#MythBustingMondays – Watching someone die a slow death as a result of an unremitting and cruel condition like untreated Substance Use Disorder is the WORST. It is frustrating, frightening, and trauma inducing.
All sorts of pro-addictive and anti-recovery thoughts will enter into the mind of loved ones. This is normal and expected but it cannot go unaddressed without serious consequences for all involved.
“If only she/he would stop using!” is an example of
pro-addictive thinking that creates a certain mythology around how to deal with
the disease. The myth is this: If my
loved one stops doing … Read more...
Was it because we didn’t punish enough, take away enough privileges or otherwise let our child know who was boss?
Maybe we coddled him too much, let him hang out with the “wrong friends,” or worked too much when we should have stayed home.
Or perhaps we didn’t go to church enough, get Charles more involved with activities, or do enough random drug tests.
The truth is, drug abuse and addiction happens to good parents, bad parents, happily married parents, divorced parents. It happens to working moms, stay-at-home moms, dad’s who are involved, dad’s … Read more...
I attended a program at Godwin High School this week, which was organized by Project Purple, of which I am a member. The ORBIT program, which stands for Opiate Recovery By Intensive Tracking, is a Henrico County Sheriff’s office initiative, which serves to help inmates battling addiction to opioids.
This particular program is called In Plain Sight, and the residents of the program set up a typical teen bedroom on the stage and then ask members of the audience to come up and see if they can find the 50 items related to drug use, … Read more...
Names have been removed to protect the identity of the sender of the above message but these are the kinds of messages I get in response to both my story and yours. That’s why I need and want your emotionally naked stories. That’s why they are important.
Stories about managing a life with a loved one who suffers from substance abuse, how you cope after a loved one’s suicide or suicide attempt, how you manage thoughts of suicide or a mental illness, a memorial about your loved one that suffered from mental illness/addiction, your grief after loss of a loved … Read more...
I have few commitments; I
have a host of good intentions. One of
my commitments is weekly attendance at our Family Education Program on Thursday
nights. I attend unless I am out of town or sick enough to require an IV and suffer
from a fearful expectation that I should be getting my affairs in order. This is how committed I am to busting myths
about Substance Use Disorder and providing hope and healing for families
struggling with this dread disease.
meetings support recovery by educating family members and loved ones of folks
who have … Read more...