Is there anything you can do when your adult child drinks too much? Parents who think their young adult children are problem drinkers are in a difficult place. First, they generally don’t want to believe their child has a serious problem. Secondly, by the time they realize they should reach out for help, most parents have already gone through many cycles of “crisis-rescue-new crisis” with their children. If the parents reach out to Alcoholics Anonymous, they are often guided to attend Al-Anon, a support group for people whose lives have been affected by another person’s drinking. Ways you can help You [...]
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"Connectedness" – it’s a basic human desire. People need to feel connected to thrive in life. That connection can be to a family, a team, a group, a cause, a goal – it almost doesn’t matter who the connection is to, as long as it’s a healthy connection. And I’ve never seen a group that thrives on connectedness like those in recovery. Support groups provide accountability, share coping tips, and keep you aware there are people out there who understand what you’re going through and care about you. The support you can receive from the professional community who provide treatment for [...]
Sometimes, the most difficult people to trust are those we love. If you have a family member who’s recently needed treatment for a Substance Use Disorder, it can be particularly difficult to trust their commitment to stay sober. Earlier broken promises to "stop using," and memories of other chemical-driven betrayals, may keep playing in your head. Innocent Until Proven Guilty Sadly, the risk of relapse is real: about half of people in early recovery from addiction eventually relapse, returning to drug use sometimes for a day, other times for years. We’ll look at ways you can help prevent this (or help [...]