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
Should you tell on your friend’s addiction? Where do you draw the line between concern and meddling? Find out below.
Substance abuse can easily turn into substance addiction. In fact, there’s a thin line that separates the two, making it hard to recognize, especially on someone you know and care about, like a friend. A friend’s addiction can also be hard to face. There may be times when you wonder if you should mention about your friend’s addiction or just keep mum about it.
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
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
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
Drinking, especially excessively, in cases of alcoholism or alcohol addiction, can have major drawbacks–and it can damage relationships in ways that you may never be able to repair.
For many people, alcohol is a seemingly harmless reason to unwind and celebrate. In fact, it’s part of many cultures all over the world. People drink alcohol such as beer, wine, champagne, cognac, and all sorts of liquors for many reasons. Some do it for fun, socialization, relaxing, escape, get sleeps, and even to relieve symptoms such as stress. 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
These days, more and more people are turning to Ecstasy as their drug of choice, especially among younger people. This is because it helps enhance their experiences during parties, concerts, and music festivals. There are also those that give them a boost of energy, confidence, and alertness, as well as trigger hallucinations. Read More
Teen substance abuse is not uncommon. However, it is still a serious issue that parents and society has to take a look at and take action. And as always, it starts in the home. Here are tips for parents on how they can address teen substance abuse in their children. Read More