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

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

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

10 Uplifting Tips to Survive a Relationship with an Addict

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Having a relationship with an addict is beyond tough. We hope that these 10 uplifting tips can help you find the answers you’re looking for.

The intricacies of love, dating, and relationships are complex enough. Add addiction into the mix and you’re in for the ride of your life. This is because addiction is not like any disease. It robs you not just of your loved one’s health–it robs you of that person that you used to love as well. Read More

10 Ways Addiction Damages the Family

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Addiction damages not just the addict, but also the family and the community. Here, let’s take a look at the ways addiction

Addiction is a disease that doesn’t only affect individuals, but also their families. When people compulsively abuse drugs and alcohol and is dependent on them, the behaviors and consequences of these have an impact with the family. And the effects can, more often than not, be tragic.  Read More

5 Signs You’re Addicted to Toxic Relationships

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Toxic relationships can leave you physically, mentally, and emotionally drained. Here are 5 signs you’re addicted to toxic relationships and how you can break this bad habit.

When it’s great, it’s great. And when it’s bad, it’s really bad. That could be how you would describe toxic relationships. And guest what–there are people who are addicted to this kind of relationship. The tragic part is, they may not even realize it. Read More

How to Recognize a Meth Addict in Your Home

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It could be your partner or spouse, your sibling, parent, grandparent or close relative. Meth addiction can infiltrate any home without you even knowing. Here are ways to identify if there is a meth addict living right under your nose and what you can do to help them.

Addiction is not only a person’s disease–it affects the family and community too. In our country, where the widespread manufacture, trafficking, and selling of meth, or shabu, is common throughout cities and provinces, coming across a meth addict is inevitable.

A meth addict can be anyone. After all, addiction doesn’t choose its victim. Regardless of age, background, income, job, or educational attainment, anyone can be addicted, especially when it comes to meth. Read More

Is Your Teen Using? How to Spot Drug Paraphernalia

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Drug paraphernalia is easy to spot if you know where to look. For parents of kids or partners of adults who are abusing drugs, it’s important to know how to spot drug paraphernalia and know for sure if your loved ones need professional drug addiction treatment.

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Addiction Codependency: The Wolf You Feed

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Addiction codependency is not as talked about much as addiction itself. However, the two do together and are involved in a mutually destructive cycle as both the addicts and the codependents develop maladaptive coping strategies.

When it comes to family, marriage, and relationships, part of it all is love, devotion, working through obstacles and sharing burdens together. However, when it comes to addiction codependency, sharing the burden of addiction can do more harm than good. Read More