Addiction’s impact goes far beyond the individual

The stereotype scenario of an addict often involves the image of a single individual hiding away to engage in drug or alcohol use. And while these activities may occur in solitary settings, they are far from isolated incidents. Mary Roufa, community service manager for Rosecrance, says anyone who has dealt with drug or alcohol dependence … Continued

Challenges continue for recovering addicts even after discharge

Facing down an addiction can be tough. Living in its wake can be tougher. In fact, it’s often helpful to avoid thinking in time-focused terms because recovery is an ongoing process, says Glenda Burns, transition specialist at the Rosecrance Adolescent Treatment Center. “Just because a person stops using does not mean that he or she … Continued

12 Steps offer recovering addicts structure and stability

For those who have never had an addiction, the 12 Steps are often the stuff of movies and novels, a plot device when a character is battling addictive demons. But for the many recovering addicts across the world, the 12 Steps are tangible ideas that require thought and action. For those individuals, the 12 Steps … Continued

Recovery, gratitude and rebirth in the New Year

A new year presents new challenges, new opportunities and for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, a new chance at recovery. As with all endeavors, that long-term goal has to begin with inches instead of miles. “An example I use with people in recovery is to think about walking up a huge hill. Where do … Continued

Taking action once signs of teen addiction are confirmed

Finding drugs or alcohol in a child’s room can be cause for alarm – but not counterproductive overreaction – for parents. Previously, we looked at factors a parent can use to determine whether to seek outside help for a child’s potential addiction. This week we’ll consider what parents should do once they have decided to … Continued

Determining whether signs of addiction require attention

Whether you’re doing an intentional search for marijuana in your daughter’s room or just happen to come across a bottle of Jack Daniel’s while gathering up your son’s laundry, you’re probably more than a little concerned about what to do next. Do you confront the issue head on, demand answers and issue punishments, or do … Continued

Relying on circadian rhythms to help teens

Parents and children are known to share terms of endearment before calling it a night, but for moms and dads with teens in the house, those bedtime declarations of affection are often accompanied by the frustrated and futile command: “Go to sleep!” As maddening as it is, it’s normal. “According to research, the natural circadian … Continued