• A Daughter’s Perspective on Her Father’s Alcoholism

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    I often wonder what my life would’ve been like if my father wasn’t an alcoholic; I dreamed of growing up in America and having a stable family life – one where I felt safe and secure. A life that every child deserves. My father’s substance abuse deeply affected my family. We escaped to the other […]

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  • Here’s How a Mother Sets Boundaries

    Since her daughter was still actively drinking, Martha opted to set boundaries.

    Since her daughter was still actively drinking, Martha opted to set boundaries.

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    When Martha’s phone rang at five a.m., she knew it was Katy…again. She’d been living with Katy’s drunk dialing for far too long. Martha wanted to help her daughter, but she was dealing with depression herself and just a few weeks away from major hip surgery. Martha knew it was time to set some boundaries, […]

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  • Sober Moms vs Using Moms: Who Handles Stress Better?

    New research confirms substance abuse doesn't make a mom's job any easier.

    New research confirms substance abuse doesn't make a mom's job any easier.

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    Meet Diane The stress of motherhood was taking its toll and Diane was glad she no longer had the drinking restrictions she did while she was pregnant. After a few hours with her kids, she needed a drink or two – or three. Although, she noticed the last time she tried to relax with a […]

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  • Game-Changing Medicaid Waiver Opens More Rehab Beds

    This new Medicaid waiver allows for federal funding in rehabs with more than 16 beds.

    This new Medicaid waiver allows for federal funding in rehabs with more than 16 beds.

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    An estimated 22 million Americans are struggling with substance abuse, yet only one in ten actually receives treatment. Why? According to research, two of the biggest barriers to seeking treatment include an inability to pay and limited access to beds in a treatment facility. Changes to Federal Regulations Here’s the good news: treatment options for […]

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  • The Crime More Women Are Committing to Feed Addiction

    A new study shows women are more willing to commit burglary to sustain addiction.

    A new study shows women are more willing to commit burglary to sustain addiction.

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    Years ago, I had a cellmate who became addicted to opioids after a debilitating car accident. Eventually, she began pawning family members’ valuables, and once that wasn’t enough, she burglarized homes in nearby neighborhoods. Her desire to stay high completely clouded her judgment, and it wasn’t until she was sentenced to prison that she realized […]

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Game-Changing Medicaid Waiver Opens More Rehab Beds

This new Medicaid waiver allows for federal funding in rehabs with more than 16 beds.

An estimated 22 million Americans are struggling with substance abuse, yet only one in ten actually receives treatment. Why? According to research, two of the biggest barriers to seeking treatment include an inability to pay and limited access to beds in a treatment facility. Changes to Federal Regulations Here’s the good news: treatment options for […]

The Crime More Women Are Committing to Feed Addiction

A new study shows women are more willing to commit burglary to sustain addiction.

Years ago, I had a cellmate who became addicted to opioids after a debilitating car accident. Eventually, she began pawning family members’ valuables, and once that wasn’t enough, she burglarized homes in nearby neighborhoods. Her desire to stay high completely clouded her judgment, and it wasn’t until she was sentenced to prison that she realized […]

Heroin Could Care Less About Your Gated Community

It's a myth that wealth makes you immune to the dangers of addiction.

About twenty years ago, a heroin crisis hit my hometown of Plano, Texas. At the time it was known as one of the safest and most affluent communities in the country, yet these same factors seemingly fueled the town’s substance abuse. How did this happen? Privilege Doesn’t Equal Safety According to new research published in […]

3 Ways to Help a Loved One Who Doesn’t Want Help

You can't force him to seek treatment, but you can help him along the way.

When you first realize that a loved one has a drug or alcohol problem, you might assume he’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the reality. When confronted about substance abuse, his initial reaction is likely denial. For family members and friends, this can be extremely frustrating. You can […]

6 Common Family Roles in an Addicted Household

Alcoholism pushes family members to take on unhealthy new roles.

We all know that substance abuse is a family disease – it not only affects the user, but the whole family, as well. Living under the same roof with someone who’s dependant on alcohol, family members must navigate and endure the chaotic world of addiction, ultimately adopting coping strategies that can create lasting negative effects. […]

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