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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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Fear]

September 18, 2013

Among all of the emotional upheavals that invade the lives of families affected by substance abuse and addiction, FEAR is probably the most common. In all of my interactions with other families who have been impacted by this curse, it is the one universal feeling that just won’t go away. In many cases, FEAR is …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Delusion]

September 18, 2013

Delusion: n. 1. Being misled; deceived; 2. A false belief, specifically one that persists psychotically This is a very tough definition of a word that applies to many of us who are struggling with family members’ active addictions, treatments, behaviors, and circumstances. It is even more insidious than “denial” because it literally substitutes fantasy for …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Enabling vs Helping]

September 18, 2013

John C., 2007 The word “enable” has always had a positive connotation throughout my life. I remember learning as a child that donating to the March of Dimes could enable a crippled child to walk; paying taxes would enable the government to provide infrastructure and fund the defense of our country; a donation to the …..

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