two male friends discuss boundaries

Boundaries

Healthy boundaries keep us from taking other people’s problems and allows us the space to deal with our own. They keep us safe and comfortable in healthy and respectful relationships. Unhealthy boundaries leave us open to manipulation and both physical and emotional damage. In active addiction, many of us got involved in unhealthy relationships built…

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Conflict

Conflict is natural and inevitable. And if used properly, it can be good. Conflict pushed us to develop tools that increased our likelihood of survival. We evolved from wooden clubs to chipped obsidian blades to metal. We developed the plow and the wheel. New farming techniques created a surplus. All of these things gave us…

group therapy circle discusses addiction transfer

Addiction Transfer

Addiction is a crafty beast. People who live with it, especially those in recovery, know this all too well. The road back to a healthier life is littered with traps and obstacles. As humans, we look for comfort and safety. As addicted people, that search tends to lead down dangerous paths. We look for shortcuts.…

man slumps over with arms on knees due to ptsd

How to Support Someone with PTSD

People react differently to trauma. Some seem to have a natural ability to rebound. Others develop Port Traumatic Stress, a disorder that creates ongoing symptoms like unrelieved and intense fear, helplessness and repeated re-living of the trauma. Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress People with PTSD relive the incident over and over through flashbacks, frightening dreams,…

woman with depression

Depression

Depression is real and debilitating. It is far more than simple sadness. It changes how we live, how we think and how we view the world. Many people describe it as an echoing emptiness or a spinning ache that never goes away completely. Recognizing depression is often hard. People living with it might seem completely…

crying man only now understands the price of overdose

The Price of Overdose

Overdose is a reality of addiction. Any drug can kill. In 2017, 70,237 died from drug overdoses. Not everyone who overdoses dies though. Survivors are lucky. Even so, there are consequences. The human body can only take so much damage before giving out. The harm, emotional and physical, can be permanent. Emotional Aftermath Overdoses are…

two women who are friends getting drunk without stigma

Stigma

Stigma comes in many forms. Sometimes, it’s clear. A co-worker or family member might tell us to “just get over it.” Or a supervisor might question a sick day taken for mental health or recovery purposes. These actions judge our motives and abilities, defining us as weaker or less worthy. What’s harder is the smaller…

smirking man has resilience

Resilience

Life can be overwhelming and confusing. The range of human emotion is vast and uncontrollable. We feel what we feel. We can experience joy and fear and rage and love in the spread of a moment. Our state of mind depends on our feelings and the stress they create, either good or bad. While we…