Getting Treatment

Addiction and HIV: A Dangerous Tandem

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We’re now putting the spotlight on HIV and how it is linked to substance addiction.

Attention on HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency  Virus) has been revived anew since the recent revelation of controversial actor Charlie Sheen about him being HIV-positive. Many of his friends have urged him to come out amid rumors and in order to somehow erase the stigma surrounding this disease.

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How to Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help

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How would you help someone who doesn’t want your help and doesn’t even help himself? 

It’s an impossible scenario right?

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Loving Him Into Rehab

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Do you love him so much that you are willing to get him into rehab?

When you have a partner, spouse, family member or friend who is suffering from substance dependence or addiction, we often find ourselves wanting to keep them from harm and protect them even from themselves. We try to keep them clean and healthy, buy them medicine when they get sick, cover up their unpaid bills, support them when they lose their jobs, and help them if they get into any legal trouble.

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It’s Your Decision, But You Can’t Do It Alone

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Maybe you have tried many times. To stop. Many, many times. You have asked your spouse to stop you from getting out of the house, or you’ve tried to hint to your family your problem. You think that your love for your partner, your family, your career or your education is motivation enough to stop using.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction: Part 1

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No one plans on becoming addicted. Often, people start using drugs or alcohol as a result of curiosity, peer pressure, or the desire to unwind or have fun. Some people use to cope with problems or as a way to escape. However, at some point, their use crosses that line when it is going to be hard for them to turn back. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that they have a problem until the downward spiral has run its course.

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4 Simple Things You Should Know About Your Loved One’s Rehab

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Having someone dear to you, like a partner or a family member, who is in drug or alcohol rehab most often means that you’re facing a lot of struggles. These struggles are further exacerbated by questions, doubts, and misconceptions on how professional rehabilitation facilities work.

To help you gain some perspective and allay your fears, here are a few of the things you should know about drug and alcohol rehabilitation for your loved one.

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10 Things That Tell You “Yes, This is Rock Bottom”

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The thing about addiction is, it never ends well. Because eventually, whatever it is that was getting us high, stops feeling good, and starts to hurt. Still, they say you don’t kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. But how do you know when you are there? – Dr. Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

Many recovering addicts, based on their own experiences, would tell you that you’ll only know you have hit rock bottom when you get there. And different people will have their own version of rock bottom as they continue on towards that downward spiral addiction brings them. This is because substance abuse, whether drugs, alcohol, or any other, not only damages the users physical and mental health–it also brings devastating effects towards their relationships, possessions, careers, and self-respect.

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Suicide: The Hidden Risk of Addiction

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Although the Philippines has a comparatively lower suicide rate than its neighboring countries, the increase in the number of Filipinos committing suicide over the last decades is something that cannot be ignored. From 1984 to 2005, the suicide rate in our country has increased from 0.46 to 7 out of every 200,000 men, and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. Majority of these cases involve young people aged 24 years old and below.

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How to Make Your Loved One Seek Addiction Treatment

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Seeing a loved one struggle with addiction can be painful. Whether a spouse, child, parent or other family member, is the one addicted, it can leave us frustrated, angry, ashamed, frightened, worried, overwhelmed, and yet utterly helpless. Perhaps you have tried to talk–or even threaten–them into seeking professional help, but nothing seemed to stop them from using.

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Trust in the process.

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Creating Your Recovery Checklist

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Starting your life in recovery can be a strange experience after a lifestyle controlled by compulsions and addictions. Many say that the first year of recovery is the toughest, but it gets better as you become sober for longer.

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