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Five Tips for Loving Someone Struggling With Addiction

For many dealing with an addiction, the effects of their behavior often don’t stop at their personal boundaries. Usually, the people that love them the most feel the side effects of their situation just as much, if not more, than the person in question. They think they can still save the person from these self-destructive behaviors and stay for longer than they would otherwise. Loving someone suffering from a crippling


Breaking the Cycle of Addiction in Families

Every family has things that are passed down from generation to generation – whether it’s their quality of eyesight, a specific talent, or even a physical or mental health condition. But can something as complex as addiction trickle down from one generation to the next? Unfortunately, people are more likely to struggle with addiction if one of their close family members has it. Substance abuse is a cycle that can


How To Figure Out If Your Child Has ADHD

Do you think that your child might have or be developing Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Keep reading to learn about signs, side effects, diagnosis, and treatment options.   What Is ADHD? ADHD, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a developmental brain disorder that impacts how individuals behave and pay attention. It affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. In fact, ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children

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How to Tell If An Addict Is Serious About Recovery

Is Your Loved One Committed to Overcoming Their Addiction?   Addiction: The Basics Someone who is struggling with addiction typically has a dependence on drugs, alcohol, or certain behaviors. The most common addictive substances are nicotine, alcohol, and illicit drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Addictive behaviors, on the other hand, include compulsive patterns involving sexual activity or gambling. Addiction is a serious illness that not only impacts the life

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Is Addiction Hereditary?

Everyone knows what addiction is, but it can be hard to tell where this disease comes from. Is it triggered by stress? Is it a deeply-rooted genetic disorder? Or can substance abuse come out of the blue? Keep reading to learn whether or not addiction can be passed along in the family tree. The Basics of Addiction Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that takes serious strength and

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5 Things to Do If Your Spouse Is Hiding Alcohol

Next Steps to Take if You Think Your Spouse is An Alcoholic Finding alcohol hidden in your own home can be an unexpected, concerning, and upsetting experience. When you realize that someone you love has been hiding something from you, especially something that could be as severe as an addiction, you’re bound to feel overwhelmed and blindsided. While these emotions are completely natural and understandable, it’s important to handle a

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How Does An Alcoholic Father Affect His Daughter?

The Impact That An Alcoholic Male May Have On His Child We all know that addiction hurts. It hurts the person dealing with the disease, and it hurts the people who care about the individual suffering from it. It can turn into a cycle; and the key to breaking it is recognizing when the cycle begins. Being in any kind of relationship with an alcoholic can be taxing. However, there

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How to Stop Being an Angry Drunk

Alcohol abuse and dependency impact millions of Americans annually. Alcohol is prone to addiction because of the euphoric effects it causes when you become intoxicated. It can make you physically and psychologically dependent, causing painful and serious withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism increase your risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors, like driving while intoxicated and psychical altercations. Since alcohol reduces anxiety and decreases inhibitions, intoxication

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How Do You Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want to be Helped?

Helping someone who doesn’t want help seems like a losing battle, but is it?  When someone you know has a drug or alcohol problem, but isn’t willing to get help, do you just stand by and watch them slowly kill themselves?  No.  Many people feel powerless over this situation and in my opinion you don’t necessarily have to feel this way.  You can help someone who doesn’t want to be

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What Should I Do if My Loved One is in Treatment?

Whitney’s Personal Experience Hearing that a loved one is going away to engage in substance abuse treatment is a difficult thing to hear. While it may be apparent that someone close to you needs help, sometimes it’s not quite that black and white. Perhaps you didn’t realize the severity of the problem, and then you begin to question yourself and what you could have done differently. My sister is currently


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