5 Ways to Support Your Relative’s Recovery

Has a loved one recently completed rehab or addiction treatment? You’re probably elated that they’ve begun recovery, but you need to remember that the road to recovery is a long one. Because of their addiction, your loved one may have…

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Why Spending the Holidays in Rehab Might Be a Good Thing

Avoiding Triggers The holiday season is hectic. With multiple celebrations, parties, visits from old friends and family, travel, and returning home, the winter months are a stressful time. On top of that, the copious amounts of alcohol served at holiday…

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Loving an Addict

When you love an addict, you spend time and energy hoping they will change. You pour your heart and soul into them, but it leaves you frustrated and hopeless when they do not change. Sometimes their addiction is so severe…

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Link Between Trauma and Substance Abuse

Life is filled with unforeseen events that can cause a lot of stress. While these events can sometimes come and go without long-term damage, they also can create real issues that can lead to further and more problematic issues. One…

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Co-dependency

Substance abuse does not only create biological issues, and it does not only affect the person using the substance. Drugs and alcohol spin a web that is deeply embedded in the lives of those who use them, and it can…

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Dealing with a Parent Alcoholic

Growing up is hard, and is only made more difficult when you have an alcoholic parent. It’s heartbreaking to see someone you care about engage in harmful behavior or to suffer emotionally because of another person’s addiction. You can’t change…

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Family Education & Support Programs

The simple fact of the matter is that addiction impacts your whole family, and to heal the wounds of addiction, it’s not just a matter of the person who is struggling with addiction who needs to be made whole, but…

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Learning To Let Go

One of the most difficult challenges for a loved one or family member who is trying to help someone overcome addictive behavior and its disastrous results – may be the challenge of learning to let go – which is based…

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Addiction Due to Trauma in One’s Life

Many people believe that genetics decides who becomes an addict. While genetics do play a role in how quickly a person can become addicted, more and more studies are proving that addiction is a direct result of trauma in a…

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How to Stop Enabling Addiction

When someone you love is an addict, the natural reaction is to try to help him or her. Honestly, however, many families and loved ones enable an addict, rather than help them. A great way to differentiate the two is…

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