For Families of Addicts

Using Self-Help Books to Support Your Addiction Recovery

By |2018-10-23T13:09:33+00:00May 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Recommended Reading|

There are thousands of self-help books promising to teach readers the secret to leading a better life, including many dealing with addiction recovery. Although you can't cure drug or alcohol addiction simply by reading a book, self-help books can increase your understanding of addiction and help you figure out ways to handle cravings, codependent family [...]

How to Let Go of Resentment Towards Your Addicted Parent

By |2018-07-30T11:50:38+00:00April 10th, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Parents are supposed to provide their children with a source of support, strength, and unconditional love. Unfortunately, the parent-child relationship can be severely strained by the burden of addiction. Find a Way to Confront Your Feelings Parental addiction is more common than one might expect. Studies estimate that more than 28 million people in the [...]

Sober Activities for Families

By |2018-10-23T13:20:42+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Aftercare, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

A lasting recovery requires you to replace harmful habits with healthy alternatives. Family-friendly recreation lets you stay on track with your sobriety while making special memories with the people you care about the most. Although it's always a good idea to chat with your family to see what activities are of interest, here are some [...]

What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?

By |2018-07-30T12:09:11+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

Alcoholism can take many forms. While some people end up on the streets or incarcerated as a consequence of their addiction, many others continue to lead outwardly successful lives while struggling with their inner demons. About High Functioning Alcoholism Someone with high functioning alcoholism is able to hold down a job, socialize with friends, and [...]

7 Sober Celebrity Role Models

By |2018-10-23T13:28:52+00:00January 30th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts, Practicing Recovery|

When you're struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction, having sober role models to look up to can help you stay motivated on the path to recovery. If you're in need of celebrity inspiration, these 7 recovering substance abusers prove that great things are possible when you're willing to commit yourself to getting the help [...]

How Codependency Enables Addiction

By |2018-07-26T18:01:18+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Codependency is a common response to the challenges associated with loving someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, even though the behaviors associated with codependency can seem positive on the surface, they will eventually have the negative effect of continuing to enable your loved one's addiction. Understanding Codependency The term codependent refers to [...]

Post Rehab Do’s and Don’ts for Loved Ones

By |2018-07-30T12:26:17+00:00December 11th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource, For Families of Addicts, Personal Growth, Practicing Recovery|

When your loved one comes home from rehab, it's natural to be nervous about what comes next. This guide will give you a basic framework for navigating some of the common challenges faced during the post-rehab adjustment period. Do Take Time to Educate Yourself If you've never struggled with drug or alcohol abuse yourself, it [...]

How to Help a Parent Who Struggles with Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:32:05+00:00November 24th, 2017|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Watching a loved one battle addiction is never easy, but having a parent who struggles with substance abuse presents unique challenges. You must balance the desire to see your father or mother get help with the need to address how parental addiction has affected your own mental health. Recognizing the Signs of Parental Addiction In [...]

Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Addiction

By |2018-08-06T09:32:01+00:00November 9th, 2017|Family Resource, For Families of Addicts|

Talking to kids about a parent's substance abuse problem isn't easy, but this is a conversation you simply can't ignore. Brushing the topic aside gives children the message that addiction is a shameful family secret. Instead, plan to discuss a parent's decision to seek treatment in an age-appropriate manner—setting the stage for open and honest [...]

Understanding the Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression

By |2018-10-23T13:40:53+00:00October 12th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, For Families of Addicts|

The relationship between alcohol and depression is deceptive. Since drinking is often a part of social gatherings, it may seem like a few beers would be a great way to take your mind off your troubles. However, alcohol can actually worsen depression symptoms. In some cases, it may even induce depression in someone with no [...]