A Toxic Brew: 13 Common Personality Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Growing up in a home where there is an alcoholic in the family can be riddled with dysfunction. If you’re one of those who grew up with an alcoholic or an addict in your family, then you probably know how it is. In this kind of environment, especially when one or both parents are addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol, you may remember uncertainty in your childhood. That feeling of not knowing what to expect the next day. All you know is that it’s always going to be unpredictable. There’s fighting, arguments, violence, chaos, disappointment, shame, anger, resentment, confusion, and so many more. Read More

Addiction Versus Dependence: What’s the Difference?

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People may interchange substance addiction and substance dependence. After all, it’s easy to confuse the two terms. Depending on which organization or specialist you’re talking to, some may have the same definition, some may have different ones, and some may even not use either terms altogether. Take for example the scientific community, which prefers the term “substance use disorder.”

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Meth Overdose: What You Should Know

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Meth, or locally known as shabu, comes in many different forms such as a white powder, small crystals, or even a pill. It may be ingested, injected, or smoked. However it is introduced into the system, it can’t be denied that meth is highly addictive and have a bevy of negative physical side effects. One of these is overdose. Read More

Alcohol and Liver Damage: Red Flags to Watch Out For

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When the bartender asks, “What’s your poison?” he’s not kidding.

Alcohol is one of the most addictive yet one of the most dangerous legal drugs today. Problem drinking and alcoholism, in particular, run the risk of damaging the liver irreparably. The tricky part is, the damage inside you may not be that visible on the outside–until the problem is already serious. Read More

There’s a Meth Addict in the Family: What You Can Do to Help

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Meth addiction can turn loving and devoted family members into unpredictable strangers. This can make their families feel helpless and desperate. Aside from the mood swings and financial troubles, there could also be the health and legal obstacles that their family members have to deal with as the meth addict does things they really wouldn’t normally do were they sober. Read More

Can You Forgive Your Father for His Addiction?

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“Fatherhood” may not mean the same for all families. For some, the concept of fatherhood may bring up happy and warm memories of growing up with a person they look up to. However, for those who grew up in a household where a parent, particularly a father, has an addiction, the case might be a whole lot different.  Read More

Recognize It: The 5 Stages of Alcoholism

5 Stages of Alcoholism

Many people struggle with different stages of alcohol use disorders. Most of them, unfortunately, may not even be aware of it. Their casual, social drinking may progress towards alcohol addiction without them even knowing. This is partly because of a lack of information, alcoholism misconceptions, as well as denial on the part of the drinker. Read More

Self-Harm and Addiction: What You Need to Know

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People who self-harm often use self-mutilation to deal with overwhelming emotions such as anger, self-loathing, grief, frustration, anxiety, and depression. It’s common to lump self-harm with suicidal behavior, but they are not the same and should be considered, and treated, differently.

What is self-harm?

Self-harm is when a individuals intentionally and deliberately hurt themselves as a form of outlet or release from a buildup of emotions. Suicide, on the other hand, is when individuals often intend to end the pain with death. Read More

How Parents Can Talk to Their Depressed Teen

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These days, especially with social media, many teens profess to being depressed. Perhaps there are those who are actually clinically depressed, and as parents, this can be difficult to detect and even address. In fact, due to many teens posting about their so-called depression, it may be hard to distinguish the seed from the chaff, so to speak.

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7 Facts You Should Know About Cocaine

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Cocaine is one of the most widely abused drugs all over the world. Known as coke or blow, this is an illicit stimulant drug derived from the leaves of coca plants. Read More