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How to Talk to a Friend About Their Depression

Watching a friend succumb to depression is heartbreaking. At first, you may even question your assessment of the situation, and you may eventually wonder if you are overreacting. Chances are that you are not overreacting, so, the sooner you talk about the elephant in the room, the better your friend’s chances of recovering become. However, before you break the silence, first understand what defines depression as a...

Convincing a Parent that They Need Help for Substance Abuse

Be as loving as possible and if your parent doesn’t want to talk about something When you have a parent who struggles with a substance abuse problem, you may not know what to do. This is understandably a very difficult situation. You may have even tried to say something to your parent about your concerns. The truth is your parent could have been hiding substance abuse for years and you just didn’t know about it....

Can Becoming Involved Early in Someone’s Addiction Stop It?

Let’s say you have just found out someone is addicted to a substance such as alcohol. Can your involvement stop the addiction altogether? Can you change the individual’s life so he sees the errors in his ways and now can live a healthy life? In some cases, it may not be addiction but rather a case of binge drinking. Let’s say you discover that a friend or family member is drinking heavily during the weekend...

How to Approach Your Loved One After Trauma

It can be very difficult to know how to express love, support, encouragement or concern to a loved one who has experienced trauma. Whether through military combat or through being the victim of a crime, trauma is a terrible thing. It can cause noticeable and troubling personality changes that make the victim difficult to approach. As a friend or family member, however, you may play a critical role in your loved...

How Family Members Can Cope with an Addict’s Paranoia

Drug and alcohol addiction is a condition that affects the addict as well as his or her family members, particularly when paranoia is involved. In order to best cope with your loved one’s paranoia, you must first understand the relationship between substance abuse and paranoia. With that understanding, it will be easier to recognize the importance of communication in managing the loved one’s paranoia. However,...

How Can I Get My Boyfriend to Stop Using Alcohol?

Alcohol is a powerful depressant that inhibits the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol, like other CNS depressants, reduces brain activity and awareness by blocking messages from neurotransmitters to the brain. Alcohol slows response time and decreases inhibitions. People who abuse alcohol or use it to cope with stress or as an escape from reality are at risk of developing an addiction. Trying to help...

How Can Moms Help Adult Children Struggling with Alcohol Abuse?

Because alcohol is such a mainstream product, many people do not recognize the abuse when they see an adult child struggling with alcohol use. Alcohol use and abuse is influenced by several factors including the following: Family history of alcoholism Age of the person when he started drinking and how long he has been drinking Gender of the person Quantity and frequency of drinking Health status of the person If...

How Sharing Your Alcohol Addiction Story Can Help You and Others

Sharing your alcohol addiction story is often a crucial step on the road to recovery. It helps alcoholics connect with other addicts on a deeper and more understanding level, and addicts can open up to others while inviting them into support systems. Sharing an alcohol addiction story can have any of the following benefits: Accepting addiction – Sharing stories about alcoholism struggles is the first step addicts...

Do Successful-Seeming People Need Addiction Help?

What makes successful life? A loving spouse? A happy family? A good career? You have it all, and you only have one or two bad habits. These may involve drinking a little too much with your buddies, the occasional smoke to relieve stress, or taking an extra pill from time to time. Your life is great, and you know you are not addicted. You tell yourself you can stop whenever you want, but a part of you wonders if that...

Functional Alcoholism Help for College Students

A functional alcoholic is a person who meets the medical criteria for alcoholism but is able to participate regularly in daily life. While it might seem unusual that those who drink to excess can go to work, be a parent, and handle their responsibilities, some individuals may be able to do so for a time. Functional Alcoholic Behaviors From an outsider’s perspective, a functional alcoholic may appear to behave in a...

Save Your Marriage from Alcoholism

Entering addiction rehab to make a marriage successful is a good way to demonstrate your dedication to your spouse, your life together and your future together. Alcohol addiction rehab will help make marriage better, and it will provide the opportunity to overcome alcoholism while receiving counseling to address the marriage problems you have both been struggling with. Living with an Alcoholic Spouse When you enter...

Coping with an Alcoholic Parent

Having an alcoholic in the family is devastating. When the alcoholic loved one is your parent, it becomes even more difficult. Coping with an alcoholic mother or father is trying and exhausting for any person. Adult Children of Alcoholics Adult children of alcoholics have different experiences than people without alcoholic parents. Having to deal with an alcoholic parent can cause several psychological and even...

Dealing with the Alcoholic in Your Life

Alcoholism is a family disease. Whether the alcoholic in your life is a spouse, a relative or a close friend, alcohol abuse can take a toll on everyone around you. Denial and Alcoholism Those that deal with alcoholism have to deal with a lot of frustration, especially when the alcoholic is in a denial phase—when the alcoholic does rejects the idea that she has an alcohol problem. As the alcoholic drinks more and...

How Alcoholism Affects Families

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When alcohol is ingested, it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the degree to which the blood circulating throughout the body is saturated with alcohol. For example, a BAC in the range of 20-99 mg produces feelings of drunkenness in the user. These feelings are associated with loss of coordination. An increase in a person’s BAC is...