Family Support

Quiz: Are You an Enabler?

By |2019-06-07T16:04:44+00:00June 7th, 2019|

“Enabling feels good, though! It makes us feel like we are helping and doing something good and positive in our family member’s life! It gives us a false sense of control…Our “helping” has only back-fired and prevented our family member from realizing they have a problem.” ~Carol Ann Gillespie and Karen Little, Friends and Family of Addiction: A Survival Manual When you care about someone with a substance abuse problem – alcoholism or drug addiction – it is only natural that you want to help them and keep them safe. After all, isn’t that what [...]

7 Signs That Your Family Member Is Struggling with Addiction

By |2019-06-07T15:57:35+00:00June 6th, 2019|

“Does this mean that families have no role to play in the miraculous process of recovery? On the contrary…Studies have shown time and again that addicts who feel connected to a family that supports the recovery (even if that family is just one person) have a better chance of staying clean then those who believe that no one cares.” ~Beverly Conyers, Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery It’s not always easy to tell when a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, whether it is an addiction to alcohol, [...]

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse

By |2018-12-28T18:34:19+00:00December 26th, 2018|

Finding Hope to Prevent Relapse Recently, Northpoint Recovery's Robert Castan interviewed to spread the word on recovery and relapse during the Holiday Season. Robert shared his own struggles of being homeless and an alcoholic in the interview with Karen. After Robert's own successful recovery, he has spent his time assisting others to be as fortunate. Robert co-founded Northpoint Recovery in Boise, Idaho in 2014 to help share his experiences further. "I am extremely proud of what we have created at Northpoint Recovery, we get to do something we love and help people change their lives" [...]

Compassion: What it Means and Why it May Just Save the World

By |2018-11-12T17:28:35+00:00October 20th, 2018|

We Live in a World That Lacks Compassion At some point in your life, you have probably heard someone make this well-known proclamation, which is totally devoid of all compassion: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there!” This is a common response when you go to a friend or family member complaining about some situation that left you feeling bewildered by the “bad” behavior of another human being.    Chances are, upon hearing this statement, you shrugged your shoulders, shook your head in agreement, and accepted it as a legitimate explanation for whatever situation you [...]

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

By |2017-07-05T16:35:37+00:00July 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+00:00June 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 |2019-03-22T21:14:15+00:00June 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 |2019-03-28T16:52:00+00:00June 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 |2019-03-28T16:46:24+00:00June 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 |2019-04-17T20:49:19+00:00June 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 [...]