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Addiction

Parents of Estranged Addicted Adult Children: Should You Try to Reconcile

The definition of estranged is “a person no longer close or affectionate to someone; alienated.” Families may be dealing with the emotionally painful experience of having an estranged child if the parents stopped communication for something the child has done, the child may have disconnected completely from his or her parents for a particular reason,…

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Stopping a Loved One’s Addiction: What Helps and What Hurts

Addiction is defined as “the persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.” Whether your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, addiction affects more than just the addict — it affects the people around them as well. Stopping an addiction can be very complex, but when doing the…

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Parents: Why You Can’t “Fix” Your Child’s Addiction

You find out that your son or daughter is abusing drugs. What do you do next? Who do you turn to? How do you properly handle the situation? Then you start questioning yourself. Is this my fault? Are they addicted because of the way that I’ve raised him/her? What can I do to stop this?…

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Opiate Tolerance: Does it Mean You are Addicted

Opiates are extremely powerful and addictive drugs that intended to relieve pain. These drugs are derived from the poppy plant and have been used for centuries. Opium, heroin, and codeine are a few examples of opiate drugs, and when taken longer than prescribed, more often than prescribed, or in larger doses than prescribed, they can…

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Stopping Addiction: Why Parents Need to be More Proactive

You can teach your child about the dangers of drugs from the day they were born, consistently pound the message of being drug-free into their heads as they grow up, and persistently monitor who they are hanging out with and what activities they are engaging in, but NONE of that matters if you aren’t doing…

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The Dangers of Relying on Suboxone to Beat Drug Addiction

What is Suboxone? Suboxone is a drug prescribed for two reasons: it relieves chronic pain and helps to treat opioid dependency. Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone, which work together to either relieve chronic pain or serve as an opioid replacement for an individual. Many people who are being professionally treated for opioid…

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Behavioral Changes: Has Your Loved One Become an Addict

When your loved one starts behaving in a way that isn’t typical of them, you may begin to wonder what is going on in their life. Have they started to neglect their personal responsibilities, have relationship problems with family and friends, or act shady and suspicious with their finances? Although each individual situation is different,…

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The Addictive Properties of Inhalants

What Are Inhalants According to drugabuse.gov, inhalants are “volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive, or mind-altering, effect.” People use inhalants by “huffing” them through the mouth or the nose. These flammable substances may include: Spray paint Glue Lighter fluid Aerosol sprays Markers Cleaning products Nail polish/nail polish…

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