Addiction can turn someone you love into someone you resent. In addition to ruining their own lives, the family can be devastated by the lies and destructive behaviors of this “stranger” in their house. Continue reading
When a person commits to sobriety, it is the first step on the lifelong path of addiction recovery. A person in recovery may feel like they are on an endless roller coaster of emotions and not even realize the enormous impact sobriety has on their spouse or partner. To assume everything will be fine after years of substance abuse is naive. In marriages, the recovery path may be influenced by many issues related to past baggage, current circumstances and external factors. For example, the nondrinking spouse may have been an enabler of this behavior, so when the drinking spouse is in the early days of sobriety, both may feel lost and not know how to act around one another.
Anger, guilt, hurt, resentment, dependency and blame may have typified the past relationship, and this doesn’t necessarily change with sobriety. The nondrinking spouse may have trust issues from past broken promises and not truly believe their mate can stay clean. Bringing up past transgressions can keep couples stuck and increase the recovering person’s risk of relapse. Continue reading
By Edie Weinstein, LSW Follow Edie at Twitter @Edie Weinstein1
Drug court. These two words are fraught with trepidation for many whose addictions have brought them into contact with the legal system. It can be a place where people who may already feel demoralized by the drugs that have ravaged their bodies and minds face a potentially demeaning judge who sees them as just another number on the docket. It may also be a room from which they can launch a new life. Continue reading
Whether your partner has gone through rehab or continues to make promises that are never kept about cutting down his or her use of alcohol or drugs, you know the sinking feeling when you come face to face with the reality that the situation isn’t going to change. Now you’re faced with a tough decision. While you’re contemplating getting out from under, it’s important to know what to do if your partner continues to drink or use. Continue reading
While many drug and alcohol rehab centers have a focus on the 12 steps in the overall healing process, there are alternative programs that you should be aware of. This is perhaps of particular importance to those who want to overcome addiction to toxic substances but don’t like the idea of or don’t feel comfortable with any program that emphasizes a higher power.
It should be noted, though, that even Alcoholics Anonymous, the original 12-step group, while it does mention higher power, also says, or “God as we know Him.” You don’t have to be religious or belong to a specific church, congregation, temple, mosque or synagogue to benefit from any of the 12-step programs. Still, if you’re interested in what else is out there, here are some of the alternatives to 12-step recovery. Continue reading
The use of prescription and illicit opioids led to over 33,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2015, a figure that has quadrupled since 1999, according to the CDC. The problem stems from prescription painkillers like OxyContin and fentanyl, which share close similarities with drugs like heroin and morphine, but are widely prescribed to people in moderate or severe pain. While the medications can help people in pain live normal lives, they carry a big risk of addiction, and drug rehab centers in Utah and around the country have noted a big increase in patients with opioid addictions. But what can we do about it? How can states resolve the growing problem? Continue reading
With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S. and many people turning to heroin as a quick and easy substitute, what early warning systems are in place to help spot a potential or existing problem with drugs or alcohol? Equally important as the ability to detect a looming substance abuse problem is the opportunity for intervention or referral to professionals who can provide assistance to overcome the addiction, dependence or abuse. Here are six professionals who can help identify a drug problem.
Now that you have completed rehab and you’re living as a recovering addict, you may begin to think about relationships. Your therapist may suggest that you hold off on romantic relationships until you feel more secure in your sobriety, but once you’re ready and you’ve met someone you really like, you could probably use some advice. As an addict, you likely did not contribute to relationships that were very healthy. If you want to have a successful and satisfying relationship now, here are some steps to take to build it: Continue reading
Teens have always been experimenters and risk takers. It’s a part of growing up. But when it involves drugs, the risks can have serious consequences. From poor grades to legal troubles and even death, teen drug abuse can have a number of detrimental impacts on an individual’s life. If you are the parent of a teen, be aware of the facts about teen drug use, how harmful these bad choices can be and how to prevent them.