Help for Friends and Family

Help for you if you think your loved one may have a problem with alcohol abuse.

Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency

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Why Families of Addicts Should Seek Counseling for Codependency

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that substance abuse within the United States racks up an annual cost of $700 billion. This figure is based on the understanding that addiction-related medical costs only account for a portion of the financial toll. Related issues (such as decreased productivity in the work environment and criminal management activity) also put a heavy weight on economic resources1. In short, the drug abuse epidemic devastates the nation’s finances, but families are just as affected by addiction, as parents, siblings and loved ones often end up...

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How to Get Your Child into Rehab

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How to Get Your Child into Rehab

Sending a loved one to rehab can be a sensitive matter. No doubt, people all want those they care about to lead productive, satisfying lives free from harmful substances. However, when someone close to you needs addiction treatment, then consider taking further action. If your loved one is reluctant to accept help, then seek help as soon as possible. At first, the process of admitting your older teen or adult child into rehab can seem painful and difficult, particularly if she fights you on this decision. However, the long-term benefits of addiction treatment are worth the effort, because...

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The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

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The Importance of a Strong Family in Preventing Addiction

Family plays a significant role in the realm of addiction. Families can influence the development of addiction, intervene and prevent addiction, help each other find treatment, and support one another through recovery. A family that consists of healthy, strong relationships will be far more influential at preventing addiction or relapse. It does not matter how big a family is or who makes up the family dynamic, as long as everyone truly cares about the other members’ health, wellbeing and quality of life. Addiction is less likely to occur in families where substance abuse does not take...

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Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

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Why Living a Sober Life Requires Support

Maintaining sobriety during recovery can be especially difficult when people lack support from friends, family members and professionals. Having multiple avenues of support is important, because it aids addiction recovery in the following ways: Overcome challenges – Life in addiction recovery can cause many challenges that will need to be addresses without drugs or alcohol. Having support can help users cope with difficulty without using drugs. Provide accountability – An essential part of recovery is having people provide accountability by regularly checking in and ensuring that...

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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

Dealing with a family member’s substance abuse and addiction is difficult. The effects of addiction can cause problems in a family if the situation is not handled with care and understanding. When you add paranoia into the mix, it just becomes that much more difficult. Paranoia is a mental disorder that can be classified by projected conflicts and emotions that can lead to suspicion and aggression directed at the self or other people. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some anxiety and paranoia can be caused by substance abuse and addiction....

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How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

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How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

Traumatic events are unfortunately quite common. From sexual abuse to military combat, most people experience a trauma themselves or are affected by a family member, friend or acquaintance’s traumatic experience at some point in their lives. Knowing what to do or how to approach a loved one after a traumatic event is difficult, but it is imperative that the individual receive support. In order to provide support, loved ones must understand the thoughts, feelings and reactions that the individual may be experiencing due to the trauma. Moreover, loved ones must accept that the traumatic event...

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