Category: family support

Does My Family Need Therapy?

One of the biggest misconceptions about substance use is that the person with the addiction is the only person who needs help. Anyone who has used substances or lived with someone while they were using substances knows that addiction is …

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How Do I Convince My Family I Need Recovery?

The road to our admission to a substance abuse problem has been long, and after a long period of suffering, we have decided to begin our recovery journey. We look to our family and friends for their support, and for …

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A Message to Families of Substance Abusers

A Message to Families of Substance Abusers

Many of you may have heard that Jackie Chan, who is a Narcotics Control Ambassador for the Chinese police, and is an anti-drug advocate, has been struggling with some recent events.  It has become known that his son, Jaycee, has …

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The Family System

Addiction is a family issue that doesn’t just affect the addict.  It is something that every member of the family has to deal with in his/her own way ant this dysfunction is a constant issue within the family.  Each family …

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Help for Co-dependency

Help for Co-dependency

Co-dependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that can affect individuals and families from having healthy, stable relationships.  Originally, co-dependency was a term used to describe people who lived with someone who had an addiction.  However, today the term is …

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Drug Overdosed and Death

69-year-old Mother Died after Cleaning up the Bathroom Where her Son Fatally Overdosed

According to the New York Post, a 69-year-old mother in New York died after cleaning up the bathroom where her son fatally overdosed. Authorities believe she may have come in contact with a highly toxic substance while cleaning up her …

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Helping Family Members Understand Addiction Recovery

Family.  In my work at the AToN Center I have not just had the pleasure of assisting our residents but also coordinating care with various family members.  Here are a few thoughts on how a person in early recovery can …

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What to Expect When a Loved One is in early Recovery

What to Expect When a Loved One is in early Recovery

Having a loved one in recovery from a substance use disorder can be an emotional time, and it can be helpful to know what to expect. Recovery does not occur in 30 days, it is a life-long process. In the beginning …

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Dysregulation in addiction and early Sobriety

Dysregulation in addiction and early Sobriety

An individual making the transition from a life of addiction to recovery faces the task of reorganizing the method in which they live. The influence of addiction on a person’s life can result in a multi-faceted dysregulated experience. Being dysregulated …

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Tough Love and Your Family

Tough Love and Your Family

Considering getting help for a family member with an addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. Sometimes it calls for “Tough Love” which means setting boundaries requiring or promoting the individual to take responsibility for their actions. Often loved …

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