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Loving Your Addicted Child Loving Your Addicted Child

Lessons from Laura

Today is Valentine’s Day, 2018 and the loss of my daughter Laura feels much more real because I can’t call her, tell her home much I ...

Lessons from Laura
Lessons from Laura
0 Lessons-from-Laura-Lessons-from-Laura jplist-topic-loving jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-lessons-from-laura 0 297093 297093 Today is Valentine’s Day, 2018 and the loss of my daughter Laura feels much more real because I can’t call her, tell her home much I love her, or give her that silly gift she’s used to getting from me. There is nothing more profound than the love of a mother for her child and there is no greater loss when that child is no longer with us. Valentine’s Day made me stop and reflect on the role of love plays when your child is addicted. Love can have profound implications in how you help your child manage through their disease or how you perpetuate their problem.

Loving Your Addicted Child

Lessons from Laura

Today is Valentine’s Day, 2018 and the loss of my daughter Laura feels much more real because I can’t call her, tell her home much I love her, or ...

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Lessons from Laura

You have to ask yourself what life lessons children really learn if parents step in to do the work for them, get them into schools that may ...

Parenting Tips
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1 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-consequences jplist-topic-poor-decisions jplist-topic-parenting 0 291386 291386 You have to ask yourself what life lessons children really learn if parents step in to do the work for them, get them into schools that may be over their head, or get them out of trouble.  Nowhere is this parental philosophy more destructive than when it comes to managing a child struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Children must be able to experience the natural consequences of poor decisions often driven by their pursuit of the substance and learn from those experiences. 

Experiencing the Natural Consequences of Poor Decisions

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You have to ask yourself what life lessons children really learn if parents step in to do the work for them, get them into schools that may be over ...

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Lessons from Laura

Some of the things that predict those at risk for addiction are obvious. If your family has a history of addiction, your child is ...

Parenting Tips
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2 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-signs-of-addiction jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-Troubled-kids 0 291385 291385 Some of the things that predict those at risk for addiction are obvious. If your family has a history of addiction, your child is genetically predisposed to develop the disease as they enter adolescence or young adulthood. In fact, the risk is 10-fold vs. the child with little to no family history. But what are the other “little things” that we should be paying attention to?

A Million Little Things - How to Recognize the Signs

Parenting Tips

Some of the things that predict those at risk for addiction are obvious. If your family has a history of addiction, your child is genetically ...

Motherhood Hijacked by Addiction Motherhood Hijacked by Addiction

Lessons from Laura

Mothers were born to play a supportive and nurturing role. We were built for that. But when your child begins using substances or develops ...

Parenting Tips
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Motherhood Hijacked by Addiction

Parenting Tips

Mothers were born to play a supportive and nurturing role. We were built for that. But when your child begins using substances or develops the ...

The Storm Warning - When Will Addiction Strike? The Storm Warning - When Will Addiction Strike?

Lessons from Laura

Unlike a hurricane that takes days to develop, the storm of addiction starts to develop over a span of years, not days. This storm has ...

Parenting Tips
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4 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-warning-signs jplist-topic-troubled-teen 0 291383 291383 Unlike a hurricane that takes days to develop, the storm of addiction starts to develop over a span of years, not days. This storm has some distinct warning signs that parents can heed to protect their family.

The Storm Warning - When Will Addiction Strike?

Parenting Tips

Unlike a hurricane that takes days to develop, the storm of addiction starts to develop over a span of years, not days. This storm has some distinct ...

A Tale of Two Fathers A Tale of Two Fathers

Lessons from Laura

Fatherhood is an unbelievable opportunity and a significant responsibility to mold children into intact and confident people who believe in ...

Parenting Tips
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5 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-fatherhood 0 291382 291382 Fatherhood is an unbelievable opportunity and a significant responsibility to mold children into intact and confident people who believe in themselves and are kind to others. My life is truly a tale of two fathers – one that strengthened me and inspired confidence and the other that took away the hopes and dreams of my daughter because he failed to show up.

A Tale of Two Fathers

Parenting Tips

Fatherhood is an unbelievable opportunity and a significant responsibility to mold children into intact and confident people who believe in ...

Easter Eggs - Look for the Hidden Clues Easter Eggs - Look for the Hidden Clues

Lessons from Laura

Some signs of drug use are quite obvious: needle marks in the arm, drug paraphernalia found in the room, and dramatic changes in ...

Parenting Tips
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Easter Eggs - Look for the Hidden Clues

Parenting Tips

Some signs of drug use are quite obvious: needle marks in the arm, drug paraphernalia found in the room, and dramatic changes in appearance. But ...

The Parent Trap The Parent Trap

Lessons from Laura

If you have a friend or family member struggling to save one of their children from the ravages of addiction, it is not useful for you to ...

