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Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

You can take some practical steps to have a good time, decrease stress and offer valuable help to your addicted loved one The holidays are a perfect opportunity to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. However, despite the media’s portrayals of perfect families who enjoy fruitful holidays, some families must work to navigate the holidays with an addicted loved one while also keeping a positive...

How Can I Educate Myself About My Child’s Addiction?

To learn about a child’s addiction, educate yourself about the nature of the disease and the paths to recovery My child is an addict. What happens next? Unfortunately, many parents utter these words after discovering their son or daughter suffers from addiction. Professional rehabilitation offers the best treatment options for recovery, but parents can help the situation by educating themselves about the addiction...

How To Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

Understanding how to view a loved one’s relapse can help you remain supportive during this time of need Relapse can happen to anyone in recovery; in fact, nearly 40-60% of recovering addicts experience it at some point. For many people, it is simply part of the journey, neither a failure nor a sign that professional treatment did not work. Indeed, many experts believe relapse is a stage in the addiction cycle,...

Adapting to the Reality that Your Loved One Is Addicted

While you may suspect that drug use is a problem, accepting the reality is a difficult and painful process No one is prepared for the news that a loved one is addicted. While you may have suspected that drug use was becoming a problem, accepting the reality is a difficult and painful process. Although it may be a challenge, there are some things you can do to help yourself adjust to this new reality. Educate...

7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

Knowing how to prepare for someone coming home from rehab can help you play a positive role in their recovery Leaving treatment is a big step. With detox and early recovery behind them, individuals face the exciting start of sober life. The transition can also be scary, which is why it is important for people leaving rehab to receive myriad types of support. Friends and family members play a critical role during...

4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is Addicted

There are many reasons to confront an addicted loved one. Addiction is a chronic disease, and ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Taking action is the first step towards health, happiness and recovery for the addict as well as those who love him or her. Confront an Addict to Show Your Love The term “intervention” comes with many negative connotations and images based on reality television shows and...

How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drug addiction affects millions of people every year, even if they did not intend to abuse drugs in the first place. For instance, many people are prescribed painkillers following surgery, but they feel compelled to continue taking those pills, even after pain subsides. Also, antidepressant benzodiazepines or prescription sleep aids have ensnared millions, because users eventually believe they need the...

How Sharing Your Painkiller Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

Recovering from painkiller abuse is not easy. Long after the physical effects of drug addiction are over, individuals often continue to struggle with psychological dependence. Cravings are one symptom of lingering mental dependency. Other signs include the following: Mood swings Depression or anxiety when not able to take drugs Loss of motivation Inability to handle typical pressures Loss of interest in activities...

Is My Loved One’s Prescription Drug Problem My Fault?

If you are the parent, child, spouse or friend of a person who is abusing prescription drugs, you want to know what has caused the drug problem. This investigation into the causes of prescription drug abuse may lead you to blame yourself for some aspect or all aspects of your loved one’s addiction. The drug user may even openly blame you for his or her problem, but this is a denial of his or her role in...

How to Tell If a Loved One Is Abusing Your Rx Drugs

In 2009 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 16 million Americans, ages 12 and over, had abused a prescription narcotic within the previous year. The largest increase in prescription drug abuse has occurred among teens and young adults. Every day close to 2,000 teens, aged 12-17, abuse a prescription drug for the first time according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Symptoms of Rx Drug...
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