Moving Beyond the Pain

Chronic pain is defined as prolonged physical pain that lasts for longer than the natural healing process should allow. This pain may stem from sport-related injuries, inflammation, nerve disorders, fibromyalgia, and trauma to the body. Chronic pain can prevent you from engaging in everyday activities that can eventually lead to the overuse of pain medication, alcohol or other substances, that …

Self Love

Stop all Criticism Criticism and judgment places limits upon yourself and prevents you from living a life full of happiness. When you criticize or judge yourself and others you take on a negative mindset, energy and emotional state. This will keep you from experiencing self love, acceptance, and worth, affecting how you engage in self care and interact in relationships. …

Self Soothing and Addiction

The failure to develop the capacity to self-soothe is a primary cause of all addictions. Neural pathways that delineate self-soothing are created in the first few years of life in a non-conscious state. These pathways are affected by genetics, significant life experiences and traumatic events. Self-soothing techniques are an aspect of self regulation; its absence leads to dysregulation, the inability …

Understanding Addiction and Recovery

Stages of Addiction The functioning addict – Major life areas have yet to be impacted by your addiction. You may find yourself building a tolerance to your substance of choice and it is becoming less pleasurable. You may also notice your using behaviour becoming more secretive. The non-functioning addict – This is when your substance use has an impact on …