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Addiction Transfer

addiction transferAddiction transfer happens when a person exchanges an addiction in recovery for another addiction. It can also be known as a substitute addiction or cross addiction, where someone replaces one compulsive behavior with another.

What are some examples of addiction transfer?

Sometimes, when a person completes a rehab program for drug or alcohol addiction, they will turn to food for comfort. In order to fight cravings for drugs or alcohol, a person may turn to food. Sometimes this comfort can turn into something more. Food, particularly sugar, is often viewed as a safe high, but in reality, addiction to sugar and food can be very harmful as well. Though weight gain after rehab is a common occurrence, it needs to be monitored by a medical professional. Sometimes, the weight gain is welcomed, particularly when the person is coming into a program physically unwell....
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Skittles Parties and Advice for Parents of Teenagers

skittles partiesThe federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that after marijuana, prescription medications are the drugs most commonly abused by the adolescent population with the biggest growth of abuse among persons aged 12 to 24 years.5 Alarmingly, the abuse of prescription and OTC medications has surpassed the use of illegal drugs such as crack, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin. An estimated 14% of high school seniors have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once. - (Source: Contemporary Pediatrics) Unfortunately it isn't just drinking that parents have to worry about when their teens go to a party. A newer trend has developed where teenagers raid their parents or grandparents' medicine cabinets for prescription drugs. They then take the prescription drugs to the party where they combine drugs into one container/bag and take turns reaching into the...
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Surviving the Holidays – For the Family of An Addict

christmas-tree-family Surviving the Holidays can be difficult for anyone, but for the family of an addict, there are added struggles to face. If there was a specific event that took place prior to receiving help, tensions may still be high in the family. Or if addiction runs in the family, and one person has begun their journey toward recovery while another has not, there may be resentment or bitter feelings. Here are some ways for the family of an addict to be supportive and make sure you can enjoy the holidays as they should be enjoyed:

Show Support

Don't be afraid to address the elephant in the room (addiction, treatment, struggles in recovery, etc.). There is often a stigma of addiction and recovery. Offer a chance to have a heart to heart conversation with the addicted person. There is a chance that they are waiting...
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