At their center, the drives for both active addiction and for successful recovery are the same. In both cases, it is the pursuit of fulfillment and contentment. . .
The reasons addictions develop are multilayered. Addictions are not the binary problem of substance vs. abstinence that has traditionally been presented. . .
Our addictions are an attempt to circumvent growth. They develop as a reaction to internal and systemic feelings of discomfort and pain that represent the shadow sides. . .
Entering into any form of recovery from serious addictions represents both a death and a birth. But first it’s a death. Even if we genuinely seem to want . . .
In many ways, the path to recovery is a path toward better self-care. Our addictions, themselves, were an unconscious and misguided attempt to take care of aspects of our psyches that were. . .
Through our addictions we seek comfort. Our addictions represent an attempt to tame our experience of life, to round out its edges until it no longer feels like a potential threat. . .
Recovery is serious business. Especially when we are facing addictions and breaking our bonds to substances or behaviors that are potentially deadly, we need to be serious. Furthermore. . .
Life really is difficult. In so many ways, being human means bearing various amounts of seemingly unbearable feelings intermittently throughout one’s life. And it is. . .
We perceive the world very subjectively and often our addictions arise as a very reaction to this subjectivity. Everything we experience throughout our lives. . .
Our addictions are a mask. Through our addictions we attempt to create an experience of life that allows us to live free of underlying feelings of discomfort and disconnection. And often. . .