This isn't going to be as well thought out as I would like... but I'm about to burst. I got into one of those random conversations with random people today. They were middle aged men... nice enough, asking me about what I do for a living. I said I'm in the counseling field and [...]
This is truly one of my passions-- treating behavioral addictions. Behavior or process addictions actually activate the same pleasure pathways in the brain as substance addictions do... and they can be just as much if not more difficult to manage! This might include sex, porn, gaming, shopping, gambling, relationships... really, the possibilities are endless. Remember [...]
This will be short because I'm exhausted. Today I worked at the inpatient drug and alcohol rehab center and sometimes I expect chaos. Today is one of those days (one of many) I was humbled and proven wrong. Everyone was so nice and shared powerful things in group. And when I took patients to an [...]
Addiction sometimes provides the perfect storm for codependency to develop. You may care so much about the person who is addicted that you feel as though you can't stop worrying about them and subsequently your own wellbeing starts to suffer. There are some things that you can do to take care of yourself. If you [...]
Go check out my flash fiction piece "Left Girl" at Flash Fiction Magazine. Yayness.
I think I've recently realized just how much trauma affects every aspect of your life. Like, every aspect. Even when I'm feeling pretty good, I find myself looking for things that I should worry about or that I might have forgotten to pay attention to, almost as if my brain is like uncomfortable with peace. [...]
Still Wednesday in my time zone, so hah. Keeping this one short. I binge ate today on sweets. It happens a lot less regularly than it used to, but I just put on a baggy shirt for the day and keep it moving. I don't feel nearly as shameful about it as I used to, [...]
I did swim a few laps, but not as much as I normally do. I headed to the park after having a videochat session with my therapist. The session was good, I am doing much better with working on not letting other people's negativity take away my inner peace. However, I didn't get much joy [...]