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How Do I Help a Loved One with Painkiller Addiction?

When a loved one struggles with addiction to painkillers, it is hard to watch them slowly disintegrate and fall apart. There may be anxiety and fear along with anger and sadness about just wishing they could become sober and clean. Perhaps they are defensive about not needing help with addiction right now. Painkiller addiction isRead More

Give Yourself a Break (No, Really): Here’s Why

Whenever people are experiencing a setback or challenge, it helps to take a step back and figure out what is happening to get better perspective. When you are right in the middle of something, perhaps a difficult situation at work, dealing with triggers in recovery, or some other issues, it is hard to gain properRead More

The Quiet Epidemic of Nurses Struggling with Addiction

Alcohol and drug dependence among nurses is a burgeoning challenge for the healthcare profession. Nurses are quickly becoming the backbone of the nation’s healthcare system as doctors become more burdened with paperwork and insurance issues, which leaves less time for patient interaction. Nurses are left to do more day-to-day tasks of caring for people andRead More

The Hidden Crisis of Pharmacists and Addiction

Addiction does not discriminate who it impacts. Pharmacists are not immune to the challenges found with being addicted to alcohol or drugs. Healthcare professionals, overall, are prone to higher rates of substance abuse than the national average, due to the high amount of person-to-person contact they have at their jobs.  The rates of substance abuseRead More

How to Stop Spinning Out from Codependency and Addiction

Codependency is not diagnosable as a mental health condition but it is an issue therapists often see as a challenge for people with addiction. This personality disorder has origins in childhood experiences, as does substance abuse. These two problems feed one another and can severely hamper a person’s ability to live a happy life. ThereRead More

These 5 Signs May Indicate Rehab Should Be in Your Future

A structured rehab program for drug addiction is a necessary step for people recovering from substance abuse. Many people with addiction avoid formal care provided by rehab and try to do it alone. There are some signs to watch out for that drug use has gotten out of control and you need help that onlyRead More

The High Risk of Addiction for Educators (and Tips to Seek Help)

Teachers are the most underpaid and underappreciated of all professions. At least, this is what many believe, especially given the longer hours and more tenuous circumstances they find themselves in due to the volatility of education. Budget cuts, skeptical parents, school violence, and shifting policies in education make it challenge for teachers, administrators, and othersRead More

What Are The Most Common, Most Difficult Addictions?

Defined, addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease with symptoms of compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Addiction isn’t a choice; the first use may have been, but the disease is not. Substances change the way the brain works, and some may have more impact on a person’s physiology and behavior than otherRead More