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Family & Loved Ones

Can You Bring Your Pets to Treatment?

Addiction treatment is not an easy process. It’s typically a challenging and uncomfortable journey that can involve a lot of discomfort, both physical and emotional. It requires taking a good hard look at oneself to discover the roots of what led to substance abuse. Withdrawal itself can be incredibly trying. However, the end result of […]

Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Addiction Treatment and Why None of Them Matter

Even if there are 100 good reasons to leave for rehab right away, it seems like it is never hard to come up with many more reasons to procrastinate and postpone getting help. Family constraints, work commitments, financial limitations, or denial that a problem that requires treatment exists can all seem like valid reasons to […]

Functional vs Dysfunctional Families

I spend a lot of time here talking about the bigger picture of addiction. Not just the addict, but the great environment. I talk about the emotions, the feelings, signs, symptoms, how addiction effects not just the addict, but the entire family and friend circle. One important step in the recovery process is understanding some […]

The Lost Child

We are continually writing new posts in hopes of helping families and loved ones better understand addiction and its effect on their lives. One of the simplest and most fundamental elements to understand is that the active addict is not the only one participating in the addiction. Friends, family members and loved ones all may […]