Life Changing Addiction Blog ~ Encouragement, Motivation, Education

How To Help An Addict

Driving in the city often means that when you come to a stop light someone will run out with a sign asking for money because they are homeless, jobless or destitute. Many drivers don’t make eye contact, some root around for a dollar or some change out of their cup holder. And sometimes they hand over a card. That little card is the most powerful piece of paper around, but it has to be used. More powerful than a dollar On the card is a phone number to call: a shelter, a place to get food, an agency that will give help. If you look at what people are doing here, they are helping by: doing something and not doing something for the person asking for some cold hard cash. They don’t give money; they do give an option for concrete help. Some of these folks with a ragged sign… {Continue Reading}

Making Your Health A Priority

Consider this –have you ever met a cocaine addict who read nutrition labels? What about a drunk who only ate organic vegetables? Ever seen a meth user who went on a brisk walk every morning in spiffy workout gear? Chances are, the answer is a resounding no to all of the above. Staying healthy while being addicted to drugs or alcohol just doesn’t happen. The two simply cannot co-exist. After all, addiction is the enemy of life. It never supports activities, attitudes and decisions that will benefit you and your health –only those that end in death and destruction. By the time most addicts and alcoholics enter recovery, we are in survival mode. Proper nutrition and personal hygiene habits took a backseat to our drug of choice. Needless to say, years of drug and alcohol abuse eventually take their toll on the body. Major physical problems, mental health issues and… {Continue Reading}

The Effects of Alcoholism on Marriage

Many people who are addicted to alcohol try to convince themselves that their disease is not affecting those around them. Anyone who has lived with an alcoholic knows this is not true; alcoholism affects the whole family and it ruins marriages. Study on Alcoholism and Marriage The Indiana University School of Education conducted a 30 year study on the effects of alcoholism on marriage. The results were published in the April 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Researchers found that individuals who were problem drinkers were more likely to marry at a later age. These individuals were also more likely to get divorced sooner. The results of this study are not surprising. Someone who is preoccupied with alcohol will have a harder time finding a partner who will stick with them in the first place. Those alcoholics who do get married will bring dysfunction and disorder to the… {Continue Reading}

Canine Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Veterans deserve our thanks and appreciation for all they do for our freedom. Not only do veterans dedicate years away from their family and loved ones and put themselves in physical danger, but they often suffer mental and emotional trauma as well. A common impact that war has on veterans who serve in combat is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom suffer from PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop when an individual is exposed to a traumatic experience, such as the tragedy of war. Someone with PTSD will keep reliving the experiences, will have nightmares about them, and will have difficulty dealing with their emotions or feel a numbness of emotions. This disorder is becoming more recognized, and experts are working… {Continue Reading}