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How Can Spouses Better Help a Loved One with Addiction?

Helping a loved one deal with addiction is difficult. Spouses, especially, are one of the closest people to the person with addiction, aside from children or another family. They often carry the burden of life with that person, for better or for worse. Intimate relationships can provide a safe space to deal with life’s challenges but may also become safe… Read More
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Why Do Police Officers Struggle with Substance Use? 

Drug use happens in millions of homes across America. There is a challenge for people who struggle with substance use in trying to quit and recover their life. Police officers struggle with substance use disorder (SUD) because of many factors. Addiction can take someone down at any moment. Studies show a correlation between high-stress work and long-term health consequences. Addiction… Read More
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How Siblings Can Support Their Loved One Through Rehab

Siblings with addiction can create a struggle between how best to support them and how to avoid enabling their addictive behaviors. Going through this struggle is unbearable for some siblings as they watch the person they have known for their entire lives change before their eyes. The problem is there but no solution. There is no cure so powerlessness sets… Read More
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Family Therapy Can Help Beat the Odds Against Intergenerational Trauma and Addiction

While people with addiction have to work on their own journey, the roots of addiction run deep, far, and much wider than people realize. There are many working parts of addiction. Many people with addiction experience intergenerational trauma which influences their substance use and recovery. When people don’t know the origins of their substance use, it can perpetuate it until… Read More
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Why is Exposure to Fentanyl Risky for First Responders?

First responders are people who put their lives on the front lives to help others. Police officers, emergency personnel, and others are trained and aware of the risks they face, yet are not able to avoid all problems. Encountering methamphetamine labs, people in a mental health crisis and violent offenders are part of the job for some people. Running into… Read More
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Why Chronic Pain Management Can Turn to Addiction

Chronic pain is common for many people. Millions of Americans deal with discomfort, only to end up struggling with painkiller dependence and addiction when they seek treatment. Conditions which lead to chronic pain can be anything from traumatic injuries in veterans to injuries sustained by first responders or even mental health conditions. Although chronic pain sufferers experience a lot of… Read More
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How Can Outpatient Rehab Support Police Officers with Substance Use Disorder?

Police officers deal with challenging scenarios at work on an almost daily basis. Depending on where they work, they may deal with fatal car accidents, shootings, domestic violence calls, distress calls, and death. Sometimes they deal with all these in a single shift, or within a week’s period of time, they may experience several deaths of those they encounter on… Read More