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Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Counseling, Depression, Drug Abuse, News, Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Myths: Differentiating the Right From the Wrong

People may start using drugs for a number of reasons. It can be peer pressure, loneliness, depression, physical problems like chronic pain, insomnia, a family history of substance abuse and even recreation. Before they know it, they are caught in the addiction like a fly gets caught in a spider’s web and they are unable to extricate themselves from it, without outside help. However, before you approach anyone for help, you should know the facts from the myths. It will help you make better decisions about how to hope to cope with the addiction and also help you look for symptoms of substance abuse in anyone you know. Many addicts themselves have wrong notions about their addictions. Here is a small list of common myths around substance abuse. Overcoming substance abuse is just a matter of willpower Sadly, willpower is not enough to treat substance abuse. Repeatedly resisting a temptation, in this case drugs or alcohol, can take a mental toll. Just like a muscle gets affected after overuse,...

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Posted on Jun 29, 2015 in Abuse, Domestic Abuse, News, Physical Abuse, Spousal Abuse

How to Deal with Physical Abuse in a Relationship

Millions of women around the world are stuck in abusive marriages and relationships with no end in sight to their troubles. Physical abuse is one of the most common types of abuse in a relationship. Physical abuse includes assault, threats or restraining force. The American Medical Association says that more than 4 million women in the United States suffer physical abuse at the hands of their husbands and boyfriends each year. Most of these women feel helpless, afraid and trapped in their relationships. Many do not know what to do about the abuse and who to speak to. Many women suffer in silence and hide the abuse from their family and friends because they feel ashamed about it. Some feel that if they speak about it, people will not believe them. Common misconceptions about physical abuse in a relationship Is there is a way women can prevent physical abuse? Yes, certainly. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Things can change, but...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Sexual Abuse, Toddlers

Recognizing the Signs and Helping Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a subject that is discussed the least when talking about abuse among children. Physical and emotional abuse are talked about the most. Child sexual abuse is often brushed under the carpet by most parents and families. It has very low rates of reporting and even lower rates of counseling and treatment. But it is probably the worst kind of abuse a child can go through, mainly because most are too young to understand what is happening, and are too scared of the pain and threats to speak up. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children This is the first and most important step in helping sexually abused kids. They might not be able to speak up and tell you what is happening. But there will be enough signs, their way of showing something is wrong and asking for help, if you look close enough. Depression, anxiety or excessive unexplained aggressiveness. Sudden fear of certain people or places. Bed-wetting, thumb-sucking and other such regressive behavior among...

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