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An Addicted Loved One–Do You Need to Save Yourself?

An Addicted Loved One--Do You Need to Save Yourself? Do you have an addicted loved one? If you do, you are in distress and have likely been for a long while. It is impossible to love someone who is addicted without struggling sometimes yourself. The illness of addiction wouldn't have it any other way. It [...]

By | March 11th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on An Addicted Loved One–Do You Need to Save Yourself?

The Causes of Addiction–How the Illness Develops

The Causes of Addiction--How the Illness Develops The causes of addiction in any individual life can have many origins. Granted, there are biological reasons for an addictive illness to unfold and these are common to everyone. However, there are also various psychological reasons that set the stage for an addiction to develop. Issues of Self-Medication [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on The Causes of Addiction–How the Illness Develops

The Enabling Role–Getting and Giving Much Needed Help

The Enabling Role--Getting and Giving Much Needed Help The enabling role is a tough one. It is also a significant one in the life of a person with an addiction, the family that lives with addiction, and the life of the enabler, too.  In the grand scheme of things, it is a role assumed in [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Blog, Codependecy|Comments Off on The Enabling Role–Getting and Giving Much Needed Help

The Spiritual Gift of Addiction–Seeing the Illness from Recovery

The Spiritual Gift of Addiction—Seeing the Illness from Recovery Viewing addiction as a spiritual gift is common among those in recovery who participate in 12 Step programs like AA or NA (Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous). Of course, when we or a loved one are in the midst of active addiction, none of us can [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Blog, Faith Based Treatment|Comments Off on The Spiritual Gift of Addiction–Seeing the Illness from Recovery

The Rewards of Addiction–Short-Lived but Powerful

The Rewards of Addiction—Short-Lived but Powerful The rewards of addiction exist, or we wouldn’t begin our use of addictive substances in the first place. Some of us feel fortunate that we can progress in the illness without fast negative consequences. For example, one may have a high tolerance for great amounts of alcohol and feel [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on The Rewards of Addiction–Short-Lived but Powerful

Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes Are you addicted? Is a loved one? If you are living with your own addiction or that of someone you love, you don’t have to be reminded of the struggle and pain involved. You know it all too well. What you may not know right now, is what the [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Addicted? Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

Overcoming Self-Defeating Thoughts and Behavior—Making Recovery a Reality

Overcoming Self-Defeating Thoughts and Behavior—Making Recovery a Reality Self-defeating thoughts and behaviors are hallmarks of addiction, and so some cannot be helped without help. For example, when the brain and body become substance dependent, they ‘insist’ upon a steady supply of the addictive substance. Cravings are biologically based at that point, and compulsive use is [...]

By | February 25th, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Overcoming Self-Defeating Thoughts and Behavior—Making Recovery a Reality

Loss and Grief–the Costs of Addiction

Grief Reactions--the Costs of Addiction Grief reactions are some of the most painful experiences we can have. And, losses can be far more wide-ranging and complex than we typically think. So can grief. An addictive illness is a deep and fertile ground for losses of all sorts, as well as for complicated and prolonged grief [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on Loss and Grief–the Costs of Addiction

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, you join the ranks of countless people with active addictions. This is how many have described their situations just prior to seeking help. And, it is the condition cited often when people with addictions are asked [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

An Addictive Illness–Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not

An Addictive Illness--Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not An addictive illness is no small experience. And, it doesn’t matter short your bout with one is. It is still going to be a serious challenge and a very memorable life event. It can be prevented. An addiction is a powerful illness, and anyone who [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on An Addictive Illness–Accepting It and Dealing with It, or Not