Help for Friends & Family

What Is Actually Involved in an Intervention?

While they vary in specifics, all interventions have the same goal: to come between two interacting objects to produce more desirable effects. For years, concerned families, friends and co-workers have set up convening sessions to express how an addict has affected them with her actions. Afterwards, they set out…

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Three Impacts Addiction Has on the Rest of Your Family

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned in 1998 that “drugs are tearing apart our societies, spawning crime, spreading diseases such as AIDS, and killing our youth and our future.” That year saw a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, expecting to formulate and adopt a global…

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Five Things to Know Before Calling an Interventionist

Planning and performing an addiction intervention plays a crucial role in efforts to help an addicted loved one regain health. But despite what we have seen in the media, an intervention is not necessarily a confrontational meeting full of drama. In reality, for proper addiction recovery, an intervention should be…

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Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

The Mayo Clinic defines reactive attachment disorder as a serious condition that can occur when young children do not develop healthy bonds with their parents or guardians. The disorder, which typically begins in children under age five, may involve changes to the developing brain related to an environment that fails…

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What Can I Do as the Friend of a Painkiller Addict?

When someone you care about develops an addiction, it is difficult to know how to help. People often have questions about whether or not they should intervene in some way and if so, how. Addiction is a serious disease that tends to worsen over time, and it is not wise…

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