Should You Allow Your Teen or Child to be Prescribed Pain Medications?

Prescription pain medication abuse is a huge problem in the United States for kids and adults alike. Although data shows that the use of actual prescription painkillers amongst youths 8th grade to 12th grade is declining, an overdose is up. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), overdoses since 2002 have seen a 1.9-fold increase in total deaths. While this doesn’t seem like a high number, consider this: in 2006, there were roughly 14,000 overdoses leading to death due to painkillers. That number continued to rise and sits at around 18,000 people as [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Heroin

Heroin addiction is a terrifying disease. Not only is it one of the most addictive drugs on the market today, but it’s also one of the deadliest. In fact, the CDC reports that opioid overdose deaths have hit disturbing new highs recently. In 2015 alone more than 33,000 people died from overdosing on opioids. And while a significant portion of these deaths has been attributed to prescription opioids like OxyContin, abusing heroin is also on the rise. The problem has gotten so widespread that many government agencies have begun calling it an “opioid epidemic.” Plus, [...]

6 Tips for Overcoming Co-Dependency

Codependency is when one person is so desperate to hold onto their partner that they go through painful, often dangerous lengths, to do so. Co-dependent symptoms include denial that there is something not quite right. This can be anything from being abused to ignoring the addiction your partner has. Instead of saying something in an assertive way, you might dance around problems or say nothing at all. What codependency is refers to behavioral problems that addicts commonly do and the people in their lives who engage and enable the habits. The term was originally labelled [...]

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

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 [...]

9 Touching Gift Ideas to Encourage Someone Sober in Your Life

Recovery from a substance use disorder can be an incredibly difficult process for anyone. And if you’re battling it alone, it’s even harder to keep clean. That’s why the encouragement and support of friends and family is integral to a successful treatment program. Harnessing the power and love that come from these social connections can be the foundation from which an addiction sufferer can build their new, sober life upon. While attending meetings and regularly checking in with someone in recovery can be especially helpful, sometimes all it takes to give them the inspiration they [...]

Marijuana Mommies – Changing the Face of Parenthood?

“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 the recreational use of marijuana. This raised the total [...]

7 Signs Someone Close to You Is Abusing Pills

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 [...]

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

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, [...]

Being An Adult Child Of An Alcoholic Parent

Alcoholism can be very destructive for both the alcoholic and his or her family and friends – the adult child of an alcoholic (“ACoA”) often feels this burden the most. The inappropriate behavior caused by his or her parent's drinking can be very destructive - the ACoA is constantly surrounded by attitudes and actions that create an unhealthy environment for their mental development. Children of alcoholic parents often carry trauma from their childhood with them into adulthood. ACoAs live in families where at least one of the parent figures is an alcoholic. These children may [...]

Being Friends with an Addict – How to Keep Yourself Clean and Support Them

Addiction is almost never a simple one-person problem. Addiction affects everyone: friends, family, other loved ones, coworkers, even friends of friends. The sphere of influence grows as the addiction itself does. Many people will cut themselves off from a friend who falls too deep into addiction. It’s a sad, but understandable reaction. Addicts tend to unknowingly do major damage to their relationships while in the thrall of addiction, and it takes a lot of denial and “it’s my life, I can do what I want” belligerence before they are hit with consequences hard enough to [...]

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