Addiction often makes people do things they would never otherwise do. One of the biggest regrets of people in recovery is that they did things to hurt the people they care about. Addiction often leaves many broken relationships in its wake. People early in recovery sometimes feel anxious and frustrated that their loved ones still… Continue Reading How Do You Get Your Family to Forgive You in Recovery?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD is a condition characterized by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts and behaviors. The popular conception of someone with OCD is that she keeps a meticulously clean house, arranges everything by color, size, or place in the alphabet, and simply must straighten an unlevel picture. In reality, OCD can take many different forms. The… Continue Reading OCD May Not Be What You Think It Is
Keystone habits are essentially good habits that bring their friends along. Everything we do is related to something else. When we identify and cultivate keystone habits, we get several benefits for the price of one. For example, exercise is one of the most potent keystone habits. It’s hard for some people to get in the… Continue Reading What Are Keystone Habits and How Can They Help You Stay Sober?
Life skills training is an important part of addiction recovery. Life skills training comprises skills like finding jobs, finding a place to live, paying bills on time, and building relationships. These don’t seem directly related to addiction recovery, but they are fundamental, and lacking these skills might endanger your recovery. Here’s why. Life skills build… Continue Reading Why Life Skills Training Matters in Addiction Recovery
Addiction and eating disorders often go together. One study found that people diagnosed with an eating disorder were five times more likely to have a substance use issue, and more than a third of people with substance use issues had eating disorders too. As with any co-occurring disorder, the relationship between addiction and eating disorders… Continue Reading How is Anorexia Related to Addiction?
Whether you’re recovering from addiction or mental illness, self-care must always be your first priority. This is difficult for some people to accept. You might have many responsibilities you don’t feel you can let go of or delegate, especially if you’re a parent. You might be dedicated to your career and feel obligated to do… Continue Reading Self-care is Not Selfish
Someone with anorexia eats very little food, and is very particular about what food she does eat. Anorexia can result in severe weight loss, which can endanger the patient’s health and even cause death by starvation. In addition to the physical danger of not eating enough, anorexia is highly correlated with anxiety, depression, addiction, and… Continue Reading Can You Spot the Signs of Anorexia?
Most people are aware that many women suffer from postpartum depression. In the months after giving birth, many women become deeply depressed and even suicidal. This is caused by a combination of massive hormonal changes, constant anxiety, too much stress, and too little sleep. Postpartum depression affects about 10 to 15 percent of mothers within… Continue Reading New Mothers and Fathers Have Higher Risk of Depression
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a dangerous or frightening event. We often associate PTSD with combat veterans, but most people who suffer from the condition are civilians. PTSD can be caused by a physical or sexual assault, an accident, such as a car wreck, a… Continue Reading Do You Know the Signs of PTSD?
Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people alternate between extremes of depression and elevated moods. Someone with bipolar disorder may barely get out of bed for months, then spend days or weeks with lots of energy and little need for sleep. Bipolar is a difficult condition to live with, both for the person who… Continue Reading 5 Myths About Bipolar Disorder