Stages of Change in Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

Originally published in Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/04/stages-of-change-in-recovery-from-alcohol-addiction/ (Photo from SmartRecovery.org) There are a number of stages one goes through when recovering from an addictive behavior. 1. Pre-contemplation — at this stage one is unaware of any problems. Others may point them out, but you have no interest in changing. 2. Contemplation– At this stage one is aware of … Continue reading Stages of Change in Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

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13 Reasons Why (thoughts)

I recently watched the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why". If you haven't heard of it, it is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. I don't have a well-thought out analysis. It brings up many topics and I have no one to discuss them with. I have not read other writings on the series yet. … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why (thoughts)

Creativity, Mood Disorders, and Treatment

  If you have wondered where I have been, I have hit a wall. I can't think of what to write.  I will be back. Modified from my post on PsychCentral link It has been noted that there seems to be a correlation between mood disorders and creativity. Many great artists, poets, writers, musicians have … Continue reading Creativity, Mood Disorders, and Treatment

Communication Breakdown?

  Continuing from the last blog, I went through my hurt feelings and emotions looking at things in pieces so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. What it came down to is that my husband is spread so thin (he does a lot around the house, at work, for the kids' activities) that he doesn't have time … Continue reading Communication Breakdown?

Sorting Emotions

First published Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/04/sorting-emotions/   It started with my husband bringing me a drink at a party. He didn’t believe I had stopped drinking. He thought it was a nice gesture, and was encouraging me to at least taste it. I may have given in, but my son was there telling me not to … Continue reading Sorting Emotions

Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

  Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/finding-support-for-mental-illness-and-alcoholism/ It can be hard dealing with a mental illness and/or alcoholism without support from a loved one. Perhaps, they don’t recognize it as a real problem. They may be frightened or not comprehend what is happening. Sometimes, partners may even try to sabotage your recovery. There could be … Continue reading Finding Support for Mental Illness and Alcoholism

A pause from automatic thinking

My husband was grumpy and moody over the weekend. I automatically go to being a frightened child thinking I did something wrong and am 100% to blame. That I am guilty and have to fix things. I started assuming what could be wrong. I thought maybe he was resentful about housework, so I took care … Continue reading A pause from automatic thinking

The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders

In my opinion, this is my best yet 🙂 Originally published on Psych Central https://blogs.psychcentral.com/triple-winner/2017/03/the-stigma-of-co-occurring-disorders/ There is a great deal of stigma attached with both mental illnesses and addictions. That is one reason I talk about my experiences. So, others won’t feel alone, and, to put a face to these conditions. It is scary to … Continue reading The Stigma of Co-Occurring Disorders