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
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. 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
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?
"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." - Buddha In eastern philosophy, the key to happiness is … Read more about The Importance of Gratitude