Healing Trauma and Loss to Help Quell Addiction

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Many people who struggle with addiction and suffer co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, to name a few, often have a profound back story. They may have experienced a significant event or trauma in their lives. These people spend much of their lives carrying these experiences, struggling with the past and the pain. As a result, many of them can feel hopeless, helpless, and desperate. Read More

Debunking 5 Myths About Addiction and Recovery

Common Myths About Addiction and Recovery

Stereotypes and myths about addiction and recovery are dangerous. They never get addicts the help they need. Often, they can even make situations worse. Such myths about addiction and treatment can cause those who are struggling with addiction to sink deeper into this deadly cycle and succumb to denial.  Read More

Teen Substance Abuse: 5 Tips for Parents

Teen Substance Abuse

Teen substance abuse is not uncommon. However, it is still a serious issue that parents and society has to take a look at and take action. And as always, it starts in the home. Here are tips for parents on how they can address teen substance abuse in their children. Read More

5 Things Addicts in Recovery Should Know About Sobriety

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Addicts in recovery can find sobriety very difficult at first. As they go along, they will see the rewards of sobriety and how it can change their lives for the better.

Having a life led by and centered on substances like drugs and alcohol, imagining a life sober can be very difficult. After all, the addiction is on the wheel and can have a very tight grip on the addict’s life. However, once they get to be treated in facilities such as Bridges of Hope, they will understand that how they have been living their lives is totally wrong and destructive. They will also learn more life skills that will help them cope and make better decisions instead of resorting to these addictive substances.

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Adultery and Addiction: How the Two Often Go Together

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“Almost everything that happens to an addict happens to someone who has an affair.” This is a powerful and thought-provoking statement by Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity” and Brown University assistant professor of psychiatry.

According to him, the signs of alcohol and drug abuse, such as hiding behaviors, being secretive, investing time and money, lying about activities, and changing every aspect of one’s life–these are all hallmarks of adultery as well. May times, people who abuse substances also try to break away from the substance and fail. The same may also go to people who have affairs. Read More

Know Someone Who is a Gambling Addict? Here’s What You Should Do

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Dealing with a gambling addict can be stressful. Living with someone who has an addiction such as gambling brings a whole new dimension to any relationship–and all of it isn’t good. As someone who cares about the gambling addict in your life, what you can do is to let them see the consequences of their actions and be there for them should they eventually acknowledge the problem. You should also encourage them to seek help.

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Problem Gambling: 10 Signs Your Casino Nights Aren’t Really Paying Off

Problem Gambling

Problem gambling or gambling addiction may not involve drugs, but it’s also as dangerous and destructive. Find out the signs that you or someone you know may be addicted to gambling.

For many people, gambling is a popular pastime and a way to socialize. This is especially true here in the Philippines, where different forms of gambling have been part of our culture. Lotto, scratch cards, tong-its, bingo, e-games, blackjack, racing, sabong, baccarat, poker, slot machines, and so many more–these are widespread and even acceptable. And why not–these gambling activities are harmless…until you can’t stop yourself. That’s where problem gambling and gambling addiction comes in. Read More

How to Make an Environment Ideal for Your Recovery

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The world around you can influence how you behave and feel. If you’re someone who is in recovery, your environment can also make or break your recovery from addiction.

If you’re someone who have just come out of rehab or want to overcome an alcohol, drug, or behavioral addiction, here are some tips on how you can make your environment ideal. Read More

Cocaine Overdose: Signs and Symptoms

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Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have a potent effect on your brain. It can affect your physical and mental health as well as your overall well-being. It can be smoked, snorted, ingested, or injected. However it’s used, it can cause an overdose and can have lasting significant consequences.  Read More

Relapse: 5 Important Things You Need to Know

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Those who have undergone addiction rehab and is embarking on their recovery can very well understand just how tough it is to deal with day-to-day life. Every day is a choice of whether to put down a drink or refuse to use drugs–or get on a bender and start the destructive cycle again. Read More