Many of us grow up learning to hate ourselves, and very often it is our self-destructiveness that fuels our addictions. We feel insecure and lack self-confidence. We struggle with feelings of low self-worth and self-esteem. We carry a lot of shame and regret. Our self-image is based on our lack of self-love, and we often… Continue Reading How Do I Learn to Love Myself?
There’s much about being a teenager that makes drug use and addiction more likely. According to the CDC, more than 60 percent of teens have tried alcohol, more than 35 percent have used marijuana, and more than 14 percent have misused prescription drugs. While some experimentation among teens is inevitable, it is not inconsequential. Most… Continue Reading Are Teens More Prone to Addiction?
Relapse is a difficult and sometimes painful part of the recovery process. There are some warning signs that can signal the onset of a relapse. Becoming more aware of these warning signs can help us to seek out support for ourselves or for loved ones when needed. Depression affects many of us struggling with addictions.… Continue Reading Relapse Warning Signs
When we are struggling with addictions, it’s not uncommon for us to give up on ourselves. We lose faith in ourselves. We don’t have hope and don’t feel optimistic about our futures or our chances for recovery. When we give up on ourselves, we tend to give up responsibility for our lives. We can sometimes… Continue Reading How Do I Learn to Take Responsibility for my Life?
Addiction is often known as the “family disease,” and for good reason – it affects the whole family, and the patterns and habits of addiction are often shared, even inherited, by multiple family members. To have a healthy recovery, we benefit greatly from having the support of our families. Their involvement means we can learn… Continue Reading The Importance of Family Involvement
When we know we need help dealing with our addictions and are contemplating entering treatment, the thought of having to leave home can be a scary one. It can be difficult to be separated from our families and loved ones. It can be very hard to push ourselves out of our comfort zone. As challenging… Continue Reading How is Residential Treatment Helpful?
Sometimes the most damaging effects our addictions can have on us are the limiting beliefs they cause us to adopt and believe to be true. Very often these limiting beliefs contributed to the development of our addictions in the first place. We come to think so poorly of ourselves that our mentality is one of… Continue Reading Learning Self-Empowerment
There is a great deal of misinformation about addiction floating around, compounded by the stereotypes that many people have come to believe to be true about addicts and addiction. There is still stigma surrounding addiction, and incorrect assumptions that it is found disproportionately in poor communities and homeless populations. Addiction is often wrongly associated with… Continue Reading Who Does Addiction Affect?
Making the transition from treatment back to your regular routine can be a difficult one, full of brand new mental and emotional challenges. We can be filled with fear that we’ll relapse. We can be hit with the anxiety and depression that can come during difficult transitions. We can feel suddenly very alone and isolated… Continue Reading Transitioning Out of Treatment
Recovery is not a one-time thing where we go to treatment and then are magically cured. It is a process that we undertake and commit to for the rest of our lives. When we decide to get clean, we are making the important decision that we want to be well, we want to be happy,… Continue Reading How Do I Maintain My Sobriety?