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Are You Empowering or Enabling?

Let me first start by stating that I am not a fan of the concept codependency. There is little empirical evidence for it and respected psychologists have fairly criticized that the concept pathologizes normal helping behaviors without considering the full context of the helping. Although I disagree with a lot of the language used in the article, I do believe that the 8 questions posed by the author are useful for family members to consider if they are thinking about changing how they relate […]


A Life-Saving Resource: Naloxone

With the rise in opiate use and drug-related deaths I wanted to let family members of opiate/heroin addicted loved ones know about a life-saving resource – Naloxone (a.k.a. Narcan). Naloxone is a drug that is used to reverse the effects of opiate overdose; emergency personnel often have it available and use it in suspected cases of overdose. It has the power to save lives and therefore, give the addicted loved one another chance for sobriety. Many states have laws that decriminalize the possession and […]


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