10 Common Traits of Adults Who Grew Up with Alcoholic Parents

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Alcoholism, along with other forms of addiction such as drug addiction and behavioral addiction, are considered a family disease. This is because the condition not only affects the individual but also everyone else in the family.

A family that has one alcoholic, even one or two alcoholic parents, is dysfunctional. Family life is erratic and everyday is a struggle for some semblance of balance, order, and normalcy. Alcoholic parents may even tend to be abusive of their children and other family members. This abuse is not necessarily physical, but also psychological and emotional. Neglect may also be another issue with alcoholic parents.  Read More

How to Enjoy Christmas Parties without Alcohol

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It’s that time of the year again and you probably have invitations to Christmas parties left and right. However, Christmas parties also mean there will be alcohol–and loads of it. So if you’re in recovery or trying to be sober, here are ways you can say “No” to alcohol while still enjoying your Christmas party.

If you haven’t touched a drink in your life, then it’s easy for you to say “No” to alcohol. However, if you’ve been a party animal before, always drinking, or known by your friends for being the drunken life of the party, then declining alcohol may not be such a simple thing. Read More

5 Ways Your Drug Addiction Affects Your Kids

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Addiction is not just a disease of one single person–the addict. No. It is a disease that affects society, specifically its primary unit, the family. And when parents are addicted to drugs, alcohol or behaviors such as gambling, the most impacted are the kids. Read More

3 Dangerous Things Children Learn from Living with Addicted Parents

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Children of addicted parents are at a higher risk of becoming addicted as well later on in life. Let’s take a peek into how children with addicted parents learn life differently compared to those children whose parents aren’t abusing drugs or alcohol.

In a household where adults are supposed to take care of the children, things can get pretty messy and dysfunctional when parents are addicted. The family dynamic becomes skewed as children learn a life different from those children whose parents are not involved in drug or alcohol addiction. Read More

Are Your Parents Addicted to Drugs? Here’s Some Coping Tips

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Do you have parents addicted to drugs? How do you cope? Having parents addicted to narcotic substances can be very challenging, even jarring. However, there are ways to cope. Read on to get to know some tips.

Since we are children up until we are all full grown, everything that we do–how we behave and what we believe in–are deeply influenced by the people who raised us, our parents. Your parents play a crucial role in your upbringing. And aside from imparting to you your physical characteristics, your parents also have something to do, whether indirectly or not, with your gestures, characteristics, values, behavior, and habits. Read More

Tips for Parents with Children in Drug Rehab

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Finding out that your teenage son or daughter is addicted to drugs is devastatingly heartbreaking. Seeing their children deteriorate right before their eyes is something that hurts them as well. And for some, the decision to put their children in a drug rehab facility is equally difficult.

Aside from the heartbreak, disappointment, shame, and anger of finding out your children is addicted to drugs, deciding to put them into rehab has its share of challenges as well. There’s the decision to put your children in the hands of other people, professionals but still practically strangers. There’s also the issue of stopping school, friends and family finding out, and of course the costs. Add these to the uncertainty of what lies ahead once their children gets into the drug rehab.

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How the Internet Affects Students Performance and Behavior

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Now that it’s the start of a new school year, let’s take a look at how the Internet affects students in terms of academic performance and behavior.

Today, almost everyone is connected to the internet. Even children can be found engrossed in their own tablets and students nowadays have their own cellphones. So it’s no wonder why the Internet have immensely woven itself in the lives of people, relying on the ‘net for many things such as socialization, study, entertainment, and current events.

For students, spending a lot of time on the Internet can do more harm than good. The internet really affects students both negatively and positively. While the internet can be a reliable resource to help them with homework and school project, things can easily turn downhill when time on the internet overtakes time for study and school.

Let’s take a look at how the internet affects students negatively: Read More

A Guide for Children with Addicted Parents

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Living with addicted parents can be overwhelming for a child. Growing up in such a household can be chaos and uncertainty day in and day out. The people that they look up to can let them down, the people supposed to care for them may end up hurting them. Are you a child of addicted parents? Here’s what you can do.

A lot of what you are today, you owe to your parents. Good or bad, the person you are today has been, in one way or another, affected by your parents, as well as the people who raised you. Your values, disposition, beliefs, attitudes, characteristics, and opinions are shaped by how you were reared by your parents–even if these parents are addicted to substances such as drugs or alcohol. Read More

What It’s Like Growing Up With an Addicted Parent

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Even the best parents can make mistakes. However, there may probably be no best parent, only parents who do their best given their circumstances. However, everything completely changes when you have an addicted parent.

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Dealing with a Mother with Substance Use Disorder

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Life can be very difficult when you live with a mother who has substance use disorder or addiction. This is true especially if you’re a teen or even younger. You’ll find out that soon, it’s not the mother that’s taking care of her child–but it’s the other way around.

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