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4 Things to Remember When Dealing With a Loved One’s Relapse

It’s heartbreaking when someone you love relapses into drug or alcohol use and all the hope and joy you felt upon believing they had conquered their addiction evaporates. The mental torture then begins: “I should have seen this coming,” “I feel so stupid” and “How could they choose this over me?” It’s a painful time …

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Five Ways Addiction Could Be Damaging Your Family

It’s no surprise that an addict’s behavior affects people around her, but did you realize just how much it impacts your family? Whether the addict is a parent, a child, a spouse, a sibling, or an extended relative, the addiction causes serious and lasting changes to everyone involved. If someone in your family is struggling …

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The Five Ways Parental Substance Abuse Impacts Children

How does addiction affect the family? The answer to this question is important for any adult struggling with substance abuse. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and you have kids, you are affecting them in more ways than you can imagine. If you know adults who are addicted and have children, intervention is …

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What to Do While Your Spouse Is in Rehab

While your spouse is in rehab for addiction, you may feel helpless and lost, unsure of what to do to help him or yourself. Instead of stewing in sorrow, self-pity or guilt, take action and take steps to heal and to be prepared for his return after rehab. Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. It …

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Do Children of Addicts Grow Up to Become Addicts?

There is no doubt that having a parent who has a problem with drug addiction or alcoholism has an impact on children. A parent who is severely addicted may expose his or her children to a wide range of negative experiences that can range from unpredictable mood swings to financial struggles to violence. Children may …

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Asking for Help in Addiction Recovery

In 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, each of the 12 steps contains words such as “we,” “us” and “ourselves.” These words help to remind each individual in the program that recovery is not a solo journey and that together we can do what none of us can do alone. In order …

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How to Help Your Adult Child Refusing Addiction Treatment

Watching your child, whatever his age, struggle with addiction is terrible, especially when he refuses to get help. When you have reached the end of your rope, there are some last-ditch efforts you can make to get him into treatment. According to government statistics, over 23 million Americans have an addiction and need treatment, yet …

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