When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

When We Use Addiction to Self-Medicate

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Sometimes when we’re thinking about addiction recovery, we are more focused on the addictive behaviors than on the underlying causes fueling those behaviors. Very often our addictions are fueled by our need to self-medicate from our pain. We…

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

Why is Holistic Healing Important?

Many of our approaches to healing addictions and mental health issues are focused on the mind, on our thinking and thought patterns. We use talk-therapy as our main go-to form of therapy. Our approach tends to be cerebral in nature. We rely on our intellect to try to think our way out of our issues.…

Finding Kindred Spirits

Finding Kindred Spirits

One of the most special parts about the addiction recovery process is finding kindred spirits along the way. We tend to feel very alone when we’re struggling with addictions, and we can feel just as alone when we’re working towards recovery. Many of us isolate ourselves, especially if we’re depressed or struggling with other mental…

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

How Can I Learn to Ask for Help?

Asking for help is hard for many of us, and it can keep us from getting the help we need and from making progress in our recovery. Learning to be able to ask for help requires we shift some of our perspectives. If you have a hard time asking for help and receiving the help…

Affirmations for Recovery

Affirmations for Recovery

The more we learn about our addictions and mental health issues, the more we come to understand the power of our minds to either contribute to our healing or to our suffering. We also make our struggles a lot worse with the thought patterns we’ve adopted and continue to perpetuate. Our minds contribute to our…

How Do I Stop Isolating Myself?

How Do I Stop Isolating Myself?

Sometimes when we are depressed and struggling with our addictions, we tend to isolate ourselves, from the world and also from the people and resources that could help us. These times in particular are when we can most benefit from other people’s love and support. We isolate because we think no one will understand our…

How is Insecurity Related to Addiction?

How is Insecurity Related to Addiction?

Our addictions can develop for many reasons. For some of us, our addictions manifested from our lack of self-love and self-acceptance. Addiction is often about trying to numb ourselves from our pain, and for many of us that pain comes from our insecurity, our lack of self-worth and our low self-esteem. Our insecurities can come…