Man holding woman representing different attachment styles

Is Your Attachment Style Damaging Your Love Life?

What’s Important to Know About Attachment Styles? “How do you overcome an insecure attachment style?” “Does your attachment style impact your sex life?” “Is it possible to have a committed relationship with an avoidant attachment style?” These are a few of the stories sweeping the web. So, what is an attachment style? And, does your…

Stressed woman, wondering "What is a mental breakdown?"

What’s a Mental Breakdown? Stress in Our Modern World

“I’m on the brink of a mental breakdown.” Do mental or nervous breakdowns really exist? More importantly, if these breakdowns happen, how do you recover? And, how did these terms become so commonplace in our vernacular? Finally, if breakdowns are real, then how do you know when you reach the breaking point? Are there clues…

Sad woman living with childhood trauma and codependency and PTSD

Can Childhood Trauma Lead to Codependency and PTSD?

Codependency and PTSD have a sordid relationship, usually trailing back to childhood trauma. There are plenty of stereotypes when it comes to childhood trauma. When you hear a child suffered trauma, what comes to mind? Terrible unsanitary conditions and horrific physical abuse? The truth is, sometimes trauma is the result of a family unable to…

Illustration of man feeling guilt and shame in addiction recovery

Letting Go of the Past: How to Heal Guilt in Sobriety

Guilt in sobriety threatens to derail recovery when mishandled. Often, it’s shame, guilt’s evil twin, which takes recovering folks down. And guilt can morph into shame if you aren’t careful. According to Brené Brown, a renowned shame and vulnerability researcher, the difference between guilt and shame is simple in theory. “Shame is a focus on…

Woman reading her journal for addiction and mental health treatment

Building Confidence in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Treatment Helps Inspire Recovery  Living with a substance use or a mental health disorder often undermines confidence. Addiction or mental health challenges can seem to define you entirely. After all, it seems to touch every area of your life, and you may feel the effects of stigmatization from other people.  Perhaps that stigma has made…