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Yes, You Can Have Thriving Relationships with Borderline Personality Disorder: Here’s How

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is like many mental illnesses people live with every day. It has its challenges, including complications at work, in relationships, and health. Relationships can be difficult for people with BPD, especially romantic partnerships or marriages. With mental illness, there are many complex circumstances but there is also fear of abandonment and…

How Drug Use is Affecting Your Quality of Life

According to the National Institute of Health, addiction recovery centers are starting to embrace models of service that closely resemble service models used to address chronic conditions. Researchers indicate that this change is due in part to the fact that drug use, recently characterized as a chronic condition as well, has been found to drastically…

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Family?

Most alcoholics confront their demons everyday. In a world that is inundated with rhetoric promoting liquor, booze, or whatever the buzzword of the hour is, it’s no secret: it is incredibly difficult to part ways with alcohol. But studies indicate that there’s another portion of our lives that could be even more affected by alcoholism:…

How Do I Encourage My Loved One to Get Help?

Addiction, like many chronic illnesses and diseases, is an issue that affects a lot more than just the victim. In many cases, in fact, the victim may be the only one that does not have a problem with the disease and its debilitating effects. Family members and loved ones often tend to be the most…

What is Codependency?

Merriam-Webster defines codependency as a “psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin,” or, more broadly, it is the “dependence on the needs of or control by another.” Codependency was originally thought to…