June 20, 2016
Role of Family in Addiction Recovery

The Role of Family in Addiction Recovery

Addiction rarely just affects those who suffer from it. Family and friends of those suffering from substance abuse and addiction often suffer along with them. Guilt, sadness, confusion and unanswered questions can often hinder the recovery process. But, when the family and friend network work together and educate themselves on how they can better support and motivate those loved ones going through treatment, they can be one of the strongest support networks possible. We’ve highlighted in past posts specific questions and actions you can implement to help your loved one. It’s important to remember the role that the family can play in a person’s recovery. Here are a few suggestions […]
April 12, 2016
Overcoming codependency creates life balance.

Codependency: Creating Caring Boundaries

Codependency is very common in people who are suffering with drug or alcohol abuse. When someone we love struggles with addiction, it is difficult to have the wisdom to know when and how to step in and help. We may wonder when is the right time to let go and when the most effective thing to do is to not be involved.  Please look at the following questions and answer them honestly, becoming more aware of personal experiences you’ve had regarding the following points: Have you ever had this dilemma before, or has your family had this dilemma with you, whether the loving thing is to get involved or to […]
December 12, 2015
Tips for Recovering Addicts

Dreading Xmas? 5 Trigger Tips for Addiction Recovery

Our Substance Abuse Recovery Experts Offer Tips on How to Avoid Conflict this Holiday Season.  The holidays are a bittersweet time for individuals and families going through addiction recovery. Christmas represents a time of gratitude, forgiveness, family, and reconnecting.  For many addicts, returning home also stirs up anxiety from unmet expectations and grief over past trauma. This often causes emotional pressure and stress from spending time with people you feel uncomfortable around. The holidays create an unfortunate perfect storm for relapse. You and your family can be aware of and prepare for triggers that could lead to an emotional explosion. Here are 5 tips to minimize triggers as you traverse the […]
November 6, 2015

Why Don’t You Just Quit?

When your loved one comes home from addiction treatment the real journey is about to begin.  We wanted to share this article as we found it to be informative and helpful to families and friends supporting a loved one in recovery. For convenience the article is listed here as well: They’re BAAaaack! What should you do when he comes home from treatment? What Now? When the recovering person comes home from treatment, the real journey is about to begin. They have just been immersed in a crash course—Everything you need to know about addiction and how to live substance free. Coming home is an important event. How successfully will your husband […]
July 2, 2015

Balance

It is very important to live a balanced life.  Too often people either get over involved in one area of their life, thus neglecting other vital aspects of living, or they under utilize the various aspects of their life thus depriving themselves of a complete and full life.  The following is a series of questions we ask our clients to ponder and then answer for themselves in private, or, in group and individual sessions.  Taking time to assess how we are doing in our journey is as important, and sometimes more important than getting there.  These questions provide a brief check-in into vital areas of our lives.  Grab some paper […]
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