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Links Between Social Media Usage and Substance Abuse

Links Between Social Media & Substance Abuse

Some people are at a greater risk of substance abuse than others. Researchers believe there is a genetic link to addiction, as people with a family history of substance abuse disorders may struggle with addiction themselves. While there are inherent factors that contribute to illness, lifestyle also plays a role. A lack of support system […]

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Treating Pain Without Opiates

After having surgery, Ted found himself in a great deal of pain and was prescribed Opiates to help manage his discomfort. Although the painkillers helped at first, they soon became a problem. It became clear Ted wasn’t going to be able to stop using the opiates on his own, so his wife and children found […]

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Trauma (Part 2): Symptoms of Trauma and Effective Therapies

By Family Therapist, Judi Jenett In Part 1 of the trauma blog series, I explained how complex trauma, adversity early in life, and untreated psychological trauma is often the root of addiction. In Part 2 of this blog, we explore the symptoms of trauma and effective therapies that have been scientifically proven to help trauma […]

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Trauma (Part 1): An Often Overlooked Root of Addiction

By Family Therapist, Judi Jenett The very word trauma evokes images of major events such as war, rape, kidnapping, and abuse. Natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and windstorms affect thousands of people every year, causing loss of life, loss of home and leaving economic damage in their wake. When traumatic experiences occur, […]

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Tips on How To Support Your Loved One in Recovery

When a family member is struggling with an addiction, the entire family suffers. It’s important for family members to understand the importance of healing together as a unit. Just like an addict is responsible for their recovery, each family member is responsible for theirs as well. When the pain is still prevalent, it can be […]

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The Family in Recovery

We have been discussing the impact addiction has on the family, in this post we look at what happens when a loved one finally gets help and what the family can expect. When an addicted family member finally enters recovery, the rest of the family often breathes a collective sigh of relief. For months or […]

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Addiction: The Family’s Response

Addiction: Response from the Family In response to the changes when a loved one is abusing substances, each member develops, often unconsciously, his or her own coping strategies that over time become an integral part of the emotional and behavioral fabric of the family. The non-substance-abusing spouse, partner, or children are often forced to ignore […]

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Addiction: A Family Affair

The structural glue that binds families together, for better or worse, is the learned but largely unspoken rules that emerge over time. Spouses, partners, children, and others in the family unit learn to behave and often to think in ways expected of them according to established family rules. These rules play a vital role in […]

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