The Role of Parents in Supporting a Child with Addiction

The role parents can play in supporting a child with addiction

There are few things more difficult than supporting someone in rehab for drugs or alcohol, and that goes tenfold when the case involves a close family member. But when it’s your child who’s struggling? Arguably, this is the toughest situation of all, and it can take tremendous emotional strength to overcome the challenges associated with it. Having a… Read More

Signs of Prescription Painkiller Addiction at the Pharmacy Counter

Prescription Painkiller Addiction at the Pharmacy Counter

America’s opioid crisis has been publicly linked to prescribing practices, highlighted by such statistics as this one: Between the early 1990s and mid-2000s, opioid prescriptions increased by a factor of five, despite patients reporting a similar level of pain. These numbers struck outrage and led to policy change. After new regulations on opioid prescriptions were introduced, there was a 19% reduction in new annual prescriptions… Read More

5 Essential Tips for Enabling Your Child’s Recovery

5 Essential Tips on enabling your child's recovery

As a parent, facing a child in recovery can be a devastating reality. When you only want the best for your child, accepting that circumstances have gone awry is one of the most painful things you may ever have to face. Unfortunately, for too many families, addiction is a tragic part of life. With nearly 20 million Americans over… Read More

Is Your Child Depressed? Find Out with This Blood Test

Find out if your child is depressed with a blood test

Depression is a serious issue in the United States. In 2015, over 18 million adults experienced at least one depressive episode, and around 5% of children are similarly affected. Living with depression can be devastating, with symptoms that include a disinterest in hobbies and pleasurable activities, a lack of self-care, an inability to focus in school, low grades, low motivation at… Read More

How to Support a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder

How to support a loved one with bipolar disorder

All mental health conditions can be difficult to manage, but for a caregiver, living with a loved one who has bipolar disorder can be overwhelming and terrifying. The condition, which often manifests as shifts from dramatic highs to very lows in activity, energy and mood, is hard to handle, especially on a daily basis. But you can do… Read More

The Dangers of Not Cutting Someone Off at the Bar – and How to Say “No” To Requests for More Drinks

Tips for cutting someone off at the bar

For many people in the service industry, tending bar is a dream job. It’s often easier physically than waiting tables, yields plenty of face time with happy patrons and offers the promise of big tips. However, like any job, bartending has its downsides, and that includes facing patrons too drunk to continue drinking. No bartender likes making the choice to… Read More

What Your Loved One Can Expect to Experience During Detox From Painkillers

Painkiller Detox - What to expect

Painkiller addiction continues to grow in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse makes this very clear, noting that every day in the United States, 130 people die from an overdose of opioids, the most common type of over-prescribed and abused painkiller. This includes users of heroin, prescription painkillers and synthetics such as fentanyl. If your loved one is addicted… Read More

How Addiction Can Affect Child Custody Rights

Concerned about child custody when seeking addiction help

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or any other qualifier, can fall victim to a substance use disorder. And that, of course, includes parents. Balancing parenting and addiction isn’t an easy battle, especially for those who started drinking casually or took narcotic pain medication for a legitimate reason, only to end up at the… Read More

How to Know if Your Child Needs Mental Health Rehab: Things to Look For

Mental Health Rehab for Children

Children’s mental health disorders occur when there is a significant change in the way a child behaves, learns or handles their emotions. This often leads to distress of some type, creating difficulty in day-to-day tasks. Behavior disorders, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) are the most common, though others can occur, including depression and bipolar disorder. How Common Are… Read More