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.

Is Jail or Prison Ever a Good Thing for an Addict?

November 17th, 2017|

It’s no secret that addiction leads down a dark path for most people, going so far as to land some in prison. Another hot-button topic that has made headlines in the past few years is prison overcrowding. There’s a very obvious link between the two. The US federal prisons are overcrowded to a dangerous degree. To put it in perspective, current figures point to as many as 1 out of every 100 Americans is currently behind bars. Of those, 50% are there for drug-related offenses. The struggle with addiction is real. It’s for that

How to Say No and Stay Strong When You’re Living with and Loving an Addict

April 14th, 2017|

“Sometimes ‘no’ is the kindest word.” ~ Vironika Tugaleva Saying no may be one of the most difficult things a person can do, so how can you say no and stay strong when you’re living with and loving an addict? For an addict, the word ‘no’ can be very inflammatory – staying strong in the face of their reaction can often be quite difficult. While there is no scientific answer to this problem, we do our best here to provide some guidance for both living with and loving an addict. Perhaps the most important thing

Phone Addiction – Why it’s a problem and why you might want to put down your cell phone

March 25th, 2017|

We’ve reached a point in today’s society that the mobile phone is quite possibly the most important item we own. It keeps us connected to our loved ones, it monitors our finances, the news, and the weather. It keeps us entertained. Cell phones are capable of doing so much in our everyday lives that we often don’t realize just how much time we spend on them. At what point do we start using our phones too much? Is it possible to be addicted to your phone? What is Internet or Phone Addiction? Typically, phone use

How to Confront an Addict in Your Life

September 7th, 2016|

"… just as CPR is often the first life-saving step in helping a heart attack victim, intervention is the most powerful step the family can take to initiate the recovery process." ~ Jeff Jay, Love First: a Family’s Guide to Intervention The best time to get help for a substance abuse disorder is absolutely always RIGHT NOW. The disease of addiction is progressive – left untreated, it ALWAYS gets worse, inflicting increasingly-more-negative consequences upon the addict/alcoholic and their family. At its ultimate manifestation, addiction is invariably fatal. The most powerfully-effective tool that family members can

5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Addicted

January 22nd, 2016|

"I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just people who are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can't change the way anybody else thinks, or when they choose to do, but I can do my bit." ~ Charles de Lint When someone you know and care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can also have a devastating effect on you. Addiction is a disease that affects the alcoholic or drug user AND everyone around them. The

What Should You Do If Your Child Is an Addict?

October 28th, 2015|

"I wanted to speak to another mother. I felt like I needed to connect with those mothers who were going through the same pain and trauma that I was going through… When it came to my children, I was willing to do anything; I was willing as a mother to do anything I could if it would possibly save them… I needed to connect with the primal emotion of a mother's love and the desperation felt when that love is put under siege by the horror of the child's addiction." ~ Barbara Theodosiou, founder of

Everything You Need to Know About An Intervention

June 29th, 2015|

All About Interventions When you have a loved one who is abusing drugs or alcohol, knowing precisely what to do to help them can be stressful and confusing. Many people in your same situation have found that a properly-conducted intervention can be a powerful tool that can help the entire family regain their sanity whether or not the suffering addict/alcoholic regains their sobriety. What exactly IS an Intervention? Interventions are conversations with a specific goal in mind. An intervention is a direct, face-to-face talk between the person abusing drugs or alcohol and their loved ones.

How Can You Convince Someone to Go to Rehab?

June 29th, 2015|

There are few things in life that make you feel more helpless than to sit back and watch a loved one destroy themselves – and everyone around them – because of a substance abuse problem. Addiction is an insatiable disease, and unless its insidious progress is arrested, it will continue to take and take and take, until the person has nothing more to give, not even their life. The vast majority of people who are suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism are completely unable to stop on their own. They need professional help –

5 Ways to Find Support When a Family Member is Addicted

June 1st, 2015|

It’s never easy to cope when one of your family members is dealing with an addiction, whether that person is addicted to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Of course, there are a host of other types of addictions that don’t include chemicals, such as technology addictions and sexual addictions. Regardless, you need help and you need a source of support. What do you do? It’s never easy to cope when one of your family members is dealing with an addiction, whether that person is addicted to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Of course,