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

Will My Addiction Destroy My Marriage?

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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

How to Help Your Addicted Parent to Seek Rehab

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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

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

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

5 Subtle Signs You’re Dating Someone With an Active Addiction

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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

8 Ways to Keep Your Child Off Drugs

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At Bridges of Hope, we know personally the pain of addiction. Addiction is a disease based on biochemical changes in the brain that affect a person’s behavior, motivation, decision-making, and learning.

As a parent, you can do a lot to help your child stay away from drugs. Aside from drug education, you can create a healthy, happy, and non-threatening environment for your children to thrive in. Read More

Intervention 101: How You Can Help an Addicted Loved One

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Time and time again, you may hear about your loved ones not wanting help. However, day after day, you see him deteriorating right before your very eyes due to addiction.

The thing about addiction is that the addict may think there’s nothing wrong. After all, he’s not getting the full repercussions of his actions, with his family shielding him from them. There’s also the fact that the addict may be in denial.

And this is why intervention is important. Read More

Teen Substance Abuse: 5 Tips for Parents

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Teen substance abuse is not uncommon. However, it is still a serious issue that parents and society has to take a look at and take action. And as always, it starts in the home. Here are tips for parents on how they can address teen substance abuse in their children. Read More

Adultery and Addiction: How the Two Often Go Together

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“Almost everything that happens to an addict happens to someone who has an affair.” This is a powerful and thought-provoking statement by Dr. Scott Haltzman, author of “The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity” and Brown University assistant professor of psychiatry.

According to him, the signs of alcohol and drug abuse, such as hiding behaviors, being secretive, investing time and money, lying about activities, and changing every aspect of one’s life–these are all hallmarks of adultery as well. May times, people who abuse substances also try to break away from the substance and fail. The same may also go to people who have affairs. Read More