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What Is a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

One common myth about alcoholism is that its signs are obvious. Many people think the lives of alcoholics are in complete disarray, but that’s not always the case. What is a high-functioning alcoholic? A functioning alcoholic is physically and/or psychologically dependent on alcohol but can pretty much function as normal. Think about it like depression.…

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How to Find a Sponsor: 12-Step Program

If you’ve ever attended a 12-Step group such as Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), or Crystal Meth Anonymous® (CMA), you’ve probably heard of sponsors. A sponsor is someone who’s been addicted to alcohol or drugs and worked through the 12 Steps. They’ve maintained sobriety successfully, usually for at least a year, and they’re a…

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Drug Use in College

College: the best years of your life. You’re free from parental control but sheltered from many responsibilities. Many students take advantage of this newfound freedom to experiment with alcohol and drugs. While drug use in college may sound like old news, it’s far from old fashioned. A 2016 Monitoring the Future survey found marijuana use…

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4 Boundaries for Addicts

It is incredibly challenging when someone you love and genuinely care about is struggling with an addiction. You want to help them fight it, offering compassion and whatever support they need. But addiction is ugly, and it can drastically change the thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors of the person you love. That puts a strain on…