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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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Recovery From Addiction]

September 18, 2013

Recently, the question of how to define a recovery “model” for addiction was posed and it caused me to think about this issue from my perspective as the parent of an addict and a care giver. When one thinks of “recovery” generally, it simply means “a return to normal.” Granted, there is a wide range …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [The Pursuit Of Money]

September 18, 2013

Sometimes, it seems that life is nothing more than work, eat, work, sleep, work, and then work some more. This constant pursuit of financial security can get tiring, and it can also interfere with “quality” time that could be spent pursuing less practical and more enjoyable activities. But making a living, supporting a family, fulfilling …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Hope]

September 18, 2013

The Bridge to Hope, the name we have chosen for our family support group, says a lot more than those four monosyllables would imply. The key word, of course, is “hope.” The second most important word is “bridge.” Our “bridge” can be very helpful moving us from a dark place to one of light and …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Guilt]

September 18, 2013

For every unfortunate event that occurs in people’s lives, there is an instinctive human need to establish blame or fault, and to answer the question, “why?” Every year, trial lawyers make millions of dollars exploiting this human need. Whether it is marital discord, loss of job, automobile accident, illness, death, criminal activity or even lifestyle …..

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