8 Ways to Cope When Living With an Alcoholic Parent
Regardless of if your parent has always been an alcoholic or if it is a relatively new part of life, learning to cope becomes an important part of life.
Winning the Battle Over Alcohol
Alcoholism is not just an addiction, it's a disease. A disease of the brain. And just like with any other disease, it develops and progresses over time if left untreated. Drinking excessively is indicative of alcohol-dependency and could be diagnosed as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).
Under the Influence: How a DUI Cost Me More Than Just a Night in Jail
How a DUI cost me more than just a night in jail.
My Advice for Surviving the Holidays With an Addict
The winter holidays are already a stressful time of year, but it may be even more so if you have an addict in your life.
The Do's and Don'ts of Relating to an Addict: What I've Learned
I believe it is common knowledge that being an addict can be a long difficult road, but people rarely talk about what it is like to love and/or live with someone who is an addict.
How Quitting Chewing Tobacco Is Different Than Quitting Smoking
Often lumped together, this article attempts to discern how chewing tobacco and cigarette addictions are different.
Long-Term Negative Side Effects of Quitting Tobacco They Will Not Tell You About
The truth of the matter is tobacco kills, but quitting the nasty habit also carries a series of long term side effects. If you don’t like being lied to, this is a must-read.
7 Deadly Sins: A Former Gambling Addict's Perspective
The seven deadly sins and gambling go together perfectly. Learn how gambling addiction progresses through each of the seven stages of sin.
Tips for Dealing With a Compulsive Gambler in the Family
My father was a compulsive gambler. This article is about how loved ones can protect themselves from the ravages of a gambling addiction.
Stay Tobacco-Free and Avoid Relapse: 6 Tips That Worked for Me
Quitting smoking is just the beginning. Staying quit is much harder. Here are the tips and tricks that helped me stay off cigarettes and quit smoking permanently. I hope they will help you, too.
My Tips: Unique Ways to Quit Smoking and How to Stay Smoke-Free
These are the steps I took to finally quit smoking for good—after eight failed attempts.
How I Helped a Friend: Stop Smoking Naturally With the SNAQ Method
Stop Nicotine and Quit (SNAQ) is a chemical-free, simple plan to achieve a smoke-free life. Wean yourself, panic-free, from nicotine over a course of time that is comfortable for you.
Tips on How to Avoid Smoking Relapse (And What to Do If It Happens)
Have you recently quit smoking? Do you think you may slip up and start again? I have some tips that may help you along the way.
My Experience With Codeine Addiction and Withdrawal
This is my story of codeine addiction and withdrawal. What is it like to live with this type of addiction? How long does withdrawal take?
Making Amends: What Al-Anon's Ninth Step Means to Me
When Al-Anon members do their Ninth Step amends, they often have to apologize and change their behavior towards the alcoholics in their life, as well as towards friends and family members. It is not as hard as you may have feared. Find out how to get started.
Alcoholism's Negative Effects on My Marriage and Family
How alcoholism damaged my family and marriage.
Why Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey Is Hard and 8 Tips for Success
Quitting smoking cold turkey is tough, but you can maximize your chance of success by planning ahead.
Five Good Reasons That Finally Motivated Me to Quit Smoking
I was finally motivated to quit smoking not because of health concerns but because of sheer vanity and self-interest. Here are five good reasons to quit that you may not have considered.
Addicted to Nicotine Gum or Lozenges? My Personal Experience
Nicotine gum and lozenges can be useful when you're trying to quit smoking, but they can create a new, hard-to-kick addiction themselves. Are you addicted?
Why I'm Glad I Quit Smoking Marijuana: 5 Incredible Benefits
This is my personal story of what I experienced when I quit smoking marijuana.
Meth Use: What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Someone Using Methamphetamines?
This is a true story about my young friend who died from methamphetamine use. Hopefully, this story will save someone else's life. I've provided a helpful list of the signs and symptoms of someone using meth and how to get help.
10 Tips for Living Drug, Alcohol, Smoke-Free: What Works for Me
Are drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes ruling your life? Have you tried quitting only to pick back up again -- even though you really, really want to stop? Stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure. You're an addict.