Does Climate Change Impact Your Mental Health?

Southern coastal poverty hit everyone who lived in its path as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The Florida Panhandle is a place of immense beauty with beaches and sunshine. It is a haven for people who want to retire or live a life on the coastal bay. This was disrupted by what some people believe…

Recovering with Grace: Navigating the Hard Times of the Recovery Process

Struggling with addiction is one of the hardest things any individual can go through.Whether it is the sense of helplessness, the dependency, or the lack of control, addiction is a seriously debilitating illness that wreaks havoc on its victim. Going through the recovery process can be one of the most emancipating experiences of your life,…

Can Addiction Cause Other Mental Disorders?

Research done over the past twenty years has shown a definitive correlation between substance addiction and mental illness. The National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that “mental health disorder patients are responsible for the consumption of 38% of alcohol, 44% of cocaine, and 40% of cigarettes.” Additionally, according to the report, those that may not…

Heavy Drinking Could Lead to Dementia

A recent study indicates that how much you drink now can have an acute effect on your health as you age. The BMJ study suggests that heavy drinking as a middle-aged individual (described as the consumption of 14 or more units of alcohol a week) likely correlates with a higher risk of dementia as you…

Can Drugs Cause Mental Illness?

Mental illness and drug use seem to go hand-in-hand. Usually, mental illness leads to drug abuse as an attempt to self-medicate symptoms. However, using drugs also can lead to mental disorders by causing drastic changes in the chemistry of the brain. These brain changes can either cause mental disorders later in life, or cause latent…

Paint Over Anxiety

Anxiety can be difficult to deal with in a healthy way, and it often feels more prominent during the first few crucial weeks or months of sobriety. Our minds and bodies are still healing from the damages of drugs and alcohol, and as a result we may feel more susceptible to feelings of stress, anxiety,…

Understanding Yourself in Recovery

The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.” When we enter into recovery, we often felt disconnected from ourselves for quite some time. We don’t know what truly makes us feel happiness aside from intoxication, nor do we know what makes us unhappy. Recovery is…

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…

The Problem with “War Stories”

There is nothing wrong with discussing one’s past during treatment and recovery. The problem arises when our discussions turn from a frank and honest examination of our past to romanticizing our addiction. Often, addiction has consumed our lives to such a degree that we have little else to talk about. When we begin telling “war…