Monthly Archives: May 2017

What It’s Like to Be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

May 28th, 2017|

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. What It’s Like to Be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic This post examines the way that alcoholism in a parent affects adult children of alcoholics, as well as how individuals who have been affected by alcoholism from an early age can choose to move forward

What You Can Do When Addiction Runs in Your Family

May 24th, 2017|

“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 alcoholism usually affect those in the closest proximity to the person struggling with the mental disorder, and this is particularly true when addiction runs in the family. When a child has an alcoholic parent or close family member, it creates

Adrenaline Junkie? 3 Signs That Your Adrenaline Seeking Behaviors Are Wreaking Havoc

May 20th, 2017|

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 detriment of both the person experiencing the adrenaline and the people around them. Adrenaline is a chemical response in the brain, which means that it can result from a wide range of activities and types of stimulation. When people think

How Addiction Affects the Family Unit

May 16th, 2017|

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 vacuum; instead, it directly impacts the entire family. When addiction to alcohol or drugs is a factor in family life, it introduces a new level of stress and disunity to the family. A parent with an addiction affects the entire

Is There a Heroin Epidemic in Idaho?

May 12th, 2017|

“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 – but the heroin epidemic in Idaho goes far beyond typical expectations and stereotypes of the opioid drug. Depicted on the television screen as a highly addictive black substance found in seedy motels and back alleys, the opioid drug is

Six Signs That You Are a High Functioning Alcoholic

May 8th, 2017|

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 has been crossed. Problem drinking can become increasingly severe, giving way to an alcohol use disorder (AUD) as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: “Approximately 7.2 percent or 17 million adults in the

Methadone Treatment: The Good, Bad and The Ugly

May 4th, 2017|

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: The Good, Bad and The Ugly 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. Many people on the path to recovery use methadone around the country to help manage the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug rehab and addiction treatment. There is one clear benefit to

What Being Addicted to Triple C Means for Your Life

May 1st, 2017|

“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 question of what being addicted to Triple C means for your life or the life of your loved ones. At this point you may be wondering what Triple C even is, or whether it is even a drug. This is