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Why Family Involvement Matters in Recovery

It’s often said that addiction is a family disease. This can be taken in several ways. One is that addiction typically doesn’t come out of nowhere. There may be dysfunctional family dynamics leading to addiction or mental illness or parents may have their own issues with substance use and mental illness. The single biggest risk factor for developing addiction or mental illness is having a parent with addiction or mental illness. Families may also play...

Why is Treatment Management Important?

When most people think of treating addiction, mental illness, or eating disorders, they primarily think of the therapeutic elements. These might include inpatient treatment, individual and group therapy, family counseling, lifestyle improvement, and so on. These are the meat-and-potatoes elements of treatment but successful recovery is about far more than quality treatment. People who start researching treatment options for themselves or someone they love soon discover there are a dizzying array of treatment options and...

Mistakes You Can Avoid in Addiction Recovery With Support From Professionals

Addiction recovery, like any challenging undertaking, is as much about avoiding pitfalls as it is about doing the right thing. Months or even years of hard work might be wasted if you make a few bad decisions. Although a relapse doesn’t mean you have to start over from scratch, it is the time when overdoses are most common and it may take months or years to get back on track. However, if you are aware...

Life Skills for Addiction Recovery You Can Gain With Help

Learning life skills is an important part of addiction recovery, especially for young adults. Addiction is disruptive and many people spend their early adult years fixated on drugs and alcohol when they would normally be figuring out how to do basic things like find a place to live, find a job, and pay bills. Life skills may seem mundane compared to other aspects of addiction treatment such as therapy and confronting the underlying causes of...

Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone is anxious sometimes. Anxiety lets you know when you may be in danger or it can prod you into working on an assignment for work or school when you’d rather be watching TV. Anxiety makes you alert and prepares you to act. However, when anxiety gets out of control, it can really disturb your life. You start seeing innocuous things as threatening and start avoiding situations you think might be unpleasant. Having an anxiety...

Reasons You Need an Individualized Approach to Addiction Treatment

There are now more addiction treatment options than ever and it’s hard to know which one is right for you. A good program should have quality staff, safe, clean facilities, use evidence-based treatment, and offer aftercare to help you transition back to regular life. A quality treatment program should also emphasize the importance of individualized care. Always be cautious of programs that claim one approach works for everyone. There are many roads to recovery, but...

PTSD and Addiction: The Necessity Of Individualized Care

Nightmares. Flashbacks. Paranoia. Anxiety, Depression. Irritability. It can all creep up when we least expect it – or, in many cases, it can appear head-on after a traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as, “A psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disorder, a serious accident, a terrorist attack, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” PTSD...

Addiction, Marriage, And The Support Of Recovery Services

Addiction can be ruinous to a marriage, especially if help isn’t sought. Many couples take serious steps back because partners realize that their loved one is in significant danger and, as more time is spent on substances, less time is spent on developing the relationship. If you’re currently in a relationship with someone who is going down the path of addiction, you may be wondering what the implications for your relationships are – and the...

Why It’s So Painful for Family Members to Admit the Presence of Addiction

Families work as a system, and if something disrupts that system, the entire family dynamic can crash. Addiction is a complex disease that can bring about so much pain for family members – and in many cases, denial is preferred over addressing the harsh reality that comes with a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse. Dr. Tian Dayton, an expert on addiction recovery, explains this phenomenon by stating, “The entire system becomes absorbed by...

Brain Dysfunction and Addiction: What You Need to Know

Addiction is such a complex disorder that it’s hard to understand for outsiders looking in. On the outside, society sees a person who is struggling – with their identity, with their families, with their career paths, with society. There’s much more going on underneath, however – and while movies and television shows depict addiction as being a matter of “choice,” “laziness” or “evil,” the reality is that nobody truly wants to become addicted to substances. Part...