Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Family

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In an ideal world, your family members would be your staunchest supporters – people you could count on to be in your corner through thick and thin. Unfortunately, for many of us, that isn’t the case. Family dysfunction is a prevalent problem that creates a shaky foundation for relationships. However, if you grew up in a dysfunctional family, you might not recognize the hallmarks of this environment. The American Psychological Association defines a dysfunctional family as one in which “relationships or communication are impaired and members are unable to attain closeness and self-expression.” A family is dysfunctional if they regularly […]

Rebuilding Trust After Addiction Treatment

rebuilding trust after addiction treatment

After you successfully complete an accredited addiction treatment program, one of your top priorities will likely be repairing damaged relationships with friends and family members. While it’s essential to apologize to people you harmed in active addiction and demonstrate your commitment to change, this process can’t happen overnight. You will need to be patient and understand that your loved ones will require time and space to heal and move forward. Having a loved one who struggles with a substance use disorder can be an emotionally challenging experience. As drinking or drug use became a higher priority in your life, you […]

The Anxious Person’s Guide to Self-Forgiveness


The ability to forgive yourself for your mistakes is an essential skill emotionally mature people should strive for. However, while you might be very gracious in letting go of feelings of anger or resentment toward others, you might be overly harsh on yourself – especially if your anxiety causes you to second-guess your decisions. How can you learn self-forgiveness and improve your mental well-being along the way? The Value of Self-Forgiveness We tend to justify our bad behavior in the desire to sweep complex emotions under the rug. The ability to forgive yourself doesn’t mean you’re letting yourself off the […]

Tips for Moving Forward After a Job Loss

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The economic downturn that resulted from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their homes and jobs. If you’re one of the millions of people who have found themselves suddenly unemployed, how can you learn to cope with a job loss? 1. Give Yourself Time and Space to Explore Your Feelings Losing your job can be demoralizing. Your confidence levels may be at an all-time low, and you could be feeling the sting of rejection. These emotions are natural, and to move on, you need to process your grief. Don’t wallow in negativity, but be kind to yourself […]

Healing From PTSD One Day at a Time

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The severe and intrusive symptoms associated with PTSD might make you feel helpless and leave you wondering if you’ll ever find relief from your struggles. How can you recover from a disorder where even the smallest sound or movement could trigger a cascade of flashbacks, intense fear and heart palpitations? Fortunately, your brain is resilient enough to eventually recover from PTSD if you’re patient and willing to put in the work. If you have PTSD, here are some ways you can reclaim your life. 1. Seek Therapy A mental health professional with experience in treating trauma can be your ally […]

Coping With Grief and Loss Amid COVID-19

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Coming to terms with loss and grief is always a challenge, but COVID-19 has made it even harder. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is so contagious that people can’t be by their loved ones’ side in the hospital, or have funerals for family and friends who have passed away. Even if you have been fortunate enough not to lose a loved one to this vicious disease, you may still be mourning the loss of normalcy and routine this year has brought. Living amid a pandemic is stressful, and has caused us to make many sacrifices that would have seemed […]

What You Need to Know About Narcan


According to the CDC, an estimated 130 Americans die each day from an accidental overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. However, did you know these tragic deaths are preventable with an opioid antagonist called Narcan? If you have prescription opioid medications in your home, you should have a supply of this drug on hand and ensure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to administer it. Even if you never need to use it, it will give you greater peace of mind. What Is Narcan? Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a […]

Dealing With a Toxic Work Environment in Recovery

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When you’re in recovery and actively working on preserving your sobriety, stress can serve as a significant relapse trigger. And, though all jobs and workplaces come with some level of stress, you’ll specifically want to avoid the anxiety and low quality of life that characterize a toxic work environment. A toxic or openly hostile workplace can have far-reaching effects on your self-esteem and relationships, and can manifest in some physical and psychological symptoms, too. Signs of a Toxic Workplace Is your work environment harming your health? Any job where the atmosphere, your co-workers’ attitudes or the work itself is so […]

4 Ways to Be a Better Listener

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If you often catch yourself zoning out or getting distracted while others are talking, you’re not alone. The average human attention span is now approximately eight seconds, thanks to the information that now bombards us from every direction. That’s why honing your listening skills can set you apart from the pack in every facet of your personal and professional life. Here are four tips you can use to become a better listener. 1. Put Your Phone Away Many of us spend hours each day glued to our digital devices. You might habitually reach for your phone whenever you have a […]

Addiction in the State of Texas

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Though substance misuse disorders are common throughout the U.S., crises like the opioid epidemic have affected some states more severely than others. The Lone Star State’s proximity to Mexico makes Texas particularly vulnerable to drug trafficking along its southern border, allowing dangerous drugs such as methamphetamines to enter the state. What are some of the most common addictions in Texas, and how can you recognize the signs of addictive behavior in yourself or someone close to your heart? Common Addictions in Texas The most prevalent substance use disorders in Texas include: Alcohol Methamphetamines Opioids, available as codeine, Vicodin, OxyContin and […]