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Child Welfare | Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in Florida

Child Welfare | Drinking, Drug Use, and Addiction in Florida

December 1st, 2018

A guide on the child welfare system in Florida. Review what happens when your child is removed from home because of drug or alcohol use.

Addiction and Child Custody Laws in California

Addiction and Child Custody Laws in California

November 30th, 2018

Child custody worries everyone, especially when you’re dealing with addiction. What role does drug or alcohol use play in child custody cases? What relevant laws guide custody decisions in the State of California? We review here.

3 Substances You Should Never Detox from Alone

3 Substances You Should Never Detox from Alone

November 13th, 2018

You should never detox from alcohol, benzos, or opioids on your own. This article from expert drug and alcohol counselor, Amy Sedgwick, explains why.

1 Risks of Drug Abuse in Developing Asia | Can We Help?

Risks of Drug Abuse in Developing Asia | Can We Help?

October 18th, 2018

Drug abuse around the world is a social problem, and one with clear steps worth taking. This article explores some main ideas aimed at Asian nations facing drug problems and for those looking on in interest and concern.

7 Common Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Use

7 Common Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Use

October 17th, 2018

Behaviors fluctuate in adolescence. However, there are key signs of drug use that should trigger ACTION! More here on 7 common signs of teen drug use and what to do about them.

The Importance of Considering Culture (and Questioning ‘Truth’) in Addiction Treatment

The Importance of Considering Culture (and Questioning ‘Truth’) in Addiction Treatment

September 18th, 2017

An academic look at how assumptions about the “truth” about addiction and its treatment can inadvertently disempower those we are trying to help.

Abuse Vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

Abuse Vs. Addiction: What’s the Difference?

June 6th, 2017

A look at the clinical definitions of “substance abuse” and “addiction” with signs of each. Plus, a section on the myths and truths related to using drugs. A basic primer for curious readers here.

2 No cure for addiction? Think again

No cure for addiction? Think again

August 15th, 2016

Is addiction the real problem? Or are we dealing with a bigger issue? An exploration of the “chicken” and the “egg” syndrome that is substance abuse disorder. More here.

How to get over past hurts in addiction recovery?

How to get over past hurts in addiction recovery?

August 7th, 2016

Dr. Louise Stanger LCSW is a professional interventionist who counsels families with substance abuse and mental health disorders. More here on how to get over past hurts – like she did – in your personal recovery from addiction.

Functional addicts: Is my loved one hiding an addiction?

Functional addicts: Is my loved one hiding an addiction?

May 15th, 2016

Do you suspect that a loved one is hiding an addiction? Parents, kids, spouses, lovers, and friends…all can become adept at functioning even when they are suffering inside.
So, what is addiction? And what can you do about it? We review here. Then, we invite your feedback and questions at the end.

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