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How is Addiction Related to Loneliness?

Social isolation, especially in childhood, is a major predictor of addiction risk. People who are more isolated are at greater risk for mental health issues and addiction. People are fundamentally social beings and isolation isn’t healthy. People who are socially isolated have fewer resources for dealing with problems. Therefore, when things go wrong, it’s moreRead More

Why Share at 12-step Meetings?

Sharing at 12-step meetings is an important part of recovery. While you can get some benefit from just attending meetings and listening, you will get more benefit if you share too. While it’s understandable to feel hesitant, especially at first, there are several reasons for you to pluck up the nerve to say your piece.Read More

What is a Victim Mentality?

A victim mentality is the belief that bad things are always happening to you through no fault of your own. This is common in addiction and recovery for several reasons. First, people who struggle with addiction have often been victims of trauma. Many addictions are driven by childhood abuse or neglect and many more areRead More

Can You Really Have an Addictive Personality?

There is a popular idea of a an addictive personality. This is the idea of a type of person who is prone to excess and obsession. He doesn’t take up baking; he opens a bakery. He doesn’t have a drink; he has 20. For someone with an addictive personality, moderation is never an option. ThisRead More

How to Get Past Perfectionism in Recovery

Perfectionism can make recovery even harder. A perfectionist may be reluctant to ask for help at all. When she does, she may have trouble taking advice from others. She may have difficulty persevering in the face of setbacks, especially big setbacks like relapses. Perhaps the biggest challenge is finding the humility to try, fail, andRead More

4 Ways Perfectionism Makes Addiction Recovery Harder

Perfectionists are people who hold themselves and other to unrealistic standards and become angry or disappointed when those standards aren’t met. The constant feelings of failure and disappointment create anxiety and depression, which some people manage with drinking or drugs. Not only can perfectionism lead to addiction, it also makes it harder to recover. PerfectionismRead More

4 Ways Anger is Bad for You

Anger is a normal emotion that serves a valuable purpose. It indicates there’s something wrong that you need to fix. Unfortunately, most people have an unhealthy relationship to anger. Most of us learn from the time we’re children we can’t just throw a tantrum every time something doesn’t go our way. That usually means weRead More

Is There a Link Between ADHD and Addiction?

There does appear to be a link between ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and addiction. Studies have shown that ADHD is five to 10 times more common among adults addicted to alcohol than among the general population. About a quarter of people in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction have ADHD and about 15Read More

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Studies estimate that more than half of people who suffer from bipolar disorder also struggle with addiction at some point in their lives. Alcohol is the substance most often misused by people with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, which used to be known as manic depression, is characterized by wild mood swings from feeling aggressive orRead More

What if I’m Having Suicidal Thoughts?

Depression and suicidal thoughts are common in addiction. If you are having suicidal thoughts, you don’t have to face them alone. Call a friend or family member who will listen. If you are in therapy or a 12 Step program, call your therapist or sponsor. If you can’t call any of those people, or youRead More