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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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Addiction and Dysfunctional Relationships (Video)

Does the term “toxic relationships” ring uncomfortably true for you? Have you ever found yourself browsing through a library or bookstore and gravitating toward the titles about healing addiction and relationships?

Many people struggle to understand - much less improve - the dynamics of their most difficult relationships.

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Non 12 Step Rehab: A Side-By-Side Comparison of the Best Programs

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There are more than 14,500 residential drug and alcohol rehabs in the United States today, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Even if you've narrowed your criteria to Non-12 Step rehabs, you still face over 3,600 options.

No wonder so many people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of finding a treatment program that fits their needs!

That's why we've created this list, comparing the best non-12 Step rehabs in the US on over 25 attributes. 

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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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The Evidence Based Treatment Center Seattle Residents Need

When you’re ready to get clean and sober, you want to ensure that you’re going to a facility with useful programs. For many years, medical professionals didn’t know how to help people who were struggling with addiction. In recent decades, the medical community has come a long way in discovering effective methods for treating addiction. The evidence based treatment center Seattle residents need will employ many of these approaches.

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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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Learn How to Stop Drinking

We believe you can learn to stop drinking. While you may feel discouraged by alcohol addiction now. But, with professional help, peer support, and a solid plan, long term sobriety is possible.

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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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Codependency: Addiction's Best Friend

You’re struggling with an addiction. The person who lives with you can choose to worsen your condition or contribute to your desire for treatment. How is codependency addiction's best friend? If your loved one decides to support your drug habit, that’s a learned behavior, which mental health professionals call codependency.

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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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