• Supporting an Addict Who’s Relapsed

    The path toward recovery from addiction often isn’t a straight line. It’s important that family and friends know what to do, and what not to do, at this critical time. Seeing a loved one return to drugs or alcohol during or after addiction treatment can be devastating to family and friends. You may feel as […]

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  • Adolescence ‘Critical Period’ for Initiation of Substance Use

    Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction1 started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18, according to a national study released by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. The study, Adolescent Substance Use: America’s #1 Public Health Problem, reveals that adolescence is […]

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  • The Beginning of the End of Isolation

    Most of us have struggled with relationships because we were not taught how to have relationships, and our addiction didn’t help! Step Eight challenges you not only to heal your current relationships, but to face your past and heal the relationships that have already been scarred by your addiction. Step Eight reinforces the importance of […]

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  • Discovering Choices: Our Recovery in Relationships

    One of Al-Anon’s latest books explores the many facets of our recovery in relationships. Drawing on the experience, strength, and hope of hundreds of members, it sheds light on how alcoholism has affected many different types of relationships in many different ways. It also shares why various Al-Anon tools have been helpful in improving our […]

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  • Effects of Substance Abuse on the Family

    When one family member is afflicted with the disease of drug or alcohol addiction, the entire family is affected. Repercussions can take the form of spouse or child abuse, divorce, accidents and negligence, financial loss, stress, and many other effects not so readily apparent. Family members may invest substantial efforts into keeping up appearances for […]

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  • Facts for Families about Co-occurring Disorders

    As many as 65% of people with alcohol and other drug addictions suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders. What is a co-occurring disorder? Co-occurring disorder refers to the coexistence of a substance use disorder-alcohol or other drug abuse or addiction-and a mental health disorder. Mental health disorders that may commonly occur with addiction include mood […]

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  • How to Help a Loved One in Recovery

    Addiction is a family disease and recovery is a family process. Here are tips that will help you help your entire family recover. Instructions 1. Addiction is a family disease. The addicted person becomes the focus in the family. If the addict is sober, everyone relaxes; if high, everyone is tense. To relieve the tension, […]

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