Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is complex. Primarily, the onset of this disorder is caused by negative past experiences, trauma and even genetics. In places like Australia, up to four percent may be suffering from this disorder. In the United States, this figure rises to six … Read more about Borderline personality disorder and childhood trauma
by Renee W. Labels can be incredibly damaging. They come with all kinds of biases and connotations, whether positive or negative. However, how we label ourselves defines not only the lens through which we see ourselves but how we act. There are always negative connotations to the label … Read more about Labels, Identity, and Recovery
by Renee W. I remember, early in recovery, logging onto Facebook and scrolling through my feeds. A friend posted a picture of herself looking happy and gorgeous, drinking a glass of wine at a party that I was clearly not invited to. Not that I could have gone anyway. I felt sick to my … Read more about Social Media and Recovery: How it Helps, How it Hurts
by Renee W. When I got sober the first time in 2014, my strategy was simple: get my body back. I had gained weight from my alcoholism, and I thought if I could eat better and exercise, I would lose weight, feel better about myself, and stay sober. So, I put all my effort into … Read more about How Does Diet Culture Affect Women in Recovery?
The inextricable link between addiction and trauma is well known. Movements such as Alcoholics Anonymous (and other 'anonymous' fellowships) have undoubtedly made significant contributions to the therapeutic processes surrounding addiction. Rarely though, does this work purport to address … Read more about EMDR Therapy: A Highly Effective Treatment for Trauma and Addiction
Have you ever had what you describe as an out-of-body experience where you could not feel anything going on around you? You may have felt floaty or unable to move. You may have felt like you were watching yourself from somewhere else. Your skin may have tingled, your heart may have raced, … Read more about Complex Trauma: What is Dissociation?
In the depths of addiction, we can lose our own self-esteem. We have no faith in our ability to assess ourselves and, ultimately, we believe we are worthless. To feel better about ourselves in this situation – if only temporarily – we seek the approval of others. This can become an … Read more about Why are boundaries important in recovery?
Back in December 2019, when most of us were looking forward to festive celebrations or planning their summer holidays, few people had heard of coronavirus or its scientific name, COVID-19. Today, most people rarely talk about anything else. Coronavirus has the power to strike fear into most … Read more about 12 Top Tips to Manage Anxiety