We all want to be happy, but happiness doesn’t always come easy – especially when we’ve relied on drugs and alcohol for that perceived “happiness” in the past.  Leaving behind a life we’re familiar with can be scary and challenging at first, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be satisfied and fulfilled with a new, sober lifestyle.  Just ask Justin Kan, a 35-year-old entrepreneur who recently gave up alcohol completely and has never been happier.

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What is emotional abuse, exactly?

Emotional abuse is defined as is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child or person. It is mostly expressed verbally by:

Criticizing
Disapproval of another person’s action(s), or
Constant expression of dissatisfaction

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How decision fatigue affects willpower and self-control

Recent research on the topic of willpower shows that we, as human beings, have limited decision-making capacity. That is, in any given day, we may simply run out of the mental energy that is required to make decisions. Researcher Roy Baumeister, PhD calls this depletion of mental energy “decision fatigue.”

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Watching a loved one battle addiction is painful. Connecting with peers can help.

Addiction is a family disease. Watching a person you love struggle with substance abuse is grueling. If you live with them, you’re brought into the cycle of unpredictable or dangerous behavior brought about by substance use. Even if you live separately, the constant concern for your family member or friend’s wellbeing can take a toll.

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Before recovery, it’s safe to say our lives mimicked a tornado. Our relationships were strained, our finances were poor, and we were in losing a battle between our substance of choice and our emotional welfare no matter what we did. As we began to bridge the gap from addiction to sobriety, we gained some sort of assemblance. Our new way of life was now full new color, scents, sounds, and most importantly, tools to help keep it that way.

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by Jean-Paul Thorne, Educational Director It was early evening Christmas Eve, 1999. The tree was lit up. There was food and drink aplenty. he house was full of family, some having come from as far as Guatemala to join us. My parents, my brother and his family from North Carolina, and my uncle and grandmother…

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