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Are You Enabling Addiction?

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Good Intentions Gone Bad Although the buck ultimately stops with the addict, there are others who can either intentionally or inadvertently contribute to the individual’s substance abuse by enabling addiction. Referred to as enablers, these people are often the parents, siblings, or close friends of the addict and are merely acting out of love or […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Crystal Meth Abuse

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Crystal Meth Abuse If you’re someone who watches the news, even semi-regularly, you’ll likely have seen reports on the widespread crystal meth abuse. Crystal meth is arguably the most addictive and one of the most dangerous illicit drugs there is for a number of reasons. Although many begin crystal meth abuse as a party drug […]

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How to Love Without Enabling An Addict

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“Enabling” is a term that gets thrown around a lot when we discuss people who are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, many parents and spouses of people who suffer from addictions unwittingly fuel the habit with their enabling behavior. This is because many spouses and parents confuse unconditional love and support with […]

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Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs

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Inpatient and Outpatient: Two Sides of Treatment For people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, there are a variety of treatment options available. While no two treatment programs are the same, there are typically two main categories: inpatient and outpatient. Both have their benefits and advantages, but the key is deciding which has the higher […]

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5 Tips for Helping an Addicted Loved One

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Addiction affects more than just the addict. In fact, an individual’s addiction ripples through the lives of almost everyone with whom he or she has contact, oftentimes causing profound devastation. The close friends and family members of an addict will at times feel ashamed, frustrated, helpless, angry, and afraid. It’s no easy feat to remain […]

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Different Types of Addiction

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When most people think of addiction, they think of dependence to substances such as alcohol or drugs. This is likely due to the fact that there’s an estimated 23.1 million Americans over the age of 12 who suffer from alcohol or drug addiction according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental […]

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The Pros and Cons of Staging an Intervention

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Enough is Enough While it goes without saying that addiction has a profound effect on the individual who suffers from the disease, addiction is also a toxic force on the lives of all those connected to the addict. In particular, family members, friends, and other loved ones are in a position where they have to […]

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7 Common Personality Traits of Those Struggling With Addiction

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While no two people are the same, there are often several personality traits associated with addiction that are commonly shared. If you or a loved one suffer from the disease of addiction, it can be helpful to understand these underlying causes to properly deal with the situation at hand. If you believe someone you know […]

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6 Signs You Have a Gambling Addiction

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The Truth About Gambling Addiction When most people think about gambling, they think about cutting loose, or “kicking back” on vacation. Or, gambling may conjure up images of high-rollers and spending nights at fancy casinos. Additionally, the term “gambling” may spark imagery of card games, innocent slot machines, or friendly wagers on a sporting event. […]

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Talking to Teens About Drugs

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When it comes to talking to teens about drugs, things can get a little complicated. Your children are the most precious things in the world to you, they are the lifeblood of the future. Parents spend their entire lives sacrificing and saving so that their children may have the absolute best of everything: education, resources, […]