Fearing Our Vulnerability

Fearing Our Vulnerability

Many of us are culturally conditioned to think of vulnerability as a weakness. We’re afraid to open up to other people and confide in them lest they use that information against us. We’re afraid to divulge personal details about ourselves because we fear being judged, rejected or embarrassed. We close ourselves off to other people,…

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Why is Addiction Stigmatized?

Many of us struggling with addiction have at one time or another been confronted with all of the stigmas around addiction and the negative stereotypes about addicts. We ourselves may have been negatively stereotyped, judged, ridiculed or rejected because of our struggle with addiction. With addiction so common and widespread, why is it still so…

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…

Where Does Our Self-Destructiveness Come From?

Where Does Our Self-Destructiveness Come From?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Under healthy circumstances, our natural instincts would be to want to protect ourselves, to preserve our health and keep ourselves safe. We would want to take good care of ourselves and keep ourselves out of harm’s way. For…