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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

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Distortion and Denial: Addiction's 2 Most Powerful Bodyguards

By Toshia Humphries Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, life coach and talk radio co-host of Girl Power Hour on Blog Talk Radio.

Individuals in active addiction often become very defensive when confronted about their drinking or drug problem. Continue Reading

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

By Toshia Humphries Toshia Humphries is a Texan freelance writer, artist, life coach and talk radio co-host of Girl Power Hour on Blog Talk Radio.

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

By Dominica Applegate

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

Are You an Enabler? Here's How You Can Tell

By Tess Chedsey

The terms “enabler” or “codependent” have negative connotations, but those who exhibit these behaviors are often loving, caring... Continue Reading

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ACOA: 5 Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics

Do you have any of these common characteristics of adult children of alcoholics? Reading this article will provide some answers. Continue Reading

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6 Steps to Loving the Addict in Your Life

By Dominica Applegate

It's not always easy to love the addict who has exhausted your patience. Here's how you can stay sane and happy as you care for... Continue Reading

6 Things to Never Say to a Recovering Alcoholic

By Dominica Applegate

Some well-meaning remarks can actually offend or even trigger a recovering alcoholic. Instead, encourage those in recovery by a... Continue Reading

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5 Most Encouraging Things You Can Say to an Addict

By Dominica Applegate

These 5 encouraging phrases can help quell their self-doubts and cheer them on. Continue Reading

3 Attributes to Look for in a Sober Friend

By Elizabeth Seward

Someone who doesn't just talk the talk but who also walks the walk. Continue Reading

What Not to Do: Damaging Behaviors That Hurt the Addict Instead of Help

By Audrey Beim

You may have the best intentions in the world, but these actions make more trouble than good. Continue Reading

5 Truths I Learned About Others After Recovery

By Chris Weldon

After returning from months of therapy, some relationships with family members may take a while to get back to normal. These 5 ... Continue Reading

Letting Your Loved One Hit Bottom

By Dominica Applegate

When it comes to your loved one's addiction, letting go of your responsibility may be the only way they finally get in tune wit... Continue Reading

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Living with an Alcoholic: 12 Tips for Coping

By Tess Chedsey

If you have a loved one whose alcoholism is negatively affecting the dynamics within the home, applying these 12 tips can help ... Continue Reading

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