A Toxic Brew: 13 Common Personality Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Growing up in a home where there is an alcoholic in the family can be riddled with dysfunction. If you’re one of those who grew up with an alcoholic or an addict in your family, then you probably know how it is. In this kind of environment, especially when one or both parents are addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol, you may remember uncertainty in your childhood. That feeling of not knowing what to expect the next day. All you know is that it’s always going to be unpredictable. There’s fighting, arguments, violence, chaos, disappointment, shame, anger, resentment, confusion, and so many more. Read More

The Lowdown: Is Gambling Really as Addictive as Drugs and Alcohol?

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All over the world, across various cultures, gambling is widely popular. It may come in many forms, and yet, casinos the world over continue to be popular hot spots. The shiny and hypnotic slot machines, the captivating movements of poker dealers, the neon signs and opulent surroundings, plus the lure of that jackpot–all these provide the perfect formula for attracting people from all walks of life. Read More

Addiction Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference?

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People may interchange substance addiction and substance dependence. After all, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Depending on which organization or specialist you’re talking to, some may have the same definition, some may have different ones, and some may even not use either terms altogether. Take for example the scientific community, which prefers the term “substance use disorder.”

Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Addiction Stigma: 7 Ways to Break the Dangerous Notions

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In as much as words hurt and can be dangerous, the wrong information can do damage too. This is what happens with addiction stigma.

The stigma of addiction is a dangerous perception that prevents millions of people all over the world to seek and get treatment for their substance use disorder. Many people, especially here in our country, still believe that addiction is a choice, that people who get addicted have a moral failing or a character flaw. These people are selfish, weak, and don’t deserve compassion. These baseless notions fosters fear among addicts, stopping them from reaching out for help. Ultimately, this can then cause them to sink deeper into addiction. Some of them even don’t become so luck as they lose their lives.  Read More

Addicted and Anxious? How to Deal with Addiction and Anxiety as Co-Occurring Disorders

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It’s natural and normal for people to worry. In moments of uncertainty, people often feel anxious. Usually, it’s before speaking or performing in public. It may also happen before taking a test. However, these feelings of worry are often temporary. Read More

Meth Overdose: What You Should Know

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Meth, or locally known as shabu, comes in many different forms such as a white powder, small crystals, or even a pill. It may be ingested, injected, or smoked. However it is introduced into the system, it can’t be denied that meth is highly addictive and have a bevy of negative physical side effects. One of these is overdose. Read More

The Most Successful Rehab Programs Have These Things in Common

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Success rates of rehab programs and facilities are difficult to quantify. This is primarily due to the fact that rehab facilities can’t keep track of how many of their residents or clients have stayed sober and on the path of recovery from their program for so long. It’s hard to predict life-long recovery. Read More

Insights into Common Rehab Fears and How to Overcome Them

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While rehab can be a good way for addicts to get on the path to recovery, let’s face it–it’s not an easy decision. Rehab fears are real. Furthermore, going into a rehab facility and sustaining recovery require a lot of work not just from the addict but also from their families and friends.

Here in our country, with many misconceptions about addiction and rehabilitation still widespreadt, it’s difficult for people who struggle with addiction to get the help they need. Families and friends also fear talking about getting their loved ones into rehab because they are embarrassed and afraid.  Read More

Bridges Of Hope Spreads Advocacy in Batangas League of Secretaries Seminar

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Bridges of Hope once again extends its advocacy on spreading awareness about addiction, rehabilitation, and recovery as it participated in the recently concluded seminar organized by The Batangas League of Secretaries to the Sanguinian (BLESS). Read More

Bridges of Hope Partners with D’Heights Resort & Casino to Advocate Responsible Gaming

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JUNE 26, 2019 (Clark, Pamapanga)–Bridges of Hope (BH) has added another partner in furthering its longstanding commitment to responsible gaming as they ink a partnership with D’Heights Resort & Casino in Clark, Pampanga.  Read More