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  • Although you may have the best intentions and mean well, enabling an addict actually contributes to their addiction. Learn the warning signs of enabling behavior and how to break the toxic cycle.

    How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict

    How to Stop Enabling a Drug Addict

    by Sharon Smith106

  • Find out the cold, hard truth on how to quit smoking. Over the years, I tried to quit many times—but nothing ever worked. This is the technique I used to kick the habit for good.

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    The Cold, Hard Truth About How I Quit Smoking

    by jamesmuia3

  • Workaholics' lives are out of balance because they spend most of their time working, or thinking about work. This work focus could affect their physical and emotional health and relationships.

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    Workaholism: Challenges and Steps to Recovery

    by Yvette Stupart PhD17

  • Do you have a loved one who is an alcoholic? Understand the nature of alcoholism, as well as your codependent role. I write from personal experience, having lived both sides of the equation.

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    How Does an Alcoholic Ruin Your Life?

    by Susan Reid141

  • It is very difficult watching a loved one struggle with an addiction, especially an eating disorder. While they first need to want to help themselves, there are ways you can help a friend with anorexia or bulimia, regardless of where they are in recovery.

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    How to Help a Friend With Anorexia or Bulimia

    by Stephanie Hicks18

  • When you have an alcoholic in your life who is trying to stay sober, the holidays can be a real minefield of potential disasters.

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    Dry Christmases Are Possible

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • For a long time, methadone detox/maintenance coupled with Narcotics Anonymous meetings was the only way to treat drug abuse long-term on an outpatient basis. A discussion of suboxone and subutex.

    Drug Addiction Treatment:  Suboxone & Subutex

    Drug Addiction Treatment: Suboxone & Subutex

    by becauseilive232

  • Whether you're an adult or still a child, being the kid of an alcoholic really sucks because you try so hard to pretend like everything's normal, when it REALLY isn't.

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    Children of Alcoholics Have Really Great Masks

    by Chris St-Jean0

  • Many find addiction recovery within a well hiked path, others find it on the road less traveled. Yet some will find recovery where no one has traveled before. The differences are many, but no path is superior to the other.

    There Is No GPS on the Pathway to Addiction Recovery

    There Is No GPS on the Pathway to Addiction Recovery

    by Lesa Densmore0

  • Everyone knows that cigarette smoke is bad for you, but what do cigarettes actually do? How does it cause cancer and what inside it makes it bad for you?

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    Cigarette Smoking Facts

    by Angela Michelle Schultz9

  • I believe it is common knowledge that being an addict can be a long difficult road, but people rarely talk about what it is like to love and/or live with someone who is an addict.

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict

    by Cal Reid4

  • Like any drug, alcohol is dangerous to the abuser's body, brain, and nervous system. In order to repair the damage, it is important to understand the effects of alcohol abuse.

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    How to Reverse Damage From Alcohol Abuse

    by Roxanne Lewis44

  • What can you say to a recovering addict who is craving the substance of their addiction? I was addicted to crack cocaine for 12 years. These are the words that helped me through my recovery.

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    What to Say to a Recovering Addict

    by Eric Dunbar39

  • When Al-Anon members do their 9th Step amends, they often have to apologize and change their behavior towards the alcoholics in their life, as well as towards friends and family members. It is not as hard as you may have feared. Find out how to get started.

    Alcoholism and the Ninth Step in Al-Anon: How to Make Amends

    Alcoholism and the Ninth Step in Al-Anon: How to Make Amends

    by Deborah-Diane7

  • Discusses imaging techniques determining causal factors of addiction, as well as a study showing that signs of cravings are apparent for days, and possibly even weeks or months, after death.

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    How Addiction Hijacks Our Brain Even After Death

    by Natalie Frank3

  • Are drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict.

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free

    by Susan Reid194

  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports a nationwide increase in opiate addiction and overdoses. Is addiction a disease or a choice? Some would argue that it is a "disease of choice."

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    Addiction Is a Disease of Choice

    by Timothy R Berman1

  • For many of us, admitting that there is a substance abuse problem leads to fear, shame, and embarrassment. A willingness to break through the denial, however, can lead to live-saving perspectives.

    14 Ways People Excuse Their Substance Abuse

    14 Ways People Excuse Their Substance Abuse

    by Marilyn L Davis3

  • Do you think you may have an addiction problem? Are you seeking help? This is the story of how I learned I had a problem with alcohol. I hope my words will help others considering treatment.

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    An Alcoholic's Journey to Recovery

    by Mark Choat2

  • Electronic cigarette, e-cig, and vapor cigarette are common names for a personal vaporizer that allows one to smoke without the health hazards of regular cigarettes.

