The Side Effects of Cocaine Are Worse Than You Think.

Most people understand that cocaine is bad for you. However, people often don’t understand exactly how bad cocaine is for you. It’s important to understand that it’s not chocolate-cake bad for you, it’s drinking-gasoline bad for you.   Not only does it have bad side effects, but the more cocaine you do, the worse the…

The Negative Side Effects of Marijuana: Yes, They Exist.

Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not, actually, a harmless cure-all whose miracle properties are being stifled by The Man. There are real consequences to marijuana use, particularly when used by teenagers, whose brains are still developing, and who are susceptible to the cultural message that marijuana is rebellious and cool. Like alcohol and cigarettes,…

Do I Have a Drug Problem?

Often, people seem to think that drug addiction is a moral issue, as though only the weak or wicked could become addicted to drugs. All of those people are wrong. Addiction is a complicated disease, one born from and exacerbated by many factors, but it’s a disease which can be treated, and one which does…

Do I Have a Drinking Problem?

There’s nothing inherently wrong with alcohol, in and of itself. Unfortunately, many things can undermine your ability to moderate, which can plunge you into a drinking problem, or alcoholism. It’s not necessarily obvious or terrible at first, but the problems can keep piling up, so it’s best to nip alcohol abuse in the bud at…

What’s an Opioid Anyway?

There’s been a lot of talk about the “Opioid Crises” lately, so we wanted to get everyone up to date on just what an opioid is. The term opioid, pronounced “oh-pee-oid”, refers to prescription pain medications and heroin. More specifically: oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet) hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet) diphenoxylate (Lomotil) morphine (Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin)…

What is Love?

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”  -Thomas Merton What is love? We like to think that a great love is the place where two people are able…

The Ugly Truth

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” -Mother Teresa When you’re going through recovery it can be tempting to want to put your best foot forward and hide the ugly as you try to repair relationships and rebuild your life. You want to prove to your loved ones that you are a changed…

Fight Fair

Hitting below the belt, back stabbing, belittlement, the stink eye, throat punching, character assassination, and the good old fashioned slap in the face. I think we can all agree that none of these go-to standards are what we would call, “fighting fair”. There is nothing more damaging to a relationship than hurtful words said during an argument that…

Love on Purpose

“Living with intention means saying no to the things that aren’t important to us so that we can say yes to what matters most.”  When it comes to love, being intentional is often overlooked. We usually focus on is the passionate and emotional side, yet being purposeful in relationships is one of the most important…

Are You Listening?

Many relationship problems are rooted in a communication breakdown. These can be as simple as not hearing what the other person is saying, because we get caught up in our own perspectives. -Sumesh Nair A common complaint between couples is that they don’t feel understood, because their partner doesn’t listen. And when a partner doesn’t listen,…

3 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Relationship

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”  ― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees When talking about positive affirmations in relationships, I think it’s important to learn how to communicate all this positivity in an effective way. Skilled listening allows you to receive information and understand what your partner is…