At The White House, Learning How Not To Talk About Addiction

December 27, 2013

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the U.S office of National Drug Control Policy. (The Canadian Press/Pawel Dwulit Via AP) We don’t refer to someone who has anorexia or bulimia as having a “food abuse” problem. We say they have an eating disorder. So why do we refer to someone who is addicted to alcohol or pain …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Financial Co-Dependency]

September 18, 2013

Why do we as families feel a compulsion to pay the bills/debts of our addicted family members, often at great personal sacrifice and with little to no gratitude from the beneficiary? Why is it that once everything is paid and current, that the defaults recur, and we are confronted with the identical circumstances again….and again…..and …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Tribute To The Lost]

September 18, 2013

(In memory of those addicts whose premature deaths have saddened all of us) To our children who fell victim to the allure of escape from reality through the use of substances, we are truly sorry. We’re sorry that you inherited a world from which you believed an escape was needed. We’re sorry that we couldn’t …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [In Memoriam]

September 18, 2013

(Upon the overdose death of an addict we loved) You will remain anonymous in this tribute, but ONLY in this tribute. Your family, friends, customers, and fellow addicts know who you were and will never forget you. I am sure you had no idea how many people loved you, cared about you, were concerned about …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Post-Traumatic Addiction Syndrome]

September 18, 2013

No, there’s really not a recognized syndrome by this name….but maybe there should be! Families of loved ones who struggle with a member’s addiction issues operate on adrenalin for months, and even years, as crisis after crisis is discovered, addressed, endured, and moved toward resolution. Every imaginable threatening circumstance is on the list of potentially …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Step 4]

September 18, 2013

A LETTER TO MY SON My dear son, As you work through the arduous exercise of Step 4, analyzing who and what you are, let me offer a few observations to help you figure out the differences between the “real” you and the images you project. WHO ARE YOU? First, let me say that you …..

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