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The #1 Lie Loved Ones of Addicts Believe About Themselves

By Toshia Humphries

It is a lie they may tell themselves and believe from the start—a destructive force detrimental to loved ones and addicts alike. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Be There For a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One Through Addiction

By Rebecca Kovacs

One of the most painful aspects of addiction is that it can end in death. What do we do to help out a friend who is going throu... Continue Reading

I Learned About Addiction in the Worst Way Possible

By Caitlin Thiede

Loving an addict comes with pain, guilt and fear. Over time, your existence becomes a limbo between hope and disappointment. Continue Reading

How to Stay Sober When a Family Member is Addicted

By Rebecca Kovacs

Staying sober when a family member is addicted isn't impossible. It only means we have different work to do and situations to a... Continue Reading

grieving woman

3 Things to Know When a Loved One Passes Away From Addiction

By Rebecca Kovacs

When a loved one dies due to addiction, it can be a sudden shock that can hit us hard. Staying strong in our sobriety while all... Continue Reading

What I Wish I Knew About My Best Friend’s Addiction (8 Years Later)

By Caitlin Thiede

Remaining friends with someone who has fallen into addiction can be heartbreaking for the person who doesn't use drugs. Continue Reading

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

young woman suffering from anorexia

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