Why Addiction Is A Brain Disease

How Addiction Affects Your Brain In the past, addiction was often thought of as some kind of moral failing, a lack of willpower, or a consequence of someone’s personality. But we now know that addiction is a brain disorder, akin to mental illness. Drugs and alcohol are powerful substances for anyone, but some people— due […]

How Do Interventions Work?

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Does Someone You Love Need An Intervention?  You may have asked yourself, how do interventions work? One of the most insidious aspects of drug and alcohol addiction is that addicts often don’t want to get help, so how is an intervention going to change things? The addiction has wormed its way so far into their […]

How to be in a relationship with someone with PTSD

Does Your Partner Have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be difficult for the whole family. Due to the nature of the disease, relationships are impacted particularly hard and their secondary effects often fall unfortunately on partners. Your spouse can “just not feel like them anymore”, but it must be remembered these […]

The Cost of Addiction Treatment

One of the many reasons people avoid addiction treatment is because they fear how much it will cost them. Some people worry about the upfront costs and others worried about how much it will cost over time. The amount is going to vary significantly from individual to individual. While this is the case, our Palm […]

How to Help Someone Who is Addicted to Drugs

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Do you know someone who is addicted to drugs? If so, you may be wondering what you can or should say to help them overcome their addiction. The truth is that there is never a guarantee something someone says or does will change the addict’s mind about their behaviors and/or addiction. However, there are still […]

How To Tell If Someone Is On Drugs

Do You Think Your Loved One May Be On Drugs? It can be the worst of feelings: you think someone you love may be abusing drugs. Drug and alcohol abuse, especially in adolescents and teenagers, can be difficult to spot. Many alcohol and drug abusers attempt to hide their use from their loved ones because […]

What to Say to Someone Battling Addiction

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Unfortunately, there are many things that can lead to an addiction – economic hardship, trauma, stress, jobs, grief and much more. More than likely you know someone who is battling addiction. If you do, you may want to help them, but just aren’t sure what you should say. This is a normal response and it’s […]

How to Love without Enabling

The majority of people who enable those with addictions are enabling them to benefit themselves. What do we mean by this? Think about the times that you enable your loved one or friend – is it when you tell a family member they are sick, so they can’t show up to a holiday event? Is […]

How to Raise Awareness About Addiction

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  There are so many ways that you and others can help to raise awareness about addiction. You can do this online, in your community, within your friend group, in your family and other places, too.  During September, which is National Recovery Month, you will find there are many organizations, companies and individuals who are […]

How to Help an Alcoholic

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Table of Contents Watching your coworker, friend or loved one is an alcoholic it can be one of the toughest things you may ever have to deal with. You might think about all the things you can do to get them into a better situation, even if they don’t want your help right now. It […]