How Does Easter Relate to Addiction and Mental Health?

For some people, holidays are good times of the year to spend quality time with family members and friends. But, for other people, holidays can be the worst times of the year. Why? Family gatherings and social functions can be stressful. They might be reminders of unsettling past memories. It is not uncommon to be [...]

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Addicted Thinking–The Impact of Addiction on Thoughts and Beliefs

Addicted Thinking--The Impact of Addiction on Thoughts and Beliefs Addicted thinking involves the thought patterns and thought habits that are common during an addictive process. Often these are present before addiction begins, and are part of what makes a person vulnerable to abuse substances, but many develop them within the course of addiction. They also [...]

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Poor Me—the Victim Stance

Poor Me—the Victim Stance Poor me thinking is tempting. When things go badly, no matter why, it’s common at some point to wonder ‘why me?' It can even be a spiritual or religious question, and a spiritual or religious crisis. At the root of poor me thinking is the belief that you don’t deserve what’s [...]

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Lying and Concealment–Deception in Addiction

Lying and Concealment--Deception in Addiction Lying and concealment are common among addicted people as well as their loved ones. The stigma of addiction causes a great many of us to hide our addictions to avoid rejection and alienation. Loved ones of an addicted person also feel the effects of stigma, too. It is unfortunate that [...]

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Poor Me Thinking–the Effects of Self-Pity

Poor Me Thinking--the Effects of  Self-Pity Poor me thinking is a negatively charged frame of mind in which people consider themselves victimized by life, fate, destiny, chance, luck or other people. It involves feeling sorry for yourself because of things that happen to you. It also can reflect your disappointment because certain things did not [...]

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Release Resentment to Accelerate Recovery

Release Resentment to Accelerate Recovery Release resentment in order to accelerate your recovery efforts. It is one of the most common issues among people with addictions that we have to work through on many fronts. The illness fills us with thought distortions that blame others instead of supporting self-responsibility and empowerment. Dealing with our tendency [...]

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Understanding Arrogance and Its Role in Addiction

Understanding Arrogance and Its Role in Addiction Understanding arrogance can help many people get beyond their resistance to addiction treatment and recovery. It can also help loved ones deal better with the opposition and defiance of an addicted loved one. Since arrogance is, unfortunately, a common trait among people with addictions, it can make any [...]

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Mending Broken Lives: Spirit and Mind

Mending Broken Lives: Spirit and Mind When we're about the business of mending broken lives, there's no doubting that the spirit and mind must be included. When we talk about the mind, we're referring to the collective cognitive abilities, coupled with personality and memories that make a human being distinct from one another. "Spirit" can [...]

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Defenses and Their Workings

Defenses and Their Workings Defenses help us immensely throughout life. They protect us and help us cope with anxiety and adversity. However, our defense mechanisms can also sabotage us if we cling to them at our own expense. Below are some common defenses and a description of how each can sabotage our best efforts. Repression [...]

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Defense Mechanisms–Getting Out of Your Own Way

Defense Mechanisms--Getting Out of Your Own Way Defense mechanisms are the means we use to reduce anxiety. They are typically deeply embedded in our daily function and we are often unaware of them. They operate automatically to protect us from distressful thoughts or feelings. Many of our defense mechanisms were learned as children. We also [...]

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