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What Are the Signs of Codependency?

Codependency is a common attribute in recovery. It relates to the relationships you have with yourself and the relationship you have with others. Codependency is defined as: “a person belonging to a dysfunctional, one-sided relationship where one person relies on the other for meeting nearly all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. It also describes . . . . Continue Reading


Self-Help vs. In-Person Therapy: Are Both Equally Effective?

Finding the right therapist can be a challenge. I know from personal experience. I had to go through several therapists before I found the right one, and that experience was intimidating.  In the end, it was well worth it, but certainly not an experience I would want to repeat. For some, it can take a . . . . Continue Reading


After 9 Years Sober, Boy George is Excited for Upcoming Music Projects

  The “Karma Chameleon” singer is back and better than ever. Recent articles reveal that Boy George is excited to release a new solo album and a new album with his band Culture Club. Even better, he’s locked down a residency to perform in Las Vegas. While the future looks promising, there was a time . . . . Continue Reading


My Response to “5 Reasons Why I Might Never Date a Normie Again”

Recently, an article was posted on the popular addiction website The Fix in regards to the addict and normie relationship. The author discussed why she would never date a normie again. The article goes to list five reasons why, but it came down to feeling misunderstood in her relationship. She said that people who have . . . . Continue Reading


Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Her Battles with Depression and Addiction

  Mary J. Blige, the artist dubbed “Queen of Hip Hop Soul” recently opened up about battling depression and addiction.  Blige has always been pretty open about her struggles. Whether it was her addiction, mental illness or childhood abuse, the singer has not been shy about the obstacles she’s overcome to get to where she is. In . . . . Continue Reading


Creativity, Mental Illness, and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

Creative people sometimes worry that their spark will go away if they seek chemical help for their depression and anxiety. Are you a creative person? Does this sound like you? After all, it is often emotions that drive the creative endeavors we engage in. What happens when that spark is diminished? The Connection between Mental . . . . Continue Reading


You Can Blame These Brain Cells for How Old You Feel

Do you feel young or old? Isn’t it unfair that some people seem younger and healthier than others? Well, it might be their brain cells. Scientists have discovered that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The findings, made in mice, could lead to innovative strategies for warding . . . . Continue Reading


The Truth About Psychological Trauma and Drug Addiction

The connection between trauma, victimization, and addiction are often overlooked when it comes to treating addiction. However, going to meetings and getting a sponsor is not enough to ensure a full recovery for everyone. For some, it is necessary to address the underlying traumatic reasons for developing and sustaining addiction. Challenges Brought on by Trauma . . . . Continue Reading


Is Mental Illness an Acceptable Reason to Call in Sick to Work?

One web developer challenged the conventional ideology behind “sick days” by letting others know that it’s okay to call in sick to focus on your mental health. There are days when mental illness can be more debilitating when it comes to productivity than physical illness. Depression and anxiety are known to result in huge declines . . . . Continue Reading


Huge Decline in Underage Binge Drinking Across America

A new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Abuse  (SAMHSA) reveals that underage drinking rates among young people are declining. Considering we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic, any good news is a breath of fresh air. When the 2010-2012 estimates were compared to the 2012-2014 estimates, 18 . . . . Continue Reading