How To Deal With A Narcissist

How To Deal With A Narcissist

How To Deal With A Narcissist We’ve all dealt with a narcissist at one point or another in our lives whether from a co-worker, family member, friend or lover. It’s a draining experience, leaving you emotionally fatigued and sapped of your energy. Sometimes it’s easy to notice the signs and leave before getting hurt, but sometimes there is a cost to leaving that we cannot or do not want to pay. This is most common with family, friends and job situations. It takes a lot of courage to make these different relationships work despite feelings of needing to leave so you don’t get hurt. However, there are steps you can… Read More

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Addressing Gender Issues in Treatment

Addressing Gender Issues in Treatment

Addressing Gender Issues in Treatment Over the last decade, the gender gap has been narrowing among young school students who use drugs. Women only represent a fifth of clients in specialized drug treatment, but their problems are often more complex than those for men: They tend to progress faster towards addiction; a phenomenon known as “telescoping”. They go through more severe withdrawal symptoms and report higher levels of depression and anxiety. Women often start using drugs through a drug-using male partner, and are more likely to share needles and other equipment with their partner. In general, women are likely to have fewer socio-economic resources – this is even more the… Read More

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Sober...with Feelings

Sober…with Feelings

Sober…with Feelings Positive feelings like love or joy can make us feel more vibrant and alive.  However, anger, frustration and resentment can leave us overwhelmed and create stumbling blocks to progress in our recovery. This is particularly true when we have extreme feelings that we cannot seem to let go. Feelings of anger, resentment, and shame often led us to use substances in the first place. Our substance abuse was often driven by the desire to control the feelings that we thought would overpower us.These feelings may follow us into our days in early recovery. The miracle of getting clean & sober does not mean that we are suddenly relieved… Read More

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How Not To Raise A Narcissist

How Not To Raise A Narcissist

How Not To Raise A Narcissist One type of toxic people that you might want to avoid are narcissists. It’s estimated that up to 8% of the US population has narcissistic personality disorder (narcissism), which is more common in men and has its roots in childhood. Narcissists are annoying enemies for human kind. They have a personality disorder that makes other people feel bad and desperate. Believe it or not, all people actually have the opportunity to develop this trait. Moreover, with the constant and frequent use of social media to show personal branding, narcissistic qualities are being reinforced. However, the roots of narcissists lie in several aspects. Parents should… Read More

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What Does Being 'Codependent' Actually Mean?

What Does Being ‘Codependent’ Actually Mean?

What Does Being ‘Codependent’ Actually Mean? So what does it really mean to be codependent?  If you ask a dozen different therapists you’re liable to get a dozen different answers, which is why codependency is so difficult to understand.  Codependents have been given a bad rap. They are often described as emotional manipulators and controlling, but the truth is codependents are some of the nicest people around. They care about others and strive to help whenever and wherever they can, the problem for codependents as you will see, is that they go overboard in their focus on caring for others. Codependents are usually good people but often stressed out by… Read More

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The Importance Of Boundaries

The Importance Of Boundaries

The Importance Of Boundaries A clear vision of what you are trying to achieve in setting health boundaries will help motivate you “to feel the fear and shame and do it anyway,” which will enable you to begin setting boundaries so you can heal, grow, and allow your True Self to emerge. When you’re ready to take your first steps, begin by practicing in the mirror and with trusted supports, such as a best friend, sibling, or your spouse. Explain to them what you’re trying to do, which is learning to speak up when someone does something that bothers you. Warn them that your first attempts might be sloppy, so… Read More

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