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How Can I Talk to My Children About Addiction?

Talking to our children about addiction can be difficult. We might find it awkward or uncomfortable, or worse we might worry we’re putting ideas in our kids’ heads about doing drugs. The unfortunate truth, though, is that children are being exposed to drugs and alcohol at very early ages, from their friends, from marketing, fromRead More

Addiction and Separation

When we’re in the grips of addiction, one of the things we’re known to do is distance ourselves from the people trying to help us. We prioritize our addiction, so we push away anything or anyone threatening to get in the way of it. The separation can be especially hard on our loved ones whoRead More

Confronting Our Trauma

The hardest part of the healing process may be taking the very first step – confronting our trauma. Very often our addictions rely on the denial of our trauma and the avoidance of our pain. We bury our emotions under our addictions to try to escape them. The substances and behaviors we’re dependent upon becomeRead More

How is Self-Expression Important for Recovery?

One of the most damaging things we can do when struggling with addictions and mental health issues is keep our emotions locked away within us. Suppressing our thoughts and feelings can be especially harmful to our mental, emotional and physical health. We can increase our anxiety and stress levels, contribute to our depression, and feedRead More

Bouncing Back from Rock Bottom

Hitting “rock bottom” is a term we give to the experience of reaching our lowest point in our addictions, when we’ve fallen so low we know we can no longer continue this way, when we realize our addictions have become unbearable, and we know we must make a change immediately if we want to survive.Read More

Is Recovery Possible?

Our addictions and mental health issues are constantly feeding us fear-based stories about ourselves, about who we are and what we’re capable of. One of the lies they tell us is that recovery is impossible. We believe we’re too weak, too far gone, too addicted to heal. We feel we’ve made too many mistakes toRead More

Finding Healthy Balance

Dealing with our addictions means confronting all of our unhealthy behaviors, all of the ways in which our addictions have impacted us. Many of us living with addictions have unhealthy relationships with other normal behaviors in our lives, such as eating and sex, things that we don’t necessarily want to quit or abstain from foreverRead More

How Do I Find Alignment?

An important element in the recovery process is that of finding our alignment within ourselves, with our inner power, with our guiding higher power. When we are struggling with addictions and mental health issues, it is so easy to fall out of alignment, to feel lost, misguided and confused. Finding alignment is so necessary toRead More

The Importance of Making Amends

One of the hardest but most important things we can do when in recovery is try to make amends to the people we hurt as a result of our addiction. This can be extremely scary and difficult. We are filled with remorse and regret. We feel embarrassment and guilt for our actions. We feel deeplyRead More