What is Self-Medicating?

What is Self-Medicating?

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Self-medicating is the term used to describe our use of addictive substances and behaviors to relieve our mental and emotional pain. Rather than actual medication or natural remedies that would help us to heal, we’re relying on toxic…

The Unsustainable Lifestyle of Addiction

The Unsustainable Lifestyle of Addiction

Many of us struggling with addiction continue our patterns for years before we realize we simply can’t live like that anymore. We’ve been perpetuating toxic and dangerous cycles full of self-hatred and self-destruction. When we’re mid-cycle, we tend to think we’ll be able to manage. We find ways to get away with all the self-harm.…

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.…

Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

Why Do We Self-Sabotage?

Our addictions often bring along with them a host of other dangerous and destructive behaviors. Our addictions don’t function in isolation, meaning they are often part of a larger cycle of self-destructiveness and self-harm. Along with substance abuse, we often engage in reckless and risky behaviors that endanger us and put us in harm’s way.…

Why Do We Fear Sobriety?

Why Do We Fear Sobriety?

We experience many fears related to our addiction and recovery, and while it may seem perplexing that we would fear sobriety, many of us do in fact have a fear of what lies on the other side of our recovery. Because sobriety is our goal, it might seem counterintuitive that we would be afraid of…