Parenting Tips
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7 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-judgment 0 291380 291380 If you have a friend or family member struggling to save one of their children from the ravages of addiction, it is not useful for you to second-guess or judge how they parented. They didn’t create addiction the biology of the brain did that. It is only useful to ask that unfortunate parent what you can do to best support them. The reality is that addiction is such a pervasive problem, that your child could be the next one to be affected and facing the judgment of others will only make you feel worse.

The Parent Trap

Parenting Tips

If you have a friend or family member struggling to save one of their children from the ravages of addiction, it is not useful for you to ...

Trust But Verify Trust But Verify

Lessons from Laura

Addicts become very good at hiding the truth. Not only are they lying to you, but you must remember that they are lying to themselves about ...

Parenting Tips
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8 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-trust 0 291379 291379 Addicts become very good at hiding the truth. Not only are they lying to you, but you must remember that they are lying to themselves about their disease. After all, the truth of the disease and what they are doing to gain access to substances is sometimes too ugly for them to even admit to themselves.

Trust But Verify

Parenting Tips

Addicts become very good at hiding the truth. Not only are they lying to you, but you must remember that they are lying to themselves about their ...

Adoption and Addiction Adoption and Addiction

Lessons from Laura

Adoption comes with great joy but also can come with elevated risk caused by the unknown genetic background that may include addiction in ...

Parenting Tips
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9 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-adoption jplist-topic-parenting 0 291378 291378 Adoption comes with great joy but also can come with elevated risk caused by the unknown genetic background that may include addiction in the family. Parents of adopted children need to be especially vigilant with their adopted children watching for warning signs that they may be struggling. Early counseling is often helpful so that the adolescent can process the circumstances around their adoption in a more healthy way

Adoption and Addiction

Parenting Tips

Adoption comes with great joy but also can come with elevated risk caused by the unknown genetic background that may include addiction in the family. ...

Self Esteem and Addiction Self Esteem and Addiction

Lessons from Laura

Children or teenagers with low self-esteem are far more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. They will be more likely to bow to peer pressure ...

Parenting Tips
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10 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-self-esteem jplist-topic-parenting 0 291377 291377 Children or teenagers with low self-esteem are far more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. They will be more likely to bow to peer pressure when their friends start to experiment with these substances. They will also find the idea of escaping reality more appealing because it means getting away from who they are. The younger they are and the worse they feel about themselves will only increase the risk of addiction.

Self Esteem and Addiction

Parenting Tips

Children or teenagers with low self-esteem are far more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. They will be more likely to bow to peer pressure when their ...

Deciphering the Signals - Where There is Smoke.... Deciphering the Signals - Where There is Smoke....

Lessons from Laura

One of the prime directives we have as parents is to be observant, recognize the signs that your child may be in trouble and find ways to ...

Parenting Tips
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11 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-troubled-teen jplist-topic-parenting 0 291376 291376 One of the prime directives we have as parents is to be observant, recognize the signs that your child may be in trouble and find ways to intervene.  Where your child is concerned, where there is smoke, there is often a fire waiting to happen or already burning. Know what to look out for, then take those signs as a signal that you need to investigate, create a plan to address these issues and get corrective action.

Deciphering the Signals - Where There is Smoke....

Parenting Tips

One of the prime directives we have as parents is to be observant, recognize the signs that your child may be in trouble and find ways to intervene. ...

Loving Your Addicted Child Loving Your Addicted Child

Lessons from Laura

Could you be loving your child to death?When we love our child and we see them struggle with the ravages of addiction, our first reaction ...

Parenting Tips
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12 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-loving jplist-topic-addicted-child jplist-topic-parenting 0 291375 291375 Could you be loving your child to death?When we love our child and we see them struggle with the ravages of addiction, our first reaction is to rely on the strength of our love to fix the problem, keep them safe and return them to the person that we loved so much. Watching someone disintegrate right in front of us is an almost unbearable pain that tears at our heart.

Loving Your Addicted Child

Parenting Tips

Could you be loving your child to death?When we love our child and we see them struggle with the ravages of addiction, our first reaction is to rely ...

Having "The Talk" About Drugs Having "The Talk" About Drugs

Lessons from Laura

There are certain pivotal conversations that are uncomfortable and difficult to have with your children. The first thing that pops into ...

Parenting Tips
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13 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-drug-education jplist-topic-high-school jplist-topic-middle-school jplist-topic-elementary-school 0 291374 291374 There are certain pivotal conversations that are uncomfortable and difficult to have with your children. The first thing that pops into everyone’s mind when they hear “the talk” is sex education. However, “the talk” that I am referring to here is the talk about your position on substances and the temptation and challenges your child will face from their schoolmates and friends as they get older.

Having "The Talk" About Drugs

Parenting Tips

There are certain pivotal conversations that are uncomfortable and difficult to have with your children. The first thing that pops into everyone’s ...

The Golden Child The Golden Child

Lessons from Laura

You may think that your "golden child" could never become an addict, right? She's the cheerleader; he's the quarterback, and they make ...

