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Loneliness and Mental Illness

Loneliness and Mental Illness

Human beings are social creatures.  Our closest animal counterparts by behavior are apes and group predators like wolves, both heavily interdependent societal animals.  We grow up by learning from our parents and peers, form close-knit, more-or-less permanent family groups, and make deep, satisfying, long-lasting friendships. Addiction and other mental disorders disturb and endanger our relationships, leaving many with problems feeling completely alone.  Mental health problems are threatening not just to the sufferer but to friends and … Read entire article »

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Research links Casual Sex in College to Psychological Distress

 College offers an opportunity to further academic studies, but it’s also an environment where students can grow and learn about themselves outside the classroom. It can be a time of personal growth yet also a source of distress for many students. These young adults are learning who they are – they’re finding their path in life, they may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol – perhaps binge drinking, or engaging in casual sex. It’s an exciting time, but also one of hidden dangers; students can develop a substance abuse problem or may struggle with a mental health disorder. Not to mention, college students may also be practicing promiscuous or unsafe sex.  Although this aspect of college life may seem normal to many young students, a new study suggests there is … Read entire article »

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Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

Man Blames Apple for his Porn Addiction

  For those suffering from porn addiction, it can be incredibly difficult to even admit you have a problem, let alone seek therapy for it. Porn addicts must confront a problem that is personal and embarrassing, not to mention the entire concept of porn addiction is shrouded in shame and stigma. However, a lawyer from, Nashville, TN has gone completely public with his experience of porn addiction. Chris Sevier, 36, is blaming Apple, Inc. for not restricting … Read entire article »

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The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

The Stigma of Suicide and Grieving

  Losing a loved one to death is a painful and difficult process, yet losing a loved one to suicide really fits into its own category of bereavement.  Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide can attest that the stigma of suicide brings along an extra layer to grieving that only intensifies the difficulties.  I wish I wasn’t saying that survivors of suicides have it harder than the survivors of those who have died … Read entire article »

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Learning the Languages of Love in Recovery

Learning the Languages of Love in Recovery

  Personal relationships, whether with family members or romantic partners, can be some of the most triggering and difficult interactions that people in recovery must deal with. In my own experience, problems in relationships have been one of the largest factors that have preceded my relapses in the past. When a relationship is suffering, we often don’t realize what it is that we need and aren’t getting; we only realize that we aren’t getting what we … Read entire article »

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What’s the Difference Between Sex Addiction and Love Addiction?

What’s the Difference Between Sex Addiction and Love Addiction?

  When it comes to sex and love addiction, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other. While sex addiction and love addiction are types of intimacy disorders, they manifest themselves differently. The ‘acting out’ behaviors that characterize these addictions are dissimilar, sexual addiction involves the obsession and compulsion with sexual acts, whereas love addiction is classified by a pattern of unhealthy and fantasy-based relationships. Regardless of which category someone falls in, treatment and … Read entire article »

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Repairing Relationships: Acceptance, Honesty, and Moving Forward

Repairing Relationships: Acceptance, Honesty, and Moving Forward

  One of the gifts of sobriety is the ability to begin repairing relationships. Oftentimes, these relationships were rocky to begin with, and they were inevitably made worse during active addiction. Although moving forward in these interactions isn’t easy, it is possible to do so with the application of a few principles that I’ve been taught in treatment and programs. Acceptance, self-acceptance, and honesty have helped me start to rebuild relationships with my family and friends … Read entire article »

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Relationships Influence Risk of Depression

  One may not be the loneliest number after all. Individuals in an unhealthy relationship may be better off single, according to recent study from the University of Michigan. The study, which examined data collected from almost 5000 American adults, looked at the connection between the quality of relationships and the future development of depression. The research indicates that those with stressed or problematic spouses were more likely to develop a major depressive disorder. Conversely, bachelors and bachelorettes were not at any increased risk for depression down the road. In fact, subjects with the lowest quality relationships were over two times as likely to experience depression, when compared with those in healthy relationship who were at no increased risk. Anyone who has endured or is enduring an extremely dysfunctional or unstable relationship … Read entire article »

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How to Give Back on Mother’s Day

How to Give Back on Mother’s Day

  Mothers are the nurturers of nations and the cornerstones of kingdoms. For generations they have been overburdened and underappreciated. Only one day of the entire year is designated to honor them and all they have done for us. But how many times have we addicts neglected even this special day in pursuit of drugs, parties, etc.? When it comes to the suffering addict’s loved ones, no one suffers or worries more than the mother. It’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Holidays, Love and Relationships, Recovery

Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

Mismatched Drinking May Lead to Divorce

  Marriage brings to mind wedding bells, newlywed bliss, and stress down the road. We know that financial problems, arguments over familial ideals, and coming from different places in life can lead to tension, and further down the road, divorce. However, it has recently been found that different drinking habits in a couple can be one of the reasons for divorce – especially in the case of a woman drinking substantially more than a man, rather … Read entire article »

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