In the beginning, before they had developed into painful rigid patterns, our addictions usually answered an inner call. They brought comfort, ease, relief, insight. . .
Addictions establish themselves when a destructive set of substances or behaviors successfully create an experience of life that is satisfying where their absence is not. To be clear. . .
Recovery from addiction has many facets. There is the initial and difficult step of breaking the bond to the substance or behavior that manifested as the addiction, itself. . .
Our addictions attempt to temper our inner world. Especially when we find ourselves in an addictive relationship to substances, we are drawn to experiences that seem to. . .
This ancient quotation is an important reminder. First it makes reference to the importance of moderation—often an elusive emotional state. . .
Our addictions often break us. When the emotional patterns that underlie our addictions become powerful enough, they can overwhelm our ability to. . .
After the initial process of breaking our bond to the specific substance or behavior through which our addictions expressed themselves, recovery becomes a process of. . .
Moving from what we refer to as addiction to what we call recovery means doing something new. Whether the focus on recovery is simply abstinence or a process. . .
The manifestation of addiction is very subtle in the beginning. Rarely does any person make a conscious decision to become addicted to something or even. . .
These five simple words tell us so much. One of the quickest paths toward emotional comfort and security is being content with who and how we are. For successful. . .