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How To End a Relationship With an Addict

February 14, 2020

Addiction and mental health issues represent one of the single largest collective health problems that we, as a society, have to navigate. Despite the great deal of media coverage and interest in these issues, the epidemic is not abating. Indeed, the problem is only getting worse with a staggering rise in overdoses and overdose deaths over the past decade.

Family dynamics often play a big role in the development or worsening of the addictive behavior, but they also have the opportunity to be a part of recovery. Between the two stages however, there is often the hardest time that any family will experience. When family members and friends, having believed they can help their loved one – although sometimes they’re actually doing more damage – finally realize that they can’t help any longer.

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The Family Must Recover Before the Addict Can

January 17, 2020

Families play a significant role in the circle of addiction. That, unfortunately, means that while families are critical to end destructive behavior and support long-term recovery, they may also be partially to blame for the addiction the first place. We now know that addiction manifests from a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Of course, while our genes are fully out of our control, our home environment can breed the beginnings or the worsening of addiction.

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Are You Enabling the Addict in Your Life? 

January 3, 2020

It’s a word that many parents of addicts are deathly afraid of – enabler. And, unfortunately, many family members play the role of enabler in an addict’s life. Typically, this role starts off innocuously and most enablers believe that they are doing their loved one a favor – mitigating the consequences of the addictive behavior. In doing so, these loved ones truly believe they are making their relationship with the addict more comfortable or even thinking that they may be removing them from a bad situation with the hopes that they will “see the light.” Indeed, a hallmark of an enabler is believing that they are doing the right thing, often despite outcomes and behaviors that may suggest otherwise.

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How to Tell if Someone is on Cocaine

October 3, 2017

Cocaine is an extremely alluring and addictive substance. It can completely take over the body and mind, and change the way the abuser acts in their day to day life. If you believe someone close to you may be abusing cocaine, there are signs to watch out for that could possibly be a side effect of the drug. Cocaine is an extremely powerful stimulant. It boosts feelings of happiness, energy, excitement, and confidence. If used often, it can make the user feel invincible – like anything is possible. However, soon after the drug wears off, the user will experience an…

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Is Your Casual Drinking Becoming a Problem?

August 2, 2017

It is difficult to determine if your drinking has become a problem when you don’t fit the stereotype of the common alcoholic. Maybe you aren’t homeless, maybe you have a job, and maybe you even have a family you are taking care of. There is no way you could be an alcoholic, right? Before dismissing this idea, it is important to remember that alcoholism can take on many different shapes and forms. Although you may compare yourself to the stereotype and convince yourself that you are nowhere near a full-blown alcoholic, there is a point when drinks out with friends…

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How Can You Tell if Your Casual Drinking is Becoming a Problem?

It is Friday evening and you are on your way to meet friends for a few after-work drinks. The original plan was to stop by a bar and have one or two casual beers as you promised your mother you would have brunch with her the following day. However, when you arrive, everyone’s spirits are up and you decide to have a few more…. And then a few more… The following morning, you wake up to several missed calls and voice messages from your mother. You aren’t sure exactly what happened the night before, but as you gather your senses,…

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How to Prepare for an Intervention

October 6, 2016

When you and other concerned family members and friends prepare for an intervention, you can help save the life of a loved one who is struggling with addiction yet refuses to accept treatment. An intervention is a strategic way of confronting the person who needs help and requesting that she receive treatment in order to recover. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 90 percent of interventions performed in conjunction with a trained addiction specialist who helps you coordinate the process are successful in having the addicted person accept treatment.1 Locate an Intervention Specialist Before going forward…

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Does My Daughter Need an Intervention?

October 4, 2016

Addiction can produce profound changes in appearance and behavior in an individual. Families of women who are addicted may feel that they no longer know or understand the person to whom they were once so close. There may be frustration about getting them to stop their substance abuse and fears about how it will end. These individuals may need an intervention to show these individuals how much addiction has affected their relationships and the people around them. Physical Signs of Addiction Individuals who are addicted may begin to neglect normal grooming routines.1 They may bathe less often, forget to fix…

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How to Help a Loved One with an Addiction Who Doesn’t Want Help

May 13, 2016

In a perfect world, every person who suffers from addiction would arrive at rehab with a clear understanding of their condition and a desire to get well. Unfortunately, that's not the way addiction works in real life. Most people suffering from addiction are unwilling to enter treatment, and many are in denial about the extent of their problem. If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, it's normal to feel frustrated and hopeless when they resist your help. While there's no surefire way to convince a person with an addiction to get treatment, a few strategies can…

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Consequences for Your Addicted Loved One – Help Them Now

November 11, 2015

Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. Without some sort of intervention or help, drug or alcohol addiction can disrupt a home's stability and destroy relationships. You might not know exactly how to help your addicted loved one: Some experts advocate a "tough love" strategy, while others recommend a gentler approach. In many cases, an intervention can help motivate an addicted person to acknowledge their problem and seek help. Meeting with your loved one and explaining the consequences of refusing treatment presents them with the opportunity to turn their life around. Understanding Intervention People struggling with addiction are…

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