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6 Tips for Overcoming Co-Dependency

By | 2017-07-05T17:00:42+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

Codependency is when one person is so desperate to hold onto their partner that they go through painful, often dangerous lengths, to do so. Co-dependent symptoms include denial that there is something not quite right. This can be anything from being abused to ignoring the addiction your partner has. Instead of saying something in an assertive way, you might dance around problems or say nothing at all. What codependency is refers to behavioral problems that addicts commonly do and the people in their lives who engage and enable the habits. The term was originally labelled [...]

I’m Sober and My Spouse Is Not: Will Our Marriage Work?

By | 2017-07-05T16:35:37+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

Marriage can be hard. Learning how to communicate your thoughts and feelings with another person, finding time to engage in your personal hobbies while also making sure you’re putting forth enough effort towards the relationship, and even simply getting used to the idea that your single life has now become a partnership are all aspects of marriage that can be difficult to deal with. But when you add a substance use disorder in the mix for just one of the partners, marriage can become an entirely different beast altogether. And while you may think that [...]

Marijuana Mommies – Changing the Face of Parenthood?

By | 2017-06-08T06:32:45+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ~ Carl Sagan The rise of so-called marijuana mommies, a new trend both in parenting and on social media, may very well be changing the face of parenthood today. In the last several years, the social acceptability of marijuana use has been on the rise. Just this past year, four states legalized recreational use of marijuana. This raised the total number [...]

Too Much Pressure – Why You Don’t Have To Be A Saint Just Because You’re In Recovery

By | 2017-06-08T06:29:45+00:00 June 24th, 2017|

Recovering drug addicts and alcoholics draw a lot of undue disrespect from those around them. They fell victim to a ravenous disease, and fought every urge in their bodies to reclaim their lives and beat that disease. Yet many recovering addicts get treated even worse after admitting their problems and trying to fix them than they did when they were at rock bottom. Why is that? Anyone who has the strength to admit their own faults deserves respect. But addiction isn't even a fault. It's a disease that works against you, and infects your brain [...]

Passing the Torch: How You Know You’re Ready to Become a Sponsor

By | 2017-06-08T06:22:05+00:00 June 17th, 2017|

Becoming a sponsor is consistently one of the final steps in a 12-step recovery program, and can be one of the most rewarding things you can do in your post-recovery life. Kicking addiction out of your life is truly a major accomplishment. If you've managed to get clean and stay clean, you can be sure there are thousands of people who look up to you as a hero, and would give anything to get what you now have for themselves. For that, take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Think about all you've accomplished [...]

Let the Healing Begin: 11 Tips to Overcoming Emotional Abuse

By | 2017-09-18T18:05:12+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

Emotional abuse and substance abuse have a complex and oftentimes co-occurring relationship. In fact, 40-60% of domestic violence cases are suspected to have either been exacerbated by or stemmed directly from situations involving substance abuse. And since physical abuse is typically (if not always) accompanied by some form of emotional abuse, it stands to reason that drug use is directly responsible for emotional damage in a relationship as well. Beyond illicit substances typically being directly involved in incidences of this type of psychological abuse, victims are at an especially high risk of developing mental disorders [...]

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