Is there help for the addict’s family?

Sometimes it seems like everyone is so concerned about helping the addict get clean and sober, nobody remembers what the addict has done to the family. There are rehabs for the addict to go to, commercials promising him a better life, and counselors at the ready to take that call. And here you sit, broken, weary and drained. Why are you in such pain when you weren’t doing the drugs? What can you do to help yourself? Continue reading

Family Groups: Can I Start One that is Not Twelve-step-Based?

You want to do everything you can to help the addict in your life on his recovery path, but you tried Al-Anon and Nar-Anon and they just weren’t for you. He goes to meetings every day and says they help him stay clean, but what are you going to do? While many people are able to find what they need from Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, if you didn’t and still want to be part of a support group, start one of your own. Continue reading

Substance Abuse Issues: Why did he start drinking after giving up drugs?

When your guy gave up drugs, you breathed a huge sigh of relief. Living with an addict was like being on a never-ending roller coaster, but once he got clean, the two of you rebuilt your life and it seemed like everything was going fine. Then he started drinking. The knot in your stomach has returned, the problems have resurfaced, and you are Continue reading