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    What Exactly Is an Electronic Cigarette?

    by Melissa Flagg OSC8

  • Many people want to get the most done each day as possible. That means that stopping your routine to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night is almost impossible. As more people turn to drugs to help them sleep, you start to wonder: Is it safe to take Advil PM to sleep? Learn about the pros and cons below.

    The Pros and Cons of Taking Advil PM to Fall Asleep

    The Pros and Cons of Taking Advil PM to Fall Asleep

    by rlleon420

  • Overusing nasal decongestant sprays may actually cause more congestion rather than relieving it. This is how I developed an addiction to Afrin and how I was able to stop using it.

    Causes and Treatment of Rebound Nasal Congestion

    Causes and Treatment of Rebound Nasal Congestion

    by Charlotte Doyle3

  • Stop Nicotine and Quit (SNAQ) is a chemical-free, simple plan to achieve a smoke-free life. Wean yourself, panic-free, from nicotine over a course of time that is comfortable for you.

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method

    by Carla J Behr6

  • Trying to understand an alcoholic is an impossible task for most non-alcoholics. I used to be an alcoholic, and in this article I will attempt to take you inside the mind of someone who is dependent.

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    What Is It Like to Be an Alcoholic?

    by Bill Holland115

  • So you want to stop smoking reefer, eh? It may seem like it's too hard, but I'm here to say you can do it. I successfully quit myself, and here I will share the strategies that worked for me.

    12 Tips to Quit Smoking Pot

    12 Tips to Quit Smoking Pot

    by stevenseiler26

  • If there is an opposite of addiction, it might be mindfulness. While addiction often involves running from feelings and numbing pain, mindfulness involves learning to stay with and accept pain and discomfort. Practicing mindfulness skills during treatment can help maintain sobriety beyond treatment.

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Using Mindfulness Techniques in Substance Abuse Treatment

    by Kim Harris24

  • Going through addiction recovery is one of the biggest challenges—and accomplishments—in life. Music has helped me get through some of those difficult times.

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    Top 10 Addiction Recovery Playlist

    by Mark Choat1

  • The disease of alcoholism is baffling (actually, it's cunning, baffling and powerful). To the outside observer, the drinker's self-destructive behavior makes no sense. To the drinker him/herself, it doesn't make much sense, either. Perhaps as...

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    You Might Be Alcoholic: Warning Signs

    by Susan Reid96

  • This article explores some of the reasons behind addictions to nicotine, food, and alcohol, as well as the potential to overcome and recover from their control.

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    The Struggles of Overcoming Addictions

    by Colleen Swan15

  • The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the 7 stages of sin.

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    The 7 Deadly Sins of Gambling Addiction

    by Krzysztof Willman20

  • The stigma surrounding methadone as treatment for opiate addiction is strong. This article seeks to dispel some of the myths related to MMT, which I successfully used to conquer my heroin addiction.

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    5 Myths About Methadone Treatment

    by becauseilive264

  • What a lot of people don't want to talk about, and what your doctor won't tell you. Xanax addiction is serious, and so are the withdrawal symptoms. Here I share my experience.

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    Xanax Addiction and Withdrawal - My Story

    by Rebecca4

  • Playing video games for many can be an innocent form of entertainment, and many can game without developing problems. The intent of this article is to provide information about the pitfalls—the "dark side"—to video gaming, and the growing addiction concerns.

    What Is Video Game Addiction and How Do You Treat It?

    What Is Video Game Addiction and How Do You Treat It?

    by Lesa Densmore0

  • A successful recovery requires mindfulness, dedication, determination, consistency, and motivation. Managing addiction recovery is not an easy task, no matter how long you've been in recovery.

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    Addiction Recovery Life Hacks

    by Mark Choat0

  • Did you know that it's possible to get addicted to nasal sprays? Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. This is what I did to break my dependence.

    How to Break a Nasal Spray Addiction

    How to Break a Nasal Spray Addiction

    by Nicole Canfield12

  • Studies show that it may take several attempts to successfully kick the smoking habit. For one person it may take only 5 quits to succeed; for another, it may take 10. For me, it was more than that.

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    Quit Smoking Cigarettes - Becoming a Non-Smoker

    by Efficient Admin35

  • Gambling addiction is often misunderstood and plagued with misconceptions. This article is an informative must-read for anyone trying to understand gambling addiction, the "Silent Killer."

    Understanding Gambling Addiction

    Understanding Gambling Addiction

    by Lesa Densmore0

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