Parenting Tips
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14 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-troubled-teen 0 291373 291373 You may think that your "golden child" could never become an addict, right?  She's the cheerleader; he's the quarterback, and they make great grades.  Think again.  If there is a family history of addiction, 1 in 10 children will become addicted before they leave high school.  Here are some thoughts on how to "rethink" things even when you have a "Golden Child".

The Golden Child

Parenting Tips

You may think that your "golden child" could never become an addict, right? She's the cheerleader; he's the quarterback, and they make great grades. ...

My Teenager is in Trouble My Teenager is in Trouble

Lessons from Laura

You suspect that your teenager is using drugs and you believe that he or she is in trouble. What do you do next? Here is some practical ...

Parenting Tips
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15 Parenting-Tips-Parenting-Tips jplist-topic-teenager jplist-topic-troubled-teen jplist-topic-t jplist-topic-treatment-options 0 291372 291372 You suspect that your teenager is using drugs and you believe that he or she is in trouble.  What do you do next?  Here is some practical advice to implement safety strategies while you are trying to figure out the next steps.

My Teenager is in Trouble

Parenting Tips

You suspect that your teenager is using drugs and you believe that he or she is in trouble. What do you do next? Here is some practical advice to ...

The Parent Guilt Trip The Parent Guilt Trip

Lessons from Laura

As parents, you feel guilty when you don’t think you’re doing enough, your kid doesn’t like you enough, or that you’re not giving ...

Parenting Tips
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The Parent Guilt Trip

Parenting Tips

As parents, you feel guilty when you don’t think you’re doing enough, your kid doesn’t like you enough, or that you’re not giving enough. ...

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Article from Rewire by Katie Moritz

Katie Moritz says, "If you or someone close to you is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re not alone—not even close. ...

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17 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Friend jplist-topic-Love jplist-topic-Relationship jplist-topic-Sobriety jplist-topic-Struggle 0 298853 298853 Katie Moritz says, "If you or someone close to you is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re not alone—not even close. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 21.5 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 were experiencing addiction in 2014." This article gives tips on what to do if a loved one is struggling with an addiction. 

What to Do if a Loved One is Struggling with Addiction

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Katie Moritz says, "If you or someone close to you is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you’re not alone—not even close. According to ...

What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has.. → What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has.. →

Resource Guide from National Institute on Drug Abuse

This page from NIDA is filled with resources and information to help someone you care about who might have a drug* abuse problem. This ...

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18 Resource-Guide-Resource-Guide jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Friend jplist-topic-Loved-One jplist-topic-Resource-Guide 0 319143 319143 This page from NIDA is filled with resources and information to help someone you care about who might have a drug* abuse problem. This guide gives step by step tips and questions of what to do if you think a friend or loved one has an addiction problem.

What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs

Resource Guide

This page from NIDA is filled with resources and information to help someone you care about who might have a drug* abuse problem. This guide gives ...

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Research Report from Society for Research in Child Development

From the report: "In treating opioid addiction, moving from an individual approach to a family-focused approach to treatment can have ...

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19 Research-Report-Research-Report jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Approach jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Opioids jplist-topic-Research 0 320240 320240 From the report: "In treating opioid addiction, moving from an individual approach to a family-focused approach to treatment can have lasting benefits for children and parents, and decrease health care costs." This research report discusses the new evidence that finds family-focused approaches can improve upon models that treat individuals, expanding benefits and cost efficiencies, and improving the health and development of children.

Family-Focused Approaches to Opioid Addiction Improve the Effectiveness of Treatment

Research Report

From the report: "In treating opioid addiction, moving from an individual approach to a family-focused approach to treatment can have lasting ...

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Article from Psychology Today by Beverly Engel, L.M.F.T.

In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling ...

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20 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Compassion jplist-topic-CRAFT jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Support 0 340333 340333 In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling their destructive behavior, that wanting to help a family member means we’re codependent, and the best thing for both of us is to walk away from the relationship entirely. But is this true?"Read this article to learn another way to relate to a partner or family member who struggles with an addiction.

How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted Loved One

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In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling their ...

Why Addicts Lie Even to Loved Ones Why Addicts Lie Even to Loved Ones

Article from VeryWell Mind by Elizabeth Hartney BSc., MSc., MA, PhD

According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Addicts often want to avoid confrontation because they've used their addictive behavior as a coping ...

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21 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Enabling jplist-topic-Lying 0 372890 372890 According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Addicts often want to avoid confrontation because they've used their addictive behavior as a coping strategy for so long, they often don't have other well-developed ways of dealing with the stresses of life."This article explains some of the reasons why addicts lie to loved ones, and how to address it.

Why Addicts Lie Even to Loved Ones

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According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Addicts often want to avoid confrontation because they've used their addictive behavior as a coping strategy for so ...

When Someone You Love Has an Addiction When Someone You Love Has an Addiction

Article from Hey Sigmund by Karen Young

Karen Young says, "The fallout from an addiction, for addicts and the people who love them, is devastating – the manipulations, the ...

