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Addressing Substance Abuse in a Relationship

In Relationships, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Lying. Cheating. Drinking in the morning. Long absences and frequent disappearances. Stealing to buy drugs. Selling property to buy drugs. Domestic violence. Impaired judgment. Criminal conduct. Driving while impaired. Child neglect and endangerment. Losing employment. Health problems. If you are married to an addict, all of the aforementioned traits may be very familiar. Simply put, alcohol and drug abuse ruin relationships. This is because substance abusers lie to protect their addiction and make their addiction the top priority in their lives. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for you, your children, and your plans. Seeking Professional Help You have options and there is no shame in seeking help for your spouse. If you or your spouse is employed, you should first contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which …

Recognizing Multiple Religions Within a Family

In Lifestyle, Relationships by Elizabeth Stephenson

It is becoming increasingly common that people with different religious backgrounds are getting married. Referred to as “inter-faith” or “mixed” marriages, it is a refreshing sign of that people are looking past what they know or what they are familiar with and really getting to know other people. However, inter-faith marriages are not without challenges, as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and other belief systems can all have monumental and deep rooted differences. In fact, these issues may manifest themselves in the following ways: Unfortunately, there are a lot of “absolutes” with some faiths, such as laws, rules, or attitudes prohibiting inter-faith or even intra-faith marriages (involving a different denomination of the same faith). In fact, some faiths preach that marrying outside the faith is an affront to the religion. …