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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

The Lie of Manageable Addiction

Among the many lies addicts tell themselves is that their addiction is manageable. Sure, they may have an addiction, but it’s under control and they can continue to function more or less normally for as long as they keep it controlled. There is a kernel of truth in it. After all, addicts are often veryRead 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

Who is Addicted?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, there are about 23 million Americans who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. That’s about seven percent of the population. Put another way, if you know at least 13 people, you probably know someone who needs help with addiction. That person might be you.Read More

How Can I Enjoy Nature During Treatment?

There are numerous studies showing that spending time in nature reduces stress and increases happiness. Any chance you have to spend a little time outside among trees is a chance to improve your mood and wellbeing. Don’t underestimate what is around you. Very few places are completely devoid of nature. There are trees, gardens, andRead More

What Do I Do If Someone Overdoses On Opioids?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 20.5 million Americans suffer from a substance abuse disorder. Two-million of those disorders involve prescription painkillers while over 500,000 involve heroin.  Even more alarming, in 2015 there were over 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and nearly 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin.  This isRead More

5 Ways to Pass the Time in Detox

Detox may last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on what’s in your system and how long you have been using. You will definitely have some down time. How you spend that time depends to some extent on how bad your symptoms are. Lying in bed may be the most you canRead More

Do You Know Your Communication Style?

Effective communication is an integral part of your addiction recovery.  Proper communication is the only way to ensure that needs are clear and can be met.  Communication skills could be one of the most important skills you will learn in your recovery.  By learning how to effectively communicate your thoughts, emotions, and needs you giveRead More