Helping a loved one struggling with alcoholism or drug dependence can be heartbreakingly painful, but with help, it can be remarkably rewarding. At times, it can seem so overwhelming that it would be easier to ignore it, pretend that nothing is wrong and hope it just goes away. But in...Read more
Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family's unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.
Living with addiction can put family members under unusual stress. Normal routines are constantly being interrupted by unexpected or even...Read more
What is an intervention?
Intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They...Read more
Unfortunately, no matter what you do to help your kids grow up alcohol and drug-free and avoid getting into trouble with alcohol or drugs, one day you may find that your son or daughter is in trouble.
Maybe you found alcohol or drugs in the car, in their bedroom or some...Read more
Don't Give Up Hope
"Seven years ago our 38-year-old son was on a downward spiral of drinking that finally led to drugs: Meth to be specific. For more than one year we were in the dark about it until he was out of control—lost his job and had a son. We...Read more
Helping a friend or family member struggling with alcohol or drugs can be heartbreaking. But, with help, it can also be rewarding.
Here are some quick questions you might want to ask yourself about another person's use of alcohol or drugs:
Do you worry about how much your friend or loved one...Read more
Recent scientific research has found that the longer an individual postpones the onset (first use) of alcohol, tobacco or other drug use, the less likely the individual is to develop an addiction or other substance use problem later in life.
And believe it or not, parents are the most powerful influence...Read more
The use of alcohol and drugs by a friend or family member can leave us with many unanswered questions, unable to understand what is happening and feeling like you are enduring life on an emotional rollercoaster. You may find yourself struggling with a number of painful and conflicting emotions, including...Read more