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sad looking woman sitting on couch with Christmas tree in background - interventionist
30
Nov

How to Know When Your Loved One Needs an Interventionist

Even though the holidays can be a time when families enjoy one another’s company and celebrate traditions, they can also be stressful for many people. Because merriment and stress are both sometimes accompanied by overindulgence, the holidays may be a time when you notice concerning patterns of behavior in your loved ones. If holiday gatherings...
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12
Nov

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Veteran Community

Veterans Day Each November, the United States honors Veterans by celebrating Veterans Day. This holiday generally involves restaurants offering free meals to former service members and the general public offering words of thanks to reflect their gratitude for the service those individuals have given to our country. Unfortunately, what our celebrations don’t acknowledge is the...
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24
Sep

Mixing Opioids and Alcohol Doubles Addiction Risks

One often overlooked aspect of our country’s opioid epidemic is the high number of individuals who are abusing both opioids and alcohol. This behavior, sometimes referred to as polydrug use, poses serious dangers and requires additional care during the detox process. Legal Doesn’t Mean Risk-Free Since alcohol and prescription opioids are both legal substances, many...
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13
Sep

The Family Cycle of Addiction

Substance abuse often shows up in multiple generations of a family tree. Frequently, misuse of alcohol, prescription meds, or illicit substances has been taking place within a family for a long time before the current generation ever indulged in them. Nature Versus Nurture There has been some debate as to whether addiction is a genetic...
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woman sitting on yoga mat in the lotus position - yoga benefits
28
Aug

Using Yoga to Promote a Lasting Recovery

Yoga is often viewed as being suitable only for young, skinny, and flexible people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Every body is a yoga body. People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. For individuals in recovery, yoga can be a valuable part of their continuum of...
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17
Aug

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

If you’ve noticed signs that suggest a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem, it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible. Contrary to popular belief, waiting for someone to hit rock bottom is not the best way to handle the situation. Addiction is a chronic illness, which means that ongoing care...
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hand holding nasal spray - overdose
10
Jul

How Does Narcan (Naloxone) Work to Stop an Overdose?

An Overview Deaths from opioid overdose have been at record levels in recent years. As a result, there has been more interest in ways to prevent deaths from overdoses. Narcan is the solution currently in use. Narcan is the trademark name for the drug naloxone hydrochloride, a prescription medication used to reverse overdoses from opioids...
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couple breaking up or arguing - relationships
27
Jun

When Recovery Means Ending Toxic Relationships

An Overview People who have faced addiction may also have experience with unhealthy relationships. Even when a relationship is toxic, however, it can be a complicated matter to decide if it is time to end the relationship or simply draw clearer boundaries. It isn’t just romantic relationships that can be unhealthy. A family relationship, work...
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closeup of hands showing loved ones supporting each other
11
Jun

Dealing with a Family Member Who Has an Addiction

When a family member is struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to know how to best support them. Is it better to confront the issue immediately or to back off and wait until they are ready to change? Is it possible to help someone who doesn’t want to stop using? Radical Love Empathy and...
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woman talking to friend - words hurt
16
May

Words Hurt: How to Speak Supportively About Addiction

When a person is struggling with addiction, there are many difficult barriers that they face. However, there is one easy way that all members of our society can make recovering from addiction slightly easier. The words we choose when discussing addiction, describing people who struggle with substance abuse, or engaging with people use substances can...
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