Addiction & Relationships

Really Naked: How intimacy changes when you get sober

October 5th, 2018|

It does not come as much of a surprise that recovering addicts are often faced with the added challenge of recovering their relationships, particularly during the early stages of recovery. Reinvigorating and learning to grow healthy levels of intimacy is an integral part of addiction recovery. Since substance abuse (like alcoholism and drug addiction) are often associated with secrecy, isolation, and social distancing, recovering alcoholics and addicts often start from ground zero when it comes to rebuilding the most important relationships in their lives. Intimacy, in this way, does not simply mean sexual or

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see live beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work takes them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects?

August 20th, 2018|

Cocaine use has a detrimental effect on your brain. It is associated with many of the same risks and side effects as other addictive drugs. Some people believe that cocaine can be used casually and without any long-term adverse effects. Cocaine and Your Brain: What are the Risks and Side Effects? Let us take a moment to dispel that myth: cocaine is dangerous, and the immediate pleasure it produces is certainly not worth the impact it can have on your brain and body. In fact, cocaine affects the chemical reactions of the brain, making

The Link Between Anger and Alcoholism

August 5th, 2018|

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” ~Buddha The Link Between Anger and Alcoholism Feeling anger is part of being human. It’s an integral (and sometimes necessary) human emotion. From toddlers to old men, everyone experiences anger from time to time. But taken too far, anger can make existing addictions worse - and even become a drug of its own. Anger can often turn into a coping mechanism. It can be used to avoid other issues, emotions and experiences - like the abuse of alcohol. The

David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol

July 22nd, 2018|

DISCLAIMER: David Cassidy lived a life largely in the public eye, and his struggles with alcoholism—the disease that ultimately killed him—are well-documented. This an attempt to provide context to that battle and hopefully, help someone who might currently be facing comparable problems. David Cassidy: Drinking, Not Dementia, Killed 1970’s Idol For a generation of people “of a certain age” David Cassidy will always be the youthful singer who represented another era on the television program, The Partridge Family. That show catapulted him to “teen idol” status and launched a performing career that lasted almost

The Benefits of Group Therapy During Addiction Recovery

July 5th, 2018|

When a person is seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder such as alcoholism or addiction to illicit or prescription drugs, there are a number of treatment options that, when used in combination, can prove particularly effective. One of the “tried and true” tools that a professional addiction counselor uses to help people struggling with addictive disorders is group therapy. The Benefits of Group Therapy During Addiction Recovery An addiction recovery group can be a valuable tool to help a person maintain sobriety in the early days of treatment and for the long term.

Addictive Personality: Can You Really Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

June 14th, 2018|

“Addictive personality is not an actual psychiatric diagnosis. Personalities are very complex, and while there’s not one specific type that’s more prone to addiction than others, there are several factors that can combine to make you more likely to become addicted.” ~  Dr. Michael Weaver, MD, Medical Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The term “addictive personality” gets thrown around a lot –usually as a half-joking excuse from someone who overindulges in a relatively harmless behavior – binge-watching shows on Netflix or staying up late

Brett Favre: Addiction, Relapse, and Recovery

June 2nd, 2018|

If you are a football fan, you are probably somewhat familiar with the story of NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre and how he battled an addiction to Vicodin in 1996. Today, it is the stuff of sports legend—how he overcame his issues, won both the Most Valuable Player award and The Game of Games, and went on to have one of the longest and most celebrated pro football careers in history. But as is usually the case with problematic substance abuse, there is much more to the story. In fact, Favre’s issues with

How To Stop Enabling Addiction And Start Enabling Recovery

March 4th, 2018|

Well-Meaning Friends And Family Members Can Mistake Help For Enabling If you have a relationship with someone who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it can be easy to get caught in the trap of enabling, which leads to codependency. When you see someone you care about struggling with a substance abuse problem, your first instinct is to want to help and offer support. However; this “help” and well-meaning “support” can actually have a reverse effect on the situation and make things worse. To put it another way, the Substance Abuse And Mental

Nine Steps Family Members Can Take Right Away To Help An Addicted Loved One

February 22nd, 2018|

If Someone You Care About Has An Addiction Problem, You Should Take Immediate Action If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, there are certain steps you can take to help the person you care about. These steps should be taken right away. It is important to remember that addiction is a life-threatening condition that can result in premature death. If someone you care about has a substance abuse problem, you should take action immediately. Every minute counts. Having an addict in your life can be a stressful and confusing time.