Category: Family and Relationships

What is the 12 Step Program?

January 17, 2018

The 12 Step Recovery Program One cannot talk about recovery without discussion about the 12 Step Program.  Even casual observers are familiar with the term. In essence, it is a set of tenets and guidelines to help move people through the process of recovery. In case you’re curious, here are the 12 steps. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe a Power greater than ourselves...

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The Health Benefits of Sobriety: An Exploration

January 16, 2018

Exploring the Benefits of Sobriety When alcoholics move towards recovery, one of the most powerful motivators for seeking treatment is understanding the health benefits of sobriety. It’s probably no mystery that drinking to excess takes a toll on a person's health and well-being. The adverse effects of alcoholism are well documented. Excessive drinking can lead to liver failure, heart problems, and cancer, among other serious health issues....

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Advice for Parents Whose Child Is Addicted

September 19, 2017

It can be devastating for parents to discover that their child is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Parents who have dealt with an adult child suffering from addiction commonly experience initial feelings of guilt and hopelessness. It is not unusual for them to feel that they are to blame for the fact that their child is addicted, but this is rarely the case. Make Use of Counseling and Therapy Parents should understand that if their child is addicted,...

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Advice For Parents Whose Child Is Addicted

March 7, 2018

Advice for Families of Drug Addicts When a child becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs, parents often feel helpless. The pain is profound and the frustration mounts over time. Parents worry about the consequences to their child's health, the impact on their personal relationships, their schooling or their jobs. As the addiction escalates, addiction can have such dire consequences to the child, parents are left wondering if there's anything...

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Five Tips for Finishing Your Degree During Recovery

March 8, 2018

You want to graduate, but don’t feel motivated to go to school. After all, you're still in recovery and you want to focus on that. There's all sorts of excuses a person can come up with, but the truth of the matter is that part of your recovery means changing yourself for the better. Getting a college degree will help you secure a better financial future for you and your loved ones. Whether you’re applying for grad school or halfway through...

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How to Talk to Somebody You Love About Getting Treatment for Their Addiction

March 27, 2018

It's always a challenge to talk to someone you love about getting treatment for their addiction. Here are some things to help ensure the greatest chance of success. When someone you love has a drug problem and there are clear signs and symptoms of an addiction, the next step is talking to them about treatment. Tying to convince someone that they need help is a very delicate subject. It requires a lot of tact so that you don’t end up offended...

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How to Support a Friend Who Is In Recovery

April 12, 2018

How To Support a Friend During Recovery One of the most asked questions we get from friends of addicts is how to support a friend during recovery. It's only natural to want to be helpful and supportive, but you may feel at a loss as to what can be done. Here are a few different options to that might help guide you. Each individual’s recovery journey will be different, so some of these suggestions will be more helpful than others. Although...

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What Are The Different Stages of Addiction?

April 19, 2018

The Stages of Addiction The use of alcohol and other drugs is a topic that has been studied by many experts over many, many decades in an effort to identify the stages of addiction. Over the years, some clear patterns have emerged and while the individual's level of use and the dysfunction experienced as a result of addiction varies, the general progression toward addiction has been identified. What is generally agreed upon to day is that there are...

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Are Drug Education Programs Effective?

May 8, 2018

The Effectiveness of Drug Education Programs Over the years, we've been led to believe that drug education programs are good for young people, but are they? We look at the effectiveness of this practice. D.A.R.E. As far back as many of us can remember, the DARE program was at the forefront of drug education programs. Therefore, when examining the effectiveness of drug education programs, it's logical to start here. DARE was born from the...

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The Most Commonly Abused Medications

May 15, 2018

We Explore the Most Commonly Abused Medications and Examine Treatment Since addiction often begins with a legitimate prescription, we look at the most commonly abused medications and how to find treatment. We've all heard the term "gateway drugs," but what we're really talking about here is more of the path toward addiction. Each of these prescription medications have proven to be highly addictive and extreme caution should be exercised when...

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