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The Myth of “It’s Just Alcohol”

By Carly Benson Everywhere we look, we see ads, memes, commercials and slogans about drinking and alcohol. “Wine Wednesday,” “Turn Up Tuesday” and “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” are all examples of the things we see or say on a regular basis as it relates to alcohol. Outside of bars, you can buy alcohol at grocery […]

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Does the Media Perpetuate Negativity Toward Addicts?

Here’s a challenge: Try to remember the last time you saw something about addiction in the media that wasn’t negative. Commercials for luxury rehabs don’t count. It’s difficult, isn’t it? Everything we have learned about addiction tells us that addiction is a brain disease.1 When a person abuses mind-altering chemicals over a period of time, […]

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What Is ‘Compassion Fatigue’ and How Do You Avoid It?

There once was a 13-year-old boy named Jason whose single mother had a drinking problem. Ever since the death of his father, Jason hoped, wished and prayed that his mother would be able to conquer the drinking problem that resulted from her inability to cope with the loss of her husband. On occasion, there would […]

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Can I Get Professional Addiction Treatment on a Budget?

It’s estimated that two-thirds of the world’s supply of illicit drugs are consumed in the U.S., a country that accounts for just 5 percent of the global population.1 At any given moment, only about 11 percent of people addicted to alcohol or drugs are receiving any type of treatment.2 In the face of these two […]

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Our Violent World Is Especially Dangerous for Children Who Use Drugs or Act Out. What Can We Do About It?

You hear a lot these days about how violence influences our children, and it often seems like horrific news is everywhere we turn. Add to this mix the intense brutality of many video games that are popular with teens and song lyrics that make even progressive parents raise their eyebrows, and it’s no wonder why […]

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Intervention FAQ

Interventions are often a last resort for a family that is out of options and struggling due to a family member’s addiction or alcoholism. But unless one or more members of the family has been through this before, choosing to stage an intervention for an addicted loved one can come with a ton of questions. […]

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Is It Time to Stage an Intervention?

Staging an intervention is a formal and intense step in attempting to help someone pull himself out of an active drug or alcohol abuse or addiction problem.   It is often a last-ditch effort of family members to make it clear that change must happen – and it must happen today. It’s not always easy […]

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