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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As control erodes, the drinker redoubles efforts to regain it. Some resort to “white-knuckle” abstinence, giving up alcohol for a while, just to prove to themselves or someone else that they can.
They qualify for the diagnosis, but have not yet experienced the sort of problems that are usually required to motivate a serious attempt to abandon drug use.
There’s an ongoing search among users for ways to either improve the high (which escalating tolerance threatens to steal away) or suppress the withdrawal symptoms.
If addiction really is a brain disorder based in complex adaptations to a substance, then who’s to say those adaptations won’t occur with a different drug?
…struggles can actually serve as a disincentive to someone who knows you and is now beginning to peer uncertainly up their own long and bumpy road of life change.