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Can I Send a Holiday Care Package to a Loved One in Detox?

If your loved one has made the courageous decision to change his or her life by going into detox to get sober, you may be feeling like you want to do a little something special for them. Receiving a care package in detox touches the heart more than you probably know. Most addicts and alcoholicsRead More

Fear of Commitment

The disease of addiction is riddled with fear. Addicts and alcoholics are runners from everything that feels frightening or that threatens our here and now. Fears of loneliness, success, failure, and the unknown can plague us in addiction. The fear of commitment is no different. This particular fear can prevent us from achieving lifelong recovery.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

What Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

If you’ve never been to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, you may be wondering what to expect when you first walk through the doors. First things first, there’s no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed that you’re here. Everyone else who shows up has been in your shoes, and they understand what it’s like to beRead 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

Forgiving Ourselves

For those of us in recovery from active addiction, we don’t need to be told how abusive we were toward ourselves. We went months, years, and even decades drinking and using to the point of oblivion. Depression, anxiety, physical injuries, and more laced our daily lives, and eventually became our normal. We beat ourselves up,Read 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

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

How Do I Support my Loved One in Recovery?

When supporting an addict in recovery, it is helpful to remain positive and non-judgmental to encourage an addicted person on their path to recovery. Supporting a person in recovery is not the same as enabling them to continue using. Recovery takes time and a person with an addiction must want to make a change inRead More