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Why Do Alcoholics Lie?

Alcoholism, like any other addiction, changes behavior. People who struggle with addiction have undergone changes in their brains that make rational decision-making more difficult. Common behavior changes that many people notice are lying, deception, and avoidance. This begs the question, why do alcoholics lie?  First, it’s important to remember not to reduce someone with an addiction […]

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Tips for a Sober Valentine’s Day

For many, Valentine’s Day is a time of celebration—filled with love and joy. But for those in recovery or rehab, the holiday can be filled with temptations to drink or use drugs. That doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of ways to have a sober Valentine’s Day that don’t involve drinking alcohol.

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Trauma Responses in Relationships

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to know trust issues, anxiety, insecurity, shame and disassociation are bad for relationships. If these same patterns of behavior, however, are common for an individual dealing with a past traumatic event or series of events, how does someone navigate trauma recovery and relationships? In some surprisingly

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Why Parents Should Consider Going to Al-Anon

There are three simple, common-sense reasons parents should consider going to Al-Anon when a child is experiencing a substance use disorder: Education, healthy boundaries, and self-care.Attending Al-Anon actually improves your child’s chances of seeking treatment and remaining in recovery. Substance use disorders are medical conditions impacting the entire family. When one family seeks treatment, either

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Is Your Attachment Style Damaging Your Love Life?

What’s Important to Know About Attachment Styles?“How do you overcome an insecure attachment style?”“Does your attachment style impact your sex life?”“Is it possible to have a committed relationship with an avoidant attachment style?”These are a few of the stories sweeping the web. So, what is an attachment style? And, does your attachment style really have

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Have You Found Yourself Quarantined With An Alcoholic Spouse?

Problems are easily hidden during quarantine. Being home during quarantine with an alcoholic spouse is not easy. You may not have noticed your spouse was an alcoholic, or you avoided the truth. Now, you cannot avoid your spouse’s alcoholism. You have no distractions, and this unique situation continues to bring you in direct contact with

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Is My Loved One An Alcoholic?

The term alcoholic is one many people don’t take seriously. Yet, if you’re watching your loved one drink night after night, you’re likely worried that’s what’s really happening. “Is my loved one an alcoholic?” It’s not an easy question to ask because often, it can occur even if you didn’t see it coming. At Recovery

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How to Show Support for a Recovering Loved One

Watching a loved one suffer through the effects of addiction is a terrifying experience. When rehab ends, however, you should not stop providing your loved one with support. In fact, cravings to use drugs again typically peak at about 6 months into sobriety, which is well after most individuals have left residential care. It is

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Recognizing Telltale Addictive Behaviors

Being able to recognize telltale addictive behaviors is important to knowing when to seek treatment. This information applies for self-recognition as well as noticing signs displayed by loved ones. Once you recognize telltale addictive behaviors, you’ll have a better understanding of the treatment you or a loved one need.Signs Of An AddictionWhen someone becomes addicted,

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