You Deserve A Break! Suggestions for Daily Living

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You Deserve a Break!  Suggestions for Daily Living What about the mental health of the sober parent?  Don’t they also suffer anxiety and depression, low self-esteem while trying to “control” the behavior of a child who is clearly out-of-control? Drug addiction affects the whole family; it alters the family dynamic.  It can deteriorate a person’s…

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Would You Know How to Reverse An Overdose?

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Whether a drug overdose is intentional (suicide) or unintentional, it’s still an overdose.  The Centers for Disease Control defines an unintentional death as “when no harm is intended. Unintentional drug poisoning includes drug overdoses resulting from drug misuse, drug abuse and taking too much of a drug for MEDICAL reasons.” There have been approximately 100,000…

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Looking Beyond The Peephole of Addiction

Bev Kelley-Miller

There are many books about addiction.  Some are written by mothers who give you a glance into their private world of what it’s like having a daughter who is NOT in recovery when the book begins such as if you love me: A mother’s journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction (Henry Holt: 2018) by Maureen…

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TikTok: Know What Your Kids Are Watching!

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In 2021, the social video app TikTok had approximately 78.7 million users in the U.S.  Launched in 2016 under the former name musical.ly, Tik-Tok’s users are largely Generation Z, born 1997-2012. TikTok became the most visited site on the internet, overtaking Instagram in popularity. The Mechanics Here’s how it works:  Viewers can find similar videos…

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Founder of “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together” Shares Tips During Nat’l Recovery Month

Pamela Evans, started a Facebook group called “Moms of Adult Addicts, Moms Thriving Together.”  This group, formed in 2019, now has 11.4 K members.  There is obviously a need for sharing stories, gaining insights, giving tips to members who are “new” to addiction within a family, and empathizing with those who are “wits end” trying…

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How Do You Find The Right Sober Living Home?

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Transitional living or Sober Living Homes are very important after Inpatient Rehab when those with substance abuse disorders are very vulnerable to relapse.  In order to ensure sobriety,  the staff  at a SLH holds its residents accountable for their sobriety goals; it’s a balance between structure and independence. Of course, many Inpatient Rehabs give recommendations…

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How To Evaluate An Addiction Treatment Program

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), approximation in 2017,  at least 20 to 23 million Americans age 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction. There are about 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the U.S. alone from which to choose. It’s a daunting task to pick one, and…

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Read Between The Lines Of These “Emotional Growth Schools”

Eager for their child’s rehabilitation, many parents are hoodwinked by glossy brochures and the advice of educational consultants.  I know I was.  Therapeutic boarding schools spell R-E-L-I-E-F to a parent who feels she cannot control her child.  In loco parentis sounds pretty good when your child no longer honors your requests. Why were we drawn…

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