How Drug Addiction Affects Relationships

With the rise of opioid-related deaths, more and more families and loved ones are becoming affected, and substance use disorder treatment, family intervention, and relational repair are needed. Many times, people concentrate on the psychological and physical effects of drug addiction, and many times they are not talking about the social aspect and how drug addiction

Why the Whole Family Needs Recovery from Addiction

Addiction is a family disease. The Recovery Book advises family members of people in recovery that “Everyone in your family, as well as other people in your lives, have been affected by addiction in some way. Now you all need to work on getting your lives back to some kind of normal.” This advice is

When Your Boyfriend is In Recovery Over The Holidays

When Your Boyfriend is In Recovery Over The Holidays By Michael Rass Amy met Danny in the summer of 2007 when they were both working as servers in South Florida. She soon found out that he was misusing drugs and alcohol. Danny had been struggling with addiction for some time. At first Amy thought he

When Your Loved One Goes to Treatment During the Holidays

When Your Loved One Goes to Treatment During the Holidays By Michael Rass The holiday season can be stressful, especially if you have the disease of addiction. Karen and Paul are unable to spend the holidays together for the second year in a row. Both are in recovery, and both thought it was more important

How To Do An Intervention During The Holidays

An intervention can be a powerful tool to help a family member or a friend find help for a problem like addiction. Knowing how to do an intervention is vital, especially with the added stress of the holidays. The intervention meeting needs to be carefully planned and prepared, though. Otherwise, it can leave the situation

Give the Gift of Sobriety

Give the Gift of Sobriety This Holiday Season   Do you remember the last memorable gift you received that gave you joy and made you happy? Maybe it was the train set you always wanted as a kid, the newest perfume that made you feel special as a teen, or the hottest tech gadget as

Enabling Behavior and Codependency in Addiction

Enabling Behaviors, Codependency, and Addiction By Michael Rass Most family members and romantic partners realize in good time how much addiction has changed their loved one. What many don’t realize is how much it can change their own behavior in unhealthy ways. They, too, can develop a dependency. Codependency occurs when individuals who not addicted

Five Levels of Care for Recovery from Addiction

Addiction is a complex disease that requires treatment on multiple levels over a considerable timespan. To ensure continuity of care for patients, the Lakeview Health drug & alcoholism treatment program uses five levels of care. “We have a sophisticated progression,” says Mandy Jack, clinical director at Lakeview Health. “Our programs are designed to ensure that

Why Families Should Be Part of Addiction Treatment

The Recovery Book calls the first stage of recovery the “Red Zone”—the lifesaving zone. “In the Red Zone, the person in recovery is making life-and-death choices.” Once he or she has sought out rehab admission, the patient has to pursue sobriety wholeheartedly, and this can be a big change for everybody—not only for the patient. “You