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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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

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When to Stop Trying to Save an Addict

By M. Lujan

Although it may be one of the toughest things you’ll ever have to do, the friends and families of addicts need to let go of the... Continue Reading

Distortion and Denial: Addiction's Two Most Powerful Body Guards

By Toshia Humphries

The relationship active addicts develop with drugs or alcohol becomes their most intimate and valued one, leaving people they o... Continue Reading

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Acceptance vs. Enabling: The Difference Between a Caring Habit and a Destructive Pattern

By Toshia Humphries

Though the root of enabling is clearly prefaced with the seven caring habits, including but not limited to accepting, it does n... Continue Reading

5 Essential Components of a Successful Intervention

By Audrey Beim

We spoke with Addiction Intervention Specialist Kevin Dixon of KD Consulting to break down the 5 essential components of every ... Continue Reading

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6 Ways Friends & Family Can Support an Addicted Loved One

If you have a loved one in recovery, your love and support can make a tremendous difference in their path towards change. Here ... Continue Reading