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Surefire Signs Your Loved One is Abusing Opioids [Fentanyl, Heroin]

Opioid abuse has many well-known adverse effects. But how can you tell if someone using opioids? how can you tell if someone is using heroin or fentanyl?The consequences of opioid use are serious and often lead to intense physical dependence.…
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My Parent is Addicted to Heroin

Living with parents addicted to heroin (or other opioids such as fentanyl) can be frustrating. Your parents’ substance abuse may create a tense or unsafe home environment. If your parents have shown no willingness to stop their drug use despite…

Myths About Addiction that Prevent Families from Helping [List]

Just like so many other difficult topics, something as complex as addiction is subject to misleading information. There are probably hundreds of myths about addiction. Some of these myths began over 100 years ago when substances were banned…
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What is it Like to Live with a Drug Addicted Family Member?

There may be nothing more stressful than living with an addicted family member. It doesn't matter what drug they are addicted to. While the drugs they use may be different from family to family, their behaviors are very similar.
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Have an Addicted Loved One? Here’s How to Seek Help [For You]

Often, addiction is looked upon as a personal disease: it only affects the person taking the drugs and consuming the alcohol. Families strive to find their loved ones help through different avenues such as rehab or special meetings like Alcoholics…
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Beginning the Journey: Detox vs. Cold Turkey

If you are ready to finally get off drugs for good, the road to recovery you choose can make the battle for sobriety even more difficult. You can choose to detox in a professional facility or try to go cold turkey to gain freedom from your addiction.…

When Should You Hold an Intervention?

When should you hold an intervention? This question is one that many families ask themselves. It can be challenging to try to help a loved one struggling with addiction. In this resource, we discuss how to know it's time to hold an intervention.  Table…
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How to Talk to an Addict in Recovery

In this guide, we go through the best way to talk to someone in recovery. It can be difficult to know exactly what to say and what not to say.  Here’s a look through the eyes of someone who is in recovery. What matters to them, and how…
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The Importance of Service in Recovery

Service, simply put, is helping out in a group. In addiction we become so focused on ourselves that we lose the habit of considering what others need. In early sobriety, getting involved in helping others can be critical and is beneficial to…