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How to Work AA Step 4

Working through any 12-step program can be not only life-changing but, more commonly—life-saving. The twelve steps, combined with a supportive treatment environment, can be the catalyst you need to change your life completely. You may already be familiar with steps one through three: admitting that we are powerless and our lives unmanageable, believing in a…

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Natural Ways to Fight Depression Symptoms

Depression was already a global issue before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now more than ever, we’ve seen a rise in all types of depression. People diagnosed with some form of depression are hopefully already in conversation about their feelings with their medical or mental health practitioner However, you may still be looking for natural ways…

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Is Addiction Recovery a Spiritual Journey?

Addiction Recovery is a Personal Experience  Addiction recovery is an intensely personal experience. The variety of addiction recovery experiences are as diverse as our personalities. However, there are common threads that most recovery journeys share. Recovery is meant to be a transformative process; it must be to be successful.  Addiction recovery is about much more…

7 Signs Your Parent has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder

If you feel like one or both of your parents aren’t supportive—or worse, abusive—you might be wondering if they have a narcissistic personality disorder and need mental health treatment. Someone with narcissistic personality disorder generally has to seek help before they can get diagnosed. But sometimes, someone with narcissistic tendencies won’t think there’s anything wrong…

The Narcissist Test and What It Can Tell You

Today, many “narcissist tests” exist that confirm the idea that someone you know (let’s face it, your ex) does indeed have a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The most official of the narcissism tests, the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), is commonly used to determine if someone displays narcissistic behaviors. But is it possible to read this test…

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Can Depression Be Genetically Inherited?

The rates of those diagnosed with depression are steadily increasing in the last decade, similarly raising questions within us as well, “Is depression genetic? Is it environmental?”    We may find ourselves curious about these questions out of concern for our country, for someone we love, or because we recognize that one or both of…

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The Cycle of Codependency and Addiction

Understanding Codependency Codependency may be one of the most common yet widely misunderstood behaviors. In short, codependency means sacrificing your needs to meet the needs of someone else. But there is more to the story.    An isolated act of self-sacrifice or kindness isn’t inherently codependent. Codependency isn’t a mental health diagnosis. Rather it is…

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

If My Ex is a Narcissist, What Does That Say About Me?

If you’ve just learned that your ex has a narcissistic personality disorder, or you strongly suspect they do, you’re likely dealing with a lot of emotions. You might wonder how you could have ever dealt with someone so uncaring and what attracted you to someone like that in the first place. You might also wonder…