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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

4 Benefits of Person-First Language

4 Benefits of Person-First Language

Putting the person first when describing someone with a disability or disease can positively influence the images and impressions we form about them. When it comes to our use of language in combatting addiction-related stigma, person-first language is critical in fostering an environment of dignity, mutual respect, positivity, and hope. Read on to discover four … Read more

How Do You Mitigate the Negative Effects of Your Addiction on Family Members?

How Do You Mitigate the Negative Effects of Your Addiction on Family Members?

Substance use disorder (SUD) doesn’t just affect the person experiencing it; it affects whole families. Those dealing with SUD need to understand the family as a social system when it comes to their disorder. While the family might have been the place where substance use originated, it is also a space for ultimate healing. What … Read more

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Why Are Adverse Childhood Experiences Associated With Addiction?

Did you know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been recognized by health professionals as risk factors for mental health illnesses and substance use disorder (SUD)? Getting treatment for ACEs requires interventions with mental health professionals that help alleviate neurological damage. Without trauma-informed care, ACEs may drive children and young people toward substance addiction. Because … Read more

The Harmful Effects of Alcohol Addiction

The Harmful Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Most people know that drinking too much may harm their health, though most don’t know that alcohol addiction may have negative effects on their physical, mental and emotional health. It may also disrupt family relationships and cause lasting emotional pain. Alcohol use has become so normalized in social settings that many individuals and families experience … Read more

How Long Does It Take Your Brain to Recover From Addiction?

How Long Does It Take Your Brain to Recover From Addiction?

Many people who have started using addictive substances are not aware that the harmful chemicals found in drugs and alcohol may change brain chemistry. A person’s brain goes through substantial changes, especially before age 25. The brain’s neurotransmitters are capable of adapting while seeking balance in its production of dopamine, and interrupting this process with … Read more

Caregiving for Someone Recovering from Addiction and Mental Illness

Caregiving for Someone Recovering from Addiction and Mental Illness

Just as a person’s substance addiction may impact a family’s everyday life and social relationships, recovery from addiction concerns families and communities. Lack of family support can create a gap in care for recovering individuals. In situations when a relative needs to step in as a caregiver for someone recovering from addiction, they must understand … Read more

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Why Are Overworked People More Susceptible to Substance Addiction?

Overwork (working for more than 40 hours a week) can increase the risk of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Work addiction does not yet have a definition with much consensus within the medical community, but it is an existing problem that can bring stress which often seeks an outlet through drugs and alcohol. Understanding how … Read more