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Teens and Recognizing Depression

The Mayo Clinic defines teen depression as a serious medical condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities. Depression affects how a teen thinks, feels and behaves, and the condition makes functioning on a day-to-day basis quite difficult. Depression in teens is one of the leading causes of drug abuse, addiction and suicide in young people. As adolescents try to manage...

How Learned Behaviors Could Pass Your Substance Abuse On to Your Children

: Because children learn through observation, their risk of developing addiction later in life increases when they live with people who model such behavior Although family history can factor in to whether or not someone develops a drug addiction, an even stronger indicator is if a child learns addictive behaviors from other people. Children learn by observing and then by doing, so adults pass along both good and bad...

Why You Shouldn’t Rush to Diagnose ADHD

It may seem like your child has ADHD, but it is also common for excessive energy to be mistaken for this disease One of the most commonly diagnosed emotional or mental conditions is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While this condition can affect people of any age, it is often first recognized in childhood. New medications have been developed, including amphetamine salts sold under the brand names...

How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

Loved ones experiencing trauma Many people struggle with how to approach a loved one who has experienced a serious trauma. Trauma, including injury, illness, assault, robbery or other violent incidences, is not an experience we would wish on anyone, especially someone we love. You may feel helpless to see someone you care about experience a difficult situation, but there are ways you can help your loved one and...

4 Reasons to Confront a Loved One Who Is Addicted

If you have an addicted loved one, you have likely already witnessed his or her erratic behaviors and changes in demeanor. It has likely not been easy for you to watch. Having a loved one battle with addiction can be very stressful as it impacts not only his or her life in a negative manner, but also yours as well. As hard as it might be, it is critical that you confront your addicted loved one. When doing this, it...

What Is Your Role in Your Loved One’s Addiction?

A person can play many different roles in the life of a loved one suffering from addiction. The most important thing to consider is whether you are helping or hurting your loved one’s recovery from addiction. If you are not actively attempting to help your loved one recover from the addiction, then you are holding him or her back from recovery. There are ways you can help your loved one beat the addiction, but...

What Can I Do If a Loved One Stops Seeing a Counselor?

There are many reasons for seeing a counselor. Whatever the reason, when people stop going to appointments before their counselor releases them, family and friends may feel concern. They worry that the problem that prompted the counseling will return, worsen,\ or fail to improve. How Addiction Starts An important first step at this point is to determine the underlying cause for avoiding counseling. There are any...

My Husband Refuses to See an Addiction Counselor: What Can I Do?

Addiction is a confusing and frightening disease – not only for the addicts, but for those who love them. The psychological underpinnings of addiction will often prevent people from getting the help they need, but there are several things loved ones – especially spouses – can do to help. How Addiction Works Addiction is both a physical and psychological disease. Substances like drugs and alcohol often replace...

How to Tell Your Fiancé You Are Addicted

Addicts are really great at one thing; hiding their addiction from those who are around them. It is true that their addictions will eventually become painfully obvious to others, and that they are struggling with the abuse of drugs or alcohol. But, how do you approach your fiancé and come clean about your addiction? How do you get sober before getting married? How to Discuss Addiction with Your Fiancé No marriage...

My Spouse Is Hiding an Addiction

No one knows your spouse better than you; however, it may still take you by surprise when you find that your spouse has a secret addiction. Addicts become very adept at keeping their addiction from those around them. But, even with their best efforts, addicts very often bring their addictions to light. Questions about Addiction When dealing with an addicted spouse you may feel overwhelmed and confused about the...

How to Handle Family Arguments over Addiction

An addicted family member puts stress on the entire family. His or her addiction can lead to arguments, financial struggles and more that put a family at risk. Getting family addiction help will ensure that your family unit is preserved and that your addicted loved one gets the help he or she needs. Do Arguments Really Work? When was the last time that you sat down with your addicted loved one to confront him or her...

I’m Sober but My Spouse Uses Drugs

When considering what to do about your spouse’s addiction, ask yourself the following questions: How do you know if your spouse needs rehab? This question is one that only you can truly answer. As the person who lives with and knows your spouse better than anyone else, you are in a unique position to understand her situation. Having been through rehab yourself you are no doubt aware of how a drug addiction and...

Learning to Deal with the Addicted Person in Your Life

When a person has an addiction, his or her loved ones suffer as well with the pain and trouble that addiction brings. When someone you love is struggling with substance use, you may feel helpless or frightened. Your loved one may behave in unusual ways, and your relationships may be strained. There is hope for this cycle to end. You can learn how to deal with the addicted person in your life, so you can have a...

How to Stop Enabling an Addict

When an individual becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, use usually starts with an occasional indulgence or temporary prescription before turning into a strong habit. When another person allows or encourages a person to continue using drugs or alcohol, it is enabling. There are few people who plan or want to enable a loved one. If you are inadvertently enabling someone you love in his or her addiction, it is...

Addiction and Child Custody

Addiction is a complicated disease that affects the mind and body. Connected physical and psychological characteristics of addiction make it difficult if not impossible to conquer this disease without serious experienced help. Some people find themselves trapped by chemical dependency as a result of previous mistakes, while others did nothing more reckless than filling a legitimate prescription. Regardless of how or...

Family Addiction Counselor

An addiction not only devastates the life of the person who has become dependent on drugs and/or alcohol, but it also strikes an incredible blow to their family. The family of an individual hooked on drugs experiences a great deal of pain, frustration and fear. Even when an addict has been successfully treated, the family may still have issues that are difficult, if not impossible, to immediately get over. In order...

Teen Addiction Counselor

Teenage drug addiction continues to be a problem in our society. Teens today are not only using drugs which have been popular for the past five decades; recent times have opened up a whole bevy of prescription drugs to teenagers, leading to a plethora of teen prescription drug addictions. Fortunately, this type of addiction can be treated just like one to illicit drugs. Drug addiction therapy is almost always built...