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?

Ways to Motivate a Loved One With Addiction to Attend Rehab

Ways to Motivate a Loved One With Addiction to Attend Rehab Remember the story of the lion who was walking and got a thorn stuck in its paw?  It hurt the lion terribly and found himself jumping around and frightening others. He tried to pull that thorn out on his own, but couldn’t. Those that [...]

By | March 10th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Ways to Motivate a Loved One With Addiction to Attend Rehab

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

Most Common Reasons People Refuse Alcohol Treatment

Most Common Reasons People Refuse Alcohol Treatment There’s no doubt there are a lot of alcohol abuse going on around the world.  You can walk into many establishments these days and see men, women, and young adults drinking way more than they should. There’s also many who drink at home, oftentimes silently. They may have [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|Alcoholism, Blog|Comments Off on Most Common Reasons People Refuse Alcohol Treatment

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

Can Spirituality Help You Recover From Addiction?

Can Spirituality Help You Recover From Addiction? When you’ve spent years and years in active addiction, chances are you have been through a lot. Maybe you’ve lost some things that meant something to you, like a job, lover, friends, money, and more. Whether your drug of choice is alcohol, pain pills, cocaine, meth, or something [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on Can Spirituality Help You Recover From Addiction?

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 [...]

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25 Tips For A Recovering Addict to Have a Happy Life

25 Tips For a Recovering Addict to Have a Happy Life If you or a loved one is a recovering addict, chances are you have your concerns as to whether he/she will be able to stay on the road of recovery. Rest assured such feelings are normal.  After all, recovery is a learned process and [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Blog, Recovery|Comments Off on 25 Tips For A Recovering Addict to Have a Happy Life

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

A Personal Note – Will Your Other Kids Become Addicts, Too?

A Personal Note – Will Your Other Kids Become Addicts, Too?   I dropped the ball last week, but this week for a personal note, I want to talk about my biggest question in life these days. Will my other kids become addicts, too? Am I at risk of living this nightmare again and again? [...]

By | March 3rd, 2018|A Personal Note, Blog|Comments Off on A Personal Note – Will Your Other Kids Become Addicts, Too?