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.
Christmas is different when you’re on drugs or struggling with an addiction. Here’s a parody of a holiday favorite, “The 12 Days of Christmas” reinterpreted for drug addiction from Recovery Connection. Read More
Relationships are messy. And if you get into a relationship with someone who is on active addiction, whether it’s on drugs, alcohol, or some behavior such as gambling and video games, it’s a whole another level of complicated.
It can be toxic. Read More
Being with an addict, whether they’re family members or domestic partners, can be baffling, confusing, frustrating, frightening, and saddening. It can also be a whole lot of lonely as your’e left alone trying to understand why they are the way that they are. 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
We often talk about teen drug abuse as well as those who are high-functioning addicts. However, what we don’t often discuss is that parents may have addiction issues too. There are households with addicted parents and this can result to dysfunction. 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
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
Watch out for these 5 subtle signs that you could be dating someone with an active addiction.
Here in the Philippines, the perception of what an addict is, or should be, remains typical–disheveled, broke, and emaciated. However, little do most people know that those who are in active addiction are living highly functional lives, as high-functioning addicts, nonetheless. They live normally on the surface, going to work, are responsible and highly regarded person in their community. But it’s behind closed doors that the monster that is active addiction, or substance use disorder, reveals itself. Read More