Finding our Joy

Finding our Joy

When we’ve spent years of our lives grappling with addiction, we can lose our connection to our inner selves and to our joy. Many of us struggle with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety which cause us to live in fear and sadness, further disconnecting us from our true selves. We feel lost…

Cough Syrup Addiction

Cough Syrup Addiction

Three days after the death of rapper Mac Miller from a drug overdose, another rapper, Bow Wow, confessed to being addicted to a combination of promethazine and codeine-based cough syrup that he would mix with soft drinks. In 2007 when he would collaborate with rapper Omarion for the album Face Off, family and friends would…

Living From a Place of Serenity

Living From a Place of Serenity

Living with addictions often means we’ve become accustomed to living with inner turmoil, serious conflict in our relationships, and very difficult life circumstances. Feeling calm and at peace can feel distant and impossible, but we can make the choice to prioritize serenity in every moment. We have more control over our thoughts and emotions than…

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

Can a Sponsor Help Me?

Everyone’s recovery program will look different. Our experiences with addiction are totally unique to who we are, and so our experiences with recovery will be unique as well. One of the things that helps a great many of us, a common denominator in the recovery experience, is working with a sponsor. Sponsors help us with…

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

Why Self-Acceptance is Necessary for Recovery

There are many ways in which we limit ourselves and hold ourselves back when dealing with our mental and emotional health issues, including our addictions. When we don’t accept who we are, we fall into patterns of self-rejection which can contribute to our addictive behaviors and self-destructiveness. Learning to love and accept ourselves unconditionally is…

How Do I Know if I Have Unhealed Trauma?

How Do I Know if I Have Unhealed Trauma?

A great many of us have endured traumatic experiences, and many of us have yet to heal from them. How can we know if we still have unhealed trauma that we haven’t resolved? The answer to this question lies in examining our patterns – our behavioral patterns, our emotions, our thought patterns, our relationships and…

Realizing We’re Not Alone

Realizing We’re Not Alone

Recovering from our addictions and mental health issues is one of the most challenging experiences of our lives. One of the things that can bring us comfort is realizing we’re not alone in our journey. There are so many others also in recovery who we can share our journeys with. Many of us fall into…

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The decision to get help with our addictions can be one of the hardest we’ll ever have to make, and it can be filled with fear, worry and anxiety. One of the factors in the decision can be…