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November 27th, 2017

Co-dependency is a behavior that sometimes is classified as a “relationship addiction”. It is an unhealthy obsession with a relationship in which the co-dependent partner becomes dependent on the other even if the relationship is toxic or abusive. It is most commonly referenced when someone has a relationship with a loved one or spouse who is in active addiction.

Co-dependent relationships deter the possibility to have a meaningful and healthy relationship. Co-dependent people have good intentions but are not living a healthy life. They may try to take care of the addict or alcoholic they are involved with or “save” them from their addiction. They can develop addictions of their own or compulsive behaviors. Even if the person they have a relationship with is abusive or mistreating them they may not separate themselves from that individual. They are almost entirely dependent on that relationship and become oblivious to what is really going on. They enable the addict or alcoholic. This can make a situation worse than it already is.

Some might be in denial that they are co-dependent and claim that they just care, but being involved in a co-dependent relationship only harms both parties involved. Non-addicts who are co-dependent with an addict may become just as addicted to the relationship as the addict is to alcohol or drugs. This relationship can also have a broader affect and push other family members or loved ones away. Loved ones begin to takes sides and separate from the unity and support that is necessary.

This is why Al-Anon is so important. It can expose a co-dependent relationship and teach the non-addict exactly what has been transpiring. Without a program like this they may never have otherwise realized their part in what has been going on. Not only do addicts need to recover, but so do those who surround the addict. It is a family disease in which all need to be educated and healed accordingly. Al-Anon is an amazing program that will provide the tools and support needed for families and loved ones of addicts to regain their normal lives and learn what they can do to help the individual in active addiction. Al-Anon is recommended for anyone who is close to an alcoholic or addict no matter if they are in a co-dependent relationship or not.

If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty with drugs or alcohol, please get help.

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Addiction and Abusive Relationships

November 20th, 2017

Studies show that many abusive relationships are accompanied by addiction.

Addiction can manifest itself in many ways. Many individuals in abusive relationships who have trouble getting out of the relationship or are actively abusing their partner have addiction issues. This is not just limited to dependency on a mind-altering chemical. Love and sex addictions also can be a contributing factor in abusive relationships.

Substance abuse can lead to an individual becoming emotionally unstable. When a person is using drugs or alcohol they are not dealing with emotions and feelings in a healthy manner. This may lead to outbursts and fits of anger that are uncontrolled and expressed in an unhealthy ways. The most common example of this type of behavior is an alcoholic male who is intoxicated and physically abuses his wife, but abuse can come in different ways.

Not every abusive relationship is physically abusive. Mental and emotional abuse can be equally as harmful as physical abuse. Individuals with addiction issues tend to have trust and co-dependency issues. This can manifest itself into verbally abusive and controlling behavior; addicts tend to display anger towards another stemming from their own insecurities.

Traits Common in Abusive Personalities
• Uncontrolled anger or violent threats
• Jealousy or low self-esteem
• Background involving sexual, emotional or physical abuse
• Unrealistic expectations
• Isolation
• Recklessness
• Inability to accept responsibility
• Codependent personality disorder
• Love addiction
• Drug or alcohol dependence, self-medication
• Bi-polar disorder

Traits Common in Partners of Abusers
• Intense need for love and affection
• Low self-esteem
• Drug or alcohol dependence
• Enforced isolation creating resentment
• Strong need for a relationship to validate them
• Care-taker
• Repeated attempts to leave the relationship
• Inability to follow through
• Clinical depression
• Codependency issues
• Sex and love addiction issues

If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty with drugs or alcohol, please get help.

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Your Best Bet for Lasting Sobriety

December 27th, 2016

In the quest for sobriety, your choices to achieve this goal are important. Though not the most convenient method, long-term admittance in a reputable rehabilitation facility has proven to be most effective. In recovery, withdrawal symptoms are one’s kryptonite, which can turn back the clock in the blink of an eye. Withdrawal symptoms vary from one person, and one addiction to another.
In trying to overcome an addiction, one might think it to be a rite of passage to tackle it alone, perhaps to prove reform, when the cold, hard truth is, it is hard. No one should have to go through it alone, and no one has to. Long term rehabilitation centers facilitate a safe transition into sobriety. The acute withdrawal symptoms previously mentioned can be properly addressed, as well as the often-forgotten post-acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS. PAWS, on average, appear two months after the detoxification period. The symptoms are similar to the initial withdrawal symptoms, though they tend to veer from the common physiological threats, to be more emotional, and mental in nature, such as depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, and of course, intense cravings. As expected, PAWS pose as much a threat to sobriety, as do the primary withdrawal symptoms, a threat which is thought to be controlled, in the environment of a reputable rehab facility.

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Medical Marijuana and the Law

December 22nd, 2016

With the widespread shift being seen within the borders of the United States as it pertains to marijuana, one may think this opens the doors for teenagers to abuse the drug. There are states such as Florida, and Arkansas which have legalized the use of the drug for medical purposes, with states such as California, Washington, and Massachusetts legalizing recreational use by adults.

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Which Treatment Center is Right for You?

December 20th, 2016

After coming to terms with the fact that your addiction requires an intensive treatment program, it may be overwhelming to consider all your options. In deciding which treatment center is right for you, you will have to engage a great amount of due diligence, to ensure that the program is well suited to your needs. Location will most likely play a part in your decision, so determine the accreditation rating for those centers closest to you, before going any further. You may need to adjust your radius, to find a reputable center.

You know your addiction, so research various techniques and methods employed to treat said addiction.

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