Living Intentionally, Living Haphazardly

Most people spend their entire lives living thoughtlessly and without aim. Your emotional and mental health problems may have caused you to be discouraged and feeling hopeless. Perhaps you have…

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Developing Hope and Emotional Healing

Chronic emotional problems and the need for treatment can often leave one discouraged. Difficult situations, failures, and past disappointments can be emotionally overwhelming and often become the reason to seek…

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Overcoming Learned Helplessness

People struggling with substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression frequently complain about feelings of helplessness. They can point to a series of past life circumstances they had no control over.…

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The Five R’s of Changed Thinking

Negative thoughts influence your feelings and actions and can drive your addiction. Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs for short) are those deeply-held, and often repeated, pessimistic thoughts that lead to intense…

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The Family Hurt by Addiction

Family Roles In Addiction This article examines family roles in addiction. Codependency Worksheets & Checklists Someone else’s substance use disorder does not exist in isolation. Their addiction affects friends, family,…

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Magnifying the Negative

Wow. That’s Huge!   If you hold a magnifying glass over an object, the item appears bigger. Obviously, the object isn’t any larger, it merely appears that way. If you hold…

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Developing Realistic Expectations

Setting realistic expectations means I am willing to accept responsibility for my own character, disposition, and actions. I am willing to be accountable to others. And as I move forward,…

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Positively Changing Your Life

Negative thoughts influence our feelings and actions. If left unchecked, negative thoughts often become an agonizingly repeated script that drives discouragement and defeat. Negative thoughts can easily derail your positive…

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The True View of You

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  People in recovery often have a distorted view of themselves. They may see themselves as inadequate and…

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Understanding Relapse Complexities Part 2

Yesterday, in part 1, I began our discussion of several important external factors that make seeking treatment harder. It’s helpful to understand the various challenges people face when combating a…

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