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

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

Addiction Turmoil: Relating to an Addict family member can be very frustrating and some family members like to kick the addict member out of the home. After that some family members feel worry, sadness and guilt. Keeping them at home and not giving him anything is upsetting. Have family meetings, express concerns and feelings about the behavior of addict member, and prepare him for Rehab, AA, and NA Meetings. ...Read more

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I have trombositosis. What is it and why only me in my family that have trombositosis?

I have trombositosis. What is it and why only me in my family that have trombositosis?

New mutation: Essential thrombocythemia results from a new genetic mutation. I'm going to assume this is what you are describing. ...Read more

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How must I organize family finances if I am a caregiver?

How must I organize family finances if I am a caregiver?

See below: Check with elder attorney about the loved one's financial activities. The attorney will tell you if you are eligible for medicaid or not. ...Read more

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What is the best family planing to go for?

One that: You and your husband (or significant other), after a meaningful discussion on the subject takes place, decide would be the best for your individual future as a loving couple. Best wishes. ...Read more