What Are Resources for Loved Ones of Those With Addiction?

Addiction is often referred to as a family disease, because it significantly impacts those in the person with addiction’s life. When the person enters recovery, their friends, family, partner, and other loved ones may need to recover, too. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources for the loved ones of people with substance use disorders. Al-Anon…

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Helping Your Loved One Begin Heroin Addiction Treatment

Someone you love is addicted to heroin. You know that the option with the best outcomes for this person is enrolling in a quality heroin addiction treatment center program. In such a program, your loved one’s well-being, health, and burgeoning recovery will be in safe hands. How can you help? First, you need to understand…

Using Things Outside Yourself to Cope With Emotional Pain

I’ve heard addiction described as—among other things—using something outside of yourself to cope with painful feelings. This can happen even after you quit using substances; it’s one of the reasons many people with substance use disorders also struggle with other, behavioral addictions. Looking to things outside yourself to “solve” your emotional pain often leads to…

Recent Seasons of the shows POSE and Feel Good Deliver Honest and Complex Portrayals of Addiction

Attn: Spoilers TW: Sexual Assault, AIDS, Death The most recent seasons of the shows POSE and Feel Good both deal with addiction. While the two are very different, each illuminates the links between trauma and substance use disorders. This last season of POSE, season 3, takes place in 1994; previous seasons were in the late…