Man smoking a cigarette wonders what are gateway drugs

What are Gateway Drugs?

Everyone has heard the argument that marijuana is a gateway drug but most people dismiss this idea. The concept is very real, however, and creates a well-trodden path towards drug addiction. When it comes to treatment for drug addiction, we must ask what are gateway drugs? Moreover, what are the risks they pose? What Are…

Will My Addiction Affect My Child?

Will My Addiction Affect My Child?

As parents, our children’s well-being is of the utmost importance to us and is usually our highest priority. We are responsible for their upbringing and their health, and we take our responsibility very seriously. We feel honored to be their parents. When we’re struggling with addiction, our priorities can become totally skewed. The toxic substances…

Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Emotional Numbness and Addiction

Sometimes when we abuse drugs, it’s not just to stop ourselves from feeling painful emotions. It also can be to make us feel anything at all, since we’ve become so numb and complacent in our daily lives. We have no connection to our emotions, and the drugs allow us to feel something. We prefer the…

Isolation and Addiction

Isolation and Addiction

Addiction is one of the most loneliest diseases that any human can face. The shame and the fear of letting anyone in will close you off from everyone while you are under the influence. By confronting your addiction head on, you will be able to maintain your close personal friendships again. There are many reasons…

How is Therapy Beneficial in Recovery?

How is Therapy Beneficial in Recovery?

When we’re living with addiction, we’re often struggling with multiple different underlying issues. We have unresolved trauma, unaddressed stress, and untreated mental health conditions. Our substance abuse and addictive behaviors are only part of our problem, and usually they are covering up deep mental and emotional pain. Therapy is a powerful way to finally address…

How Do We Harm Our Mental Health?

How Do We Harm Our Mental Health?

Many of us struggling with addiction also struggled with mental health issues long before we became aware of our addictions setting in. We may have been living with mental illnesses since childhood, often without realizing it. What are some ways in which we harm our mental health? Knowing these things can help bring us more…

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…

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…

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

The Things We Have to Leave Behind

Healing from our addictions and mental health issues requires that we make certain sacrifices and leave certain things behind. It can be a huge challenge, and it can feel like an uncomfortable and painful process full of growing pains and discomfort. There will be some things for which we’ll have to undergo a grieving process.…