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
Postpartum depression can cause some mothers to resort to drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. This can lead on substance abuse, which may later on develop into addiction.
Motherhood, especially for first-time moms, can be filled with so many unexpected challenges. Even for those who have had multiple births can find that each baby also brings different challenges, as not all babies and situations are the same. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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