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When It’s Time to Tell the Family About Your Addiction

Coming to terms with your addiction is the first step on the road to recovery. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to tell your loved ones what’s been happening. Although it’s not something we look forward to, following these guidelines will help you accomplish the next step as smoothly as possible. Remember that you will continue communication with your loved ones as you go through treatment and they may want to seek additional support for themselves to help them deal with their own emotions. After you’ve had that all important talk, it’s now time to focus on yourself and do the work that only you can do.


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Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people with a mental health disorder who have coexisting problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

Recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with severe mental illness, such as bipolar and schizophrenia, also experience substance abuse.

The relationship between the two is complex, and the treatment of people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is more complicated than the treatment of either condition alone.


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Recovery services

The sponsor-sponsee relationship in 12-step recovery is one of the key components in the process of maintaining long-term sobriety. Initially coined in the early years of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), the sponsor has the single purpose of helping the sponsee recover from the addiction and compulsive behavior that brought the sufferer into 12-step work, which in turn helps the sponsor recover.


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Hope for the Relapse Prone

An important aspect of the disease of addiction, after an extended amount of clean time, is that it can resurface, causing relapse. Many people who suffer from chronic relapse often struggle with feelings of guilt and shame that can sink them even deeper into the cycle of addiction.  However, there are triggers that you can look for to guard against this occurrence.

Stress is one of the main causes of relapse. Although avoiding stress is not always possible, the recovering addict must make changes, sometimes drastic ones, to lifestyle, relationship and their priorities, in order to align themselves with the principals of recovery.

 


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