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  • 12-step Programs: Working Towards Freedom From Addiction

    Our libraries and book stores are filled with books on addiction and treatment centers have materialized in cities across the globe; addiction has touched the lives of most people. More >> 12 step programs working towards freedom from addiction.pdf  
  • 4 Lessons I Learned About Confronting My substance Abusing Teen

    When I first discovered that my daughter was using marijuana and alcohol, I was blindsided. More >> 4 Lessons I learned about Confronting My Substance Abusing Teen.pdf  
  • 5 Things You Need to Know about Relapse

    People in recovery and their families are often terrified of relapse. Understanding the following 5 points may help. More >> 5 Things You Need to Know About Relapse.pdf  
  • 6 Symptoms of Food Addiction and 8 Ways to Overcome It

    Do you think you may have a food addiction? Consider the following symptoms and how you can overcome food addiction. More >> 6 Symptoms of Food Addiction and 8 Ways to Overcome It.pdf  
  • 7 Tips on How to Discuss a Child’s Drug Addiction with Your Other Children

    Blogger Carole Bennett, MA is author of the book “Reclaim Your Life – You and the Alcohol/Addict” ( and the founder of Family Recovery Solutions, a counseling center for family and friends of loved ones with a drug or alcohol p More >> tips on how to discuss a child.pdf  
  • 7 Truths About My Addict That Took 5 Years To Learn

    I feel deep empathy toward parents just beginning the terrible journey of their child’s drug addiction — and those facing the turmoil of a next step: rehab, incarceration, dislodging the addict from the family home. These are still open and fresh wounds f More >> 7 Truths About My Addict That Took Five Years to learn.pdf  
  • 8 Personal Conclusions I’ve Reached as the Parent of an Addict in Recovery

    My son stopped using over two years ago. For seven years he was addicted to drugs and, by the end, was a heroin addict. Today he is drug-free and working to put his life back together. More >> 8 personal conclusions i've reached as the parent of an addict in recovery.pdf  
  • 9 Steps to Take When Your Recovering Teen Comes Home from Treatment

    It is easy to have high expectations for a teen coming home from some kind of treatment, but what they need to know, is how important they are to their recovery — that failure is not the end and success is up to them. More >> 9 Steps to Take When Your Recovering Teen Comes Home From Treatment.pdf  
  • A Mother’s Thoughts on Blame

    My journal entry: I want to blame someone – anyone - for my son’s addiction. More >> A mother's thoughts on blame.pdf  
  • A Tale of Two Diseases

    In early 2000, Darryl Strawberry once again pleaded “no contest” to charges of cocaine possession and that, this time, he was suspended from baseball for one full year came as a surprise and disappointment to many people. Newspaper headlines called this l More >> A tale of two diseases.pdf  
  • A Trip Inside The Mind Of An Addicted Teen

    I saw and experienced more than I was able to handle as a child. My father was an alcoholic which resulted in chaos in our family including physical and verbal abuse in my parents’ marriage. By the time I was a teenager I was lonely, hurt, and angry. More >> A trip inside the mind of an addicted teen.pdf  
  • About the High-Functioning Addict

    As you’re reading through stories of addiction, you might find it hard to see yourself in the descriptions. More >> About the High-Functioning Addict.pdf  
  • Acceptance Doesn’t Mean Condoning a Loved One’s Addiction

    It is difficult to recognize what acceptance is in this context. I went through this with my family for the past two decades – going back and forth about what it meant to accept that my child has a problem with drugs. More >> Acceptance doesn't mean condoning a loved ones drug problem.pdf  
  • Addicted to Our Drug Addict

    Although I have always hesitated to be an advocate for anything because perspectives often change over time, I do consider myself now an advocate for living the best life I can. This means acknowledging the fact that no one has control over the choices I More >> Addicted to our drug addict.pdf  
  • Addiction and Family

    There is no question that drug addiction affects families in a multitude of ways — financially, emotionally and functionally. More >> Addiction and Family.pdf  
  • Addiction Is a Disease

    You may think: I drink alcohol and I know my limits. Alcoholics just don’t know how to control themselves. More >> Addiction is a disease.pdf  
  • Addiction Myths

    Myth 1: People choose to become addicted to drug and alcohol. Most people start using drugs and alcohol occasionally, which is a voluntary decision. However, the more they choose to use, the more they become addicted. As the addiction grows they end up b More >> Addiction Myths.pdf  
  • Addiction Treatment: How Can We Make Things Better? A Q&A with Maia Szalavitz, part 4

    When it comes to addiction treatment, too often there is a disconnect between what people with an addiction need — and what they get. More >> q&a with maia szalavitz part 4.pdf  
  • An Open Letter to My Son or Anyone with a Drug Addiction

    Life is not easy. It’s not easy if you are a drug addict or even if you are not an addict. It’s all about evolution. The strong survive. It’s not just about physical strength; it is more about mental strength. Do you have the will to survive? Do you hav More >> an open letter to my son or anyone with a drug addiction.pdf  
  • Behind Closed Doors: Is Drug Addiction a Secret Worth Keeping?

    Secrets. What should we do about the secrets we keep? Many people who have loved ones that are drug addicts and alcoholics consider addiction a secret to be kept. More >> behind closed doors is addiction a secret worth keeping.pdf  
  • Breaking Free of Sex Addiction

    When a person fails to overcome an addiction they will usually feel, "I can't do it. I'm stuck. I'll never break free." More >> Breaking Free of Sex Addiction.pdf  
  • Breaking the stigma of addiction

    Cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and epilepsy are all examples of diseases that a person can acquire. When a person tells their friends and family that her or she is diagnosed with kidney disease, they are given support and encouragement to maintain a heal More >> Breaking the stigma of addiction.pdf  
  • Caffeine Addiction

    Caffeine, found in coffee, tea and most soft drinks, is a central nervous system stimulant which occurs naturally in many plants. It acts differently to other addictive drugs like cocaine or amphetamines by blocking adenosine receptors. More >> Caffeine Addiction.pdf  
  • Caring For Yourself in Order to Care for Someone Else

    Many parents who have a child struggling with substance abuse notice that these concerns start to consume huge amounts of time and energy. More >> caring for yourself in order o care for someone else.pdf  
  • Causes Of Addiction

    There is much debate about the causes of addiction. Because there are two components to addiction --the physical addiction and the psychological addiction-- it is likely that many factors create a risk for addiction. In the case of certain drugs such as m More >> Causes of addiction.pdf  
  • Children of addicted parents

    Alcoholism and other drug addiction have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. More >> Children of addicted parents.pdf  
  • Complications Of Addiction

    Health - addiction to a substance, be it a drug, narcotic or nicotine usually has health consequences. In the case of drug/alcohol addiction there may be mental/emotional as well as physical health problems. In the case of nicotine addiction the problems More >> Complications Of Addiction.pdf  
  • Courage, Change and Acceptance

    We’ve heard that necessity is the mother of invention and that change emerges when you can’t keep doing something the same way. Mental balance is sometimes that necessity. More >> coming off different drugs.pdf  
  • Dealing With an Addict

    If you live, work or socialize with a drug addict, you may spend a lot of time wondering how you can help this person, or whether you should help at all. More >> Dealing With an Addict.pdf  
  • Dealing With Computer And Internet Addiction

    Does your wife, girlfriend, parent, or sibling ever tell you that you are spending too much time on the computer? That you are neglecting your responsibilities? That you are becoming more irritable and unsociable? More >> Dealing With Computer And Internet Addiction.pdf