The Prison of the Mind

The mind is an amazingly complex thing. The human mind allows us to think, process, and feel emotion. The mind never shuts down as long as we are alive. However, we can become prisoners of our own minds and thoughts. People will often make predictions about you and your life. If you believe these predictions or titles you can get bogged down. We must instead only listen to those things that empower us. This is what we need to believe.

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Relapse Excuses

Relapse Excuses are Always Weak
Those individuals who relapse after a period in recovery will always have an excuse. Such explanations never justify their return to alcohol or drug abuse. There can be no adequate justification. Usually the individual will recognize themselves that their excuses sound weak. They may have acted at a time when they were not thinking clearly. Those who are honest will admit that they regret the decision, but they may feel unable to summon the motivation to return to sobriety.

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The Light And Hope Of Christmas For The Addict

Not feeling that Christmas spirit?
As the holiday season draws near, addicts—those who are still active in addiction as well as those who are in recovery—experience a range of feelings and emotions. There’s the anxiety of dealing with our dysfunctional families, the memories of former holiday-induced relapses and the pressure of endless preparations. Perhaps we still wobble between addiction and recovery, wavering back and forth between sobriety and slipping. Some of us have lost our jobs and families while others are experiencing poverty, sickness or a general sense that as we come to the end of another year, there isn’t much worth celebrating.

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Why Spending Christmas in Rehab is Actually A Gift

While the idea of spending Christmas in rehab for alcoholism or drug addiction may feel depressing and far from “merry,” circumstances leading up to being admitted to rehab could be a matter of life and death. Christmas is often spent having festive meals, unwrapping gifts, watching holiday movies, and visiting family. This is how many feel it is “supposed” to be, but due to unfortunate circumstances, holidays at home with the family may not be in everyone’s best interest, especially for an alcoholic or addict with their life in ruin.

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Should Patients Be Discharged For Breaking Rules In Treatment?

As parents, we teach our children to be polite, follow the rules and have manners. They learn words like, “yes, please” and “no, thank you”. We hold them responsible and instill boundaries. No, you can’t have more ice-cream. No, you can’t have candy before bed. No, you can’t stay up late. Kids are unique and for some, being told no is enough. But not every child is willing to settle for no. There are those who will persist. They learn to manipulate their parents at a young age. Come on, mom. Pretty please! Let’s face it. At three it’s kind of cute. At 23, not so much.

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