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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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Anonymity Or Not]

September 18, 2013

I’ve been thinking about the issue of speaking openly with the press when interview opportunities arise. The big question is whether or not to allow the use of our names, as the perception of “stigma” associated with our family’s problem is of some concern. As a business professional in a very conservative environment, I clearly …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [The Addicted Child]

September 18, 2013

…from a man’s perspective. Even if you haven’t read the book, I am sure you have heard the title: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. The general theme of this well-known book is that innately, men have different perspectives than women on all of life’s issues. All of life’s issues include a family …..

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Reflections On My Son’s Addiction [Impediments To Communication]

September 18, 2013

…between schools and families affected by substance abuse. I believe there are probably as many impediments to good communication between schools and families affected by substance abuse as there are students who are actively using drugs. In my experience, though, over the past seven years, the top two impediments seem to be parental denial and …..

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