Men, Divorce, and Ego

Most of us are already familiar with the fact that roughly 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce. In other developed nations, this number tends to be just as high. It has also become somewhat common practice to marry more than once. It is estimated that 41 percent of all first marriages end…

Bipolar Disorder and Chemical Dependency

Bipolar disorder, which was once commonly referred to as manic depression, is a serious mental illness, characterized by abrupt and severe shifts in energy levels, behavioral patterns, and mood. Individuals who are afflicted with bipolar disorder tend to have a difficult time maintaining consistency within their own lives, and have been known to suffer interpersonal…

“South Florida Saved My Life”

An old friend messaged me early this morning, sending over a link to the latest national news story discussing (and, well, openly condemning) the current ‘recovery’ practices in Southern Florida. NBC News published an investigative piece late Sunday night, which focuses on the greed and corruption that has undeniably plagued the Southern Florida treatment industry…

The Necessary Pain of Letting Go

Being hurt is a fundamental part of the human experience. Regardless of where we come from, what we’ve been through, and what we choose to do with our time, we have all felt emotional pain on some profound level. Some of the deepest pain we will ever feel will stem from some kind of loss…

Self-Forgiveness and Taking Responsibility

The ability to forgive ourselves for our mistakes and perceived shortcomings is crucial to our psychological and emotional well-being. Those who have a difficult time forgiving themselves are more prone to developing substance abuse issues and eating disorders, along with a variety of other serious, self-destructive problems. Yet while self-forgiveness is crucial to a better…

Yoga Nidra and Recovery

Yoga Nidra is one of the most effective and least common or explored technique of getting in tune with the depths of the unconscious mind. When literally translated, ‘Nidra’ means ‘to sleep’. However, rather than the unconscious sleep that we experience at nighttime, Yoga Nidra is a dynamic state – one in which we are…

Man with eating disorder holds a skateboard over his shoulders

Men and Eating Disorders

Women are more commonly affected by eating disorders (ED) than men, but millions of American males still grapple with body image issues, low self-esteem, and disordered eating patterns. In the United States, roughly 20 million women and 10 million men will struggle with a clinically diagnosable eating disorder at one point in their lives. Unfortunately,…

Short-haired man in tshirt standing at edge of building overlooking the city contemplates suicide

Men and Suicide

“There was very little suicide among the men of the North, because every man considered it his duty to get killed, not to kill himself; and to kill himself would have seemed cowardly, as implying fear of being killed by others.” – Lafcadio Hearn Each year, roughly 44,193 citizens die by suicide – an average…

Young man comforted by mental health doctor at treatment facility

Men and Mental Health

Mental illness affects both men and women, though men may have a more difficult time talking about the way they are feeling. Long-standing gender stereotypes may hinder men from truly opening up and discussing any issues they may be grappling with, seeing as they believe doing so might compromise their masculinity. In American society, men…

Man in suit holding pink roses and sign that says sorry

An Amends is Not ‘I’m Sorry’

During active addiction, we become essentially incapable of weighing the consequences of our actions. Addiction is a disease of obsession and compulsion, and somewhere along the way, we completely lose the power of choice. Willpower becomes obsolete the more our neuropathways change, and we begin behaving in ways we never thought possible. We stoop to…