It doesn’t seem like the kind of sentence we would struggle to say to our loved ones, but as we approach a largely religious holiday in April, it’s a subject that might come up in discussion. For many, the family has endured an incredibly tumultuous ride while we struggled with and ultimately sought recovery from […]
Knowing how painful and challenging life was before recovery and the challenges that our loved ones face in recovery, the question is how do we best support our loved ones in their recovery?
Most people are familiar with the concept of codependency and there is even a 12-Step program built to assist people in working through these behaviors. On the flip side of this tendency to enable and fail to set boundaries is a lesser-known concept known as counter-dependency. Those that are codependent often feel a strong sense […]
In regards to our ability to practice what we learn in recovery, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says, “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. We claim spiritual progress […]
We leave treatment and the world around us is exactly the same, even though we have profoundly changed. Leaving treatment and entering back into daily life can feel like leaving the nest, a scary yet freeing experience. The world around us still uses substances at social events and gatherings and it can be hard to […]
The relationships we build in treatment and later in recovery can become some of the most cherished ones we have ever had. Often we are brought closer to our truest selves and can experience safety and acceptance while being vulnerable as we identify closely with those we connect to. As we navigate life’s challenges with […]