Tag Archives: family addiction

Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?

As our society has jumped deep into the world of healthy food over the last decade, it is common for consumers to demand to know all of the nutritional information and ingredients in every bite they consume. At McDonald’s, you can now view the exact calorie count of your various choices. And Starbucks proudly displays loads of “nutritional” information in its stores and on its websites. Continue reading Care About What’s in Your Food? How About Your Heroin?

5 Warning Signs You’re Married to an Alcoholic

“In sickness and in health” is how most of us agreed to wed our significant other.  But what if you don’t know when your spouse is in poor health?  What if you don’t know your spouse is really an alcoholic? What should you do, how can you help and how can you tell? Continue reading 5 Warning Signs You’re Married to an Alcoholic

Peanut Allergies Set the Standard the Addiction Community Must Follow

Everyone knows a child with a peanut allergy. These children are protected from peanut exposure at school, on playdates, at team sporting events, at home and even on airplanes. Adults with young children cannot go a week without being notified of a classmate or playmate with a peanut allergy. Handouts at school, announcements on airplanes and disclaimers on birthday party invitations have become the norm. Continue reading Peanut Allergies Set the Standard the Addiction Community Must Follow

Why 11 Million Children of Alcoholics Are Not Alone

To all of you teens, preteens or younger kids living with one or more parents that is an alcoholic — you are not alone. Over 11 million children in the United States currently live with an alcoholic parent. Continue reading Why 11 Million Children of Alcoholics Are Not Alone

How to Avoid/Break the Family Addiction Cycle

Science has proven that kids with addiction in their genes have a much higher chance of becoming an addict than other children.  And historically, those children are raised as all other children, without preparing them for their increased risk. Continue reading How to Avoid/Break the Family Addiction Cycle

Powerful Show on the Current Heroin Epidemic

I just watched an episode of HBO’s Vice that powerfully and brutally shows the depth of heroin in an American town. In 20 minutes, you can understand the horror of this disease.

Click to watch: “Heroin Crisis and New Age of Nukes”

Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.

Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substance abuse at www.potatoallergy.com. You can also find and connect with the authors on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

2016 Presidential Candidate Scorecards on Addiction

Well, if you were patient enough to listen to over two hours of acceptance speeches from 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last week, you probably don’t remember a big focus on the nation’s addiction/heroin epidemic. Continue reading 2016 Presidential Candidate Scorecards on Addiction

The Dangerous Effects of Meth: What Every Parent Needs to Know

While addiction to almost any drug or alcohol can cause changes to the wiring in the brain, some drugs can cause extended damage, which makes recovery itself more difficult. Methamphetamines are one such drug. Continue reading The Dangerous Effects of Meth: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Dysfunctional DC is Not the Answer to the Heroin Epidemic

As suspected, President Obama’s proposal to allocate $1.1 billion to the treatment of opioid addiction did not make it into the bill that Congress passed earlier this month. Instead, the bill only provided $181 million dollars (and even at that the money is not appropriated to specific programs). Continue reading Dysfunctional DC is Not the Answer to the Heroin Epidemic

Why the 2016 Heroin Epidemic is Something You and Your Family Should Worry About

If you have children of any age, you need to be aware of the heroin epidemic affecting our country in 2016.  This is especially true if you have addiction in your family history.  This issue is increasing rapidly and something needs to be done to stop the epidemic. Continue reading Why the 2016 Heroin Epidemic is Something You and Your Family Should Worry About