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Know someone in recovery? Find out how you can help them in their journey as well as how you can cope on your own with our supportive articles.

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

By Rebecca Kovacs

One of the hardest parts to swallow about addiction is that it can very likely end in illness or death. 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

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How Addiction Impacts Your Child’s Worldview

By Elizabeth Seward

It’s important that addicts with children familiarize themselves with how addiction—whether past or active—can impact their chi... Continue Reading

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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 an 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 Someone with a Substance Use Disorder 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 Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, and life coach and possesses three degrees in counseling and psychology, focusing on addictions and women’s studies.

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 with an addicted loved one

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 With the "Three Cs"

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

brother screams at sister until she cries

11 Signs That You Have a Toxic Family

By Toshia Humphries Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, and life coach and possesses three degrees in counseling and psychology, focusing on addictions and women’s studies.

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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