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Unmanageability in drug and alcohol addiction

Unmanageability is not a word that we hear often unless we are familiar with 12 Step programs and recovery but, it is one of the identifying characteristics of drug and alcohol addiction. Most of us  like to believe that we exert a certain amount of control in our lives. When we begin to struggle with […]

The Craving Mind and overcoming it with mindfulness

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. is the director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an adjunct professor at Yale University, a longtime meditator and has written a book called The Craving Mind. His research has shown him what leads to people […]

Are you Struggling with Codependency?

Do you often feel overwhelmed by your partner’s emotions? Do find you rarely focus on your own needs? Are you unsure where you end & your partner begins? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you are struggling with codependency. Codependency is defined as over-reliance on a person or in layman’s terms […]

Substance Use and Defenses

Throughout our lives, we naturally develop defenses to protect ourselves from thoughts, feelings, or experiences that seem uncomfortable. For example, we might deny that an uncomfortable situation is happening because we don’t want to face that discomfort. You might think of defenses as rose-colored glasses that we put on so we can try to change […]

Physical Health and Relapse Prevention

When we think about addiction and recovery, it is vital to prepare for relapse prevention by minimizing daily stressors and following a solid plan to avoid relapse. Relapse prevention planning also typically includes strategies for avoiding triggers for relapse, including people whom you used to use substances with, places where you used to obtain or use […]

Surviving Early Recovery: More than just 12-Steps

For many years, 12 step meetings were one of the only additional resources for individual struggling with surviving early recovery from substances outside of individual counseling. Recently, similar programs have formed… 7 step programs, 9 step programs, SMART recovery & Celebrate Recovery, etc. Though AA & NA & similar fellowship programs have proven to be very helpful for some people in […]

Drug and Alcohol Addiction: Common Myths

Many of us have a stereotype of what an addict or alcoholic is. Some people assume that drug and alcohol addiction is a problem that only certain kinds of people face; this could not be further from the truth. There are many misconceptions about drug and alcohol addiction that can affect not only the addict […]

The 5 Love Languages

Do you ever feel like no matter how much ‘love’ you provide to your partner that nothing is ever enough? Do you ‘know’ your partner loves you but you don’t ‘feel’ it all the time? Perhaps you and your partner’s love languages are out of sync. Love Languages? What is that?  Isn’t just saying I love you enough? It’s […]

Recovering from Addiction: How to Survive

When many people think of Recovering from Addiction, they envision attending a 28-day rehabilitation facility, daily Alcoholic/Narcotic Anonymous meetings, and never being able to drink or use again. Unfortunately, this stigma often scares people off from admitting they are struggling with addiction and getting the help they need. Have you ever thought to yourself  “I […]

Freedom from Addiction & Codependency

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the mantra, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference”. This saying is It serves to remind people how powerless they are over the feelings, thoughts, and choices of others. If you’ve struggled […]