Addiction & Relationships

Changes in Legislature Bring Hope to Recovery

By |2018-11-23T15:37:46+00:00November 23rd, 2018|

Historically, addiction hasn’t been a topic many people are openly willing to discuss, but that is all changing. In recent decades, our society has become more open with digital communication,  resulting in information spreading faster than ever before in human history. Due to the opioid crisis and the overwhelming need to help those with addiction treatment, the federal legislature is stepping in to provide further assistance. Legislation Changes to Assist Addiction Bipartisan bill is a prime example of our federal government responding to the overwhelming feedback and discussion surrounding addiction, [...]

Getting Clean and Coming Clean – Sharing Honestly About Your Struggles With Addiction

By |2018-11-26T16:01:27+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Honesty Is a Necessary First Step On the Road to Recovery Addiction thrives in the darkness. It lurks in the shadowy recesses of the human mind, festering and growing like a mold that threatens to poison everything it touches. The only way to find freedom from the death grip of a drug or alcohol habit is to shine some light on it and expose it for what it is. When you want to break the chains of addiction, you have to make an honest admission to yourself about the reality of your situation. You [...]

Compassion: What it Means and Why it May Just Save the World

By |2018-11-12T17:28:35+00:00October 20th, 2018|

We Live in a World That Lacks Compassion At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone make this well-known proclamation, which is totally devoid of all compassion: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there!” This is a common response when you go to a friend or family member complaining about some situation that left you feeling bewildered by the “bad” behavior of another human being.    Chances are, upon hearing this statement, you shrugged your shoulders, shook your head in agreement, and accepted it as a legitimate explanation for whatever situation you [...]

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up

By |2018-11-16T16:29:56+00:00July 10th, 2018|

Why I Loved My Adderall High and Why I Had to Give it Up When most people hear the word “amphetamine,” they usually think of crystal meth. At least I used to. Now, I associate it with a legal stimulant I used to take called Adderall. You may have heard of it. It is common among students looking to amp up their academic performance. In fact, college and high school kids who use the stuff call it their favorite “study buddy.”   Adderall – One of America’s Favorite Amphetamines Adderall is a prescription medication [...]

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play?

By |2018-11-15T17:26:20+00:00July 9th, 2018|

Chris Cornell: How Big a Role Did Ativan Play? Chris Cornell was the front man for Soundgarden and then Audioslave. He committed suicide in 2017 and Ativan was found in his system. His wife called his actions “inexplicable”. In a recent interview, a year after his death, she said that he loved his life and would never end it. Addiction to Ativan is a deep and complex disease. According to Vicky Cornell, when she spoke to her husband by phone shortly after his Detroit performance, she noticed he was slurring his words. In a [...]

How Substance Abuse Affects Your Sex Life

By |2018-04-07T20:18:07+00:00April 12th, 2018|

There’s an old saying that refers to the fun of a “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll” lifestyle. But volumes of research suggest that a substance-driven lifestyle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, chronic alcoholism or drug abuse has a decidedly negative impact on your performance in the bedroom. To be clear – substance abuse can ruin your sex life. Binge-Drinking and Erectile Dysfunction Alcohol is the ultimate social lubricant. On a date, many people like to loosen up with a few drinks. But for man, consuming [...]

8 of the Best Proven Treatments for PTSD

By |2018-03-06T05:47:19+00:00March 12th, 2018|

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something we often relate to as an illness for war vets. In fact, it’s a mental health condition. When something traumatic occurs, the person will experience triggers in the present that place them back to the event. These events can be violent and make a person feel as though they were powerless. As a type of anxiety disorder, it is based on a past event or series of events. The person will have experienced or witnessed something very traumatic. There are symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety that incapacitate [...]

Gaslighting: Examples, Effects and How to Confront the Abuse

By |2018-11-28T17:40:49+00:00March 3rd, 2018|

What is Gaslighting? Gaslighting is a form of brainwashing and manipulation that happens on a regular basis. The goal of the gaslighter is to make the victim doubt themselves. Gaslighting abuse causes a person to lose their sense of identity, perception and worth. Gaslighting is a form of narcissism and sociopathic tendencies as they look to gain power over someone. Pathological gaslighting is a severe form of abuse through mind control. It can happen in the workplace, with society, friends, family, and relationships. Gaslighting abuse is extremely destructive to victims. Before you ever have [...]

Fundamental Attribution Error – How Mistaken Motives Impede Recovery

By |2018-02-15T04:52:06+00:00February 13th, 2018|

What is fundamental attribution error and how does it contribute to addiction? Addiction is a complicated disease. There are many causal and contributing factors that play a role in the development of and the progression of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) – genetics, environment, childhood exposure, trauma, co-occurring mental conditions, etc. But often overlooked is how internal and societal biases can influence behaviors and attitudes. When we make erroneous assumptions to explain someone else’s behavior – or when others make such mistakes about us – it interferes with the productive communication and positive relationships [...]

Helping Families: Breaking Free from Codependency

By |2018-01-04T06:57:29+00:00January 22nd, 2018|

“It’s amazing how many people still don’t understand codependency, even when it is consuming them and those they love. The need to fix others is always easier than accepting we are codependent and need help.” ~Jeanette E. Menter, Christian Lay Counselor and author of You’re Not Crazy—You’re Codependent: What Everyone Affected by Addiction, Abuse, Trauma, or Toxic Shame Needs to Know In relationships that are healthy, both partners comfortably and confidently rely on each other for help, understanding, and support. The relationship brings something positive to both people’s lives. Interdependency is a GOOD thing. [...]