WATCH: Everything We Know About Addiction is Wrong

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Addiction today is a global problem, affecting not just individuals, but also families and communities. In the United States, opioid addiction is now considered as an epidemic, while here in our country, the Philippines, the controversial war on drugs of the Duterte administration continues to make headlines. Read More

Are You a Dry Drunk? Here’s What to Do

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If you have recently quit drinking or using drugs, then you probably are struggling. After all, being sober and leading a clean lifestyle after years of substance abuse isn’t a walk in the park.

However, if you’ve been sober or are in recovery but still feel like you’re barely holding on, then you could be a dry drunk. Your family might feel like they’re walking on thin ice around you and as for you, you’re always angry and irritable. Read More

Process Addiction: All You Need to Know

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Process addiction or behavioral addiction revolves around compulsions. Let’s find out more about this type of addiction disorder.

Addiction doesn’t just occur in the form of substances such as drugs and alcohol. There are instances when physical dependence is not the only criteria for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction. Process addiction, also known as behavioral addiction, can also happen without the physical effects like those with substance addiction.

Let’s take a closer look at process addiction.

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8 Benefits of Private In-Patient Addiction Rehab

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The problem of addiction is prevalent in almost every corner of the world. It has affected millions of individuals and their families. In-patient addiction rehab programs, such as those provided by Bridges of Hope, offer expertly managed care for those who are struggling with drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. Read More

Bridges of Hope Partners with PAGCOR for Responsible Gaming

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In a mutual thrust to promote responsible gaming, Bridges of Hope partners with PAGCOR

Gambling in the Philippines can be considered as an integral part of its culture since probably the sixteenth century, when the Spanish colonized the archipelago. Today, many forms of legal–and illegal–gambling is riddled in almost every barangay throughout the country. Read More

Escapism and Drug Use: Why People Run from Reality

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When you think about drug use and addiction, you may wonder why people do it. And with this, many drug users and addicts claim that they first use it in order to escape. This attitude of escapism can then make them more prone to develop addiction, and even have a hard time to overcome it. However, there are those who argue that they use drugs to alter their minds and moods and therefore enhance their lives.

But is this really the case when addiction is involved? Read More

Dating in Recovery: Why Wait a Year?

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When you first get out of rehab, it’s natural and normal to feel quite disoriented, confused, scared, and overwhelmed. After all, there’ no drug or alcohol to cushion you from the hurdles of life and the real world. This is why it’s best to be prepared for your new life in recovery and to focus on self-care. Doing these things will help you avoid relapse and therefore set you up for lasting, life-long recovery. Read More

Warning Signs You’re in a Toxic Romantic Relationship

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While no relationship is perfect, a good relationship should make you feel happy, cared for, and respected. Reality is, not all relationships are good or healthy. Maybe you at some point or another in your life have been in a toxic romantic relationship. Maybe you’re in one now.

Want to know for sure? Check out these warning signs to know if you’re in a toxic romantic relationship that you should get out of–pronto.

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Signs You’re in a Toxic Romantic Relationship

1. You keep giving and giving. Love should be a two-way street and there’s no room for selfishness or unreciprocated emotional investments.

2. Feeling drained. You don’t have no energy in the relationship or in your life in general. Instead of feeling inspired and energized, it’s like your energy is getting sucked out constantly.

3. No trust. Love can’t last for long without trust. It simply won’t go anywhere.

4. There’s hostility. If you feel like you have to have your walls up or be on fight or flight mode whenever you’re with your partner, then it’s best to pack your bags and go.

5. Constant criticism. If you feel like you’re treading on broken glass around your significant other, then then it’s something that is going to drive you up the wall sooner or later.

6. Full or judgment. If you can’t be yourself in the relationship or you have to always watch what you do or say because of feeling constantly judged, then it’s unhealthy for you.

7. Lack of respect. When one or both of you have ceased respecting the other, then there’s no reason to be in the relationship.

8. Never-ending drama. While problems are part of relationship and even help make the relationship stronger, the constant trouble and the self-inflicted woes are simply exhausting and won’t make your relationship grow.

9. Control issues. If your partner is overly protective, possessive, and jealous to the point that you can’t do the things you normally do, then it can be stifling. You can feel trapped.

10. Direction is uncertain. If the person doesn’t want to commit, doesn’t want to take things to the next level, or you simply can’t tell what role you play in their life, then the relationship is uncertain. It’s like it has no direction and you’re better off on your own.

11. Feeling undermined. If you feel like your worth is less than your partner or that you’re not part of their priorities, then it’s best to think of your other options.

12. Full of lies. Every lie in the relationship can chip away at whatever good it is you have until your relationship feels hollow and unreal. Beware, this is one of the hallmarks of a toxic romantic relationship.

13. It brings out the worst. If the relationship only brings out the worst in you or in both of you, without any growth or improvement on both your parts, then your relationship is not only stunted but dysfunctional.

14. People are concerned. If other people who care about you, like your friends and family, are concerned about your relationship, then you may have to take their word for it and reassess your relationship.

15. Physical and emotional abuse. If you’ve been assaulted or manipulated, or abused in any other way, then it’s clear the person doesn’t respect or even love you.

16. You’re simply unhappy. You owe it to yourself to let go.

These words may be harsh, but sometimes, a wake up call is just what you need to get out of a toxic romantic relationship.

If your loved one has been abusing you or is showing negative and erratic behavior due to drugs or alcohol addiction, then you can help them break the cycle that is also affecting you as a co-dependent. For help with addiction treatment in the Philippines, seek help. Call or text Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.


 

Are You a Love Addict? Find Out the Signs of Love Addiction

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Are you a love addict? Do you think you’re obsessed with the idea of romance and being in love? Maybe that obsession is too much. Find out if you don’t simply have the love bug, but clinical love addiction.

Being in love is just awesome. You get that sweet rush with every touch or whenever you see the apple of your eye. You can’t help thinking about your love, and you count every day and every hour until you’re together again.

For some people, love is a very special thing. It makes them happy, it inspires them, and it just brightens up their day. However, there are those you can consider as love addicts in the sense that being in love can seem unhealthy and even destructive for them. Read More

Double Addiction: Stimulant Drug Abuse and Sex Addiction

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There is a large and growing subgroup of drug users who also engage in problematic sexual behavior. You will be surprised to know that here in the Philippines, in our rather conservative, predominantly Catholic society, drug-fueled sex parties are more common than you think. Read More