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22 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcohol jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Friend jplist-topic-Love jplist-topic-Psychology jplist-topic-Relationship 0 298895 298895 Karen Young says, "The fallout from an addiction, for addicts and the people who love them, is devastating – the manipulations, the guilt, the destruction of relationships and the breakage of people.When addicts know they are loved by someone who is invested in them, they immediately have fuel for their addiction. Your love and your need to bring them safely through their addiction might see you giving money you can’t afford, saying yes when that yes will destroy you, lying to protect them, and having your body turn cold with fear from the midnight ring of the phone. You dread seeing them and you need to see them, all at once." This article explains what it means to love someone who is an addict, and gives tips on what you can do to support them without supporting their addiction.

When Someone You Love Has an Addiction

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Karen Young says, "The fallout from an addiction, for addicts and the people who love them, is devastating – the manipulations, the guilt, the ...

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Article from US News by Ruben Castaneda

In his article Reuben Castaneda says, "As the opioid epidemic rages across the country, some desperate parents of addicts are taking the ...

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23 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Heroin jplist-topic-opioid jplist-topic-parents 0 319147 319147 In his article Reuben Castaneda says, "As the opioid epidemic rages across the country, some desperate parents of addicts are taking the extreme step of turning their own adult or teenage child in to the police to prevent him or her from overdosing, perhaps fatally." This article discusses how some parents are getting their own children arrested as a means to protect them from opioid overdose. 

Should Parents Call the Police on Their Opioid-Addicted Kids?

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In his article Reuben Castaneda says, "As the opioid epidemic rages across the country, some desperate parents of addicts are taking the extreme step ...

Alcoholism: the Family Disease That Affects Every.. → Alcoholism: the Family Disease That Affects Every.. →

Article from Verywell Mind by Buddy T

According to Buddy T, "Alcoholism is a family disease because it affects the family as a whole and each member individually. Living with ...

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24 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcoholism jplist-topic-Disease jplist-topic-family 0 320243 320243 According to Buddy T, "Alcoholism is a family disease because it affects the family as a whole and each member individually. Living with alcohol abuse means being in an unsafe environment filled with disruptions to normal routines, the tension of strained relationships, and dishonesty." This article explains how the disease of alcoholism affects every member of a family perhaps more than the drinker. 

Alcoholism: the Family Disease That Affects Every Member

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According to Buddy T, "Alcoholism is a family disease because it affects the family as a whole and each member individually. Living with alcohol ...

9 Things We Wish We'd Known: A Letter From.. → 9 Things We Wish We'd Known: A Letter From.. →

Article from Addiction Policy Forum

"If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble because of ...

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25 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Overdose 0 341250 341250 "If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble because of alcohol or drug use, this is for you. We hope that this knowledge, painfully earned, can help you and your family."This letter to you is about the things we wish we had known — the things we’ve learned since we suffered our losses and wish we had done differently.

9 Things We Wish We'd Known: A Letter From Families Who Have Lost a Loved One to Addiction

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"If you love someone who is struggling with addiction, if you have a family member, a coworker or a friend in trouble because of alcohol or ...

What No One Tells You About Loving Someone In.. → What No One Tells You About Loving Someone In.. →

Article from HuffPost by The Mighty, Contributor by Ashton Tupper

According to Ashton Tupper "Once your partner finds recovery and commits to it, education, patience and honest communication are key. ...

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26 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Love jplist-topic-Partners jplist-topic-recovery 0 372901 372901 According to Ashton Tupper "Once your partner finds recovery and commits to it, education, patience and honest communication are key. Educate yourself on the recovery process and understand their recovery journey will and has to become, the most important thing in their life."This article includes questions about what it is like to love someone in recovery, and answers from someone who has gone through this.

What No One Tells You About Loving Someone In Recovery From Addiction

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According to Ashton Tupper "Once your partner finds recovery and commits to it, education, patience and honest communication are key. Educate ...

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Article from The Gottman Institute by Candice Rasa, LCSW

Candice Rasa says, "Managing a loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction is never easy, but those whose spouse has a substance use disorder ...

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27 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcohol jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Love jplist-topic-Partner jplist-topic-Relationship jplist-topic-Spouse 0 298898 298898 Candice Rasa says, "Managing a loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction is never easy, but those whose spouse has a substance use disorder (SUD) face an especially tough and lonely road. For one thing, the painful and often traumatic relational fallout due to an addiction is compounded by the greater likelihood of divorce, which is itself ranked as the second most stressful life event anyone can experience." This article provides three guidelines that can help you be more empathetic towards your spouse who is struggling with an addiction. 

3 Guidelines for Spouses Affected by Their Partner's Addiction

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Candice Rasa says, "Managing a loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction is never easy, but those whose spouse has a substance use disorder (SUD) face ...

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Article from Headspace by Farah Mohammed

According to Farah Mohammed, "Much advice for family and friends is centered specifically around the addict—how to avoid enabling, what ...

