Author Archives: Deborah Thomas

When Your Partner Is an Addict

Being in a committed relationship with a person with a substance abuse disorder is an extremely difficult position. Having the conversation about your partner’s addiction may be difficult to start. Your partner may not be ready to hear you, or you may have been enabling him or her so long you’re not sure how to […]

Breaking the Shame-Addiction Cycle

We often hear guilt and shame used as synonyms. But the truth is, one can serve as a positive source of energy in your life, the other can be an overpowering negative force. Guilt, for the most part, is how you judge yourself on a behavior or event. For example, if you miss a child’s […]

Building a Sober Community

The thought of maintaining sobriety after leaving a residential treatment center can be daunting at first. Outside of the tools provided by treatment centers, building a sober community is integral in maintaining a life free of substance abuse. It is important to rid yourself of bad influences – people who are still using – and […]