Detaching from Our Pain

Detaching from Our Pain

Struggling with addiction and mental health issues can cause us to form strong attachments to our pain. Because our illnesses are familiar to us, because they are what we know, they become a form of security for us. They can become our comfort zone. They provide us with a sense of familiarity and comfort, even…

What Happens When We Face Our Fears?

What Happens When We Face Our Fears?

Living with addiction and mental health issues, we have a tendency to focus on the symptoms of our illnesses – our behavioral problems, our emotional issues, our toxic thought patterns. What we often forget to look at, however, are the fears underlying our self-destructiveness. We sometimes fail to see that it is usually our fears…

Threats to our Serenity

Threats to our Serenity

When we are living with addiction, we are often consumed with inner turmoil, conflict in our relationships and in our daily lives, and a lack of peace and tranquility within ourselves. We haven’t learned how to foster emotional balance, groundedness and centeredness for ourselves. We are susceptible to emotional imbalance and can easily be thrown…

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…

Why is Isolation So Harmful?

Why is Isolation So Harmful?

Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to isolating ourselves. Many of us go to great lengths to avoid people and having to interact with them. We find ways to survive on a daily basis without venturing out in public. For example, we have everything delivered to our homes…

How is Therapy Beneficial in Recovery?

How is Therapy Beneficial in Recovery?

When we’re living with addiction, we’re often struggling with multiple different underlying issues. We have unresolved trauma, unaddressed stress, and untreated mental health conditions. Our substance abuse and addictive behaviors are only part of our problem, and usually they are covering up deep mental and emotional pain. Therapy is a powerful way to finally address…