How to Talk so Someone With Addiction Will Listen (families)
Help for families struggling with an addiction problem
Useful stories and common sense answers to your questions about addiction, treatment, and recovery from Scott McMillin, co-author of “Freeing Someone You Love from Alcohol and Other Drugs” and six other popular addiction books.
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Sober at the Wedding
What do you intend to prove, anyway, and to whom? That you can stay sober, or that you can drink again?
Topics: loss of control, maintaining sobriety, triggers
Control- And the Loss of It
In addictions, a compulsion is usually expressed as a powerful, perhaps even overwhelming urge to continue gambling, drinking, whatever.
Topics: compulsive behavior, recognizing addiction
Stress builds up beneath your awareness. Then it passes a certain level and suddenly, you’re really aware of it.
Topics: boundaries, maintaining sobriety, stress
The Habit of Hiding
She had to relearn truthfulness, a day at a time, much the way the victim of a serious stroke might have to relearn speech.
Topics: barriers to recovery, recovery memoir
Decision Making in Early Recovery
Suddenly we’re missing obvious warning signs, ignoring key markers of danger, or simply deciding to take a leap of faith at exactly the wrong moment.
Topics: decision making, early recovery, research
Another Story of Recovery
Nonetheless, years of drinking and drugging and lapsing and relapsing will invariably have an effect on the victim of addiction.
Topics: heroin, recovery memoir
What Works in Recovery
Topics: maintaining sobriety
It can be flagrant or subtle, but damage it will be. Sadly, the drinker is usually the last one to become aware of it. In fact, many never do.
Topics: alcohol, consequences, family
About Saying “No”
You may have unintentionally established a pattern of saying things you didn’t really mean, or making promises you didn’t keep, or threatening consequences that never came to pass.
Topics: boundaries, communication, enabling and provoking
Communicating With Your Recovering Loved One
It is not always about having the right words to say, but asking the right questions and giving the space to answer with vulnerability.
Topics: communication, promoting recovery