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How To Help An Alcoholic
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How to Help an Alcoholic

There's a fine line between enabling and helping someone with an alcohol use disorder. Frequently, this line blurs when you live with the person whom the addiction snared. Would you know how to help an alcoholic? Most importantly, do you fully…
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Being in a Relationship with a Drug Addict: What You Need to Know

  "The sober mate knows the addict's life is at risk. The worry, fear, and obsession over their partner may become chronic. Nights are spent worrying if the addict will come home, and hours and sometimes days are spent waiting for a phone…
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The Undeniable Link Between Trauma and Addiction

  “For those with trauma, alcohol and other drug use can become a survival strategy. Obviously, it’s a strategy that doesn’t work in the long run…” ~ Johanna O’Flaherty, The Correlation Between Trauma and Addiction The lingering…
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The Benefits of Equine Therapy for Addiction

Horses have the ability to both empower and calm a person, which are the main benefits of equine therapy for addiction. Equine therapy is helpful for a wide range of mental disorders, from ADHD to autism. Horse therapy can be particularly beneficial…

Adderall: How it’s Abused and Even Addictive

There is no question about it: Adderall is abused by some, and even addictive in many cases. Despite its apparent usefulness in treating some disorders – such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder – the active ingredients in Adderall…
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7 College Campuses in Colorado That Have Great Substance Abuse Resources for Students

Substance abuse is an increasing problem on college campuses. According to a study on Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 31.9% of college students participated in binge…
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NA vs AA vs PA – All “Anonymous” Groups Explained

Today, many anonymous groups exist to help people recover from their addiction. The 12-step anonymous tradition all started with Alcoholics Anonymous - or AA. The 12 steps were originally called the “12 Traditions,” and they were written…
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What It Means to be Adult Children of Alcoholics

Being the child of an alcoholic is both difficult and chaotic. There may have been domestic violence, emotional abuse or neglect. At its best, childhood may have been unpredictable. The trauma of childhood is extremely impactful and has an…
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How to Handle Loving Someone who is an Addict

How to Live with and Love Someone who is an Addict: Diane’s Story They’re not junkies. They are husbands and fathers suffering from a chronic disease. At least that’s what the books said. But Diane didn’t get it. How could someone choose…