Randy Withers, MA
As a species, homo sapiens have evolved over tens of thousands of years into the relatively complex creatures we know and love today. Human beings, like all other mammals, are animals. Unlike other animals, though, our brains have developed over time into complex organs capable of complex and abstract thought. We can ponder the most erudite of subjects, from the merits of space exploration to abstract concepts like justice and spirituality. But at the end of the day, humans are still animals, with brains that still retain some unsophisticated “caveman” ways of thinking about things. Willpower is one such example. For the purpose of this discussion, the terms “willpower” and “self-control” are synonymous. They can both be defined as the human brain’s ability to override physiological impulses on which we would otherwise act. In short, self-control is about the battle between mind and body. It is a uniquely human attribute, but it is by no means equally or fairly distributed throughout our species.
By Randy Withers, MA, NCC, LPCA
Mental illness affects approximately 70 million adults and children in the United States, with depression accounting for more than half of that number. With one out of every four Americans afflicted with some form of mental illness, it’s a safe bet that you or someone you know and care about is battling depression.
Early addiction recovery is a fragile thing. One of the most frequent contributing factors in relapse is something we call "cross-addiction". Essentially what cross-addiction means, is that if you are alcoholic or addicted to other mood altering drugs, you a potentially addicted to all mood altering drugs.