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Healing the Family After Addiction

  Healing the Family After Addiction Healing the family damage of addiction can feel overwhelming to everyone. Each loved one will have suffered from active addiction with their own particular struggles and emotional pain. And, no two family members will have had the same reactions although they shared many situations and events. Each Family Member [...]

By | January 14th, 2018|Blog, Rebuilding Families and Addiction Recovery|Comments Off on Healing the Family After Addiction

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness

Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness A Substance Disorder is an illness—what we commonly call substance abuse or addiction. It is diagnosable by a standard list of symptoms medically, and its ‘remission’, or recovery from it, is diagnosed by the absence of those symptoms. A Substance Disorder (or more accurately, a Substance Use [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Inside a Substance Disorder—the Mechanics of the Illness

Recovery Efforts and Your Choice to Overcome Addiction

  Recovery Efforts and Your Choice to Overcome Addiction Recovery efforts sometimes fail, and there can be several reasons. A significant one is that you just aren’t onboard. Sometimes people go through the motions, putting their bodies in the right place, but leaving their hearts and wills out of it. Lots of times this is [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on Recovery Efforts and Your Choice to Overcome Addiction

A Solid Recovery Plan—Overcoming Your Addiction

  A Solid Recovery Plan—Overcoming Your Addiction A solid recovery plan can help you finally overcome your addiction. It’s not an easy process, of course, but with a good plan, the right help and commitment, you can turn things around. You can regain your physical and mental health, and begin to build a happy and [...]

By | January 8th, 2018|Blog, Overcoming Addiction|Comments Off on A Solid Recovery Plan—Overcoming Your Addiction

Aspects of Denial–the Many Faces of Addiction’s Core Symptom

Aspects of Denial--the Many Faces of Addiction's Core Symptom Aspects of denial ripple through an addicted person's life in various forms and some are well-disguised enough to be overlooked. Denial is a core characteristic of any addictive process, and in the most severe forms of an illness can be quite diverse in the way it [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Aspects of Denial–the Many Faces of Addiction’s Core Symptom

Addicted Thinking–The Impact of Addiction on Thoughts and Beliefs

Addicted Thinking--The Impact of Addiction on Thoughts and Beliefs Addicted thinking involves the thought patterns and thought habits that are common during an addictive process. Often these are present before addiction begins, and are part of what makes a person vulnerable to abuse substances, but many develop them within the course of addiction. They also [...]

By | January 6th, 2018|Blog, Thinking Distortions|Comments Off on Addicted Thinking–The Impact of Addiction on Thoughts and Beliefs

Relationships in Addiction, and Recovery

Relationships in Addiction, and Recovery Relationships in addiction and recovery are common issues that everyone has to address in the process of getting better. Our active addiction affects relationships across a wide range. And, really, no matter what the interactions we have with other people during active addiction, there is some degree of difficulty. Of [...]

By | January 5th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Relationships in Addiction, and Recovery

Consequences of Addiction—the Negative Impact of Substance Abuse

Consequences of Addiction—the Negative Impact of Substance Abuse The consequences of addiction are pervasive if substance abuse continues long enough. Eventually, there is no realm of our lives exempt from its negative impact. Typically, the consequences begin slowly and accumulate over time as a Substance Use Disorder progresses from mild to moderate and eventually severe. [...]

By | January 1st, 2018|Addiction, Blog|Comments Off on Consequences of Addiction—the Negative Impact of Substance Abuse

Addiction in the Family–Families in Crisis

Addiction in the Family--Families in Crisis Whenever there is an addiction in the family, that family is in crisis. And, many families live in addiction-related crisis for many years. The stress and strain on all family members are chronic and severe when they live in the same home with an addicted loved one. Also, when [...]

By | January 1st, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Addiction in the Family–Families in Crisis

Healing from Codependency–When You Love Someone with an Addiction

Healing from Codependency--When You Love Someone with an Addiction Healing from codependency is a tall order sometimes, particularly if you are living with an addicted loved one, or are still in a close relationship. And, though we sometimes artificially divide the world into addicts on one side and codependents on the other, this is not [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Healing from Codependency–When You Love Someone with an Addiction