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How Can Addiction Create Apathy?

How Can Addiction Create Apathy?

Addiction is so pervasive and all-consuming that it dominates our thoughts, emotions and behaviors until our lives are totally overtaken. One of the most destructive effects it can have is eradicating our sense of compassion and empathy. We become so consumed, obsessed even, with the subject of our addictions...

Why Does Addiction Make Us Reject Love and Support?

Why Does Addiction Make Us Reject Love and Support?

When we’re struggling with our addictions, many of us find ourselves in the most vulnerable place we’ll ever experience in our lives. We tend to fear this vulnerability as a sign of weakness, and when we’re feeling weak, we’re inclined to reject the love and support other people are...

Learning to Be Less Hard on Ourselves

Learning to Be Less Hard on Ourselves

When struggling with addictions and mental health issues, one of our common habits that actually contributes to our difficulties is being too hard on ourselves. We criticize ourselves overly harshly. We speak and think about ourselves in disparaging ways. We beat ourselves up, mentally, emotionally and physically. We can...

Understanding Our Self-Destructiveness

Understanding Our Self-Destructiveness

If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, PLEASE call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Self-destructiveness is something many of us experience when it comes to living with addictions and mental health issues. It takes many of us a long time, sometimes years, to...

Addiction and Codependence

Addiction and Codependence

When we think of codependence, we usually associate it with romantic relationships. We don’t necessarily think of codependence and addiction as being related, but in many ways they are. Codependent relationships are characterized by their members being excessively emotionally dependent upon each other and not having healthy emotional boundaries with...

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