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28 Article-Article jplist-topic-Addict jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Self-Care jplist-topic-Tips 0 319170 319170 According to Farah Mohammed, "Much advice for family and friends is centered specifically around the addict—how to avoid enabling, what to look for in a rehab clinic, how to stage an intervention. While all valuable, this can contribute to a feeling that a loved one’s suffering isn’t as worthy of attention." This article discusses the struggle many people have caring for a loved one who is an addict, and the importance of practicing self-care to ease the burden.

Caring for an Addict Can be Tough. Here are 3 Crucial Self-Care Tips

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According to Farah Mohammed, "Much advice for family and friends is centered specifically around the addict—how to avoid enabling, what to look for ...

Siblings Also Struggle When Addiction Strikes a.. → Siblings Also Struggle When Addiction Strikes a.. →

Article from Whyy by Jen Kinney

According to Jen Kinney, "Addiction is sometimes called a family disease, so strong are the ripple effects for the parents and children of ...

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29 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Education jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Sibilings jplist-topic-Struggle 0 320246 320246 According to Jen Kinney, "Addiction is sometimes called a family disease, so strong are the ripple effects for the parents and children of people struggling with substance use disorders. Many feel they are grappling with their loved ones’ addiction alone. But the adolescent siblings of substance users may feel more alone than most." This article explains how siblings of addicts can sometimes struggle the most in their family.

Siblings Also Struggle When Addiction Strikes a Family

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According to Jen Kinney, "Addiction is sometimes called a family disease, so strong are the ripple effects for the parents and children of people ...

Talking to Someone Struggling with Addiction: A.. → Talking to Someone Struggling with Addiction: A.. →

Article from Addiction Policy Forum by Dr. Christian Conte

According to Dr. Christian Conte, "Addiction is a complex, physiological disease that impacts people’s physical, emotional, and social ...

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30 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Family-Educaiton 0 345798 345798 According to Dr. Christian Conte, "Addiction is a complex, physiological disease that impacts people’s physical, emotional, and social health. Since most people aren’t trained in how to talk to others, let alone those who are struggling in any way whatsoever, it’s especially understandable why you might be unsure how to effectively talk with someone who is struggling with addiction."The advice offered in this article is a helpful crash course on what you should know when talking to someone with addiction.

Talking to Someone Struggling with Addiction: A Crash Course

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According to Dr. Christian Conte, "Addiction is a complex, physiological disease that impacts people’s physical, emotional, and social health. ...

How Does Addiction Affect Families? How Does Addiction Affect Families?

Article from The Fix

The Fix Staff writes, "Alcohol and drug addiction can rot families from the inside. Many people never see it coming, either. Strong, ...

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31 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family 0 373300 373300 The Fix Staff writes, "Alcohol and drug addiction can rot families from the inside. Many people never see it coming, either. Strong, seemingly unbreakable bonds can suddenly (and without warning) become soft, brittle and broken."This article reviews the impact that addiction can have within families.

How Does Addiction Affect Families?

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The Fix Staff writes, "Alcohol and drug addiction can rot families from the inside. Many people never see it coming, either. Strong, seemingly ...

Effects on the Family Effects on the Family

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This article gives five scenarios in order to look at the effects on the family when someone is abusing alcohol or drugs.

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32 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcohol jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-Effects jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Love jplist-topic-Relationship 0 298901 298901 This article gives five scenarios in order to look at the effects on the family when someone is abusing alcohol or drugs. 

Effects on the Family

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This article gives five scenarios in order to look at the effects on the family when someone is abusing alcohol or drugs.

5 Ways to Cope With Addiction as a Family 5 Ways to Cope With Addiction as a Family

Article from PsychCentral by Christopher Shea

According to Christopher Shea, "More and more families are affected by addiction and are seeking ways to cope with a situation that places ...

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33 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Coping jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Support 0 320091 320091 According to Christopher Shea, "More and more families are affected by addiction and are seeking ways to cope with a situation that places any family in a crisis mode. Even the healthiest of families find their world turned upside down when needing to deal with a family member suffering from addiction." This article lists five things a family can do to cope with the crisis and upheaval in their lives caused by addiction. 

5 Ways to Cope With Addiction as a Family

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According to Christopher Shea, "More and more families are affected by addiction and are seeking ways to cope with a situation that places any family ...

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Article from SMART Recovery by Peter Gaumond, Chief, ONDCP Recovery Branch

According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge for people ...

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34 Article-Article jplist-topic-Christmas jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Friends jplist-topic-Holidays jplist-topic-recovery jplist-topic-Thanksgiving 0 337430 337430 According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge for people recovering from an addiction. Those in long-term recovery typically are adept at navigating the minefield of temptation at holiday social gatherings. But many of those in their first year of recovery, their friends, and family members wonder how best to celebrate the holidays safely, comfortably, and joyously."Read this article to learn how to help those in recovery get through the holidays.

Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Recovering Family Members and Friends

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According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge for people ...

