Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

The holidays are a time of special gatherings and fun, but, for those who struggle with addiction, the holidays can feel like walking through a mine field: office parties, family celebrations, buying just the right gifts and balancing social commitments can create stress for people who must work simply to stay sober. Wherever your loved one is on her journey with addiction, there are ways to make the holidays easier, and the following suggestions can help you succeed during this season: Keep the Schedule Manageable Schedules and commitments...

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5 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Why You’re Sober

5 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Why You’re Sober

Telling your kids why you are sober may seem like a frightening thing to do. You’ve tried for so long to shield them from your issues, thinking that by doing so, you are protecting them. But children living with parents who struggle with sobriety are already very aware that something is not right. Helping them understand your journey to recovery in terms they can grasp validates their feelings and may even help them feel less afraid. Just like going to the doctor and getting a treatment plan helps you know there are answers to the way you...

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How to Spot a Functional Alcoholic

How to Spot a Functional Alcoholic

The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) says most Americans aged 12 and older currently consume alcohol, but many do so in unhealthy ways. Nearly half of the active drinkers binged in the previous 30 days, and one-third of the binge drinkers did so at least five times. This type of alcohol consumption suggests a possible drinking problem, but some people handle the alcohol abuse in ways that make them seem okay. The term for such an individual is functional alcoholic. What Are Functional Alcoholics Functional alcoholics are...

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How to Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

How to Endure the Relapse of Someone Close to You

In addiction treatment, you expect to know someone who has struggled with drug or alcohol addiction. Those who have struggled with substance abuse and addiction may become close friends, and connecting with other recovered addicts can provide strength and encouragement for hard times. However, close friends like these can also make your recovery more difficult if they relapse. How to Support Someone Through Relapse When someone close to you relapses into drug and alcohol abuse, you must love and support that person. People who relapse usually...

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7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

7 Best Ways to Prepare for Someone Coming Home from Rehab

Getting you and your loved ones ready for the return of a family member from rehab takes times and care. Preparing yourselves mentally can help you and your loved ones cope with changes in the behavior of the person returning home as well as the feelings of fear or doubt you may still have. Getting your loved one to go into treatment for his addiction was a big first step in his recovery. Making sure you are ready for his return is an important step as well. Using these seven tips can help prepare you for the next part of the journey to a...

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Can You Send a Person to Drug Rehab Against His or Her Will?

Can You Send a Person to Drug Rehab Against His or Her Will?

When you know a loved one needs help, you do not want to sit back and wait for him or her to slide further into addiction before coming to that realization or accepting that fact for him or herself. Untreated addiction only gets worse with time, and the legal, personal, professional and financial ramifications of addiction will accumulate as this disease progresses. However not all states allow people to be signed up for addiction treatment against their will unless the criminal justice system demands it, and even in states where it is...

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