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5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

5 Things NOT to Do When Your Loved One Is Addicted

When it comes to addiction, everyone has his or her preconceived notions. No matter what the experts and research have told us, it’s difficult to separate unbiased fact from personal experience. In the media, addicts are often portrayed as dangerous, untrustworthy criminals. Meanwhile, those of us who have loved ones suffering from addiction will create our own analysis after seeing their self-destructive behaviors. As difficult as it is to watch a person you love suffer from this terrible disease, it’s important to remember that it’s no easier to actually be an addict. Although addiction may seem to be a life […]

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Spirituality and Bonding Boosts Mood in Recovery

Finding a meaningful purpose in life and bonding with other people helps those in treatment for substance abuse ward off depression, a new study shows. Recovering addicts who both feel connected to their spiritual sides and form mature relationships with others enjoy more positive moods during recovery work, says “Attachment Style, Spirituality, and Depressive Symptoms Among Individuals in Substance Abuse Treatment,” a study led by Florida Atlantic University’s School of Social Work.1 Previous studies2,3 have shown that people who feel in touch with their spirituality tend to be happier, but Florida Atlantic University’s paper was the first to document how […]

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The Alcohol-Broken Bone Connection

The Alcohol-Broken Bone Connection

We all know that heavy drinking can lead to a host of health risks, but who would have guessed that broken bones are among them? It turns out that doctors have begun connecting alcohol abuse with an increased likelihood of broken bones, and this doesn’t just refer to accidents like drunken falls or car accidents while driving impaired. Statistics suggest that a heavy drinker’s risk of bone fracture is equal to that of a non-drinker a decade or two older than them. And if they do break a bone, they face longer healing times and more complications. The reasons may […]

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Meth-Inspired Candy Going Too Far?

Meth-Inspired Candy Going Too Far?

We’ve all seen the ads for products inspired by TV programs or characters, but one Albuquerque, New Mexico, candy shop is taking the “As Seen On TV” idea even further. Taking a cue from the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, which features a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer, the candy shop has begun selling “meth” candy. Before you get into an uproar, the concoction doesn’t contain any real drugs. Still, Debbie Hall, aka the “Candy Lady,” told Fox News she’s already sold several hundred bags of what is essentially pulverized, colored rock candy. Each bag retails for a dollar, and […]

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Talking to Kids About Your Drug Addiction and Trip to Rehab

It’s not an easy discussion to have, but talking to your kids about the medical disorder that is drug addiction is something that you will need to do before you head off to drug rehab. You’ll need to let them know where you’ll be going, how long you’ll be gone, that you need to get treatment help in order to get well and – above all else – that you love them and want to get better so that you can be a better parent for them. Your Kids Know More About Your Drug Addiction Than You Think Before you […]

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