Category: For Parents

How to Confront an Addict

January 8, 2018

How to Confront an Addict If you’re wondering how to confront an addict, there are several steps that can be taken to increase your chance of success. From looking for signs in their behavior to researching treatment centers, the items on this list can provide some insight into how to confront an addict while remaining respectful and calm. Put Some Serious Thought into Your Preparation Deciding how to confront an addict is never a pleasant...

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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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How to Talk About Addiction

January 29, 2018

Parents Play an Important Role It probably comes as no surprise that parents play a significant role in preventing alcohol and prescription pill addiction. Parents who teach their children healthy living and sense of responsibility are being proactive. When parents spend time talking about addiction and its dangers, the seed is planted. It makes it clear to children that this behavior is dangerous and fraught with consequences. By encouraging...

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Is Alcoholism Hereditary or Genetic?

February 26, 2018

Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, affecting the reward and motivation centers. "Is alcoholism genetic or hereditary?' is a question that has turned to science for answers. Indeed, scientists have argued about the genetic and hereditary influences on addiction for decades. To truly understand the influence of genetics and heredity, we must understand the difference between the two. Alcohol use disorder, the medical term for alcoholism...

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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 Effects of Heroin on the Body?

April 17, 2018

What are the effects of heroin on the body? Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. As a result, the effects of Heroin on the body are severe and damaging, both short-term and long-term. Addiction to this powerful opiate happens quickly, and can become devastating within an...

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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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