“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die.” You may have heard variations of this quote from Marianne Williamson in recovery circles, and for a good reason. Poison is the best way to describe unforgiveness, which leads to … Read more about Forgive and Remember: Letting Go of Resentments in to Protect Your Sobriety
by Renee W. My first stretch of sobriety lasted for three years and (almost) four months. 1,231 days, to be exact, and I only know that because I Googled the dates. During those three-plus years, I stopped drinking, threw myself into AA meetings, worked with a sponsor, lost weight, got fit, … Read more about What is Emotional Sobriety?
Feeling lonely is common, especially amidst a global pandemic. No one is immune to feeling isolated from time to time, but what if it becomes a chronic feeling that you can’t shake? Psychology Today defines loneliness as a “function of the affective need for companionship and belonging.” Left … Read more about The Disease of Isolation: Cycles of Loneliness and Addiction
by Renee W. I knew I desperately needed help, but deep down, I wasn’t ready to give up my addiction. I didn’t know how I would survive without my drug of choice – alcohol. My addiction lasted ten years, and while I had a few periods of sobriety in there, nothing stuck. My addiction was … Read more about How to help an addict who doesn’t want help
There are many reasons why people seek primary care. When it comes to treating negative or harmful patterns of thought and behaviour, people turn to primary care to get the treatment they need for long-term recovery. In the majority, they have exhausted all other avenues and reached a … Read more about What happens during Inpatient Primary Care?
Although certain medications commonly used to combat the symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety, panic disorder and depression can be extremely effective, it can often be a double edge sword. While it’s true that medication can help to relieve the unpleasant feelings that … Read more about Xanax Addiction and Abuse: The side effects and how to get help
Here is one fact in recovery: quitting drugs or alcohol is the pivotal first step of sobriety. After all, you have to quit first. Then the recovery journey begins. While most people want to hear a definite timeline in recovery, the truth is, there isn’t one. Everyone’s recovery experience is … Read more about Ups, Downs, and Everything in Between: Understanding the First Year of Recovery
Myth: Boundaries are walls we put up to keep others away. Contrary to the popular myth, boundaries are not a wall to keep others out. Setting healthy boundaries is an important life skill, especially for people in recovery. Boundaries show you and others that you value yourself enough to … Read more about How to set healthy boundaries in recovery