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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Bobby Coffey posted in For Family Members, Addiction, Drugs, Alcohol

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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Recognizing a High Functioning Alcoholic

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2017 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to work, socialize and participate in activities without being hindered by their drinking. Some individuals may even seem to be sober and are top achievers and dedicated workers. Even though this presentation of substance use disorder shows up in someone who functions well in society, they still have a substance use disorder and face all the risks associated with excessive or prolonged alcohol consumption. Learning more about this type of substance use disorder can help you recognize the signs in yourself or others and take the first step towards getting them help.

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Opioid Addiction: New SAMHSA Interactive Recovery Tool

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2017 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Drugs, Addiction, For Family Members

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When you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, making the decision to get help is often difficult enough. Then you have to decide how to get help and try to understand the options for treatment. The ravaging effects of substances on the brain make that process even more difficult. Thankfully, a tool has recently been developed to help those who are trying to make treatment decisions.

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The Addiction Cycle Part I: Key Points for Addiction Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2017 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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If you or a loved one suffers from a substance use disorder, commonly referred to as an “addiction,” you will often feel like one of those hamsters on a wheel. No matter how hard you try, you just cannot seem to get off the nightmare merry-go-round of suffering. You may have tried to quit several times or entered treatment only to fall back into the same old pattern again. 

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Marijuana Use in Teens & Young Adults: 3 Key Points for Family Members

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2016 / by Bobby Coffey posted in For Family Members, Drugs

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Many families will find themselves at some point engaged in a conversation with their teenagers and young adults about marijuana. Often, parents and other loved ones are told by their younger relatives multiple reasons why smoking “pot” is OK. “It’s not that bad for me”, “Everyone is doing it”, “It is better than drinking”, “It is legal now” and the infamous “You did it when you were young.”

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The Drinking Has Stopped, But the Fighting Hasn't. What's Wrong?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 03, 2016 / by Bobby Coffey posted in For Family Members

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Recovering from alcoholism is extremely difficult, and quitting drinking is only the first step.  If you are in recovery, you know that you have been through many changes.  Your brain is healing from the effects of alcohol.  You have had to deal with and face life circumstances without being able to rely on having a drink to release the stress or numb the pain.  You have had to start to think about yourself and your life in a new way.  As equally important, is that your family relationships have had to adjust to your new sobriety.

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Am I Codependent?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2016 / by Bobby Coffey posted in For Family Members

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One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is codependency. 

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Underage Drinking: What you need to know and how you can help.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 01, 2016 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Alcohol, For Family Members

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Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the constant bombardment of advertising day-in and day-out.  We all see ads showing up in some most unexpected places and alcohol advertising is no different.  One recent ad campaign looks like it’s promoting safe drinking by showing women shunning their nearly passed out would be suitors, only to actually be for a beer company.

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Identifying Triggers Can Reduce Chances of a Relapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 01, 2016 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs

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One of the pitfalls of successful recovery from addiction is relapse.  There are many factors that can contribute to the backslide into these dark places.

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How do I Take Care of Myself While Living With Someone Addicted to Substances?

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2015 / by Bobby Coffey posted in Addiction, For Family Members

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Discovering that a close friend or loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol can be devastating. The first response may be to confront them about it, however, this frequently accomplishes nothing more than pushing them further away and alienating yourself from them.

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