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
“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
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.
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
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
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
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
Toxic relationship–you may be in one because you think that what is happening with you and with your partner is just normal. Guess what–it’s not. Here are 10 toxic relationship signs to look out for.
Relationships are hard work. They can be rewarding, but it takes two people who are willing to make things work. However, relationships are never how they are portrayed on television or in the movies. Read More
Have you encountered toxic people lately? How did you deal with them?
Life is full of challenges, and you actually don’t need other people to make it harder for you. However, difficult people are unavoidable–you come across them every once in a while. And they can really be a handful. You’ll end up trounced, pounced, and utterly exhausted, physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why they’re called toxic people after all. Read More