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3 Rules to Live By If You Have an Addicted Spouse

By Caitlin Thiede

Whether you have knowingly or unknowingly married an addict, loving yourself must always come first in your marriage. Continue Reading

Mother of addict bravely faces addiction with her child

A Mother’s Letter to Addiction

By Colleen Marlett

A brave mother of an addict writes an open letter to her daughter's most vicious enemy. Continue Reading

Man takes time for himself amid helping a loved one in addiction

How to Care for Yourself While You Help a Loved One in Addiction

By Heather Adams

When a family member or close friend is battling addiction, it’s natural to want to help. However, it’s important for you to fi... Continue Reading

Mother worried about her addicted child's wheareabouts

5 Things Only a Mother of an Addict Will Understand

By Colleen Marlett

When dealing with someone you love with a substance use disorder, there are certain things you simply cannot tell a mother of a... Continue Reading

3 Emotions That Make Up Every Loved One's Journey

By Heather Adams

Here are three of the most common emotions you may experience as you travel alongside a loved one in their addiction and recove... Continue Reading

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Putting Yourself First

By Colleen Marlett

Having a loved one with substance use disorder shouldn't have to suck the life out of you. Here's why finding the time for your... Continue Reading

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How to Care for Someone with an Eating Disorder

By Leia Rivera

Friends and family members typically find eating disorders scary and confusing. Here are appropriate ways to react if you find ... Continue Reading

Woman adapts to dysfunction

5 Ways You Can Take Back the Holidays

By Toshia Humphries

Whether or not your family has its own holiday traditions or you’re simply looking for ways to keep yourself at peace this seas... Continue Reading

Family member grapples with difficult feelings caused by loved one's addiction

5 Feelings Family Members of Addicts Experience

By Audrey Beim

Rarely are the negative effects of addiction limited to just the addict. Every single person in an addict’s family and circle o... Continue Reading

Putting on various masks can help family members cope

5 Unhealthy Family Roles in an Addict's Life

By Kelly McClanahan

Here are 5 of the most common roles observed in families of active addicts as well as possible ways to help them realign their ... Continue Reading

Person who loves the addict look back on life before her loved one had an addiction

How to Stop Blaming Yourself for Your Loved One's Addiction

By M. Lujan

To help you get rid of guilt and guard your mental health, here’s an in-depth explanation of the three C’s. Continue Reading

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11 Signs That You Have a Toxic Family

By Toshia Humphries

Though a few dysfunctional or unhealthy behaviors may appear from time to time in one or more individuals within any given fami... Continue Reading

Supportive family members during treatment process

How Families Can Be Part of the Addict's Treatment Process

By Liemann Valdimar

While family input is only typically required in youth recovery, getting family members to share their perspective in adult rec... Continue Reading

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What I Learned About Helping My Partner With His Drinking Problem

By Cassandra Huerta

One writer shares 5 indispensable lessons she's learned when it comes to helping a loved come to terms with their own substance... Continue Reading

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The Maladaptive Process in Addiction

By Toshia Humphries

There are also unfortunate changes that take place and bring a family out of balance, including addiction. Continue Reading