Family Intervention

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 […]

EXPERTS CRITICAL OF CONGRESS’ RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Congress is at work on next phase of its response to the opioid epidemic, but according to experts, their response is failing to deliver compared to the scope of the crisis, especially when it comes to funding for treatment.

Experts say that states need more money […]

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION

If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, you likely know how difficult it can be to confront them about it. Perhaps you’ve tried having a conversation in the past that was met with avoidance, anger, guilt or other […]

WHO RECOGNIZES GAMING ADDICTION AS MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this month classified gaming addiction as a mental health condition. The organization’s beta draft of the eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) characterizes gaming addiction “by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior.”

Symptoms of gaming […]

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