It’s well-known that addiction hijacks the brain. Even though addicts are aware of the negative consequences of continuing to use, they still do it. As the disease progresses, they will start to lie, steal, cheat, and worse… anything to get their drug of choice. Eventually, they find themselves alone, with all their relationships in smoldering ruins and nowhere to turn for help. But is there hope when it comes to overcoming addiction? Can you ever get over it? If so, how?Read More
I was terrified of going to rehab. I’d had some horrifically terrible experiences in hospitals – so bad I don’t even want to write about them.
I was afraid of giving up my freedom, my phone, my contact with family, even being away from my cat. But when I passed out on the sidewalk outside a local dive bar and woke up in a hospital bed, I knew it was time. Something had to change, and desperate times require desperate measures.Read More
There’s no such thing as good emotions and bad emotions—they’re all what makes us human. Here’s why we should reevaluate how we view and treat emotions.
As a society, we don’t try to hide the simple fact that we don’t like emotions. We view them as weak, as troublesome and useless, specifically if they are termed “negative.” They get in the way of our everyday lives. As a result, we do not express what we feel but instead suppress our emotions.Read More
Crafting your environment can help you create a solid foundation for your life in recovery. What’s your environment like? When you were living with addiction your environment might have been filled with people coming and going, so-called friends that you couldn’t actually trust. It might have been loud or unpredictable. Just like a negative environment can contribute to the chaos of addiction, a healthy environment can help you thrive in recovery.Read More
Before recovery, people often live with a great many fears. You might be afraid of someone finding out about your substance abuse or addictive behaviors. Possibly, you might fear getting arrested or going to prison for DUI. You might be afraid of hospitalization, institutionalization, failure, crisis, relapse, or a diagnosis of a psychiatric or substance use disorder.Read More
Active addiction can deplete your body; wholesome, nutritious eating can strengthen it. With everything happening in the world, it can be easy to forget that nutrition is a vital part of getting and staying healthy and strengthening your immune system. Healthy eating is important for everyone, but particularly for people in recovery. While active addiction can deplete your body, nutritious eating can provide you with the strength you need to heal.Read More