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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 »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Mental Illness

Reconnecting With Old Passions

Reconnecting With Old Passions

  When I was younger, before my days of using, I was a passionate person. I was passionate about dancing, about singing, about figure skating. I was passionate about my friendships, and passionate about my family. That all changed when I lost myself to the world of heroin and addiction. The only thing I was passionate about was my drugs, my dealing, and my junkie friends. When I got sober, I felt lost –what did I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Accepting Ourselves

Accepting Ourselves

  Being accepted is something that I think we all inherently yearn for. When we don’t feel accepted, we reach out for acceptance and try to find it by fitting in with others, by using drugs and alcohol, by acting out – the ways we try to fit in never end. At the end of the day, the only people who can really make us feel accepted and at peace with ourselves, are ourselves. How do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Spirituality

Supporting and Enabling Addicts with Money

Supporting and Enabling Addicts with Money

  Looking back at my progression from an addict to a sober person has really changed my relationship with money and addiction.  I’m just starting to regain a grasp on the meaning of money in my life and its healthy purpose in ensuring my recovery.  I’m now much more conscience of my daily spending and balancing of my budget, but this wasn’t always the case.  I was once consumed with money and I used it to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Recovery

Sponsorship Gone Wrong

Sponsorship Gone Wrong

  Completing the twelfth step of Alcoholics Anonymous signifies that one has a working knowledge of all twelve steps, hopefully applying them daily, and an able Sponsor—a fellow alcoholic in the program who mentors other alcoholics, helping them work through and understand the twelve steps, just as their Sponsors had done with them. Up until now, I have had two Sponsors throughout my nearly six months of sobriety.  I chose my initial Sponsor on impulse because the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Recovery

Unless I Left my Addiction Behind, I would have to say Goodbye to my Friendships

Unless I Left my Addiction Behind, I would have to say Goodbye to my Friendships

  Throughout almost a decade long addiction, starting at the young age of fourteen and ending nearly six months ago, one friend stuck with me the whole time, but I almost lost it all due to this horrible disease.  My love for him and our friendship was one of the biggest reasons why I got sober. For years, this friend, Evan witnessed me take my drinking to the limit, either blacking out, getting into fights at bars, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery