How to Help an Addict in Denial

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It can be very difficult to broach the subject of addiction or even addiction treatment to an addicted loved one who is in denial . In fact, your conversations may end up in bickering, fights, and a lot of animosity. This is because when addicts are in denial, they can be very defensive and adamant about their stand on the matter. Anything you say to them will be seen as unnecessary and even antagonistic.

In fact, you can say all the nice things to them, without even raising your voice, and yet they will still feel wronged when you broach the subject. But then, you know that if something’s not done, bad things may happen to your loved one. Every day that passes that they are using drugs, they go deeper into the pit of destruction.  Read More

Addict Shaming: Why it Doesn’t Work

Addict shaming. This is one of the things people do without them realizing it. Or perhaps they may just be overwhelmed and frustrated by their loved one’s addiction. However, it doesn’t differ from other forms of shaming such as body shaming or slut shaming.

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How to Thank Your Family for Supporting Your Addiction Recovery

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Addiction recovery can be challenging to your family too. Of all people, however, they’re the ones who stood by you through it all–from the dark times of your active addiction and now as you traverse your new life sober. Here are some tips on how you can show how much you appreciate them.

Going through the addiction rehab process is not only hard on you–it’s also difficult for your family. They will be left alone while you’re in a safe, secure, drug-free environment learning all sorts of life skills and coping mechanisms. While you can focus on yourself without the distractions of the outside world, your family is out there, most likely dealing with all the problems you have left behind.  Read More

Double Trouble: Depression and Addiction in Women

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Women tend to put others first. While this is a good trait, it can also take a toll on them in the long run. And this is one of the reasons why women are more prone to depression and addiction, as a co-occurring disorder.

Many women are living everyday in their version of a silent hell. They struggle with depression all on their own, afraid to speak up, and therefore resort to destructive behavior such as addiction or even suicide.

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Age of Addiction: Are We All Just Addicts?

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We live in the age of addiction and we are all addicted to one thing or the other. Today, technology and society has shaped us to keep feeding our insatiable desires through instant solutions and unthinking over-consumption. And we are never satisfied–or happy. So are we really all just addicts?

Tiger Woods had once admitted he was a sex addict. Elton John, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Perry, Mel Gibson, and the late Robin Williams also once admitted to be alcoholics at some point in their lives. Even Oprah said she was addicted to carbohydrates. And these are celebrities.

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Are You an Alcoholic or a Binge Drinker?

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There is a difference between an alcoholic and a binge drinker. Let’s take a closer look.

Alcohol problems come up when you lose control over your drinking. This lack of control is one of the factors that constitute and an alcohol use disorder or alcohol addiction. However, a binge drinker is not necessarily an alcohol addict, but an alcohol addict can be a binge drinker. Read More

Planning to Check Into Addiction Rehab? Here’s What to Do

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If you’re planning to check into an addiction rehab, then congratulations to you. Not everyone has the insight to acknowledge that they have an addiction or a substance use problem, much more to make that step into getting treatment. Read More

How Rehab Works: Here’s What You Should Know

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Wondering whether addiction rehab works and if you really should have an addicted loved one admitted in one?

Here is how addiction works and the stages you or an addicted loved one will go through on the path to sobriety and recovery. (And yes, rehab works indeed!)

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5 Awful Behaviors All Addicts Have in Common

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Dealing with an addict in your life can be difficult because they exhibit what can be considered awful behaviors. From being mild-mannered and amiable to being ill-tempered and dreadful, you’ll be surprised by the sudden change right before your eyes.  Read More

10 Signs to Spot a Pathological Liar

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Can you tell if someone is lying to you? While we ourselves may have lied from time to time, there are some people who can be considered to fall under the pathological liar category. A pathological liar is someone who is addicted to lying. Interacting with a pathological liar can be frustrating and even has negative consequences to all involved.

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