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What to Do When Your Spouse Is Diagnosed with Addiction

Being married to someone suffering from an illness always has its challenges, and this holds true in the case of addiction too. If your spouse or partner has been diagnosed with a drug or alcohol addiction, you can help them when you understand how to provide the support they need. You can weather the impact that addiction can have on your marriage and provide meaningful help and support for your loved one by educating yourself, coping with changes in your relationship, and preparing for setbacks.

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Why Do Some People Become Addicted While Others Do Not?

No one can predict who will become addicted to drugs or alcohol and who will not. While there are various risk factors, some of the most potent ones appear to be genetic makeup, family history, mental illness, and the nature of the substance that is abused. Understanding these risk factors may help you come to terms with why someone you love may be suffering from an addiction.

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How to Hold an Intervention

Intervention, a carefully planned process that typically culminates in a meeting between the addict and concerned family and friends, offers an opportunity to show the person how his substance use disorder has affected those closest to him and encourages him to accept the help needed for recovery. Download our free E-Book below for more information.

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Self Diagnosis: How Do I Know I Have a Problem?

Recognizing an addiction in oneself is often harder than it seems. Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol tell themselves they can handle their usage, and even after a crisis like a job loss or car accident, they may deny the severity of their problem. In fact, part of the problem is referring to drug or alcohol abuse as a problem when it could, in fact, be a full-blown addiction. Early addiction behaviors, alienation from friends and family, and deteriorating health are all associated with substance addictions; if you experience these aspects of addiction, it’s in your best interest to admit your problem and seek the treatment you need.

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The 12-Steps Model: An Overview

While today there are various addiction treatment models associated with the 12-steps model, most are derived in some way from the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step program that was first developed in 1939. AA and the related Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are the most popular 12-step programs and have a decided spiritual component. These programs and other related 12-step programs typically involve the following steps that are designed to help sufferers overcome their addictions by meeting one goal at a time until the program is complete.

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