Making Use of Mettā

Metta is a Buddhist concept that loosely translates to “loving-kindness.” Additional meanings of the term may be friendliness, benevolence, goodwill, amity, and empathy for others. Metta is a means of recognizing that there is a sense of solidarity in humanity, and approaching others with a sense of friendliness, consideration, and generosity. Recovery focuses on living…

What are the Long-Term Effects of Meth?

Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant drug that can cause devastating health consequences. Short-term effects of methamphetamine are dangerous, but the long-term consequences of methamphetamine are extremely serious and terrifying. Most people are familiar with seeing the “before and after” photographs of people addicted to methamphetamine, but the internal health problems that arise from the addiction,…

What is Heroin Withdrawal?

Heroin is an incredibly addictive drug that makes serious changes to the brain and body. The physical dependence that heroin use causes leads to a host of severe withdrawal symptoms that can feel overwhelming. Many people with heroin addiction need to continually use greater amounts more frequently simply to stave off possible withdrawal symptoms. According…

Is Sobriety Boring?

Addiction is a disease that entirely takes over our lives. We come to rely upon substances to control every aspect of our feelings. We use on good day, on bad days, on days when we are overwhelmed, and on days when we are bored. Using drugs becomes our only source of enjoyment and comfort, relieving…

How Do I Know if I’ve Hit Rock Bottom?

Rock bottom is a complicated concept. Many people assume that rock bottom must include serious consequences such as financial problems, homelessness, and jail time or legal problems. However, rock bottom is a different experience for everyone and can be entirely internal. Peg O’Connor, in a 2014 Psychology Today article entitled What’s Wrong With ‘Rock Bottom’,…