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How Do I Care for a Spouse in Recovery?

How Do I Care for a Spouse in Recovery?

Substance addiction tends to rock family relationships. When a spouse is addicted to drugs or alcohol, your marriage may enter a phase of turmoil. Luckily, because substance addiction is a treatable disease, there is always hope. If you support a spouse through recovery, expect a significant learning curve, but know that healing is possible. What … Read more

Integrating Family Therapy Into Your Treatment Plan

Integrating Family Therapy Into Your Treatment Plan

Are you thinking of getting more family members involved in your or a loved one’s recovery journey? This desire is natural because family members can offer the kind of emotional support necessary for successful, long-term recovery. Family therapy can also help address issues within the family that may have contributed to substance use disorder (SUD) … Read more

How Codependency Appears With Addiction

How Codependency Appears With Addiction

Codependence is a behavioral pattern characterized by over-reliance on or over-attachment to another person. It can be understood as a relationship addiction. Because people with substance use disorder (SUD) often find it challenging to build and maintain healthy relationships and have fallen prey to chemical dependency, relational codependence often co-occurs with substance addiction. Dual Disorders: … Read more

Getting Your Family Involved While You Are in Residential Rehab

Getting Your Family Involved While You Are in Residential Rehab

Everyone needs support from family members. This is especially true when you are in addiction recovery. Your family is your baseline support system that helps you stay motivated and maintain progress. The importance of family support is why many treatment centers encourage families to get involved in their loved one’s recovery journey. Many facilities offer … Read more

Common Warning Signs of Codependency

Common Warning Signs of Codependency

If you are supporting a loved one who is dealing with substance use disorder (SUD), you should first examine whether your relationship has been enabling or codependent. Knowing how to detect the warning signs can help your loved one reverse course and maintain progress in recovery. Time to Re-Examine Your Relationship SUD always impacts relationships. … Read more

How Do I Rebuild Trust With My Loved Ones?

How Do I Rebuild Trust With My Loved Ones?

What has been the most challenging part of your recovery journey? For many recovering individuals, it is rebuilding trust with family and friends. This is challenging because many people in recovery have previously done things that hurt their loved ones and broke the trust between them. Like all necessary steps of addiction treatment, rebuilding relationships … Read more

What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

What Is the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction?

Did you know that trauma and addiction are closely related? Traumatic stress can cause mental health problems which lead people to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Why does this happen? Understanding this aspect of addiction is the first step toward becoming trauma-informed. What Is Trauma? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines … Read more

How Do You Choose a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

How Do You Choose a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program?

When a person has a dual diagnosis, it means they suffer from both substance use disorder and a mental health disorder at the same time. Treating these co-occurring disorders requires specialized expertise, and not every addiction treatment facility is equipped for such cases. If you or a loved one have a dual diagnosis, choosing the … Read more