Drug Use Hurts Families Drug Use Hurts Families

Article from NIDA for Teens

From the article:"A person who uses drugs can run into all kinds of problems at work, school, and home. But did you know that drug ...

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35 Article-Article jplist-topic-Drug-Use jplist-topic-family-education 0 346234 346234 From the article:"A person who uses drugs can run into all kinds of problems at work, school, and home. But did you know that drug use—and its consequences—can also hurt the person’s family? That doesn’t mean that the person using drugs wants to hurt the family. It just means that the disease of addiction can lead to real-world problems that, sooner or later, affect family members’ lives in a very disruptive way."This article discusses how drug misuse has a ripple effect on a family.

Drug Use Hurts Families

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From the article:"A person who uses drugs can run into all kinds of problems at work, school, and home. But did you know that drug use—and its ...

Dealing With A Son Or Daughter Addicted To Drugs:.. → Dealing With A Son Or Daughter Addicted To Drugs:.. →

Article from Sober College

Sober College writes, "When your child is addicted to drugs, it is scary. There are many illicit substances that could be potentially ...

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36 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Child jplist-topic-Daughter jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-Son 0 373308 373308 Sober College writes, "When your child is addicted to drugs, it is scary. There are many illicit substances that could be potentially misused, and each drug comes with its own set of concerns and risks."This article goes over the different situations that can arise in families with a drug addicted family member and how to cope.

Dealing With A Son Or Daughter Addicted To Drugs: How To Sleep Again

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Sober College writes, "When your child is addicted to drugs, it is scary. There are many illicit substances that could be potentially misused, and ...

Addiction as Family Affliction Addiction as Family Affliction

Article from Psychology Today by Dan Mager, MSW

According to Dan Mager MSW, "Active addiction destabilizes the home environment, disrupts family life and muddling relationships, and often ...

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37 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Education jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Relationships 0 319076 319076 According to Dan Mager MSW, "Active addiction destabilizes the home environment, disrupts family life and muddling relationships, and often compromises finances, as well as mental, emotional, and physical health. Without assistance and unless family members and significant others learn and practice how to do things differently, these effects can be chronic and long-term." This article explains how one person's addiction can affect their entire family.

Addiction as Family Affliction

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According to Dan Mager MSW, "Active addiction destabilizes the home environment, disrupts family life and muddling relationships, and often ...

Coping With Having a Family Member in Alcohol or.. → Coping With Having a Family Member in Alcohol or.. →

Article from Verywell Mind by Buddy T

In his article Buddy T says, "Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing and ...

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38 Article-Article jplist-topic-Addiciton jplist-topic-Alcohol jplist-topic-Coping jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-Family-Support jplist-topic-Rehab 0 320097 320097 In his article Buddy T says, "Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing and perhaps even struggling with a lot of concerns, questions and maybe some misconceptions about how professional treatment works." This article lists things to keep in mind when your loved one is getting treatment for addiction. 

Coping With Having a Family Member in Alcohol or Drug Rehab

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In his article Buddy T says, "Having any member of your family in rehab for drugs or alcohol means that you're inevitably facing and perhaps even ...

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Article from US News by Ruben Castaneda

“The holidays can be fraught with worry and fear and panic about what’s going to happen when a loved one drinks too much or abuses ...

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39 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Christmas jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Friends jplist-topic-Holidays jplist-topic-Thanksgiving 0 337436 337436 “The holidays can be fraught with worry and fear and panic about what’s going to happen when a loved one drinks too much or abuses drugs,” says Beth Kane-Davidson, director of the Addiction Treatment Center at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. "Most Americans know someone with a substance abuse disorder," she says. "During the holidays, we need to be on guard to handle binge-drinking situations."Use these strategies to try to ensure the season isn’t ruined or defined by an active alcoholic’s or addict’s behavior.

How to Cope When Your Holiday Guest Is an Alcoholic or Addict

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“The holidays can be fraught with worry and fear and panic about what’s going to happen when a loved one drinks too much or abuses drugs,” ...

What You Shouldn’t Expect When Your Child is in.. → What You Shouldn’t Expect When Your Child is in.. →

Article from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent of a child with a substance use disorder, witnessing the unknown from a ...

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What You Shouldn’t Expect When Your Child is in Recovery from Addiction

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent of a child with a substance use disorder, witnessing the unknown from a front-row seat. ...

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age

Resources from Partnership for Drug Free Kids

This helpful resource guide from Partnership for Drug Free Kids gives excellent advice on how to start the conversation at any age. From ...

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41 Resource-Guide-Resource-Guide jplist-topic-Drug-Prevention jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Partnership-For-Drug-Free-Kids 0 297679 297679 This  helpful resource guide from Partnership for Drug Free Kids gives excellent advice on how to start the conversation at any age.  From their website:  "Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids. But, when tackling some of life’s tougher topics, especially those about drugs and alcohol, just figuring out what to say can be a challenge. We’ve provided scenarios and scripts below on what to say to your child, no matter their age."

