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

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

Alcohol and Liver Damage: Red Flags to Watch Out For

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When the bartender asks, “What’s your poison?” he’s not kidding.

Alcohol is one of the most addictive yet one of the most dangerous legal drugs today. Problem drinking and alcoholism, in particular, run the risk of damaging the liver irreparably. The tricky part is, the damage inside you may not be that visible on the outside–until the problem is already serious. Read More

Can You Forgive Your Father for His Addiction?

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“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

Recognize It: The 5 Stages of Alcoholism

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Many people struggle with different stages of alcohol use disorders. Most of them, unfortunately, may not even be aware of it. Their casual, social drinking may progress towards alcohol addiction without them even knowing. This is partly because of a lack of information, alcoholism misconceptions, as well as denial on the part of the drinker. Read More

The 12 Days of Christmas–on Drugs (A Parody)

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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

What Makes an Addict? Here are Their 5 Most Common Traits

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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

Why Do Addicts Lie? Here’s are 5 Reasons

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Why do addicts lie? No matter how much you want to believe them, they end up duping you–letting you get hurt all for the sake of getting their next fix.  Read More

7 Deadly Cancers Related to Alcohol Abuse

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There are 7 deadly cancers that are related to frequent drinking and high amounts of alcohol, specifically alcohol abuse. Find out and see if these can finally convince you to let go of your drinking habit for good.

What many people may not know is that alcohol is, in fact, classified as a Group 1 carcinogen and is cited as one of the leading causes of 7 deadly cancers. Cutting down, or even staying sober for good, can greatly lower your risk.  Read More

5 Things to Tell Your Addicted Spouse to Get Them Into Rehab

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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