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What is Emotional Sobriety?

“Emotional sobriety” parallels the physical recovery of addiction but may not be fully understood by many. This concept is used in all areas of recovery, but it was coined and is a key concept in Alcoholics Anonymous  (AA). In AA, they teach that abstinence from a substance is not enough to achieve long-term sobriety. InRead More

The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

There is a myriad of theories that discuss the potential causes of addiction. While there is no answer with absolute certainty, there is a definitive correlation between addiction and trauma. Does this mean trauma causes addiction? Not necessarily. What it does say, though, is that even though the nature of the relationship between trauma andRead More

Psychological Factors of Addiction

There are many potential causes of addiction. The origins of addiction have been the focus of many studies over recent decades. While there are many theories about the causes, one thing remains true. There are psychological factors that affect a person’s likelihood to become a victim of addiction. Some psychological factors that influence addiction includeRead More

The Power of Emotional Support Animals

The love, affection, and loyalty of domestic pets like cats and dogs have been raved about for centuries. The loving expression referring to dogs as “man’s best friend” speaks volumes to the potential bonds between people and their pets. These relationships aren’t reserved for just dogs and cats anymore, either. Now, horses, cows, pigs, andRead More

Dealing with Loss During the Holidays

Grief affects everyone differently. For someone dealing with addiction, handling the loss of a loved one can be an immensely complicated process. Remember, though, that time eases the pain, and you can do this. You are not alone. The holidays can create an intense increase in the impact of such a loss. If you orRead More

Feeling Stress During the Holidays? Check out these 5 Simple Steps to De-Stress

Increased spending, last-minute gift purchases, hectic social calendars, frantic festivity organization, and elaborate meal preparations often lead to increased stress levels around the holidays. Many of us in recovery thrive on routines, and when those routines are interrupted, we may become more vulnerable to cravings and emotional instability. Sometimes it seems no matter how hardRead More

The Link Between Self-Esteem and Addiction

There are many potential causes for addiction, and they vary depending on the individual’s unique set of circumstances. Sometimes it’s a method of coping with past trauma or a way to practice avoidance. Through the countless paths that lead to addiction, there is at least one commonality. Especially among women, issues with addiction are oftenRead More

Cutting and Self-Harm: The Inside Scoop

Many assume that individuals that participate in self-harm are suicidal. Experts say this is generally not the case. If someone dies or nearly dies from a self-inflicted injury of this nature, it is more than likely accidental, not intentional. There are other reasons people harm themselves. Self-harm is less about the actual injury and moreRead More

Suicide Warning Signs

Over 44,000 Americans die every year by suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, suicide costs the US just under $70 Billion annually. The annual rate of suicides has steadily increased every year beginning in 2007. Contrary to the stereotypical thought that teenagers are the largest area ofRead More