Drug Prevention Tips for Every Age

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This helpful resource guide from Partnership for Drug Free Kids gives excellent advice on how to start the conversation at any age. From their ...

The Cost of Addiction on Families The Cost of Addiction on Families

Article from Forbes by Jessica Bosari

According to Jessica Bosari, "There's a reason why addictions are often associated with poverty. Many addictive behaviors begin as a method ...

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42 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcoholism jplist-topic-Cost jplist-topic-family-education 0 319080 319080 According to Jessica Bosari, "There's a reason why addictions are often associated with poverty. Many addictive behaviors begin as a method of escapism and pleasure seeking, and people who suffer financially are often drawn to them as a means to avoid serious problems. Addictions provide instant gratification, which is something sorely lacking in most low-income households that struggle to survive from one paycheck to the next." This article discusses the cost of addiction and how it can affect the entire family.

The Cost of Addiction on Families

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According to Jessica Bosari, "There's a reason why addictions are often associated with poverty. Many addictive behaviors begin as a method of ...

Intervention: Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction Intervention: Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction

Article from Mayo Clinic

From the article: "It's challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart ...

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43 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Intervention jplist-topic-Loved-One jplist-topic-recovery jplist-topic-Treatment 0 320102 320102 From the article: "It's challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it." This article explains what an intervention is and how it can help make a loved one realize their addiction and seek treatment. 

Intervention: Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction

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From the article: "It's challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can ...

Coping With the Addict in Your Life Over the.. → Coping With the Addict in Your Life Over the.. →

Article from Psychology Today by Sherry Gaba, LCSW

According to Sherry Gaba, "The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for people of all ages and in all different ...

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44 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Holidays jplist-topic-recovery 0 337499 337499 According to Sherry Gaba, "The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for people of all ages and in all different family situations. For those who have addiction in their family, the holidays can be particularly problematic, especially when it comes to making healthy decisions, maintaining boundaries, and having the ability to let go of those unrealistic expectations."Read this article to learn how to develop a plan of action for coping with an addict during the holidays.

Coping With the Addict in Your Life Over the Holidays

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According to Sherry Gaba, "The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for people of all ages and in all different family ...

Back to Basics: Foundations of Self-Care for.. → Back to Basics: Foundations of Self-Care for.. →

Article from Addiction Policy Forum by Caroline DuPont, MD

According to Dr. Caroline DuPont, "Family members often feel overwhelmed and upset by the complex, emotional responsibilities of trying to ...

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45 Article-Article jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Self-care 0 349139 349139 According to Dr. Caroline DuPont, "Family members often feel overwhelmed and upset by the complex, emotional responsibilities of trying to help their loved one with a substance use disorder. It can feel hard to think about anything else, but it’s important to understand that it is difficult to help someone else if you don’t also take steps to care for yourself. If you are struggling, find some time – even if only a few minutes each day – to focus on self-care."This article gives five basic strategies to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one struggling with addiction.

Back to Basics: Foundations of Self-Care for Everyone

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According to Dr. Caroline DuPont, "Family members often feel overwhelmed and upset by the complex, emotional responsibilities of trying to help their ...

Wasted: Exposing the Family Effect of Addiction Wasted: Exposing the Family Effect of Addiction

A TedX Talk by Sam Fowler from TedX Furman

"After her brother was diagnosed with the disease of addiction, Sam Fowler and her family had to change the way they lived their lives. In ...

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46 Video-Video jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Family-Effect-Of-Addiction jplist-topic-Sam-Fowler jplist-topic-Tedx 0 297680 297680 "After her brother was diagnosed with the disease of addiction, Sam Fowler and her family had to change the way they lived their lives. In her talk, she tells about her experiences suffering from “the family disease." This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community."

Wasted: Exposing the Family Effect of Addiction

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"After her brother was diagnosed with the disease of addiction, Sam Fowler and her family had to change the way they lived their lives. In her talk, ...

The Ripple Effect of Addiction The Ripple Effect of Addiction

Video from TEDx Talks by Brennan Harlow

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Supporting an Addict Who's Relapsed Supporting an Addict Who's Relapsed

Medically Reviewed Article from Everyday Health by Jean Rothman

According to Jean Rothman, "Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol after treatment for addiction can be devastating to family and ...

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48 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-recovery jplist-topic-Relapse jplist-topic-Support 0 320230 320230 According to Jean Rothman, "Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol after treatment for addiction can be devastating to family and friends. It may make you feel as though everything you and the addict have done to address the addiction has been in vain." This article gives things you should and should not do if a loved one relapses after addiction treatment. 

Supporting an Addict Who's Relapsed

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According to Jean Rothman, "Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol after treatment for addiction can be devastating to family and friends. It ...

Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To.. → Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To.. →

Article from NPR by Martha Bebinger

From the article:"More compassion in the home fits the shift away from criminalizing addiction — toward accepting and treating it as a ...

