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How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Opioid Epidemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 20, 2022 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs, opioids

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The opioid epidemic is becoming increasingly rampant in the United States and across the world. This past year, the drug overdose deaths reached an all-time high of approximately 100,000 in the US, and about 65% of these deaths were related to opioids. 

Unfortunately, the coronavirus and all the uncertainty that came with it, only made the opioid epidemic worse. With health departments spending so much time and money on COVID, the spotlight has shifted away from the opioid crisis. 

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Best Ways to Support Addicted Family Members During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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For many, rather than being a season of gladness and hope, the holidays are filled with grief and anxiety. Whether spent alone, or with friends and family, the holidays can be a very stressful time, which can cause people to lean on their destructive coping mechanisms.

Addiction does not only affect the addicted individual - it affects the whole family. Addiction can destroy relationships, and cause a lot of hurt among family members, which can become magnified during the holiday season.

Whether your loved one is currently in recovery, or is needing to begin their recovery, here are some ways in which you can support them during this time.

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How Tough Love Affects Addicts

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members

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What is the best way to show support to an addicted loved one? Some believe that tough love is the only way to get addicts “back on track,” while others enable their loved one in hopes that this will help them curb their addiction.

Fortunately, there are other ways to support your loved one that will not only be beneficial for them, but also for you. 

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How to Help a Loved One Battling Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2021 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Sober Living, Positive Recovery

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It’s no secret that addiction does not only affect the person with a substance use disorder, but their loved ones as well.

If someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, you may find yourself wanting to help, but unsure of how to go about it. In some cases, when a loved one tries to help, they end up becoming codependent, which can lead to self-destructive behavior. 

However, it’s possible to take care of your loved one without becoming codependent and without condoning their addictive behavior. Aquila also offers a number of addiction treatment programs for families and addiction recovery resources to help someone struggling with the mental and physical effects of substance abuse.

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Euphoric Recall

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in For Family Members

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One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is Euphoric Recall. 

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Your Intervention Didn't Work, Now What?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 01, 2020 / by Russ Kallina posted in For Family Members, treatment program

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Everyone involved had hoped that your loved one would agree to get help and begin the healing process, but they weren't ready. Tempers flared and feelings were hurt. Either they refused to get any treatment, agreed to get treatment and then changed their mind, or left treatment early. Whatever the outcome was, the bottom line is that your plan didn't work.

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Their Substance Use Disorder is Affecting Your Family

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2018 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members, Drugs

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You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family.  Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view. 

You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:

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Recognizing a High Functioning Alcoholic

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to work, socialize and participate in activities without being hindered by their drinking. Some individuals may even seem to be sober and are top achievers and dedicated workers. Even though this presentation of substance use disorder shows up in someone who functions well in society, they still have a substance use disorder and face all the risks associated with excessive or prolonged alcohol consumption. Learning more about this type of substance use disorder can help you recognize the signs in yourself or others and take the first step towards getting them help.

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Opioid Addiction: New SAMHSA Interactive Recovery Tool

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, For Family Members, Drugs

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When you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, making the decision to get help is often difficult enough. Then you have to decide how to get help and try to understand the options for treatment. The ravaging effects of substances on the brain make that process even more difficult. Thankfully, a tool has recently been developed to help those who are trying to make treatment decisions.

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The Addiction Cycle Part I: Key Points for Addiction Treatment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2017 / by Russ Kallina posted in Addiction, Alcohol, For Family Members

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If you or a loved one suffers from a substance use disorder, commonly referred to as an “addiction,” you will often feel like one of those hamsters on a wheel. No matter how hard you try, you just cannot seem to get off the nightmare merry-go-round of suffering. You may have tried to quit several times or entered treatment only to fall back into the same old pattern again. 

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