When Helping Becomes Enabling During Addiction

helping handMany individuals often struggle with the fact of a loved one’s drug addiction.  They innately want to help their loved one, but often are unaware of exactly how to do so.  They may offer support, shelter, encouragement, money, food or other things in the hopes that it will help their loved one cope with their problems, and then perhaps move forward into addressing and resolving their problems with substance abuse.  But when does helping become enabling? Continue reading

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Addiction Recovery: Who Are Your Friends?

friendsDrug users don’t use drugs by themselves. They almost always have a network of friends that they are using drugs with. These are the buddies and even the family members that are “enabling” the drug addict while they spiral down into addiction themselves. Continue reading

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5 Healthy Snacks During Addiction Treatment

snacksGetting treated for drug or alcohol addiction is a tough time for the body. It has already been put through extreme stress during the time that an addict was using drugs, and now you’re asking it to give those drugs up. This activates the process known as withdrawal. Once the body is addicted to a drug, it does not want to give that substance up. It will throw the bodily equivalent of a tantrum as it makes you go through cold shakes, vomiting and shooting pain throughout your body. Continue reading

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What Are the Components of Effective Aftercare Following Addiction Treatment

personAftercare is a vital component of effective drug rehabilitation treatment, and is defined as the care of a patient who has been discharged from some type of health care facility.  Although the person may no longer need in-patient care, they may require a certain amount of care to complete their recovery.  In the case of drug rehab treatment and addiction recovery, aftercare is the providing of continuing care, support or services after the individual completes the main body of addiction treatment. Continue reading

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Powdered Alcohol Can Only Spell More Addiction

alcoholicAlcoholism is a major problem in the United States. Over half of all adults are regular drinkers. That means that they have an average of at least one drink a month all year. This might not see like a very big deal, but the key words there were “at least.” Many, many adults have far more than just one drink a month. Part of this behavior is ingrained in teens and college-aged young adults by the party atmosphere that they grow up in. Society seems to be telling them that getting drunk is a part of growing up, so they gleefully participate. Continue reading

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The Lies That Stem From Addiction

liesDrug and alcohol addiction can literally change every aspect of an individual’s life.  In some cases, addicts seem to function somewhat normally in their life, and in others they lose their job, their family, their relationships and even their possessions and home.  Many addicts are driven to continue their destructive drug habits by powerful cravings, and are often willing to do anything necessary to obtain and use more drugs.  This includes lying to and stealing from others, even close friends and family members.  Additionally, many drug addicts have lost all sense of self-respect and feel guilty or embarrassed about their problems with substance abuse.  They may feel like others can’t possibly understand what they are going through, and therefore they are alone and have to hide their problems.  Some of the lies told can seem obvious – like explanations of how money has been spent or where they have been for long stretches of time.  Others may seem so sincere that it can be difficult to tell whether they are truth or not.  Following are some of the lies that are told by drug and alcohol addicts. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Physical Activity in Addiction Treatment

lady exercisingExercise is a vital part of modern-day life, but it is easily overlooked if you don’t know why it is so important. It’s easy to feel that you’re too busy to get physically active, but without exercise, you can soon be a physical and mental wreck. Exercise is even more important when you’re a drug abuser. Anyone that has been using drugs needs to understand the benefits of exercise and why physical activity is so important to repairing the body after drug addiction. Continue reading

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Does Someone With An Addiction Really Want Help

depressed guyIt may seem ludicrous to ask whether a substance abusing individual wants help in overcoming their problems with addiction.  After all, drug use can be very expensive and damaging to the individual’s physical and mental health, career, relationships, goals, possessions and more.  The substance abusing individual suffers from an inability to think about or do anything except obtain and use more drugs.  They often feel trapped, confused, lost and alone. With all this in mind, one may conclude that of course a substance abuser wants help.  But then there are the endless stories of individuals who refuse to partake of proffered help from family members and close friends, sometimes even choosing to disconnect from these individuals.  There are stories of individuals who participate in lengthy and sometimes expensive treatment programs only to return to drug use immediately afterwards.  Such stories make it seem that substance abuse and addiction is a choice that the individual continues to make, prompting one to ask again whether the substance abuser really does want help. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Fight Addiction in the Family

familyDrug addiction is one of the issues that you never imagine could crop up in your family. Despite your best intentions, however, it can crop up when you least suspect it. There are several tactics you can use to help prevent drug abuse from occurring in your family, however. Here are 5 ways to fight addiction in your family. Continue reading

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Drugging Children Will Cause Addiction Damages

drugging childrenThe children of a nation are its future.  It is the children of today who will become the next generation to inherit the earth and its civilizations.  Ideally, we would be empowering these children with the education, the skills, and the judgment and wisdom to carry on, and make the world a better place.  Sadly, there are statistics which reveal something altogether different is being done. Continue reading

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