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49 Article-Article jplist-topic-Empathy jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Tough-Love 0 340245 340245 From the article:"More compassion in the home fits the shift away from criminalizing addiction — toward accepting and treating it as a chronic medical condition. If a child had cancer, parents "wouldn't disengage with them or be angry with them," says Botticelli. "So I do think it aligns our scientific understanding that addiction is a disease and not a moral failure."Read this article to learn about CRAFT training.

Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To Rescue Loved Ones From Opioids

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From the article:"More compassion in the home fits the shift away from criminalizing addiction — toward accepting and treating it as a chronic ...

Addiction Treatment Should Include Family Therapy Addiction Treatment Should Include Family Therapy

Article from VeryWell Mind by Buddy T

According to Buddy T "Treatment programs aimed at those who have alcohol and drug addiction problems can have better outcomes if the ...

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50 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Therapy jplist-topic-Treatment 0 372869 372869 According to Buddy T "Treatment programs aimed at those who have alcohol and drug addiction problems can have better outcomes if the abuser's family or close associates are also involved in the process."This article explains how family therapy can be helpful when treating someone with an addiction.

Addiction Treatment Should Include Family Therapy

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According to Buddy T "Treatment programs aimed at those who have alcohol and drug addiction problems can have better outcomes if the abuser's family ...

Medicine Disposal Options Medicine Disposal Options

Guideline by the FDA of how to dispose of medication

Having medication stored at home that has expired or is no longer needed may present temptations and dangers for individuals struggling ...

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51 Infographic-Infographic jplist-topic-Drug-Disposal jplist-topic-Medication 0 297681 297681 Having medication stored at home that has expired or is no longer needed may present temptations and dangers for individuals struggling with addiction.  Some drugs may safely be flushed, but others need to be taken to a medicine disposal site.  In this one-page document, the FDA gives links to the drugs that can be disposed of at home and those that need to be disposed of elsewhere along with a way to find those disposal sites.

Medicine Disposal Options

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Having medication stored at home that has expired or is no longer needed may present temptations and dangers for individuals struggling with ...

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Article from Psychology Today by J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD

From the article: "We see what we know. Thus, until sometime has some knowledge about drug use—the signs and clues that someone might be ...

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52 Article-Article jplist-topic-Abuse jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Drugs jplist-topic-family-education 0 319139 319139 From the article: "We see what we know. Thus, until sometime has some knowledge about drug use—the signs and clues that someone might be using, awareness of the lies that often go along with misuse of drugs, and so on—it is easy to simply not see things that are right in front of you." In this article, Dr. J. Wesley Boyd provides 5 essential things you should do if a family member is abusing drugs. 

Five Must-Do Things if a Family Member is Abusing Drugs

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From the article: "We see what we know. Thus, until sometime has some knowledge about drug use—the signs and clues that someone might be using, ...

How to Help Someone With an Alcohol Addiction How to Help Someone With an Alcohol Addiction

Medically Reviewed Article from healthline by Stephanie Watson

According to Stephanie Watson, "An alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe. Mild patterns may develop into more serious ...

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53 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Alcoholism jplist-topic-family jplist-topic-Help jplist-topic-Support 0 320237 320237 According to Stephanie Watson, "An alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe. Mild patterns may develop into more serious complications. Early treatment and intervention can help people with alcohol use disorder. While it’s up to the person to willingly start their sobriety journey, you can also help." This article lists ways to approach someone with alcohol use disorder and how to support a loved one through this journey. 

How to Help Someone With an Alcohol Addiction

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According to Stephanie Watson, "An alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe. Mild patterns may develop into more serious complications. ...

How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted.. → How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted.. →

Article from Psychology Today by Beverly Engel, L.M.F.T.

In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling ...

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54 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-Compassion jplist-topic-CRAFT jplist-topic-family-education jplist-topic-Support 0 340328 340328 In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling their destructive behavior, that wanting to help a family member means we’re codependent, and the best thing for both of us is to walk away from the relationship entirely. But is this true?"Read this article to learn another way to relate to a partner or family member who struggles with an addiction.

How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted Loved One

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In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling their ...

Is Tough Love Effective in Treating Addiction? Is Tough Love Effective in Treating Addiction?

Article from VeryWell Mind by Elizabeth Hartney, BSc., MSc., MA, PhD

According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Rather than focusing on simply using a "tough love" approach to dealing with a loved one who has an ...

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55 Article-Article jplist-topic-addiction jplist-topic-parenting jplist-topic-Tough-Love jplist-topic-Treatment 0 372882 372882 According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Rather than focusing on simply using a "tough love" approach to dealing with a loved one who has an addiction, learning how to establish healthy boundaries can be more effective."This article defines tough love and when it should be practiced.

Is Tough Love Effective in Treating Addiction?

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According to Elizabeth Hartney, "Rather than focusing on simply using a "tough love" approach to dealing with a loved one who has an addiction, ...

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