A Family Disease–Addiction and Its Ripple Effect

A Family Disease--Addiction and Its Ripple Effect Addiction truly is a family disease.  When a loved one is addicted, the household loses its routine and sense of safety. The family lives with abnormal and prolonged, relentless stress. Unexpected, disruptive and even traumatic things happen, affecting everyone. Even when things are OK, there is the expectation [...]

By | February 14th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on A Family Disease–Addiction and Its Ripple Effect

When Your Husband Is an Angry Alcoholic

When Your Husband Is an Angry Alcoholic If your husband is a drinker and you’re noticing him getting angrier the more he drinks, you may have some questions. Is he becoming an alcoholic? Is he an angry alcoholic? Does he need help? Am I safe? These are important questions, so let’s take a look at [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on When Your Husband Is an Angry Alcoholic

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

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 [...]

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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

The Emotional Pain of Addiction–a Shared Experience

The Emotional Pain of Addiction--a Shared Experience The emotional pain of addiction is a shared experience. The addicted person is profoundly impacted, of course, by despair, but loved ones are as well. And, despair is not the least of the pain caused by someone's addiction. An Avalanche of Emotions Needless to say, an active addiction [...]

By | December 28th, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on The Emotional Pain of Addiction–a Shared Experience

Coping With a Loved One’s Addiction Over the Holidays – You Can Get Through It

Coping With a Loved One’s Addiction Over the Holidays – You Can Get Through It   Coping with a loved one’s addiction is never easy, but for many, the holidays are an even tougher time than usual to have to be dealing with this situation. Unfortunately, addiction is not an easy thing to deal with. [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Coping With a Loved One’s Addiction Over the Holidays – You Can Get Through It

A Personal Note – From the Mother of an Addict to Other Parents of Addicts

A Personal Note – From the Mother of an Addict to Other Parents of Addicts   I don’t usually write personal notes in my Elite Rehab Placement blog posts. I try to keep things compassionate, concerned, and positive. I try to share information, but most of the time, I don’t talk about my experience with [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on A Personal Note – From the Mother of an Addict to Other Parents of Addicts

Can Changing the Language of Addiction Change Recovery?

Can Changing the Language of Addiction Change Recovery?   The language of addiction tends to be pretty degrading. It’s often attached with such a stigma, and new research shows that we might actually be doing our addicted loved ones more harm than good by using this type of language. The thing is, many people just [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Can Changing the Language of Addiction Change Recovery?

Top Signs Your Partner Has a Substance Abuse Problem

Top Signs Your Partner Has a Substance Abuse Problem   There are signs your partner has a substance abuse problem that you might be missing. Nobody wants to have to admit that their loved one has a problem with drugs, but sometimes it happens. By not acknowledging the issue, you might be doing more to [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Blog, Living with an Addict|Comments Off on Top Signs Your Partner Has a Substance Abuse Problem