Skillful vs Unskillful Love During Relapse

Skillful loving is not easy especially when a close friend or family member experiences relapse. As people in recovery it is important that we acknowledge our own limitations in being “helpful” when those we love struggle. Depriving someone of their own experience of relapse can be damaging to future recovery efforts. Often times our helpfulness […]

The Polyvagal Theory, Trauma and Mental Health

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt uncertain but couldn’t really pinpoint why? Perhaps you looked around at everyone else in the room, but they appeared to be unbothered. Unfortunately, you were unable to shake the feeling that something was ‘off.’ While you don’t always realize it, your body is constantly taking […]

Internal Family Systems and its Role in Restoring Balance

Do you ever feel conflicting emotions, like a part of you wants to do one thing and the other part doesn’t? When these feelings conflict, you’re likely to grapple with your internal self, beliefs and desires. In Internal Family Systems (IFS), the idea of multiplicity thinking is normal. Every part has value and good intentions, […]

Addiction and Drug Rehab for the LGBTQIA+ Community

People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning often face unique challenges not encountered by their heterosexual counterparts. Due to the stigma, discrimination, harassment and violence that this population faces, they are at an increased risk for various behavioral health issues, including substance abuse. In this article, we’re going to explore why the […]

Chemsex – What is it and Why is it Dangerous

Chemsex is the paired use of drugs, usually methamphetamine, with sexual behavior. The term ‘chemsex’ originated in the United Kingdom to refer to gay men who struggle with stimulant drugs and sex. This is a common combination because the drugs heighten confidence and sexual desire, as well as numb uncomfortable feelings associated with gay sex. […]


Addiction is a complex mental illness and brain disorder characterized by compulsive drug use, despite harmful consequences. As the person continues to use drugs or alcohol, changes occur in the brain’s structure and function. These changes are responsible for intense cravings, personality changes and other behaviors. Brain imaging studies show that addiction causes noticeable changes […]

Can You Have an Eating Disorder and Not Realize It?

Eating disorders affect people of every age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, size and background. Like substance abuse, eating disorders do not discriminate. At some point in their lives, 9 percent of the population, or 28.8 million Americans, will have an eating disorder. When people hear the term ‘eating disorder’, they usually think of bulimia […]

How to Know When the Occasional Binge Turns into Binge Eating Disorder

Most people binge from time to time, especially during the holidays. But binging on a regular basis can put your health at risk by increasing body fat, disrupting hunger regulation and impairing brain function. There’s also another problem with overeating – it’s a red flag for binge eating disorder (BED). While not everyone who binges […]

Top 5 Facts and Myths About Eating Disorders

Eating disorders (EDs) are serious illnesses that have the highest death rates among all mental health conditions. Every 62 minutes, someone dies as a direct result of an eating disorder. Despite the prevalence of EDs, these diseases are still largely misunderstood. Sadly, the myths and misconceptions surrounding eating disorders can do more harm than good. […]

Can You Ever Fully Recover from an Eating Disorder?

Is it possible to completely recover from an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia? The answer is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ It’s more complex than this. You can heal from an eating disorder (ED), but you must still be mindful of the thoughts and behaviors associated with your ED. These negative feelings may […]