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Can We Heal from Mental Illness and Addiction?

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When we are in the middle of our battles with mental health issues and addiction, we can feel as though there’s no end in sight to our suffering, no light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve lost hope for our recovery, and we’ve lost faith in ourselves and our abilities. We feel so down… Read On »

How Do We Become Self-Destructive?

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For many of us living with addiction and mental health issues, we experience a disturbing trend that is unfortunately very common – the overwhelming desire to self-destruct. Our thoughts revolve around how we can harm ourselves. We suffer from low self-esteem and a tainted self-image. Our self-perception is based on self-hatred, self-judgment, and self-rejection. How… Read On »

The 4 Easiest Ways to Be a Little Healthier in Recovery

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  Making healthy lifestyle changes is an important part of a successful recovery from a substance use disorder. The big changes, like adopting a regular exercise habit, creating a strong sober network, and eating a healthy diet take persistent effort to accomplish. However, they largely consist of many small changes, some of which are easy… Read On »

How Does Addiction Separate Us from Our Loved Ones?

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We know that addiction is a debilitating illness that takes us away from ourselves and robs us of our goals, our life purpose, and our identity. Addiction can also separate us from our loved ones, causing intense emotional pain for everyone involved. Addiction keeps us shrouded in a cloud of shame, disappointment, regret and embarrassment.… Read On »

3 Unhealthy Habits that are Common in Addiction Recovery

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Quitting drugs and alcohol is possibly the best thing you can do for your health. Accidental death, which includes overdose, is one of the leading causes of mortality in younger people and chronic substance use can lead to serious health problems later in life. However, many people let other bad habits creep in during recovery.… Read On »

Why is Self-Love Critical for Recovery?

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Those of us living with addiction and mental health issues are no strangers to insecurity and low self-esteem. We lack the confidence and sense of self to prioritize our health and well-being. We reject ourselves so much that we compound our own mental and emotional pain. This can make us resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms… Read On »

Don’t Let Impostor Syndrome Sabotage Your Recovery

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Impostor syndrome is the persistent feeling that you don’t really deserve your success. People experiencing impostor syndrome typically feel like their success is a matter of luck or that they have somehow deceived others into believing they are smarter or more capable than they actually are. As a result, they are constantly afraid of being… Read On »

Can You Travel for Healing?

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Before we recover, some of us attempt to escape addiction with a “geographical cure.” In other words, we move or travel as a way to “outsmart” addiction – a plan which is doomed to failure. But once we recover, can travel help us to grow and heal? Many people associate travel with leisure, with going… Read On »

4 Ways to Fight Fatigue Early in Addiction Recovery

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  It’s common to feel fatigued early in addiction recovery. Exactly why you feel fatigued depends on your specific circumstances, though all of them relate to brain health. For example, if you’re recovering from a cocaine addiction, your brain is trying to function without the powerful stimulant it has come to rely on. If you’re… Read On »

4 Reasons To Take Up Running In Recovery

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  A successful recovery requires many changes, including different ways of thinking, spending time with different people, and adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise. Many studies have found that exercise can improve your mood and reduce post-acute withdrawal symptoms, making it a valuable part of every… Read On »