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My family thinks I am an addict, but I don't agree. Whose right?

My family thinks I am an addict, but I don't agree.  Whose right?

Probably them: Most addicts have very strong defense mechanisms. Denial, literally they just can't see the problem.They justify, minimize, rationalize, intellectualize, lots more " izes". One component of addiction is conflict with others. I don't know you, so all I have is my knowledge of how addiction works. I recommend finding a local counselor or other professional to help all of you figure it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to convince my family to buy me organic food?

How to convince my family to buy me organic food?

Organic Food: 1. Discuss the health benefits. 2. Because organic food products can be considerably more expensive than non-organic, if you family can't afford it - consider growing it yourself. Even small container gardens can have great yields. ...Read more

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What to do if a family friend's son is a gambling addict. Looking for rehab center and how much they are?

What to do if a family friend's son is a gambling addict. Looking for rehab center and how much they are?

Gambling: Many questions. Great that you're concerned about your friend. Of course if they do not want help ? Long-term or 30 days 60 day not necessarily as a good therapist. Personal life situation, they have to be involved -have to like the situation and be ready. Please use internet to search out places in your area if that's what you need. If can go anywhere in the world same. Ask around for quality. ...Read more

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Why is it said that kicking and addict family member out is not the best choice to fix the issue. Won't having nothing teach them a lesson and learn?

Why is it said that kicking and addict family member out is not the best choice to fix the issue. Won't having nothing teach them a lesson and learn?

Helping an addict.: Addicts generally has to reach rock bottom on their own, and when they do they'd need loved ones around to pick them up and help them recover and cure. Leaving them alone with their vices and negativity is not necessarily the healthiest way to leave them. ...Read more

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How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

How can I convince a family member to try an alcoholics anonymous meeting?

Care for self 1st: Taking care of you first, is important. You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen. ...Read more

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What would you suggest I do to convince my family to stop eating fast food and be healthy?

What would you suggest I do to convince my family to stop eating fast food and be healthy?

You can't: That is almost impossible to do. Most people will not change habits of a lifetime until a catastrophic illness occurs. ...Read more

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How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

How can I convince my parents to encourage our family to eat better?

Good luck: It is always good to encourage people to live healthier lives including a healthy diet and exercise. Unfortunately, I have found that most folks are pretty set in their ways. I encourage you to continue to plug away. You may not be able to perform miracles, but even slight positive change can make a difference. ...Read more

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A close member of my family is a recovering addict of meth, i think she may be relapsing. What should I do?

A close member of my family is a recovering addict of meth, i think she may be relapsing. What should I do?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of al-anon or nar-anon for the families and friends of alcoholics and addicts. ...Read more

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I used to be an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. I still drink, my whole family drinks a lot around me, what is the best way for me to cope with this?

I used to be an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. I still drink, my whole family drinks a lot around me, what is the best way for me to cope with this?

12 Step Groups: Such as those found in AA and NA groups will provide support for you. They believe that one ALWAYS remains an addict but that one can be in recovery. Please look in the phone book or check w/your doctor or local social service agency to find a group. They often meet in public buildings and churches. Congratulations on your progress and peace and good health. ...Read more

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My family almost never buys fresh veggies. They eat meat with bread usually. I'm a vegetarian and suffer because I do not get any veggies. Please help me convince them that they need veggies every day?

Sharing Feelings: Openly and honestly will be key. Scientific proof is everywhere. Have a look at this link, share it with your family, and start the dialogue. Things will get better! http://healthyeating.Sfgate.Com/consequences-not-eating-fruits-vegetables-6202.Html. ...Read more

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