Sober Living: A Guide for Parents

Today started out with tears in my coffee. But unlike four or five years ago, this morning’s tears were happy, grateful ones. You see, a very sweet mother (who lives far away in another state) sent me a kind note to let me know my son Sam had just helped her son, another young recovering…

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Answering Your Questions on Detox

The word “detox” has become incredibly prevalent over the past few years, as many associate the word with the fad cleanses that have become increasingly common as many people seek to improve their physical health. These cleanses often utilize several herbs, laxatives, and other ingredients in order to flush out the body’s waste. And since…

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Staging a Successful Intervention – Tips to Remember

It can be hard to have a friend or loved one who is struggling with addiction. You’re tired of being lied to, and questioning whether or not the person you thought they were is somewhere behind the darkness that they have brought into your life. But more than anything, you’re torn apart by watching someone…

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Addiction and the Negative Feedback Loop

The cycle of addiction is one that’s all too often unbroken. However, with professional help, your loved one can not only get over his or her issues, but they can go on to live healthy and prosperous lives.

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My Name Is Laurie, and I Am an Enabler

So what does it mean to enable an addict? An enabler is someone who, in the case of an addict, does for the addict what the addict can and should be doing for himself/herself, and in the process prevents the addict from suffering the consequences of his (or her) own behavior.

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How Can We Afford Drug Rehab?

We all want the very best treatment for our addicted children, and many of us are willing to pay any amount of money to “fix” the problem. But a high price is no guarantee of the best services or most qualified rehab personnel.

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Amethyst blog graphic Overview of the Recovery Process

Overview of the Recovery Process

It can take time to start working toward realistic goals, but it is possible to improve personal well-being and start seeing positive changes when you or a loved one decides to work toward recovery.

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Heroin Addiction in Maryland and EVERYWHERE!

It Can Literally Happen to Anyone! Heroin.  Even the word is scary. But when you have seen those tell tale tracks on your son’s arm, that word becomes completely terrifying.  I remember the first time I saw them; it was August 2010, and we were taking our son Sam, then age 21, to his first…

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5 Major Costs of Drug Abuse

5 Major Costs of Drug Abuse

It is important to understand how the impact, ramification, and costs of drug abuse has on the personal, familial, societal, financial and legal aspects of our lives.

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A Mother Who Understands Addiction in The Family

Hi Everyone – This is a message for all of you Moms and Dads out there who have just discovered that your son or daughter is an addict.  I know – you are beyond scared; actually, terrified is a much more accurate word.  I have been down the same road, for over five years now,…

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