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
As we explored in Attachment Theory Part One, the attachments formed in childhood may affect a person physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout a lifetime. If a child develops a healthy attachment to a caregiver, he or she will more likely develop a secure attachment throughout life and … Read more about Understanding Attachment Theory and Addiction: Is There a Link?
by Renee W. As a recovering alcoholic who has been enabled by well-meaning family and friends, I have a strong stance on this issue. When I was drowning in my addiction, I manipulated my family and friends as all addicts do. Some fell into the destructive cycle of enabling me … Read more about How to Know if You’re Enabling an Addiction
While Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and excitement, the festive season also brings with it a heightened sense of loneliness and despair, and many people can feel left out. For those with an addiction, Christmas can be an especially difficult time of year. These low feelings can, … Read more about How Christmas is often a turning point for those with addiction
In 2017, 19.7 million American people aged 12 years and older battled a substance use disorder, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In the same year in Spain, there were 68,297 high-risk opioid users. Drug abuse is a global, ever-growing problem in modern-day … Read more about The 10 Most Common Signs of Drug Addiction
They say that, in life, bad things come in threes. Unfortunately, this is no truer than when dealing with addiction. Addiction is a debilitating condition, and it often causes (and is caused by) other factors like mental health, isolation and denial. We could be living our best lives and … Read more about What to do about DAD: Depression, Addiction and Denial
Our core belief is that Trauma and addiction are inextricably linked. As Don Lavender (Camino's Program Director) frequently says, ‘One of the biggest contributors to relapse is stress… And one of the biggest contributors to stress is unaddressed or unresolved … Read more about Unresolved Trauma and Addiction