Self-Harm and Addiction: What You Need to Know

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People who self-harm often use self-mutilation to deal with overwhelming emotions such as anger, self-loathing, grief, frustration, anxiety, and depression. It’s common to lump self-harm with suicidal behavior, but they are not the same and should be considered, and treated, differently.

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is when a individuals intentionally and deliberately hurt themselves as a form of outlet or release from a buildup of emotions. Suicide, on the other hand, is when individuals often intend to end the pain with death. Read More

How Parents Can Talk to Their Depressed Teen

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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.

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5 Ways You Can Overcome Anxiety Without Alcohol

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Coping with anxiety without alcohol can be a real challenge. This is true especially when you’re used to getting intoxicated before performing or speaking in front of a crowd. So, how do you get over it? Find out below.

For some people, being around a huge crowd or being on a stage, or simply just facing others, can be a big source of anxiety. Overcoming this can be a challenge, and many may turn to alcohol to give them some sort of “liquid courage.” Many may feel inadequate or lack confidence, and by getting themselves intoxicated, they can be less inhibited and more at ease.  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

I Want to Go to a Rehab–What Do I Do?

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Making the decision to go to a rehab is one of the bravest things you may have ever done. At least, it’s a smart idea. You are acknowledging that there is a problem and you’re seeking help.  Read More

10 Heartbreaking Truths About Dating an Addict

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Addiction is never easy. Not on the addict, and not on the people who love them. Dating an addict can be very challenging, if not outright difficult. However, because you love them, you can’t walk away. You gather more patience, acceptance, and love. You may also feel sorry for the person, hoping to help them change. Read More

5 Signs You’re in a Co-Dependent Relationship

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Have you ever heard of the term “co-dependent relationship” or “co-dependency”? Both are the same buzzwords that are usually attached with addiction and mental health. They both describe unhealthy, often destructive, relationships.  Read More

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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Are You Helping an Addict or Not? Recognizing Enabling Behavior

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Enabling behavior never helps an addict. This is because it shields the addict from the full impact and natural consequences of their behavior and actions. Enabling is very different from supporting or helping the addict, because on the contrary, enabling behavior further draws the addict deep into the addiction. Read More

How Laughter Helps Recovering Addicts

Laughter Helps Recovering Addicts

Laughter helps recovering addicts in profound ways. Those who find it in them to inject humor and laughter into their daily lives, even despite challenges, can benefit and be more successful in maintaining sobriety. Read More