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Identifying Toxic Relationships

Family dynamics are essential to our lives; our families shape our upbringing, values, and beliefs. However, some family dynamics can be toxic and affect our daily lives, leading to toxic relationships. These relationships can bring unnecessary stress, trauma, and pain that can hinder our overall well-being. Fortunately, identifying these toxic relationships is the first step […]

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Why Are People with BPD Attracted to People Who Are Narcissists?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that affects how people feel about themselves and others, causing extreme emotional highs and lows. Those with BPD often experience intense, unstable relationships characterized by idealization and devaluation, which can lead to patterns of codependency and attraction to narcissists. Exploring why people with BPD are attracted

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7 Dangers of Substance Abuse Every Loved One Needs to Know

Nearly 20% of people over 12  have substance abuse disorder (SUD). More than the simple use of drugs or alcohol, SUD represents a turning point where use has become excessive and dangerous. But despite the dangers of substance abuse, you may feel unable to quit using this substance, legal or not. Your body becomes more

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Women and Relapse: Are Relationships the Problem?

Many women seeking addiction treatment were initially introduced to drug use by a romantic partner or spouse. The connection between women and relapse has strong ties to relationships. Sometimes, it isn’t until they start exploring their patterns in therapy that women realize how their romantic or sexual relationships were triggers for their addiction and, very

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When Family Turn Their Backs On You in Addiction Recovery

Recovering from addiction is never easy, but it can be challenging when your family turns their backs on you. Without the support of loved ones, the journey toward sobriety becomes more complex, as those suffering from substance use disorders need encouragement and understanding from others. You might wonder how to cope and who to turn

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How To Gain Strength, Courage and Confidence in Recovery

Addiction is a challenging path to navigate alone. It is an emotionally and mentally exhausting journey, but luckily, addiction therapy programs can help you gain strength, courage, and confidence. Recovery requires patience, commitment, and resilience. It can be intimidating, but with the right mindset and support from loved ones, you can overcome the struggles of

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The Connection Between Trauma and Co-Dependency

When dealing with a codependent relationship, it’s crucial to look at how it began and what factors created it. Trauma and co-dependency frequently go hand-in-hand with childhood trauma causing codependent symptoms in later life. But what can you do about it? To understand the causes of trauma and co-dependency, discuss your concerns with a compassionate

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Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The Benefits of Participating in a Family Program

The effects of addiction go beyond the person with the disease. It spreads out and affects everyone in their lives, particularly their family. A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol often acts out in destructive ways that seem unforgivable. Family members lose trust and faith in the idea that the person they raised or grew up

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How to Talk to Children and Teens about Addiction and Recovery

You’ve made it through the first step. You’ve admitted you are powerless over your addiction and that your life has become unmanageable. Perhaps you’ve made it several steps beyond. However, the steps that follow are equally important. As you begin to heal, you can rebuild your relationships with your family. Talking to your children is

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