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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

What Do I do If My Loved One Won’t Quit Addiction?

Most people who struggle with addiction cannot imagine a life without the use of drugs or alcohol. It is painful for family members and loved ones to watch a downward spiral happen and not know how to help that person navigate the pending destruction. Loved ones will not quit addiction without the right tools andRead More

How Do I Redeem Myself with Friends and Family?

We all acted irrational and selfish when we were battling our addictions. When you think about how to be more considerate to friends and family, and to regain their trust, it may seem difficult to face the fact that you may have mistreated or acted out against people you love. Especially if you battled addiction,Read More

Detaching with Love

We have all experienced a situation or relationship in our lives where taking a few steps backwards was imperative for our own well-being and self-preservation. When you care deeply about someone, and you’ve invested a lot of your time into them and your relationship, it can be extremely difficult to walk away. If sticking aroundRead More

How Can I Help My Loved One Recover?

Loving an addict or an alcoholic isn’t easy. Addiction tears families apart every single day, always leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Sometimes, friends and family members will wash their hands clean of the individual with the disease. Then, there are those who stick around, hoping for a miracle that their loved oneRead More

5 Strategies for Healthy Family Communication

Communication is a key element to maintaining healthy relationships with others. It’s important to convey thoughts, ideas, and feelings in any relationship by using any form of communication. We communicate with co-workers, friends, partners, and even strangers. In a family with a loved one who is an addict, it is imperative to develop and maintainRead More

8 Benefits of Family Counseling During Treatment

Families go through stressful situations at some point in life. They may experience death, sickness, financial hardships, divorce, or mental illness. Some also face addiction, which can unravel families at the seams, physically and emotionally. Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers and families can use counseling asRead More

Can You Convince Someone to go to Treatment?

Watching a loved one spiral downward into the grasp of addiction is scary, lonely, and heartbreaking. It’s a feeling of helplessness as they continue to use every day, and there is nothing you can do or say to stop it. You can convince someone to go to treatment, but not if they don’t want helpRead More

For the Family: Having Patience is Key

Addiction is hard on families. If you have a loved one struggling with addiction you may find your life totally upended. You may find out your husband is spending the rent money on alcohol or that your child is stealing your stuff to buy drugs. You may find yourself struggling with feelings of anger andRead More