Addicts' Loved Ones Need Recovery Too
I think it's amazing that a whole month (September) has been set aside as a time to honour recovery from addiction -- this shows that the times definitely are a-changin' and that a great many more people are getting the message that recovery truly is possible.
This is great for those who are struggling with addictive behaviours -- from alcohol and drugs to gambling, to compulsive over-spending, to sex addiction, to Internet addiction, to eating disorders -- and everything in between. I'm so happy that the stigma associated with addiction is being lifted in this way and we're finally talking about it!
But what about the loved ones of those who are addicted? These people suffer and struggle right alongside the addicts in their lives. They live in fear 24/7, with frustration, resentment, and confusion. They practice their own addictive behaviours too, such as codependency and people-pleasing, often with a severe lack of personal boundaries.
Are we talking about them yet?
Are they talking to each other?
Finding Your Way Out of Shame
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Timothy Harrington's passion is to assist the family members of a loved one struggling with problematic drug use in realizing their innate strength and purpose.