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8 Reasons Addicts Relapse When Things Are Good

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | August 10, 2023

Ah, the perplexing paradox of life! Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, and the sun is shining a little brighter, life throws you a curveball. As a mental health counselor, I’ve seen it time and again: individuals on the path to recovery, experiencing a streak of good days, and then… a…

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How To Explain Addiction To A Child: Tips For Parents

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | August 10, 2023

Ever tried explaining the stock market to a five-year-old? How about the reason the sky is blue? Kids have this uncanny ability to ask questions that can make even the wisest among us scratch our heads. Now, imagine you have to explain addiction. A bit trickier, right? Through my years as a mental health counselor,…

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When Do I Give Up On My Drug Addict Son: How To Help Him

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | August 4, 2023

As a seasoned therapeutic mental health counselor, I’ve seen the roller coaster of emotions parents ride when their child is grappling with addiction. It’s like being stuck on the world’s worst merry-go-round, one that’s spinning out of control with no end in sight.  You might be asking yourself, “When do I step off this ride?”…

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Recovery Is A Journey: How To Support Your Addicted Son Every Step Of The Way

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | July 30, 2023

Addiction can happen to anyone, and it can be challenging for families to come to terms with their loved one’s struggles. Many parents of addicted children often wonder how they can support their kids during recovery. It’s important to remember that recovery is a journey, and it takes time and patience. In this post, we’ll…

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House Rules For Living With An Addict

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | July 30, 2023

Living with an addict can be like balancing on a unicycle while juggling flaming torches – challenging, to say the least! In this article, I’ll unveil the secrets to creating house rules that promote a harmonious home environment while supporting your loved one’s journey to recovery. Whether you’re dealing with a partner, family member, or…

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Why Do Addicts Hurt Loved Ones? How Addiction Ruins Love

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | July 24, 2023

Addiction is a complex issue that affects not only the addicted person but also their loved ones. This article explores why addicts often hurt the ones they love and the effects of addiction on relationships and individuals. Understanding Addiction It can be difficult for someone who is not an addict to understand the complexities of…

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Psychedelic Therapy for Anxiety: A New Frontier in Mental Health

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | June 17, 2023

Ever felt like your anxiety is a relentless storm, and you’re stuck without an umbrella? Well, what if I told you there’s a new kind of ‘weather forecast’ in town? It’s called psychedelic therapy for anxiety, and it’s causing quite a stir in the mental health world. Imagine swapping your raincoat for a magic mushroom,…

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Loving An Addict: How Addiction Ruins Relationships

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | May 27, 2023

Ever been on a roller coaster? The highs, the lows, the unexpected turns? Now, imagine that ride never ends. Welcome to the world of relationships marred by addiction. It’s a wild ride, but not the fun kind. But why stop at the surface? Stick around and we’ll explore the nitty-gritty of this tumultuous journey. We’ll…

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Can Couples Counseling Save A Relationship Or Marriage?

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | May 25, 2023

Ever found yourself in the middle of a lovers’ quarrel, wishing there was a referee to call a timeout? Well, good news, couples counseling might just be the whistle-blowing, flag-waving intervention you need! The short answer to ‘Can couples counseling save a relationship or marriage?’ is a resounding… Yes, couples counseling can save a relationship…

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Can A Marriage Survive Drug Addiction: Recovery Guide

By Laurie Newcomb, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP | May 25, 2023

Marriage is a sacred bond between two individuals, built on love, trust, and commitment. However, when drug addiction enters the picture, it can cause significant strain and challenge the foundation of any relationship. The effects of substance abuse on marriages can be devastating, leading to broken trust, emotional turmoil, and a breakdown in communication. In…