffering from Chronic Depression

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Addiction is often accompanied by mental health issues that we aren’t consciously aware of. We know we’re experiencing mental and emotional pain, but we don’t know why. For some of us, depression presents itself after an isolated incident.…