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

Alcohol is the Real Gateway Drug–And It’s Legal

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The Real Gateway Drug is Legal–and It’s Alcohol

Marijuana used to get the rap for being the gateway drug. However, recent research has shown that many people start out with alcohol as their first substance. Marijuana and tobacco were the second and third substances of choice respectively. 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

4 Ways to Spend Evenings Unwinding Without Alcohol

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If learning how to live without alcohol was easy, then a lot of people will be sober by now. However, the fact is, many people struggle with the unease and discomfort of going through life, with its unexpected trials and unavoidable consequences. Read More

8 Ways to Keep Your Child Off Drugs

Keep Your Child Off Drugs

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

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

Healing Trauma and Loss to Help Quell Addiction

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Many people who struggle with addiction and suffer co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, to name a few, often have a profound back story. They may have experienced a significant event or trauma in their lives. These people spend much of their lives carrying these experiences, struggling with the past and the pain. As a result, many of them can feel hopeless, helpless, and desperate. Read More

Cocaine Overdose: Signs and Symptoms

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Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have a potent effect on your brain. It can affect your physical and mental health as well as your overall well-being. It can be smoked, snorted, ingested, or injected. However it’s used, it can cause an overdose and can have lasting significant consequences.  Read More

Relapse: 5 Important Things You Need to Know

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Those who have undergone addiction rehab and is embarking on their recovery can very well understand just how tough it is to deal with day-to-day life. Every day is a choice of whether to put down a drink or refuse to use drugs–or get on a bender and start the destructive cycle again. Read More

How Cocaine Affects Women

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While not many people use cocaine here in the Philippines since the drug of choice for most is the more affordable methamphetamine or shabu, it can’t be denied that many people still use cocaine.  Read More