recovery

10 Tips to Help You Heal During a Loved One’s Recovery

10 Tips to Help You Heal During a Loved One’s Recovery “Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers.” — Shelly Lewis Research has shown that families play a significant role in the recovery of an addict. However, these family members must also focus on their personal ability to heal….

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Therapy

4 Ways to Assist Your Spouse Throughout the Recovery Process

A romantic relationship is supposed to be your safe haven — a place of trust, respect, and support. However, for millions of Americans, their relationships are impacted by alcohol on a daily basis. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2017, approximately 14.1 million adults ages 18 and older had alcohol use disorder….

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Family

How to Heal When You’ve Grown Up with Alcoholic Parents

An alcoholic home is often one of chaos and instability, causing lasting effects for children exposed to this type of unpredictable environment. According to the available research, more than 11 million American children under the age of 18 live in a family with at least one alcoholic parent. The effects of parental alcoholism can be severe, and…

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Intervention

How do I Hold an Intervention? Your Step-by-Step Guide

Witnessing addiction destroy a loved one is a tragic event, but it’s one that countless people experience every year. If this is your current reality, you may be wondering what you can do to help. In many instances, this invariably raises the question of how to hold an intervention. First, it’s important to not take your queues from “reality” television. The following process can help you get it done right.

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SMART Recovery: What You Need to Know

If you (or someone you know and love) have a drug addiction, you will hit “rock bottom.” When that happens, the SMART Recovery program may look like a viable solution to your problem. But, at “rock bottom,” it’s difficult to make a decision that will impact the rest of your life as you know it.

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How to Prevent Relapse While in Recovery

When you engaged in long-term abuse of alcohol or drugs you may have damaged brain function. These damaged brain cells will not resolve in the early stages of sobriety. This is one contributing factor to relapse.

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Family Member Support Guide – The Stages of Family Involvement in Recovery

To see a loved family member, whether it is a child, a parent or a sibling, go through the struggles of a substance use disorder is painful. It can be easy to avoid the situation or pretend it isn’t that bad, but ultimately for the successful recovery of this loved one it is important for family to confront the issue, encourage treatment and to play active and supportive roles in recovery.

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Addiction and Psychosocial Development in Early Childhood

Substance abuse and addiction are very complicated issues, but contributing factors may be a result of poor, delayed or incomplete psychosocial development. Psychosocial skills and values, such as trust, self-identity, competence and purpose, are important for functioning normally within society.

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Hazing and the Medical Amnesty Act on College Campuses

In the U.S., many students enrolled in colleges and universities take part in a dangerous practice called binge drinking. Some of these students drink voluntarily, while others do so under coercion during a hazing ritual. Whatever the reason for binge drinking, the activity can lead to life-threatening alcohol poisoning and other serious problems.

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The Importance of Family in Recovery

When a person struggles with a substance use disorder, their family struggles too. Addiction is often called a family disease, because family dynamics contribute to and are affected by substance use. When families come together to support a loved one in recovery, and support each other, they can learn to change behaviors and enjoy a more positive and healthy home environment.

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Peer Recovery Advocates: Providing Continuing Care After Treatment

Peer Recovery Advocates: Providing Continuing Care After Treatment

Social support is an important part of recovery from substance use disorders. Anyone working an addiction treatment program can benefit from all types of social support, but the guidance of someone who has had similar experiences with drugs or alcohol is particularly powerful. Peer recovery advocates are in recovery themselves, and they devote their time—either as volunteers or as paid staff—to provide recovery services and social and emotional support to their peers.

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Preventing Drug Abuse Starts at Home with Parents

Parents tend to underestimate the power they have to affect their children’s lives, especially as they become teenagers and the influence of their peers grows. The truth is that for most young people, parents have the biggest impact on many aspects of their lives from their values to their health choices.

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The Importance of Early Education to Prevent Future Addiction

Many people think of drug and alcohol addiction as problems affecting adults. However, in reality, patterns of substance abuse and addictive behavior are often first established in adolescence, or at an even younger age. This means that early education plays a critical role in preventing the onset of substance use problems in later life.

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Symptoms & Signs of Sexual Addiction

Sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior disorder or hypersexuality, is classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organization (WHO). Sexual addiction is characterized by a “persistent pattern of failure to control intense, repetitive sexual impulses or urges resulting in repetitive sexual behavior.” It’s estimated that 3 to 6 percent of people experience compulsive sexual behavior in the United States.

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How to Stage an Intervention That Works

An intervention is an organized event designed to encourage someone with drug or alcohol problems to seek treatment. The methods used by the people who stage these events can have a major impact on their success.

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Caring for Children of Addicts

In America, millions of children live in households that have at least one parent affected by a substance use disorder. This can lead to serious disruption within the home that can result in significant problems for the child’s health and well-being.

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Loving an Alcoholic

Loving an alcoholic brings unexpected challenges for the entire family including partners, parents, children

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