Addiction is a lonely disease.
When at first you have a happy family and a great relationship and social life, once addiction hits, things can change for the worst dramatically. Addiction isolates you to your family and friends, the people who love you, and then ultimately kill you. This is the reality for many addicts, unless they seek help and decide to stay sober.
In one way or another, we may know or witnessed firsthand someone letting their kids taste a little beer or wine at a party. After all, it’s a special occasion and it’s harmless, right?
Living with an addict can be confusing, lonely, and frustrating. This is because addicts have learned to manipulate people like friends and family so that they can continue their lifestyle and habit. In fact, their manipulations skills can leave you in awe as they can turn the needs and wants of other people to their advantage, and no amount of reasoning can beat them.
Learning how addicts to this can help concerned family members and friends like you to stop being lured into the manipulation game and help get your loved one the help that they need.
Many people believe that addiction is a disease, as much as any other disease. But when we see a parent in a hospital room tending for a child who is sick, holding his hand, making sure he is comfortable, feeding him to help restore his health…you’ll think it’s much easier to take care of a child when he is sick like that. But with addiction? Taking care of a child with addiction requires something so much different.
Because treating addiction often requires tough love.
In many past posts, we have written about how to draw the line between enabling and empowering and how families can help their loved ones who are in recovery. Addiction and recovery can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and judgment calls, a tug-of-war between helping and hurting.