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Substance Use and Triggers

Triggers can be extremely difficult. They can put you back into a mindset where you don’t want to be. You may have been clean for a while and, once you are triggered, you might want to use again. These triggers can be situations that are emotional or even have a social or environmental component. TheRead More

Nature Or Nurture?

The debate of nature versus nurture has been explored by many people. From caregivers to educators to doctors, many have debated whether our genes make us who we are or whether our experiences shape us into the people we are. There are good arguments for both sides, which has led some people to question whyRead More

How Our Brains Are Rewired

Our brains are special things. They can be shaped and molded at any time because of so many different factors, by both good and bad and anything in between. Our experiences aren’t the only things that impact our brains, though. How we treated it — what we feed it and how we let it restRead More

What Happens After A Relapse?

The days, weeks even, leading up to a relapse often follow the same steps: emotional, mental, and physical. In the emotional stage, you may feel some symptoms of depression or anxiety. In the mental stage, you may feel like you want to use, but you know you shouldn’t. In the physical stage, you have fallenRead More

Anxiety and Addiction

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness. For those with anxiety disorders, their ability to function normally is modified. Due to their altered state of functioning, many people with anxiety disorders tend to lean or alcohol or drugs to cope with their anxieties. Thus, those with anxietyRead More

How Do I Identify A Drug Overdose?

Substance use disorders can wreak havoc on users, especially during the holiday time. Some people who use may have made a resolution to stop using. While you should encourage them and their resolution, it’s important to also know that relapses do happen to those trying to stop using. A relapse isn’t a sign of failure;Read More

Getting Help Is My New Year’s Resolution: Where Do I Start?

Once you’ve decided that you need help, you may begin feeling overwhelmed with treatment options. You may also be feeling scared or stressed about reaching out for help. Facing your problem head-on and deciding that you need help is one of the bravest things you can do. One in five (NAMI) American adults has aRead More

Inner Critic Or Inner Coach: Which One Should I Nurture?

Our self-talk is an important thing that we need to consciously work on. Most people, however, do not. They go about their day and let their thoughts, good or bad, flow freely without giving it a second consideration. It’s time we put a bit more focus on what we tell ourselves. It takes effort toRead More

LGBT+ Recovery

Stigma is attached to mental health issues, but for LGBT+ individuals, there is a double stigma. Those who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Other) face discrimination so much more often than their straight, cisgender peers. They are also more likely to struggle with mental health issues, according to the National Alliance on MentalRead More

How Can I Avoid Self-Sabotaging?

When someone is in a negative state of mind, they often are sabotaging their lives in ways they didn’t even realize. We have the option to choose things that will help or hurt us. There are things we do every day that hurt our chances at recovery — we may not even realize it. VillaRead More