Letting Go of Procrastination and Its Root Causes

Letting go of procrastination and its root causes may seem impossible, but this is usually because you have been floundering so long you simply can't imagine being free. Procrastination is indeed the doldrums. We lose wind in our sails and simply sit in the ocean helplessly and after awhile, hopelessly. If you can, however, push [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|Addiction, Codependecy, Dealing with Trauma, Guilt and Shame, Healthy recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Letting Go of Procrastination and Its Root Causes

Resolving Procrastination

Resolving procrastination seems daunting, but there are so many avenues of approach that it is really more manageable a task than most would ever believe. Having many tactics and strategies that are effective in pushing procrastination out of your life makes it easier. If you tire of one effort, you can rotate in something else, [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|Codependecy, Dealing with Trauma, Healthy recovery, Mental Health, Recovery|Comments Off on Resolving Procrastination

Procrastination and Its Tangled Roots

Procrastination is a tenacious left-over of addiction. People in addiction recovery struggle with it and children from addicted homes struggle with it even as adults. When you look into the dynamics that linger into adulthood for children of dysfunctional parents, there it is: they have trouble following through... they don't finish projects, but they simply [...]

By | May 21st, 2015|Codependecy, Dealing with Trauma, Healthy recovery, Living with an Addict, Recovery|Comments Off on Procrastination and Its Tangled Roots

Emptiness and Looking for Fulfillment

Emptiness is a common complaint of those in active addiction and early recovery. Some can even describe the feeling in their bodies. Most talk about emptiness as inside and outside themselves--an unmet need of some sort or loneliness, for example. Many say they have felt the terrible and sometime gnawing feeling for as long as [...]

By | May 19th, 2015|Addiction, Dealing with Trauma, Dual Diagnosis, Healthy recovery, Mental Health, Relapse Prevention|Comments Off on Emptiness and Looking for Fulfillment

Guilt and Shame, Part 3

Guilt and shame begin in childhood. This is especially true for those of us who become addicts and/or codependents after living in a chaotic, dysfunctional, abusive or neglectful home. Children learn what they are taught. Their lessons come in many ways. They learn through watching others. They learn through direct instruction. They also learn through [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Addiction, Dealing with Trauma, Guilt and Shame, Living with an Addict, Mental Health|Comments Off on Guilt and Shame, Part 3

Protecting Yourself in Recovery–for Women

Protecting yourself in recovery can seem very unfamiliar to a lot of people. Addiction distorts our sense of safety--physical, emotional and psychological. Our boundaries are non-existent or loose. The interactions we have with others can be considered unusual at best and often very dysfunctional, even extreme. Because addiction interferes with our judgment, insight and impulse-control, [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Addiction, Codependecy, Dealing with Trauma, Mental Health, Overcoming Addiction, Recovery, Rehab for Women|Comments Off on Protecting Yourself in Recovery–for Women

Meaning–Finding a Purpose

Meaning, and the search for meaning, is the stuff life is made of. We look for it in everything we do. when we are in the doldrums and paralyzed by lack of motivation and apathy, we yearn for it. I'm bored! a common complaint of listless children and teens. they ore accurately mean I've no [...]

By | May 11th, 2015|Addiction, Alcoholism, Dealing with Trauma, Living with an Addict, Making Amends, Recovery|Comments Off on Meaning–Finding a Purpose

Boundaries, Sexual Trauma and Crack Cocaine

Boundaries are blurred and distorted in all addictions. There are specific ways in which crack cocaine has an effect on boundaries that are of concern in treatment, recovery and relapse prevention. Some of these include sexual boundaries related to past sexual trauma. Such trauma includes childhood sex abuse, sexual assault in active crack use, addiction-related [...]

By | May 9th, 2015|12 Step Recovery, Addiction, Blog, Cocaine Addiction, Dealing with Trauma, Mental Health, Overcoming Addiction, Recovery|Comments Off on Boundaries, Sexual Trauma and Crack Cocaine

Sexual Trauma, Crack and Recovery

Sexual trauma and crack use can be a tricky combination for people in treatment and recovery. Don't get me wrong, people who have this combination of problems are in plenty of company--in treatment and in recovery. There is a great deal of hope for recovery--others have survived and succeeded in recovery... many others. Treatment programs [...]

By | May 9th, 2015|Addiction, Blog, Dealing with Trauma, Dual Diagnosis, Guilt and Shame, Mental Health, Recovery|Comments Off on Sexual Trauma, Crack and Recovery

Crack Cocaine and Sexual Trauma

Crack cocaine addiction has been linked to sexual trauma. Lifetime users have a high frequency of childhood sexual abuse including abuse involving penetration and sexual abuse by a family member. Users also have a high incidence of sexual trauma related to use. Women in particular are at high risk for user-related trauma. This includes the [...]

By | May 9th, 2015|Addiction, Blog, Cocaine Addiction, Dealing with Trauma, Mental Health, Recovery|Comments Off on Crack Cocaine and Sexual Trauma