Alcoholism often reaches far beyond the individual alcoholic, reaching out to affect everyone around them – including an adult child of an alcoholic many years later. From emotional repression to problems with intimacy, alcoholism in a parent can impact a child for years, and even decades, to come. This post examines the way that alcoholism
“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.” ~ Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye Addiction and
Nearly everyone loves a little bit of adrenaline – but how can you tell when adrenaline-seeking behaviors are turning you into an adrenaline junkie? Horror movies and amusement park rides are designed primarily to get that rush of adrenaline, but there are many other and more damaging behaviors that also produce adrenaline, to the
Whether it is a parent, a child, a spouse or an extended family member who struggles with addiction, there is no question that addiction directly affects the family unit. Anyone who has struggled with addiction themsleves or had a loved one with an addiction problem would likely agree that addiction does not exist in a
“I had someone at the Houston police station shoot me with heroin so I could do a story about it. The experience was a special kind of hell. I came out understanding full well how one could be addicted to ‘smack,’ and quickly.” ~ Dan Rather Nearly everyone is familiar with the dangers of heroin
Alcoholism and alcohol abuse present myriad of social, psychological and physical problems, particularly for so-called high functioning alcoholics. More than any other drug, alcohol presents a unique dilemma to those who drink it. In other words, it can sometimes be difficult to clearly see whether or not the line from moderate drinking to problem drinking
He’s halfway sick and halfway stoned. He’d sure like to kick, but he’s too far gone. So they wind him down with methadone. ~ James Taylor, “A Junkie’s Lament” Methadone treatment for heroin and opioid addiction recovery has become increasingly popularized since it was first introduced as a treatment option around half a century ago.
“I’ve had the time to go through all the life phases with my parents, from being a bratty teenager, pushing them away, to saying later on, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe what you did for me – thank you. I love you so much.’” ~ Marcia Cross In this post, we turn to the