Whether 2015 was a great year for you, or if you have hopes that 2016 will bring better days, it’s always beneficial to look back and review the past. We at My Recovery Helper are thankful for the support and following of people like you, our Facebook fans, and we value the input you’ve given us through the past year. We hope that our blog has educated, encouraged, and inspired you and your loved ones. We are here to help families through the important journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and our blog has helped us connect with thousands of people this past year.

How has your year been? Let us know what you’ve been going through and how our blog has helped. Below are our top 10 blog posts from 2015, as decided by you, our Facebook followers.

  1. The Relationship between Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and mental health disorders commonly go hand in hand, and it is important to understand the connection and treat accordingly. This blog talks about the occurrence and statistics of dual diagnosis and what is important to look for in the treatment of these disorders.

  1. Effects of Opiates on the Body

We all know that opiates like prescription painkillers and heroin are a growing problem in America today, but we don’t always stop to think how far-reaching the effects are. Whether it is the brain, respiratory system, GI tract, skin, other organs, or the person’s behavior, opiates have serious effects on users.

  1. Effects of Alcohol On the Body

Chances are you’ve been affected by alcoholism in some way. This blog and infographic illustrate just how harmful alcohol can be on a person’s body and life. Also included in this blog is an Alcohol Use Disorder questionnaire to help you assess your own drinking habits.

  1. New and Old Ideas to Help Expand Access to Addiction Recovery

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is available, but only about 10 percent of those who need treatment actually get it. This blog explores the reasons for this, and takes a look at what lawmakers are doing to expand access to more people that need it.

  1. Can an Alcoholic Parent Still Love Their Children?

We heard from many of our readers about this one. Of course an alcoholic parent can still love their children, but the bottom line is they don’t always do what is loving and best for their kids. Read more about what we had to say about it, and also what our readers thought.

  1. Heroin and Middle Class Abusers – Not a Poor Person’s Drug Anymore

Heroin is a dangerous drug, but even with its bad reputation, more people are starting to use this drug now than in the past decade. Heroin addiction is breaking out of its bounds and is becoming a huge problem among middle class abusers. This blog warns of the actions that lead to heroin abuse and dangers of this type of drug addiction.

  1. The Stigma of Addiction: A Mother’s Point of View

In this piece, guest blogger MaryBeth Cichocki leads us through the stigma she faced when her son was self-destructing with an addiction. MaryBeth felt it, her son felt it, and we know many of you feel it too.

  1. Tough Love – It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Many people feel lost and unsure of what to do when a parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol. This blog explores the reasons for showing tough love to a parent and how it can help get them the treatment they need.

  1. My Journey Through Matt’s Addiction

This blog, a contribution from a guest writer, tugged at the heartstrings as our readers got to hear firsthand what it was like for this mother to live through her son’s addiction. MaryBeth Cichocki has experienced much loss because of addiction, and we thank her for sharing her story with us.

  1. The Importance of a Long Term Recovery Plan

Recovery takes time, and many people struggle with wanting to get rehab over too quickly. A long term recovery plan can help the person practice things like dealing with stress, managing triggers, and simply getting their life back together. A long term plan helps prevent relapse, and we show you why in this blog.

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