Family Support

I’m Sober and My Spouse Is Not: Will Our Marriage Work?

By | 2017-07-05T16:35:37+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

Marriage can be hard. Learning how to communicate your thoughts and feelings with another person, finding time to engage in your personal hobbies while also making sure you’re putting forth enough effort towards the relationship, and even simply getting used to the idea that your single life has now become a partnership are all aspects of marriage that can be difficult to deal with. But when you add a substance use disorder in the mix for just one of the partners, marriage can become an entirely different beast altogether. And while you may think that [...]

Marijuana Mommies – Changing the Face of Parenthood?

By | 2017-06-08T06:32:45+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ~ Carl Sagan The rise of so-called marijuana mommies, a new trend both in parenting and on social media, may very well be changing the face of parenthood today. In the last several years, the social acceptability of marijuana use has been on the rise. Just this past year, four states legalized recreational use of marijuana. This raised the total number [...]

Let the Healing Begin: 11 Tips to Overcoming Emotional Abuse

By | 2017-09-18T18:05:12+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

Emotional abuse and substance abuse have a complex and oftentimes co-occurring relationship. In fact, 40-60% of domestic violence cases are suspected to have either been exacerbated by or stemmed directly from situations involving substance abuse. And since physical abuse is typically (if not always) accompanied by some form of emotional abuse, it stands to reason that drug use is directly responsible for emotional damage in a relationship as well. Beyond illicit substances typically being directly involved in incidences of this type of psychological abuse, victims are at an especially high risk of developing mental disorders [...]

Drug Abuse on “Southern Charm” is Not So Charming

By | 2017-06-14T20:39:30+00:00 June 11th, 2017|

Custody battles tear through the lives of everyone involved. Faced with the potential loss of rights to see their children, parents clamor and claw at one another behind the protection of suited-up lawyers. The flaws of a spouse magnify as the case progresses, driving the existing wedge still deeper between them. The true victims in custody battles, though, are the children. Though some are too young to comprehend the events, others are old enough to understand. Divorce, custody battles, and the legal proceedings involved in each drag children through messes they never created. Custody battles [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Pills

By | 2017-06-30T21:48:34+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

Prescription drug abuse is quickly becoming one of the country’s most widespread and damaging problems to date. A combination of over-prescribing doctors and under-scrutinized medical guidelines makes it easier than ever to get your hands on these powerful and deadly pills. In fact, almost half of the population is currently on at least one prescription medication and over ten percent have used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days. In addition to the addictive qualities inherent in some of these medications is the fact that abusing them might be a precursor to [...]

Here is an in-depth list of the best rehabs available in the Pacific Northwest

By | 2017-07-01T02:43:27+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

A List of the Best Rehabs in the Pacific Northwest There are many different options when it comes to rehab centers in the Pacific Northwest.  The treatment options and type of rehab programs available help people from all walks of life. Whether it’s outpatient or inpatient treatment for drugs or alcohol, this is a list of the best rehabs in the Pacific Northwest. 1. Schick Shadel Hospital Substance Abuse Program Schick Shadel Hospital has over 80 years of treating patients with proven methods to absolve substance cravings. Counter conditioning is their treatment for addiction which has [...]

Seeing the functional alcoholic signs and how you can help a loved one with their addiction.

By | 2017-06-14T20:39:59+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

Solutions to Help the Functional Alcoholic in Your Life The definition of a functional alcoholic is that although they have a dependency on alcohol, they are still holding down their job and maintaining relationships. At the surface, things might look great, but statistics on struggles families go through when parents are functioning alcoholics will make you think differently. Living with an alcoholic who seems functional may seem normal on the outside, but there are underlying dangers that can cause a lot of pain and destruction. If you are in a relationship with a high functioning alcoholic, [...]

Addicted to Love – the Sex Addict Test

By | 2017-03-23T17:08:48+00:00 October 21st, 2016|

“…if you continue objectifying the physical act of sex it means that you continue to make sex more about compulsive behavior and bodies, rather than intimacy." ~George Collins and Andrew Adleman, Breaking the Cycle: Free Yourself from Sex Addiction, Porn Obsession, and Shame Sex addiction is REAL – between 12 and 30 million people in the United States suffer from sexual addiction. Despite the adolescent tittering, compulsive sexual behavior destroys lives – divorce, broken homes, depression, and cycle of shame and remorse. When does healthy interest in a pleasurable, natural activity – sex – turn [...]

Mama’s Home – Living with an Addicted Wife

By | 2017-03-23T17:08:53+00:00 October 19th, 2016|

You have no idea what it's like to be a sober man married to meth-addicted wife. It seems as if all of the stereotypes are about long-suffering women putting up with their alcoholic or addicted husbands. Because of that, I had a hard time finding the same amount of social support that a woman in my situation would have found. I was the MAN – the provider, the protector. When I couldn't stop my wife from doing drugs, I felt ashamed and unworthy. She was lost in Meth America and our little family was falling [...]

Ditch the Shame and Blame of Addiction

By | 2017-06-16T17:09:40+00:00 October 17th, 2016|

" Toxic shame is unbearable and always necessitates a cover-up, a false self. Since one feels his true self is defective and flawed, one needs a false self… As a false self, one tries to be more than human or less than human. Toxic shame is the greatest form of learned domestic violence there is. It destroys human life. Toxic shame is the core of most forms of emotional illness.” ~ John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You At some point during their active addiction, every addict feels two emotions – Confusion, [...]

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