Addiction affects many more people than addicts. Friends and loved ones often experience tremendous amounts of pain and hardship just for being in the proximity of this disease. Learning effective and healthy ways to deal with the pain and fear associated with a loved one’s addiction is...
No parent wants his or her children to struggle with substance abuse and addiction, but the tragic truth is that a majority of people who become addicts had parents who were addicts. Growing up as the child of an addict greatly increases the likelihood of future addiction. While there are...
Addiction in the family is one of the hardest things to deal with. Not only is the peace of the household disturbed, but it also creates stress and emotional drain. This is particularly true when members of the household have to deal with a family member frequently relapsing. Sometimes it...
Addiction affects everyone in a family, not just the addict. A family may exude the following codependent behaviors as a result of someone else’s addiction: Making excuses for the addict’s harmful, hurtful or even illegal actions Avoiding conflict at all costs, including...
When your child struggles with addiction, the family whole suffers. The addict fights a battle that may scar her physically, emotionally and psychologically; friends and family get wounded, too, as they may struggle with fear, anxiety and hopelessness. However, although you cannot force...
Addicts are often the last people to recognize that they need help. They will refuse to acknowledge their problem, downplay their loved one’s concerns, and deny the need for treatment. It is only natural for loved ones to questions whether or not they can send the addict to drug rehab...
Realizing that your loved one suffers from addiction can be frightening, but accepting the reality that your loved one is an addict is the best thing you can do for both him and you. Once you accept that your loved one is an addict, you can begin doing everything in your power to help him...
Whether it was expected or not, losing a loved one to an overdose can be the most traumatic experience you face. It is normal not to know what to do with yourself after losing a loved one to addiction, but it is important to learn how to cope with loss rather than letting it fester. Ways...
Having a friend with a serious drug problem can be heart-wrenching. It is only natural to want to help, and as a close friend you are in a good position to do so. However there is only so much you can do, and your friend’s addiction may be beyond your power to influence or change it. If...
Prescription drug abuse is a serious problem. While addiction can affect any person at any point in their life, what makes a prescription drug addiction so unique is that a whole new generation and group of people are affected by it. In the past there was a certain stigma attached to drug...
Drug and alcohol addiction involves all members of a family. The addict may dismiss his habit as something that only affects him, but the truth is that the lives of everyone in the family are changed by this deadly disease. Parents, spouses, children and siblings all have a role to play...
Seeing a friend or loved one slipping into alcohol dependency or addiction is a frustrating and frightening experience. Alcohol changes brain chemistry in a way that reduces inhibition, increases confidence and blocks physical and emotional pain. While it is unlikely that someone who...