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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
Dealing with a gambling addict can be stressful. Living with someone who has an addiction such as gambling brings a whole new dimension to any relationship–and all of it isn’t good. As someone who cares about the gambling addict in your life, what you can do is to let them see the consequences of their actions and be there for them should they eventually acknowledge the problem. You should also encourage them to seek help.
Problem gambling or gambling addiction may not involve drugs, but it’s also as dangerous and destructive. Find out the signs that you or someone you know may be addicted to gambling.
For many people, gambling is a popular pastime and a way to socialize. This is especially true here in the Philippines, where different forms of gambling have been part of our culture. Lotto, scratch cards, tong-its, bingo, e-games, blackjack, racing, sabong, baccarat, poker, slot machines, and so many more–these are widespread and even acceptable. And why not–these gambling activities are harmless…until you can’t stop yourself. That’s where problem gambling and gambling addiction comes in. Read More
Stressed or depressed? Which one are you? Know the difference and get the help you need.
Difficulties and challenges are perhaps part and parcel of life. After all, you don’t get the good without the bad, as most people would say. However, there are times that things can get pretty out of hand and you may sometimes feel overwhelmed. You may feel stressed and pressured by the demands of life, or you may feel depressed and desperate. However, it’s best to know which one do you feel and to immediately get the remedy and help you need. Read More