How to Help an Addict Loved One Get into Rehab?

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Watching an addict loved one succumb to the dangers of addiction can be heartbreaking. It can also be distressing and terrifying, often making you feel hopeless, like there’s nothing that you can do to help them.

As much as you want to help your addict loved one overcome their addiction, whether this is drugs, alcohol, or behavioral, at the end of the day the decision is up to them. Only they, the addict, can help themselves once they decide they need help and are open to addiction treatment.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Here’s some tips that you can do on your end to help your addict loved one get into rehab–and soon! Read More

5 Addiction Delusions That Keep You From Getting Help

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Addicts have a knack at making themselves believe addiction delusions so that they can go on living their lives without consequence or treatment. They do this by rationalizing their habits, particularly their drug or alcohol use, or even behavioral addictions such as gambling. Read More

Addict Shaming: Why it Doesn’t Work

Addict shaming. This is one of the things people do without them realizing it. Or perhaps they may just be overwhelmed and frustrated by their loved one’s addiction. However, it doesn’t differ from other forms of shaming such as body shaming or slut shaming.

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Why Structure is Important in Recovery

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Find out why structure is important in recovery and what you can do to maintain structure in your life.

For those who have succeeded completing their addiction treatment or rehab program, you know that this is only the beginning. Once you step into the “real world” and go back to your families and your life, you will be confronted with a barrage of triggers and stresses at all fronts. While the return to “freedom” can be exhilarating, it can also be filled with dread and uncertainty. Read More

Online Gambling Addiction: Potentially More Dangerous than Going to the Casinos?

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So you don’t go to casinos to gamble. You don’t play cards among other people or bet on horse races. However, you stay engrossed on your mobile phones or computers for hours, betting small amounts of money on online poker and slot machine games. And you think there’s nothing wrong with that.

Let’s take a closer look.

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What You Need to Know About Behavioral Addictions

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Shopping, sex, eating, gambling, and many other activities are normal when done casually, socially or in moderation. However, there is a thin line between a normal activity and a behavioral addiction. Let’s find out here.

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The Link: Compulsive Gambling and Violence

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Compulsive gambling, or gambling addiction, is not a financial problem. Nor is it the gambler’s problem. It’s the whole family’s problem. This is because when there is a compulsive gambler in the family, everyone in the family is affected.

Compulsive gambling has many negative effects on the person and his or her family. It can destroy careers, reputations, jobs, relationships, health, safety and security. Furthermore, compulsive gambling is linked to violent behavior. Read More

Problem Gambling: Causes, Signs and Effects

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Do you have a gambling problem? Or do you know someone who have been in trouble due to problem gambling? What is problem gambling anyway? Know the facts and what can be done about it.

Problem gambling has many faces. Just look at the variety of people you see frequenting casinos. They have different age groups, have different cultures and jobs, and they have different income ranges. You can see a well-made businessman or a housewife gambling in casinos or doing other forms of betting.

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All About Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling

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Gambling can be fun. For some, it can be a way to unwind, have a great time with friends, or just try one’s luck. However, left unchecked, that one-time foray in the casino, at the poker table, or in the tracks can lead to disaster.

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Are You At Risk for Cross-Addiction?

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Cross-addiction occurs when you trade one addiction for another. For example, you may have abused marijuana and then developed dependence for meth after trying it out for a few times.

Cross-addiction can also happen when you are recovering from one substance or behavioral addiction and have found yourself developing another addiction, such as sex, gambling, or any other substance. Knowing what cross-addiction is, its signs, and how it can be treated, can help you before it’s too late.

So you are recovering from meth addiction pretty smoothly–until something in your life takes a sudden turn. One moment you’re going to your meetings with your support group, motivated with your ongoing commitment to sobriety; and the next moment, you’re derailed. Maybe a family member gets seriously ill, you lost your job, you broke up with your partner, or you had unexpected problems at work.

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