Learning From our Character Defects

Learning From our Character Defects

One of the things we learn in recovery is to take inventory of our character traits. The ones we feel are holding us back, that are hurting us and the people around us, are the ones we consider to be character defects. We have much to learn from these character defects, and working to improve…

Enlisting Support for our Recovery

Enlisting Support for our Recovery

No matter where we are in our recovery journey, whether we’re entering treatment for the first time or have had multiple attempts, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is seek out support. When we’ve been struggling with addictions, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves, our triggers, our behaviors and patterns, but…

How Can I Rediscover How to Have Fun Sober?

How Can I Rediscover How to Have Fun Sober?

Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues requires a tremendous amount of strength, courage and resilience. We are put to the test, and there is a great deal of emotional work involved. One important element of recovery that sometimes gets overlooked is the element of fun. We think of recovery as a serious thing,…

Homesickness in College

Homesickness in College

Being in a college is like being in a different world where you are completely on your own. Not everyone is comfortable or ready to enter that world and can feel intense moments of anxiety as a result. It is important not to let your feelings of homesick stay with you and to use college…

The Importance of Personalized Care    

The Importance of Personalized Care    

When we make the decision to get professional help with our recovery, there are some elements of treatment that are especially helpful. When treatment centers offer personalized care, it greatly helps our chances of recovery because we are being helped as an individual, not just as yet another patient. We’re seen for who we are,…

How Can I Heal My Depression?

How Can I Heal My Depression?

Depression and addiction very often coincide with one another, and for many of us, we are struggling with both at the same time. Working to heal our depression can work wonders for our addiction recovery. There is no magic solution to healing depression, and just like each of us has so many different experiences and…

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

Living with addictions and mental health issues can cause us to develop thought patterns that contribute to our emotional pain. We tend to worry, complain, think negatively and be pessimistic. One way to create new thought patterns that reinforce health and happiness is to develop a gratitude practice. In the midst of our emotional pain,…

Why Do So Many People Relapse?

Why Do So Many People Relapse?

There are so many reasons why people relapse, and the reasons can be as varied and unique as our experiences with addiction. There are some common themes that can help us to understand why we relapse, which can be a very difficult experience, especially when we want so badly to get better. For many of…