6 Characteristics You Are Living with a Dry Drunk, and 3 Things You Can Do About It

In my opinion there are two types of people in recovery, the first is an addict in active recovery. This group is actively working towards a better life for themselves; they could be working a 12-step program, with a therapist or both. I grew up in a house with two people in recovery, my mother…Read more »

We Are NOT Anonymous

I realized late in my own recovery (7 years) there was a strong difference between anonymity and anonymous.  Anonymity is a choice made by the individual, anonymous can be a feeling and very possibly detrimental to recovery.   There is so much stigma attached to addiction, the idea of telling people “I am a recovering…Read more »

Behavioural Addictions! Please, Stop thinking they’re not real!

I have my own definition for addiction, the reason I use my own variation is I feel the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Psychology) misses the mark since it is built solely on criteria and except for gambling only classifies substances as addiction. Most other publications also miss the definition mark; to show this I…Read more »

The Psychopath or Toxic Person Relationship Cycle

    Idealization (Grooming) Phase The start of all relationships comes with excitement and that is totally normal. We need to be excited, a new relationship should be happy. The idealization phase with a truly toxic person will likely be unlike anything you have ever experienced! It will be the most passionate, the most exciting,…Read more »

The Healing Power of Hypnosis

  For as long as people have been sick the medical profession in some cases has been at a loss to explain why. A pain that they have with no evidence of why or an illness that they have diagnoses for, but still don’t understand it or where it came from (think fibromyalgia). Environmental sensitivities…Read more »

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a series of natural and normal psychological processes used in a systematic sequence to create a relaxed mental state with greater receptivity to influence and change. That is a great definition if you are lecturing students, but really does it give you comfort? Does it reduce any fear if you have fear surrounding…Read more »