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when someone you love is an addict

Addiction has many faces and each situation is as unique as the addicted individuals themselves. With fewer than 19% of substance users actually getting treatment, there are millions of friends and family members out there who deal with a loved one’s addiction and everything that entails. If someone you love is dealing with an addiction, […]

When parents finally realize (or admit to themselves) that their child is an addict, they will often experience worry along with feelings of anger and bitterness about being played by their child. Sibling resentment toward an addict can be just as sharp, if not worse. It’s a hugely underestimated dynamic, said Anita Devlin, mother of […]

When a loved one decides to seek treatment and start the recovery process for addiction, you naturally may feel extremely positive and optimistic. But as supporting a loved one along this journey can also be incredibly challenging, it’s important to manage your expectations and be prepared for the impact his or her recovery process will […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s how the song goes. The reality is often something short of wonderful. For many, the holidays mean stress. First there’s the financial pressure to buy gifts and spend, spend, spend. Add in the general busyness of the season and all that emphasis on time […]

Finding continued success after treatment doesn’t just happen, it’s the result of careful planning and follow-through. As anyone in recovery knows, treatment doesn’t end when you’re discharged from a residential program. Graduation day is just the beginning. While completing a program is a milestone that is certainly worthy of celebration, it should also be a […]

johnson Intervention

In recent years, interventions have earned a bad reputation, but that negative connotation is undeserved, due at least in part to a misunderstanding of just what an intervention is (and isn’t). The emotional scenes you see on reality TV bear little resemblance to the average intervention. The real goal of intervening is simply to help […]

Experimentation has always been popular, especially among youth who have turned to household substances, cleaning products, prescription medications and even horse tranquilizers when looking for the next cheap, powerful high. Adventure seekers and bored young people have sampled everything from bath salts and misappropriated painkillers to gas fumes, canned air and hand sanitizer, turning themselves […]