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When Family Time Causes Anxiety: Coping with the Holidays (Video)

 

Let's face it - family can be so stressful. In the worst cases, difficult, damaged people showing up to spend time with other difficult, damaged people. Perhaps no time of year makes this more evident than the holiday season!

Yet of course, the words “difficult” and “damaged” are just our own judgments, just stories that we tell. We could also say that our families are made up of beautiful, big-hearted, and funny people. But often we need to begin the healing process by acknowledging what’s hard about family life.

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How to Help Someone With Depression

Some people who experience problems with substance abuse struggle with depression at the same time. Therefore, you may be wondering how to help someone with depression. The information below will help you understand depression more fully. In doing so, you can provide vital support to those you care about.

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Is My Spouse An Alcoholic?

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Addiction and Relationships: What's the Connection? (Video)

Have you ever been in a toxic relationship? Many of us have. How do we know enough is enough? And how are toxic relationships related to addiction?

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Identifying Signs of Addiction in Your Loved One

Addiction affects more than the person struggling with drug or alcohol dependency. It can have a negative impact on loved ones as well. As a concerned friend or family member, maybe you've noticed changes in someone and you suspect drug abuse. What signs of addiction should you look out for?

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How to Help Someone with Anxiety

When a friend or loved one is always anxious, you want to do something. The big question you face is how to help someone with anxiety. Since there’s no obvious injury, you can’t put a bandage on it or get them an ice pack.

Yet, they're obviously in real emotional and physical distress. Don’t give up, or assume they’re hopeless. There are things you can do, and things you shouldn’t do which will prove helpful.

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Tough Love and Addiction: Why It Doesn't Work - Maia Szalavitz

“I was, in general, terrified of other people; I used drugs for emotional protection and social comfort.”

So writes Maia Szalavitz in her book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, which interweaves her personal addiction account with science and research supporting the idea of addiction as a learning disorder, and why tough love doesn't work with drug addicts.

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Family-Based Addiction Prevention: Q&A with the UN's Dr. Gilberto Gerra

According to recent statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance abuse costs the United States over $600 billion annually. And while effective treatment certainly lessens these costs, addiction prevention has the power to reduce them even more.

Dr. Gilberto Gerra, an addiction expert who runs the Drug Prevention and Health Branch for the UN Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC), advocates a strong family-based addiction prevention approach.

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Is Your Spouse Exhibiting Signs of Alcoholism?

Some say that the spouse is the last to know. When looking for signs of alcoholism, this might be true. Hiding an alcohol addiction is easy when you consider that society accepts openly drinking. If you believe your spouse may have a drinking problem, what should you be looking for?

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Book Review: When Your Partner Has An Addiction

What do you do when your partner has an addiction? Stay or walk away?

Perhaps you’re wrestling with this question, having heard well-meaning advice from friends and family who tell you to just leave rather than run the risk of enabling.

That leaves you wondering, Does simply staying in a relationship with someone who abuses drugs or alcohol constitute enabling?

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