Family Integration

<p>Articles on the importance of family integration in dual-diagnosis addiction therapy.</p>
Do These 5 Things if There’s Addiction in Your Family
Do These 5 Things if There’s Addiction in Your Family

Addiction is a family disease in several ways. First, there is a strong genetic component. Experts believe about half of your addiction risk is genetic because of various genes and gene expressions that affect how you respond to drugs and alcohol or make you more vulnerable to certain mental health issues associated with addiction. Second,…

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Why Are Family Boundaries Important in Addiction Recovery?
Why Are Family Boundaries Important in Addiction Recovery?

Family therapy is an important part of addiction treatment. A major aspect of family therapy is learning to respect boundaries in family relationships. Boundaries essentially mean respecting someone else’s needs and desires while at the same time asserting your own. It means neither trying to control someone else nor being too distant. Dysfunctional relationships often…

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What to Say to a Loved One Who has Relapsed
What to Say to a Loved One Who has Relapsed?

Every year, about 20 million Americans struggle with some kind of substance use issue. For every one of these, there are many more spouses, siblings, parents, children, and friends whose lives are affected by a loved one’s addiction. All of these people feel a sense of cautious optimism whenever their loved one agrees to treatment…

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Why Family Therapy Makes Addiction Recovery Easier
Why Family Therapy Makes Addiction Recovery Easier

While it may feel like addiction is one person’s problem, it is really a problem for everyone around her too. Not only do the consequences of addiction radiate outward to your friends and family, but dysfunctional relationships may also contribute to the development of addiction. Treatment for addiction can’t just focus on one thing. It…

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How Does Our Addiction Impact Us as Parents?
How Does Our Addiction Impact Us as Parents?

Those of us living with addiction who are also parents face specific challenges. Our addiction affects not only us but the people around us, and our children are uniquely affected. Our role as their parents makes us responsible for our children’s well-being, but when we’re struggling with addiction at the same time, we are impacted…

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6 Ways to Manage Holiday Depression
6 Ways to Manage Holiday Depression

Every kid looks forward to the holidays. It’s a time when you can open presents rather than go to school. However, for adults, holidays often mean stress, anxiety, and sometimes, depression. If holidays are a tough time for you, here are some ways to keep depression from taking over. Manage your commitments. Perhaps the most…

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The Importance of Family Involvement
The Importance of Family Involvement

Addiction is often known as the “family disease,” and for good reason – it affects the whole family, and the patterns and habits of addiction are often shared, even inherited, by multiple family members. To have a healthy recovery, we benefit greatly from having the support of our families. Their involvement means we can learn…

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How Do I Rebuild My Relationships?
How Do I Rebuild My Relationships?

Our addictions and mental health issues can cause us to create deep rifts in our relationships. When we are using and/or depressed, we can treat the people around us in ways we might not otherwise. We might be consumed with anger, bitterness and resentment that we unleash on the people around us. We might be…

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How to Help a Friend with Depression
How to Help a Friend with Depression

Depression is the most common mental health issue in the world. It affects more than 16 million American adults every year. Symptoms include sadness, sleeping too much or too little, slow movements, poor concentration, hopelessness, and frequent thoughts of death or suicide. Since depression affects so many people, you probably know someone with depression, but…

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How to Cope with an Addicted Loved One
How to Cope with an Addicted Loved One

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is stressful and painful. It’s very difficult to understand addictive behavior if you’ve never experienced it personally. Watching someone you love slowly self-destruct is hard. If you’re in this position, here are some ways to deal with it. Stay safe. The most important thing is to stay safe.…

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