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How Does Marijuana Affect Mental Health?

Marijuana is generally seen as a safe drug. In fact, it is often used therapeutically to treat a variety of mental and physical health issues. However, research has shown that the relationship between marijuana and mental health is much more complicated than being entirely beneficial or entirely detrimental. The potential for detrimental effects from marijuanaRead More

Breaking Down Emotional Walls

The more we live in a state of active addiction, the more we put up psychological walls around us. We build walls as a means of keeping others from getting a view of who we are at the core of our being. Our psychological walls keep us from having to face the truth of ourRead More

Improve Your Recovery with a Positive Mental Attitude

The Dalai Lama once said, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” Recovery is based in consistent positive actions such as helping others and providing service. In order to find happiness in the positive actions of our recovery, we may find it helpful to first focus on cultivatingRead More

Treating Depression without Medication

Medications are often the first line of defense in treating depression. We should certainly seek medical help if we are facing major depressive symptoms and follow our doctor’s advice. If, however, our symptoms are mild, we may be able to implement non-pharmacological techniques ease our symptoms. Physical activity and exercise is one of the mostRead More

The Genetics of Addiction

Addiction does not arise solely from nature or from nurture. Rather, it is often a combination of a variety of biological and environmental variables. Recent research into the genetics of addiction have found that a predisposition for alcoholism and addiction can be passed down just like other hereditary traits. Having a genetic predisposition for addictionRead More

The Mental and Physical Benefits of Kindness

Many recovery programs focus on overcoming addiction and alcoholism by living a spiritual life of altruism and helping others. 12-Step recovery, for example, suggests sponsorship and carrying the message of recovery to those still struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Any act of kindness we perform, or even simply witnessing acts of kindness, can have positiveRead More

Overcoming Self-Deception to Begin Recovering

Recognizing that we have a problem with drugs and alcohol is the first step toward successful recovery from addiction and alcoholism. However, admitting the one suffers from addiction can be a difficult step. Through various forms of self-deception, someone suffering from addiction will be unwilling to seek help because they are unable to see theRead More

Addiction vs Physical Dependence

There is a common misconception that it is impossible to become addicted to a substance unless that substance causes physical dependence. Addiction is a complex disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Physical dependence is only related to the physical aspect of addiction, but it is not required for one to be addicted toRead More

Treating Depression and Anxiety in Recovery

Recovery is a time when we should focus on treating all mental, physical, and spiritual aspect of our addiction. Depression and anxiety are common among men and women with addiction, and often exacerbated drug and alcohol use. Attempting to move forward in sobriety without addressing mental health concerns can make for a more difficult journeyRead More

Overcoming the Shame of the Past

Addiction is a powerful disease that causes us to do all sorts of regrettable things. Our substance use became our priority over all else, and we often harmed those we loved most during active addiction. It takes courage to face our past in recovery, but when we go about a process of cleaning up theRead More