Five Ways to Build Trust in Your Marriage

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Over the course of a marriage, trust is continually built with each interaction. Trust in a marriage can also become eroded—especially when an alcohol or drug addiction has developed in one or both partners. Fortunately, once alcohol or drug treatment has been completed, both partners can begin to take steps to restore and rebuild trust […]

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Chemical Dependency as Self-Medication for Mental Disorders

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For those with undiagnosed mental disorders, the risk of drug or alcohol addiction can increase dramatically. Whether individuals experience common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety or more complex disorders such as Bipolar Disorder and schizophrenia, attempts to manage symptoms on their own can lead many individuals to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. […]

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Finding Recovery After Self Medicating with Drugs and Alcohol

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Some individuals grow so weary of unresolved psychological, emotional and physical pain that they make attempts to eliminate symptoms through self-medication. Over time, brain chemistry adjusts for the presence of the substance used to self-medicate, making the user chemically dependent. Finding recovery after self medicating with drugs and alcohol can represent a turning point—a time […]

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Sedative Drugs as Self-Medication for Anxiety

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Though millions of people nationwide suffer from anxiety disorders, only one-third of sufferers ever seek professional help. Ultimately, this leads many sufferers of anxiety disorders to attempt to self-medicate—using sedative drugs to regulate and eliminate symptoms of anxiety. Unfortunately, this leaves many with anxiety disorders feeling worse in the long run—with fewer coping mechanisms, no […]

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Self-Medicating Physical Pain and Drug Dependency

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Especially in cases where pain has not adequately been managed by physicians, physical pain can be debilitating. As a result, many sufferers of severe and chronic pain self medicate with illegal drugs. Unfortunately, this practice of self medication often leads to drug or alcohol dependency, while the source of the physical pain remains untreated. Fortunately, […]

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Using Alcohol to Self-Medicate Trauma Symptoms

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Trauma symptoms can range from panic attacks and hypervigilance to dissociation and nightmares, all making it difficult to cope with daily life. As a result, many who encounter physical, sexual and emotional trauma attempt to reestablish calm and control by self-medicating with alcohol. In fact, abusing alcohol is one of the most common ways people […]

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Three Inspiring and Positive Parenting Rolemodels

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As parents, many of us rolemodel our parenting after the guidance and principles we learned as children. While our parents can be a wonderful source of inspiration for how we parent our children, many of us recovering from drug and alcohol abuse did not have adequate parenting rolemodels growing up. However, as we begin our […]

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Parenting Strategies for Parents of Children With ADHD.html

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Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) often can benefit from extra care and patience in order to realize their full potential. While children with ADHD are often intelligent and kind-hearted, they tend to thrive in nurturing environments with structure and predictability. By adding to your cache of parenting strategies, you can provide your ADHD […]

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Becoming a Better Single Parent for Your Children

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Whether through divorce or widowhood, single parenting can be a challenging experience. Single parents face the singular challenge of providing guidance, inspiration and encouragement to their children alone. If you have recently found freedom from a drug or alcohol addiction, recovery presents a new opportunity to become a better single parent for your children. You […]

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Advice for Parents Dealing With Teenage Drinking and Drug Use

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One of the primary concerns for parents of teenagers is the fear that their children will develop drug or alcohol addictions. By talking to your teenagers about their drug or alcohol use, you can lay a foundation of trust and communication that will foster healing. While your teenager may need inpatient drug or alcohol rehab […]

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