Help for Friends & Family

Dealing with the Pain, Anger and Fear of Having an Addicted Loved One

Dealing with the Pain, Anger and Fear of Having an Addicted Loved One

Pain, anger and fear are common emotions that serve a natural purpose. They help us know when we are hurt, when something is not as it should be and when we are threatened. However, if mishandled, all three of them can cause people to lash out at their loved ones who are addicted to drugs. If you learn how to control your emotions and negative thoughts, then you can support an addict who needs help. Why You Must Acknowledge Your Feelings for the Addiction It is necessary to recognize that the...

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How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

If your loved one is addicted to a substance, you have probably noticed drastic changes in his or her personality and behavior. Some users may experience regular episodes of paranoia, and for a loved one who has never been around an addict, adjusting to paranoia can be difficult. You must understand that addicts are not being themselves when they are being paranoid, and drugs or alcohol are controlling their behavior. As a loved one, you should find a way to cope with an addict’s paranoia,...

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How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

When a friend, child, parent or other close loved one experiences trauma, you may not know what to say, how to act or how to offer help and support. However using the lack of this information as an excuse to overlook the problem will not benefit you or your loved one. Ignoring trauma and its effects has lasting effects in both children and adults. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, teens and young adults who experience trauma, “may engage in risky behaviors...

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4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is Addicted

4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is Addicted

When a loved one suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, it can be difficult to stand by and let it happen. However, it can be just as difficult to actually confront the loved one. There are many reasons to consider confronting an addicted loved one. 1. Your Loved One May Be in Denial about Addiction Many addicts are in denial that they have a problem. They may lie to themselves and others to reduce the appearance of a true problem. They may also avoid talking about substance use as a way of...

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How Sharing Your Painkiller Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

How Sharing Your Painkiller Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

Prescription pain medication is typically synthesized from the same opium plant as heroin and morphine, and painkillers are highly addictive even when taken as prescribed by a doctor. There are a number of brand name pain medications, including the following: Vicodin OxyContin Percocet Norco Lortab Demerol These drugs can create a physical dependence in which perpetually higher doses are required to achieve the same level of euphoric high or pain relief. Once an addiction has taken hold,...

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I Don’t Know Where My Addicted Loved One Is; How Can I Help?

I Don’t Know Where My Addicted Loved One Is; How Can I Help?

You are frantic because you do not know where your addicted loved one is. You are feeling helpless and afraid that you may lose your loved one forever. This is a terrifying experience for you, and you do not know what to do. Though it may not be what you would expect, the most important thing you can do right now is take care of yourself. Below are some things you may want to consider doing: Face reality – It is important for you to realize that your loved one is an addict and that he or she...

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Addiction Help for Members of the Hispanic Community

Addiction Help for Members of the Hispanic Community

The Hispanic and Latino communities have a strong presence in the U.S. This community is incredibly diverse, so it is impossible to narrow down drug use statistics among a specific race. Drug abuse and addiction are universal, meaning they affect anyone despite race, gender, age, profession and etc. The steady increase in drug addiction among the Hispanic and Latino community is related to the massive surge in population of these individuals. Just as any culture or race multiplies in...

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Find Help Coping with a Loved One’s Addiction

Find Help Coping with a Loved One’s Addiction

Families dealing with a loved one’s addiction may become so devoted to helping the addict that they forget about their own needs. Loved ones may be overcome with emotion and dedicate all their time to helping the addict get well, but it is crucial for them to cope with their own problems that addiction causes about. Addiction can spawn a number of destructive events for families and friends. If an addict’s loved ones avoid help, they can develop codependency issues and a list of other...

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Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?

Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?

One of the most dangerous aspects of alcohol addiction is the power the disease has to control thoughts and actions. Alcoholics are often the last to realize that they have a problem. Often by the time relational, physical or psychological consequences force a drinker to admit to herself and to others that she is addicted, the disease has become well established and will be extremely difficult to conquer. Women and Psychological Addiction to Alcohol Alcoholism is a physical and psychological...

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What to Do If Your Coworker Is Addicted to Drugs

What to Do If Your Coworker Is Addicted to Drugs

Seeing a friend or coworker become addicted causes feelings of confusion, sadness and fear. Addicts have a tendency to abuse drugs and the people around them, as the disease takes over and changes their behavior. Between concerns about privacy, employment and potential reactions you may be afraid to do or say anything about your coworker’s drug use. However doing nothing is not a solution, and you may play an important role in your coworker’s recovery. You will need help and advice about...

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Help for Designer Drug Addiction

Help for Designer Drug Addiction

The internet has unintentionally increased the prevalence of designer drug addiction. Hallucinogens, synthetic opioids, stimulants, steroids and many other chemicals are being engineered to mimic the effects of hard drugs, and they are sold under deceptive names like “plant food,” “bath salts” and as cosmetics. The profiteers who take advantage of this industry care nothing for the overdose, brain damage, mayhem and death caused by the poisons they sell. Designer drug advertisements...

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Finding Support for Friends and Family of Addicts

Finding Support for Friends and Family of Addicts

When one struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction, the consequences often stretch into his or her circle of friends and family. Everyone involved in the addict’s life will often feel some of the negative effects of the addiction. As the addiction progresses, addicts can become increasingly consumed with their cravings and may neglect their relationships with family, friends and coworkers. The stronger the addiction becomes, the harder it is for family and friends to co-exist with the...

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