How do people get addicted to drugs while others don’t? Some may be using drugs for several years and not be addicted, while there are those who may have tried drugs for just a short while and become hooked almost instantly. Why does this happen?
These are just some of the many questions surrounding drug use and addiction. The truth is, substance addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes way more than just the will to stop. In fact, drugs change the brain in hard-hitting, often irreversible, ways that many will still find themselves seeking drugs even after recovery. Read More
When you’re in recovery, you try to commit to a life of sobriety. You change your old ways, especially your attitude. You may also need to change your friends, even move to a different city, if that’s what it takes. The things with recovery is, a change must indeed happen so that it’s harder for you to go back to your life when you were in active addiction. Read More
Bridges of Hope, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing private rehab centers, hosted the seminar titled “Talk About Drugs” in coordination with ISSUP (International Society for Substance Use Professionals), Living Free Foundation, and Colombo Plan. Read More
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
All around the world, relationships and marriages become damage because of another force that has become stronger than what binds these relationships–addiction. It’s true that addiction may lead to divorce, separation, and broken relationships. It’s important to note, however, that this goes for addiction that’s left untreated. There are many couples who managed to survive addiction together after getting much needed addiction treatment. Read More
Contrary to stereotypes and myths about addicted people, there are people who look “normal” and healthy, but are in fact struggling with their inner demons because they’re addicted to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors such as gambling.
Addiction doesn’t always manifest itself as people who are emaciated, poor, homeless, and jobless. There are also people who are highly functioning but are struggling with very strong urges brought about by being addicted to substances or behaviors. And you could be one of those people. 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
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.