Family In Recovery


Trying to describe what life is like having a loved one, or being a loved one, who is addicted, is too overwhelming to speak out loud for most people!  The descriptions from family to family are amazingly similar, with specific details differing in each house-hold.  One of the things I have marveled at through the years of working with families of substance abusing people is how much ‘commonality’ there is and how many people live...

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One of the most painful situations that a family can endure is to see one of their loved ones fall into the harmful addiction of substance abuse. Such addiction and abuse can take many forms. In drug abuse and alcoholism, very real harm can be done to physical health, relationships and mental health, among other things. Many families are faced with an uncertainty about what the best course of action might be when starting alcoholism...

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Family is not just a genetic bond or blood relation. Family is a connection one establishes with the closest of individuals throughout their life. One of the most significant things in life is family. They lift you when you’re down; they guide you when you’re lost and much, much more. The importance of family is not determined by their monetary position, nor is it determined by public influence. Family is the key to our...

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I am a grateful recovering alcoholic, as well as a grateful recovering survivor of a couple of dysfunctional family systems. I have been on every side of this disease, beginning as the daughter of an alcoholic, the wife of an alcoholic (big surprise), my own alcoholism, and the mother of an alcoholic. Yes, this is indeed a disastrous family disease that destroys wonderful, loving people in the process. I understand, well, the pain ALL...

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Little did I know when I was hired as an LPN at Cushing Valley Hope Drug Rehab, when it opened in 1974, that not only would I find my most rewarding nursing career, but my self-defeating behavior would be revealed that had a negative influence in my life and I would begin my recovery of co-dependency. This was a condition I didn’t know I had until it was strongly suggested that I go to Al-anon. Shock was my immediate response. Me? Why...

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