By Beverly Conyers

Witnessing the habit of a loved one or friend is a heart-rending event. yet desire can be successful, as proven during this compelling new e-book. the following, the gripping tales of fathers, moms, sons, and daughters of addicts supply very important classes on loving, detachment, intervention, and self care.

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Teresa recalled: “Feelings escalated and she was crying, and finally she started throwing her clothes into a black garbage bag. She said she couldn’t take the pressure of living with us and was going to go check into this shelter that had a terrible reputation. It took in the lowest of the low, the hard-core addicts. The thought of it terrified me. So anyway, she threw her bag over her shoulder and said that’s where she was going, and my heart just broke. I couldn’t stand the thought of my little girl in that place.

22 Addict in the Family When applied to addiction, however, denial is taken to the extreme. The denial is most obvious when addicts are challenged to evaluate their own situation. They immediately deny that they have a problem and insist that they can control or stop their use of alcohol or other drugs whenever they choose. Denise, a secretary whose seventeen-year-old son was hooked on heroin, described talking to him about the problem: “At first he said I was crazy, that I was imagining things.

Her rare interactions with the family usually resulted in scenes of hysteria or tears. Amazingly, through it all, I persisted in my own denial of her drug problems, although they were the obvious explanation of the terrible changes I was seeing in her. Another mother told me of a similar experience with her 35 36 Addict in the Family son, a thirty-two-year-old licensed electrician. “He used to be so responsible,” she said. “He made good money and had some close friends, and I thought he was set for life.

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