Addiction

Understanding the Relationship Between Poverty and Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:05:58+00:00June 18th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Resource|

The relationship between addiction and poverty is complicated. Lower income people are slightly more likely to struggle with drug or alcohol abuse, but this doesn't necessarily mean that poverty causes addiction. In some cases, financial troubles are the result of a substance use disorder. Poverty Increases Addiction Risk Factors There are several ways in which [...]

The Rise of Substance Abuse Screenings at the Dentist’s Office

By |2018-10-23T13:07:05+00:00June 13th, 2018|Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Opioids|

During your next dental appointment, you may be asked about more than your brushing and flossing habits. A recent survey found that 77 percent of dentists now perform substance abuse screenings as part of routine exams. Why Are Dentists Are Worried About the Addiction Epidemic? Dentists may not be considered primary care providers, but dental [...]

Is My Teen a High Functioning Addict?

By |2018-07-30T16:07:49+00:00April 24th, 2018|Family Resource|

The term high functioning addict refers to someone who is outwardly successful while inwardly struggling with addiction. In contrast to the stereotypical vision of an addict as someone who is disheveled in appearance, struggling financially, and frequently in trouble with the law, a high functioning addict appears to have it all together. People of all [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

8 Tips for Your First Sober Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-23T13:33:09+00:00November 14th, 2017|Aftercare, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Holiday|

In the early stages of recovery, you're learning new ways to cope with everyday situations. Developing healthy habits is a big task, especially during the holiday season. If this will be your first sober Thanksgiving, stay on the path to recovery with these 8 helpful tips. 1. Be Grateful. Thanksgiving is all about counting your [...]

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 Binge Drinking and Alcohol Addiction

By |2018-10-23T13:39:09+00:00October 19th, 2017|Drug and Alcohol Addiction|

The relationship between binge drinking and alcoholism is often misunderstood. The majority of binge drinkers are not physically dependent on alcohol, but binge drinking is considered a significant risk factor for developing an alcohol use disorder. What Is Binge Drinking? Binge drinking refers to consuming large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. [...]

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 [...]