Never Give Up: Managing Feelings of Apathy in Recovery

Recovery always has moments of difficulty. We go through so much to achieve sobriety and begin engaging in an entirely new way of life, exercising our newfound spirituality and coping skills. However, there may be moments when we feel overwhelmed or depressed and wonder, “What’s the point?” We fall into a cycle of apathy and…

What is a “Mental Twist”?

Our time in addiction changed the way that we think. Our brains became so accustomed to drugs and alcohol that we began developing uncontrollable cravings. Often, we found out the hard way that, no matter how many times we swore we would not drink or use again, we managed to convince ourselves to pick up…

What Are 4 Ways You Might Be Playing the Victim?

Human beings love to communicate: specifically, they love to talk. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as human beings is to spend a lot of time in conversation that is self-involved without really listening. You may nod your head but really you are just listening to that voice inside your head rather than…

Smiling Can Change Your Brain

If you have ever seen the holiday movie, “Elf,” you might remember a line that says “smiling’s my favorite!” Few people argue that smiling is bad for you because there are so many positive benefits to smiling. Even if it is not your favorite thing to do, it can greatly improve your mood and enhance…

Are You Better Than You Think? The Answer is a Definite Maybe

Now you have made the choice to get sober and give up drugs and alcohol, all you want to do is stay on the straight and narrow. Somewhere deep down you believe this can happen if you strive for perfection, but another part of you might waver. Fear can creep in that mistakes might happen…

The Mental and Physical Benefits of Sunshine

Recovery is a time of healing. In our addictions, we cared little for the natural world and rarely had time to sit outside and soak up sunshine. Early sobriety is the perfect time to embrace the gifts of the natural world, and it turns out, simple being outdoors in sunlight can provide many wonderful physical…

How Neurofeedback is Helping People with “Treatment-Resistant” Depression

Recently, a small study was published about neurofeedback and the impact on people’s brains. Neurofeedback is where people concentrate on modifying brainwave patterns which can potentially bring positive treatments to people with many disorders, including “treatment-resistant” depression (TRD). Learn more about why neurofeedback is having such a positive impact on this challenging diagnosis.How it Helps…

Failure Has a Lot to Teach Us About Success: Here’s Why

One huge roadblock to success is not failure itself, but fear of failure. Fear of failure is often worse than failing because it keeps you from reaching your full potential. Researchers have found that success in the face of failure comes from focusing on the results rather than trying not to fail. It’s really about…

What Can Mindfulness Apps Do to Help Me Feel Better?

Mindfulness is everywhere right now. This hot trend is one that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, especially with the advent of new apps for smartphones and tablets which put mindfulness (literally) at your fingertips. This revival, of sorts, is a way to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine and help you find inner peace in…