Choosing Drugs Over Loved Ones

Choosing Drugs Over Loved Ones

When your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, maintaining a relationship is nearly impossible. Addiction is very complex, and people who struggle with addiction focus only getting their next high. Drugs or alcohol takes priority over all responsibilities,

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Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Tips for Safely Quitting Alcohol and Staying Sober

Excessive alcohol use can lead to harmful mental and physical changes in your body. Over time, the alcohol takes control of your brain’s normal functions and creates a physical dependency. When you drink alcohol, neurotransmitters release dopamine, which is why

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Children of Parents Who Struggle with Addiction

Children of Parents Who Struggle with Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction affects a person’s mental and physical health, finances, job productivity, and relationships. Loved ones suffer the consequences of drug and alcohol addiction. Children of parents with an addiction experience a wide range of emotions such as

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Consequences of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Consequences of Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

Blackouts were once associated with alcoholism but also occur when a person drinks a lot of alcohol too fast. High levels of alcohol impair the part of the brain that forms new memories. A blackout is characterized by amnesia during

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Benefits of Holistic Treatment

Benefits of Holistic Treatment

Addiction affects all areas of a person’s life. Drug and alcohol abuse is harmful to physical and mental health. Most addictions stem from underlying mental health problems. Addiction destroys relationships with loved ones and interferes with daily responsibilities. It leads

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Coping with Emotions When Treatment Ends

Coping with Emotions When Treatment Ends

Drug and alcohol use covers up a person’s feelings. People who struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction often start using to cope with emotions and feelings such as stress, anxiety, or depression. After using drugs or alcohol for a

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Addiction Relapse is Not a Sign of Failure

Addiction Relapse is Not a Sign of Failure

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process and treatment for addiction varies for each individual. Treatment programs teach clients how to focus on healthy, sober activities as a way to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, or PTSD. The coping mechanisms

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Helping a Loved One with an Addiction to Alcohol

Helping a Loved One with an Addiction to Alcohol

When a person drinks excessive amounts of alcohol despite the negative consequences, he or she has a drinking problem. A person with a drinking problem cannot control how much they drink and continues to drink after having too much. This

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Characteristics of Addictive Behavior

Characteristics of Addictive Behavior

A person who repeats a behavior and is unable to stop despite negative consequences shows the characteristics of addictive behavior. When a person is hungry, he or she eats until they are full. If the person continues to eat they

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