Unpacking the Reality of Opioid Abuse and Recovery

Unpacking the Reality of Opioid Abuse and Recovery

No one who struggles with substance abuse sets out to become dependent on drugs. Substance dependence tends to happen slowly over time, often before someone realizes what is happening. Despite what the stigmatized narrative may have you believe, there is no one picture of what substance abuse looks like. Drug addiction can affect anyone.  This is especially …

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Handling the Holidays When a Loved One Battles Addiction

Handling the Holidays When a Loved One Battles Addiction

The weather is taking a turn as you flip your calendar over to November. It seems the year has flown by once again and the holidays are fast approaching. Holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve mean a fun, relaxing time for many. Coming together with friends and family to celebrate the …

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Why You Need to Pre-Plan Treatment Programs For Your Loved One

Think about all the things you plan for in life. If you’re like most people, you make arrangements for important things weeks, months, or even years ahead of time. Consider a family trip, for example. Most people don’t decide to take a vacation on a whim. There’s lots of preparation that goes into a trip if you want it to go as smoothly as possible.

You’d never dream of putting off the planning for something as extensive as a family vacation until the last minute. You don’t wait to book your flights and hotel rooms the week before you leave. If you did wait that long, there probably wouldn’t be any more accommodations available. Instead, you make reservations far in advance to ensure there’s enough space for you and your family.

Setting Limits Effectively: “No” is a Complete Sentence

How many times have you backtracked on something that was originally a hard “no”?

The idea that “no” is a complete sentence sounds great in theory but is nearly impossible to put into practice for many people. All healthy relationships are founded on the ability to set limits and maintain healthy boundaries. When you can’t stick to these limits and regularly let people overstep your boundaries, though, it leaves you feeling out of control.

How to Talk About Recovery With Your Loved One

When you watch a loved one struggle with substance abuse, all you want to do is help. It’s heartbreaking to see them trapped in the stop-and-start-again cycle, or maybe trying to quit in the first place. Many people who are clean and sober today credit their time in addiction treatment as the catalyst for change in their life. But do you know how to talk about treatment with your loved one?

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