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
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
Meth addiction can turn loving and devoted family members into unpredictable strangers. This can make their families feel helpless and desperate. Aside from the mood swings and financial troubles, there could also be the health and legal obstacles that their family members have to deal with as the meth addict does things they really wouldn’t normally do were they sober. Read More
“Fatherhood” may not mean the same for all families. For some, the concept of fatherhood may bring up happy and warm memories of growing up with a person they look up to. However, for those who grew up in a household where a parent, particularly a father, has an addiction, the case might be a whole lot different. Read More
These days, especially with social media, many teens profess to being depressed. Perhaps there are those who are actually clinically depressed, and as parents, this can be difficult to detect and even address. In fact, due to many teens posting about their so-called depression, it may be hard to distinguish the seed from the chaff, so to speak.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s really more to a sex addict than someone who just wants to have sex all the time. Let’s take a closer look at what it really is and if you or someone you know may, in fact, be a sex addict.
Sex is a biological need and let’s admit it–humans enjoy it. If you are like most people who like having sex, then good for you. However, it sex is causing problems in your life, then maybe it’s time to take a step back and see if there’s a serious issue that needs to be addressed, like sex addiction. Read More
Christmas is different when you’re on drugs or struggling with an addiction. Here’s a parody of a holiday favorite, “The 12 Days of Christmas” reinterpreted for drug addiction from Recovery Connection. Read More
Being with an addict, whether they’re family members or domestic partners, can be baffling, confusing, frustrating, frightening, and saddening. It can also be a whole lot of lonely as your’e left alone trying to understand why they are the way that they are. Read More
Marriage is hard work–even more so when you have an addicted spouse. When your husband or wife is addicted to drugs, alcohol or behavior, the addiction almost always take center stage to your marriage. So, what do you do?
Having a spouse who is in active addiction can be extremely difficult. Your days can be filled with uncertainty and dysfunction. You may get into situations you never thought you’d be in when you said “I do.” After all, when you married your spouse, you never signed up for the chaos and trauma their addiction brings. Read More