Monthly Archives: February 2021

Practicing Assertive Communication

There are many different styles of communication but if you are trying to express your needs calmly and succinctly, you should consider practicing assertive communication. Using this communication tactic, you can state your intentions clearly without overlooking your needs or overpowering others with them. When compared to the alternatives of passive and aggressive communication, assertive […]

John Mulaney Working to Overcome Addiction

Just like many of us, celebrities all too often fall into the trap of substance abuse. In a 2019 interview with Esquire, comedian John Mulaney detailed his struggle with addiction. “I drank for attention,” he mentioned in the Esquire piece. “I was really outgoing, and then at twelve, I wasn’t. I didn’t know how to […]

Shame and Guilt in Addiction

Experiencing shame and guilt is a common part of addiction, recovery, and life itself. When you fixate on failed relationships, lost opportunities, or missed connections, it can become a never-ending cycle of negativity. However, this fails to acknowledge your full journey.  If you begin to envision your life after recovery, you may start to see […]

Depression is Not Laziness

Depression, being “bummed,” or experiencing the feeling of hopelessness is a normal fluctuation in your mental state. During this period, the person experiencing it is often less likely or willing to participate in normal daily activities and other people may misinterpret the scenario as laziness. This is harmful as it fails to validate the genuine […]

Family Dynamics Around Addiction and Recovery

Addiction of any kind and the recovery process affects family dynamics in multiple ways. People assume different roles throughout the process and grapple with the addiction on an individual basis. The best route is not always separation as that can leave the individual suffering from substance abuse without the resources to recover and at risk […]

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a sudden onset of overwhelming fear causing physical symptoms like rapid heart palpitations, sweating, vision changes, hyperventilation, headache, dizziness, and other symptoms. Some people report a feeling like “the world is ending” or a sense of impending doom. The cause of panic attacks is generally excessive anxiety.  How to Manage a […]

Understanding Anger

Anger, while often frowned upon in our society as a forbidden emotion, is a natural feeling for humans to experience. We all get mad at times. However, it is of utmost importance to understand what causes your anger and how you can learn to manage it. What’s the Origin? Where is your anger coming from? […]