Healing Fears with Exposure

Healing Fears with Exposure

When we’re having a hard time healing our inner pain, our woundedness from past trauma, our deep sadness and grief, it is often our fear that is keeping us from healing and moving forward. We’re afraid of having to feel the same pain again. We’re afraid that we’ll always suffer. We’re afraid that we’ll always…

Self-Hatred and Self-Worth

Self-Hatred and Self-Worth

At the root of our addictions and mental and emotional health issues is often a pervasive, all-encompassing feeling of self-hatred. We don’t believe in our own self-worth and our value. We see ourselves not as we truly are but with a self-image based on self-rejection and shame. We criticize ourselves at every turn and judge…

What Can We Learn in Family Therapy?

What Can We Learn in Family Therapy?

Family therapy is one of the most beneficial and useful tools available to us in recovery. Addiction doesn’t affect the addict alone. It impacts the entire family, so much so that addiction is often considered a family disease. We can inherit addictive traits and behaviors from our families, and even when only one family member…

Real-Life Couple Faces Addiction Together

Real-Life Couple Faces Addiction Together

It can be hard to be in a relationship when two people struggle with addiction. The chances of getting help decrease if your significant other is constantly around you abusing drugs. One real-life couple shared their story to Huffington Post about the obstacles they both faced in their relationship as a result of their drug…

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,…

How to Have a Sober New Year’s Eve

How to Have a Sober New Year’s Eve

We may see in television shows and movies that crowds celebrate New Year’s Eve by popping champagne when the ball drops and drinking other alcoholic drinks before the year is over. But what if you were an alcoholic and are trying to quit? It is important to know that you do not need alcohol in…

Creating Stillness Within Ourselves

Creating Stillness Within Ourselves

When we’re struggling with addictions and mental health issues, it can be rare that we feel stillness and a sense of peace within ourselves. We feel at odds with ourselves. We feel consumed with inner turmoil and internal conflict. Our thoughts race. We’re filled with anxiety. Our minds are overly active and it’s hard to…