Can You Help an Alcoholic?

By The Valor Team
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:14 am in

You can’t make your loved one sober, and you can’t love away alcoholism.

Individuals who are actively addicted to alcohol are often the last to realize they need help. Likewise, family members who have been hurt, traumatized and overwhelmed by a loved one's addiction are typically at a loss as to where to turn or how to help. 

How Do You Know if You’re Addicted to Alcohol or Drugs?

By The Valor Team
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm in

While there isn’t a blood test or other lab work to diagnose addiction, there are distinctive behavioral indicators that the disease has taken hold.

If you obsess about getting the substance and using the substance, and then spend considerable time recovering from the effects of substance abuse, you’re probably looking at addiction. 

Other telltale signs include compromising your values, behaving in ways that put yourself or others at risk, and experiencing negative consequences in your relationships and other aspects of your life because of your drug or alcohol use.

Addiction: How to Know When You Need Help

By The Valor Team
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11:08 am in

The definition of addiction as provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry . . . characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.

Patterns and Progression of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By The Valor Team
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:28 am in

How does alcohol or drug addiction begin? What does substance abuse look like as it progresses? How can treatment help, and recovery heal? 

Let's take a look at the stages of addiction and recovery with the hope that this information will help someone suffering with addiction, or help someone who loves a person addicted to alcohol or drugs convince them to get help.

How to Spot Addictive Behavior

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm in

What are some of the signs that your loved one may be addicted to drugs or alcohol?

Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of who they are. Not only can it impact anyone, it’s an all-encompassing disease, effecting the body and mind. 

Each drug has its own symptoms of “under the influence behavior” and people can be in different stages of addiction, so it can be difficult to pinpoint specific behaviors or symptoms of people that are high on drugs. However, there are some basic behaviors that indicate there may be an addiction problem.

How to Support a Loved One Suffering with Addiction

By Misty Long
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm in

How can you support a loved one suffering with addiction?

Addiction does not discriminate against its victims. People of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or socioeconomic status can be impacted by addiction. 

It can be excruciating watching someone you care for battle with substance abuse. You want to support them as much as possible without enabling them. You want to help them get the treatment they need and provide emotional support as they pursue a life free from the ravages of addiction.