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Old 04-28-2009, 08:34 AM
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Default 10 Ways Family Members Can Help a Loved One with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

10 Ways Family Members Can Help a Loved One with a Drug or Alcohol Problem
By Ed Hughes, MPS

The pain and suffering of addiction is not limited to the alcoholic or drug addict. Family members share a tremendous burden as well. Shame, guilt, fear, worry, anger, and frustration are common , Everyday feelings for family members concerened about a loved one’s drinking or drug use. In most cases, the family has endured the brunt of the consequences for the loved ones addiction, including the stress of worry, financial costs, and life adjustments made to accommodate the addicted person’s lifestyle. Addiction leads the addict away from positive influences of the family. The disease twists love, concern, and a willingness to be helpful into a host of enabling behaviors that only help to perpetuate the illness.

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Thank you for such a resourceful post.

I think rescuing and analyzing i think are the ones i struggle with most. As a parent, its natural to want to rescue your child and then thinking over and over what happened to cause this is so self destructing. The addicted one will find any weakness in family/support systems to justify their addictions.

Thanks for your insight. I printed it out as a daily reminder.
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Thanks for the information. I am always analyzing my husband alcoholism. I'm going to print this information out so that I will have it to remind me of the things NOT to do!!!
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Thanks for sharing. This will be very useful.
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thank you that was greatly written and so true.
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