Addiction and the Family: The Negative Impact and Consequences of Addiction Stigma

The Negative Impact and Consequences of Addiction Stigma on the Families and Friends of Addicts. It is critically important that the family understand that addiction is a grave and chronic brain disease. This is a proven medical fact. So why is there a stigma attached to addiction? Why do family members often feel ashamed and Read More …

A Message to Families: What is Needed for Recovery to be Effective?

Honesty, open-mindedness, and a willingness to ask for and receive help – these are the keys for your family member’s recovery to be successful. The addict is the only person that can admit they have an addiction. The disease itself tells them they don’t have it. Why? No one wants to be an addict or Read More …

5 Ways to Support Your Loved One in Seeking Treatment for Their Addiction

It can be extremely difficult when you see the person you love choosing drugs or alcohol over everything in their life. You may look at your loved one and not even recognize them. The joy and life that used to be so present on their face has disappeared. You feel helpless and you don’t know Read More …

Addiction – What Can the Family Do?

This is a question that most family members of an addict struggle with greatly. They often feel helpless and hopeless. Over and over, they ask themselves, “Why is this  happening? Why doesn’t our loved one just stop? How could anyone be so self destructive? Why do they keep hurting themselves and everyone else?” By Charles Read More …

Letter from an Addicted Daughter: The Difficulty In Loving Me

Dear Mom and Dad, I wake up every day and the first thing on my mind is getting high. I can’t stand to be in my own skin any longer. If I feel for too long, I shrivel up inside. I can’t feel this pain. I have to escape it and be rid of it Read More …

5 Ways My Family Helped Me Seek Help for My Addiction

As a person in long term recovery, I know what it is like to live addicted. I know how my addiction hurt my family and I know the chaos that addiction can bring to a family. They say that addiction is a family disease. The person living in their addiction is not the only one Read More …