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It Takes A Group Effort

by: Ned Wicker

It?s difficult to understand the struggles of an addict — the urges, the cravings and the ongoing battle against using.

There are relapses and periods of great trial.

You need to get help for yourself.

How do you encourage him?

For starters, you can turn to groups like Al-Anon, or Narcotics Anonymous and learn how you can make a difference.

People are well meaning, but often times not helpful and so support groups are invaluable in helping you help the one you love.

I want to encourage you to get some help for yourself and do not try to go this alone with your guy.

He needs support and encouragement, but mostly he needs professional help and access to those who can be of greatest impact on his recovery.

You need to learn where to go, who to talk to and how to steer him in the right direction. The family also needs to be involved, as being a lone ranger is going to wear you out.

Remember too that his addiction is his issue, not yours, so do not allow him to turn the table and make it your problem to solve.

You love him and you want to help, but it can be an emotionally draining relationship and you need to take care of yourself.

Pick up the phone, make a call and get yourself some help and support, and then you can be of the greatest help to him.

God bless.

Supportive but don’t enable…

by: J R M

First things first would be for him to get a sober connection. Go to NA meetings, church group, or sober friends. Basically he needs a whole new life-style if he wants to stay clean. Don’t give him money or else you’ll be let down.

He’s gonna have to want this life-style of sobriety because so many of us try it only to go right back out into the same insanity that we swore we would never do again.

One thing that I have learned in my recovery is to never say never but when the light comes on, it’s on. Maybe you could check out some drug treatment programs because the way to stay clean is to renew your mind and that means life-style change.

It is not an easy lifestyle to live, but faith in GOD is the way that helped me get out of insanity.

If he falls, then he needs to get back-up, but don’t be fooled by things that seem all to familiar to him using because he probably is.

Give him an ultimatum, but don’t let him ruin your life because of his addiction.

God bless….

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