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The origins of the term Codependency can be traced back to the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous (Al-Anon from now on). Al-Anon was the first self-help group for addicts founded in 1935. After sharing their personal experiences in group-therapy, Al-Anon members quickly noticed that the wives (during this era, most Al-Anon members were straight men) of Alcoholics typically responded with a pattern of overly-supportive enabling behaviors, and thus, the term Codependent was born.

As children, bad behavior could usually be managed with some simple rules and consequences. However, when our kids, are actually full-grown adults, it’s not clear what our role as parents should look like. When we see them behaving in harmful ways, perhaps using drugs or blowing money away, what do we do?

People can become addicted to pretty much anything, depending on their unique conditions and personality. Food, shopping, drugs… There are so many different addictive things out there in the world, and some are clearly worse than others. Have you ever wondered how they compare?

There’s no doubt about it, addiction is a mental illness just like any other. We already know that conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety have an immense power to control our moods and thoughts. So, why would addiction be any different?

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Choosing a rehab, or treatment center, for yourself or a loved one can lead you down a rabbit hole. If you connect online with an unscrupulous phone center, or rehab, the odds of you being “sold” to the highest bidder as a piece of commerce is high. If you are “sold” on the phone and send your loved to a rehab that lacks clinical care or has nobody else similar to your loved one present – will they connect?

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Did you know that Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness? Here in the US, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety. That’s about 20% of us!! Anxiety leads to missed work, opportunities lost, and can simply ruin our day. This is why we need strategies for dealing with anxiety, in the short and long term.

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It can come as a hard shock to find out out that you, a family member, or a friend has a mental health disorder. However, before jumping to any conclusions or making harsh judgements, take some time to learn more about what mental health disorders really are. You’ll find that mental illness doesn’t ‘t equal “crazy,” or inadequate. It’s quite possible to live a healthy, vibrant, successful life with mental illness.

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A lot of us have smoked for so many years now it seems impossible to quit. Have you tried to stop smoking? Or are you currently trying? Most smokers have a few attempts to quit under their belt. Likely, this is because we all already know it’s horrible for our health! But it’s a mighty task, which is why you need to stop smoking with clear goals.

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When one person develops an addiction, it affects the entire family. Oftentimes, when addiction happens, there is a complex network of codependent relationships and conflicts within the family. A drug intervention specialist might be able to help you and your family sort through these problems. Most importantly, interventionists can help you finally convince your loved one to accept treatment.

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A lot of people seem to get on just fine with drinking alcohol on occasion. Others however, don’t get on just fine, and end up with a serious addiction. Is alcohol addictive? If so, why exactly is alcohol addictive? If you’re new to drinking, you might be wondering about these kinds of things. We’re going to try and give you some answers that will hopefully help you make more informed decisions about alcohol.