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 Persons Fan Club! Are you a Member?

    No matter how much they abuse their partners, toxic people will always have a loyal following of fans clapping for everything they do. These people are blinded by shallow flattery that the manipulator uses to control them. This fan club changes often, as none of their friendships are deep or meaningful in any…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 »

Get Away from the Diagnosis and into the Symptoms

297 is the number of possible diagnosis in the DSM 5; (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) “The psychiatric bible”. (Rosenberg, 2017) If you don’t have a copy of that on hand and you use Wikipedia then they have 186 different possible diagnoses. So many diagnosis have overlapping symptoms, meaning that going down that rabbit hole to…Read more »

You Can’t Have Recovery, Without Relapse!

I know, that’s a really bold statement! I also know that as little as 2 weeks ago I would have said the exact opposite. I am one of those blessed people who entered a twelve-step program and never returned to the addiction portion of the emotional illness. So, I would have said; “recovery was totally possible…Read more »