Should You Say Something About Your Friend’s Addiction?

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Should you tell on your friend’s addiction? Where do you draw the line between concern and meddling? Find out below.

Substance abuse can easily turn into substance addiction. In fact, there’s a thin line that separates the two, making it hard to recognize, especially on someone you know and care about, like a friend. A friend’s addiction can also be hard to face. There may be times when you wonder if you should mention about your friend’s addiction or just keep mum about it.

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Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug–And It’s Legal

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The Real Gateway Drug is Legal–and It’s Alcohol

Marijuana used to get the rap for being the gateway drug. However, recent research has shown that many people start out with alcohol as their first substance. Marijuana and tobacco were the second and third substances of choice respectively. Read More

How Your Drinking Ruins Your Relationship

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Drinking, especially excessively, in cases of alcoholism or alcohol addiction, can have major drawbacks–and it can damage relationships in ways that you may never be able to repair.

For many people, alcohol is a seemingly harmless reason to unwind and celebrate. In fact, it’s part of many cultures all over the world. People drink alcohol such as beer, wine, champagne, cognac, and all sorts of liquors for many reasons. Some do it for fun, socialization, relaxing, escape, get sleeps, and even to relieve symptoms such as stress. Read More

4 Ways to Spend Evenings Unwinding Without Alcohol

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If learning how to live without alcohol was easy, then a lot of people will be sober by now. However, the fact is, many people struggle with the unease and discomfort of going through life, with its unexpected trials and unavoidable consequences. Read More

8 Ways to Keep Your Child Off Drugs

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At Bridges of Hope, we know personally the pain of addiction. Addiction is a disease based on biochemical changes in the brain that affect a person’s behavior, motivation, decision-making, and learning.

As a parent, you can do a lot to help your child stay away from drugs. Aside from drug education, you can create a healthy, happy, and non-threatening environment for your children to thrive in. 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

5 Apps to Help You Drink Moderately

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Technology today helps make it easier for people to get the help they need, including drinking moderately.

It’s the weekend and you’re looking forward to grabbing a few drinks with friends. However, the “few drinks” seem to always end up with you getting wasted or passing out without no idea what happened the night before.  Read More

Mixing Alcohol and Cocaine: What You Should Know

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Illegal drugs or narcotics, are dangerous on their own, but what happens when you mix substances together? Now that’s like opening a Pandora’s box of trouble and undesired effects. So when you’re mixing alcohol and cocaine, you’re actually inviting a range of dangerous effects, including death.

Let’s take a closer look at this dangerous pairing. Read More

The 3 Great Things That Happen When You Quit Drinking

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When you quit drinking, you open up your things to a whole lot of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look.

We all know the benefits of cutting back on alcohol, but staying sober for a long time can significantly improve your brain function and decrease your risk of cancer.

Let’s take a closer look at the 2 great things that happen to you when you quit drinking.  Read More