Why is it So Hard for Us to Ask for Help?

Why is it So Hard for Us to Ask for Help? When we’re struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like addiction and mental illness, sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask for help, even when we need that help to get better. We can have a tough time reaching out for support, confiding in [&hellip…

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Is Cannabis Addictive?

Mary Jane, Weed, Marijuana, Hemp, Dope, Pot, Grass, Cannabis. The debate has been all over the news for years now. The uses of cannabis have been discussed, and studies have popped up everywhere about its consumption. Illegal or not, the fact still stands that it can be an addictive substance. Cannabis is the most frequently [&hellip…

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When Mom Doesn’t Know Best

When we think of a stereotypical addict, the last image that comes to mind is a mom. Mom always knows best. She is there for us no matter what and is our caregiver throughout our lives.  But moms can struggle with addiction just like the rest of us. The difference is when mom is running [&hellip…

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Dual Diagnosis: Anxiety and Substance Use

You are curled up in a little ball on the floor, shaking inside and out as a wave of anxiety washes over you. You are afraid and do not know how to handle the situation, so you grab a bottle of alcohol, hoping it will help you relax. One bottle turns into two and two [&hellip…

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Can I Really Do This?

The effects of addiction can be overwhelming. Not only are our bodies completely consumed by our substance use, but our minds are, too. Addiction impacts every aspect of our lives – our families, friends, social life, school or work, and our self-esteem. And addiction even eats away at our souls and our spirituality. Given that [&hellip…

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What to Do if an Overdose Occurs

You have gotten your drug. You are satisfying your body’s desire for it, but then the worst happens, you overdose. Overdose is when you receive an excessive amount of your drug than your body can handle. Last year, in 2018, 68,500 Americans died of drug overdoses. Nobody wants to overdose, and almost everyone is going [&hellip…

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Self-Awareness as a Healing Tool

Self-Awareness as a Healing Tool For those of us struggling with addiction and mental health issues, our behavioral patterns are often our way of trying to escape ourselves, our painful thoughts and emotions, and the things in our lives we don’t feel able to face. Our drug of choice becomes our coping mechanism for the [&hellip…

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Addiction and Recovery for Men

Addiction destroys us, no matter which gender we are. There are some differences, however, in how addiction impacts men and women, and also in how we recover. Steps Recovery Centers is well-versed in gender differences, and this is one of the reasons that they have separate treatment centers for men and women. The program for [&hellip…

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Why Self-Love is Important for Recovery

Memories from your addiction surface and threaten to throw off the balance of recovery that you are trying to maintain. Shame, guilt, loneliness, worthlessness, and hopelessness overwhelm you. There have been so many things you did during your addiction that make you feel like all of this is not worth your trouble. Stealing, begging, selling [&hellip…

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Can Positivity Be Toxic?

Learning the difference between encouragement and invalidation There is power in positive thinking, but can the expectation of sunny thoughts cause more harm than good? The key is in the word choice and truthfulness, both from our inner voice and from the comments of those around us. Colloquially known as “toxic positivity”, a mindset that [&hellip…

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