Now What?

Now What?

Not knowing what to expect in early recovery from your loved one? Here are some helpful tools and information so that you can help in a supportive way.

Determining whether or not a loved one is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can be a complex matter that involves some investigating on your part.  You may not know how to handle the situation appropriately.  Are you supposed to snoop around your loved one’s belongings?  Should you trust the words your loved one tells you?  These are all questions that may be cycling on repeat in your mind, but letting them race around nonstop won’t do you any good.  Don’t stay sitting inside your head.  Instead, get educated on what being addicted to drugs and alcohol may look like and…
  Facts about alcohol have been circulating even prior to the substance becoming a commercial commodity.  As more findings surface on the effects of alcohol, it becomes evident that science has progressed with great enlightenment being shared publicly on the knowledge discovered.  Alcohol studies were conducted earlier this week, including one of which showed that most people who drink the substance regularly are misinterpreted as alcoholics when they don’t genuinely qualify by the definition and are instead actually heavy drinkers. Studies Show Facts About Alcohol Excessive Drinkers Mistaken As Alcoholics As for facts about alcohol, 29% of the population has…
  When dealing with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol in the family, it can not only be devastating and challenging but it can become confusing for parents who begin to blame themselves.  Many parents begin to ask themselves the question: If my child is an addict… does that mean it’s my fault as a result of bad parenting?  The disease of addiction isn’t pinpointed to bad parenting skills anymore than its framework is directed to the fault of the addicted individual.  It’s not a matter pertaining to ethics but rather an actual illness deserving to be treated as such. What’s…
  The moment that most alcoholics and/or addicts, like your loved one, walk in the door of the recovery world, it isn’t uncommon for them to already be asking how to overcome addiction to alcohol and/or drugs while precisely pressing on a time of how long does recovery take until they can go about life as though they were never addicted to a substance?  More: 5 Stages Of Recovery From Addiction The truth is that the process of recovery doesn’t work quite as simply as a remedy for a cold where it clears up within a set amount of time…
Recovering from active addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is a long road. Support from family, friends, and other loved ones is pivotal during the process. It can be overwhelming for the family during this time because of stress and uncertainty of how they are supposed to react to the situations they are faced with. The disease of addiction is cunning, baffling, and powerful all in itself and the family might not know what to do. These survival tips can help when dealing with a loved one who is in the midst of the recovery process. Survival Tips for the Family…
  Before your loved one entered the process of recovery, you may have never had a happy St. Patrick’s Day together. It’s probably safe to say that like a countless amount of other holidays, St. Patrick’s Day was yet another excuse for your loved one to get drunk or high and humiliate family and friends. Now you can put that to rest because your loved one is in recovery. It’s pivotal to know what behaviors you can expect to see from your loved one, how you can be there to support your loved one, and the signs of codependency you…
  Living in denial is a complex matter regarding alcoholics and addicts. If an individual is high functioning, they may only be until their manageability declines. They may not be functioning as well as they believe but this may not be visible to them, although it’s apparent to others. In Denial What does being “in denial” mean? Addicts and alcoholics in denial of addiction are living in unawareness of their inner thoughts and blocking off activity of their disease. Being in denial of addiction means an individual isn’t able to take a look at themselves. It doesn’t necessarily mean they…
  National Eating Disorders Week is in full effect and we felt it was important to talk a little more about a lesser known eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa. What Is Orthorexia Nervosa? Orthorexia is defined as a disorder where an individual displays an obsession with the consumption of what they believe to be “clean” and “safe” foods. The sufferer becomes so adamant about eating “right” that they take their “healthy” eating habits can make their lives unmanageable and out of control. The eating disorder can start to form itself when the sufferer begins cutting out specific foods, like red meats,…
What are the warning signs of suicide and why is it important to know them? Suicide is the l0th leading cause of death in the United States and its 100% preventable. Knowing the Warning Signs of Suicide will help reduce rates Suicide should never be taken lightly and even the most subtle mention of death needs to be looked at as one of the warning signs of suicide. Concern should immediately be shown to your loved one if they bring up the topic of death regularly, discuss ideas of suicide, or hint at the desire to hurt themselves. Another symptom…
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