Family Addiction

The Truth About PTSD and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is often linked to other mental health disorders. It is commonly comorbid with mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and unresolved trauma. One of the most common comorbid disorders is addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder – more widely known as PTSD. For […]

How to Tell If Your Family Member Is Abusing Alcohol

Alcoholism is a serious, life-threatening disease that currently affects around 15 million American adults. One of the most difficult parts of alcoholism is watching someone you love suffer at the hands of it, while you stand on the sidelines feeling helpless and alone. The truth […]

Holiday Relapse Prevention Planning – Staying Sober for the Holidays!

Overcoming Addiction During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of merriment, family, and above all else – booze-fueled social events. Whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, alcohol is almost always present (unless you’re attending a sober event, of course). […]

Early Sobriety Tips – How to Avoid Thanksgiving Temptation

If you have completed a treatment program and achieved sobriety, you have much to be proud of. Going through the detox and withdrawal process from drugs or alcohol is both mentally and physically exhausting and takes unbelievable strength. Despite this victory, it’s important to remember that […]

The Importance of Family Support During Recovery

People struggling to break free of the disease of addiction often feel as if they are facing their challenges alone. However, substance abuse – and recovery – affect friends and families just as much as the individual who has decided to seek treatment. That’s why […]

3 Ways to Support a Loved One in Addiction Recovery

When your family member or close friend decides to enter an addiction recovery program, it can be a challenging and emotional time. Many friends and family members of people who are facing addiction issues fall into negative self-talk, feeling guilty and dwelling on what they […]

HOW DOES PARENTAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECT CHILDREN?

As children, we look to our parents and caregivers for unconditional support from the time we are infants through adulthood. But some parents can’t provide that support because they’re dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction.

In fact, it’s estimated that 25% of […]

PROMISING RESEARCH COULD CHANGE THE WAY WE TREAT BINGE EATING AND OBESITY

New research published in Addiction Biology could explain the mechanism behind binge eating, which is closely linked to obesity.

Obesity is a growing global epidemic, and many developed countries, such as the United States, offer “obesogenic environments” that are conducive […]

5 DO’S AND DON’T OF TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you suspect your loved one has a substance use problem and is in denial about it, bringing up the topic can feel awkward or even frightening. Defensiveness is the default response to such conversations for many people who have a substance use disorder or […]

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN YOUR LOVED ONE’S TREATMENT

The impact of substance abuse is varied and complicated. Family dynamics often contribute to and feed into the disease of addiction, which is why addiction is often called a “family disease”–and why it’s so important for the entire family to engage in treatment.

Whether your loved […]

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