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5 Ways Your Drinking Affects Your Kids

Alcohol addiction doesn’t only affect you. It affects you family too, and especially your kids. It’s easy to forget that kids see the world differently from adults. Kids are dependent on their parents, so whatever you do becomes magnified. You may assume they don’t notice your drinking or don’t care, but they almost certainly do.Read More

5 Traits Common in People with Alcoholic Parents

Growing up with a parent who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs can be chaotic and stressful. Children don’t react to things the same way adults do. Behavior adults merely find obnoxious or irritating can frighten children. This is especially true of their parents’ behavior at home. For children, the kind of erratic, negligent,Read More

Caring for Yourself When a Loved One is Addicted

Having a loved one who struggles with addiction can be tiring. Just how tiring depends on the severity of their addiction. You may have to endure a long series of false hopes and disappointments, punctuated by the occasional crisis, or it might be mostly crises, with lying, stealing, and fighting thrown into the mix. OnRead More

Alcoholism Can Be Hereditary

Many families where alcoholism is present have more than one family member that it affects, which can make it easy to jump to conclusions about the causes.  People growing up and seeing their close family members struggle with alcoholism may worry they are automatically going to end up as an alcoholic, simply because their parentsRead More

Going to Detox is the Best Gift for Your Family

With the holiday season coming up, you may be wondering what to get your family. You may be feeling a bit guilty for something or other and hope a nice gift will smooth things over. If you are struggling with addiction, the best gift you can give your family is going to detox and beginningRead More

When Do I Intervene in a Loved One’s Drug Use?

When it comes to intervening in a loved one’s drug use, sooner is better. The longer the use continues, the more likely it will become a serious addiction. As long as the addiction continues, the addict’s work and family life will suffer, her health will deteriorate, and when she finally does get treatment, detox willRead More

Can We Prevent Addiction in Our Family?

Addiction is never completely avoidable. Even loving, conscientious parents can fail to notice an issue that might lead to addiction. Sometimes circumstances are just beyond your control. There are, however, some ways to limit the chances that someone in your family will become addicted. Set a good example. If you don’t want your kids toRead More

What to do While Your Loved One is in Detox

Getting your addicted loved one into detox is a big win for both of you. It means she has admitted her problem and wants to get better. There is still a long way to go for both of you, but if you have been shouldering the burden of her addiction for years, then helping herRead More

How Many People Overdose on Drugs?

The worst end of addiction for you and your family is death by overdose. This typically happens when a drug suppresses your nervous system to the point where you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. After that, death occurs in a matter of minutes if you don’t get treatment. The Centers for Disease ControlRead More