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Do I Have To Explain My Sobriety?

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People can be persistent when it comes to demanding a reason for why someone doesn’t take a drink or participate in drinking. When we’re offered a drink and we say, in some form, “No,” we might be met with disbelief, argument, or even an attempt at persuading us to take a drink even though we… Read On »

What Can I Do To Support a Loved One In Treatment?

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The common suggestion for packing to attend a traditional treatment program is to pack about two weeks worth of clothing for a variety of activities. With multiple activities and outings taking place every day, clothing is used up and reused very quickly. Something as simple as a fresh set of outfits that provide more options… Read On »

Why Don’t People Seek Treatment?

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Life does come with real responsibilities that can make taking time for treatment a challenge. We have jobs, family, friends, social circles, and many other areas of our life which demand our time, energy, and focus. However, when we’re honest with ourselves about the toll addiction is taking on our lives, we can see clearly,… Read On »

How Damaging Is The Stigma Of Addiction?

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The word “addict” and the word “alcoholic” paint very distinct pictures, bringing to mind a very specific kind of person. What does an addict or an alcoholic look like to you? You might envision someone homeless, without a job, acting severely mentally ill, who does not practice proper hygiene and has thrown their life away… Read On »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Is Isolating So Harmful?

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If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). When living with addiction and mental health issues, many of us tend to isolate, out of the shame we feel about our addictions, because of the depression and anxiety we’re experiencing, and from our fears of being looked… Read On »