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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

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

The Past Meets the Present in My Recovery

  In recovery, we work hard to acknowledge our past, make peace with it, and move forward. Despite all of our efforts, there are times when our pasts will show up uninvited into our lives. This can be a very jarring experience, because it brings together two very different aspects of our lives: our lives in recovery and our lives in active addiction. We can choose to react to these situations rationally or emotionally; we can … Read entire article »

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

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 »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Recovery

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

Experts Want Video Game Addiction Added to Mental Health Manual As Gaming Becomes Serious Obsession for Some

  In May, a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is scheduled to be released, and experts hope that it will recognize video game addiction. Hilarie Cash runs Seattle-based Restart, one of the few rehab centers that treat internet and video-game addiction in North America. According to Cash, “People’s lives completely fall apart, and there are people who die from it.” (CBC News, 2013) Though these extreme cases are a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders

The Importance of Honesty

The Importance of Honesty

Honesty is one of the indispensable principles in a successful program of sobriety. Even more than that, it is essential in order to live a happy and free life. It can be hard to be honest, especially about things that are uncomfortable or have unpleasant consequences. But by being honest, I have found that I get to be accountable and grow into a better person. Of course, it is important to be aware of what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery

Circling the Drain, Keeping my Head Above

  When I think of songs that remind me of my life as an active addict, Katy Perry is not usually the first artist that pops into my mind. However, her song Circle the Drain is the first song that comes into my mind when I think of how I made others feel, and why I never want to go back to where I was. It paints an accurate picture of how we as addicts and alcoholics break hearts, cause damage, and leave wreckage as we self-destruct. Broken promises, wasted potential, becoming the exact people we once despised, looking desperately to be saved, and ultimately hurting ourselves and others. This song, and the circumstances surrounding it, reminds me of the friends I’ve lost and how much worse things can get, if … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse

Degree of Closeness in Relationships Less Important Than One Might Think

  While conventional wisdom dictates that the quality of a romantic relationship is directly tied to the level of closeness the couple experiences, a new study shows that it might be more complicated then that. Researchers have found that it’s not how close a person feels to his or her partner that determines the quality of the relationship. Instead, it’s the level of satisfaction each partner feels about the degree of closeness in the relationship that matters most. “Our study found that people who yearn for a more intimate partnership and people who crave more distance are equally at risk for having a problematic relationship,” the study’s lead author, David M. Frost, PhD, a psychologist and professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told Science Daily … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships

Intimacy, Isolation, and Relationships

Intimacy, Isolation, and Relationships

  I hate you and I love you, or at least I would if I knew you and cared about you.  I want to be close to you and leave me alone; I guess that’s my social credo.  It’s either that or “I hate everyone.  Always.” In my life, I chronically push others away and then cling to them or mourn the lost relationship.  I perpetually want space and intimacy simultaneously.  If I act on my feelings … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships

Five Things That Lead To A Relapse

Five Things That Lead To A Relapse

Relationships, people sometimes relapse over a girl or guy.  It’s one of the most common things to take an addict or alcoholic out. They don’t like the way they feel over a break up or not getting the person they want, so they end up going out and drinking or doing dope to cope with their feelings. Or they date a person who dose drugs or drinks and they end up doing drugs or drinking … Read entire article »

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The Pros and Cons of Dating Within the A.A. Program

  When an individual in the A.A. program feels ready to date again, an issue arises that is common among A.A. members: Should you get involved with a fellow A.A. or find someone outside of the room?  The issue is much debated and, of course, there are pros and cons on both sides. Being in a relationship with a fellow A.A. can have its benefits.  Each partner will be a good influence on the other when it comes to attending meetings.  If one shows up at a meeting, you can bet the other will be right alongside them.  The most important reason why two A.A. members are good for one another is that each of them will understand where the other one is coming from when addiction and disease driven problems arise. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Love and Relationships, Recovery