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What is a Functioning Alcoholic?

Many people think of an alcoholic as someone who always drinks too much, looks disheveled, has difficulty holding a job, and is struggling financially. They may picture a person who has difficulty in their relationships, or is incarcerated, homeless, or hitting rock bottom. Although those things are true for some people with alcohol use disorder,...
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Addiction in the Veteran Community

A Rapidly Growing Problem Substance use disorder is a growing problem throughout the United States. Although alcohol or drug addiction can happen to anyone, for many of our military veterans substance abuse is a significant and rapidly growing problem. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 1.5 million...
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The Power of Words: Changing the Language of Addiction

Words are powerful. They can hurt. They can heal. They determine how we view our world and the people in it. When it comes to the language of addiction, words matter. The words and phrases used today frame the way people think about substance use and recovery. They also have a great impact on how...
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Exploring the Connection Between Addiction and Trauma

According to the US National Library of Medicine, traumatic life experiences are considered a major health problem and occur at an alarmingly high rate. Research has shown that when a person has exposure to traumatic life experiences, they have a higher probability of developing a substance use disorder. This is especially true if the traumatic...
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How to Talk to Your Loved One About Addiction

Speaking Up If you’re worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, it’s important to voice your concerns. Even if you feel as though it’s not your place to say anything, remaining silent only allows the addiction to progress. These tips will help you start a meaningful dialogue that encourages your loved one to...
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Masculinity and Addiction: Do Traditional Roles Set Men up for It?

An Overview Men have traditionally been the ones who have taken on the role of the family breadwinner, protector, and head of the household. Along with these responsibilities comes a lot of messages about what it means to be a man. Some of these messages teach a young man about being honest, hardworking, and respecting...
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Childcare Needs and Substance Abuse Treatment

For parents who are seeking substance abuse treatment, one of the most important considerations is making appropriate childcare arrangements. Someone who is the primary caregiver for young children has to ensure that they are being looked after by a responsible person before finalizing arrangements to check in to a residential drug and alcohol program. There...
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Potential Pregnancy Complications from Heroin Abuse

More than half of pregnant women take some type of drug (prescription, over the counter, or illicit), use tobacco, or drink alcohol at some point before they deliver. Even the most careful mother-to-be may use something before she discovers that she’s pregnant. Heroin abuse, however, can have particularly devastating consequences. Pregnant Women May be Reluctant...
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Are You Helping or Enabling Your Addicted Loved One?

How can you be sure that you are really helping your addicted loved one? Are there ways that you can tell when you may be close to stepping over the line into enabling him or when you have already crossed it? At times it can be difficult for those closest to someone who is struggling...
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8 Facts About Men and Addiction

There are distinct differences between men and women when it comes to addiction. The two genders don’t use drugs in the same manner and they respond to them differently. To understand more about this topic, let’s take a look at some facts about men and addiction. 1. Men Are More Likely Than Women to Use...
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