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Why Family Therapy Is an Important Part of Addiction Recovery

The wounds of addiction can cut deep, hurting not only the person who is struggling with the disease but their loved ones as well. It has the potential to foster an unhappy and hostile environment for everyone in the family, which can continue into and beyond recovery unless it is appropriately addressed. Here at Freedom from Addiction, we believe that...

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How to Talk to Your Family Member About Their Alcoholism

Talking to a family member or loved one about their alcoholism can be an intimidating thing. It can be a sensitive topic that a lot of people tread carefully around or avoid altogether. It’s understandable if you’re nervous or afraid of hurting your loved ones feelings, but it’s important to have that initial discussion about alcoholism with them as the...

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5 Things to Know as the Sibling of an Addict

5 Things to Know as the Sibling of an Addict

Addiction does not only affect one person; it impacts a string of relationships, including those in the addict’s family. Seeing a sibling fall prey to addiction can seem surreal. Suddenly, you may realize that you no longer recognize your brother or sister as they have become a different person. Addiction’s effect on siblings is a niche aspect of addiction that...

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Tips for Talking to Your Children About Your Addiction

Tips for Talking to Your Children About Your Addiction

Despite the modern times we live in, addiction is arguably still a taboo subject that is rarely, if ever, discussed within the family. It becomes an even trickier topic if it hits too close to home. In this article, we'll cover why talking to your children about your own alcoholism or substance abuse is immensely important, and how seeking professional...

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Support Groups for Family & Friends of Addicts

Loved ones can be tremendous sources of motivation and inspiration for someone battling with addiction. Their support plays a pivotal role in seeing the person through addiction recovery. However, family and friends of addicts also suffer from a great deal of emotional turmoil in the process. Who is left to support them? This is where joining addiction support groups can...

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How to Differentiate Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

How to Differentiate Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

We’ve all experienced a night drinking with friends where it’s gone too far and we’ve had to deal with a major hangover the next morning. In fact, binge drinking is probably one of the most common patterns of alcohol consumption in North America. While you may associate binge drinking with younger, college-age people, it’s something that people of all ages...

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What Happens When You Give Someone Narcan Who Doesn't Need It

What Happens When You Give Someone Narcan Who Doesn’t Need It

The opioid crisis in Canada has reached an all-time high, affecting thousands of people across the country as well as their loved ones. Opioids are incredibly addictive and can lead to death if abused. But mostly, it’s ignorance that kills the person - not knowing the first aid, not knowing how to use or what it does, and not knowing...

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Which Opiates Are the Most Commonly Abused?

Opioid addiction is a serious issue currently affecting millions of people in North America. In fact, experts describe the current addiction issue as an “epidemic” worse than anything we’ve seen in the past three decades. Because it’s such a widespread problem, it’s important to understand the basic facts surrounding the issue to better handle any potential situations you might face...

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How To Treat Opioid Dependence

How To Treat Opioid Dependence

Given the dramatically negative impacts that opioid addiction has on users and their loved ones, it is important that you seek to remove this addiction from your life as quickly as possible. Whether a patient has fallen into opioid dependence from the prolonged use or abuse of prescription medication or through the ingestion of illegal narcotics, the process of weaning...

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5 Things To Know As The Parent Of An Addict

5 Things To Know As The Parent Of An Addict

Addiction is an increasingly common problem in modern life. It’s a social issue as much as it is a personal or medical issue, and the negative effects can be very difficult to watch, especially if the addict is somebody close to you. For families and close friends trying to help their loved one deal with addiction, the scale of the...

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