October 18, 2018

Take Your Power Back: Stop Enabling Your Loved One’s Addiction

Take Your Power Back: Stop Enabling Your Loved One’s Addiction So, you love someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs – now what? Have you found yourself making excuses for them, cleaning up their messes, covering for them when their boss or creditors call, doing basic things for them that they should be able to do for themselves? Do you feel angry or resentful every time they engage in their substance abuse behavior? Do you try to yell, manipulate, mother, manage, or somehow otherwise control their addiction? Do you count drinks and try to get them to stop after two or three but to no avail? Do you flush […]
October 15, 2018

Taking a Different Approach: Why Recovery Is a Team Effort

Taking a Different Approach: Why Recovery Is a Team Effort If you or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse, it is not uncommon for one or both of you to try and cover up, make excuses, and deny the issue in an effort to hide the problem from bosses, coworkers, friends, and extended family members due to fear, embarrassment, or shame. It is so essential for you to know that you don’t have to be alone in your suffering! The effects of substance abuse can be devastating, not only for the addict but their loved ones as well. Feelings of embarrassment, guilt, and shame can often prevent you […]
October 7, 2018

Recovery Is Not Linear – Relapse Is a Part of the Recovery Process

Recovery Is Not Linear – Relapse Is a Part of the Recovery Process For those suffering from substance abuse addiction, being willing to attempt recovery is no joke. Just showing up and being willing to try out an addiction rehabilitation center or a 12-step program is a massive step for anyone in the grip of addiction. Then a glimmer of hope may arise when you learn that you might be able to beat this thing called addiction and you start the long journey of recovery. And then it happens. You drink or use. The shame rises. You begin to feel like a failure. You might start to lose hope that […]
September 28, 2018

Overcome Addiction Fears; The Path To True Recovery

Overcome Addiction Fears; The Path To True Recovery Overcoming fears in sobriety can mean the difference between life and death. That may be a bold statement, but it is true. We are in the middle of a substance abuse crisis. Every year more and more people are dying because of overdoses or other complications from substance abuse. This trend has been partly fueled by fear and the stigma of addiction. Overcoming Fears in Recovery Clinging to fears may make you feel safe. The more you stick to fear the more chance you have of relapsing. If you’re ready to face your fears, that’s great. You will want to do that […]
September 25, 2018

Developing DBT Skills Can Produce Lasting Addiction Recovery

Developing DBT Skills Can Produce Lasting Addiction Recovery The two most significant issues in treating addiction are getting the addict to acknowledge that they have a problem and need help to recover and relapse during the recovery process. Pinpointing treatment methodologies and helping the addict to prevent future relapses whenever possible is the ultimate treatment goal, which is commonly tied to mental health issues. Almost 8 million American adults suffer from both substance abuse and mental health disorders simultaneously, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The good news is that recovery is achievable as evidenced by the success of many AA, CA, and NA 12 […]
September 20, 2018

Radical Acceptance; A Powerful Tool in Your Addiction and Recovery Program

Radical Acceptance; A Powerful Tool in Your Addiction and Recovery Program Let’s be real – no one ever aspires to become a drug addict or alcoholic. Substance addiction is a disease pure and simple. And like no one ever decides one day, “I’d like to become a diabetic” or “I’d like to have fibromyalgia,” they also don’t choose to become addicted to substances. But what addicts can decide is that they want to get and stay clean. Enter Radical Acceptance, one of the critical skills practiced in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). What is Radical Acceptance? Radical Acceptance is merely the recognition of reality. It is the indisputable acceptance of things […]