depressed man pondering the three stages of relapse

Stages of Relapse

Addiction is a chronic condition and, as with other chronic conditions, relapse is always a possibility. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that between 40 and 60 percent of people will relapse within a year of completing treatment for substance use. [] Although everyone has different patterns of substance use and relapse, relapse often…

woman has a million questions due to mental health issues

What Are the Most Common Mental Health Issues Associated with Addiction?

Mental illness is one of the biggest factors in whether someone will develop a substance use disorder. Studies show that about half of people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health issue and some estimates are even higher. [] The connections between mental illness and substance use are complex. Often, the mental…

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…