person meditating by a lake to control anxiety while recovering from addiction

5 Healthy Ways to Control Anxiety When You’re Recovering from Addiction

Anxiety is a common problem for people recovering from addiction. One large study of more than 43,000 people found that 17.7 percent of people with substance use disorders also have an anxiety disorder. [] It also appears that in the vast majority of cases, the anxiety disorder comes first and the substance use disorder begins…

two male friends discuss 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…

couple crossing arms during a 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…

woman with 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…