Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

Redefining Fun During the Holiday Season

When we think of the holidays, many of us picture parties and special events full of drinking. It’s hard for us to think of celebration or fun without drugs and alcohol. When we are in recovery, getting through the holidays successfully, and actually enjoying them, means creating new associations and finding new sources of enjoyment.…

Two women talk about how to prevent someone from committing suicide

How Can I Stop Self-Sabotaging?

Our patterns of self-sabotage and self-destructiveness are often caused by our fears, our internal feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, self-rejection and self-blame. We hold ourselves back and keep ourselves small because we feel that’s all we deserve. We haven’t yet actualized our potential or seen the value of our worth. To stop our cycles of self-sabotage,…

Coping with Loneliness

Coping with Loneliness

Loneliness is one of the emotions we associate with negativity. We don’t want to feel it, so we reject it and do whatever we can not to have to feel it. For many of us, it can be a driving factor behind our addictions. We’re afraid to be lonely, so we distract ourselves with dating…

The Importance of Hope

The Importance of Hope

Living with addiction can mean going through times where we struggle so much that we give up hope. We lose our ability to see a future for ourselves with joy, faith and optimism. Giving up hope can be a sign we’ve fallen into depression. It also makes us more susceptible to letting our addictions totally…

How to Keep Living While Depressed

How to Keep Living While Depressed

Depression can change the outlook of how you see the world where you feel sad all the time and think it will not get better. It is important to realize that it will always get better for as long as you are alive. By surrounding yourself with positive people, tasks, and finding reasons to live,…

The Role Anger Can Play in Our Addictions

The Role Anger Can Play in Our Addictions

For many of us, our addictions are our means of escaping the painful things in our lives we’re unable to confront. Anger is one of the most difficult and destabilizing emotions we experience, and handling our interpersonal conflicts can feel impossible, especially when we don’t feel we have an understanding with the other person. Many…